Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 22, 2013

John F. Henige Died Sept. 19, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY — John F.”Jack” Henige, 86, passed away on Sept. 19, 2013. Jack was born Dec. 9, 1926, in Saginaw.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Dearborn and then served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps.

Jack earned a degree in architectural engineering from the University of Detroit and was employed by Detroit Edison until his retirement in 1988.

He married Odette Peloso in 1953, and together they raised five children. He was preceded in death by Odette and their daughter, Kathleen.

In 2005 Jack married Mary Lou (Esper) Besneatte. They enjoyed many happy years together at Duck Lake.

Jack’s sense of humor and optimism were an inspiration to all.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou; his children, Mary M. Adel, Suzanne (Mark) Smith, Stephen M. (Mary) Henige and Theresa D. Oland; his sister, Margaret Ann Henige, I.H.M.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and former son-in-law, Rick (Marci) Mares.

Jack was a loving husband, a caring father and a “bonus” dad to Mary Lou’s nine children. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 630 W. Silver Lake Road, with a visitation held for one hour prior at 10 a.m.

Please feel free to share your memories with Jack’s family at

Arrangements have been made by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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