Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 9, 2013

H. Jennie Wilsey

TRAVERSE CITY — H. Jennie Wilsey, 100, of Traverse City, passed away the evening of Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Grand Traverse Pavilions.

Jennie was born March 11, 1913, on the family farm near Grygla, Minn., to the late Andrew and Martha (Hanson) Arne. In 1939 Jennie married Raymond Wilsey in Traverse City.

She was always happy to see her family and many friends. They would always be welcomed to her home with a cup of coffee and homemade cookies or pie.

A woman of faith and member of First Baptist Church, she was always ready to lend a helping hand.

In her spare time she enjoyed knitting and doing crafts, as well as being an accomplished seamstress. She was also very proud of her Norwegian heritage.

Jennie was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Ray; sister, Anna; infant sister, Irene; and brothers, Harold, Irvin and Alfred.

She is survived by her two sons, Wayne (Alice) Wilsey, of Saginaw, and Harold (Tana) Wilsey, of Traverse City; grandsons, Ray (Jeaneth) Wilsey, of Northville, Ryan (Avi) Wilsey, of Cedar Creek, Texas, Ross Wilsey, of Austin, Texas, and Dave (Julie) Wilsey, of Grand Rapids; and great-grandchild, Miranda Wilsey.

A memorial service for Jennie will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jennie can be made to First Baptist Church, 244 Washington St., Traverse City, MI 49684.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.

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