Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 23, 2013

Carol M. Plamondon

LAKE LEELANAU — Carol Martha Plamondon, 91, of Lake Leelanau, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Tendercare of Leelanau.

Carol was born on Dec. 26, 1921, in Northport, the daughter of Oscar and Lulu (Hurd) Bartlett. Carol grew up on a farm in Northport the youngest daughter in a family of eight.

She graduated from Northport High School and was always proud to have been the salutatorian of her class.

Carol was married to Bill Pertner, with whom she had four sons. On May 9, 1954, she married Noah (Skeex) Plamondon. They had two daughters and were married for more than 50 years until his death in 2005.

Carol worked for many years at the Lake Leelanau Post Office, often serving as a substitute mail carrier.

She was a hardworking volunteer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and taught sewing and knitting to members of the local 4-H Club.

She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Parish.

Carol loved politics, birdwatching, eating popcorn, taking scenic drives and sharing warm memories of her years on the farm. She also loved kids; one of the highlights of her year was Halloween night - when she would photograph all the visiting trick-or-treaters.

Carol is survived by her sons, Allen (Liz) Pertner, of Lyons, Colo., and O. Fredrich Pertner, of Acme; daughters, Amy (Tom) Nugent, of Hastings, and Janet (Chuck) Smith, of Milford; daughter-in-law, Jackie Pertner, of Bellevue; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Noah, she was preceded in death by sons, William J. Pertner and Terry R. Pertner; grandchild, Lindsey Smith; and daughter-in-law, Georgina “Ina” Pertner.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m., at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 26, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary of the Assumption in Lake Leelanau, with a visitation held one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The Rev. Michael Janowski will serve as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Please share memories and condolences with Carol’s family at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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