Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 22, 2014

Mary Carr

TRAVERSE CITY — Mary Ellen Carr, 80, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City.

Mary Ellen was born on Friday, Sept. 15, 1933, to the late John and Frances (Straka) Rademaker in Phillips, Wis. She married Ramon E. Carr on Saturday, Feb. 7, 1959, in Traverse City. He preceded her in death in 1991.

A resident of Traverse City since 1975, Mary Ellen had been an operator for Bell Telephone/Ameritech prior to her retirement.

She enjoyed reading and traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Joseph “Tim” (Diane) Carr, of Acton, Calif., Sandra (Kenneth) Lindsey, of Alsip, Ill., and Daryl (Shelley) Carr, of Cadillac; and grandchildren, Melissa and Kenneth Lindsey, Christopher and Wyatt Carr and Chad, Brooke and Justin Carr. Also surviving are her brother, Lynn (Carol) Szpek, of Minneola, Fla.; her former daughter-in-law, Lisa Carr, of Fife Lake; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ralph Rademaker.

A gathering to celebrate Mary Ellen’s life will take place Thursday, April 24, between 4 and 6 p.m., at The Cottage, 472 Munson Ave., Traverse City.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Operation Christmas Child, c/o Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000 or online at

Please share your favorite memories of Mary Ellen with her family by way of her online guestbook at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.



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