Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 19, 2013

Gwendolyn L. McManus Wysocki Died Nov. 16, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY — Gwendolyn L. McManus Wysocki (Grandma Mac) entered into the presence of the Lord on Nov. 16, 2013, at the age of 92. She was surrounded by loving family and comforted by the tender care of her nurses and aides at The Pavilions in Traverse City.

Those who remain behind grieving her loss but celebrating her life are her devoted husband, Joseph L. Wysocki; son, Jeffrey J. McManus and wife Sydney; daughter-in-law, Lois J. McManus; stepson, Joseph L Wysocki Jr.; stepdaughter, Jenny Reece and husband Scott; grandchildren, Sara L. Erickson and husband Scott, Brian H. McManus and wife Erica, Declan W. McManus, and Alexandra McManus; step-grandchildren, Tiarah Reece, Essence Reece and Rilly Reece; great-grandchildren, Simon J. McManus, Charliese R. Erickson, Bianca M. McManus, Baker S. Erickson and Fisher J. McManus.

Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond H. and Charlotte Everett Brown; her husband, Hugh D. McManus; son, Dr. Charles H. McManus; and brother, Charlie Brown.

Gwen was born in Grayling on Jan. 26, 1921, and soon after moved to Traverse City. She graduated from Traverse City High School in 1939 and enjoyed a long career at Michigan Bell Telephone Company. Gwen (Grandma Mac) cherished her time with family and friends. She was an original member of the Child Study Club in Traverse City. Some of her favorite times were spent traveling with family and dear friends Marion and Earle Steele, playing bridge and golfing. Although she preferred the sun and warmth, she happily accompanied husband Joe hunting and fishing. Gwen also enjoyed cooking including her favorite recipe “cry baby cookies.”

The life of Gwen, the happy whistler, will be celebrated at a Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at St. Francis Church in Traverse City, preceded at 1 p.m. by a visitation at the church and followed by a dessert buffet.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be directed to the Dogwood Wing at The Grand Traverse Pavilions or to the Cherryland Humane Society. Please sign Gwen’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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