Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 2, 2013

Marie Richards

TRAVERSE CITY — Marie Richards, 96, of Traverse City, passed away at Grand Traverse Pavilions on April 29, 2013. She was born to Joseph and Nan (Walfors) Carefelle in Manistique on Oct. 22, 1916.

Marie married Joseph Richards on Aug. 29, 1936, in Lake Leelanau.

She worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II and later owned Wolverine Trucking Co. in Traverse City with her husband. She retired from Farm Bureau Credit Corp. in 1976.

She was the president of the Women’s Book Club in Traverse City for a number of years and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Elks Club.

Marie’s life was full of love and laughter. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends at her Lake Leelanau cottage. Many special memories were created there over the years, rides on the pontoon, refreshing swims in the lake and late night chats. Marie was an avid traveler and enjoyed many vacations exploring European countries. She also loved playing cards; she was a voracious reader and an expert at crossword puzzles. She eagerly awaited the New York Times puzzle each week. She loved music, dancing and spent many evenings around the piano singing with her family and friends.

Marie will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Jean Gillespie, of Belvedere, Calif.; grandchildren, Nick, John, Pat and Tom Richards, and Laura Gillespie; great-grandchildren, Madeleine Gillespie, Kyle, Lauren, Colin, Paige, Allison, Chelsea, Taylor and Blake Richards; brother, James Carefelle; sister, Leila Raredon; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; son, Jim Richards; infant grandson, sister, Dorothy Mortensen; son-in-law, Donald Gillespie; and close family friend, Father Walter Marek.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Saturday, May 4, at Immaculate Conception Church.

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

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