Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 13, 2012

Michael Charles Finnegan


TRAVERSE CITY — Michael Charles Finnegan, 71, of Traverse City and formerly of Central Lake, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

He was born on Feb. 18, 1941, in Hancock, Mich., the son of Hennessy and Ruby (Hogan) Finnegan.

Michael was a veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era.

Michael was a retired carpenter. Michael enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He also liked watching sports; especially Notre Dame and Chicago teams. Michael was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing;and was an outstanding artist.

Michael is survived by his son, Sean (Catherine Bramer) Finnegan; daughters, Karen (Shawn Murdock) Finnegan, Kathleen (Ken) Burman, and Shannon (Brian) McGuire; grandchildren, Chris, Caleb, Aren, Cody, Ty, Max and Cam; and step-brother, Curtis Menard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hennessy and Ruby Finnegan; sisters, Evelyn Olm, and Marian Graetzer and step-brother Donald Menard.

Cremation has taken place. An informal gathering to celebrate his life will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at the home he shared with his son, Sean Finnegan, 377 Keystone Dr., Traverse City. A brief military service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Munson Hospice. Please visit Michael's webpage at to sign the guest book and share a message or memory with his family.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, to handle the arrangements.