L. Doreen Bloch (nee. Ferguson) 1926-2006

Doreen died tranquilly at Beaumont Hospital's Cardiac Care Unit surrounded by her family; Alf, her husband of 56 years, son Jim, daughter Barb (Lonnie Gower) and daughter-in-law Rachelle Bonelli on April 4, 2006 Jim's 52nd birthday.

She was born in Peterborough, Ontario on Sept. 16, 1926 and graduated from Pershing High School in Detroit.

She loved magazines, perfume, especially Joy by Jean Patou, riding the swings at playgrounds, playing bridge with her friends, entertaining at her home, whipping around on the Tilt-a-Whirl and other carnival rides, flying shotgun with Alf in his Cessna, dancing to hard funk, reading author Victor Canning, her annual excursions to Traverse City with Barb, relaxing on the beach, taking road trips with Alf, spending 25 summers on Beaver Island, and drinking bourbon old-fashions without sugar.

She was an accomplished cook with a passion for salads, salted nuts on ice cream and crunchy sliced vegetables accompanying imaginative sandwiches.

She made the accomplishments of her family possible.

Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (btwn 13-14 Mile) Sunday 1pm until funeral service 2pm.

In lieu of flowers family suggests memorial tributes to the Salvation Army.


Double oops.. from Steve West comes, " Note the black hull. Can't be the Mac. as she has a red hull. I belive you will find that the hull # is 216. That would make her the Alder, WLB 216 one of the new class of Bouy Tenders. If the # is 214 she would be the Hollyhock."

Ooops, thanks to Tim Wieland an error has been pointed out to me. The vessel in the above photo is not the Acacia but is the new Mackinaw. Tim thinks they were probably doing a recon of their new territory. Thanks for the correction, Tim.

Spaghetti Dinner

The Beaver Island Lighthouse School will be having their annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Peaine Township Hall on April 8th from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Bring a good appitite as there will be a menu that includes spaghetti, meatballs, eggplant rolotini, breadsticks, salad and dessert. Donations are welcome.

Margaret Reibel 1926-2006

Margaret Reibel, 79, of Royal Oak for 50 years, died on Sunday, April 2, 2006, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born on June 5, 1926 in Detroit.

She was a member of Westminister Church of Detroit, a member of Joseph Vance Circle, and enjoyed lapidary and gardening. She was a member of the Michigan Lapidary Society and a member of PEO Chapter BI of Michigan. She enjoyed bird watching and was a sketch artist of florals.

Surviving are her husband, Robert Reibel, whom she married September 11, 1954, in Westminister Church of Detroit; children, Anne (Stephen) Coyne of Brooklyn, New York, Richiard Reibel of Royal Oak, Stephen (Holly) Reibel of Ortonville; brother, Richard Jamieson of Bloomfield Hills; and three grandchildren, Leah, Stephanie and Jonathan.

Visitation will be from 2 - 9 p.m. Friday, April 7th; service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at William Sullivan and son Funeral Home, 705 West 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak officiated by the Reverend Robert Garwig and the Reverend Ray Lewis Jr., burial wil be in the White chapel Cemetery, Troy.

Margaret will be remembered fondly by many islanders who always saw her smiling, cheerful face and didn't notice the wheelchair that was a part of her life for over 50 years. She was a wonderful volunteer for the Beaver Island Historical Society, her favorite was the Marine Museum. When on the island she attended the Beaver Island Christian Church. Margaret loved her summer home on Donegal Bay and tending her little raised gardens that adorned the deck. She will be truly missed.

Sorry, Island Closed

Due to conditions beyond our control, Beaver Island has been closed for Spring Break... at least that's how it seems when one looks down Main Street or goes into the stores. With 50+ in Ireland and at least as many off to other places it seems as though the island as increased in size as the missing weight off about 1/2 the population has caused it to rise higher in Lake Michigan. Up until Monday the weather was perfect - warm and sunny. On Monday morning we woke to rain which quickly turned to snow. Thankfully it melted almost as soon as it arrived and the temperature is working its way back up the scale. Hopefully this bit of cold was our "March Lion" and we can have the "Lamb" part for the rest of the month.

Replacement Deputy

Deputy Jim Campbell has been given a 90 day leave of absence. Deputy Clyde Payton is the Island replacement deputy for the next three months. He has been with the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department for the past 15 months. Originally from Elmira, Deputy Payton and his wife, Staci (Seelye), have had previous experience with the island when he was sent over in October only the day after their wedding reception. Although Staci isn't living on the island, she has and will be visiting often. Buckle up, check your tail-lights (one of mine was burned out), put your children in their car seats and let's obey the State laws since they apply to Beaver Island just as much as the rest of the state. Welcome Paytons.

Lighthouse Rescue

Our kids made a trip around the island this past weekend to show the sights to friends. When they reached the top of the South Head Light they discovered a little chickadee had somehow flown up into the enclosed top. With a little work they managed to capture the frightened bird and carefully returned him to the outdoors when he quickly flew off into a bush to rest up before rejoining his pals.


Community House Update

Except for the front facade, the outside of the new Community House building seems almost complete. It'll be nifty to see how work is going in the interior. Once the old original tin front is in place it should resemble the old LaFreniere store.


On the same topic, the Preservation Association's Winter Ice Classic fund raiser had everyone wondering when the bright red structure would fall through the ice. Tickets were sold, guesses were made, and the winner was Rich Gillespie who had guessed the closest time of 4:45 p.m. on March 29th. The structure actually fell through at 8:56 pm on that date. For a sequence of event pictures go to http://pabi.beaverisland.net/Ice-Classic Congratulations, Richie!

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