Kleofa "Kay" O'Donnell

Kleofa "Kay" O'Donnell, age 85 of Munster, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at Community Hospital in Munster. She is survived by two loving sons: John and Robert, both of Dyer, Indiana. Many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Bernard in the year 2000 and one brother, Leo in 1998.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island. The Rev. Pat Cawley will officiate. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Friends may call from 7-8 p.m. Sunday Aug. 29, at the church.

Arrangements were handled by Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix.


I'll be going off-island on Sunday to take part in the dreaded "school shopping trip" and as a result, this site may not get updated until after work on Tuesday. I'm hoping that by then I'll have recovered from shopping with a 14 year old.

Summers' End

More people are leaving the island than arriving. Fuel trucks are being seen filling up tanks. Pick-up trucks are traveling the roads with their beds filled with cord wood. Those with gardens are busy canning and freezing their harvests. The weather has turned cooler and sweaters are being pulled out of closets. Most of the visitors to the beach this week have been the seagulls and a few hearty souls. Taking a trip around the island Monday afternoon signs of the end of summer were bountiful. Not a single person was swimming at Iron Ore Bay but the apples are ripening on the trees. Mother Nature is slowly changing the colors from shades of green to calico. Hay has been cut and is ready to be hauled to the barns. Flocks of turkeys no longer contain little tiny ones. The fawns are losing their spots and growing bigger by the day. Water lilies are flowering on some of the inland lakes and marshes. Even most of the kids I've talked to say they're ready for school to begin. Summer is quietly coming to an end.




Glen Mac From Beaver Isle

by Richard Gillespie

In Fondest Memory of Glen McDonough 1934-2004

  He was born a happy blond haired boy,
On America 's “Emerald Isle”
He made good friends and spread much joy,
Glen Mac from Beaver Isle.

  It was on a dreary August day when the shades of life came down,
A lorry load of angels playing violins to take him home.
His family stood all round his bed but none could bear to smile,
They were saying farewell to this Irish man, Glen Mac from Beaver Isle.

As a younger boy he learned his trade from a man he loved so dear,
Jewell “Ket” taught Glen much about life, and what and not to fear.
He always said that man named Jewell was his dearest friend,
And now they've joined together again, Glen Mac from Beaver Isle.

His passing broke so many hearts but most for Pat and “Myrt”,
It's hard to measure the sadness they feel and how they both must hurt.
The kindness of a man like Mac only happens once in a while,
He was that good, this special man, Glen Mac from Beaver Isle.

  He learned to play Irish songs quite well and always wore a smile,
Glen, “Cook,” Dan and Edward too, toes tapping on the tile.
And all his friends would clap and sing and dance about the room,
He carried the tunes that made us proud, Glen Mac from Beaver Isle.

  Beaver Island men are getting scarce, the horizon growing dim,
But we all take comfort in the luck we had for having known of him.
And now he sits upon angels wings as if a newborn child,
We thank you God for a chance to know, Glen Mac from Beaver Isle.

  And when we all gather round again, we'll hear him play a tune,
For now we'll miss the man and his style, he left us far too soon.
But we'll always have our memories of,
Glen Mac from Beaver Isle.

  This tribute is written to the tune of Sean South, Glen's Favorite Song

[D]It was on a dreary new year's eve,when the[G]shades of night came[D]down.
A lorry load of[G]volin[D]ters aproched the[G]border[A]town.
[D] there were men from
Dublin [G]and from[D]cork fer[G]managh and ty[A]Tyrone.
But their[D]leader was a limrick man Sean[G]South from Garry[D]owen.


Glen McDonough

Glen McDonough, 70, of Charlevoix, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

Mass of the Resurrection was at 11 a.m. today, Monday, Aug. 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix. The Rev. Pat Cawley and the Rev. Thomas Neis co-officiated. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Charlevoix.

Our husband, dad, brother, uncle, and, to so many, friend, was born on the shores of Beaver Island Harbor April 20, 1934, the son of William Patrick and Sophia (Haugen) McDonough.

He married the love of his life, Eleanor M. Gallagher, also of Beaver Island, on July 25, 1959, in Charlevoix.

Throughout his life his family, friends and Beaver Island were all that mattered, all that he loved. Great joy was his whenever there was Beaver Island music to be played or heard, whether it was at a house party, in the Hall on the island, or anywhere his beloved family, friends and the music that they shared, gathered. Those who know and love him can envision his perfect smile and his special saunter as he moved from table to table in the Hall, greeting both young and old with a handshake, hug, or both, either gesture filled with the joy and the soul of an always happy man.

Thursday afternoon, with the lake as blue as the sky, he was fortunate enough to have his wife, son and cousin, Carol Bunting, with him in his room on the top floor of Northern Michigan Hospital facing west over Little Traverse Bay, his beloved birthplace just beyond the horizon.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Glen was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Old Fashioned Michigan Fiddlers Association, the Jordan Valley Fiddlers, and the Michigan Electrical Inspectors Association.

Glen is survived by his wife, Eleanor; son, Patrick (Jennifer) McDonough, of Evanston, Ill.; brother, Anthony (Mardee) McDonough, of Sydney, Australia; sisters, Mary Ellen (Pat) Monachino, of Elba, N.Y., Bertha (Ted) Danaj of Petoskey and Charlotte (Richard) Sanderson of Ocala, Fla. His brother, Kenneth L., preceded Glen in death in 2000.

Contributions may be directed to the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids, in care of Diane O'Donnell, 9034 Pierce Road, Zeeland, Mich. 49464.

Our thoughts and prayers at with Glens' family.