Gerald "Jerry" Sowa

Gerald Raymond Sowa, 69, of Beaver Island, died Friday, February 3, 2006, at the Hemet Valley Hospital in Hemet, California.

Jerry was born April 6, 1936, in Muskegon, the son of Leo M. and Mary (Ropotor) Sowa. He graduated from Muskeogon High School in 1954. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Michigan University, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and graduated from Quantico Officer's Candidate School. He served in the Marines for twenty-six years, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam, and another in Okinawa at the end of the war. He retired as a Major in 1977 at the age of 42.

After retiring, he learned to become a mechanic and play the guitar, took singing lessons, went to electronics school, became EMT certified, completely built two homes, and learned to build golf clubs. He also earned a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University. He made his home on Beaver Island for the past fifteen years, where he was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church,  On May 9, 1959, he married the former Shirley E. White in Muskegon, and she survives.

He is also survived by his children, John L. (Elaine) Sowa of Hemet, Calif., Michael A. Sowa of Beaver Island, Catherine (Joel) Meintsma of Coopersville, Lois M. (Kevin) Stipp of Hemet, Calif. and Beaver Island; grandchildren, Theresa, Melissa, Cory, Jeremy, Tara, and Sowa, Aubreanne, Kyle, Kameron, Joleen and Shelby Meintsma, Jacob and Jessica Stipp; great-grandchildren, Cody and Amanda Stipp; brothers, Robert Sowa, James (Linda) Sowa, Gregory (Teresa) Sowa, Lawrence Sowa all of Muskegon; sisters, Teresa (Chuck) St. Amour of Muskegon, Mary Kreisel of Quartzite, Ariz.

A Rite of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 11, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island, the Reverend Patrick Cawley officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at Holy Cross Church at 7:00 PM Friday, where friends may meet the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Cross Altar Society (Beaver Island). The family is being assisted by the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix. The family will miss the sound of his laughter and his wit, but mostly they will miss his tremendous love.

Upcoming AMVET's Activities

The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary will again have an Easter Egg Hunt at the Beaver Island Community School on Saturday, April 15 at 1:00 PM . Have the little ones bring their baskets or bags to collect the eggs with all the goodies.

The Beaver Island MI Post #46 AMVETS and Ladies Auxiliary will host a USO Dance on Saturday, June 24 at the Holy Cross Hall, Beaver Island MI with music from the 40's and things to be expected at the USO, etc. Whether you know how to Jitter-bug or not, come join the fun.

Palmer Family CD in the Media

The Palmer Family music CD has been a huge hit this winter and evidently those on the mainland are impressed. If you get the chance, check out the Generations section of the Petoskey News Review for the excellent article by Jeremy McBain. You can also check out the website

Community House Progress

Movin' on up is the word this week as the beginnings of the second floor take shape. The huge trusses were moved to the building site so expect to see them in place soon.


Where Was This?

Harold Lounsberry told me that this should be a "Where did I see that?" so if you had your eyes wide open Saturday afternoon you may have noticed this ladder. Where did you see it? and where is it now?? Due to the fact that I have a "sick" computer and have to erase the hard drive, the answer is in the link. Hopefully I'll have this machine up and running again quickly. Just in case, Jeff Cashman please keep your phone line open :)

Islander Sports

This weekend games were played on Mackinac Island and so the Islanders flew there on Friday afternoon. Friday night a wholloping blizzard hit Michigan and as a result the teams and coaches spent Saturday and most of Sunday there also.

Friday night the Islanders basketball fell to Mackinac Island 41 - 49 but came back on top Saturday morning with a score of 67 - 58. Thanks go to Kerry Smith for the scores.

Thanks go to Coach Connie Boyle for sending me the information on the Lady Islanders.

Beaver Island lost on Friday night:  10-25, 19-25, 18-25
We had a tough time handling Mackinac Island's serves.  We knew to expect Mackinac Island to be a tougher team at the end of the season, compared to how they played at the beginning of the season.  They certainly did improve!  We also had to overcome not having two of our older and experienced players with us for the weekend.  But, our team did not give up.  We certainly proved that the following morning.  Although we lost again Saturday morning (that match does not count in the Northern Lights League standings), we played much better.  We showed better teamwork and improved in receiving their serves.  We lost the first game, 14-25, game back stronger but lost the second game 22-25.  We had to win the third game, which we did -- 25-17, but lost the 4th game 20-25. We are still in 1st place in the league, but now have 1 loss.  It will be crucial that we win the Friday night match when Hannahville comes here.  It was a very competitive match when we went to Hannahville earlier in the season, so our fans won't want to miss the rematch! Weekend top stats: Aces:  Maeve Green, Andrea Moore and Caitlin Boyle all served up 3 aces
Good Serves:  Bailey McDonough and Caitlin Boyle both served 17 good serves (not incl aces)
Kills:  Christine McDonough 11
Good Hits (spikes):  Christine McDonough 23  Bailey McDonough 20
Assists:  Caitlin Boyle and Maeve Green both had 9 assists
Blocks:  Christine 3,  Brittany Crandall and Bailey with 1 each