Irene Palmer Henize 1948-2002

Irene Palmer Henize, 54, of Charlevoix and Beaver Island, died September 12, 2002, at the Charlevoix Area Hospital.

Irene was born on Beaver Island, the daughter of Clarence and Loraine Palmer.  She attended the Beaver Island Community School.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents and sister Grace Nugent.  Survived by daughter, Maggie Henize of Florida,  Virginia Palmer of California; Perry "Budger" Palmer of Beaver Island; Russell Palmer of Petoskey; Robert Palmer of Ludington; Evelyn (Tom) Oleksy of Charlevoix ; Edward (Mary) Palmer of Beaver Island; Roberta Palmer of Charlevoix; Mary Ann Ferguson of Petoskey and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by the Winchester Funeral Home of Charlevoix.

Our condolences to Irene's family and friends.

When we hear of the death of someone we knew our minds flash back and mine did last night when I heard of Irene's passing.  I remember coming home from school in the late afternoon, walking across the frozen harbor and Irene, who had that Palmer musical talent, singing "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" as the ice and snow crunched beneath our feet.  I've never been able to hear that song, nor think of Irene, without remembering that late winter afternoon.  God bless you, Irene.

We Will Never Forget

On Wednesday, September 11th, there will be an ecumenical memorial service held on the island at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church to remember all those who lost their lives during the attack on the United States, please plan on attending.  

UPDATE:  Holy Cross Catholic Church was standing room only on September 11th, as the congregations from the Christian Church, the Episcopal Church, Holy Cross and many visitors joined together to remember the tragic events of one year ago.  Under the direction of Kathy Speck, the community choir raised their voices in patriotic songs to the accompaniment of Lorain Dawson.  Father Pat Cawley, Father Joe Howell and Reverend Howard Davis represented the three island churches.  As an act of remembrance, seven candles were lit by members of the various churches with a 15 second pause between each and the tolling of the church bell.  For the passengers on American Airlines Flight 11 and United Flight 175 which were flown into the World Trade Center.  For all the workers who perished in the World Trade Center and neighboring buildings.  For the firefighters, police, and rescue workers who died trying to save others.  For the passengers on American Airlines Flight 77 which was flown into the Pentagon.  For the military personnel and civilians who were working at the Pentagon.  For the heroic passengers on United Flight 93 which crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.  For those who have died in the war in Afghanistan.  At noon, Beaver Island EMS personnel set off the sirens in the ambulances for one minute.

Thanks go to all those involved for their strength and compassion in dealing with the memories of September 11, 2001.  We WILL always remember.

Adult Computer Classes

Computer Class For Beginners


  • How to operate your computer

  • Internet Use (going to websites & searching for information)

  • E-mail

  • If time and interest: Word Processing Basics (MicroSoft Word)

  • Other: Anything else you want to know about your computer!

LEVEL: Beginner

Dates Class Meets: Sept. 24, 26, Oct 1, 3, 8, 10 (Tues and Thurs, 7:00-8:00 p.m.)

Cost: $25 per student; minimum of 4 students



  • Typing letters and other documents

  • Formatting (centering lines, typing words in bold, italics, double space, bulleted lists, etc.)

  • Saving, Opening and Printing files

  • Adding clipart (this will "dress up" your documents.  This can be used to make signs to post at home, around town or at your place of business...)

LEVEL: Beginner and Advanced

(If you have MS Word experience, you will learn more advanced skills.  This class will NOT be working in e-mail or Internet)

Dates Class Meets: Oct 15, 17, 24, 29, 31 (Tues and Thurs, 7:00-8:00 pm.)

Cost: $25 per student: minimum of 4 students

Please call the school at 448-2744 to register!

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