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Frances M. "Honey" McCarthy


August 28, 2018

BESSEMER, Mich. — Frances M. “Honey” McCarthy, 93, of Bessemer, passed away on July 13, 2018, at her home, with her family and her best friend, Margie, by her side.

Frances was born on April 30, 1925, at her father’s gas station in Morton Grove, Ill. to Francis and Mary (Walleck) Turner.

She was a 1943 graduate of Ontonagon High School. After graduation she attended St. Joseph School of Nursing, Class of 1946.

On June 7, 1947, she married James E. McCarthy at Holy Family Catholic Church in Ontonagon. He preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 2007.

She was employed as a Registered Nurse at Grand View Hospital, as head of the Obstetrics Department.

Family was very important to Frances. She was a caregiver for first her children, and later, her grandchildren. Frances and James built a cottage on Lake Gogebic, and they enjoyed many years there with family and friends. She was a member of the Lake Gogebic Fireflies. She also loved animals, especially dogs.

After she retired, she loved to spend winters in Florida. She also learned to love many new hobbies and learned to ride a bike at age 62. She also enjoyed snowmobiling, playing cards, especially Bridge, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Bessemer. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and did volunteer work for the church, making pasties. She also volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul.

She will be sadly missed by children, James (Errol Pectol) McCarthy, of St. George, Utah, Edward (Elizabeth) McCarthy, of St. Paul, Minn., Mary Pat (Jim) Gustafson, of Sussex, Wis., Peggy (Domenic) Alexandroni, of Neenah, Wis., John McCarthy, of Morrisville, Vt., Kathleen McCarthy, of Bessemer, and Julie (Bob D’Antonio) McCarthy, of Bessemer; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Susan (Clint) Miles, of Gladstone; her beloved dog, Princess; and dear friends, Garrett and Margie Hurley, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; one brother, Thomas (Alvira) Turner and a sister, Winefred (Martin) LaBrie.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Father Dominic Agyapong at 11 a.m. at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Bessemer.

Rite of Committal and interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer.

The family would like to thank Paula Bertini, of Regional Hospice, and the nurses and staff of Gogebic Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be forwarded to the HOPE Animal Shelter.

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