Marion E. Byrne

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On July 15, 2022, Marion Elizabeth Byrne passed away peacefully at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, Michigan.

She was born on January 18, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan, to Charles and Helen (Affholter) Winzer and was the youngest in her family with four siblings.

While working in Farmington with her Shirley, she met Shirley’s brother and soon and married the love of her life, Robert Henry Byrne. She loved working at the orphanage and caring for babies and shortly after their marriage, they started a family of their own. In February of 1968, Robert’s job brought their family to settle in Gaylord, on Hayes Tower Rd., where she would reside for 32 years before moving into town.

Many of the hobbies Marion had throughout her life brought overwhelming joy and comfort to others. Whether she was knitting hats for Veterans and new babies or teaching crafts to nursing home residents, Marion was always happy and honored to meet new people and invite them into her family. Although she was the mother, and honorary mother, of three and grandmother of six, she openly invited anyone and everyone to call her mom/grandma and provided a loving environment to so many through the years.

Marion had a strong Catholic faith and her love of Jesus Christ, her lord, and savior was the center of her life. She was a sincere prayer warrior in the community. Marion was a lifetime member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Fraternity of Secular Franciscan Order and was professed in October of 1983.  A few of the other organizations she was a part of included the VFW Post 1518 and the Gaylord Fraternal Order of the Eagles. 

Marion’s positive attitude, contagious laugh, and beautiful smile that could light up a dark room will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was our angel on this earth for so many years and it was finally time to share her with the angels in heaven.

She is survived by her children, Mary (Rick) Wheeler, Daniel (Amy) Byrne, and Karen (Kalvin) Avery; grandchildren, James, Trevor (McKenzie), Raeann (Jake), Brad (Kenna), Emily (Matt) and Nate. She is also survived by her brother, Charles (Susan) Winzer; sisters, Patricia (John) Adams; sister-in-law, Shirley Beeney; close cousin, Doris Tice; many nieces, nephews and countless treasured friends that she considered family.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Winzer; her parents, Charles and Helen Winzer; and her beloved, husband Robert Henry Byrne.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VFW Post #1518’s Construction fund for the building of Post #1518. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 1826, Gaylord, Michigan, 49734, with “Marion Byrne Construction Fund” in the memo line.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. 

12 comments on “Marion E. Byrne”

  1. angeline kucharek

    Many prayers for you and your family. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing love and hugs to you and your family.

  2. I’ll never, ever forget this smile. Or the laugh. Or the love. Bless you, Marion, for being a huge part of our lives. Especially Mom’s. And thank you for being a second Grandma to Ethan ❤️ Give him a huge hug! We love you, Marion! And we’ll miss you fiercely!

  3. Marion, we will miss you greatly as an enthusiastic and devout member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Secular Franciscan Fraternity. Peace and All Good!

  4. I first met Marion at Girl Scout Day Camp in 1982, with Marion as Day Camp Director, a Girl Scout Sisterhood, and a forever friendship was formed. She passed her baton of Director and knowledge to me in 1983. She kept the Promise and Lived the Law. Her compassion, smile, and laughter will echo through the ages. Thanks, Rosebud

  5. My sympathy to you as you experience the loss of your Mom. Marian was a kind, giving, gracious, talented lady who shared so much with others. Hugs to you as you travel grief’s highway. Wonderful remembrances of the years on Hayes Tower Rd.

  6. Juls Myshock Ballard

    Dear Marion, I will miss you so very much. You were my longest friend and buddy. We made it through elementary, and high school before being separated by many miles. Fortunately, we had telephone and snail mail to keep us close. Love you then and now. Mary we love you and the family. I’m so sorry for you loss too.

  7. Donna Makowski

    My thoughts and prayers to all of the family. Marion was such a wonderful and funny lady. She will truly be missed.

  8. Marion was such a warm compassionate mother and raised beautiful children. She is in my prayers as you celebrate her life yet grieve her passing. She would want us to continue to live life lovingly with Jesus’s compassion for all.

  9. Theresa Kinsinger

    Marion was a sweetheart. I enjoyed visits with your Mom and Dad at Glen’s. Sending prayers of comfort to the family.

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