Shirley Mildred Tarnosky

October 18, 1921 - August 23, 2012 

Shirley Mildred Tarnosky

October 18, 1921 - August 23, 2012 

Obituary for Shirley Mildred Tarnosky

Our mom, Shirley, was born and raised in Detroit just ten blocks from Briggs (Tiger) Stadium. She was a die-hard Tiger fan all of her life; and as you may already know was always ready for a lively discussion about Tiger baseball. A discussion about politics was livelier still.

She met and married our father, William Clarence Tarnosky near the beginning of World War II. When he was discharged from the Army they moved to the AuGres area of northeastern lower Michigan to be near his family. After his death on October 20, 1998 she divided her time between the Tawas City area and Grand Rapids until moving to Resthaven in Holland on April 30, 2007 at the age of 85.

Soft-spoken but strong in spirit, Mom was a caregiver who offered to us a gentle touch and sympathetic words during times of sickness. Unfortunately, her plans to become a registered nurse did not materialize but she enjoyed many years of employment in two hospitals as a nurses’ aide and later as a ward secretary not long before her retirement.

Mom loved all things Christmas. She also loved the change of seasons and was especially fond of those blustery snowfalls that created a special one-of-a-kind West Michigan winter wonderland. She found pleasure in watching the birds visit her birdfeeder at Resthaven, reading biographies of the rich and famous and watching old classics on TV or on her VCR, choosing from her vast collection of video tapes.

Mom was never one to give up and was filled with determination to make the most out of life. She encouraged others to do the same, right up until the time she left us at the age of 90.

Shirley Mildred (Leroue) Tarnosky is survived by her two daughters, Shirley Ann (Mesler) and Carol Marie (VanOmen) and her son, William Charles. Her family also includes 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

John 11:25-26 I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.

2nd Corinthians 5:8 To be absent from the body is to be present with Jesus

A Mass of Intention will be said in Shirley’s memory on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 12:10 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland, Michigan.

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