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Nadine Begin 1932-2018
Obituary courtesy ofReynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home:Nadine Mary Begin, 86, of Old Mission Peninsula passed away December 1, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. The family is saddened to say farewell to her earthly body, but know her soul is at rest with her lifelong companion, Jesus.
Nadine was born on January 15, 1932 in Grand Rapids to the late Joseph and Helen (Fifelski) Grasinski. She was baptized as Patricia Mary at Sacred Heart Church in Grand Rapids. At age 18, she was called to a life of faith by joining the Felician Sisters where she earned a Master’s Degree in Home Economics and taught students for 22 years. As a nun, her name became Sister Nadine. Most would agree that “Nadine” was a far more fitting moniker for the elegant woman she became after setting aside her unadorned nun dresses to don exquisite and bright outfits after exiting the convent.
In 1970 she met a “handsome and debonair” priest at St. Margaret Mary in Detroit. After the two made their own decisions to seek a different life and retire from their positions, they were married on October 4, 1974, the Feast day of St. Francis and Bob’s birthday. On March 10, 1978, at the age of 46, she welcomed a daughter, Marie-Chantal. She described the moment as “nothing on earth can compare to the ecstasy of God’s presence” as when receiving her baby in her arms.
In 1983 the two purchased land on Old Mission Peninsula and begin planting a vineyard, opening Chateau Chantal together in 1993. Setting her decorating, cooking and hosting skills to work, she warmly served guests daily for 10 years. To provide her guests with a compendium of her recipes, she wrote a book called “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep; the meals and memories of a lifetime” in 2009.
The “last intense joy of her life” was the arrival of a grandson, Luca, who called her Busia, Polish for Grandma. He brought a little piece of heaven down to earth with his smiles, laughter, and play.
Nadine’s life was one of giving. Through her talents, she provided love and comfort to friends and strangers alike on an unparalleled level. There wasn’t a day without music, laughter, delicious food, love, and prayer. The everyday was celebrated and special.
Nadine is survived by her husband of 44 years Bob; daughter Marie-Chantal (Paul) Dalese and grandson Luca. She is also survived by her sisters Carol Matecki, Angel (Jim) Erdmans and Mari (Raphael) Capila; and sister-in-law Elaine Grasinski.
Nadine was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Frances Hrouda, Genevieve Grasinski and Joseph Grasinski.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 12 Noon with visitation beginning one hour prior. Interment will take place after the mass at St. Joseph’s cemetery. All invited to Chateau Chantal for refreshments and to share memories with the family following the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution’s in Nadine’s honor may be directed to St. Joseph’s Parish. St Joseph Parish
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories and condolences with the family.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Bernie Rink 1926-2018
Obituary courtesy of The Record -Eagle:Leelanau County wine pioneer Bernie Rink died Nov. 29, 2018 while surrounded by family and friends. He was 92.
According to the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, “Leelanau’s wine industry ignited in 1970 when Bernie Rink planted 15 acres of grapevines and opened Boskydel Vineyard, Leelanau’s first tasting room.”
On July 7, 2018, Rink was honored by a Boskydel Tribute, a collaboration between Good Harbor Vineyards, Mawby Vineyards and Winery and Bel Lago Vineyards, each of whom crafted a tribute wine from Boskydel grapes. According to MyNorth News Service, “Rink, who closed Boskydel Vineyard last year at the age of 91, was the first in Northern Michigan to grow commercial wine grapes and Leelanau Peninsula’s first bonded winery. Rink planted his vineyard in 1964 and opened Boskydel tasting room in 1976.”
In addition to his pioneer work in the wine industry, Rink, with generous help from Gene Power and Will Munnecke, was instrumental in bringing Inuit art to northern Michigan. In his role as library director at Northwestern Michigan College, a post he held for 30 years, Rink conducted an annual Inuit Art Sale, beginning in 1960. The proceeds from the sale were used to fund purchases of Inuit art for the permanent Inuit art gallery, which exists today at the Dennos Museum on campus.
Rink was born in Avon, Ohio, in 1926. He attended John Carroll University and Case Western University, where he obtained a master’s degree in library science.
Surviving are his children, Jim (Karen) Rink, David (Sandi) Rink, Tom Rink, Chris (Sue) Rink and Andy (Myra-Oliver) Rink; six grandchildren, Beth, Paul, Jake, Matt, Tim and Katie; sister, Dorothy Grant; brother, Ted (Marita) Rink; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Suzanne; brother, Carl Rink; brother-in-law, Jim Grant; and sister-in-law, Rita Rink.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, with the rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m., at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church of Lake Leelanau. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery will be held in the springtime. Father Bryan Medlin will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to Carmelite Monastery, 3501 Silver Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684-8949 and/or St. Mary’s Church, PO Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.
Condolences may be shared with the Rink family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Leelanau.
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