Towne, Mardine

Written by David Green.

Mardine Towne, 83, of Baldwin Street, Morenci, Mich., die Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Provincial House in Adrian, Mich., under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. 

She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on June 27, 1926, to Lysle and Alta (Brehm) Sutton. On Oct. 11, 1944, Mardine married Robert Towne in Fayette, Ohio. They celebrated 57 years of marriage before Robert died Aug. 23, 2002.

Mardine graduated from the Gorham Fayette High School Class of 1944. She devoted her time to being a homemaker and mother. She served more than 20 years as a part-time employee of the U. S. Postal Service in Fayette and also volunteered as a librarian at Fayette Normal Memorial Library. She was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church and the Northwest Ohio Mother of Twins Club.

Mardine enjoyed reading, traveling, and attending the sporting events and school activities that involved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two of her greatest pleasures were the yearly gatherings of the Brehm family and of the Class of 1944.

Mardine is survived by four sons, Ronald (and Jerolyn) Towne of Addison, Mich., Richard Towne of Canton, Mich., Roger (and Charlotte) Towne of Brighton, Mich., and Ramon (and Lynn) Towne of San Francisco, Calif.; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, stepbrother, stepsister, and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette with Rev. Kathy Currier officiating. Private interment will take place at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Stair Public Library in Morenci or Hospice of Lenawee. 

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.snake
    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017