ESCANABA – Mary Arbour, 88, of Escanaba, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at Christian Park Village in Escanaba.
She was born May 29, 1926, in Escanaba, and was the daughter of Elmer and Henrietta (Vandewiele) St. Martin. Mary attended school in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1945. On Aug. 23, 1947, the former Mary St. Martin married Kenneth Arbour at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Escanaba and together the couple made their home in Bay View.
Kenneth preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 1993. Mary and Kenneth owned and operated Vagn’s Diner, Arbour’s Restaurant, and Sports Unlimited. Later Mary worked at Sayklly’s and at the Terrace Bay Inn as a bookkeeper and hostess. Mary could be found in her younger years volunteering many hours at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church doing bookkeeping and teaching CCD classes. She was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, was a member of the ladies guild, and did housekeeping and bookkeeping for Father Frieberger. She also was a member of the Holy Name School Scholarship Board, the Escanaba American Legion Auxiliary, and the Eagles Auxiliary. She also enjoyed swimming and spending time with her grandchildren.
Mary Arbour is survived by: daughters, Mary J. (Tom) Pendergast of Escanaba and Nancy (Albin) Hansen of Escanaba; grandchildren, Jeffery (Charlotte) Meyer, Tammy (John) Talbacka, Rob (Karen) Hansen, Alycia (Justin) Chernick, and Christine (Nathan) Gitchell; great-grandchildren, Jeffery and Tim Meyer, Natalie Talbacka, Abigail Hansen, Luke and Stella Chernick; sisters, Louise Boddy of Escanaba and Helen Finn of Milwaukee, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Sandy St. Martin of Charles Town, W. Va., Mary St. Martin of Knoxville, Tenn., and Katherine Cartwright of Green Bay, Wis., along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Jr.; brothers, Frank, John, and Robert St. Martin.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Liturgical prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Mary Arbour will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wells with Father Emmett Norden officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the St. Anthony Catholic Church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to the charity of your choice. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.