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Obituary: Elsie F. Corey

As received from Antila Funeral Service:

Elsie F. Corey, 92, of Hancock, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at her home with family by her side.

She was born April 17, 1929, in Ontonagon, a daughter of the late Wesley and Helen Hoover. She attended grade school and high school in Ontonagon. On April 22, 1947, she was married to Donald David Corey II in Ontonagon.

   While raising her family, she went on to complete high school and earned an Associate of Arts degree from Gogebic Community College. During these years, she obtained a driver’s license, learned to downhill ski at the Porkies, took art classes and created many beautiful oil and watercolor paintings. Throughout the years, Elsie and her family traveled around the United States during the summer months, camping along the way, enjoying nature and the outdoors and visiting with family and friends. The family celebrated many special occasions on the family beach land -The Corey Beach- off of Shady Lane near Silver City.

During the late 1970’s, Elsie worked for two summers at the Rock Harbor Lodge on Isle Royale where she did housekeeping and cooking. She loved the island and made sure her children and family came there to experience all it had to offer.

Elsie had a strong Christian faith.  She loved to cook and bake and would often bring fresh bread or pies to friends and neighbors. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Surviving are two sons and three daughters, Lylan Corey of Hancock, Carol Geiger of Hancock, Donald David Corey III (Pattie) of Mass City, Wesley Corey (Dawn) of Mass City, and Helen Botto (John) of Liminga; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren;  2 great-great-grandchildren and one more due in September; a sister, Betty Golding of Kentucky; brother-in-law, Russell Schmitt of Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Shirley Hoover of Silver City; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a grandson, David Winquist; a great-granddaughter, Lucy Manninen; three brothers, Wesley Hoover, Billy (Mary Ann) Hoover and Bobby (Janice) Hoover; two sisters, Dorothy (Marvin) Larson and Arlene Schmitt; and a brother-in-law Joseph Golding. 

The family would like to thank Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly; Portage Health & Hospice; the staff at UP Health System-Portage; and Deb Lorenz, Dr. Wright and office staff for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Elsie. We also want thank everyone for all your prayers and blessings sent for our dear sweet mother. 

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home in Hancock. In keeping with Covid-19 guidelines, masks and social distancing is encouraged.  Burial with a graveside service will be held at the Oskar Cemetery on May 22, 2021, at 11 a.m.  Arrangements are being handled by Antila Funeral Service, Inc.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.

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