Marianne Joanne Poe

KIPLING — Marianne Joanne Poe, 75, of Kipling, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, peacefully in her sleep at home with her family by her side following a long courageous battle with breast cancer.

Marianne was born June 19, 1944, in Escanaba, the daughter of Wilbur and Lydia (Stock) Cowell. She was raised in Kipling and graduated from the Holy Name High School in 1962.

She was united in marriage to Donald Poe on Feb. 10, 1968, at All Saints Catholic Church. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018.

She was a devoted member of All Saints Church for many years. She served in the choir, parish service commission, parish council and parish money counter. She was also co-chair for the parish funeral luncheon committee and the parish raffle and bazaar.

Marianne lead a full and active life which included numerous activities and organizations that she volunteered for.

She served on the Ski Patrol starting in 1958 at the old Gladstone Ski Hill until she retired in 2015. She was also a ski instructor from 1962 to 2007. She was a 4-H leader for 35 years teaching crafts, sewing and horse riding lessons.

She taught kids to care for and ride horses at Poe’s Stable, Bayshore Farm. She also raised and showed horses in her teens with the 4-H Club from 1956 to 1962 then continued on as a member of the Silver Spur Saddle Club of Delta County for 55 years, showing all over the U.P. She was also the superintendent of the Horse Department at the Upper Peninsula State Fair for many years.

Marianne enjoyed golfing, with memberships at the Gladstone Golf Club and Irish Oaks and was a member of RSVP, volunteering with seniors.

Marianne most recently was named grand marshall, along with her husband Donald. of the 2019 Fourth of July Parade in Gladstone.

Marianne is survived by her husband, Donald of Kipling; daughters, Joanne (Seth) Chouinard of Cornell, Dianne (Tom) LaChance of Perkins and Suzanne (Matt) Madsen of Kalamazoo, Mich.; son, David (Jessica) Poe of Perkins; grandchildren, Aubrey and Evan Chouinard, Trevor and Mason LaChance, Ethan and Emily Poe and Savannah, Jack and Olivia Madsen; brothers, Dan (Ute) Cowell of Arlington, Texas, Richard (Kathy) Cowell of Norway and Dennis Cowell of Kipling; sister-in-law, Bonnie Cowell of Escanaba and numerous nieces and nephews and many special cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, Daniel Cowell and infant sisters, Marion and Dianne Cowell.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 15, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 5 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church with Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating.

A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Marianne will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Delta County Cancer Alliance, Friends of the Gladstone Library or All Saints Catholic Church.

For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to http://www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.