2018-06-14 / Columns

Omena busy with wedding, anniversaries

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


JIM MORRISON and Susie Tock were married on their lawn in Omena on June 2. Photo: Robert Parmelee JIM MORRISON and Susie Tock were married on their lawn in Omena on June 2. Photo: Robert Parmelee Omena has a new community little lending library, thanks to Ron Sutton.

The beautifully hand-crafted book box is a replica of the Omena Presbyterian Church. Omena residents gathered in front of the Post Office Monday afternoon to watch the final installation and hear Ron talk a little bit about his project. Keith Disselkoen had assisted the day before in placing the pedestal on which the book box sits.

Ron built it in his shop downstate starting in April. The moist painstaking part was the roof, which has 1,500 tiny shingles — about 1 inch by 1/2 inch. He glued every one of them on. His wife Lynn said there were many late night hours put in on those.

Ron has experience in building miniature structures. He built a doll house for each of his three daughters, a church for his sister, and he and Lynn together built seven Nativity scenes for each of their grandchildren, with Ron building the barns and Lynn making the tiny characters.

Drop by the Omena Post Office and take a book or leave a book.

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Omena hosted the wedding of Jim Morrison and Susie Tock, both of Omena, on a perfectly beautiful Saturday afternoon on June 2.

The wedding took place on the Morrison’s beachfront of Omena Point Drive with approximately 138 in attendance, including 24 Omena residents and many family and friends from out of town. The event began Friday evening with the wedding rehearsal, followed by a ‘Family Garden Party Dinner’ among the Morrison’s beautiful backyard gardens. About 50 attended including Jim’s parents, Jim Sr. and Sally Morrison, and Susie’s mother Carol Draper, five children and four grandchildren, and Jim’s sister and her family.

The Friday festivities were hosted by Susie’s friends Lori Gordon & Barry Malek, and were catered by Susie’s “group of 10” girlfriend’s of 26 years. These friends have managed a “girls week” away together every year for 25 years.

Mindy and Jeff Kruzel, also close friends, were the wedding planners. Susie was adopted, and this special event was also the first time Susie’s biological sisters and cousins met one another, grafting everyone together as one big family tree! They came from as far away as Florida, Nebraska, Colorado and Arizona.

The fragrant lilacs in full bloom, were the backdrop for many wonderful photos to be taken, creating a lifetime of memories to be cherished by all.

The bride and groom were each ushered in with a bagpiper, in honor of the Morrison Scottish heritage. The bride was escorted by her son James Tock. The Maid of Honor was Cate Tock, the bride’s daughter, and the Best Man was Greg Morrison, the groom’s son. The intimate service was conducted by Susie’s dear friend, the Rev. Bonnie Conley, who added a personal touch by her meaningful way of communicating Jim and Susie’s values in their relationship, reflecting their personalities throughout their wedding ceremony.

The couple completed their vows by symbolically ‘tying the knot’, demonstrating a Scottish tradition called ‘hand fasting’. Many of the attendees were surprised to learn the history of that phrase.

Following the ceremony, the bride and groom arrived at the Omena Traverse Yacht Club via pontoon boat and along with the wedding party, were joyously greeted with cheers by their wedding guests. They enjoyed a wonderful dinner by Chef’s Pride Catering and accompanied by Bel Lago wine, where Susie works. The beautiful wedding cake was created by Lynetta Grissom, another of Susie’s good friends.

Jim and Susie send a special thank you to all the friends and family who helped with flower arranging, setting up, and cleaning up, and especially to wedding planner and friend Mindy Kruzel.

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Ron and Mary Tonneberger combined a 60th wedding anniversary celebration and family graduations into a whirlwind vacation these past two weeks. They started in Providence, Rhode Island, where their granddaughter Katherine Edgley graduated from Brown University with honors in Applied Mathematics. They were joined there by Katherine’s parents, Roger and Karen, and her sister Tess. It was an unusual graduation since it lasted over six hours, outdoors, on an unusually cold day for the season.

They then flew to Dublin Ireland to visit their granddaughter Claire Edgley who is finishing her Masters in 20th century literature at Trinity College with a senior thesis on Agatha Christie. All that reading may be rewarded in time. Claire escorted us around the area where they viewed the Long Library, the Book of Kells and the Guinness headquarters. From there, they went to southeast Ireland with visits to Cork, Kinsale, and Kilkenny via rail, which they said was a tremendous improvement over driving in years past.

The highlight was golfing at Old Head, where off shore is the place where the Lusitania was attacked and sank. There was much to absorb, including impossible fairways for those celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Their caddy, Big Tom, spread the word that they were a sight to behold.

No scores recorded!

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On Thursday, June 28, again at 7 p.m., beloved local poet and essayist Fleda Brown of Traverse City will make a return visit to Northport. Poet laureate of Vermont from 2001 to 2007, but back in northern Michigan now, Brown will read from her latest collection, The Woods Are On Fire.

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The Omena Presbyterian Church will welcome back Rev. Rick Miller to the pulpit on Sunday, June 17th. Rick was pastor at Northport Covenant Church and now serves Zion Covenant Church of Jamestown, NY. The special music will be Emma Talbot on the oboe.

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Happy Birthday to Ava Makowski, who turns 7. Happy Birthday also to Reagan Moore, Ashley Wheeler, Betty Edwards, Evan Morgan, and to twins Colin and Tess Harris.

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June is definitely the month for weddings. Happy 60th Anniversary to Mike and Kathy Bosco. Happy Anniversary also to Mike and Marcia Biskupski, Richard and Betty Popp, Dale and Joan Blount, Bill and Paula McMenamy, and Bryan and Meghan Morgan.

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