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Beatrice Dolores (Trudeau) Sheridan (1911-2004) Bay City, MI
Posted by: Charlene Reinhart (ID *****2588) Date: October 08, 2012 at 09:46:23
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Beatrice Dolores (Trudeau) Sheridan

Sheridan, Beatrice Dolores (Trudeau), Kalamazoo, Michigan, Formerly of Bay City. Beatrice Dolores (Trudeau) Sheridan, died on Feb. 29, 2004 at the home of her daughter, Cecelia (Sheridan) Walbridge in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was the youngest child of Thomas Nelse Trudeau and Marie Azelie Olivine (Rose) Vezina. She was a direct descendant of the first family of New France. Her 9th great-grandfather, Louis Hebert, arrived in 1604 on the De Monts expedition, with Samuel de Champlain. He was the ship's doctor, and an apothecary to the royal family of France. This is the 400th anniversary of his arrival. Later, he brought his wife and children in 1617 to Quebec City. He was appointed the first Sovereign Counsel (Judge) of Canada in 1621 by the King of France. She also descends from the first child born in New France of European descent to live, Helene Desportes. Helene Desportes was born Aug. 20, 1620, and her godparents were Samuel De Champlain and his wife and her namesakes, Helene Boule (De Champlain). Beatrice Dolores Trudeau was born on April 5, 1911 in Cheboygan, Michigan, above the family saloon, The Tannery. Her father and mother had worked in the lumber camps, and saved their money and purchased the saloon, which was closed by Prohibition. Having been the cooks in lumber camp, the family opened a bakery in Grayling, Michigan, where Beatrice lived above the bakery with her family, attending Grayling High School. In the tenth grade, her family moved to Lapeer, Michigan, and the next year to Caro, Michigan, where she graduated from Caro High School. She had been a cripple as a child, and was not expected to live. With the help and prayers of Father Jean Baptiste Euclid Magnan, the family used an ancient remedy of the Native Americans. The remedy was 'prelle' (made from snake grass), and she was cured and lived. She had a life long devotion to Ste. Anne de Beaupre, Patroness of Canada, and grandmother of Christ. She attended daily Mass all her life. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Michigan University (Michigan Teacher's College) in 1933 and married on June 27, 1933 of that year, at St. Brigid's, Midland, Michigan to Thomas Michael Sheridan. Thomas Sheridan was born in Caro, Michigan, of an old Irish family that homesteaded there in the early 1850's. Together, they raised 14 children, in Auburn and Bay City, Michigan. Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1975, as did her son, Dr. Paul Thomas Sheridan, M.D., on June 4, 1978. The other 13 children are still alive. They are, Dr. Joseph (Bertha) Sheridan of Saginaw, Michigan; Dr. John Sheridan of Bay City, Michigan; Mrs. Joseph (Mary) Cronley of Longmont, Colorado; Michael (Marge) Sheridan of Auburn, Michigan; Mother Mary Quentin Sheridan, RSM of Alma, Michigan; Mrs. Gerard (Rose Marie) Matuszak of Ann Arbor, Michigan; James (Vicki) Sheridan of San Mateo, California; Mrs. Allen (Anne) Olech of Brighton, Michigan; Gabriel Sheridan of Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Dr. Timothy (Cecelia) Walbridge of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Mrs. Robert (Brigid) Denton of Saginaw, Michigan; Mrs. Dr. Kevin (Regina) Brown of Saginaw, Michigan; and Peter Sheridan of Big Bay, Michigan. Besides these children, she is survived by 56 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 2004 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 607 E. South Union St., Bay City. Rev. Fr. James G. Heller will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Kawkawlin. Beatrice's family will receive friends at the Auburn Chapel of the Cunningham-Taylor Funeral Homes, Inc. on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. On Thursday, Beatrice will lie in state at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of liturgy. The Rosary will be recited 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy, envelopes for St. Mary Catholic Church will be available at the funeral home. .Published in Saginaw News on on March 2, 2004

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