More Sad News 12/7/2011

Updated:  12/9/2011

Next week – hopefully – we’ll return to our regular Island winter updates and talk about Christmas trees and maybe even some snow on the ground.  But not this week.

The plane crash that took the lives of Tom Phillips, a Mackinac Island summer resident, and Joey Pann, a pilot with Great Lakes Air, was not the only tragedy for the Island this weekend.  Already numb from that news, we heard of the death of another Mackinac Island summer resident.

On their way north last Saturday morning, Steve Vanderboegh and wife Bobbi pulled over on the side of the road near Cheboygan to aid a couple whose car had spun out on black ice.  They asked the couple into their car to wait – out of the cold – for emergency vehicles to arrive.  While waiting, a tractor trailer driver, attempting to switch lanes, lost control of his vehicle on the icy roads.  The truck hit Steven and Bobbi’s car, killing Steven instantly and injuring Bobbi and the other two passengers.  Steven was 48 and leaves behind a son Alex and daughter Ashley, who Ted and I know from her working at the Cannonball for two summers and at Doud’s this past summer.

All three of the men lost this weekend were husbands and fathers – Joey so very young, and Tom and Steven in the prime of life.  Anyone who has lost a cherished loved one knows the hurt each of their family members is experiencing today.

Please continue to remember the Pann, Phillips, and Vanderboegh families in your prayers.

Funeral services for Joseph “Joey” Pann, Jr. will be Thursday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Curtis Baptist Church in Curtis, MI.  Memorials may be made in Joey’s name to an educational fund for his three-month-old son, Axel.

Memorial and funeral service information for Tom Phillips is available through the family.   Donation information: Fulcrum Foundation, National Ski Patrol, Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Arthritis Foundation

Funeral services for Steven Vanderboegh will be Monday, December 12, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Crandell Funeral Home – Fremont Chapel, Fremont, MI. INTERMENT : Mackinac Island Protestant Cemetery. MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS : Ashley and Alex Vanderboegh Education Fund.

Header Photo:  Heather May


14 thoughts on “More Sad News 12/7/2011

  1. OMGosh…that is so sad…my thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends and all the island residents. So very, very sad. 😦

  2. This is all just terrible and unutterably sad. My heart goes out to the friends and families of all who were taken in such an untimely fashion. I hope the families will read the blogs and comments at some time and know that so many are praying for them.

  3. sometimes it seems that there is a tide of tragedy that just rolls in over us; God help those who have been hit with this double tragedy, and bring your awesome grace, power and comfort to the family members left behind, as well as to this little Island community. praying for all of you……

  4. So sorry for all those families. I hope they will read the comments around and take strength that people are praying for them.
    I’ve heard the comment and don’t put much faith in it, but death coming in threes often seems eerily correct.

    • Karen,
      Thank you for the nice note.I am just getting so I can talk about Steve without crying.Steve lived a short life but a wonder one. Now he is gone on to a better place.
      Your friend
      Steve’s Mom-Zola
      Keep on praying for us

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of friends and family! Another horrible tragedy for all of you to get through. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

  6. May god be with these families as they go through these difficult times. It makes me step back and realize how blessed I am with such a wonderful husand and family. Even when things seem bad or irritating in my life, I remember how much these other families are suffering.

  7. What a terrible, shocking blow to all. I’m sure the whole island is feeling the sadness of this great loss due to the combined accidents. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. May God bless you all and give everyone strength to get through this, yet, another tragedy.

  8. We will lift up all the families in our daily prayers Tragic loss is difficult and surviving members will need extra prayers and support to help them through this season. We are confident the island community will continue to rally around the families and provide them with love and support. That is one of the many strengths of a small community like Mackinac Island.

  9. Memorial Education Fund for the wife and child of Joe Pann (my son’s co-worker pilot) has been set up by my future daughter-in-law, checks can be sent to: First National Bank c/o Jacqueline Michels benefit for Andrea Pann, 132 N. State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781. Thank you in advance…Tammy

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