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 www.fulcrumfoundation.org, National Ski Patrol www.nsp.org, Seattle Children’s Hospital www.seattlechildrens.org, The Arthritis Foundation www.arthirits.org
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