2013-05-02 / Obituaries

Anita J. Young


Anita J. Young Anita J. Young ESCANABA – Anita Young, 89, of Gladstone, Mich., passed away peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Bishop Noa Home, in Escanaba, Mich.,where she currently resided.

Anita was born June 27, 1923, in Escanaba, the daughter of Fredrik and Jeannette (Tappenden) Thorbjornsen. She was raised in Escanaba and was a 1941 graduate of the Escanaba Senior High School.

On Nov. 15, 1941, Anita was united in marriage to Stephen Young and together the couple made their home and raised their family in West Gladstone. Throughout her life, Anita worked primarily as a homemaker, lovingly caring for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, canning, baking and going berry picking. In addition, Anita was proud to have taught many children swimming lessons and was always attentive to the care of her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Fondly referred to as “GG”, Anita was proud to make special birthday cakes each year for her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include: her son, Stephen (Mary) Young of Manistique, Mich.; daughters, Ellen (Peter) Derber of Manistique and Loretta (Larry) Boucher of Escanaba; brother, Raymond Thorbjornsen of Escanaba; sister, Ellen Cain of Indianapolis, Ind.; grandchildren, Joanne (Mark) Flessland, Rebecca (John) Richardson, Matthew Derber, Amy (Jon) Liss, Kimberly (Jason) Cappaert, Jennie (Chris) Miron and Carmen (John) Jamison; great-grandchildren, Tony, Mara, Josie, Sadie, Wyatt, Regan, John III, Jacob,Ty, Brooke and Devin; and great-great-grandchild, Bailey. Also surviving is Anita’s special friend, Rose Miron of Escanaba, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrik and Jeannette; her loving husband, Stephen; brothers, Fredrik, Kenneth and Norman Thorbjornsen; sister, Elizabeth Caddell; and granddaughter, Kristina (Derber) Schwartz

Celebration of life services, to honor the life of Anita J. Young, will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba, with Pastor Judy Kincaid officiating.

Anita will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Kristina Derber Schwartz Scholarship Fund at Manistique High School, 100 North Cedar St., Manistique, MI 49854.

Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Young family with arrangements. Messages of condolence to the Young family may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.

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