OBITUARY

Christine Virginia Tearney

October 15, 1923May 4, 2019
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Christine Virginia Tearney, a longtime resident of Clear Lake, Ind., passed from this life amidst the love and affection of her family on May 4, 2019, at Lakeland Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Angola, Ind., where she had been living since July of 2017. Christine was born to John and Mary Wills in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, Mich., on Oct. 15, 1923, the third of five children. Her parents were born in Ireland and her Irish heritage was something she took pride in throughout her life. She attended schools in Detroit and later, Ypsilanti, Mich. After high school she attended Eastern Michigan Normal University before enrolling in nursing cadet training during World War II, beginning a long career as a registered nurse. She spent much of that at Cameron Hospital/Bryan Medical Center in Bryan, Ohio. She married Raymond Ruel Tearney on April 23, 1949, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Mich. She and Ray raised their growing family in a number of states, including Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Washington, before finally settling at their home on Clear Lake, Ind. Ray preceded her in death on May 24, 2010. Throughout her life, Christine was sustained and nurtured by her Catholic faith. She was active in local parishes, particularly St. Paul’s Chapel at Clear Lake, where she took part in the choir and especially enjoyed arranging flowers for the altar. She was particularly devoted to the Blessed Mother. She loved her home at Clear Lake, where she enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, fishing with her husband and walks along the lakeshore. Sunsets over the water and the seasonal changes in the lake’s appearance particularly delighted her. She enjoyed watching sports on television and was a big fan of the University of Michigan Wolverines. She was the center of family life for her eight children and took great delight in her 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She was a great whistler, using that talent to call her children home for supper from neighborhoods wherever they lived. She is survived by her four daughters and four sons: Kathleen “Kit” (Eric) Tyler, of Clear Lake; Patrick (Mary Fran Lepeska) of Port Washington, Wis.; Kevin (Lynn) of Perrysburg, Ohio; Michael (Julie Cashmer) of Bryan, Ohio; Timothy (Kim) of Fremont, Ind.; Bridgett of Clear Lake; Megan (Darren) Zink, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Kristin (Timothy) Fee, of Mishawaka, Ind. She is also survived by her sister, Cecelia “Betty” Ellis, of Boston, Mass, formerly of Ann Arbor, Mich. Nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins as well as other relatives and friends further survive her. In addition to her husband, Raymond, she was preceded in death by: Her parents, a brother, John, two sisters and their husbands, Mary (Jerry) Croghan and Margaret “Honey” (Eugene) Ostlund, as well as other relatives and friends. The Requiem Mass for Christine will be celebrated on Thursday, May 9, at St. Paul Catholic Chapel, Clear Lake at 11 a.m. Internment will follow at Ray-Covenanter Cemetery, Fremont, Ind. Visitation will take place Wednesday, May 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Beams Funeral Home in Fremont. A rosary service will take place at 7 p.m. Memorials are to St. Paul Catholic Chapel. The family would like to thank the many people at Lakeland Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who helped make her comfortable during her time there.

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  • St. Paul Catholic Chapel

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Holly Wilkinson

May 10, 2019

So many memories with so many Tearneys. She was a tiny Little rock for so many. Her faith and her love of family and her love of her home gave anyone lucky enough to cross paths with her a feeling of calm and safety. Thank you sweet Chris for sharing your beautiful family with me. Your influence is a big part of who I am today. Rest In Peace ❤️

Barbara Spletzer-Cheetwood

May 8, 2019

Tearney Family, so sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know your Mom personally, I know several of you and think that being able to raise such wonderful children, she must have been an outstanding Mom and person. I loved her obituary. Prayers,

Brenda Sommers

May 8, 2019

I never met Christine, but feel like I knew her personally from stories Bridgett and Lindsay told me about her. I know she will be sorely missed by family and friends and would like to convey my deepest sympathy for your loss. 🌹

Dorothy Nothe

May 6, 2019

I wanted to express my deepest sympathy on your loss. She was more than a person I cared for. She treated myself as family. She loved and worried about me, even though she didn't feel the best. She was so appreciative of all I did for her. I will miss sunday mornings how she would want me to sit and watch mass with her. Then Christine and her roommate would tell me, I need to take care of my knees. How I'm going to miss this little lady, she was more of a mom to me than she knew.

Alice Cooper

May 5, 2019

You have my sympathy, prayers and thoughts of all the good times in the past 52 years and in the future with the family.

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