OBITUARY

Ann Lavon Sutliff

October 2, 1956February 9, 2019
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Ann L. Sutliff, 62, passed away on February 9, 2019. She was born October 2, 1956 in Traverse City, Michigan, to Donald and Millie Shea. After growing up on a cherry farm overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, Ann graduated from MSU and started working at Holt High School, where she would teach English class to countless high schoolers over her career.

Ann loved to read and take care of her grandson, and she was eagerly anticipating the upcoming births of two more grandchildren. Throughout her life, she loved returning to the farm in Traverse City and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her nephew, Logan Shea; her mother-in-law, Doris Sutliff; and special cousin, Rich McCarthy.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jeff Sutliff; her children, Kyle Kast, Whitney (David) Hill, Ian (Briana) Kast, and Preston Sutliff; her grandson, Wallace; her two grandchildren-on-the-way, Presleigh Jane and Theodore; her parents, Don and Millie Shea; her siblings, Katherine “Katie” (Tim) Belanger, Patrick (Marta) Shea, and Michael (Shanna) Shea; her many nieces and nephews; and her dear friends, Amy Lester, Bill Savage, and Brenda Lynch Hawley.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 5pm until 8pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Mason Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson St., Mason. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 2pm at the funeral home.

In honor of Ann, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Jeanne Yates Tomlinson

February 14, 2019

I had so much fun team teaching with Ann in American Studies. Along with Dan Plunkett we offered a new course at HHS that combined English 10 with American History. Ann, Dan and I integrated the content in an inclusive classroom. We worked hard to create a new course that helped all students integrate and apply their skills. Ann was there for every single student. She had a lightness and love for teaching and I will miss her. May love, peace and joy abide with Ann now and always.

Dave & Sandy Strzempek Schoen

February 13, 2019

Dear Pat & family, So sorry to learn about your loss. All our love & prayers.

Megan Brown (Kershul)

February 13, 2019

Ann was my first department head at Holt. She was so warm and welcoming and always had a smile for everyone. Her light will be missed!

Trisha Keck (Esper)

February 12, 2019

I was so lucky to have her as my English teacher, she was truly one of my favorite teachers and absolutely loved her so much. She will be missed by many and prayers and hugs to the entire family. 💖

Brian Templin

February 12, 2019

“The American writers and thinkers known as the Transcendentalists, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, believed in the unity of all creation, the basic goodness of humankind, and the superiority of spiritual vision over mere logic. “ Ann was a transcendentalist. Her passion was to create a curriculum that would extend beyond the normal classroom experience. Her gentle maternal power transcended the learning culture of a typical large high school, and embodied our mission; We Care, We Learn, We Grow. Indeed, we are all enriched in celebrating the life of Ann.

Rhonda Nicholas

February 12, 2019

I spent many happy hours with Ann and her family. Her mom was like a second mom to me, and Ann was a very dear friend. I was sorry we lost touch after high school, but it sounds like she had a wonderful and full life. I'm thankful for her friendship & all the great memories! One I'll never forget is sledding on that hill by their barn. On one particular day, we grabbed a big inner tube & were all set to go. Ann pointed out that the hill was way too icy & we probably shouldn't go down it, but I just had to give it a try! Suffice it to say, it was a very fast trip down the hill with a very hard landing! I hit the bottom so hard, it knocked me sprawling! While I was laying there catching my breath, one of their dogs took off with my hat... They found it way out in the back of the orchard a couple days later! I also gave Ann a kitten that my folks wouldn't let me keep. That cat used to hide under their kitchen table and terrorize everyone who walked by!

Paula Sammons

February 11, 2019

Ann was a friend of mine in High School. We lost touch after that. The last time I saw her was at a Traverse City High School reunion. Some of the people there weren’t coming over to talk to me, because they had found out I was gay. But Ann didn’t have any problem with that. Her kindness and smile lit up my heart...as well as the room. It meant a great deal to me, and I will always remember. It’s funny, I had just been thinking of this, and her, the other day. Thank you Ann for your friendship, and for being such a beacon of light in this world. I don’t know how you died, but I hope it was as gentle as you were. Rest In Peace dear kind soul. ❤️🕯❤️

chuck and marian roetman

February 11, 2019

we are saddened to learn of your loss Jeff and Family..thoughts and prayers your way..in sympathy from the Roetman Family

Leah Braman

February 11, 2019

Ann was my mentor teacher at Holt High School. When I entered her classroom, I was struggling to find my teacher-self (or even decide if it was my calling). Ann helped me find my path with her constant positivity, support, and reflection. She changed my life, and I know I am not alone in saying that. She loved her students and did all she could to help them grow as people, and for many, she was their school mom. Anne's legacy is one of compassion, and it will live on in the lives she touched.

Mary Neuman

February 11, 2019

With deepest sympathy,
Mary

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Biography

Ann L. Sutliff, 62, passed away on February 9, 2019. She was born October 2, 1956 in Traverse City, Michigan, to Donald and Millie Shea. After growing up on a cherry farm overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, Ann graduated from MSU and started working at Holt High School, where she would teach English class to countless high schoolers over her career.

Ann loved to read and take care of her grandson, and she was eagerly anticipating the upcoming births of two more grandchildren. Throughout her life, she loved returning to the farm in Traverse City and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her nephew, Logan Shea; her mother-in-law, Doris Sutliff; and special cousin, Rich McCarthy.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jeff Sutliff; her children, Kyle Kast, Whitney (David) Hill, Ian (Briana) Kast, and Preston Sutliff; her grandson, Wallace; her two grandchildren-on-the-way, Presleigh Jane and Theodore; her parents, Don and Millie Shea; her siblings, Katherine “Katie” (Tim) Belanger, Patrick (Marta) Shea, and Michael (Shanna) Shea; her many nieces and nephews; and her dear friends, Amy Lester, Bill Savage, and Brenda Lynch Hawley.