Colleen Susan STRINGER
of Hadley Township passed away suddenly in the morning hours of July 31st, 2014. She was 67. She was born in Woodstock, Illinois on January 4th, 1947, to Richard and Gloria Hennessy. She and her sisters Gloria (Charles) Zubek and Sharon (Douglas) Conquest enjoyed traveling back to the family farm in Illinois from their childhood home in Flint, Michigan. While attending the University of Michigan, she traveled the world with her Aunt Mary Hennessy, amassing her worldly knowledge and famous spoon collection along the way. Following a brief stint as an English teacher, she pursued and earned her Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan and began working at Flint Public Library. On August 12th, 1978 she married her soul mate, Kenneth J. Stringer of Beverly, Ohio. They would adopt three of their six children from Seoul, South Korea and raise their large family at their country home in Hadley Hills. Following the death of her husband in 1998, she began work at the Brandon Township Public Library. Her work as a reference librarian was her passion; as she mentored her children into adulthood, she stressed the importance of choosing a profession that you love, just as she loved serving her library patrons. She would reluctantly accept the role of Library Director in late-2013 and focus on protecting the livelihoods of the library staff while maximizing the library’s positive role in the community. An avid gardener, Colleen spent countless hours tending to her extensive gardens. She most looked forward to spending her days with family and friends. An annual family camping trip held a special place in her heart. She will be remembered for her unmatched grace and generosity, unfailing advice, zest for life, and her ability to make one’s most trivial favor or accomplishment feel like an act of heroism. She truly cared for all. She will be welcomed into heaven by her husband Kenneth, her parents, and brothers-in-law Charles and Douglas. She is survived by her six children: Andrea (Kevin) Grobe, Caroline Culbert, Melanie (Terry) Weathers, Daniel, Sean (Chelsea), and Ryan; six grandchildren: Jordan, Madeline, Garett, Ethan, Haley, and Hudson; sisters Gloria and Sharon; sisters-in-law Jo Ann (Thomas) Drake, Jeri Brown, and Judy (Thomas) Carlisle; numerous dear nieces, nephews, and cousins; her best friend Kathy Talley; and her two beloved collies Sophie and Jack.
Family will receive friends Tuesday and Wednesday 3:00-9:00 p.m. with a rosary service Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Service :
Funeral Mass Thursday, August 7, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 825 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville.
A memorial in her honor may be made to Brandon Township Public Library, In care of The Estate of Colleen Stringer, 7144 Park Ridge Parkway, Swartz Creek, MI 48473