2008-05-15 / Obituaries

Veronica Massaway

Veronica Massaway of Simmons Road in St. Ignace Township was a former Mackinac Island resident who worked at the Lakeview Hotel and Island House on Mackinac Island, and at Kewadin Casino in St. Ignace. For 25 years, she was the executive housekeeper at the Lakeview, working for Harry Ryba and Ira Green. She was the supervisory housekeeper at Kewadin Casino. She was known as a gracious lady, friends said, who always had a smile, was kind, and loved her family. Mrs. Massaway died at age 72 Saturday, May 10, 2008, at her home, following a lingering illness.

She was born on Mackinac Island June 4, 1935, to Cecilia (nee Perault) and Frank Cadotte, and she attended school there. Her family lived on the island until July 1965.

Mrs. Massaway was a Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Elder.

She married John Massaway November 6, 1954, and he survives her.

She is also survived by six sons and their families, John Jr. and Linda of St. Ignace, Frank of St. Ignace, Paul and Marion of St. Ignace, Joe and Denise of Essexville, Robert and Petina of St. Ignace, and Nicholas of St. Ignace; a daughter, Theresa St. Andrew of St. Ignace; one brother and his family, Nicholas "Bing" and Delores of Caro; three sisters, Lucille Visnaw, Theresa Howell, and Frances Bazinaw, all of St. Ignace; 16 grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by three nieces she and Mr. Massaway helped rear, including Marie Hutchins, Rose Good, and Rose Kerr.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Leona Keyser and Mary Andress; a brother-in-law, Joseph Howell; a son-in-law, LeRoy St. Andrew, and a grandson, John Massaway III.

A Native American service, visitation, and a prayer service took place Monday, May 12, at Dodson Funeral Home in St. Ignace. Deacon Don Olmstead officiated the service.

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