2014-06-26 / Obituaries

Nancy Sawtelle


Nancy Sawtelle Nancy Sawtelle Nancy Hall Sawtelle, 85, of Drummond Island, was a diver and was very knowledgeable about Great Lakes shipwreck history. Mrs. Sawtelle died Friday, June 20, 2014, at Hospice of the EUP in Sault Ste. Marie.

She was born May 18, 1929, in Flint.

She grew up in Flint, where she was graduated from high school. She then worked for a time as a telephone operator.

She visited an aunt in California, where she met James Sawtelle. They were married October 15, 1948, in Los Gatos, California.

Mr. Sawtelle was stationed with the United States Navy in Kodiak, Alaska, which is where they spent their honeymoon and made their first home. Over the years, they lived in the Turks and Caicos, West Indies, for 21 years. They lived and traveled many other places, including Michigan, where Mr. Sawtelle worked as a diver, and she was the diving tender and historian. She had a strong, adventurous spirit, and was known as the first woman to dive under ice at night.

She is survived by her husband, Jim; two sons and their families, Ricky Sawtelle and Michael Sawtelle, both of Drummond Island; a daughter and her family, Vicki and Michael Glynn of Inverness, Florida; four grandchildren and their families, Steven Sawtelle, Patti and Pat Kiczenski, Mandolin Sawtelle, and Morgan Sawtelle, and three greatgrandchildren, Ace Sawtelle, Diamond Sawtelle, and Cole Kiczenski.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patti Sawtelle; an infant son, Steven Sawtelle, and two daughters-in-law, Brenda Sawtelle and Maureen Sawtelle.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at Brookside Cemetery in Charlevoix.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Drummond Island Ambulance Corps, Drummond Island, MI 49726.

Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford is assisting the family with arrangements.

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