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  • Visitation:  6:30-8:00 p.m.  Friday at the funeral home
  • Funeral:  12 Noon  Saturday at St. Charles Church

Michael Frederick Hood, age 74 of Greenville, formerly of Alpena, passed away Tuesday morning, September 2, 2008 at home under the loving care of his family and Heartland Hospice. The son of John F. Jack and Maebelle Jane (Gruelich) Hood, he was born on May 10, 1934.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mike served during the Korean Conflict and following his discharge, earned his Bachelors degree from Wayne State University and his Masters degree from Michigan State University. He then worked in the automobile manufacturing industry, first for General Motors and then Ford Motor Company. On May 25, 1963, in Danville, Kentucky, he married Anne Elizabeth Pruitt.

Later, the family relocated to Alpena where he began a career in education at Alpena Community College, retiring as Dean of Administration. In Alpena, he was a member of St. Annes Catholic Church and the Alpena Yacht Club. Three years ago, Mike and Anne moved to Greenville and were members of St. Charles Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, William Hood. Surviving are his wife of over 45 years, Anne Hood of Greenville; a daughter and son-in-law, Leah & Tom Talaski of Greenville; a son and daughter-in-law, William & Melissa Hood of Alpena; five grandchildren, Kaitlyn Michelle Talaski and Brian Thomas Talaski, both of Greenville, and triplets, Jack Pruitt Hood, Hanna Elizabeth Hood, and Isabelle Grace Hood, all of Alpena; two brothers, John & Betty Hood of Grosse Isle, and Bert & Sandy Hood of Phoenix, Arizona; a sister, Margaret & Pete Frejkowski of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania; a sister-in-law, Mary Jo & Hugh Coomer; a brother-in-law, King & Brenda Pruitt, all of Danville, Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, with Father Phil Salmonowicz as celebrant. Burial will take place privately at Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, Kentucky.

Visitation is Friday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Greenville, and also at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral Mass. Envelopes for memorial contributions to either the Renucci Hospitality House of Spectrum Health-Butterworth or to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montcalm County will be available.

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    09/16/2008 –

    Marge Pahlkotter

    Anne, My husband Ron had never met your husband, however he also sends his regards. We were so surprised to get the news. Jeanne said to tell you how saddened to hear this also. I f we can do anything for you,please let us quilters know. Again, our deepest sympathy.

    09/16/2008 –

    Rae Tober

    Dear Anne, we was heart-broken when we received your email. We will always remember the gentleman named Mike. You made such a delightful couple and we enjoyed our time with you both. Remembering the good memories will always keep his soul alive. Rae Tober and Ina Plant.

    09/15/2008 –

    Nomi Whalen

    Dear Anne, I did not know of your loss! Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences! I remember ‘us’ and, believe me, I KNOW this feeling! Celebrate what you had together and know people who have passed through your life, however briefly, care about and support you! Nomi Whalen

    09/08/2008 –

    Bobbie Sommer Chappell

    Dear Anne and family – How I treasure our days in Michigan when you and Mike met and began your life together. I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing and hope that your memories will comfort you always. You are special friends to so many people.
    Love, Bobbie

    09/07/2008 –

    Noel & Lorna Lemere

    Dear Anne, We were very sorry to hear of Mike’s death. It has been a long time since we have seen you, but we cherish the memories of the good times we enjoyed with you and Mike and Tom and Louise Lee. It made being newcomers to this area a lot easier. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may your good memories help you through this time. Noel and Lorna

    09/06/2008 –

    Brad & June Lang

    Dear Anne & Family – hard to express in words how sorry we are for your loss. Brad feels he lost his “Best Friend” – Mike was someone he was always able to talk to. We will miss him.

    09/05/2008 –

    Herb & Carol Knowlton

    Dear Anne and Family,
    Carol and I are very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Herb and Carol Knowlton

    09/05/2008 –

    Mary Allen

    Ann & Family, We are saddend by the loss of Mike and we will miss him greatly. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. Jamey, Mary, Megan & Evelyn Allen

    09/04/2008 –

    Alpena Community College

    To the Family of Mike Hood: So many memories of Mike have been shared in the last couple of days with those of us at ACC and others who have stopped by or have called and expressed a sorrow but have also shared a “remember when” Michael memory. The stories have been a wonderful reliving of some very special times spent with Mike. The ACC community has decided to set up a scholarship fund to be awarded through the ACC Foundation in Mike’s memory for the many years he provided support and committment to ACC, his co-workers, and all staff.

    09/04/2008 –

    Ed (& Myrna) Wilson

    May the Lord’s gracious blessing be with each of you during these difficult days. Ed (& Myrna)Wilson

    09/04/2008 –

    Bill Hood

    Dad, I’ll miss you.

    09/04/2008 –

    Rose Standen

    so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. You are in my prayers.

    09/04/2008 –

    Darby & Chris Williams

    Anne, Bill, Melissa, Leah, Tom, and family: our thoughts are with you during this ttime of loss. Anne, we will always relish the memories of our good times and great meals together in Alpena, Mike’s taking Darby under his wing as a new associate dean, and our continuing friendship. We’re so glad we were able to spend time with you and Mike this spring at the resort.

    09/04/2008 –

    Ida Kujala

    Dear Anne, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your partner. Mike was a great guy and you had such a wonderful life together. We keep you in our thoughts during this difficult time. Much love, Ida

    09/04/2008 –

    Carol & Sam Boyer

    Anne, Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

    09/04/2008 –

    Marilyn Rensberry

    Dear Anne and family, We are so sorry you lost your husband, dad and grandpa. I didn’t know Mike, but I remember so many good times with you and the Chapter I preschool group in Alpena. May you feel God’s comfort and strength in the days ahead. Marilyn

    09/04/2008 –

    Sue K. Brown

    Dear Ann and Family–
    You are all being thought of at this difficult time in the hope that you will find peace and joy in all the wonderful memories of experiences you have shared with Mike (Dad).
    He was a great guy and will be remembered fondly by his many friends. Sincerely–Sue

    09/03/2008 –

    Allison Cousineau

    Bill, Melissa, Anne and family;
    I am sorry for the loss of Mr. Hood. From the stories I have heard, he was a wonderful man, father and grandfather. I am sure he is in heaven watching over his family now. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Jack, Hanna and Isabelle Hood’s babysitter.

    09/03/2008 –

    Betty Smolinski

    Anne and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Words can’t express the sympathy I am feeling for you and all you are going through. May you find comfort in the memories of someone so special. And Mike was special – not only to his family and friends but to all of us who had the privilege to work with him. Lots of memories from ACC. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    09/03/2008 –

    Melodee Marceau

    Anne, So sorry to hear about your husband. I read that in today’s paper. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Melodee

    09/03/2008 –

    Carolyn Anderson

    Hi Anne, This came as a shock to see Mike’s obituary in today’s Alpena News. My sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely, Carolyn

    09/03/2008 –

    Debbie Rasmussen RN

    Keeping you and your famiy in my prayers. I know Micheal is in a special place. It was an honor to help him finish his days with Dignity and comfort. God Bless Debbie Rasmussen RN

    09/03/2008 –

    Kathy and Chester Gorski

    To Anne and family, you have our deepest sympathy and our prayers are with all of you at this time of sorrow. We’ve only known Mike for a short time but the impact he has had on our family has left us with lasting memories. We will miss his jovial personality, wonderful smile and his intriguing conversations. Take care and God bless, Chet and Kathy Gorski

    09/03/2008 –

    Carol Mundorf

    Dear Anne and family, We are so sorry for your loss of Mike. Words are inadequate to express our feelings. We enjoyed the times we spent with you, Anne, and Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will definitely keep in touch.
    Dave and Carol Mundorf

    09/03/2008 –

    Larry Quade

    “Cherish the Memories”
    I certainly will. Mike and I went back many years as I was the northern Michigan sales representative for Burroughs Corporation, which became Unisys in 1986. We not only became business associates via ACC, but friends as well, sharing many good times away from the work environment.
    Words often seem so shallow at times like this but regardless, I do wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to Anne and her children in their time of grief in the loss of her husband and father.

    09/02/2008 –

    Margaret & Jerry May

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing – wish that we had got together with you like we had planned. We still talk about the enjoyable time we spent on the boat across Lake Michigan. Our sincere sympathy to you Anne and all of your family. Margaret and Jerry May

    09/02/2008 –

    PJ, Dawn, and Madelyn Frejkowski

    We send our deepest sympathy to Aunt Anne, Leah Talaski & Family, Bill Hood & Family, and the entire Hood family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

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