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Life Story / Obituary


James William "Jim" Sarasin of Traverse City passed away at home on July 31, 2014 at the age of 93.

Jim was born June 18, 1921 in Kewadin, Michigan the son of James Francis and Mary Ellen (Quinlan) Sarasin, who predeceased him.

Jim grew up in Kewadin and attended grade school in Kewadin and high school in Elk Rapids where he graduated in 1939. During his high school years he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball. In later years Jim enjoyed bowling and golfing.

Jim married his sweetheart, Edith E. Barratt on August 23, 1941 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elk Rapids. They were married for 72 years. Theirs was a happy and loving marriage.

Jim and Edith made their home in Traverse City. They owned a cottage on Long Lake and spent many happy hours there swimming , boating and water skiing. They enjoyed time together, dancing, traveling and camping. They traveled to Hawaii, Las Vegas and spent many winters in Florida.

Jim was employed by Montgomery Ward & Co. for 32 years. He was manager of the Tire Department at the time of his retirement in 1979.

Jim was kind and loving; a man of integrity.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, James and Mary Ellen Sarasin; his wife, Edith; sisters, Margaret M. McAlpine, Helen Beach and Rose Sarasin; who died in infancy and his brother, Philip M. Sarasin Sr.

Left to cherish his memory are his nieces and nephews, Helen (Roy) Spears, Mary Ellen Sarasin, Ann (Tom) Jannereth, Phil (Darlene) Sarasin Jr., Kathleen (Bill) Edwardson, Rita Wier, Frank (Roxanne) Sarasin, Earl (Sue) Beach, George (Joyce) Beach, Mary Ellen (Hugh) Buchanan, Helen (Lee) Hendryx, Valerie (Gabe) Nagy and Margo (Larry) Clarfelt; sisters-in-law, Norma Pleva, Jacquelyn Adams and Eileen Haywood; brother-in-law, Don (Colleen) Adams.

The family wishes to thank caregiver, Joann for her wonderful heartfelt loving care of Jim and also to caregivers, Ana, Mary and Nickie for their loving care. A special thank you to Deacon Rene Hoensheid of St. Francis Catholic Church for his visits to Jim and for bringing him communion. Also our deep appreciation to nephew Jim Lee Savage for all the devotion and care he gave Jim.

Per Jim's wishes, cremation will taken place. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens next to his wife, Edith. He will be remembered privately by his family. Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. Francis Catholic Church, Food Pantry or charity of one's choice. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to sign the guest book and share a message with his family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.