NEWBERRY - Pauline Dwyer Dake, 90, of Newberry died Tuesday morning June 23, 2009 at the Luce County Annex in Newberry.
Born on August 7, 1918, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., she moved to Newberry in 1928. She was a 1937 graduate of Newberry High School and a 1941 graduate of the Augustana School of Nursing in Chicago. She began her career as a private duty nurse in Chicago, then during World War II worked as a registered nurse in Baltimore, Md., and Jacksonville, Fla., while her husband was in the military; then returned to Newberry to work at the Tahquamenon General Hospital; and finished her career as a nursing supervisor at Newberry State Hospital.
As a member of the St. Gregory's Catholic Church choir, Pauline began playing the organ for the choir in the mid-1940s on a part-time, as-needed basis, which was the beginning of a long volunteer career. After the regular organist retired, Pauline became the full-time organist, and later the choir director, finally retiring from the choir in 2006. She was honored for her service to the church, receiving a papal blessing from Pope John Paul II in 1985 in honor of 40 years of service, and a papal blessing from Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 in honor of 60 years of service. She was the recipient of the Upper Peninsula Choral Leadership Award in 2005.
She was involved in many community music productions, including local ice skating shows and 4-H Achievement shows, was a member of the Newberry Theatrical Association, the Newberry Women's Chorus, the Newberry Community Chorus, the Newberry Christmas Carolers, and the Tahquamenon Strings. Her talents also included painting and poetry and she had a wonderful sense of humor. She and her husband, Jim Dake, made beautiful music together.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bernard Dwyer; grandson, Gregory Dwyer; and brothers, Paul, Robert, Bryce and Daniel.
She is survived by her husband, James Dake; sons, James (Marla) of Marquette and Laurence Dwyer of Ann Arbor; daughter, Margaret (Roger) Schmitz of Blaine, Minn.; grandchildren, Derek (Heidi) Schmitz and Teresa (Danny) Armstrong; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Meryl (Buck) Hankey, Bruce (Lynn) Dake, Janet (Gary) Yoder, Barb (Gary) Stewart, Diane (Daniel) Granquist, Joe (Agusta) Dake and Dave (Lisa) Dake.
Friends may call at the Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry on Sunday, June 28, 2009, from 4 until 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Newberry on Monday, June 29, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Frank Ricca officiating. Rite of Committal will take place at Forest Home Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to St. Gregory's Catholic Church in memory of Pauline Dwyer Dake.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.