Memorials & News from the Founder Family

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John Sterling McCarthy passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018.

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Marlene Pierce

Marlene Pierce, wife of “Daddy Don” Pierce, passed away on December 17, 2017 in Montague Michigan.

Nancy Gorbics

Nancy Gorbics passed away on Tuesday, December 5.

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Dwight Tompkins

Dwight Tompkins, (Miniwanca camper ’73-’75, leader ’76-’77) passed away on August 14.

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Charlotte Mills

Charlotte Mills passed away at the age of 88 on April 22, 2017. Charlotte attended Miniwanca for many years in the 1940s. She was a long-time supporter of AYF and attended several conferences.

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Laura & Elliott Martin

This is a real polar plunge into the Antarctic Ocean. Laura and Elliott Martin were members of Miniwanca’s┬áPolar Bear Club in the ’90s and ’00s. Having trained in the waters of Lake Michigan, they enjoyed their invigorating dip. Their mother (left) who was not a Miniwanca camper, didn’t enjoy the swim as much. Their father, Meade Martin, a Miniwanca camper in the ’60s and ’70s, took the photo. He had enough sense not to jump into the 29 degree water.


Morris Morgan

Rev. Dr. Morris J. (Jon) Morgan, 98, of Cambridge City, died at Friends Fellowship on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 with family and friends.

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Steve Osborn

Steve Osborn, a much beloved presence at Miniwanca Boys Camp, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan.

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