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Carol Harrigan

April 27, 1932 - February 26, 2023
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Carol L. Harrigan, 90, of Traverse City, MI passed away at her home on February 26th, 2023. She was born April 27th, 1932 in Marilla Township, MI, to James and Nina (Winters) Bahr.

Carol graduated from Kaleva High School in 1951. She graduated from the Sparrow School of Nursing with a Bachelor's Degree. She worked as a Registered Nurse for over 35 years at Thirlby Clinic in Traverse City, MI.

Carol married Ted M Harrigan on November 10th, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. She loved spending time with friends and family, and made sure no one left her house with an empty stomach. She was an avid card player and would stay up all hours of the night playing euchre at Grawn United Methodist Church or with her family and friends at home. Her service to her church community was important to her as she spent countless hours baking for Sweet Shop sales, helped with luncheons, taught children’s Sunday School, sang in the choir, and attended women’s group, church women united, and bible study every week. Carol always put others first and did whatever she could to support and care for anyone in her presence and always had a smile on her face.

She is survived by her two sons, Jeffery J. Harrigan and Thomas J. (Mia) Harrigan of Traverse City, three granddaughters Bethany (Tyler) Willcock, Jessica Harrigan, and Kristen Harrigan, great granddaughter Elise Willcock, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ted Harrigan, daughter Kathleen, sisters Mille (Reino) Repo, Marjorie (Robert) Larabee, Lola (Kenneth) Benoit, Goldie (Harvey) Budnik, Dora (Robert) Landis, brother Dale (Mildred) Bahr, and grandson Jacob Harrigan.

Services will be held on April 2nd at 1:00pm with visitation from 12:00 until 1:00 at Grawn United Methodist Church with a luncheon to follow. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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