Delores Proulx “Gean” Hendrickson, 95, passed away on July 12, 2019, of natural causes.
Gean was born to Frances and Mary Dunn Proulx outside of Gagetown Michigan in a small French Irish farming community called Frenchtown. Gean had three siblings, Frank (Mary) Bill (Eva) and Shirley (Cliff Wood) who all are deceased.
Gean was a PBX switchboard operator in Detroit after her high school graduation until the outbreak of World War II. During the war, she proudly became a “Rosie the Riveter”, making parts for planes, where she joined the many women who silently served our country in so many important ways. After the war, she resumed to her switchboard job and met E. John (Jack) Hendrickson when he came home from serving in the war.
Gean and Jack married in 1949 and decided to move to Calumet to join the family business, Kilpelas Appliance Store, run by Wayne (Catherine Hendrickson) and Walt Kilpela. Jack, Gean and Jack’s brother, H. William Hendrickson, (our beloved Uncle Bill) bought out Kilpelas and ran the store for 37 years as part of the Hendrickson family.
Jack and Gean
had two children, David J (Sandra Voelker] and Vicki ( Jeff Musselman ); six
grandchildren, Carey Hendrickson Espinoza , Stacy Hendrickson , Ryan
Hendrickson, Benett Musselman, Jack Musselman who died in 1991, and Dru (Trent
Priest); three beautiful great-grandchildren, Aria, Noelle and Joseph Espinoza;
many beloved nieces and nephews and many granddogs and grandcats.
and Gean were snowbirds, spending many years in Greenacres, Florida where they
enjoyed golfing, swimming and socializing with the many friends they
met. They enjoyed sharing their home with their children and
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gean was a member of the Calumet Lady
Elks Club and a past President of the Lady Elks. She was a competitive golfer,
playing in many tournaments; and she and Jack both were members of the Calumet
Golf Club and Lake Worth Florida golf Club for many
was passionate about learning, encouraging her children and grandchildren to be
educated, be informed in political and cultural policy, and to think. She was
well-read and encouraged reading in the home. Gean was a card-carrying
Democrat, a Member of Sacred Heart Church in Calumet, Saint Christopher’s
Parish in Marquette, and Saint Matthews Church in Greenacres, Fl. Gean was a
strong woman, a true Lady who believed in the power of friendship, hospitality,
family, and her Church beliefs. Gean was a wonderful hostess who set a
beautiful table, an encourager, a volunteer at JFK Hospital in Florida and the
Barbara Kettle Gundlock Shelter in Calumet
We are truly
blessed to have her as a mother, mother in -law, grandmother and as our GiGi.
A Mass of Christian
Burial will be held on Saturday, August 17, at 11 am at St. Paul The Apostle
Catholic Church in Calumet, Michigan, with Fr. Gracious Pulimoottil as
celebrant, preceded by a visitation from 10 am until the time of the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to Smile Train or Salvation Army.
McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Ironwood, is assisting the family. For more information or to express online condolences, please visit mckevittpatrikfuneralhome.com.