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(September 23, 1918 – January 14, 2011)

Mary P. Sinclair, a longtime resident of Midland, passed away peacefully inNorthampton, MA on Friday, after a brief illness. Born Mary Jean Palcich, September 23, 1918, in Chisholm Minnesota, the daughter of Joseph Palcich and Margaret Sterle, she was valedictorian of her high school class, and a graduate of the College of St. Catherine?ÇÖs in St Paul, MN. After college, she worked as a teacher, a librarian at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and technical researcher for Dow Chemical.She married William Sinclair on September 27, 1945, and upon his graduation from Georgetown University Law School, came to his hometown of Midland to settle and raise a family. Mary was very active in the community, and was far sighted as an advocate of renewable and sustainable energy, for which she became nationally known. Mary lectured and taught at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Doctorate in Environmental Communications at the age of 75.She deeply loved spending time with her family exploring the Great Lakes waterways by sail, and was never happier than when she was swimming in the cold water of the northern lakes. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, William, her granddaughter Kailey, her sisters Mildred, Anne, and Margaret, and brothers Stan and Joe, as well as their spouses, and nephew Stanley. She is survived by her sons, John (Elizabeth) Sinclair of Twisp, WA; Peter (Sandra Collinson) Sinclair of Midland, MI; and Thomas (Elizabeth) Sinclair of Littleton, CO; daughters Rose Sinclair (Jon Bekoff) of Greenfield, MA; and Ann Sinclair of Frankfort, MI; grandchildren Katie Sinclair, John William Sinclair, Brendan Sinclair, Shaylyn Sinclair; and great-grandson Maverick John Taylor. A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at 10:00 am, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Pete Gaspeny officiating. The family will receive friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 4 to 7 pm and at the church on Friday from 9 until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, 3860 N. Long Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI 49684, or http://www.gtrlc.org/Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com