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 Brynhild Signy “Beo” <I>Oas</I> Mitchell

Brynhild Signy “Beo” Oas Mitchell

Ishpeming, Marquette County, Michigan, USA
Death 18 Jan 2013 (aged 109)
Munising, Alger County, Michigan, USA
Burial Munising, Alger County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 103787831 · View Source
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Brynhild Signy [Sing-nee] Oas "Beo" Mitchell

2009 NMU INTERVIEW with BEO (age 105+)

Brynhild Signy Oas Mitchell, 109+, better known to relatives and friends as Aunt "Beo" or "Beo," died on Friday evening, January 18, 2013, at the Superior Health Haven in Munising. She was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on November 24, 1903 to Peter Albert and Signe [Sing-nah] (Windsand) Oas. The family moved to Lansing early in 1904, then moved to Munising, Fall 1908. "Beo" attended the East Ward School at the Tannery location and walked to Munising for seventh grade through high school. She graduated in 1922 on the Delft Theater stage because the high school had burned down in December of 1921. "Beo" studied Library Science at Northern Michigan Normal College and became the Munising librarian from Fall 1923 until early 1942. On September 1, 1941, "Beo" married Edmond J. "Bob" Mitchell. On June 30, 1942, their only child, Beverly Eleanor was born. Edmond preceded her in death in 1991. "Beo" was a charter member of the Alger County Historical Society and was able to assist them with her remarkable memory of people, places, and happenings in Alger County. In 1998, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Superintendent Grant A. Petersen nominated Beo to the Alger County Women of Honor. She had been active in the community over the years with Brownie Girl Scouts, Hospital Auxiliary, Christian Endeavor, Campfire Girls, and a member of the MSU Extension. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. "Beo" served as an original deacon and was involved in the Sunday school, choir, women's association, and Bible study. She was a faithful woman who had a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. "Beo" was a humble woman and did not like to be told that she was an inspiration to people…..but she was. On Friday evening, she was lifted into the loving arms of our Savior, a tired soul who served, loved, and was blessed by Him. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." - Psalm 116:15

She was the last survivor of siblings born to Signe and Albert Oas: Frithjof, Hildur, Edmund, Harold, and Arnold all preceded her in death as well as her dear "son"-in-law, Joseph "Joe" Micallef, and grandson, Angelo Nicholas Micallef.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Micallef and grandsons and wives, Shawn and Jennifer, and Mark and Nancy. "Beo" leaves many beloved nieces and nephews and their many offspring, whose names and most of their children's names she remembered well.

Slide Show of Beo's life (CLICK on each photo/screen to advance to next photo/screen.) Slide Show put together by Beo's grandson, Shawn Micallef.

A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Munising on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jim Ramelis officiating. Visiting time with family and friends took place following the service in the church's fellowship hall. "Beo" loved coffee hour, and coffee and dessert was served during that time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund or the Alger County Historical Society.

Interment and graveside services were held on July 3, 2013 at 2PM at Maple Grove Cemetery. The family waited, as Beo's grandson, Shawn and Jennifer, were able to be in Munising at that time; as well as grandson, Mark and Nancy, of Munising. Beo always loved the 4th of July, too, so this seemed like an appropriate time. The committal was brief, with Pastor Jim Ramellis of Munising First Presbyterian Church doing the honors.

Directions to Beo's gravesite:
Enter through the front gate and go to the 3rd street on the Right (the 1st street is just inside the gate). Turn Right and continue down to the end of the third block. Mitchell is located on the left. There's a large, old maple tree right on the corner of the Family Lot.

The family hoped that you were able to come and say our last goodbyes and that you were able to joint them at the home of Beo's daughter, Beverly "Bev" Mitchell Micallef, afterwards for a light luncheon and get-together.

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  • Created by: Donna Bloxton "Jesus Girl"
  • Added: 19 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103787831
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Brynhild Signy “Beo” Oas Mitchell (24 Nov 1903–18 Jan 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103787831, citing Maple Grove Cemetery, Munising, Alger County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Donna Bloxton "Jesus Girl" (contributor 47675883) .