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Helen Farnsworth commented on the photo Jean Kinnear:
Jean L. Kinnear, 68, died quietly on Wednesday morning, September 17, 2014 of multiple myeloma at home in Marquette in the care of her partner, friends, and Lake Superior Hospice.

Born in Rockbridge County, Virginia April 26, 1946, daughter of Horace and Frances (Davis) Kinnear, she grew up on the family farm near Lexington. Her legacy there is a Virginia Outdoors Foundation Conservation Easement to preserve this land forever undivided as farm and forest.

Jean is survived by life partner Joanna Mitchell, mother Frances D. Kinnear of Harrisonburg, VA, sister Sarah M. Kinnear of Alexandria, VA, dear friends, and many students at NMU and Penn State.

She earned a B.S. in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Recreation and Parks from Pennsylvania State University with minors in biology and water quality, respectively.

As a professor at the Northern Michigan University for 30 years, Jean was the founder of the outdoor recreation curriculum, later the Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management major, and created many courses in that curriculum. While at NMU, she chaired the Academic Senate, served on many committees and retired with emeritus status. She received the Julian Smith Award (MAOEE) for lifetime achievement in outdoor education in 2008.

Flatwater and FreeStyle canoeing, rowing, canoeing instruction and history were lifelong pursuits. As an long time American Canoe Association Instructor Trainer in flatwater canoeing and earlier as an American Red Cross Small Craft Instructor in rowing and canoeing, Jean is the recipient of The Quiet Water Society's 2014 Verlen Kruger Award.

For the National Association for Interpretation, Jean served both regionally and nationally as a member, office holder, committee chair and workshop organizer. She received NAI awards including NAI Fellow 2008, two time National Meritorious Service Award, Distinguished Professional Interpreter, and Regional Meritorious Service Award.

Locally, Jean was a founder of the Hiawatha Interpretive Association (Hiawatha National Forest) serving as member and secretary many years. She was a contributor to the Marquette Monthly "In the Outdoors" column in its early years, Executive Board member of the Marquette Maritime Museum in its formative years and served on the Marquette Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. She enjoyed farming, reading, hand tools, Packers football, and seeing what's around the corner, over the hill and through the door.

Jean wished to gratefully acknowledge the wisdom and compassion of the oncology physicians and staff at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the MGH Hematology and Oncology office.
You can honor Jean's memory by sitting in a quiet spot in nature, free of distractions and let it speak to you. Contributions are invited to the Canadian Canoe Museum, the Peter White Public Library, WNMU-TV or WNMU-FM, the LiveSTRONG Foundation or The Nature Conservancy.

Jean often quoted from a letter by Rachel Carson, "For the Monarch, that [life] cycle is measured in a known span of months. For ourselves, the measure is something else, the span of which we cannot know. But the thought is the same: when that intangible cycle has run its course it is a natural and no unhappy thing that a life comes to an end."

The day and time of a Celebration of Life for Jean will be announced here at a later date.

The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting Jean's family with arrangements where memories may be shared at

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Sep 18, 2014
Helen Farnsworth commented on the photo Captain James Morgan:
 By the time he died James was a Captain. 
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 Note that the grave stone calls her husband Ensign Morgan. 
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 Looks like a lovely feast for Easter! 
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 what a sweet photo 
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Leah Farnsworth commented on event 28th birthday of James Cain :
 Happy Birthday, James. We wish you have a very happy birthday tomorrow. Love, Grandma and Grandpa Farnsworth 
Sep 17, 2014
Helen Farnsworth said: Jennie invited to Nursing Honor Society, yeah!
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