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Andrew J. ANKERMAN Obituary
ANKERMAN, Andrew J. Andrew Joseph Ankerman 20, of Acme Township died as the result of an automobile accident that occurred Tuesday night May 17 on M-72 near Williamsburg. He was born on January 16, 1991 in Westerville, OH, the son of Gary and Diane (Dameron) Ankerman. The Ankermans' moved to Traverse City in 1994. Andrew attended the Montessori Children's House for preschool and Kindergarten, he attended Bertha Voss Grade School for grades 1-5, transferring to Pathfinder for grades 6-8, were he started playing the Cello under Lynn Tobin. He attended East Junior High, graduating from Central High School. He continued his education at Michigan Tech, and NMC where he was currently enrolled. He took private cello lessons with Peggy Johnson and occasionally with her daughter Morgan; he joined the orchestra at East Junior High continuing at Central High, with Ms. Ellen Boyer, Conductor. He was a member of the Traverse Symphony Youth Orchestra with Lynn Tobin, Conductor. When Lynn Tobin started Bay Area Chamber Strings, Andrew joined. While in High school Andrew won numerous awards at both the Local and State competitions. While at Central High School he was enrolled in Sci-Ma-Tech program. Andrew enjoyed playing T-ball, little league baseball, soccer, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and swimming. Andrew loved to read books and read over 100 last year alone. He also enjoyed bowling and going to the movies with his friends. For over ten years Andrew enjoyed going to the Indy 500 race on Memorial weekend. He was an avid Lego's builder, was very interested in NASA, space exploration, and reading science fiction books. Andrew joined the Boy Scouts of America in the first grade as a Tiger Cub, and eventually earned the rank of an Eagle Scout from Troop 28. He went White Water Rafting in West Virginia twice with his troop and served in many leadership positions. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference in Indiana. He had a healthy taste for making campfires and camping. Andrew was much loved in his sub-division, and touched the hearts of everyone he met; Andrew was a true Scout and will be in our hearts forever. He worked at Pirates Cove during the summer season since he was 14 years old and was looking forward to working this summer. Andrew is survived by his parents, Gary and Diane Ankerman of Acme Township; his grandmothers, Frances Dameron and Helen Ankerman; aunts and uncles: David and Carol Beauvais, Lawrence and Marie Doyle, James and Irene Hager, Steven Ankerman, Douglas and Linda Ankerman, Great-Uncles and Aunts: Larry and Kathy Ankerman and George and June Armstrong. He is also survived by his cousins: Kathy Pizzoferrato, Judith Doyle, Justine (Nate Jasper) Beauvais, Sean (Rebecca) Doyle, Vera (William Lammi) Beauvais, Jared Ankerman, and Alex Ankerman. His 2nd cousins: Nathan and Andrea Ankerman , Nina and Fred Schmidt, and Keely Doyle, His 3rd cousins; Alicia Ankerman, McKayla Schmidt, Carleigh Ankerman, Jackson Schmidt, Peter Ankerman, and very special friends Rod and Judy (Gram) deRonge. Also surviving are his pets "Abbie" and "Jake". He was preceded in death by his Great-Grandmother Marie Varney; his grandfathers; Billy Ankerman and Charlie Dameron; his Great Aunts; Priscilla Ankerman and Connie Ankerman ;and 2nd cousin Mike Armstrong and his pets; Betsy, Bob the Gold Fish, and Kitty. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 1-6 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, 5169 Bethesda Ct., Williamsburg, MI. Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2011 at Christ The King Catholic Church, 3801 Shore Road, Acme Township. Rev. Jerry Micketti presiding. Church, 5169. Burial will take place in Oakwood Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be given in Andrew's name to; Boy Scouts of America, Scenic Trails Council, 1499 Business Park Drive, Traverse City , Pathfinder Scholarship Fund, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, MI, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) or the charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City. Please share a memory of Andrew at www.covellfuneralhomes.com .

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 22, 2011
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