TOWNSEND, GERALDINE LENORE (nee ROULSTON) Age 95, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2013 with her family by her side. She was born to Robert and Maude in London, Ontario, Canada on May 6, 1918. She married Melvin A. Townsend on June 29, 1940. She remained actively involved into her later years with veteran affairs including Purple Heart, VFW and the VA hospital in Ann Arbor. She was an avid card player and enjoyed great times with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Loving mother of Melvin (Charlotte) Townsend of Sterling Heights, Mich., David (Carol) Townsend of Waterford, Mich. and Wendy (Carl) Mersch, of Asheville, N.C.; loving grandmother of Shannon (Doug) Moore, Christine (Mark) Romness, Scott (Karen) Townsend, Beth Hartline, Fallon (Leslie) Vinson and Keith (Jan) Townsend; dear great-grandmother of Anna, William, Jane, Lee, Paul, Andrew, Nathan, Emma, Kate, Trevor and Charlotte. Also survived by her sister-in-law, Mary and many nieces and nephews. The family will gather with friends Saturday, September 28 10 a.m. until the 12 noon Memorial service at Vermeulen Funeral Home, 46401 W. Ann Arbor Road, (between Sheldon and Beck), Plymouth. Memorial contributions may be made to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc, P.O. Box 49, Annandale, VA 22003. To share a memory, please visit
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Published in The Macomb Daily on Aug. 25, 2013