New Memorial Funds

Katelyn Robinson

November 8, 2000June 17, 2021

Katelyn Jo “Katie” Robinson, age 20, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2021, as a result of a car accident.

Katie was born on November 8, 2000, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to Kevin and Nancy (Marone) Robinson.  She graduated from Sault Area High School with the class of 2019.  She attended Aurora University in Aurora, IL, and was transferring home to Lake Superior State University where she was excited to play hockey once again with former teammates, lifelong friends, and pursue a degree in psychology with a future plan to achieve her Master’s Degree in Social Work. 

Katie found joy in playing hockey and being a part of a large hockey family where she made friends across all of the U.S. and in Canada. Growing up, when not playing hockey, she loved being a member of the cross country team. She was talented in art and found comfort while painting in any medium. She had a love for animals and enjoyed her work at the Sault Animal Hospital. Katie is known for having a kind soul, always including others, and being an immediate best friend to everyone. She is remembered for her smile and her laugh. She was a beautiful person, inside and out.

Katie is survived by her parents, her two brothers: Gregory Robinson and Bradley Robinson of Sault Ste. Marie and her grandparents: Janice (DeVries) Marone of Yuma, AZ, and Gerald & Sandra (Johnson) Robinson of Casa Grande, AZ. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Katie was preceded in death by her grandfather: Ernest Marone.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 24th from 6-8:30 pm with a memorial service at 11 am on Friday both will be at C.S. Mulder Funeral home.  There will be a luncheon following the service at E-free Church, 1901 John Street, Sault Ste Marie. Final resting place will be Riverside Cemetery.

A scholarship has been established in Katie’s name. Donations can be mailed to Chippewa County Community Foundation (CCCF) PO Box 1979, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, with checks being made out to CCCF or Katie Robinson Memorial Scholarship.  Online donations may be made at Chippewa County Community Foundation

Another memorial suggestion would be the Diane Peppler Resource Center, P.O. Box 698, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 49783.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be mailed to:
Chippewa County Community Foundation
Katie Robinson Memorial Scholarship Fund
PO Box 1979
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783


Tracey Lawson MacQuarrie
Memorial Fund

 Tracey Lynn (Lawson) MacQuarrie, age 56, of Rhinelander, Wisconsin passed away Saturday, September 26, 2020.  Please consider making a donation in honor of Tracey’s Birthday to her memorial fund this month.

The Tracey Lawson MacQuarrie Memorial Scholarship supports the Sault area swimming community.  Funds will be used to support the Sault Competitive Aquatics Team (SCAT) that was so important to Tracey and her son Collin.

 Cynthia Ann Panik

February 3, 1951 – February 23, 2021


Cynthia Ann (McDonald) Panik, age 70, of Dafter, Michigan, died on February 23, 2021 at Regions Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota after a four day battle with acute myeloid leukemia. She was born on February 3, 1951 in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to William C. and Verva (Lawson) McDonald.

Cindy grew up in Pickford, Michigan and graduated from Pickford High School in 1969. Growing up she ran the lunch counter with her sister at the family-owned Old McDonald Auction Barn, making 30 pies each week to sell. Cindy attended Asbury College then transferred to Michigan State University graduating in 1973. After graduation she was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Pittsburg, then taught home economics at Grand Rapids Junior College before marrying Dennis M. Panik on July 10, 1976. They raised their family in Dafter, Michigan near her hometown. She taught many years at Sault Ste. Marie Area Publics Schools retiring in 2010.

As a young married couple, Cindy and Dennis helped coordinate many outings for Pioneer Spirits at Pickford United Methodist Church. She worked on crew at Cedar Campus in the kitchen for many summers and as a child spent much time at Cedar Campus since her parents were involved from its early beginnings. Her outreach involved community, church, and school to include: Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, MOPS childcare, Homework Lab, Youth Group Leader, United Methodist Women, and ΑΔΚ Honorary Sorority for Women Educators. Since retiring she enjoyed many vacations with one of her favorite trips being to the Holy Land in 2018.

She was a proud mother to three sons, Michael (Cassie), Christopher, and Daniel (Danielle) and a cherished grandmother to Parker, Marion, Nathaniel, Darla, Harriet and Levi. She dedicated much of her life to the special care that Christopher requires and did it all with grace and unending patience that came from her unwavering faith in God. She was overjoyed to finally have daughters and never turned down an opportunity to watch her grandchildren. Cindy was known for having a servant heart, always thinking of others first. Her passion for teaching and her love of Jesus was evident in her daily life. You could often find her in “her kitchen” preparing meals and pies with ease and passing her skills on to the next generations. She made many beautiful quilts for new babies in the family, each hand-embroidered, and would never forget to send a birthday card. She was the family seamstress, even sewing her own wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses, and altering many others.

Cindy is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dennis, and children, Michael (Cassie) Panik of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan; Christopher Panik of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan; and Daniel (Danielle) Panik of Centuria, Wisconsin; grandchildren Parker, Marion, Nathaniel, Darla, Harriet, Levi; siblings Linda (Jay) Six of Greenwood, Indiana and Irwin (Carol) McDonald of Pickford, Michigan, and sisters-in-law Paulette (Ric) Batty of DeWitt, Michigan and Debbie (Jeff) Luxenberg of Sausalito, California.

Cynthia is preceded in death by her mother and father.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be mailed to:
Chippewa County Community Foundation
Cindy Panik Memorial Fund
PO Box 1979
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783


Michael Wayne Ellis

September 20, 1966 – December 14, 2020

In memory of Mike “Chubba” Ellis, and due in part to the generosity of the Sault Ste. Marie community, as well as many of Mike’s friends, family members, and colleagues, the Ellis and Rubinstein families have established the “Mike Ellis Memorial Scholarship Endowment,” which will be given to a graduating Sault High senior each year who embodies the social leadership qualities that Mike possessed during his time as both a Sault High Blue Devil student and teacher. We all love and miss you Mike.

Michael Wayne Ellis brightened every room he walked into. “Chubba,” as he was affectionately known by so many, loved a good time, and was a brilliant mind. His intelligence and wit were often unparalleled. Mike was a man of deep religious convictions, and loved learning about his beloved Catholic faith. Aside from spending time with the prides of his life, his daughter, Marnie and grandchildren, Allaire and Jack, Mike loved reading about religion, history, and music. Mike also had a passion for sports, especially hockey. In Mike’s own words, “I’m pretty sure a hockey rink is the closest God will allow us to heaven at this time.” When it came to music, Mike loved a wide spectrum of artists, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Neil Diamond and any classic rock music from the 60’s and 70’s. But nothing compared to his love for the band KISS. Mike loved road trips with family and friends to see KISS in all different venues across the state; so much so, that he was approaching seeing his favorite band two dozen times.

Mike was born on September 20, 1966 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and attended Sault Area High School. He graduated from Lake Superior State University with a bachelor’s in history and master’s in learning disabilities. Mike spent the last 18 years teaching for Sault Area Schools where he spent much of his time guiding students with learning disabilities enrolled in the district’s special education programs, and teaching social studies at the high school level. Mr. Ellis, as his students knew him as, was always quick with a joke and had a way with words. There was seemingly no question Mr. Ellis couldn’t effortlessly answer.

Mike leaves behind a long list of family and friends. Mike is survived by his daughter and his son-in-law Marnie (Ellis) and Andrew Rubinstein; grandchildren Allaire Rubinstein and Jack Rubinstein; brothers Clayton (Lynda) Ellis, and Timothy (Lindsay) Ellis; nephew Zachary Ellis; numerous aunts, cousins, and loving extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Jack and Mary (Millar) Ellis.

A small funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Parish, with Celebrant Father Michael Chenier and Deacon Bill Piche assisting, on Monday, December 21, 2020, for the immediate family only. A memorial Mass and celebration of life party will be planned for late spring/early summer 2021 for family, friends, and students. Mike will be buried at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens. Clark Funeral Cremation Burial Services assisted the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be mailed to:
Chippewa County Community Foundation
Mike Ellis Memorial Fund
PO Box 1979
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

The Chippewa County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it is accepting grant applications for funding from the Lake Superior State University Hockey Team’s Check.Slash.Survive event.

Any local (Eastern Upper Peninsula) project/organization working in the field of cancer treatment, education, or prevention will be considered for funding. Additional grants may be awarded to local projects/organizations that benefit the health and wellbeing of men, women, and children in our community.  Maximum grant amount – $10,000.

Grant applications are due no later than June 30th and can be mailed to CCCF, PO Box 1979, Soo, MI 49783 or emailed to [email protected].

Questions regarding this grant application can be forwarded to [email protected] or by calling 906-635-1046.

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Our mission is to inspire a philanthropic culture with our community to promote a thriving place to live, work and play.


The role of a Community Foundation is to provide for the FUTURE needs of the community by accepting donations to establish permanently endowed funds, and using the interest from these invested funds to benefit the community through grants for projects.

The Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and has a youth component, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

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Established in 1994, the Chippewa County Community Foundation is one of more than 700 community foundations in the United States today. We serve Chippewa County, offering people a variety of ways to touch our community through philanthropic giving.

Board of Trustees

Debbie Jones, Executive Director
Kelly Freeman – Chair
Joshua MacDonald – Vice Chair
Erica Newland – Secretary
Alex Prater – Treasurer
Doug Laprade
Joshua Billington
Carl McCready
Wilda Hopper
Krystle Gerzetich
Dan Dasho
Isaac McKechnie

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The purpose of this Investment Policy Statement is to establish a clear understanding of the philosophy and the investment objectives for the Chippewa County Community Foundation (hereinafter, “CCCF”). This document will further describe the standards that will be utilized by the Finance Committee in monitoring investment performance, as well as, serve as a guideline for any financial manager retained.

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This Spending Policy Formula is applied against the net asset value of all endowed funds at the calendar year end of each year. Net asset value is after the investment and administrative fees have been paid.

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