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Michael Callaghan 1917-2009

Apr 7, 2009

Funeral service for Michael W. Callaghan of Emmetsburg is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Clem Currans will officiate.

Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Callaghan died Saturday, April 4, 2009, in Emmetsburg surrounded by his family. He was 91.

Michael William Callaghan was born May 23, 1917, in Emmetsburg, the son of John Joseph Callaghan and Anna Celeste Barnett. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1934, and remained in the Emmetsburg area his entire life. On Feb. 20, 1944, Mike was married to Shirley Alice Henderson of Ruthven.

Mike’s first jobs were shining shoes outside the Kermore Hotel and selling homemade horseradish. As a very young man Mike’s first “real” job was in the Iowa Theater and later in the shoe department of J.C. Penney’s. Mike worked at the U.S. Post Office in Emmetsburg for 30 years, where he became Assistant Post Master.

Mike was proud of his Irish heritage. He was a life-long member of Holy Family Church and was involved with numerous church activities.

Surviving are two daughters, Loretta (Keith)?Greiner of Pleasant Hill and Mary (Mike) Minear of Finksburg, MD; three grandchildren, Aaron (Sarah) Greiner of Des Moines, Brendan Greiner of Ames and Mollie Minear of Durham, NC; and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harley and Delores Bigger of Spencer and Shirley Henderson of Graettinger.

Mr. Callaghan was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; brothers, Joe, Emmet, Jim, Frank and Julian; and sisters, Anna Gebhart and Alice Potts.

Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com