Brigid Hinkley

Brigid Clare Hinkley (Kuhlman)

Sunday, September 18th, 1927 - Friday, May 1st, 2020
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Brigid Clare Hinkley, age 92, of Mt. Pleasant passed away peacefully Friday, May 1, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

Due to the ongoing “Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order for all Michigan residents, a private Funeral Mass for Brigid will be held at Sacred Heart Church with Fr. Loren Kalinowski officiating. Family and friends are invited to join the services via a live broadcast on Tuesday, May 5, at 11 a.m. To do so, please visit the webcasting link at Brigid’s Book of Memories at or Rite of Committal will take place in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Parish or Isabella County Commission on Aging. Envelopes will be available at Clark Family Funeral Chapel.

Brigid was born on September 18, 1927, in Grand Traverse County, the daughter of James and Katherine (Ockert) Kuhlman. She was German by birth, Irish by choice. Brigid married Harley Keith Hinkley on June 20, 1953, in San Diego, CA. She was Valedictorian of the Class of 1945 at St. Mary’s High School in Hannah, MI. She was also the Valedictorian of the Class of 1951 at Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids. She continued to further her education, becoming a Nurse Practitioner while working for 32 years at Central Michigan University Health Services. She retired in 1997 at age 70. She was a devout Catholic and a very active member for over 66 years at Sacred Heart Parish where she was a eucharistic minister, taking Communion to the homebound. Brigid was involved in various professional nursing organizations and programs. She was active in community service. Brigid loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, reading, fishing, gardening, and traveling. After retirement, Brigid volunteered at the CMU SAC. Most of all, she loved her children and doting on her grandchildren.

Brigid is survived by her five daughters, Anne (Michael) Harless of Lake George, Beth Schafer of Mt. Pleasant, Christa (Mark) Clare of Mt. Pleasant, Dina Cocco (Bob Brewster) of Ann Arbor, and Elaine (John) Davis of Mt. Pleasant; eight grandchildren, Jessica Harless, Jessica (Jesse) Schafer, Jodie Clare, Andrew Clare, Molly Cocco, Maxwell Cocco, Chelsea Davis (John McDonald), and Alesha (Eric) Baumann; three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Harless, Harley Schafer, and Eden Schafer; brother Gerald (Theresa) Kuhlman of Traverse City, sister Rita Hennessey of Navarre, FL; and many nieces and nephews. The family wants to thank all of Brigid’s caregivers, for you are "truly phenomenal."

Brigid was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers, and two sisters. Brigid was also preceded by her loving husband, Harley Hinkley in 2006.
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    Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    302 South Kinney Avenue
    mount pleasant, MI 48858
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    Father Loren Kalinowski


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charles burr

Posted at 01:01pm
My mother (Velma Burr) was very fond of Mrs. Hinkley and enjoyed working with her at CMU very much. As Alzheimer's effected my mother this was the name that would come up all the time.

Barbara Elmore

Posted at 08:34am
Very sorry for the family loss of such a beautiful lady. Rest in peace dear Bridgid.

Sandra Olson

Posted at 08:57pm
Dear Hinkley Family,
We are so very sorry to learn of the death of your Mom. She sounds like such a dedicated loving person, who gave so much to others. We are thinking of you all and send our deepest sympathy.
Dennis and Sandy Olson

Kathy Frey

Posted at 02:01pm
I always looked forward to seeing Brigid when she came down from Mount Pleasant to Ann Arbor! Her passion for helping others was contagious. What a great role model she was as your mother and grandmother. May she rest in peace knowing what a legacy she created and how much you all have loved her! I am so sorry Dr. Dina Cocco DDS, Molly Cocco RN, and Max Cocco (future MD) , know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family during this difficult time!
Kathy Frey

Marian Matyn

Posted at 11:23am
I have lovely, warm memories of Mrs. Clare, talking to her as she came into CHL to visit with her daughter, Chris. We chatted about the exhibits, the weather, her grandchildren, children, what she was doing that day. She was always warm, friendly and charming. I was privileged to know, even in a limited fashion, Mr. and Mrs. Clare. They were both lovely, good people, kind, caring, people of faith, who helped and loved their family and neighbors and community. You will never know all the lives she touched as a nurse and the positive impact she had upon them. I am remembering her and all of you today in Sunday worship at the National Cathedral and will ask the Capuchins to say masses in her memory and for grace for all of you. Sending virtual hugs and prayers to Chris, Mark, Jodie and Andrew, and all your family. Marian Matyn

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