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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:00 am

Catherine Dickinson Falconer passed away at the age of 93 on Dec. 18, 2010, in Palo Alto, Calif.

Tinka, as she was affectionately known, was born in 1917 in Chicago and graduated from Mt. St. Mary-on-the-Fox Academy in Saint Charles, Ill., in 1935.

In 1938, she married David Bishop Falconer of Scottville, Mich., in the chapel at what was then Michigan State College, Dave's alma mater.

The couple eventually settled in Birmingham, Mich., where they were members of Oakland Hills Country Club. Dave worked for the Sealtest division of National Dairy and for ARA Services, while Tinka considered motherhood her most important calling in life.

Tinka enjoyed golf, bowling, gardening and bridge with her many friends, who knew her for her warm and quick wit and her ability to pinpoint the best in anyone.

Her motto was, "You can only kid a good thing."

When the couple retired they enjoyed winters in their house on Wintu Way East in Ahwatukee and summers on Lake Michigan. Most recently, Tinka resided in Redwood City and Belmont, Calif.

Tinka was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Dave Falconer.

She is survived by son David G. Falconer (Bonnie Ellested) of Menlo Park, Calif., daughter Barbara Falconer (Jon) Newhall of Oakland, Calif., son Jim (Birte) Falconer of Seattle; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews; a half-brother, John (Carol Jo) Dickinson of Western Springs, Ill., and a sister-in-law, Grace Falconer Kleis of Scottsdale.

A memorial funeral mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 637 E. 6 St., Pentwater, Mich.

Internment will take place at a later date at Pentwater Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Vincent's Church or to Adrian Dominican Sisters, Development Office, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221-1793.

The family can be contacted c/o Newhall, Box 237, 6114 La Salle Ave., Oakland, CA 94611.

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