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“I am so sorry to hear about Violet's passing. I used to know her online because of a mutual interest in Stephen King, books in general and...Read More »
1 of 44 | Posted by: Tony Janssens Oostmalle, Belgium

“I was very shocked to hear of Violets passing. Actually I was just looking her up to see if she had a facebook account. It's been a few years since I...Read More »
2 of 44 | Posted by: Gail Brunet Dow - Wyandotte, MI

Living so far apart, when we did get together - we had fun. Photo Violet, Chuck & Sandy “It hurts me deeply to say goodbye to my baby sister and the fact that being the oldest I am the last one left of our family. Never in my wildest...Read More »
3 of 44 | Posted by: Chuck & Sandy Erickson - TX

“My dear Aunt Violet - know that you are loved and missed by your family and friends. You have been reunited with your sisters, my Aunts, and I know...Read More »
4 of 44 | Posted by: Lori L Smith (Erickson) - Muncie, IN

“It's with a heavy heart that We have learned of the passing of Violet. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of...Read More »
5 of 44 | Posted by: Roger & Cheryl Vogel - Warren, MI

Violet stopped over to the Great Lakes Maritime Center to hang out with us on this special day. “"Lady Pirate" you blessed all of you lives with your caring friendship.I will truly miss your thoughts and suggestions.May God Bless and watch over...Read More »
6 of 44 | Posted by: Freighter Frank Frisk - MI

“I will miss your sweet face and your love for life. I know you are with your sisters now. You will always be in my thoughts though. ”
7 of 44 | Posted by: Gwen Kenny - Pleasanton, CA

“I was blessed to work with Violet for several years. It is said that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. We both felt...Read More »
8 of 44 | Posted by: Pat Brodie - milan, MI - friend

“As we look to the horizon, we see the beauty of the sailing ship vanish into the distance saying "There she goes." At the same time, the voices in...Read More »
9 of 44 | Posted by: "Ohio Bob" Densic - Rossford, OH

“Violet and I celebrated our birth days one day apart.Violets was Sept 26 th and mine is Sept 25th. We shared some happy moments together on our...Read More »
10 of 44 | Posted by: Donald L Bullis - Grand Blanc, MI

“Violet was an amazing person that showed such kindness to all who knew her. I'm so thankful she was part of my life and I miss her dearly. The...Read More »
11 of 44 | Posted by: Cyndie Nelson - Chicago , IL

“"As the last enemy, death is to be brought to nothing." (1Corinthians 15:26) What a wonderful hope we have for the future, to see that death will be...Read More »
12 of 44 | Posted by: Azuree Baldwin - Sterling Heights, MI

“How do you say good bye to one of the best friends you"ve had for 20 years? Violet and I met some 20 years ago when we worked together. We...Read More »
13 of 44 | Posted by: Judith leonard - garden city, MI

“SORRY TO HEAR VIOLET HAS PASSED, WE GREW UP TOGETHER, HER MOM AND MY MOM WERE BEST FRIEND;S, MANY YRS AGO, JUST OLD FAMILY FRIEND;S, , MY SISTER;S...Read More »
14 of 44 | Posted by: DENISE SELMAN (POLISANO) - MI

“"Ladypirate" I've enjoyed your posts over the last few years. May your final voyage be a peaceful one. — — — • • ”
15 of 44 | Posted by: Jake Heffernan - Green Bay, WI

“Though we did not know Violet, we have heard about her through Chuck-her brother. We have lost both our parents this last year, and all the memories...Read More »
16 of 44 | Posted by: Fred & Jean Toms - Panama City , FL

“Violet... I will miss you terribly. We shared so much over the 23 years. I will remember your laughter, we didn't agree always but that was good...Read More »
17 of 44 | Posted by: Beverly Varney - Ypsilanti, MI

“rip friend ”
18 of 44 | Posted by: lee bailey - walled lk, MI

“From my family here at Lincat photography our heartfelt prayers are sent to your family and friends. May you rest in peace. ”
19 of 44 | Posted by: Mike Mishler

“My Dear Aunt Violet, I hope that all the beauty, love, and happiness that you have seen in your life are forever with you now as the beauty, love,...Read More »
20 of 44 | Posted by: Debbie Erickson - Palm Springs, FL

“Violet was a very kind person, who was always there to lend an ear or say a kind word for a friend in need. I feel lucky to have called her friend. ...Read More »
21 of 44 | Posted by: Jan Falvey - Rantoul, IL

“Violet, please know that we enjoyed our voyage together, here on earth, and hope you will spread calm on the waters we are yet to traverse... ”
22 of 44 | Posted by: Herm Klein - Flint, MI - friend

“Violet will be dearly missed by my family and me!!! She could bring sunshine on a rainy day, she always had the right things to say!! She never had...Read More »
23 of 44 | Posted by: Marti Bostwick - Hartland, MI

“Violet and I became friends thru Boatnerd and enjoyed many posts with each other over the years. I am saddened by her passing. I had no idea she...Read More »
24 of 44 | Posted by: Les Weston - Brook Park, OH

“Lady Pirate, the Boatnerd community will miss your warmth and laughter. Three long and two short to you! ”
25 of 44 | Posted by: Keith Grant-Davie - Logan, UT

“Violet and I, sadly, never met in person. We became Flickr friends through our photography about 4 years ago as we both loved lighthouses and ships...Read More »
26 of 44 | Posted by: Linda Benedict - Allen Park, MI

“The Violet I remember had a deep love of family, never knew a stranger, could laugh at herself, and was a very gifted photographer. We shared ...Read More »
27 of 44 | Posted by: Dawn Roberts - Marysville, MI

“One sweet lady....You truly were the best of the boatnerds, you wore the badge proudly...You entertained and informed with the love of a friend...Read More »
28 of 44 | Posted by: Bruce Lolmaugh

“I'm deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend of 12+ years. A passion for collecting postcards is what connected us many years ago. A mutual...Read More »
29 of 44 | Posted by: Theresa Graham - Oakland, TN

“Sail on silver girl, sail on by... your time has come to shine. We will miss you Lady Pirate. And it will always be the "George A. Stinson" for me...Read More »
30 of 44 | Posted by: Dustin Sadowski - Kansas City, MO

“I will miss your posts Lady Pirate.... ”
31 of 44 | Posted by: Lighthouse Sherri - MI - friend

“Violet Mae was a wonderful lady who was always quick with wit and kind with heart. I truly got to know her at a couple of our Boatnerd gatherings,...Read More »
32 of 44 | Posted by: T.J. Gaffney - Port Huron, MI

“I was so saddened to hear of that Violet's time with us was over. She will be greatly missed by the Boatnerd community and those of us who also knew...Read More »
33 of 44 | Posted by: John Belliveau - Sterling Heights, MI

“Good Bye Aunt Violet, you will be greatly missed. Love & Miss you already...~Charlie ”
34 of 44 | Posted by: Charles John Erickson III - MI

“I Hope you found peace Aunt Violet, I will greatly miss my Book Loving Friend. ~Charlie ”
35 of 44 | Posted by: Charles John Erickson III - MI

“Sail On Pirate Lady, you left us in body but mot in thought. God Bless and guide you, I hear he has the maps. ”
36 of 44 | Posted by: Michigannerd - Great Lakes, MI

“What can I say other that I"ve never met anyone so unselfish, more compassionate, more amazing than Violet. I will miss her, and talking about...Read More »
37 of 44 | Posted by: Teri Lover - Elsie, MI - Friend

“Dear family of Violet Bostwick, aarrgggh, our Lady Pirate, When I was still teaching at Homecroft Elementary in Duluth, Violet sent me many...Read More »
38 of 44 | Posted by: Andrea N Asleson - Duluth,, MN

“I am so sorry to have lost you, my friend. We shared so much in our brief friendship, our love of books, our love of writing, our love of Stephen...Read More »
39 of 44 | Posted by: Don Nault - Huntsville - friend

“Dennis Hale put it beautifully today, when he said, love everyone, hug tighter, make friends and do this in memory of Violet....RIP Violet....our ...Read More »
40 of 44 | Posted by: Cathy Kohring - DeTour Village, MI

“I missed the chance to meet Violet personally at the 2010 boatnerd gathering and was hoping to meet her this summer. We shared many comments about...Read More »
41 of 44 | Posted by: Dave and Maxine Nobbe - Oshkosh, WI

“Violet and I have been email/cards & letters/phone-chat friends for about 11 years and I've never known anyone like her. She was always the kindest...Read More »
42 of 44 | Posted by: Shirley Waggoner - Bethel, OH

“I only got a short time to know Violet and we connected because of her love of one ship. She started contacting me because Lance was the Captain of...Read More »
43 of 44 | Posted by: Captain Lance and Jodee Nelson - KY

“I only knew Violet online (through various fan and writing groups), but I've known her for more than ten years. She was a sweet, kind lady, and she...Read More »
44 of 44 | Posted by: Monica ORourke - Clifton Park, NY


Bostwick, Violet M. (nee Erickson)Jan. 24, 2013. Age 58.Beloved wife of Larry. Dearest mother of Larry Bostwick, Jr. & Marie (Mike) O'Brien. Loving grandmother of Alexandria, Trever, Josh, Zack & Ben. Dear sister of Charles (Sandy) Erickson, the late Elizabeth Crow & the late Elaine Erickson. Dear aunt of Gwen (Brian) Kenny. Visitation Sat, Feb. 2, 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm time of funeral at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" @ WujekCalcaterra.com.