ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Peg Jonkhoff

Peg is a graduate of Northwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University with degrees in Business, Marketing and Occupational Education. She and her husband Dan have owned the Perry Hannah House (Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home) since 1992.

Her role at the funeral home ranges from business management to educator and passionate preservationist of this magnificent city landmark, both inside and out. She has conducted guided tours by appointment for the past 20 years and now this book provides a tour like none other in terms of complete factual details and photographs. The important preservation and caretaking work that is necessary to maintain the house is made possible, in part, by a team of talented professionals that are only a phone call away, especially Les Dalgliesh.

Peg is a Traverse City area native devoted to family, friends and making a difference in this community she is blessed to call home. She has a heart for community service and giving back through such valuable organizations as the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, History Center of Traverse City, National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Golf and Country Club, Friendly Garden Club and Zonta Club of Traverse City. Her prior careers included that of Milliken's Department Store buyer and part-time Business Division instructor at Northwestern Michigan College. Her most rewarding career to date, however, is her work at the Jonkhoff family-owned funeral home. Peg and Dan have two daughters, Chris Jonkhoff and Lindsey (Jonkhoff) Rogers who are both licensed, sixth generation Jonkhoff funeral directors, a son-in-law Chris Rogers and one grandson, Harvey Rogers.

Fred Hoisington
Fred is a graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in Urban Planning and Resource Development. He is a retired urban planner with more than 40 years of professional experience as a consultant including a stint as Traverse City's Planning Director. He spent most of his career in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a consultant where he served as President of Hoisington Koegler Group, inc., a 15 person planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm. He returned to Traverse City in retirement in 1999. Fred and Gail have two grown children, six grandchildren and two step- grandchildren. Fred has served as chairman of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Board and as a member of the Grand Traverse Commons, History Center of Traverse City, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church Boards of Directors.

Fred's avocation is history and he found an outlet for this passion with the History Center of Traverse City. He has chaired the Historic Preservation Awards Committee for many years, served as an historic walking tour guide, written the script for the Magical History Bus Tour, conducted history research, and occasionally impersonated City Father, Perry Hannah. His primary interest in local history is telling stories about where things were, when they were there, and how they fit into the larger local, state, and national context.

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