Ossineke Woman Killed in Car Crash near Standish

STANDISH, MI – Tamarah Gonyea, 50-years-old, of Ossineke, died Saturday, November 21st, 2015 at St. Mary’s of Michigan in Standish as the result of an automobile accident.

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The crash occurred in Omer on US. 23, in front of Mariner’s Market, located at 487 W Huron Road (U.S. 23), at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Initial reports from witnesses are that the roads were extremely bad for travel. They were said to be icy and slushy and had not been plowed at the time of the crash.

Gonyea was traveling eastbound on US-23 when she reportedly lost control of the Buick LeSabre she was driving and crossed the center-line.  Gonyea’s vehicle then collided with a Chrysler Concorde traveling westbound on US-23. The westbound vehicle was driven my Makayla Lyons, 18-years-old, of Oscoda.

There were two other passengers in the vehicle with Makayla Lyons.  The occupants of her vehicle did not suffer life-threatening injuries.


September 22, 1965 – November 21, 2015

Tamarah Lynn Gonyea, 50, of Ossineke passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at St. Mary’s of Michigan in Standish as the result of an automobile accident.Tamarah Lynn Gonyea

Tamarah Lynn Buchbinder was born on September 22, 1965, in Bad Axe to Gerald and Patricia (Vennard) Buchbinder. She was raised in Imlay City. Tami’s dream since being a little girl was to become a hairdresser. As soon as she could, Tami enrolled in cosmetology school. That was the start to a 32 year career as a hairdresser. In her spare time, Tami loved to spend time with the grandkids, gardening and cooking. On September 23, 1995, Tami married Gerald Gonyea in Spruce. They lived in Lapeer and Brown City before buying the family farm in Ossineke.

Surviving are her husband, Gerald; step-daughter, Stephenye Boyat; grandchildren Darren & Adelle Boyat; parents, Gerald & Patricia Buchbinder; grandmother, Violet Vennard; brother, David Buchbinder; father-in-law, James Gonyea; special parents, Rita Hoeberling and Alvin & Diane Sharp; many brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mrs. Gonyea was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Marjorie Gonyea in 2003.

Memorial visitation will take place at the Bannan Funeral Home on Friday from 2 p.m. until time of the memorial service at 5 p.m. with Rev. Arnie Kirschner officiating.

Inurnment: Sanborn Twp. Cemetery

Memorials: Alpena Regional Medical Center Cancer Center.

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