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Janet Kurtzal

January 1, 1940 - April 13, 2019
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Janet Sharon Kurtzal, 79, of Traverse City, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 surrounded by family at her home. She was born January 1, 1940 in Traverse City, MI, the daughter of Edwin and Helen (Garey) Whiteford.

Janet loved roller skating, ice skating and biking. She did enjoy a trip to the casino now and then. She liked road trips, lunch with family and friends and finding fun things at yard sales and shops. She was so happy spending time with loved ones, especially great grandchildren. She thrived on being a mother and grandmother and was known for putting other's concerns before her own. In addition to raising a large family, she worked at Essex Wire and Hampton Inn. She was a member of St Francis Catholic Church and was married there to her husband Elery Kurtzal in 1956.

Janet is survived by her husband, Elery Kurtzal, her children Craig (Debra) Kurtzal, Lydia (Mike) Farrell, Elery (Diane) Kurtzal Jr, Kevin Kurtzal and Douglas (Becky) Kurtzal; her grandchildren, Kyle (Alice Blackmore) Kurtzal, Leah (Bill) Davenport, Carly (Joe) Trujillo, Cody Dean, Elizabeth (Neil) Heller, Jennifer Wilson, Scott (Danielle) Kurtzal, Michelle (Kyle) Jenkins and Brandon Kurtzal; great-grandchildren Sophia and Hannah Davenport, Brendan and Taylor Trujillo, Madison and Hannah Heller, Jade and Jayla Wilson, Brooke Kurtzal, McKenna and Kylee Jenkins and Brandon Jr, Arianna, Lillie, Brooklyn, Jaimson and Alexander Kurtzal; two close sisters, Marcella Sleight and Bonnie Bailey and many nieces and nephews.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Helen Whiteford, one infant daughter, Michelle Kurtzal, three brothers, Kenneth, Donald and Lee Whiteford and infant sister, Doreen Whiteford.

The family is grateful for the empathy and assistance of Munson Hospice in her final weeks of dealing with pancreatic cancer.

Janet was a caring and loving soul…she will be truly, missed.

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