Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 23, 2014

Eloise M. 'Elly' Walters

GRAWN — Eloise M. “Elly” Walters, 79, of Grawn, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at her home.

Elly was born on Saturday, Nov. 3, 1934, to the late David Noel and Laura Mary (Brow) Couturier in Leelanau County. She married Firmin C. Walters on Saturday, Sept. 18, 1954, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Leelanau.

Employed by Meijer for 21 years prior to her retirement, Elly enjoyed her membership at The Interlochen Eagles 3503, attended St. Patrick Catholic Church when she was able and was an avid bowler with her husband. She enjoyed sewing and quilting as well as canning the harvests of her garden.

Elly had a wonderful sense of humor, was a great task master and enjoyed her family, often sending them home with food and canned goods from her home.

Elly is survived by her children, Jean M. (Wolfgang) Klien, of Pleasant View, Ariz., Janice A. Walters, of Interlochen, Joyce Y. Vickers, of Grawn, Randy P. (Sharon) Walters, of Minnesota, Ray A. (Marie) Walters, of Tempe, Ariz., Roger L. Walters, of Grand Rapids, and Jacquelyn M. (Craig) Amenson, of Interlochen; her grandchildren, Scott Kevwitch, Jenica Gonzalez, Bryan Walters, Anna Walters, Kristopher Walters, Noelle Walters, David Ray Vickers, Corbin Walters and Cody Vickers; and her great-grandchildren, Ashlee, Jonathan, Taylor, Gary, Alex and Bennett. Elly is also survived by her siblings, Ruth (Victor) Kalchik, of Lake Leelanau, Luella (Dale) Furnish, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Anna May (Jerry) Kelinski, of Cedar, Gerald Couturier, of Ludington, David C. (Dorothy) Couturier, of Lake Leelanau, Bernard (Martha) Couturier, of Bellevue, Alvin (Vicki) Couturier, of Arkansas, Leonard (Deloris) Couturier, of Lake Leelanau, and Linus (Loretta) Couturier, of Cedar; along with many nieces and nephews.

Elly was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a brother, Raphael; and her son-in-law, David Vickers.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Leelanau, with her nephew, Father Paul Kalchik presiding. Visitation will take place at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lake Leelanau.

Please share your memories of Elly with her family by way of her online guestbook at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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