Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 3, 2014

Marvel LaFranier

TRAVERSE CITY — On Feb. 28, 2014, Marvel R. (Spencer) LaFranier passed into the loving arms of her Heavenly Savior, Jesus Christ.

Marvel, the daughter of Jake and Nora (Morse) Spencer, was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Nelma, Wis. At age 15, she and her family moved to Traverse City. She graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1941 and married Louis Gustavadolph LaFranier on Aug. 28, 1945.

Along with working on the farm with her husband, she also worked as a clerk and as a seamstress at Wilhelm’s Department Store. Marvel was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church for 45 years, where she taught Sunday School, worked on several missionary committees and held ladies’ Bible studies in her home. She exercised her gift of help wherever necessary. She loved her family, serving the Lord in her church and enjoyed sewing and crocheting.

She is survived by her children, Louis B. (Sharon) LaFranier of Traverse City, Dixie Roethlisberger of Traverse City, Jana (Doug) Hanback of New Hartford, N.Y.; son-in-law, Richard Woods of Traverse City; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Wilma Schwind of Traverse City; and brother-in-law, Ferris Glass of Traverse City. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Marvel was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Jamie Woods; a son-in-law, Timothy Roethlisberger; brother, E. R. “Seab” Spencer; and sisters, Nina (Puishes) Zeits, Arvilla Stockfisch, Veronica Lewis, Ellen Cunningham and Carmel Glass.

The family would like to thank French Manor Assisted Living, Birchwood Tendercare Center and Munson Medical Center for the care they provided.

Visitation for Marvel will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at noon. The Rev. J. Douglas Hanback will officiate. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Marvel may be remembered through memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 (; Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Highway, Suite 1155, Traverse City, MI 49684 (; or to a charity of your own choosing.

Please share your memories of Marvel with her family by way of her online guest book at

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

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