Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 21, 2013

Jeanette Marie (Clement) Curtis

FRANKFORT — Jeanette Marie (Clement) Curtis, age 93, of Frankfort, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at The Maples in Frankfort, with her family by her side.

Jeanette was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Frankfort, to Clarence and Emma (Mauseth) Clement. Her maternal grandparents were John and Mary Mauseth, of Frankfort, and paternal grandparents were Franklin and Cara Clement, of Traverse City.

Jeanette was a graduate of the class of 1938 at Frankfort High School. Jeanette was very active in school activities, especially music. Starting in the sixth grade she played the violin in orchestra and quartet. After graduation she attended Central Michigan University, majoring in business education.

Following Central Michigan University she moved to Waukesha, Wis., living with her Uncle Julius and Aunt Margaret Recknagel and their son, Eugene.

While in Wisconsin she worked as a secretary for American Enamel Products. Jeanette worked for the Frankfort/Elberta Area Schools as executive secretary, retiring Sept. 1, 1980, after 24 years. She made many lasting friendships while working at the school. She loved all the children, and they treated her with respect even many years after their graduations.

On May 31, 1941, Jeanette married her high school sweetheart, Malcolm W. Curtis; together they had two children, a son, David and a daughter, Emily.

Jeanette was member of many organizations, Chapter BJ P.E.O, life member of the Order of Eastern Stars, serving as Worthy Matron in 1970 to ‘71, as well as other offices through the years. She served as membership chairwoman for the Dale-Johnson grand family Michigan O.E.S., member of the Periwinkle Garden Club and Entre Nous Club, both of Frankfort and life member of Michigan Area Retired School Personnel. Jeanette was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church all of her life, serving in numerous positions through the years.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years; her parents; brother, Jack Clement; and her in-laws, William and Louise Curtis.

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