Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 5, 2014

Mary Elizabeth Blake

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Mary Elizabeth (Bette Karmann) Blake, 84, of Traverse City, passed away Feb. 3, 2014, at Cherry Hill Haven in Traverse City. Bette was born May 24, 1929, in Highland Park, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Lynch.

Bette graduated from Fordson High School in 1947. She attended Marygrove College, transferred to Michigan State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1951.

In 1955 she married Edward J. Karmann and raised a family in Lansing.

In 1975 she graduated from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in library science, obtained her teaching certificate and worked at schools in East Lansing and Okemos. She then worked at MSU running the Math and Science Resource Library and later was an academic advisor for several MSU schools, including Package Engineering.

In April 2005 Bette married Frank Blake, of Elk Rapids. Bette and Frank lived in several locations in the Traverse City area.

Bette is survived by her son, Ed Karmann and wife, Linda, of Alanson; and her daughter, Mary Barrett and husband, Paul, of Traverse City.

A memorial services will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church of Traverse City on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m., with a visitation held one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bette’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 921 W. 11th St., Suite 1W, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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

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