MANISTEE — Janice Marie (Bouchard) Schichtel passed away Feb. 20, 2014. She was 74 years old. Jan was born Oct. 9, 1939, in Nahma, a lumber town in the U.P., to parents, William and Loretta (Stratton) Bouchard.
After the family moved to Muskegon Jan attended school there, graduating from Muskegon Catholic Central High School.
After first meeting on Valentine’s Day at the insistence of Joe’s brother, Phillip, Janice married Joseph Schichtel on June 25, 1960, in Muskegon, and thereafter devoted her life to homemaking and to raising her four children.
Jan had a sweet personality that endeared young and old to her. Her gift of hospitality welcomed many into her home. She dearly loved visiting friends and family here at home or as far away as North Carolina, Alabama, California, Hawaii and Alaska, as well. She also enjoyed camping with her family and walking the many trails, especially along Lake Michigan’s shoreline.
After her children were all in school Jan worked at St. John’s Furniture Factory and later at several area supermarkets.
She was a devoted member of the Cadillac Revival Center, where she was the church secretary and an elder for many years. She especially loved worshipping through music and song and had a gift for writing poetry and lyrics. God’s spirit shined through her in everything she did.
Janice is survived by her husband; her sons, Peter (August) Schichtel, of New Castle, Calif., Mark Schichtel, of Charlotte, N.C., Matthew (Hannah) Schichtel, of Cadillac; a daughter, Kathleen Schichtel, of Blowing Rock, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Christie, Jeremy, Thomas and Christian, of California, and Makayla, Laraiah, Ellian, Adrian and Bristol, of Michigan; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Her surviving siblings are Linda (Jim) Benedict and Ronald (Pam) Bouchard, of Muskegon, David (Beverly) Bouchard, of St. Pete’s, Mo., Mary Bouchard, of Grand Rapids, and Jean Meade, of Montague.