Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 23, 2013

Mary Katherine 'Kathy' Cook

TRAVERSE CITY — Our mother, Kathy Cook, 84, of Traverse City, formerly of Detroit, was called home by our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Munson Hospice House. Born Sept. 28, 1928, in Detroit, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Ora (Snively) Burkhart.

She graduated from Redford High School class of ‘47 and attended the University of Guelph in Canada, completing the Women’s Home Economics Program.

She married the late William Cook on March 28, 1952, at Redford Presbyterian Church in the Detroit area.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, raising three daughters in Detroit before moving to Lima, Ohio, for Will’s work. While in Ohio Kathy was involved in Women’s Aglow, serving as a board member. She also served as president on the Traverse City Aglow Board.

Kathy and Will moved to Traverse City in 1988 to be closer to two of their children and grandchildren. Always involved with her church she volunteered her time and talents at Christ United Methodist of Traverse City. Most important throughout her life were faith in God, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Ora Burkhart; stepmother, Jessie (Campbell) Burkhart; and husband of 58 years, William Cook.

Kathy is survived by her daughters, Karen (John) VanDusen, of Williamsburg, Laurie (Michael) Shakarian, of Livonia, and Julie (Robert) Opsasnick, of Traverse City; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 1 p.m.

In remembrance of Kathy, memorials may be directed to Samaritan’s Purse or Munson Hospice House.

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Arrangements were made with Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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