Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 18, 2013

Beatrice E. Jankowiak

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Beatrice E. Jankowiak, age 87, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Sept. 15, 2013, at Munson Medical Center.

Beatrice Gilbert was born on Jan. 20, 1926, in Ludington, to the late Norman and Lillian (Barnhart) Gilbert. She married her husband, Paul J. Jankowiak, on July 14, 1973, in Traverse City.

Beatrice was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, and her faith was very important to her.

She loved knitting, word search puzzles, enjoyed lunches with her friends and being a grandmother.

Beatrice worked at United Technologies as a machine operator until 1991, cashier at Union Market for 15 years and also assisted in food services with the St. Francis Catholic Schools.

Preceding Beatrice in death were her husband, Paul (Nov. 10, 2006); three sisters, Marie Robinson, Alice Cook and Toots Smith; two brothers, George Gilbert and Russ Gilbert; a daughter, Sandra Bomer; and a grandson, Joey Adams.

Surviving Beatrice are her sister, Winifred Chance, of Haslett; three sons, James (Delise) Bomer, of Kalamazoo, George (Rose) Bomer, of Interlochen, and Robert (Laurie) Bomer, of Kewadin; three stepdaughters, Paula (John) Leavey, of Interlochen, LuAnne (Dan) Lautner, of Cedar, and Christine (Douglas) Baudoux, of Clinton Township; a stepson, David Jankowiak; 14 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Friends are welcome to visit with Beatrice’s family on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A rosary recitation will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday. A funeral Mass honoring Beatrice will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 1025 S. Union Street, Traverse City, with visitation one hour prior.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Francis Catholic Church or a charity of your choice.

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