TRAVERSE CITY — Lonna Lou Israel, 63, of Traverse City, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, whom she loved with all of her heart, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at her home in Traverse City. Lonna was born on Monday, Aug. 21, 1950, to the late Jack and Ethel (Leo) Benzenberg in Saginaw and moved to Traverse City with her family when she was 9.
She attended Traverse City schools and following graduation attended Patricia Stevens Career College.
She married Robert L. Israel on May 1, 1971, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City.
Prior to her marriage she had been an assistant buyer at Milliken’s department store but then committed to being a supportive wife and stay-at-home mom.
Lonna was an active member of the Stephen Ministry while she was a member at Bethlehem Lutheran. She had a spirit of helping others and did so by working with adolescents with chemical dependencies as well as speaking to groups around the area on the subject. She was drawn to young people with her wit, humor, charm and her concern for them, as well as mentoring many. Lonna was funny and caring and had the gift of kindness. She would find some way to compliment each person she came in contact with, and she was so giving. If you complimented her on something she had, she would immediately give it to you.
For many years Lonna and Bob were members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where Lonna served as a kindergarten and senior high Sunday school teacher. In 2004 she and Bob became charter members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
She was a super mom to her daughter, Nikki, and was very supportive of her endeavors. She loved helping with her grandsons, Noah and Isaiah. Lonna was so supportive of Bob, and was his rock, standing by him in all situations life took them through.