TRAVERSE CITY — Frank J. Nachazel, of Traverse City, took the journey home to be with his Lord God, Jesus Christ, before dawn on Wednesday, Dec. 4. He is with his beloved parents, Frank and Anne, of East Jordan, where his brother, James, of Bakersfield, Calif., has patiently waited for him and his best friend, Chuck Kolin, of Central Lake, has kept a campfire going, anxious for Frank to come home too.
Frank was born April 13, 1931, in Muskegon, where his father had relocated to work for the Heinz Ketchup Plant. His dad had graduated from Michigan State, where Dad subsequently attended college as well studying police administration.
He spent his youth in East Jordan with his siblings, James, Joann, Jean (Pete), Mary Ellen, David, Patricia and Daniel. His grandfather, John, had moved to East Jordan much earlier after growing up in Maple City.
Frank was a faithful communicant at Immaculate Conception Parish and especially enjoyed attending early Mass at the Carmelite Monastery in Traverse City. He eagerly taught Catechism and Bible study over the many years of his life and was a Scout Master working with and supporting the Boy Scouts where he could.
He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and sailor, and was most happy racing his various sailboats in the numerous regattas and jib and main races at the Traverse City Yacht Club on West Bay.
He served 52 months in the U.S. Coast Guard and met the love of his life and spouse of 62 years, Joan Ona Taylor, of Tauton, Mass., while stationed at Cape Cod, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, in Massachusetts.
Frank retired in 1994 after working in radio broadcasting for over 30 years. He valued his accounts as friends and served them loyally, seeing that people where not a means to an end, but an end in themselves, seeking their success earnestly and faithfully. The close of his career saw Frank working for WTCM - Midwestern Broadcasting, which to his mind was the finest organization and family of dedicated professionals serving the industry he loved in Michigan.
Frank and Joan together were active participants in the Traverse City Community serving the National Cherry Festival, The North American Vasa and many other events that signified the true character of this, what Frank always called, God’s Country. Frank’s personal motto was, “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
Frank is survived by five sons, Francis J. III and Amy, Gregory and Tami, of Traverse City, Phillip and Mary Kathleen, of Cedar, Douglas, of Minneapolis, and Matthew and Pam, of LaGrange, Ind.; five granddaughters, Erin Anne Snook, of Tiffin, Ohio, Meghan Thomas, of Ft. Greely, Colo., Major Heather Ford, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Leigh Anne Gaddy, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Molly Nachazel, of Longmont, Colo. There are at this moment eight great-grandchildren with another little bundle on the way in the spring; and two very special step-grandchildren, Blaze and Ashley, of Indiana.
A Memorial Mass Celebration will be held at Immaculate Conception Parish in Traverse City on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Friends and family are invited to attend a gathering reception at 10 a.m. Mass will be at 11 a.m. with a luncheon following in the family center.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to Immaculate Conception Catholic Food Pantry, the Father Fred Foundation or Bortz Heathcare of Traverse City.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Frank’s family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.