Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 30, 2012

Melba C. Paselk

TRAVERSE CITY — Melba C. Paselk, 88, of Traverse City, died Christmas evening, Dec. 25, 2012, at Bortz Health Care, following a brief illness. Born Nov. 11, 1924, on the family farm in Mesick, she was one of 14 children born to the late Abel and Sadie (Krueson) Henschell.

Melba was a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church.

She owned and operated Jan and Jeb Fashions, worked at J.C. Penney and retired from the Marriott Corporation after many years of employment.

As her hobbies she enjoyed bowling, golfing and traveling and relished the wonderful life she lived. She will be fondly remembered as a giving and caring woman who was truly loved by her large family. It was often said she was the glue that held the family together.

Melba is survived by her two sons, Jerry (Judy) Denoyer, of Cedar, and Robert (Helen) Denoyer, of Traverse City; sister, Ruth Bruce, of Salida, Calif.; brothers, Bill (Agnes) Henschell, of St. Clair Shores, Don (Kathy) Henschell, of Grawn, Jerry (June) Henschell, of Saginaw, Leonard Henschell, of Gladwin, and Michael (Marilyn) Henschell, of Tucson, Ariz.; along with four grandchildren, Derek Denoyer, Dallas Denoyer, Holly Galliway and Noel Denoyer; seven great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; siblings, Ethel David, Gertrude Henschell, Mary Mollender, Dorothy Buchan, Cecil E. Henschell, Jack Henschell and Richard Henschell.

Graveside services will be held at Cornell Cemetery in Buckley at a later date.

In remembrance of Melba, memorial contributions may be directed to Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at

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

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