Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — FRANKFORT — Merry Kay (Nielsen) Hollenbeck, of Frankfort, mother, grandmother and friend, joined the Lord on Aug. 10, 2013, surrounded by the love of her family, and was welcomed home by her husband and sons. She fought the terrible disease of dementia for six years but had the love and support of her family every step of the way.
Merry Kay was born March 15, 1934, to Einar and Mildred Nielsen in Frankfort and married Robert Hollenbeck on June 14, 1952, in her hometown of Frankfort.
In her younger years she worked at H.W. Jenks, Hulls of Frankfort and retired out of the Frankfort school system as a cook.
In Merry Kay’s past she enjoyed her beach babe group at Lake Michigan with her girlfriends, walks in town and on the beach, yard sales, cocktails with friends, yearly Christmas at Alma’s with the gals. Foremost important to her was the love she had and gave to her family.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Frankfort, where she looked forward to the Silver Tea yearly and joining the Periwinkle Club as well. Her grandchildren would often pretend they were sick to share special time with “Grandma Fudge.”
Surviving are her daughters, Merry Leesa Wilkins and Brooke (Grant) Sowa; daughter-in-law, Marianne Hill; grandchildren, Mackenzie and Heather Wilkins, Brandon (Kristen) Hollenbeck, Chad (Lisa) Hollenbeck, Onika (Marcus) Witzke and Mikala (Jay) Hoffman; six beautiful great-grandchildren, Bobby, Ashton, Luke, Casey, Faith and Brookelyn; and dear friend, Billie Wardwell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Karen and Pam; the love of her life, Robert; son, Casey and infant son; and many close friends.
A celebration of Merry Kay’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the First Congregational Church of Frankfort, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Dinah Haag will officiate.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Frankfort; www.jowettfamilyfuneralhome.com.