LAKE LEELANAU — Rebecca Ann Stanchfield, 79, of Lake Leelanau, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Munson Hospice House.
Rebecca was born on June 15, 1934, on the family farm in East Leland, the youngest child of Samuel and Mary (Esch) Weiss.
On Aug. 15, 1952, she married the first love of her life, Merle Bredehoeft, who preceded her in death on June 6, 1995. On Aug. 30, 1997, she joyfully married the second love of her life, Norman Stanchfield, who survives. Becky felt blessed that she was able to find love twice in her life, first with Merle and later with Norman.
She took her job as homemaker seriously and diligently worked to provide a loving, happy home, not just for her husbands and children but also for her many grandchildren. As the “Cookie Queen” of Leelanau County there was rarely a time when a grandchild came to visit that their favorite cookie wasn’t available fresh from the oven.
Becky was very active in the church where she was baptized, confirmed and twice married. She loved to sing and was a longtime member of the Immanuel Lutheran Choir. She was president of Women in Mission at Immanuel and could be found every Tuesday morning at the church talking with her friends, making quilts for World Relief and teasing her pastor.
Becky will be missed for her beautiful smile, her teasing, fun filled nature and a wry sense of humor that often caught those who didn’t know her off guard.
In addition to her husband, Norman, Rebecca is survived by her children, Sandra (Roger) Thomas, Michael (Carol Peterson) Bredehoeft, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Bredehoeft and Debra (Anthony) Radjenovich; stepchildren, Dale (Toshiko) Stanchfield, Norman (Teri Fowler) Stanchfield Jr., William Stanchfield and Susan (Don) Willecke; 16 grandchildren; 11.5 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Susan Brassow, R. Kenneth (Betty) Weiss and Ardath Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Rupert Weiss, Dorothy Brown, Eunice Kahrs, Edward Weiss and Lois Duhm.
There will be a gathering of those wishing to share in the celebration of Becky’s life today, Nov. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m., on the family farm at 1691 N. Eagle Highway, Lake Leelanau, MI. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Leland. The Rev. Lawrence K. Matro will officiate. Private family burial will be held at East Leland Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, c/o Organ Fund, PO Box 436, Leland, MI 49654 and/or to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ‘s Michigan Chapter, 4065 Saladin Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 and/or Munson Hospice House, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share memories with Rebecca’s family at their online obituary at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.