TRAVERSE CITY — Leokadya "Louise" Maria Rehwinkle passed on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Cherry Hill Haven two months after her 106th birthday. She was born Nov. 12, 1906, in New York City, to Ludwig and Marya Krukowski.
She lived in New York City until she was eight years old and then moved to Poland until she was in her 20s. From there she moved to Dearborn.
During her time in Dearborn she married Eric Rehwinkle on Nov. 28, 1927. They moved to Interlochen in the 1940s. Together they raised their family of two daughters, Vickie and Barbara.
Louise was a seamstress for Winkleman's and made most of her daughters' clothes, including coats and dresses. She knitted many potholders, scarves, slippers, hats and mittens. She also loved to cook and made many interesting dishes of Polish, German and American cuisine. Louise was also a gardener and won many blue ribbons for her flowers at the Northwest Michigan Fair.
Louise was very humorous and feisty and somewhat of a "firecracker" who enjoyed people. Chocolate was her favorite dessert any time of the day, as well as petit fours.
Louise is survived by her granddaughter, Mandy Rountree; daughter, Barbara Piper and her son, William Piper (Hilary Pummill) with great-grandkids, Margaret, Ingrid, Marabelle, Invangeline and Vivian, and son, John (Patti Piper) with great-grandkids, Jessica and Tom Dyer and great-great-grandkids, Joshua and Evan, also, Micheal and Lynda Matash, great-grandkids with great-great-grandchild, Isla Pearl.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric; daughter, Vickie; as well as many other extended family members.
The family would like to extend their special thanks to the wonderful staff at Cherry Hill Haven for all their kindness and attention to Louise. "Grandma" was loved by so many there. Another special thanks is extended to Hospice of Michigan for their compassionate care and support.
There will be a private memorial service attended by close friends and family. Interment will be in Monroe Center Cemetery in the spring.
Donations may be sent to Hospice of Michigan in memory of Louise so that more families may benefit from such tender and loving care at the end stages of life.