Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 13, 2013

Wendy Lou Laudermilch

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Wendy Lou Laudermilch, of Traverse City, passed on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. She was born on Sept. 3, 1945, in Bay City, to the late Franklin and Jeanne (Goold) Gougeon.

She married the love of her life, Donald M. Laudermilch, on Aug. 23, 1975, in Wixom. He predeceased her on Feb. 10, 2009.

She is survived by one daughter, Dannielle (Doug) Higgins; two sons by marriage, Norman and David Laudermilch; a sister, Karin Gougeon; a brother, Brad (Karen) Gougeon; and four grandsons, Brett, David, Ryan and Johan.

Wendy and Don raised their children on Penny Lake in Walled Lake and also had property in Luther, where they spent holidays and vacations.

She was an avid English horseback rider and also loved gardening, cross country skiing and going “muxing.”

Wendy and Don moved up to Traverse City when Don retired in 1989, and they started their adventures with motor homes shortly thereafter. Wendy loved to travel, and they spent many summers in the RV traveling to every state in the U.S. and all the provinces in Canada, as well as trips to Europe, China and Ireland.

She was also a woman of strong faith and a member of Central United Methodist Church.

Wendy was inspirational, brave, feisty, playful, daring and fiercely loved everyone whom she chose as her own. She will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at Grand Traverse Yacht Club on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, with a gathering starting at 2 p.m., and the memorial service at 3 p.m.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.