Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 20, 2013

Ellen Michael


HOLLAND — Ellen M. Michael, 85, of Holland and formerly of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Appledorn Living Center in Holland.

Ellen was born on June 5, 1927, to the late Guy and Pearl (Welty) Griner in St. Joseph County. She entered into marriage with Dr. Stanley L. Michael on June 18, 1955.

Ellen attended Western Michigan University and graduated from Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo as a registered nurse.

She spent many years working along side her husband, Dr. Stanley, and his medical practice before retiring in 1994.

On downtime, Ellen often enjoyed playing a round of golf with her husband as a recreational pastime.

Ellen was gracious with her time and volunteered often with Munson Medical Center and was part of the Munson Auxiliary. She was a faithful member of Central United Methodist Church and was active with the church choir.

Ellen is survived by her loving family; her son, John (Linda) Michael, of Dorr; her daughter, Mary (Tyler) Peterson, of Oregon; one grandson, Kegan French; her sister-in-law, Barbara Griner; and many other loving family members and friends.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, in June of 2010 after 57 years of marriage; and her brother, Donald Griner.

Private family memorial services will take place at Central United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dale Ostema officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Regional Healthcare Foundation or to Central United Methodist Church.

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