Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 9, 2012

Margaret 'Peg' Gatzke


TRAVERSE CITY — Margaret "Peg" Gatzke, of Traverse City, left us on Dec. 8, 2012, at Bay Ridge Assisted Living.

Peg was born in Watertown on June 8, 1921, to Francis and Blanche (Henry) Currant. On Nov. 26, 1976, she was united in marriage to Raymond F. Gatzke in Traverse City at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Peg was a registered dietitian, graduating from Michigan State University in East Lansing.

She worked as assistant dietitian at Lapeer State Home and Training School, transferring to Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital as head dietitian in May of 1951. At the time of her retirement she was domestic service manager responsible for the housekeeping, laundry and dietary departments.

Peg was a member of the American Dietetic Association, Michigan Dietetic Association and State Employee Retiree Association. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church where she ushered and worked in the food pantry with her husband, Ray, for many years.

Peg enjoyed all kinds of card games, all outdoor activities, reading and dancing, as well as cooking and baking for her family and friends.

Peg is survived by her daughter, Geralyn (Kevin) Rice of Traverse City; son, Mark (Marge) Gatzke; daughters, Colleen (Richard) Tallent and Shally (Leo) Mauk; four granddaughters, Kim, Jenna, Heidi Gatzke and Holly (Nate) Glidden, from Traverse City; four great-grandchildren, Andrew Gatzke, Holden Steinebach, Gabriel and Lilian Glidden, all from Traverse City; "adoptive children," Victor (Juanita) Cole, Jean (Harold) Nelson and Ruth Stibitz, all of Traverse City, and Sandra Hutchins, from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Peg was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Raymond F. Gatzke and Milton Zahnow; her sister, Helen Cole; and adopted son, Victor Cole.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Fr. James Hayden will serve as celebrant. Interment will take place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens at a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Peg may be directed to the Immaculate Conception Church Food Pantry for Mass Intentions or to the Salvation Army.

Please visit to sign Peg's online guestbook.

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