2017-04-20 / Obituaries

Stella Kathleen Trautz

Stella Kathleen Trautz, 93, Higgins Lake, died April 10, 2017, at Crawford Continuing Care Center in Grayling.

Private family services will be held.

Born Sept. 27, 1923, in Warren, OH, she was the daughter of Ira and Stella Fay (Grimes) Totten. She and Edward A. Trautz were united in marriage Dec. 27, 1947, in Warren and they lived in Oberlin, OH, until moving in 1962 to Bloomfield Township. With her husband she was involved with the Independent Bankers Association during his term as president. She was also active as a vol­unteer at Sparrow Hospital while living in Okemos from 1965 to 1983, and in Haslett from 1983 to 1991.

Starting in the summer of 1976 they began vacationing at Higgins Lake and in 1991 moved there permanently. She was a staunch supporter of the Roscom­mon County Community Foundation, Higgins Lake Property Owners Associa­tion and had been involved with the is­sues surrounding riparian rights at Hig­gins Lake.

Mrs. Trautz had a true gift for home­making and she excelled in all aspects and loved what she did. She attended Kent State University to enhance her do­mestic skills, taking classes in the home economics program. She also found that she had a knack for home design which she enjoyed very much.

Her family will miss the cards that she would send to recognize all special days and events in their lives. She was currently sending cards to three genera­tions of her family. She also found time to collect coins and stamps. Active with many volunteer activities at First Con­gregational Church in Roscommon, her organizational skills were utilized for the annual rummage sale. She could always be found helping in the kitchen with whatever church function or occasion that required meal preparation, setup and cleanup.

Mrs. Trautz was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; and sis­ters, Betty Biddlestone and Ann Dillon.

Surviving are her sons, Ed Jr. (Bev­erly) of Brunswick, GA, Jason (Karen) of Higgins Lake, Jonathan (Denise) of Maple Grove, MN and Robert (Cherie) of Pleasant Hill, CA; grandchildren, Jef­frey, Todd (Leah), Katie (JJ) Wilhour, Tim (Stacy), Eric, Michelle (Calvin) Sargent, Andrew and Bryson; four great- grandsons and another boy on the way, Alexander, Zachary and Cole Trautz, and Henry and baby boy Wilhour; and sister, Barbara Greene of Plantation, FL.

Memorial contributions can be di­rected toward the Human Development and Family Studies Program at Kent State University. Checks should be made payable to KSU Foundation and have Mrs. Trautz’s name on the memo line. Donations can be mailed to KSU Foun­dation, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242.

Walsh Funeral Home, Roscommon, handled the arrangements.

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