Beatrice Heinzel1927 - 2009
Surrounded by her family, Beatrice Heinzel, age 82,
passed away at home on October 4, 2009 after a long
battle with lung cancer.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Arthur and
two daughters, Susan and Laurie. Born in Rogers City and a lifelong member of the
St. Ignatius parish, Bea graduated from Rogers City High School in 1945 and
married Arthur G. Heinzel on October 2, 1948. She was the ninth and youngest child
of Joseph and Mary (Mulka) Nowak.
Her full and genuinely meaningful life will be celebrated at a memorial service on a
later date. She enriched the lives of family and friends with beautifully hand-crafted
gifts, each designed and given as a significant symbol of her love and affection on
birthdays, weddings, holidays, or other special occasions. From sewing clothing for
her daughters and grandkids to making man-bags for her great grandsons, these gifts
represented more than her creative talents; they were significant symbols of her close,
nurturing, and intimate relationship with individual family members and close friends.
She especially loved the one-on-one time with her grandchildren at “Camp Grandma”
at Grand Lake. Throughout her life she enjoyed quilting, working in her flower and
vegetable gardens, playing cards, spending winters in Florida and California, and
traveling across the U.S. to visit family and friends.
Beatrice is survived by:
her husband, Arthur;
two children, Susan (Allen) Phelps of Madison, Wisconsin and Laurie (Tom) Gole
of Grand Rapids;
seven grandchildren, Lisa (Scott) Lange, Stacey Phelps, Randi (Ross) Strand,
and Melissa, Jennifer, Justin, and Ryan Gole;
five great-grandchildren, Morgan, Olivia Beatrice, and Matthew Lange and Hunter
and Lincoln Strand;
a sister, Alice Kaiser (Grand Rapids);
a brother-in-law Barry (Loly) Heinzel of Manistee;
sisters-in-law Irene Heinzel (Rogers City) and Theresa Heinzel (Grand Lake);
and many cousins, nephews, and nicces.
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