Theresa Jatkowski1931 - 2019
Theresa Marcella (Marky) Jatkowski, age 88 of
Rogers City, MI, passed away peacefully April 23, 2019.
She was born February 8, 1931, on her family farm in
Loogootee, Indiana to Leo M. and Estella (Fanning)
Gootee, DVM. Growing up, she had fond memories of accompanying her
father on his veterinarian visits to local farms. Marky loved James
Herriot books as the stories reminded her of her father and their time
Marky was a registered nurse and while living in Ann Arbor, MI, she and
a friend were set up on a blind double date. As she tells the story, she
immediately grabbed the better-looking of the two men, Edwin P.
Jatkowski. The attraction was mutual, and they enjoyed over fifty years
together until Ed passed away in 2007.
As they neared retirement, Marky and Ed loaded their bikes on their
sailboat and sailed the Great Lakes looking for the perfect location,
They found their special place in Rogers City, MI. Marky loved Rogers
City and remarked the only way she would leave was feet first with the
funeral director. She retained her sharp, witty sense of humor until the
While in Rogers City for almost 30 years, “granny” maintained her active
lifestyle. She walked daily well into her 80s. She was the over-70 age
group winner (when she was 79) in the Bermuda triangle competition,
which consisted of a one-mile run (Friday), a 1OK (Saturday) and a half
marathon (Sunday). She was a fierce competitor and rarely showed
Marky also baked cookies for the blood drive in Rogers City for over
20 years, was active in St. Ignatius parish and volunteered at the Public
Library, She enjoyed gardening and daisies, made beautiful quilts, and
almost indestructible pifiatas. Marky was loved and will be missed by
Surviving are one son, Paul (Martha) Jatkowski of Clinton Township, MI;
three daughters, Joann (Jeff Wood) Peck of Madison, WI, Nancy (Dan)
McCaskey of Clifton, VA, and Patricia Jatkowski of Brooklyn, NY; two
sisters, Agnes James of Ludington, MI and Sister Patricia Gootee,
Medical Mission Sisters, Fox Chase, PA; one brother, Father Paul Gootee
SVD of Chicago, Il; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,
Preceding her in death are her husband, Edwin Paul Jatkowski; four
brothers, Raymond Gootee, Father Stanley Gootee, SVD, Drs. Thomas
Gootce and Hugh Gootce; one sister, Sr. Marym Gootee, Sisters of
Providence; and one grandchild Kate McCaskey.
Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home in Rogers City, MI on
Saturday, June 22nd from 12 p.m. through time of her memorial service
at 1 p.m, with Seminarian Mary Hughes officiating. Burial to follow at
Mt. Calvary Cemetery.