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Barbara Jean Zelinski, 92, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at her home. Barbara was born on Monday, Dec. 29, 1924 to the late Harry Michael and Evelyn Loraine (Ducharme) Keating in Detroit.
She married Vincent Francis Zelinski on Saturday, Jan. 25, 1947 in Royal Oak. He preceded her in death on May 4, 2000. Barbara and Vince moved to Traverse City from Royal Oak in 1974.
Barbara had been a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She volunteered at schools and enjoyed gardening and knitting. She especially enjoyed her family and treasured her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Michael and his wife, Susan Zelinski, of Everett, Washington, Patti and her husband, Frank Smith, of Farmington Hills, and Alan and his wife, Mary Zelinski, of Traverse City; her grandchildren, Dr. Josh (Dorothy) Kern, Becky (Phillip) Heckinger, Alex (Jenn) Zelinski, Andrew Zelinski and Kelly (fiance, Keith Gingras) Zelinski; and great-grandchildren, Ruth, Amy and Greg Kern and Alice and Calvin Heckinger.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Louise, who died in infancy; and sisters, Virginia Keating and June Nagel.
Visitation for Barbara will take place from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. Father Christopher Jarvis will preside. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Rather than flowers, Barbara had asked that memorial contributions be directed to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org/donate; or to the GTACS Capital Campaign, Development Office, 123 E. 11th St., Traverse City, MI 49684 or online at www.gtacs.org/giving/capital.campaign.
Please share your thoughts and memories with Barbara's family by visiting her tribute page and www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on August 27, 2017
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