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Claris Sieffert Cozart passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at Munson Hospice House surrounded by her family. She was born on Feb. 2, 1926, the daughter of the late Truman and Doris (Schermerhorn) Wagner, a lifelong resident of the Traverse City area. She retired from the Traverse City State Hospital.
Surviving are her daughters, Bonnie (Nick) Harris, and Cathy (Paul) Johnson; five grandchildren, Tony Harris, Trace Harris, Jerry Harris, Dawn (Brian) Grubb and Michelle (Dennis) Perry; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Karen (Russ Owens) Grant; sister-in-law, Donna Wagner; and nieces, nephews and family. Also surviving are stepdaughters, Diane (John) Shumsky, Nancy (Bob) Burn, Kandie Cozart; son-in-law, Jim Fellows; seven step-grandchildren, Scott, Molly, Steven, Paul, Krista, Eric and Rodney; as well as four step-great-grandchildren; and many family members and friends.
Claris was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Clifford H. Sieffert in 1979, Evart K. Cozart in 1997; a son, Gerald C. Sieffert in 1968; a brother, Harley Wagner in 2014; a stepson, Michael Cozart in 1985; and stepdaughter, Janice Fellows in 2013.
A funeral service honoring Claris will take place at 11 a.m., with visiting one hour prior, on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684. Pastor Sean Barton will officiate. Interment will follow at Monroe Center Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to the American Veteran's Auxiliary, where Claris was an active member in the past or the Grawn United Methodist Church.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staffs of Munson Hospice House and the Palliative Care Group for their loving care.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Claris' family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on August 22, 2017
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