Elaine's Story

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Elaine Kubiak, born May 16, 1945, a Traverse City resident, passed away suddenly early on Sunday morning after a brief illness. She was 72 years old. Elaine was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Henry and Bernice Michaelis.
She received her bachelor's degree in marketing in 1967 from Roosevelt University and worked in various administrative roles early in her career in Chicago at advertising agencies, Baker and McKenzie Law Firm and as a division sales administrator at Maremont Corporation, a Fortune 500 NYSE company. Later in her career she worked as a real estate agent in Ohio and southern Michigan, where she developed a keen expertise in real estate.
Elaine enjoyed international travel and often regaled friends and family members with stories of her travels. Her favorite destinations she visited during her lifetime were London, England, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Rome and Florence, Italy, and Sydney, Australia.
In addition to her love of travel, she also was an environmentalist and devoted animal rights enthusiast, steadfastly supporting various causes relating to the care and preservation all animals large and small. She was a skilled bargain shopper and frequently used that ability to generously shower family members, friends and casual acquaintances with thoughtful gifts.
In her youth Elaine passed on an opportunity to move abroad, instead opting to return home, where she eventually met her husband, Jon S. Kubiak. Elaine and Jon celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary earlier this year. In addition to living in Traverse City and various locations in the Chicago area, the couple also lived in Toledo, Ohio, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Elaine is survived by her husband, Jon; her son, Mark; and her soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Jeanine.
Elaine was preceded in death by her father, Henry; her mother, Bernice; and her sister, Nancy.
Services will be held at 3 p.m., with a visitation held one hour prior, on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741; and The Elephant Sanctuary, 27 E. Main St., Hohenwald, TN 38462.
Please share a memory with the family by visiting Elaine's tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on July 12, 2017
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