Mary Garbis Denstaedt

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Mary Garbis Denstaedt

July 27, 1923 - November 02, 2018

Mary Garbis Denstaedt Mary Garbis Denstaedt, 95, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2018 at the Traverse Victorian Senior Living Facility. Mary was born on July 27, 1923 in Barry, South Wales, in the United Kingdom to the late Gerrassimo and Olympia "Callie" (Jeka) Garbis.
Mary attended the Ursuline Girls School in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, and graduated from Detroit Girls Catholic Central in 1941.
Mary met her future husband, Irving Earl Denstaedt, on a blind date. The two united in marriage on June 17, 1944 at St. Paul's Cathedral in Detroit.
Mary and Irv moved from Royal Oak to Traverse City in 1988 to be near their daughter, Nancy.
Above all else, Mary loved her family. She enjoyed playing the keyboard and reading when she wasn't taking care of her home. In her younger years she also enjoyed volunteering for the Michigan Cancer Foundation in Royal Oak.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband; her son, John; and her favorite sister-in-law, Marion Waugh.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Chris) Shotwell, of Traverse City; grandchildren, Geoff (Kristen) Denstaedt, Scott (Angel) Denstaedt, Danielle (Jim) Koop, Jennifer (Justin) Edmiston and Elizabeth (Eric) Schoolmaster; great-grandchildren, Morgan Koop, Drew Koop and Emma Denstaedt; a great-grandson due any day; and beloved nieces and nephew, Pat Adams, Nancy Kulpanowski and Jim Waugh.
The family will celebrate Mary's life privately. She will be interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit some time next summer.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Heartland Hospice. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the caregivers at Heartland Hospice, especially to Beth Nussdorfer and Laura Casey, and the staff at Victorian Senior Living.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 4, 2018
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