Ruth Welch

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Ruth Welch

September 07, 1941 - August 02, 2018

Ruth Welch Ruth Welch, age 76, of Traverse City, entered into eternal life on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 at her home in the loving care of her family.
Ruth was born at her home in Traverse City on Sept. 7, 1941 to Celestine Sr. and Thelma (Couturier) Schaub. Ruth was the second of 18 children: 14 boys and four girls.
On Aug. 8, 1959 Ruth married the love of her life, Kenneth Lee Welch. Together Ken and Ruth moved to Flint, where Ken worked in the auto industry and Ruth took care of the family. Ken and Ruth moved back to the Traverse City area in 1996 after Ken retired.
Throughout the years Ruth and Ken enjoyed camping and spending time with their family. Ruth loved to crochet, make afghans and solve puzzles. She was a devoted Catholic and was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Ruth is survived by her children, Keith (Cindy) Welch, Terry Welch, Brenda (Welch) Jakee, Craig (Lisa) Welch and Brian Welch; grandchildren, Katlyn, Jeremy (Makenzie), Myranda, Mathew (TeAnna), Adam, Ethan (Kaitlyn), Krystal and Ashley (Josh); and great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Caroline, Cash, Elliot and Winslow.
Ruth is survived by her siblings, Gale (Ann), Richard (Isolde), Raymond, John (Ruth), Gerald (Janice), Celestine Jr. (Joan), Celeste, Theodore, D.V.M. (Vickie), Phyllis (William), Anthony (Angie), Michael, Ike, Janet (Stuart), Eugene (Kay), Timothy (Lisa), Duane (Vickie) and Sidney (Cyndi).
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; parents, Celestine Sr. and Thelma; and sisters-in-law, Sue (Anthony) and Janice (Raymond).
Visitation for Ruth will be held on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m., with the rosary prayed at 7 p.m., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at 11 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Greg McCallum will preside.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.
Please share a memory with Ruth's family by visiting her tribute page at
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on August 5, 2018
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