Wilma's Story

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Wilma "Wink" Jean Schaub, 82, of Traverse City, completed her earthly journey and joined her husband, James, on Nov. 9, 2017. Wilma was born to the late Chester and Daisy (Browning) Durga on June 11, 1935 in Benzie County. Wilma was one of 10 children.
After marrying her late husband, Jim, in 1957 they began their family and were five children strong. Wilma spent her time nurturing her family, providing love, direction, encouragement and support with patience.
Wilma was the open door to the neighborhood, always accompanied by a free meal. She was the canning specialist, putting up enough canned goods every season from the garden to sustain a small army, or just her family. Wilma was a selfless person, giving of herself to others before giving to herself. Wilma also retired from Chef Pierre after 25 years.
Wilma is survived and missed dearly by her children, Fredrick (Joyce) Schaub, Susan (Tom) Garvin, Mark (Cathy) Schaub and Cathy (Dimitris) Pantzartzis; grandchildren, Maegan (Shawn) Sprague, Jayson (Angie) Garvin, Kylee (Shayne) Gatzke, Jacob Schaub, Nicole (Jason) Dobson and Evan Pantzartzis; step grandchildren, Mariana Graveline and Nick Lafuze; great-grandchildren, Aven, Allie, Olivia, Alexis, Ethan, Wesley, Tucker, Charlie, Layla, Aeralynn, Reghan and Braylin; siblings, Richard (Gloria) Durga, Darlene (Gerry) Fisher, Beverly Harris, Wayne (Diane) Durga and Jack (Carolyn) Durga; sister-in-law, Karen Durga; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her best friend and husband, Jim; her daughter, Saundra "Sandy"; and siblings, Lillian Rundquist, Leonard Durga, Gene Durga and Chester "Butch" Durga.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Michigan for all their care, compassion and support through Wilma's journey.
Visitation will take place Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary prayed at 7 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Saint Francis Church, at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Father Kenneth Stachnik will officiate. Wilma's final resting place will be at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions in Wink's honor may be directed to Hospice of Michigan.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your condolences and memories with the family on Wilma's tribute page.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Published on November 12, 2017
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