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Zelna L. Dreves, 82, of Traverse City and formerly Paradise, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Jan. 21, 2018 at the Villa at Traverse Point. Zelna was born on April 6, 1935 in Nelma, Wisconsin, to the late Jess and Nina (Spencer) Puishis.
She graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1953.
On Sept. 25, 1954 she married John Joseph Dreves at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City. Together they raised five children, James R. Dreves, of Bellaire, Michael J. Dreves, of Bellaire, Kandee (Don) Wyatt, of Munising, Susan Noble, of Williamsburg, and Kathy (Tom) Lang, of Kingsley. They have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Their grandchildren are Kristen Dreves, Kim (Jeff) Risdon, Jennifer (Joshua) Daniels, Jonathon Dreves, Matthew Dreves, Tanya Lang, Jessica Lang, Kayle Noble and Nicole Noble. Great-grandchildren are Breeanna Lang, Kaydence and Jeffrey Risdon, Jenevieve, Jaxon and Jameson Daniels.
Zelna worked for the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools for 23 years as a school secretary before retiring due to ill health. She truly loved her job and being able to watch all of the students grow up.
Zelna, along with her husband, John, retired to Paradise in 1996. She enjoyed reading, rock hunting, watching the birds, especially her beloved cardinals, and watching Wheel of Fortune and sports on TV. Together she and John enjoyed walks on the beaches of Lake Superior and hunting for agates. They were very fond of Paradise and being a part of the local community.
Zelna was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City and Our Lady of Victory in Paradise. Her faith was a very important part of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Reynolds-Jonkoff Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City. A luncheon will follow at the church. Zelna will be interred at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens next to her beloved husband, John.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Father Fred Foundation, St. Francis Catholic Church, GTACS or Our Lady of Victory Parrish in Paradise.
Please share thoughts with the family at Zelna's online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and cremation services.
Published on January 24, 2018
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