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Donna Elysbeth "Betty" Bursian passed away quietly March 19, 2017 at 94 years of age.
Betty attended Petoskey Schools, the Episcopalian prep school, Kemper Hall, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Michigan State College.
She worked as a nurse at Little Traverse Hospital in Petoskey until she married her high school sweetheart, Robert "Bob" Bursian in 1946.
Betty was a secretary and with her family was a charter member of the Grand Traverse YMCA in the '60s. She was a traveling lecturer for Weight Watchers and worked for the Traverse City public schools in the media processing department.
Betty was a voracious reader and enjoyed gardening and crafts.
Betty is survived by her three children, Steve (Barb) Bursian, of Haslett, Mary Dame, of Traverse City, and Mark (Hongying) Bursian, of Handan, China; a brother, George (Beverly) John; grandchildren, Christopher Bursian, Sarah Dame, Jeremiah Bursian and Ashley Bursian; eight great-grandchildren; as well as several cousins in Petoskey.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, George and Juanita John; loving husband, Robert; brother, Dean John; grandson, Joshua; and granddaughter, Kristin Coriano.
The family would like to thank the staff at Traverse Manor Assisted Living for their loving and attentive care throughout Betty's nine-year residency.
A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11 a.m., with visitation held one hour prior at 10 a.m.
Memorials may be made in Betty's name to the Traverse Area District Library or Grace Episcopal Church.
Please share your thoughts with Betty's family by way of her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on  April 2, 2017
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