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Inez Gertrude Kirt, 98, of Cedar, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 at TenderCare of Leelanau.
Inez was born July 1, 1918 in Lake Leelanau the daughter of George and Selena (Drow) Richard. On May 2, 1939 at St. Mary's Church of Lake Leelanau, she married Alfred Joseph Kirt, who preceded her in death in 1968.
Inez was a proud Leelanau County resident her entire life. Her early years were spent in Lake Leelanau and then she moved to a Cedar farm in 1949. Inez was the last Kirt of her generation to pass; sadly, her brother-in-law, Joe, died just a few weeks ago.
She was the valedictorian of her Lake Leelanau St. Mary's High School class of 1937. Due to financial reasons Inez could not afford to attend college but made certain that all of her children received a college degree. A common weekday evening activity included her children doing homework on the kitchen table after it was cleaned and before anyone could watch television.
Inez was very proud to become the first Leelanau County (Centerville Township) supervisor and kept meticulous records. She later worked at various positions for Leelanau County.
Inez enjoyed her family, religion, cooking, gardening, quilting and playing cards.
The family wishes to thank the staff, doctors and nurses of TenderCare of Leelanau for their wonderful care of our dearest mother.
Inez is survived by her two sons, Russell (Pamela) Kirt and Edward (Debra) Kirt; three daughters, Sandra Mary Kirt, Ann (Allen) Forrester and Mary (Kevin) Lizenby; and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred; a daughter, Myrtle (William) Tolstedt; her sisters, Marie (Ludwig) Kolarik, Bess (Bernard) Schultz, Edna (Raymond) Maleski and Sister Thomas Bernard; her parents-in-law, Louis (Mary) Kirt; and her in-laws, Dennis (Mildred) Kirt, Arthur Kirt, Don (Edith) Kirt, Joseph (Marcia) Kirt, Edith (Walter) Matthes, Florence (Peter) Sharnowski and Margaret (Aloysius) Peplinski
A rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m., with the Mass starting at 11 a.m., on Friday, June 23, at Holy Rosary Church. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Father Donald Libby will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to Holy Rosary Church, 6982 S. Schomberg Road, Cedar, MI 49621 and/or to the Louis and Mary Kirt Scholarship, c/o St. Mary's School, PO Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the Kirt family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on June 19, 2017
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