Judith Marilyn Miller Loveless, a long-time resident of Traverse City, passed away on Saturday morning, April 15, following a short illness. Judy was born in Champaign, Illinois, on April 19, 1927, the first child of Estella F. and August E. Miller.
Judy and her two siblings spent their childhood in Dayton, Ohio. The family moved to Petoskey in 1940. Judy graduated from Petoskey High School in 1945. She attended The College of Wooster, in Wooster Ohio, where she studied music education. She married her husband of 53 years, Wendell Gage Loveless, on Aug. 24, 1947. In 1950, they moved to Traverse City, where Gage was an engineer at Cone Drive Gears until his retirement.
Judy was committed to music and was one of the founding members of the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra, now TSO, playing in its charter concert in 1952. In its early years, Judy served as the librarian for the symphony. She was a member of the second violin section for 56 years, playing under many different conductors. She was also dedicated to WIAA, the Interlochen Public Radio station and served on their advisory board for several years. She was a member of the Traverse City Musicale, serving two terms as its president and worked actively with the Crooked Tree Girl Scout Council, as well as leading Girl Scout troops for many years. She was also active in the Women's Circle at the Central United Methodist Church. Her avocations, in addition to music, were gardening, sewing and she transmitted a love of all those activities to her children.
Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Gage, who passed away on Dec. 24, 2000; her sister, Charlotte Miller Storey; her brother, Robert A. Miller, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn D. Loveless, of Wooster, Ohio; son, John G. Loveless (and wife Kathy), of Hillsdale; daughter, Janet K. (Loveless) Lewis (and husband William), of Grand Rapids; son, Steven W. Loveless (and wife Ann), of Frankfort; grandchildren, Danu G. (and Ralph) Geraci, of Traverse City, Anna C. Loveless, of Greenville, South Carolina, Aaron G. Lewis, of Seattle, Washington, Michael J. Lewis, of New York, New York, Kate Gilbert (and Caleb), of Frankfort, Amy Robison (and Bryce), of Frankfort, Justin Heniser, of Frankfort. In addition, she will be missed by her great-grandchildren, Sela, Nico and Vincenzo Geraci, Caroline Gilbert and Anna Robison.
The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, April 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass Street, in Traverse City. A funeral service will follow the viewing, beginning at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Judy's name to the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, 300 East Front Street, Suite 230, Traverse City, Michigan 49684.
Please share your thoughts and memories with Judith'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 18, 2017