Elry Ann Reetz, age 85, of Harvey, entered eternal life Monday afternoon, May 8, 2017, at UP Health System – Marquette.
Born May 20, 1931, in Marquette, a daughter of S. Leonard and Edna S. (Tamminen) Johnson, Elry was raised in Marquette, graduating from Graveraet High School, Class of 1949. On June 23, 1951, Elry was united in marriage to Alton C. “Jim” Reetz at Messiah Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Harvey where they raised their children. Both Jim and Elry assisted in Boy Scouts while their children were young, Elry serving as a den mother. The couple made many camping adventures with their children, enjoyed fishing and family gatherings. For over 40 years, Elry was active in bowling, belonging to leagues and receiving many trophies and awards for high averages and high games. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and liked to cook for gatherings of family and friends. Elry and Jim were charter members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir, served on the Worship and Music Committee, did much volunteering, and served four years on the church council. Additionally, she was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Harvey Homemakers. Elry served as an officer in the Chocolay Township Government, retiring as deputy treasurer following over 30 years of service to the township.
Survivors include her sons, Loren (Diane) Reetz of Little Lake and Jon (Jill) Reetz of Harvey; her grandchildren, Amy, Gregory, Spencer, Derek, and Erin; great-grandchildren, Mallory and Avery; her brother, Dale A. (Darla) Johnson of Champion; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, “Jim” in 2011; a son, Kurt Steven Reetz; a grandson, Christopher; and a brother, Alton L. “Swede” Johnson.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Harvey, on the anniversary of Elry’s birth, Saturday, May 20, beginning at 11:00 am until the time of service at 1:00 pm. Rev. James Duehring will officiate and inurnment will follow in the church memorial garden. A reception will be held in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Jacobetti Home for Veterans Activity Fund or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
The Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com
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