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Mrs Gertrude Kovacevich Michaels

  • Birth 2 Dec 1924 Hurley, Iron County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 24 Dec 2010 Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Ironwood, Gogebic County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 63440362

WAUSAU, Wis. -- Mrs. Gertrude Michaels, age 86 of East Michigan Avenue, in Ironwood, passed away in Wausau on Friday December 24, 2010, with her family by her side. She was born December 2, 1924, in Hurley, Wis. daughter of the late Vaso and Johanna (Samardich) Kovacevich.

Gertie attended Hurley schools and graduated from the Hurley High School with the class of 1942. She was employed at the Doust Pasty Shop and for Dr. Harry Shear as a dental assistant. For many years, she owned and operated the Travelers Motel on U.S. 2 in Bessemer with her husband Anthony. Gertie enjoyed dance and music. She was a member of the Gogebic Range Tamburitzans as a choreographer and musician. She was a dance instructor and director of "stunt nights" and enjoyed studio recording music. She was a lifetime member of the PTA, a homemaker and gardener.

On August 15, 1953, she was married to Anthony Michaels at the St. Simon Orthodox Christian Church, in Ironwood by Rev. Fr. Nickanor Kollick. Anthony survives. Also surviving is a daughter; Joanne Michaels, of Ironwood; two sons, Father Anthony (Rick) Michaels of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Craig (Vicky) Michaels of Apple Valley, Minn.; three grandaughters, Rebecca Michaels and Jennifer (Joel) Kangas both of Apple Valley and Mary Cotie of Dallas, Texas. Also surviving is a sister Sylvia Shutes of Ironwood and many nieces and nephews. Beside her parents, Gertrude was preceded in death by brothers, Rodimere, Elias, Robert, George and Vulcan.

Also preceded in death by sisters; Julia Simon, Mary Peterson and a sister Helen in childhood.

Funeral Services will be held at the St. Simon Orthodox Christian Church, 226 East Harding Avenue, Ironwood on Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 10 a.m. Father Anthony (Rick) Michaels will officiate.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, Dec. 28, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the church where Trisagion Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m.

Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood.

Range Funeral Service Inc. and the Ketola-Burla Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • Created by: Dale & Corinne Wise
  • Added: 29 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63440362
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mrs Gertrude Kovacevich Michaels (2 Dec 1924–24 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63440362, citing Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood, Gogebic County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Dale & Corinne Wise (contributor 47132213) .