Betty Karnitz, age 90, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior, on June 13, 2020, at her home with family by her side.
Betty was the first born daughter of Gaylord and Florence (Dittrich) Blake of Wells, MI. She was a 1946 graduate of Escanaba High School.
On December 28, 1948, Betty was united in marriage to Victor Karnitz and together the couple built their home and raised their eight children in Gladstone. They spent many happy summer days at their cottage in Maywood Shores.
After a long and industrious career, Betty retired from the Bay De Noc Lure Company at the age of 85. She continued to stay busy and nurture her love of children by volunteering as a Reading Buddy at the Gladstone Schools. She remained a devout member of her church, St. Martin Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Rapid River, MI, throughout her life.
Daughters: Mary Jo (Tom) VanHorn, Karen (Gary) LeClaire,
Nancy (Jim) DeGrand, Patti (Mark) Hager,
Sandey (Mark) Hereau, and Sara (Bill) Hawker
Son: Paul (Cindy) Karnitz
Sister: Marlene (Lloyd) James
Brother: Leroy (Karen) Blake
Son in law: Mark (Cindy) Phillips
Brother in law: Ron Nelson
Sister in law: Ruthie Blake
17 Grandchildren and many Great Grandchildren
In addition to her parents and her husband Victor, Betty was preceded in death by:
Cherished Daughter: Sue Phillips
Brother: Jimmy Blake
Sister in law: Lois Nelson
Brother in law: Gordon Everett
Family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow visiting hours, at 7:00PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone, with Pastor Philip Paustian of St. Martin Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Betty will be laid to rest next to her husband Victor in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells. Betty’s family would like to extend a warm hearted thank you to the Bishop Noa Home and OSF Hospice for their superb care of their mother. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements.