2013-05-09 / Obituaries

Juanita Welcher

Juanita Welcher Juanita Welcher Juanita Welcher, 87, of Rudyard, formerly of Rogers City, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Sault Ste. Marie.

She was born August 18, 1925, in Eby, Kentucky, to William and Inez (nee Cooper) Hilger.

Mrs. Welcher grew up in Kentucky, but moved to Ohio to work as a nanny when she was still very young. As a teenager, she began working as a waitress, and continued to work in the restaurant, bar, and hotel business for most of her life.

She met Thomas Lloyd, when his band played at the restaurant were she was working. They were married for 18 years.

In 1974, after working at and managing restaurants for other people for many years, she and her husband, Cyril Greenway, purchased the International Hotel, a centennial business in Rogers City. They operated the business together until her husband’s death in 1986. She continued running the business until 1998.

She married John “Jack” Welcher April 9, 2011, and they made their home in Rudyard.

Mrs. Welcher enjoyed quilting, and she had a wonderful eye for color and design, but the kitchen was her castle. She was always baking and cooking for people, whether at home or at work. She even worked for a season as a cook on a Great Lakes freighter, initially applying for the job as a challenge because someone told her she was “too old.” She enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband, Jack, the past two summers. She was a hardworking and caring person, friends said, who will be missed by all who loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; three daughters and their families, Lillian Maness of Flat Rock, Pamela and Mike Gapczynski of Rogers City, and Colette Suchey of Rudyard; two sons and their families, Thomas Lloyd of Rogers City and Paul “Chip” and Tina Greenway, also of Rogers City; grandchildren and their families, Thomas and Heather Lloyd, Andrea Lloyd, Marty and Valarie Maness, Jackie Maness, Jennifer McNeil, Stephanie and Eric Brege, Stacy Feretti, Michelle and Dwight Forde, Matthew Gapczynski, Edwin Lloyd, Mariah Lloyd, Sheena and Marc Andrzejak, Brandon Suchey and Leanna Borowiak, Tyler and Amy Greenway, and Rayna Hickman; greatgrandchildren, Chelsea, Leah, Austin, Shelby, Jacob, Elliott, Jillian, Taylor, Madison, Ella, Ashley, Mason, Ryland, Braylon, and Gabe; two sisters and their families, Mary Frazier and June Donovan, and a sister-in-law and her family, Martha McGlone. She is also survived by her husband, Jack’s, three daughters and their families, Marie and Bill Garrettson, Gayle and Farley Smith, and Katherine and Mark Whitney; three sons and their families, William “Bill” and Pat Welcher, Keith and Rhonda Welcher, and John Jr. and Meta Welcher; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cyril Greenway; a son, William Lloyd; a grandson, Michael Gapczynski, and a brother, Danny McGlone.

Services will be Wednesday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Rudyard. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to time of the service.

A graveside service is planned for Wednesday, May 15, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Rogers City.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan in Memory of Michael Gapczynski, 5455 Corporate Drive, Suite 306, Troy, MI 48098.

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