Patricia “Pat” L. Rzanca, age 83, of Munising, died Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Medilodge of Munising with her family at her side. She was born on October 22, 1936 in Cheboygan, Michigan to the late Jennings and Harriett (Eno) Couture. Pat grew up in Cheboygan and graduated from the Catholic High School in 1954. In her younger years before the bridge was built, Pat would take the ferry to St. Ignace and to Mackinac Island to work. She married Edward J. Rzanca on July 5, 1962 and then moved her family to Munising in 1968. Pat was a loving, caring, and giving person. She worked hard at many different jobs: selling fruit at the Bushel Basket, working at J & L News, and waitressing at Mrs. Claus’ Restaurant, Apple Betties, and many other local restaurants until she was hired as a cook at Munising Memorial Hospital. She retired from the hospital after twenty years of service. Pat was a talented cook who loved to make meals for her family, especially her famous torts. She enjoyed road trips with Ed, dinner drives, playing BINGO, and visiting the casino. Pat was a member of the Moose Lodge, Sacred Heart Church, and St. Gerard Circle. Pat loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart, and she cherished all the time she could spend with family.
She is survived by her children – Mike Reiman of Munising, Darlene (Duane) Crawford of Port Byron, NY, Dolores Reiman of Munising, Ed Rzanca, Jr. of Green Valley, AZ, Tommy (Marilyn) Rzanca of Munising, and Tracy Rzanca of Iron Mountain; 26 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings – Mattie Blaskowski, Loraine Sova, Keith Couture, Jim Couture, Diane VanCamp, Curtis Couture, Mary Jo Cuture, and Debbie St.Ange; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by her parents – Jennings and Harriett; husband – Edward Rzanca, Sr.; siblings - Kenneth Couture, Jennings “Bug” Couture, and an infant sister.
A memorial mass will be celebrated by Father Michael Ocran on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Munising. The Diocese of Marquette requires that mask and family unit social distance rules are to be followed. Interment will be at the St. Francis Cemetery in Cheboygan, Michigan on a later date.
Pat’s family would like to extend a special thanks to Medilodge and staff for their compassionate care you gave mom and comfort for her family.
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