MARQUETTE, MI - Genevieve B. "Jean" Retaskie, age 96, of 222 S. Fifth Street, Marquette, entered eternal life October 4, 2012 at the Norlite Nursing Center in the loving care of her family.
A New Year's baby, born January 1, 1916 in Marquette, a daughter of Joseph and Amy (Lempkey) Young, Jean was a lifelong Marquette resident. On March 5, 1932, she married Edward J. Retaskie and together the couple established a home and raised their five boys in Marquette. Jean was kept busy as a wife and mother, devoted to her children, and later all her grandchildren and their children. Once her boys were raised, she volunteered her time at the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Throughout her life she was an ardent card player, having been raised on family Friday and Saturday evening card games. She especially enjoyed cribbage. Jean loved the outdoors and many family events centered around the family camp and her excellent cooking skills. At home, she took pleasure in her grandchildren and doing handcrafts, especially knitting. Having lost two brothers in World War II, Jean had a particular fondness and love for veterans who served their country. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and later St. Peter's after she moved to Snowberry.
Jean is survived by sons, Edward James Retaskie and William (Lola) Retaskie both of Marquette, and Michael (Kim) Retaskie of Warner Robins, GA; daughters-in-law, Ann Retaskie and Sandy Retaskie both of Marquette; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 10 great great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special niece Nancy Claus. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; sons, Richard and Gary Retaskie; daughter-in-law, Bev Retaskie; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Ada and Earl Bunker, Patricia and Jack DesJardins; and brothers, Joseph, Donald, and Jack Young.
Friends may call at the D.J. Jacobetti Chapel on Monday October 8, 2012 from 11:00am until 12:00 Noon. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel at 12 noon with Rev. Nicholas Thompson officiating. The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com