Dorthy “Dort” Frances Reiken, 87, of Traverse City and formerly of Wabash, IN, passed away July 3, 2022, at her home with her family by her side after a brief illness.
She was born on September 19, 1934, in Wabash, IN to the late Floyd Leroy and Viola Gertrude (Fierstos) Unger.
On September 1, 1954, Dort married Fred Reiken in Wabash, Indiana.
Dort attended Michigan State University and earned her nursing degree from IUPUI in Indiana. She was a registered Nurse at Wabash County Hospital for nearly 20 years. For many years she was a member of P.E.O., the Jaycees, and the local Alzheimer’s support group in Traverse City. She was also a devoted member of Christ the King Catholic Church.
Above all else, she cherished her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and treasured the times she spent with friends, those nearby and as far away as Finland.
Dort had a sweet tooth and enjoyed dessert any time of the day. She was a shopper extraordinaire, finding the best bargains and outlasting anyone with her on a shopping spree. She also loved her many cats throughout the years. Most of all, Dort enjoyed being with family, especially during summers at Spider Lake. She spent countless hours playing in the sand and water with her grandchildren, making fudge, and playing card games and dominoes with the family.
Dort is survived by her children Kimberley (Ramon) LeDoux, Cinda (Kevin) Hipskind, Christopher (Barbara) Reiken, and Martin (Barb White) Reiken; grandchildren Andrea (John) Miller, Austin (Erika) Reiken, and Mary (Robert) Morrissey; and great grandchildren Ava, Elaina, Asher, Philip, and Lily; and sister Frances (Thomas) Whitmeyer; and sister-in-law Ann Unger. Dort was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Fred; her parents; and her brother William Unger.
Graveside services for Frederick and Dorthy Reiken will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Falls Cemetery in Wabash, Indiana with Father Jay Horning officiating. Following Graveside Services, the family will receive friends to visit between 2-4 p.m. at the Honeywell Room at the Honeywell Center.
McDonald Funeral Homes, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana, 46992, have been trusted with Frederick and Dorthy Reiken's local final arrangements.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.mcdonaldfunerals.com