OBITUARY: Catherine Elizabeth Michel

Catherine Elizabeth Michel, 89, was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Kansas City, Kan., to Edgar L. and

Catherine Leora (Montgomery) Cantrell.

She was raised by her great-aunt and great-uncle, Betty and Otto Franke, due to the death of her mother, and she took their name.

She went to her eternal home on Nov. 12, 2021, at Paramount Health and Rehab in Newton.

She entered teacher training in ballet when she was 14 at the Detroit Conservatory of Music and was a soloist at the Elaine Arndt School of Ballet. When she moved to Atwood during high school, she enjoyed sharing her love of dance and gave classes in ballet. She graduated from Atwood High School in 1949 and Shimer College, Mt Carroll, Ill., in 1951, with drama being her major.

On Sept. 13, 1952, she married Gilbert Chris Michel at St. John’s Lutheran Church,

Rochester, Mich. They lived in San Diego while he was in the Navy. She resumed teaching

ballet classes when they moved back to Atwood after her husband was discharged from the

Navy. Tina, Trudi, Tamara and Troy were born to this union.

They moved to Newton in 1976 and practiced chiropractic for 30 years, and she worked as his assistant.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and served as Preschool Chairman and prayer shawl ministry. She was the Scholarship chairman of the Kansas Chiropractic Auxiliary, as well as treasurer and president. She was a direct descendent of William White and was a member of the Mayflower Society.

Survivors include husband, Dr. Gilbert Michel, daughters, Tina Denning of Tulare, Calif.,

Trudi Zeckser of Gardner and Tamara and husband James Frewen of Frisco, Texas; six

grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Troy, parents, and great-aunt and uncle who raised her.

Funeral service was at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Zion Lutheran Church in Newton, and the family received friends from noon to service time and again following the services at the church on Wednesday.

Graveside services will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Atwood.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Preschool, Newton Library Large Print and Audio Department, or Victory in the Valley and may be left with Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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