Covell Funeral Home

312 Pine Street, Elk Rapids, MI


Barbara Lois Bratschi

May 9, 1931August 7, 2019

Barbara Lois Bratschi, age 88, of Elk Rapids, Michigan passed away on Wednesday August 7, 2019 at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City. Barbara was born May 9, 1931 in Buckley, MI to Albert and Beulah (Tatro) Duell. On June 28, 1949 she married Clark Bratschi, and they enjoyed 41 years together. Lois loved volunteering and being with family and friends. Her volunteer efforts served many to include, President of Amvets Aux Post 114, American Cancer Society, local blood drives, local elections, and she was a volunteer for Munson Hospital Gift Shop for 35 years. She was also very engaged in her church (Sacred Heart). For many years, faithfully she volunteered helping with weekly bulletins and many other church functions. Most will remember Lois as the Avon Lady of Elk Rapids. She sold Avon from 1965 to 2016 and loved every minute of it. She acquired wonderful customers who many became good friends throughout the years. Her love for people and her small town was evident. In addition to her parents and brother Leroy, Lois was preceded in death by her husband Clark; Sons Kevin, Steve and daughter in law Sandy. She is survived by her sister Beverly Swanson of Boise Idaho; Sons, Greg (Jenny) Bratschi of Williamsburg; Bruce (Ellen) Bratschi of Gaylord; and many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. A visitation for Barbara will be held Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 143 Charles St, Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629. A rosary will occur Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM, 143 Charles St, Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629. A funeral mass will occur Monday, August 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Elk Rapid Amvets Ladies Auxiliary Post 114 or Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


  • Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
  • AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary to Post 114


  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Rosary Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, August 12, 2019


Barbara Lois Bratschi

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