Covell Funeral Home


Karla Kay Rancour

February 19, 1940January 28, 2021
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Karla Kay Rancour, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to everyone she met, passed away Thursday January 28th, 2021 in Traverse City, Michigan. She was born February 19th, 1940 in her family home in Monroe Center. She was delivered by Dr. Neil Bronson, a traveling doctor from Traverse City.

Kay graduated from Buckley High School in 1958. She married her high school sweetheart and best friend from Buckley, Bob Rancour. They were married at St. Mary of Hannah Church in Kingsley. Shortly after, she traveled alone to Germany where Bob had been stationed in the army. This was the beginning of a lifetime of adventures traveling and raising a beautiful family.

Kay had a strong work ethic which she instilled in others. She worked at Burwood Products Company for 20 years and retired from the United States Post Office as a rural route carrier.

Upon retirement she enjoyed antiquing with her husband, working in her beautiful garden, wintering in Florida, and spending time with her family who adored her.

Karla is survived by her three sons, Jeffery, Thomas, and Nick Rancour; daughter, Angel Kanonik; brother, Henry Bartz; grandchildren, Cole, Mike (Lysa Rancour), Brittaney (Eve Taylor), Savannah, Sierra, Sage (Stephanie Rancour), Rachel, David, (Sue Rancour), Brooke, Meghan (Bryan Kanonik), Paulina, Max, Jake, (Angela Pasquarelli-Rancour), great grandchild, Novelia; her nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Karla was preceded in death by her loving husband Bob; parents, Wilma and Tom Bartz; brothers, Tommy, Jack, and William Bartz; sister, Phyllis Shimek, and beloved pets.

Kay will forever be remembered for her generosity, sense of humor, love, and patience. Her doors were always open to anyone who needed her, and all were met with open arms and a loving heart.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 6 pm-8 pm. Memorial service will be held Friday at 11 am. Both will take place at Covell Funeral Home.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 5, 2021



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Steph Hillier

February 12, 2021

My heart is broken for you all. Childhood wouldn’t have been the same without Angel and all of her siblings! I’m not sure how your mom survived all you boys! Angel too!! Aunt Kay’s spirit will always shine bright. Her absolutely hilarious post office antics live on every day in my plant life. She even has and will continue to bring laughter to people whom never had the pleasure to personally meet her! She loved all of you and was so proud of all her grandchildren and Great grand daughter too! Our prayers are with you all. We thank you all for always having your doors and hearts opened to us. Our deepest condolences. Steph and family

Yvonne Pintar

February 4, 2021

Aunt Kay was a warm, funny, wise woman, and a very good cook. She had ample patience, and a sunny disposition. Her smile was inclusive and contagious. She and Uncle Bob could and would be the funniest people in the room without even trying. I'm sure they're together again chuckling about Mr. French, their very friendly dog who "must like you". Her heart was huge, and I'll surely miss her, but I know she's where her heart has always been; with God and her loved ones who preceded her into Heaven.

Judy Dlugosielski

February 4, 2021

I really don’t have one memory of my
Aunt Kaye that stands out because to me
They were all “special “ The love she gave to each of us in a different way! She was
there in happiness and in heartbreak.
Aunt Kaye knew what to say or do - or
What not to do except “Listen” when it called for it. Comforting and caring, smart and funny! She was an “old soul” before she was even old. Aunt Kate was always -
“Welcoming “ each one of us “home” - each time we made it her door.. She was a special person Needless to say she was an angel who walked among on us she gave more than she took I will always remember that - memories of her are tucked in my heart ❤️ She is missed already❤️❤️❤️

Stephen Harrand

February 3, 2021

Our Aunt Kay, My earliest memories go back to the time when her and Uncle Bob were teenagers. We thought they were so cool in their 50's style of dressing. Bob would sing just like Elvis in my grandmothers kitchen in Buckley. Even as young people they made us "kids" feel special and important to them. It never ended. I enjoyed a few luncheons with Kay and a few telephone conversations this past summer. She was just so loving and willing to give of herself. I will surely miss her and I know that she is now in paradise.

Barry Orton

February 3, 2021

Rancour Family,
So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. Memories of living next door are far to many to mention. As kids, and playing with Jeff, we were either outside at Bob and Kay’s or our house and any between. Kay was so sweet and friendly. She and the family will always be in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏

Tom Sheren

February 2, 2021

We are very saddened to hear about Kay. We couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor. Our little one loved seeing her and talking to her. They were very happy to see one another. She will be missed.

-Tom, Melissa, Ryan, and TJ


February 1, 2021

Our dear Aunt Kay: there are no words that can express our deepest condolences for her children, Jeff, Angel, Tom, and Nick and their families. We share their sorrow. We are heartbroken. Aunt Kay and Uncle Bob meant the world to us, as I believe to all their nieces and nephews. Those who were fortunate to know Kay and Bob will understand. Our memories and love for Aunt Kay will be the lasting comfort to us. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out, and I will never forget her huge smile and her delight every time I called her or was able to see her. She was loving, caring, generous, and always positive; no matter the challenges. She was a very strong woman. She is with our dearest Uncle Bob now and that is good. I'm sure they are rejoicing together and rest in the peace of Our Lord's Love. My family will always be grateful for the blessing Aunt Kay was in our lives. Love and God Bless, Terry and Dolores Stadler and family; Troy, Tami, Lauren, and Michael