Leah Wanzeck

July 24, 1930June 7, 2014

Leah Jane (Somers) Wanzeck made her final journey home on June 7, 2014 in Traverse City, after a brief illness. Leah struggled with dementia for many years.

Leah was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 64 years, James O’Brien Wanzeck. The first time James laid eyes on this beautiful girl, Leah, at Whitmore Lake, Michigan, they fell in love. They were married in July of 1949 in Ann Arbor, where they lived all but the last two years of their lives.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie (Wanzeck) and Don Krug of Deford, Michigan, Susan (Wanzeck) and Gus Newbury of Traverse City, Michigan, and Bridget Wanzeck of Kingsley; two grandsons, Travis Newbury of Danbury Connecticut, and Todd Newbury of Houston Texas; and one great grandson, James O’Brien Newbury of Danbury Connecticut. She is also survived by her brother, James Somers of Milan. Leah will finally be at peace and be able to join her husband and her beloved dog, Jack. She will be greatly missed.

At her request, Leah will be cremated and laid to rest in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There will be no service. Her family would like to thank the staff of TenderCare Nursing Home of Traverse City, Michigan for their loving care during her final year. Donations in her memory may be directed to the Huron Valley Humane Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City, Michigan


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Carol Ann Munson Baker

June 17, 2014

I worked with both Jim and Leah at Bechtel and am sorry to hear they are both gone now. I remember them both fondly.

Ji and Leah

Kathy Wanzeck

June 16, 2014

To my Beloved Leah,
I remember the day you got married. You were so much in love. We have kept our friendship for so many years. We got married within 2 years of each other. Trav/Kathy & Jim/Leah. You will all remain in my prayers until we meet again. My best to Susie, Bridget and Debbie. Love from Kathy Wanzeck in Denver

Debbie Krug

June 14, 2014

Mom, I am so going to miss you, but I know you couldn't wait to be with Dad again.I hope you are finally happy again.
Love you, miss you,


June 12, 2014

We at Lurie Terrace really enjoyed Leah while she was living here. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

June 11, 2014

So sorry to hear about Leah's death. She was a loyal 1948 graduate of Milan High School. She had many luncheon with the girls of 1948. She will be missed. Love Joanne, Bev, Lavona, Gerry, Helen, Jane and Mary Ann

June 11, 2014

To the Wanzeck girls - I'm so sorry to hear of your beloved mother's passing. I hope you all remember the great times you all had together as a wonderful family and I won't forget stopping in often at the house on Tesmer Road! Bridget - you are always in my heart! Love Cynthia (Roberts) Oddy

Suzann Roberts

June 11, 2014

Bridget, I was sooo surprised and sad to read about your mother's passing. I hadn't seen an obit on your dad and sorry to learn he had died 2 years ago. When I met your parents a few years ago, they were immediately the kind you could not help but love them, exceptionally friendly, happy and outgoing and of course, we chatted about YOU. We have missed being in touch with you a lot! Cynthia misses you a LOT!! Would love to hear from you sometime, we need you in our lives!! Since your mom had dementia, it's a blessing...I sooo know that! You are fortunate to have had such wonderful parents!! And, we are fortunate you were in our lives so closely at one was the greatest of all times, wasn't it!! love you always.

susan newbury

June 10, 2014

Our mom is finally at peace after a long struggle with dementia. This beautiful girl gets to hold the hand and walk with the love of her life. our dad. I will miss you mom, and think of you every day. love susie