Frances Marie Ittner, 86, of Traverse City, Michigan, formerly of Eben, Michigan, died Thursday, April 12, 2001 at the Tender Care Nursing Home in Traverse City where she had been a patient for a day.
Mrs. Ittner was born October 17, 1914 at Eben Junction to the late Jacob and Amelia (Kamppinen) Hakkola. She was a 1933 graduate of Eben High School and a 1938 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She then worked at the University of Michigan Hospitals until 1943 when she married Dr. Martin Ittner at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She and her husband lived most of their life in Midland, Michigan where Martin practiced medicine. They retired to Traverse City in 1985 and spent the winters in the southern United States.
Frances enjoyed traveling, cooking, gardening and homemaker hobbies. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Martin J. Ittner; five children, Kathy (Fred) Maynard of Marquette Tom Ittner of Traverse City MI, Jim (Marian) Ittner of Breckenridge, CO, Eric Ittner of Marquette and Maria (Kurt) Pregitzer of Houghton Lake, MI; two sisters, Esther Himes of Marquette and Eva Roberts of Savannah, GA; three brothers, Arvo (Virginia) Hakkola, Donald (Marie) Hakkola and Eino Hakkola, all of Eben, MI; also surviving are ten grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, John, Wally, Paul and Willie Hakkola; also a sister, Elsie Hallinen.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 12 noon from Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette with Rev. Nancy I. Amacher and Rev. Timothy Bernard officiating. Interment will take place in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Chatham. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Tuesday.
A memorial service will also be held on Friday, April 20 at 11 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Traverse City.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider the Hospice of Savannah, Georgia, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family.
"Dear Dr. Ittner, I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am about the loss of Mrs. Ittner. I remember you both as being such a happy and special couple. Mrs. Ittner always had homemade pastries waiting for us when Kathy and I would return from school, etc. She always had a kind word and special smile for everyone. I know she will be missed. On this Easter Sunday, today, I know that Mrs. Ittner is safely in heaven waiting for the rest of us to join her some day. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Peggy Johnson Angeli"
"Best memories of Frannie are in the big kitchen in Midland where she loved to cook. She also taught me how to make dilly beans & Swedish straw Christmas ornaments."
"Our sincerest love is sent to Kathy and Fred, Arija and Bruce and all their families as they remember the love they shared with mother and grandmother."
"Aunt Fran; Your soft spoken and gentle nature mixed with your love of life and the diversity of the world left a lasting impression on me which has influenced me to this day.One of my best memories was my introduction to the beautiful classical music of VanCliburn and meeting international visitors in your home.You helped give me positive direction at a time when I needed it.God Bless You."