Beth Irene Gutek, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and partner to Ray, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2021. She was born in Caro, Michigan to Gladys and Clayton Montei, who was Chief of Police in Caro, where she grew up and graduated from high school. She met her beloved husband Mike Gutek during high school and was married on July 19th, 1969.
Beth attended Michigan State University and Delta College and enjoyed a career as a chemist at Dow Corning Corporation. She excelled at silicone research & development and held numerous patents over her 30 plus years of work. Beth was a supportive mother and spent her spare time sharing her talents with her family. When daughter Christine was in elementary school, she would perform science experiments for her class. Beth was also an incredible seamstress and a volunteer for the ballet company Christine danced for, helping to create the magical costumery of The Nutcracker Ballet every year. She loved music and was an avid piano player. Beth was a member of the Tuesday Musical Association and enjoyed sharing her love of music with others. After the passing of her husband, she retired in Traverse City, Michigan. At that time Ray Owens came into her life, and they enjoyed many wonderful activities together, such as boating, skiing, and traveling. Recently, they began spending their winters in Arizona.
Beth is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Mike and her parents Gladys and Clayton Montei. She is survived by her daughter Christine Gutek Alexander (Chris), partner Ray Owens, sister Debra Dowling (Tom), and grandchildren Avery, Wynston, and Noah Alexander.
A Celebration of Life will be held this summer in Traverse City, Michigan.
"I was a neighbor of Beth?s in TC for 16 years. I will remember her fondly for her wealth of knowledge, kindness, generosity, love of family & her strength & courageous battle with cancer. I will miss her dearly & my heart, thoughts & prayers are with her family & loved ones including Ray.
Please let me know if there?s anything I can do to help. I know she is finally at peace with Mike & God. May you all find comfort in knowing she fought cancer 110%, loved you all so much & shared her knowledge with everyone she knew.
Blessings, Betsy Fletcher "