Dorthy ‘Dort’ Reiken | obituary

September 19, 1934
July 3, 2022

Dorthy “Dort” Frances Reiken, 87, of Traverse City and formerly of Wabash, Indiana, died July 3, 2022 at her home with her family by her side after a brief illness.
Dort was born September 19, 1934 in Wabash, Indiana to the late Floyd Leroy and Viola Gertrude (Fierstos) Unger.
On September 1, 1954, Dort married Fred Reiken in Wabash.
Dort attended Michigan State University and received her nursing degree from IUPUI in Indiana. She was a registered nurse at Wabash County Hospital for nearly 20 years. For many years she was a member of PEO, the Jaycees and the local Traverse City Alzheimer’s Support Group. She was also a devoted member of Christ the King Catholic Church.
Above all, she treasured her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and cherished the times she spent with friends, near and as far away as Finland.
Dort had a sweet tooth and enjoyed dessert any time of the day. She was a shopper extraordinaire, finding the best bargains and surviving anyone with her on a shopping spree. She has also loved her many cats over the years. Above all, Dort loved being with family, especially during the summers at Spider Lake. She spent countless hours playing in the sand and water with her grandchildren, making fudge, and playing card games and dominoes with the family.
Dort was predeceased by her beloved husband of 66 years, Fred; his parents; and his brother William Unger.
Dort is survived by his children, Kimberley (Ramon) LeDoux, Cinda (Kevin) Hipskind, Christopher (Barbara) Reiken and Martin (Barb White); grandchildren Andrea (John) Miller, Austin (Erika) Reiken and Mary (Robert) Morrissey; and great-grandchildren, Ava, Elaina, Asher, Philip and Lily; and his sister, Frances (Thomas) Whitmeyer; and his sister-in-law, Ann Unger.
The memorial mass will take place on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 2 p.m. with visits from 1 p.m. to Christ-Roi.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Cherryland Humane Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Published on July 8, 2022

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