2017-12-09 / Obituaries

Peggy Futterer


Peggy Futterer Peggy Futterer Peggy Kathryn Futterer, 83, died peacefully Sunday, November 19, 2017, at her home at Green Acres, in Manistee, with her family by her side.

She was born September 23, 1934, to Manual Joseph and Emily Pearl (nee Mashue) Smith in Midland.

Mrs. Futterer attended Midland High School and was graduated in 1952. Following high school she went to Central Michigan University for one year, then attended St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Saginaw, where she was graduated in 1956 as a registered nurse.

She married Dr. LeRoy Albert Futterer October 13, 1956. They honeymooned by traveling throughout Europe. During their courtship, Mrs. Futterer often visited Mackinac Island, where her husband was the Island physician. She was especially fond of the people and Island lifestyle.

In 1957 she took her first job as a registered nurse at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. In 1960 she and her husband relocated to Northern Michigan, where they both worked at Camp Tenuga in Kalkaska County as resident nurse and physician. Later that year they settled in Manistee. Manistee remained her home until the time of her death. During her early years in Manistee, she worked as a registered nurse in her husband’s office. Later, after her children were grown, she worked at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington as a registered nurse.

Mrs. Futterer was active in her church, Holy Trinity Episcopal, where she served on altar guild and various committees throughout the years. She volunteered at the Ramsdell Theatre, Love for Children, and sat on the Five Cap Board of Directors. She was also a member of PEO.

Africa held a place dear to her heart, and she traveled there on two occasions. The first time was on a safari viewing indigenous animals in their natural environment. Later, she traveled with her church helping with preparations for a new young Bishop’s ordination at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s sister parish in Dar Es Salam.

Mrs. Futterer enjoyed skiing and playing tennis, as well as watching her children’s involvement with these sports. She truly loved life, people, and animals. She was particularly proud of her Native American heritage. She had many pets throughout her lifetime, including a horse and numerous dogs and cats. She enjoyed a good time whenever the opportunity arose. Even after dementia and Alzheimer’s ravished her, she remained positive. She was inclusive and diverse before her time, always welcoming people of all races and religions.

She is survived by two daughters and their families, Susan Futterer Batdorff and Jack Batdorff of Traverse City and Dr. Rise Futterer of Madison, Wisconsin, and a granddaughter, Emily Aysa Lutfi, also of Madison. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Eunice Landaiche of Joliet, Illinois, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Futterer was preceded in death by her husband, who died December 7, 2008.

A service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, January 27, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Manistee with Reverend Celine Burke officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Holy Trinity Sister Parish Dar Es Salam, Africa, Love, Inc., or Ramsdell Theatre.

Oak Grove Funeral Home in Manistee is assisting the family with arrangements.

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