2017-03-23 / Obituaries

Barbara Jane Duperon

Visitation was held yesterday in Traverse City for Barbara Jane Duperon of Maple City who died Monday, March 20 at Munson Medical Center.

She was 57.

Barb was born Feb. 4, 1960 in Detroit to the late Darwin M. Whitacre and Marilynn Jane Walker and graduated from Plymouth Canton High School in 1978.

She earned and associate’s degree from Northwestern Michigan College and furthered her education in Virginia.

In the early 1990s, Barb returned to Michigan where she worked for Plante Moran. Currently, she worked at Gabe’s Country Market in Maple City.

Barb loved to spend time at the beach, on the boat. and loved the sun. Her pets were very special to her, especially her dogs.

Barb was a wonderful cook and liked to can tomatoes. She also loved to watch her sons play sports.

On Dec. 9, 1995, Barb married Anthony James “Tony” Duperon in Lake Leelanau in the middle of a huge snowstorm. Barb cherished her family and will be greatly missed.

Barb is survived by her husband, Tony; sons Jacob and Tony; sisters Susan (Jim) Mesrobian and Gaye (Gary) Schlachter; sisters-in-law Judy Stachnik and Janice Wonegesik; brother in-law Mike (Christie) Duperon; inlaws Don and Mary Ann Duperon; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Kaitlyn Belle and brothers-in-law Robert Stachnik and Robert Wonegesik.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, who is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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