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Elizabeth "Liz" Kovacs
  • First United Methodist Church
    139 N. Main St.
    Vassar, MI 48768
  • Vassar Historical Society
    450 S. Main St.
    Vassar, MI 48768

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Elizabeth "Liz" Kovacs, age 96 years, passed away peacefully March 31, 2012 at the Lutheran Home of Frankenmuth following a brief illness. She was born in Caro, Michigan on September 25, 1915 the daughter of the late Joseph and Katalin Szaki. Elizabeth was united in marriage to Alex Kovacs of Fairgrove on August 11, 1934 and after sharing almost 72 years together Alex preceded her in death on August 3, 2006. "Liz" was employed at local Vassar businesses, Erbs Food Shop, T.W. Atkins Clothing, Williams Drug Store and retired from Streeters Pharmacy. She was a faithfull member of the First United Methodist Church in Vassar for 56 years and was currently their oldest member. In her early years Liz loved flowers, gardening and cooking. In recent years she did needle work, enjoyed watching the birds and was an avid reader.

Leaving to cherish wonderful memories are two daughters, Bette Ollila of Las Vegas and Dorothy (Gary) Watt of Frankenmuth; her grandchildren, Bonnie (Chuck) Thompson, Debbie (Gary) Glover, Greg (Michelle) Ollila, RaeAnn (Adam) Spierer, Karen (Richard) Muska, Jim (Nancee) Allen, Linda Zehnder and Mike (Andrea) Watt;
ten great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Katie Kosto, Julie Muska, Helen Koprince and Theresa Wienlander. Liz was preceded in death by her parents, dear husband Alex, her siblings, Joseph Szerda, Gizella Muska, Mary Szaki, Irene Vaughan and Rose Ando; a son-in-law, Ray Ollila, three nephews, a niece and two sisters-in-law.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church, 139 N. Main St. in Vassar. The Rev. Tyson G. Ferguson officiating, with burial to follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St. in Vassar. Liz will lie in-state at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those desiring may make contributions to the First United Methodist Church in Vassar or to the Vassar Historical Society.