Gene Atkins

Gene Atkins, 88, of Rogers City, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family following a brief illness Sunday afternoon February 11, 2018 in Rogers City.


The daughter of Stanley and Mary (Jaracz) Muzyl was born in Detroit September 21, 1929. Gene grew up in the Gaylord area and graduated from Gaylord High School. She met Willard “Red” Atkins and they were united in marriage June 16, 1951 in Gaylord. Making their home in Rogers City, she was a devoted wife and mother. Gene was blessed with a large family, and was very secure with her Christian faith and spent many hours honoring her beliefs daily.

Surviving are three sons, Richard (Erin), Michael (Trish) and James; six daughters, Beverly (Ted) Getzmeyer, Jeanette Atkins, Diane (Steve) Porter, Yvonne (Neil) Brege, Sally (John) Meharg and Nancy (Chris) Tulgestka all of Rogers City; 29 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Marleah Muzyl and Lee Atkins; a brother-in-law, Edward McNamara; and several nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by her husband Willard “Red” in 2013; four broth

ers, Joe, Edward, Bruno and Chester; her sister and brothers-in-law, Jane Muzyl, Peg McNamara, Andy and Barb Atkins, Alberta Muzyl and Perry Atkins.

Visitation will be today (Thursday) at Hentkowski Funeral Home from 3 until 8:00 pm with the rosary being recited at 6:45 pm and a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, the funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church with the Rev. James Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in the spring. Online condolences may be sent to

Memorials are suggested to St. Ignatius Catholic School.