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Kochanczyk, Yvonne Marie, D.D.S., M.A.G.D
Kochanczyk, Yvonne Marie, D.D.S., M.A.G.D
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Kochanczyk, Yvonne Marie, D.D.S., M.A.G.D

Date of Death: February 10, 2017

Service Details

There will be a memorial Mass and a time of remembrance scheduled in April.
Obituary Notice

Dr. Yvonne M. Kochanczyk passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017 peacefully in her home in the care of family and friends. She was born into a prominent Franco-Polish family on July 16, 1925 in Poland. Yvonne was the daughter of Vincent and Zofia (Czubalska) Valentin, and grew up in France where she completed her schooling, including both undergraduate and graduate studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. She graduated with a degree in Dentistry in 1949. Also in 1949, she married Bronislaw Kochanczyk in England and in 1951 they came to America. Dr. Kochanczyk graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1961, where she was the only woman graduate at that time and a pioneer in her field. Dr. Kochanczyk started her dental practice in Otsego, Michigan in 1961, retiring in 1994. Always interested in the latest tools and techniques, she continued her dental education earning her Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry and her Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry. During her career, she was a member of the Kalamazoo Valley Dental Association. In 2001 she was honored by her colleagues at the University of Michigan Dental School’s 50th reunion. She is survived by two daughters, Elisabeth Beristain (Dr. Juan) Moreiras, of Coral Gables, Florida, and Barbara (Gary) Michaels of Kalamazoo, Michigan; two granddaughters, Noelle Beristain of Mexico City and Elizabeth Alexandra "Alexis" (Peter) Gillespie of Charlotte, North Carolina. She was the proud great-grandmother of three: Ethan, Hannah and Joaquin. Dr. Kochanczyk was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister, Ewa Staczek.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lions Club of Michigan or the charity of your choice.
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7 comments on article "Kochanczyk, Yvonne Marie, D.D.S., M.A.G.D"

Tim and Marcia Quigley

Dear Barb and Family,

We are praying for all of you at this difficult time. Please know that your mother is now a beautiful Angel in Heaven watching over you! Love and Blessings!

Kim McConnell

Dear Alexis and family,

Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold forever in your heart. May God bless you all with his comfort.


Mrs. Kim

Tammy Leonard

Barb and Family, Prayers for all. Feel comforted with all you have done to make your mothers life .. BLESSED with all of your love and care! Your family love and Bond is what should be strived for by all~ Hugs

Dinah Howrigon

All our love to you. She was a sweet lady and a great dentist. I still go to that same building for my dentist. Memories!!!!! Thinking and praying for you.

Dene and Linda Hadden

Barb, Gary & family, So sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was such a kind, loving, giving person. It was one my greatest pleasures in life to be able to work along side her. In my whole career of Dental Assisting, I never forgot her once. She gave me my start in the field of Assisting, and have been forever grateful to her. Now she flies with the Angels, which is Heaven's gain. May you be wrapped up in the wonderful memories you shared with her. Love to all.

Terry Arehart VanLent

Barb, I'm so sorry for the loss of your lovely Mom...she was such a wonderful lady, she always made me look forward to my dental appointments, she made it fun! I'm praying for your heart to heal, may God Bless you and give you peace knowing she's in the arms oh her Savior. Much Love, Terry VanLent 💓

Carol Theodoru

Dear Barb, Lexi and Gary and family.

Please know my thoughts are with you at the loss of your mom and grandmother. I have fond memories of talking with her and was always in awe of her accomplishments. I know The close loving memories of her will bring you comfort during this time.

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