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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

A time of visitation and sharing will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, 1150 W. Centre Ave., Portage, MI 49024 beginning at 10:00 AM with a memorial Mass to follow at 11:00 AM. A continued time of fellowship and a luncheon will follow the service.  
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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17 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.

Dixie Caldwell-Dalrymple

Dear Family:

Your mother was our dentist (sister and I) and I am sure we were probably one of the first children in the Otsego area that she had to take care of our teeth. Your mother was always very kind and good to my sister and I. We were really little. We were never scared of going to the dentist because of her. We still have our own teeth to this day (I'm 60 / sister is 58 yrs old). Remember the good times.

Terry and Connie Brenner

I never met her but have heard many stories. It's my understanding that the Kochanczyk's built the home that we have lived in for the past 22 yrs. My condolences to the entire family.

Lorna ( Gunnett ) Eickenroth

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was my dentist many years ago when I was a little girl. She was always kind and had a smile on her face. I know she will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

Barb, my deepest sympathy. Our family went to your mother for many years. When she was up stairs, beside where PNC Bank is now, and when she was down on the corner.

May God's Grace be with you and your family.

Anne Bitzer

Sweet lady. Best dentist I have ever had. Here's to your beautiful mother.

Rita Honeysett

My condolences and prayers. Your mother was a wonderful dentist. She was always so gentle.

Barb & Vic Ceru

Dear "Basha" and family,

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences and prayers. I had the blessed opportunity to know your mother through our "Polish Potlucks and Mass." May you know God's special comfort and peace and "the angels greet your "Matka" in Paradise!"

Bernard J. Brommel and Carl J. Ratner

Yvonne in her quiet, gentle way radiated joy whenever we met. Late in life when she was in her wheelchair and could no longer speak, I (Bernard) would take her hand and she would squeeze it and smile. Earlier in life she would be out walking her dog that she totally adored and we would talk. Her keen mind fascinated me. We will miss her in Lake Villa West, her last home.

edward Hartmann

Yvonne was dedicated to our profession and a continuing student. It was always a pleasure to visit with her at Dental meetings and seminars, A very sweet and caring person. my condolences to her family.

Jacque Jennings-Carter

Barb and family,

I am very sorry for the loss of your Mom in February. I will not be able to attend the gathering this weekend but you will certainly be in my thoughts. I hope that your have found some level of peace and comfort these past weeks. Losing anyone we love is very difficult. Thinking of you and sending love and hugs.

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