Gatz, Dennis Donald Arthur, Freeland, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Passed away Sunday June 13, 2010. Age 18 years. Dennis Donald Arthur Gatz was born October 6, 1991 in Vidnoye, Russia. He was adopted by Lloyd and Jo-Ann (Hassen) Gatz October 30, 1996 at the age of five years. They survive him. Denny was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Saginaw. He attended Weiss Elementary School in Saginaw Township as a child and was a 2010 graduate of Freeland High School. Denny was a member of the National Honor Society and a four-year member of the Freeland High School wrestling team and had been captain. He was also a four-year member of the football team, and participated in pole vaulting and track at the high school. Denny had plans to attend Central Michigan University. He enjoyed spending time at the family cottage in St. Ignace. Surviving besides his parents are one sister, Ali Gatz; his grandmother, Betty Hassen; his aunt and uncle, Lee and Tammy Gatz and cousin, Josh Gatz; his aunt Letha Gatz; and other loving family members and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Don Hassen, and his grandparents, Arthur and Agnes Gatz. Funeral service will take place 11 a.m. Friday June 18, 2010 at Peace Lutheran Church, 3427 Adams Ave. Pastor Paul Hinz will officiate. A private interment will take place. Friends are welcome to gather with the family at the Reitz Herzberg Funeral Home on S. Midland Rd. (M-47) on Thursday from 1-8 p.m. and at the church on Friday one hour before the service. Friends and family are welcome to share stories about Denny at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Please consider a memorial offering to the discretion of the Gatz family.