Mary “Elaine” Gareau, of Gladstone, MI (Flat Rock) passed away surrounded by family on May 14, 2018 at the age of 80.
Elaine was born May 15 1937, the second child of Bernith and Catherine (St. Vincent) Terrien. She grew up in Wells, MI. After graduating from Escanaba High School in 1955, Elaine worked at the West End Drug Store and Hoiler Bower Bakery. She married Joseph Gareau on May 7, 1960 and resided in Flat Rock their entire married life. Elaine was a stay at home mom raising their 6 children. In addition to her family, Elaine loved gardening, reading, quilting and sewing. Also, Elaine sewed all her daughters, and one of her granddaughters, wedding gowns.
Elaine is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joseph,
their children: Carol (Dave) Hirn of Appleton, WI;
David (Cheryl) Gareau of Danville, CA;
Mary Lynn (Michael) Larson of Appleton, WI;
Janice (Scott) Adams of Burlington, VT;
Diane (Carl) Crawford of Tipp City, OH;
and Patrick (Kelly) Gareau of Bayport, MN;
Her siblings: Paul (Judy) Terrien of Gladstone, MI;
Leonard (Linda) Terrien of New Braunfels, TX;
Sherry (Jack) Harrison of Cornell, MI;
Raymond (Sandy) Terrien of Green Bay, WI;
Barbara (Joe) Cousineau of Green Bay, WI;
Steve (Paula) Terrien of Gladstone, MI;
Pam (Lisa) Caron of Gladstone, MI;
And Terry (Laura) Terrien of Justin, TX;
her brother-in-law, Al (Sandy) Gareau of Flat Rock MI; and sister-in-law Doris Schneider of Akron, OH.
She is further survived by 15 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Bernith and Katie Terrien, her sister- and brother-in-law, Catherine (Lenore) and Gerald Petersen, brother David Terrien, brother-in-law Don Schneider, and son-in-law Charles Helman.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with closing prayers at 6:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock. Elaine will be laid to rest in Escanaba Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Wisconsin at P.O. Box 324, Menasha, WI 54952 or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Greater Cincinnati/Dayton Chapter at 4420 Carver Woods Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Gareau family.