Mary “Elaine” Gareau

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died May 14, 2018

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.

10 Tributes for “Mary “Elaine” Gareau

    I was so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. Each time we saw each other in Elmer’s, it meant 30 mins “catching-up”. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren, sharing news of each accomplishment. She would tell me of the plans Joe had for their family’s future. Her thoughts were always about making a good life for her family. God bless you, Joe, Carol, Dave, Mary Lynn, Janice, Patrick and your families.

    Oh Elaine what an effect you had on so many people. I know that at least two of my brothers would have stories to share. Your love, your guidance, and yes your discipline. You will be missed by all those near to you, and the loss will not quickly pass, for you leave an impression, that goes so deep. Gods strength to you all.

    Joe and family, So sorry to see of Elaine’s passing, It has been a while since I have seen her, But always thought of her as we would go through Flat Rock. Rest in Peace Elaine. Maxine (Kalishek) Vallier

    We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of Elaine. She was always so friendly when we met, and always took time to talk. We liked her a lot and will miss her.

    Our deepest sympathy to every one when we heard their Mother died. It is very hard losing a parent any time Bless all of you We met part of your family when we had our lift put in a few weeks ago. God bless everyone Martin and Diane Johnson

    Joe and family So sorry to hear about losing Elaine, she was always happy to see me and talk about the family, her quilts were amazing ! Would tell how Pat was doing , that when he did get this way he sure was getting in for a pizza.
    Many memories of Joe and Elaine being customers, made you feel like you were family.
    Love and hugs to all

    This was hard to hear that this great lady has left us throwing up having her next door seeing her on a daily basis now as adults we look back and will always remember those times she was so proud of her family and she was the best at all she did she is in our prayers and will always be remembered when we think of her it will be with a smile your family is in our prayers and in our thoughts and our hearts are heavy to hear that we had lost such a wonderful person prayer to you all God bless

    Joe and family , my heart aches so much, I have always loved you guys and especially Elaine. It was great to see you guys when Missy and I came to town. . She always made me feel like family. Elaine has always had a special place in my heart, I will never forget her. Love you all.

    Uncle Joe, Lynn, David, Carol, Jan, Pat, Diane, I wish we could be there. Will be thinking of everyone Tuesday and Wednesday. Love to everyone.

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