Grace Ann Hughes (VanDrese)

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died August 2, 2020

Grace Ann Hughes (VanDrese), age 82, passed away on August 2, 2020, at Murray’s Country View in Gladstone, due to complications from a stroke.

Grace was born on February 9, 1938, the daughter of Elmer and Evelyn (King) VanDrese and graduated from Holy Name High School in 1957. She was a life-long resident of Flat Rock. At the time of her death, she was a resident at Murrays Country View in Gladstone. She worked at the Terrace Motor Inn as a waitress and a hostess. She was especially well known for her beautiful wedding cakes and special occasion cakes. Mom was also a great cook and pretty much every dish she made was delicious especially her mouth watering prime rib at Christmas time. She married the love of her life, Chuck Hughes on September 28, 1957. They had 29 wonderful years together.

Grace is survived by her sons, Perry (Debra) Hughes of Wetmore, Michael (Wendy Tinsley) Hughes of Gladstone and Cory (Noreen “Babe”) Hughes of Little Chute, WI; grandchildren, Matt (Christa) and their children, Jayla, Maia and Tucker, Ashley, Ben (fiance’ Cheyenne), Anna (Ian) and their son, Trey, Kyle (Dani), Chuck and Vince; brothers, Leland (Betty) VanDrese of Green Bay and Vern (Cheryl Schorr) VanDrese of Gladstone; sister, Dolores (Mike) Goymerac of Green Bay; brother-in-law, Don Bugay of Gladstone and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her sister, Carol Bugay.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Murray’s Country View and UP Home Health and Hospice for their outstanding care.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, August 6 at 12:00 PM at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock with Fr. Sebastian Chaco officiating. The family will greet visitors prior to and immediate following Mass at the church. Grace will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.

It is mandatory that masks be worn upon entering Holy Family Catholic Church

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations made in Grace’s name be directed to the family to donate to a charity of their choice.

The Hughes family is being assisted by the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone.

10 Tributes for “Grace Ann Hughes (VanDrese)

    Perry, Deb, Cory and Mike,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Loved your mom so much and she will be missed.


    Mike and Mary Guthrie

    Mrs. Hughes was a good friend and informal caretaker of my mother at Lakeview Assisted Living in Kipling. She was always looking out for my mother. My mom needed that kind of friend. RIP Mrs. Hughes. Condolences to the Hughes family.

    My deepest condolences to the entire family. It wasn’t a UP visit without seeing Aunt Grace. I learned so much from her about cake decorating and loved looking at all her cake photos. She was always good for a laugh and I loved her deeply. She will be missed by many.

    I have many memories of your mom growing up. She always worked hard for your family and always with a smile on her face. I’ll never forget that smile!

    Deepest sympathy to the Hughes families. Grace and I had many fun, crazy adventures in years past. She was a special person and I’m sure she will be missed. Love and prayers.

    You have my deepest sympathy. I really appreciated your mother and dad when I was in high school. After I moved to town, when my mother remarried, they always made me feel welcome in their home. They were renting our old farmhouse at the time. They even had a place for me to sleep if I needed it. They became special friends to me and they have a special place in my heart. May God bless your family.

    So sorry we weren’t there to join in the celebration of Graces life, we’ve been out of town for two weeks.
    Jim has lots of memories of her from when he lived on the farm all those years ago. She made us a beautiful wedding cake back in 1970.
    Our condolences to the entire family, may God bless each of you in the days ahead.

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