Mary Plante

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died January 31, 2024
Mary Ellen Plante, age 90, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at her home.
Mary was born January 30, 1934 in Escanaba, the daughter of John and Irene (Williamson) Sepic. She was raised in Gladstone and graduated from the Gladstone High School in 1952. She was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church. Mary worked as a secretary in the athletic and guidance counseling departments for the Gladstone High School for many years, retiring in 1996. She was united in marriage to Vincent Plante on March 10, 2002 in Maui, Hawaii. She loved to travel. Together Mary and Vince took 3 trips to Hawaii and spent 20 winters in Florida where she loved to go for walks on the waterfronts and beaches collecting sea glass and shells. Mary  also enjoyed reading, bowling, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Mary was famous for remembering and celebrating’s everyone’s  birthday.
Mary is survived by her husband Vince Plante of Gladstone, children, Mary Beth (the late Bill) Yeadon of Iron Mountain, Gary Stairs of Spirit Lake, ID and Judy (Richard) Reames of Allegan, MI, step-son, Deric Plante of Appleton, WI, step-daughter, Nadine Plante of Appleton, WI; 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, sister, Karen (John) Waeghe of Green Bay, WI, several nieces and nephews, and her dear friend Evelyn Anderson of Gladstone.
She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Stairs, her brother Jack Sepic,  and parents John and Irene Sepic of Gladstone. 
The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 3,  from 10 AM to 12 noon at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow visitation at 12 noon with Pastor Elisabeth Daniels officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

5 Tributes for “Mary Plante

    Karen and John- I’m so saddened at your loss of Mary Ellen. We always enjoyed her company and sense of humor. I will always remember our dice games around the kitchen table at the Waeghe’s! She’s going to be missed by many. Rest in Peace ❤️

    Vince and Family, Just found out today that Mary Ellen had passed away. We are so sorry for your loss. You have posted a great photo of her, remember her smile and laugh very well. Please take care and know that she and you all will be remembered in our prayers.
    Tom & Sharon Sepic

    I was so lucky to have a Grandma who was a steady presence in my life, who loved me unconditionally, who dotted over everything I did, and gave that antsy kid in the church pew some more crayons to draw with instead of scolding me to sit still and sit still and pay attention. I’d like to think that paid off well because I grew up to paint some of the artwork hanging on her walls later.

    I was also very lucky to have a Grandma who “didn’t act like a Grandma” when I was little. Who took us to the beach, and the YMCA, and the movies, and let us stay up late and watch The Late Show with David Letterman when we had sleepovers. I’m glad I got to spend time with the energetic woman that she was for longer than I expected her to be.

    Most of you know that my Grandma didn’t really have an easy life. It certainly wasn’t a perfect one, but she made the most of it. It made her a strong, resilient, independent woman who got it done by herself. A woman who carried herself with dignity and pride that she earned.

    And it would be remiss of me to not acknowledge how absolutely wonderful of a husband Vince was to her, and how much he changed her life for the better. Grandma kissed enough frogs over the years, but she finally found her prince. Vince was the best thing to ever happen to her and I’ll always be thankful for the love and care he showed her.

    Love, her grandson Jason Lantagne

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