Mary A. Charchan

Birth: March 8th, 1930
Death: May 13th, 2017
Age: 87 years
Residence:Standish, Michigan

Mary A. Charchan

Sterling, Michigan

Mary Arlene Charchan age 87 passed away peacefully on May 13, 2017 at Linwood Residence following a lengthy illness. Mary was born on March 8, 1930 in Standish to the late Albert & Bernadette (Rashotte) Drinkwine. She grew up in the Standish area and lived there her entire life. She married Samuel Charchan on July 21, 1949. They were married for 59 years before he preceded her in death in 2008. Mary deeply missed Sam after his passing, as reflected in her declining health after his death.

Mary loved to cook, garden, line dance, mow the grass, feed the birds and preserve fruits and vegetables.  She prepared delicious holiday meals for her family and generously shared her canned pickles and beets. Mary was known for her traditional old world cooking style. She worked at the Standish High School for many years as a cook. Mary & Sam loved to take Sunday drives and drop in to see the grandchildren. They adored Shawn and Jennifer and spoiled them endlessly.

Mary is survived by her sons Dennis & Tracey and Mark & Shaundel, grandchildren Shawn & Amanda Charchan and Jennifer & Anthony Kolenko, great grandchild Madelyn Charchan and a brother Robert & Carol Drinkwine. In addition to her parents and beloved husband Mary was preceded in death by three sisters Irma Sauve, Ella Kraus and Hazel Haranda.

The family expresses heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Linwood Residence and Southern Hospice for their compassionate care during Mary’s final days.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 18, 2017 at 11 am from Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home-STANDISH CHAPEL with burial in Sterling Cemetery. Family will be present at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from 2 to 8 pm and Thursday from 10 am until time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to: United Service Organizations, Department WS, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC, 20077 or online at

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