Regina (Jean) Gansser


Birth: November 13th, 1929
Death: November 24th, 2017
Age: 88 years
Residence:Essexville

Regina (Jean) Charlotte (Chesney) Gansser, 88, died peacefully at Brian’s House on Friday, November 24, 2017. Born to Bertha M. (Schantz) and Hugh Faed Chesney in Bay City, Michigan on November 13, 1929, Jean was predeceased by her parents, older sister and best friend Margaret (Peggy) Baranek and her brother Robert, who passed prior to Jean’s birth.

On September 20, 1952, Jean married Victor (Vic) Gansser, her loving husband of 65 years.  In addition to Vic, Jean is survived by her children, Susan (Bay City) and Donald (Deanna)(Lake in the Hills, IL), four grandchildren, Michael, Katherine (Joshua) Collingwood, Jonathan, Megan and one great grandchild, Oliver Collingwood.

Jean is also survived by a special niece and nephew, Janet (Ewin) Jenkins and Robert (Colleen) Baranek; her sisters-in-law Marlene (Jim) Fierens and Betty Krakowski; and predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Henry Baranek and Jerry Krakowski.

Jean was a loving and caring mother and grandmother who loved to nurture and laugh with her family and friends.  Her kind heart was shared with all who crossed her path, including multiple charities.

Prior to marriage and motherhood, Jean enjoyed her work at the Aladdin Company and the Bay County Treasurers Office.

Jean always made our house, of 55 years, a welcoming home, and was active in her children’s schools and girl scouts.  Everyone, especially her grandchildren, enjoyed the stories she loved to share, which she would bring to life with her extraordinary memory and fun-loving delivery.  Jean was also passionate about politics and current events, and was known to enjoy a good debate.

Jean was a lover of animals all of her life, with a special place in her heart for her many “kitties” over the years, especially her Tipper, and most  recently Angel (Jean’s “little mother”) and Pepper who brought so much love and joy to both Mom and Dad in the last 7 years.

Until recently, Jean had been able to live at home due to the loving care she received from her daughter Sue and her caregivers Theresa, Annie, Kathleen, Debbie, and Lynn. These ladies all became Jean’s good friends and part of our extended family.

As her health began to fail, we are grateful for the time she was able to share with Vic at Bay Medical Care Facility, where they ate meals together, attended music programs and just quietly enjoyed one another’s company.

We want to express our love and gratitude to Jean’s many friends, relatives, neighbors, caregivers, the staffs of Bay Medical Care Facility and Brian’s House, and Dr. Robert Hafford for the kindness, emotional and physical support with which you all have so generously blessed Jean and our entire family.

Following Jean’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Jean’s life will take place at 3:00 p.m.  on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home.  The Rev. Joseph Atchinson  will officiate.  The family will be present at the funeral home to receive family and friends on Saturday from noon until the time of service.  Private inurnment will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery.

Jean would be pleased if, in lieu of flowers, you would consider a memorial contribution to Brian’s House or the Humane Society of Bay County.

 



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