Carol J. Marenger, age 86, of Gladstone, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021, at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone. She was born on December 23, 1934 in Escanaba, the daughter of Chester and Charlotte (Nygaard) Severinsen. Carol graduated from Escanaba High School in 1953.
On October 5, 1957, Carol married Israel (“Izzy”) Marenger at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba. Together they shared 45 years of marriage.
Carol worked at Michigan Bell, was an Avon lady, and retired in 1996 as the 4-H secretary for the Michigan State University office. Carol was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and elder, participated in the Hannah Circle, and was involved with the holiday decorating. She was also a member of the Tin Lizzies Red Hatters and the OSF Auxiliary. In her free time, Carol enjoyed shopping, going to Green Bay, reading, traveling, doing crafts, and eating chocolate.
Carol is survived by her daughter, Lauri Marenger, of Green Bay; son, David Marenger, of Green Bay; grandsons, Bryan (Nicole) Marenger and Erik (Alesha Brock) Marenger; great grandson, Jaxon, born on October 2, 2021; brother-in-law, Larry Murray; sister-in-law, Bonnie Marenger; step great granddaughter, Garrett (Dalton Perron-Spear) Griffin; step great-great grandchildren, Kinsley and Dawson Perron-Spear; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her husband in 2003; sisters, Nancy Laundre and Joan Murray; brother-in-law, John Laundre; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in law, Raymond and Katherine LaMarche, Nora and Raymond Sarasin, Della and Lester (“Kac”) Pepin, Kenneth (“Buck”) and Joyce Marenger, Clayton (“PeeWee”) and Donna Marenger, and Norbert (“Sparky”) Marenger.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2021, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Carol will follow at 1:30 p.m., Friday, at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba with the Rev. Janice L. Reed officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the services in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the caring, dedicated staff at Lakeview Assisted Living the last three years and also for the support from the wonderful Hospice personnel the last couple of weeks. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Escanaba.
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