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Esther LaJean “Jeanie” Shauger, age 66, passed away peacefully at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital February 27, 2021, following a short illness.  LaJean was born April 28, 1954, in Lansing, MI, to Ted and Berneda Shauger.  


Thrift shopping was one of LaJean‘s favorite pastimes.  She loved to do all things arts and crafts. Jewelry making, makeup and sewing was always on her mind (although she never seemed to get around to it)!  Her family was always her motivation.  LaJean had a heart of gold, teaching her family the importance of accepting others.  She always loved making people “laugh and laugh”. 


LaJean is survived by her three children Michael (Jessica) Kumar of Kissimmee, FL, Steven (Rebecca) Kumar of Merrill, MI, and Janaé (Andy) Wise of Midland, MI; Eleven grandchildren Camilla, Penelope, Madison, Mckenna, Travis, Trenton, Coraline, Lola, Lilly, Emma, Sky; Three siblings including her devoted sister Marla (Mike) Evon, and brothers Daryl (Jill) Shauger, Dave (Denise) Shauger.  She is also survived by her special friend, Randy Fitzpatrick, who will miss her dearly.  LaJean was preceded in death by her mother Berneda, father Ted, step-mother Fran, grandson Gabe Wise and nephew Daryl Shauger.


A special thank you to the staff at Close to Home Assisted Living.  LaJean always spoke highly of the people who took care of her.  The family would also like to express thanks to the doctors and nurses at McLaren Bay Regional Hospital for their wonderful care during her short illness.


According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1550 South Poseyville Rd, Midland, MI, on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:00 am with Pastor Dennis Kreil officiating.  A one-hour visitation will be held prior to service between 10:00-11:00am.


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Midland’s Open Door.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Shauger family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Suzanne Roberts

    19 March 2021 4 months ago


  2. Suzanne Roberts

    19 March 2021 4 months ago

    Lajean, I met you when you and Randy lived on North Ave and Jones. You are a very friendly person. You have a beautiful smile and a beautiful laugh. I will always remember you. You touched my heart. FOREVER IN MY THOUGHTS 🙏🙏🙏🙏❤❤🙏🙏🙏🙏

  3. Linda Fox

    03 March 2021 5 months ago

    I am so sorry Michael, Jessica, Camilla and Penny for your loss. Your mother and Gramma sounds like a loving warm person I would have really enjoyed meeting. She raised a wonderful son. Please know my prayers are with you.

  4. Brenda Thornton Mucci

    03 March 2021 5 months ago

    I always thought Jeanie was one of the coolest cousins that I had! She was one of the sweetest people I knew. Rest in Jesus’s arms and in heaven and we will see you someday soon. Much love.

  5. Cindi Lee

    02 March 2021 5 months ago

    I Loved LaJean from the bottom of my heart ❤ Never did she not have a smile and giggle whenever we were together.
    May God Lift You From All Your Pain especially at the end . 🙏 I always loved the stories you wrote me on Messenger. You did Love All your family and Proud of them . ❤ Randy has had a huge place in your heart , and He has on for you . Of course you knew that ….. it was a big part of our talks … We all have the blankets you made for Me , Drew , Dad , and Mom Dad used it daily till his end.
    I LOVE YOU SISTER IN LAW and WILL MISS YOU ❤ Until we meet again xoxoxo Cindi

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