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.