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Lawrence and Janet Malnar passed away as the result of an automobile accident on July 7, 2021. Lawrence was born on May 9, 1952 to the late Ernest and Virginia (Bardoni) Malnar and Janet was born on February 2, 1946 to the late Winlow and Florence (Bache) Payne.  Lawrence and Janet were married on April 18, 1980 and shared 41 wonderful years together.

Lawrence worked as a bus driver for Gladwin while Janet worked as a nurse’s aide for Rivergate Terrace.  Lawrence enjoyed working on and restoring cars and going the races and was known to have raced himself in his early years.  Janet enjoyed bird watching and was an animal lover.  They both held a special place in their hearts for their cat and dog.

They are survived by their children: Kevin (Sharon) Menzel and Todd Malnar and their grandchildren Jack (Julie) Garswood, Jessica Garswood and great granddaughter, Lucille.  Larry was also survived by many siblings, John, Marty, Tom, Pat, Joe, and Ernie, and was predeceased by sisters, Sandy, and Eva.  Janet was survived by many cousins and nieces and nephews, and predeceased by her siblings Hazel, Harvey, and Bill.

Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at the Smith-Miner Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 11am to 1pm with luncheon to follow.  Another memorial will be held later in Wyandotte Michigan.  Those considering an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Midland Humane Society.

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


Condolence Messages

  1. Milton Pollock

    13 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    To the entire Malnar family, We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers for healing and fond remembrances…Milt and Linda Pollock

  2. Linda Ellis

    13 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    Todd my heartfelt condolences to you and your brother. I am so very sorry.

  3. Janet Teskey

    13 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    We send sincere condolences to all of the Malnar’s family. Larry and Janet were wonderful neighbors and friends to our parents in Wyandotte, Bill and Greta Teskey. They were caring, helpful and remained friends following their move to Gladwin. Your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. John and Janet Teskey

  4. Lori J Stout

    12 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    On behalf of the Gladwin City County Transit and the Gladwin City Housing Commission please accept our condolences on the death of Lawrence and Janet. Lawrence was a wonderful employee of the Transit and will be greatly missed.

  5. Kelli Kaczmarek

    11 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    To the family of Larry and Janet, I’m so incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. They adopted Hanna from me and were the nicest people. I truly can’t believe that they’re gone. You’re all in my heart during this horrendous time.

  6. Mary Ann C Bardoni-Barbe

    10 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    Larry and Janet, may the arms of Our Lord welcome you as you enter Heaven. I have those childhood memories of get togethers at our Busha’s (Grandmother’s) house, Larry and the boys would chase after the younger children, and we would laugh and fall down and laugh some more. He was a kind happy man, and a good father. Heaven has 2 new angels.

  7. Ernestine Lafferty. Sister to Lawrence Malnar

    10 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    Condolence to my nephew Todd and his family. My brother was a very active in life. I didn’t spend much time with him and his family, but he was much in my thoughts.

  8. Thomas malnar

    10 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    Rip Big brother and sister in law you will be missed from your little brother Tom

  9. Ernest Malnar

    09 July 2021 2 weeks ago

    Hello I just wanted to say that my sister Ernestina is also a survivor of Lawrence. Thanks this is Ernest.

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