Elsie M. Gariepy
Elsie M. Gariepy
  • April 26, 1935 - July 22, 2017
  • Leroy Township, Michigan

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Elsie Mae Gariepy (Selbee) (Wenger) born, April 26th, 1935, went to be with The Lord on July 22nd, 2017. Elsie was born in rural Battle Creek on a farm where she lived with her family until her parents relocated to Battle Creek Avenue. Elsie graduated from Battle Creek Central high school following which she married her high school sweetheart Earle Wenger in 1953. Elsie remained married to Earle for 20 years, having 6 children: Kerry, Kevin, Kris, Lisa, Keith, and Kyle.

Later she remarried the love of her life and soul mate, Richard Gariepy, celebrating 28 years together until his untimely death in 2002. Elsie worked as a bookkeeper-accountant throughout her career until she and Richard became business owners of a floral shop in Cadillac Michigan which they maintained until their retirement to Florida. Richard and Elsie traveled extensively throughout their lives, enjoying cruises, buying and selling houses, running their flower shop, but the most pleasure she found in life was her family. She often remarked to others that her greatest job in life was being a mother to her children, grandma to her grandchildren and "GG" to the great grandchildren.

As her health declined she resided with her son Kris and then daughter Lisa enjoying watching the "little ones" come visit and share her chocolates, visiting with family and special friend Connie, being "Thelma" to special granddaughter Katie and watching her game shows. Her favorite foods were macaroni and cheese, her spaghetti and KFC wings. She saw many family and friends go before her but we hope she knew the love she gave out was returned back by so many. The family would especially like to give heartfelt thanks to Kylie and Sydney Maldonado along with Kathy Beebe for their care of GG prior to her passing. Elsie would like you to remember one thing in life: "Love deeply, and forgive easily."

Elsie was proceeded in passing by her parents; her husband Richard; sons, Kerry and Kevin; grandson Anthony; brothers, Milford, Ivan, and Glen; and her sisters, Mildred and Elzena. She is survived by her children, Kris (and Misty) Wenger, Lisa (and Greg) Pease, Keith (and Cindy) Wenger, Kyle (and Heidi) Wenger, and Kathy (and Bill) Scott; sister, Marilyn Graham; 17 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and her best friend Connie. Pallbearers will be grandchildren: Ryan M. Finn, Sean D. Wenger, Adam J.P. Pease, Kyle J.S. Wenger, Stephen Wenger, Hailee J. Finn, and Sean C. Wenger.

The family would like you to take a moment to reflect on the ways that Elsie personally affected you lives with her love and generosity. Her family would like to thank everyone for their love and well wishes.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Williamston Chapel.