Shirley Marlene Lauer

Shirley Marlene Lauer

ISHPEMING, MI – Shirley Marlene Lauer age 83 of 408 Jasper St. Ishpeming passed away on Thursday May 25, 2017 while in the loving care of her family and the Marquette County Medical Care Facility Staff.

Shirley was born November 18, 1933 in Junction Location, Ishpeming, Michigan to Clifford Ty and Catherine “Kate” (Sestito) Ayotte.

More than anything else Marlene is and will be remembered to family and friends for her selfless generosity and sassy sense of humor. As a teenager she and her family moved to Pontiac, Michigan to work in the auto industry and where her father trained Standard bred race horses. Eventually all five of her children would be born there as well. Marlene worked as a waitress for some years and owned and operated a restaurant for a time. But her work ethic and talent for sewing led to self employed work in her home producing high quality commercial drapery.

In 1974 Marlene and her children returned to the U.P. where she met and married Bill Lauer and lived in Green Creek location for more than 30 years. They both worked hard in their gardens and canned what they grew. In the early years they enjoyed traveling the country on their Goldwing visiting family and friends.

She continued her passion for sewing and was widely known in the 80s and 90s as the “Flannel Shirt Lady” for her hand made shirts that were in demand from workers and sportsman alike. She was a successful Avon representative for more than 20 years and received numerous sales awards. In 1993 she became a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Ishpeming VFW and served as Secretary, Bingo Chairman and Trustee for many years. Marlene was generous donor to the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and St. Jude charities.

She also had a fun side and enjoyed years of competition on various bowling leagues with her many friends and partners in crime, never missed a Tigers game, could play cards for hours at a time, and heaven forbid someone stand in her way of BINGO night.

Finally, after a long slow battle with lung disease Marlene spent the last year at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. Her family would like to extend a special thank you of appreciation to the nurses and staff of the 200 ward who showed her love and affection and truly cared for her, simply, because it was impossible not to.

Marlene is survived by her husband William “Bill” Lauer, whom she married in December of 1977, 4 children: Alan Ayotte of Pontiac, MI, Cheryl “Cheri” Martin of Traverse City, MI, “Cher” Niemi of Charleston, S.C. and John Bowman of Marquette, daughter in law Robin Ayotte of Pontiac, step children: Lorraine Cowling, Lynette Davis, Patricia (Cliff) Smith, and Pamela (Scott) Peters, 2 sisters: Kathleen Lamb, and Linda (Chris) Garrety, 2 brothers: Richard (Kathy) Ayotte and David Ayotte, grandchildren: Alan Ayotte, Daniel Ayotte, Michael Ayotte, Krystal Birchfield, Anthony Ayotte, Brandon Weston, Tara Hendrix, along with great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, a son Terry Ayotte, grandson Chad Weston, brothers: Adolph “Moe” Ayotte, Paul Ayotte, and Randy Ayotte.

A visitation of Marlene will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm with Pastor Lew Pizzala to officiate.

Marlene’s obituary may be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.