Mary A. Charchan

Died May 13, 2017


Mary Arlene Charchan, 87, of Standish passed away peacefully May 13, 2017, at Linwood Residence following a lengthy illness.

Mary was born March 8, 1930, in Standish to the late Albert and Bernadette (Rashotte) Drinkwine. She grew up in the Standish area and lived there her entire life. She married Samuel Charchan on July 21, 1949. They were married for 59 years before he preceded her in death in 2008. Mary deeply missed Sam after his passing, as reflected in her declining health after his death.

Mary loved to cook, garden, line dance, mow the grass, feed the birds and preserve fruits and vegetables. She prepared delicious holiday meals for her family and generously shared her canned pickles and beets. Mary was known for her traditional old-world cooking style. She worked at the Standish High School for many years as a cook. Mary and Sam loved to take Sunday drives and drop in to see the grandchildren. They adored Shawn and Jennifer and spoiled them endlessly.

Mary is survived by her sons, Dennis and Tracey and Mark and Shaundel; grandchildren, Shawn and Amanda Charchan and Jennifer and Anthony Kolenko; great-grandchild, Madelyn Charchan; and a brother, Robert and Carol Drinkwine.

In addition to her parents and beloved husband, Mary was preceded in death by three sisters, Irma Sauve, Ella Kraus and Hazel Haranda.

The family expresses heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Linwood Residence and Southern Hospice for their compassionate care during Mary’s final days.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home Standish Chapel with burial in Sterling Cemetery. Chaplain Don Killey will officiate. Family will be present at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Mary’s memory to United Service Organizations, Department WS, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, D.C., 20077 or online at


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