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Colleen Rae (Swender) Gruesbeck

November 20, 1934 — September 19, 2022

Ovid

    Colleen Rae Gruesbeck, age 87, of Ovid, Michigan, passed away Monday, September 19, 2022, at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, Michigan.

     A Memorial Service at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel , Ovid, MI, at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, September, 23, 2022, with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck officiating.  Visitation will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022, from 1:00 P.M.-until the time of service.

     Colleen was born on November 20, 1934, the daughter Henry Lee and Leona (Smith) Swender.  She graduated from Ovid High School with the class of 1953.  She married Rolla L. Gruesbeck on June 28, 1953 in Ovid, Michigan.  They were blessed with 66 years of marriage prior to his passing on April 4, 2019.  She enjoyed baking cookies and gardening. Colleen had worked for Owosso Saving Bank and Ovid-Elsie Area Schools. 

     She is survived by her children: Sue Plowman and Rick Troub; Chris and Randy Anderson; and Lynn and Lois Gruesbeck.  She is also survived by her grandchildren: Eric (Mary) Plowman, Nicholas Plowman and Crystal Sidel, Adam (Alissa) Plowman, Jacob and Brianna Anderson, Scott Anderson, Lindsey (Kevin) Bell, and Katie (Joel) Roseberry; great-grandchildren: Molly, Olivia, Aubrey, Logan, Abby, and Alex.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rolla and her brother, Norman Swender.

     Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel , Ovid, Michigan.

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Visitation

Friday, September 23, 2022

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes Ovid

232 E. Oak Street , Ovid, MI 48866

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Memorial Service

Friday, September 23, 2022

3:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes Ovid

232 E. Oak Street , Ovid, MI 48866

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