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Gertrude Lorene "Gert" (Tribfelner) Dunham

October 24, 1931 — June 8, 2022


      Gertrude Lorene “Gert” Dunham, age 90, went to be with her Lord, on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, at A Family Affair of Haslett, MI.

      A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Owosso, MI, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Michael O’Brien presiding.  Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Elsie, Michigan.  Visitation will be held on Monday, June 13, 2022, from 2-8 P.M. with the family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie Chapel.  A Rosary will be prayed on Monday evening at 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

     Gertrude was born in Rush Township, Michigan, on October 24, 1931, the daughter of John I. and Anna Viola (Deming) Triibfelner.  She married Dean R. Dunham, on July 16, 1949, at Lake James in Angola, Indiana.  They were blessed with 65 years of marriage, prior to his passing on March 17, 2015.

     Gert received her degree in Theological Studies from Siena Heights University.  She was a RCIA Director, Lector, in the Choir and belonged to the Altar Society.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Owosso, MI.  She was also a member of the 3rd Order of the Franciscans.  Gert was commissioned a Lay Ecclesial Minister in 1998 for Lansing Diocese.  She taught catheism classes for years.  She loved to listen to the polkas on WOES and be with her family.

     She was active in 4H, where she was a leader of Beginning Drawing & Painting in the Clinton County Fair.  She was an accomplished artist giving lessons to many local children and adults.

     Gert is survived by her two daughters: Thelma (Basil) Janes of Henderson, MI; Mary (Steve) Weiderer of Owosso, MI; one grandson Scott Rubey and his fiancée Kathleen Thomlinson of Laingsburg, MI; two great-grandsons: Scott and Brittany (Micka) Rubey II of Owosso, MI; Hunter Rubey of Chesaning, MI; three great-great-grandchildren: Wren, Everly &Wilder Rubey, with one more on the way; step-grandchildren: Jacob, Jason, and Jessica Weiderer; one sister Barbara Napier of Corunna, MI; and sister-in-law Patsy Tribfelner.  She is also survived by many other step-family members: Theresa (Frank) Thompson, Lisa (Charles) Whisman, Kelli Janes, Kathi (William) Wycoff, and Melvia (Frank) Quine; many great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dean, son Dean Dunham Jr., two brothers: John and Ivan, two sisters: Mildred and Helen, and one step-grandson Paul Janes.

     Memorials may be made to WOES, 8989 East Colony Road, Elsie, MI 48831.  Online condolences may be made at  The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, Michigan.

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