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Eugenia "Jean" Theresa Lawson, 99, of Suttons Bay, passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 in MediLodge of Leelanau. She recently celebrated her 99th birthday.
Jean was born June 13, 1919, in Cedar, the daughter of Stanley J. and Mary E. (Darga) Peplinski. In 1942, in St. Angelo, Texas, she married Glendon E. Lawson who preceded her in death on March 29, 1991. She loved waltzing with Glenn and playing cards.
Jean was well known for her cooking and baking skills. She would make toffee, peanut brittle, and in June, strawberry pies. Her family, friends in the county, loved ones and friends across the country would get packages of her homemade delights. Even today, the folks that work with her kids still remark on the office getting one of her special packages.
She loved to polka, play cribbage, and occasionally enjoy a good Manhattan now and then. Jean was a lady of strong faith who loved her church. She was a Eucharistic minister and lector at St. Michael's Parish of Suttons Bay. Later at MediLodge of Leelanau she prayed the rosary and delivered communion.
Jean is survived by her seven children, Lee (Peg) Lawson, Larry (Shirley) Lawson, Leonard (Lou) Lawson, James Lawson, Thomas (Cindy) Lawson, Marcia Edinger, Marie Corwin; two siblings, Margaret Skeba, Rita Gomes; 11 grandchildren, Angela, Tony, Heidi Lawson, Tonya, Matthew Lawson, Josh Lawson, Jamie, Sierra Brooks, Troy, Robert Corwin, Chad Steimel; many loving great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and her good friends, Maxine, Ruth Ann, and Mary Margaret.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and ten siblings, Betty Zielinski, Stanley Peplinski, Sue Garthe, Theresa Peplinski, Benedict Peplinski, Clement Peplinski, Edwin Peplinski, Leona Kasben, Sophia Laskey, John Peplinski; and a son, Dennis Lawson, at the age of 3.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay with the rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. The mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, at St. Michael's Church of Suttons Bay. Burial in St. Michael's Cemetery will follow. Father Leonard Paul will serve as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Michael's Church, PO Box 9, Suttons Bay, MI 49682 and/or to Mass intentions.
Condolences may be shared with Jean's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on July 10, 2018
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