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Lois I. Dean

November 14, 1941 — November 12, 2020

Lois I. Dean

Regarding new gathering restrictions imposed by the State of Michigan on Sunday, November 15th:

Visitation and services for Mrs. Dean will go on as planned on Wednesday, November 18th.  We ask you to consider visiting with the family during the two hour visitation period to show your support for them, leaving the service as a time primarily for the family.  We are currently limited to 25 people in our gathering area at a time, spreading visiting out throughout this two hour period will help us and the family and it is deeply appreciated.

Lois I. Dean, 78 of Gaylord, passed away at home on Thursday, November 12, 2020 surrounded by family.

Born on November 14, 1941 in Detroit, she was the daughter of J. Albert and Nellie Rose (Strzyzynski) Beden.  She spent her youth in Detroit and Mackinaw City.

On November 10, 1973 Lois and Bernard A. Dean were united in marriage.  They lived in Bay City with their young family before moving to Gaylord in 1991.

Lois will be remembered by her family for her love and dedication to them.  She always cherished the time the family spent together.  She had a love for animals, cats in particular and especially her white cats.  She enjoyed flowers, sewing and making jewelry.  She and Bernie enjoyed their travel together around the United States, Canada and Mexico.  And, she loved shopping, especially her trips to Wal-mart!

Lois is survived by Bernie, her husband of 47 years; her children, Colleen Smith of Saginaw, David (Michele) Smith of Sellersberg, IN, Brian (Jane) Smith of Bay City and Marlene (Wayne) Monusko of Gaylord; grandchildren, Jessica Rose Smith, Janae Barber, Jacob and Melissa Buzzard, Brittany Henne, Alisha and Christina Keasey, and Samantha, Jenna, Nicole and Ashlyn Monusko; 14 great grandchildren, a brother-in-law, Ken Harmon; a cousin and best friend, Barbara Jaworski and cousin, Sue Jaworski.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Mary Ann Gorski in 2016; a sister, Rosalie “Dolly” Harmon and a cousin, Chuck Jaworski.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service where visitation with the family will begin at 11:00 AM.  Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Otsego County Animal Shelter.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at

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