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Justin Gerard Wernette, our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Midland, MI at the age of 90. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 2nd, at 11:00 AM, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Remus. Visitation will take place at the church on Thursday evening from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:30 PM. Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery will follow the funeral service on Friday.

Justin was born October 6, 1925, in Remus, MI, the son of Michael and Antoinette (Schoner) Wernette. After being locally educated through Remus High School, Justin proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 in Europe during WWII. He married the love of his life, Violet U. Stine on May 14, 1949, and together the two grew their family to include five children.

Justin enjoyed canning vegetables with his wife, restoring old cars and babysitting. Children were his favorite and he enjoyed every busy minute of watching them with his wife. He also loved deer hunting; Justin even shot a deer last fall at the age of 90. The proud veteran he was, Justin was a very involved member of the Mecosta VFW. He was the chairman of their BINGO for 30 years, and cracked many eggs in their kitchen during the numerous breakfasts they hosted. Justin felt very fortunate to have been a part of the 2014 Honor Flight to Washington D.C. After being talked into going, it became a favorite trip of his.

Outgoing, caring, compassionate and religious were all words used to describe Justin. He was known to be a social butterfly that always had a story to tell.

His good sense of humor and loving nature will be greatly missed by his wife of 67 years, Violet; children, Janet (Robert) McCall, Roger (Michelle) Wernette, Randy (Julie) Wernette, Dennis (Kristine) Wernette and Darwin (Linda) Wernette; 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Julius and Durward Wernette; sisters, Ruth Lapham, Doris Marks, Rose Daniels and Patricia Smith; grandson, Brandon McCall and great-grandson, Lincoln Larrabee.

Those desiring may direct memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or to God’s Helping Hands. Envelopes will be available at the church.


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