Arlene Swartzendruber Evers, 85 of Pioneer died early Sunday morning at the Hillsdale Community Health Center in Hillsdale, Michigan. She was born March 20, 1928 in Morenci, Michigan to Clarence L. and Ethel J. (Colegrove) Swartzendruber. Arlene graduated from Waldron High School in 1945 as valedictorian of her class. She married Jim Evers on February 14, 1947 in Waldron Michigan. During her married years, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, baking and sharing her faith and love for Christ. In her later years, Arlene worked as a home healthcare aid. She was a long time member of Lakeview United Brethren Church.
Arlene is survived by her former husband, Jim Evers of Pioneer, four daughters: Darlene Lasich of Montpelier, Carma Evers of Cleveland, Ohio, Shirley (Tom ) Snyder of Orlando, Florida and Judy (David) Esterline of Pioneer, eight grandchildren: C. J. (Dawn) Lasich, Joel (Kristen) Snyder, Jason(Courtney) Snyder, Laura (Matt) Custer, Justin Snyder, Kevin Esterline, Kyle (Samantha) Esterline and Julie (Michael) Eitniear, twenty-one great grandchildren, one of whom, Zaelyn shares the same birthday as Arlene. One brother: Hal Swartzendruber of Harvey, Iowa; two sisters: Shirley Tuttle of Morenci, Michigan and Kay Robb of Vancouver, Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son-in-law: Pat Lasich.
Visitation hours for Arlene will be on Tuesday January 14, from 2-4 and 6-8 at the Thompson Funeral Home in Pioneer. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at the Lakeview United Brethren Church at Merry Lake, Michigan with Reverend Stephen Smith to officiate. Burial will follow at Waldron Cemetery in Waldron, Michigan.