Arlene Ardis Clanche

Arlene Ardis Clanche, age 92, of Marion, passed away at the home of Elmer (Rusty) & Bonnie Sluiter west of McBain on September 1, 2018. She was born on August 11, 1926 in Clam Lake Township in Wexford County to Arthur & Bessie (McDonald) Erdman. She married Robert Clanche on Dec. 9, 1955 at the Marion United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on March 2, 1997. She was a member of the Marion Community of Christ Church formerly the Church of the Latter Day Saints, south of Marion. She was active in the church activities, doing the bulletins and working on the different church suppers. Arlene and Robert had farmed in the Marion area for many years. She had worked at Kick Away Garment Company in Cadillac for many years. She enjoyed playing cards and played in a women’s group in Marion, she enjoyed her cats, gardening, cooking, ice fishing, bus trips and making afghans. The family would like to thank Rusty and Bonnie for the wonderful care they gave Arlene at their home over the past fifteen months.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Richard & Etta Erdman of Honor, Marilyn Jones of Cadillac, Ruth Whittum of Wisconsin, Lois Finstrom of Cadillac, Jack & Dolores Geers of Eckerman, John & Ethel Sluiter of Holton, and Elmer (Rusty) & Bonnie Sluiter of McBain. She also has many great nieces and great nephews and other family members
She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles (Beatrice) Erdman and sisters, Lavina (Charles) Lamb, Ida (Orson) Whittum, Laura (John) Geers, and Vera (Elmer) Sluiter. Also, she was preceded in death by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain. Visitation will be from 10:30 P.M. until the time of services. Rev. Steve Boven will officiate and burial will take place following the luncheon at the funeral home at 2:30 P.M. in Greenwood Cemetery at Marion. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s. Thoughts and prayers may be left at

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Korman Family

Our family has so loved and enjoyed our time with Aunt Arlene over the years. Watching her with her sisters having fun and playing cards was a joy. We will miss Christmas time with her the most. A wonderful cook, and always wanted to have a gift for the youngest one in the family. I remember many years of comparing Christmas sweatshirts with her. She will be so missed.

Doreen Morrison

My Aunt Arlene was the very best. A true gem. So many wonderful memories of the times we had together. Thank-You, Uncle Rusty and Aunt Bonnie for being there to help when she needed it the most. Gone for now but never forgotten. Doreen Sluiter Morrison.

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