Pauline Mast, 98

Pauline M. Mast, age 98, formerly of Colon, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.

Pauline was born May 18, 1911, in Goshen, Ind., a daughter of the late Charles C. and Mayte (Farmwald) Amsler.

Pauline grew up in Goshen and graduated from Goshen High School.

On May 18, 1934, she married Harris W. Mast in Goshen, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 1975.

In 1952, Pauline moved to Colon, where she and her husband operated Lakeview Cleaners for 23 years. She also had worked as a service clerk for Montgomery Ward in Sturgis and before that in Elkhart. She had also been Colon village treasurer from 1974-1986.

She was a member of the Plymouth United Methodist Church and had attended the Colon United Methodist Church. Pauline was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #91 of Colon and an honorary member of the Grand Chapter of the Michigan Eastern Star.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Russell (Marcy) Spearow of Jenison, Phillip Spearow of Lake Okeechobee, Fla., Greg (Corine) Smoker of Union Springs, Ala., Jeff Smoker of Tennessee, Paula Heaton of Elkhart, Craig (Barb) Mast of Galien, Lisa (Mark) Chandler of Paducah, Ky.; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rita E. Spearow, in August 2005, son; Phillip H. Mast in May of 1997; a grandson, Robert W. Spearow, in November 1981; a brother, Calvin Amsler; and a sister, Fay Walters.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Schipper Funeral Home in Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Pauline M. Mast will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Mr. David J. Farrell officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Colon.

If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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