Gwendolyn Shirley Austin, 90, longtime resident of Lapeer, passed away December 4, 2020. Loving mother of Vickie (Raymond) Hawks of Washington, Robin (Michael) King of Prescott, Tammy (John) Hawley of Redford, and the late George Herman Kern, Jr. Dear stepmother of Chet Austin of Washington. Beloved grandmother of Kristen (Matthew) Hicks of Washington, and great-grandmother of Owen and Liam Hicks of Washington. Dear sister of George Westphal, Mary Alice Greenwood, and Carol Blow. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was born on September 26, 1930 in Detroit, daughter of the late Laurel Walter and Ruth Westphal. Gwen was married to George Kern Sr., who preceded her in death, then later married Lorren Austin, who has also now preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Roy Westphal, Walter Westphal, Herald Westphal, Edmund Westphal and Eileen Hovey.

Gwen was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lapeer.

Private family funeral services and burial were held at Christian Memorial Cemetery in Rochester Hills.

Arrangements in care of Pixley Funeral Home, Rochester.