Gwen Watz, 85, of Lum, died Saturday, April 17, 2021 at her home in Lum. Ethel Gwen Kinney was born February 18, 1936 in the Whittemore, MI area. She was the daughter of the late Albert and the late Vera (Vincent) Kinney. Gwen was a graduate of Arenac High School, class of 1954. She married Jimmy Delbert Watz on December 29, 1956 in Imlay City, MI.

Gwen was mostly a homemaker, but she worked in the Rankin’s IGA grocery store’s Bakery for a few years. She was a past Postmaster at the Lum post office. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and to play bingo. She was a very good seamstress and made sewn, crocheted and knitted items for her family. She was a member of the Imlay City VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a charter member of Lapeer 40 & 8 veterans group.

Gwen is survived by her husband, Jimmy Watz; daughters, Dawn Crawford of Lapeer, MI and Connie (Bob) Swain of Lum, MI; her son, Kim (Donna) Watz; her grandchildren, Jimmy (Julie) Crawford, Kristina (Jamie) Amend, Eric Watz, Jennette (Scott) Sparre, Yvette (Mark) McMullen and Miranda (Corey) Rogers; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Gwen was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Tom Crawford; grandson, Jason Swain; parents; and brothers and sister.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI. Pastor Jerry Schriber of the Farmland Ministries will officiate. Burial will be in Arcadia Township Cemetery, Lum, MI.

The family will be available for visitation 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.

Due to recent health concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing (six feet apart), masks (to be worn at all times), and limited occupation (25 people at a time) of the funeral home will be enforced.

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