Molly Ann Winchell, age 74, was born on August 22, 1948, to Victor and Berdetta (Wilson) Schlagel in Turner, MI. She passed away unexpectedly on May 5, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family and furbaby, Katie.
Molly graduated from Arenac Eastern, “Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle,” class of 1966.
She married her true love and savior, off the “muck farm,” Elmer “Al” Winchell on July 16, 1966. Together they had four daughters; Sandy, Kathy, Karen, and Nikki.
Molly was a melanoma survivor. She enjoyed working on the Sherman Township voting committee and seeing the neighbors. She was a member of the Sand Lake Women’s Auxiliary where she was an excellent bingo caller. She enjoyed playing bingo too, going to the casino, reading, walking, doing puzzle books, watching the Game Show channel, and beating the contestants. She also enjoyed going on long drives when the girls were younger, then later just her and Dad. Molly enjoyed watching NASCAR, (especially Earnhardt #3), and the Detroit Tigers, even in their losing streaks.
Molly was famous for her pies. As her brothers-in-law would say, “Don’t cut the pies in eight pieces, I can only eat one piece” and proceeded to eat the whole pie themselves. Molly enjoyed being a housewife the most and spending time with family, especially camping at the Alcona Park Campground sitting and staring at the water alongside Dad.
Mom is now wearing “tight fittin jeans,” waiting for Dad to say, “Hello, Darlin,” so they can dance to “The Rose.”
Molly is survived by her husband of almost 57 years, Elmer; children, Sandy (David) Ledin, Kathy (John Crouse) Winchell, Nikki (Mark) Ciesielski; grandchildren, Tyler (Mindy Gildner) Ledin, Marissa Ledin, Riley Winchell, Anna Crouse; great-grandchildren, Daphne Ledin, Emmett Ledin; sister, Lorraine (Al) Forro; sister-in-law’s, Jeannie Schlagel-Nickell, Sharon Schlagel, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Molly is preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Berdetta Schlagel; daughter, Karen Winchell; brothers, LeeRoy Schlagel, Phillip Schlagel, Kenneth Schlagel; sisters, Iva (Schlagel) Bjornson and Carolyn Schlagel.
Per Molly’s wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will hold a celebration of life service at a later date. In lieu of flowers and money, please consider a donation to the ALS Association, American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Association (lung and melanoma). An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com to share condolences, memories, and photos of Molly.”