Rowena Rose VanMeter

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Rowena Rose VanMeter, 86, daughter of Algernon Henry and Donna May (Mitchener) Hutchinson died on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 surrounded by her family.

Rowena was born on April 20, 1926 in Clare and moved to Midland in early childhood. On Sept. 23, 1945 she married John L. VanMeter. They continued to reside and raise their family in Midland.

Rowena is survived by her daughters Sally VanMeter and Catherine Shinavier; son Dan VanMeter and grandson John DeMocker. Her husband John L. VanMeter, her parents and sister Maurine Van Steenhouse preceded her in death.

Rowena was an enthusiastic Detroit Tigers fan. She enjoyed nature, traveling, playing cards, painting, wood carving and creating stone jewelry. She actively participated in school activities with her children. She was a devoted, loving wife and mother who will be greatly missed.

A graveside service will be held at Midland City Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

The family wishes to thank Rowena's care givers at Marshall Manor and Dr. Piazza for all of their excellent help and support. Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly is assisting the family. Online condolences can be left at

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Published in Midland Daily News on Nov. 25, 2012