Thane Gerard Wernette
1934 - 2020
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Thane Gerard Wernette
Thane Gerard Wernette, 85, of Midland, passed away at his home, Oct. 14, 2020. He was born Nov. 27, 1934 in Remus, son of the late Roy and Nilah (Nichols) Wernette. A graduate of Ferris State College School of Pharmacology in 1956, Thane was an active pharmacist for 58 years, taking every opportunity to witness his faith to coworkers and customers alike. He was a compassionate man, often paying a bill for someone who couldn't. Thane served in the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division having received the coveted Letter of Commendation for Outstanding service. On May 14, 1960 he married his Polish princess Rita Reder in Bay City and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage. They experienced many exciting travels throughout the U.S. and Europe including numerous cruises with family members. Thane served on the Board of Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund as the treasurer for 43 years. As a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, he volunteered in numerous service groups and was an integral part of a spiritual outreach program called Faith & Fellowship. Thane lived to love and serve others. Many will remember Thane on his bicycle as it was his favorite mode of transportation. One of his happy places was the blueberry patch. He gifted berries to those who couldn't pick for themselves. Thane had a warm heart for children, babysitting for moms in the MOPS program and Christian Mothers groups at various churches. He was in his element when he was holding a baby. He had a gift for bringing joy to children and carried matchbox cars wherever he went, seeking children to bless. The smiles he received in return made his day. His weekly gathering at Big Boy with retired buddies was fondly referred to as "the meeting of the mindless."
Thane's love for his family was evident to all. He poured wholeheartedly into his children and grandchildren. He was completely hands-on and engaging, sharing his faith, his quirky sense of humor and his many outlandish stories. He was happiest when surrounded by his family, eager to attend all their events. He was very aware of how God had blessed him with his faith, family and friends. Thane will be greatly missed but we rejoice in knowing that he is with his Savior!
Thane is survived by his wife, Rita Wernette; six children, Gerald (Cheryl) Wernette, Gregory (Patty) Wernette, Carolyn (Ted) Knapp, Steve (Sherry) Wernette, Scot (Hitomi) Wernette, and Andrew (Lisa) Wernette; 18 grandchildren, Jessica (Alex) Brideau, Christopher Wernette, Brandon (Becca) Wernette, Courtney (Adam) Dresden, Natalie (Timothy) Cannata, Katie (Samuel) Mallory, Sara, David, and Jack Knapp, Alexandra (Brad) Vermurlen, Alyssa (Kyle) Handrich, Danielle (Drake) Rider, Cameron, Kara and Nyla Wernette, Emma, Lilly and Gabriel Wernette; three great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Steven and Hunter; brother, Gary (Carol) Wernette; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Thane was preceded in death by siblings, Leroy, Alfred, Imelda and Marilyn.
The funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 3109 Swede Ave. with Father Rob Howe officiating. Entombment will follow in New Calvary Mausoleum. Thane's family will receive friends at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 12 p.m. until the time of the Liturgy. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund of Midland County, 4201 Campus Ridge Drive, Suite 1275, Midland, MI 48640; the Capuchin soup kitchen of Detroit; and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church youth group. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors.





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Published in Midland Daily News on Oct. 19, 2020.
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October 31, 2020
Dear Rita,
We were so sad to read of Thane’s passing. We always thought so much of him and his kindness. We were blessed to have known him. Our prayers are with you and your family. Jim and Wanda Jones
Wanda Jones
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October 24, 2020
Mr. Wernette was truly a beautiful person. When I was in 3rd grade at B.S. school back in the 1970's, he would come to our class and teach us about art. I KNOW that what he taught us is where my love for beauty in God's creation developed. He always had a warm loving smile and spoke gently. We lived down the street from him and one day for my birthday he came over and gifted me a coin from his collection. I still have it to this day! Thank you Mr. Wernette for shining your love of God to all of us!! Jeanette (Adamcik) Gaskill
Jeanette Gaskill
Friend
October 22, 2020
Dear Rita . . .We send our love and sympathy at this time of great sorrow . . .Thane was a true friend for many years , we always enjoyed his company and sense of humor, it was always fun to see you two out and about town . . .We will miss him . . .
always ,
Gary and Rose Brookhouse
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October 21, 2020
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October 20, 2020
Thane was a very kind and loving man. He gave me rides to Faith & Fellowship. He prayed to God for me when I was hurting and needed it most.
David Filter
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October 20, 2020
I worked along side Thane at coleman pharmacy he honestly brought so much joy and laughter into work that it made work enjoyable. He will forever be missed and always in my heart. Rita and family my heart breaks for you he loved you all more then life itself many prayers to you.
Tiffany Young
Coworker
October 20, 2020
Thane was such a fine brother for my husband in Faith & Fellowship; now they are together in heaven. May God bless and comfort you.
Cathy MacDougall
Friend
October 19, 2020
Dear Rita and family:
"The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26
In the precious name of Jesus.
Lynda Harper
October 19, 2020
Very sad to hear of Thane's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him at Pardee Cancer Treatment and a faithful and giving man I have yet to meet. May his family find comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Kim Jimenez
Kim Jimenez
Coworker
October 19, 2020
Dear Rita,
Very sorry to hear about the passing of Thane. I worked many years at Comerica Bank and Thane would come in and we would share stories about our kids and grandkids. He had such a neat personality, very caring, and always wanted to know what was going on in my life. Sending my sympathy your way to you and your family. God Bless
John & Kathy Smith
Kathy and John Smith
Friend
October 19, 2020
Thane was such a wonderfully kind and playful man. He was instantly welcoming and fun with a witty sense of humor. I always looked forward to seeing him, talking with him and laughing with him. His honesty and joy for life were ever-present and were especially keen when he talked about his family. What a great person and role model. He will be missed. Craig McDonald
Craig McDonald
Friend
October 19, 2020
Rita and family, my heart is deeply saddened to hear of your loss. His obit is written so beautifully and certainly reflects his life. May the Lord Bless you with strength and comfort in the coming days and weeks. I will always remember his sense of humor and happiness and his love for family. I’m in Alabama and won’t be able to attend but my heart is with you❤
Evie Barnes
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