Gwendolyn Leigh Howlett
GLADSTONE — Gwendolyn Leigh Howlett, 19, of Gladstone and currently residing in Menominee, passed away early Sunday morning, Aug. 17, 2014, at her home in Menominee.
Gwen was born Nov. 4, 1994, in Escanaba, the daughter of Don and Linda (Osborn) Howlett. She was raised in Gladstone and was a 2012 graduate of Gladstone High School. During her high school years, Gwen belonged to the Gladstone Volleyball Team, and helped with the Indian Education Program for Gladstone Schools. Additionally, Gwen was a passionate figure skater from the age of three. Gwen excelled and competed in skating throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin, and skated in 14 ice shows. She also shared her talent through coaching skating. After high school, Gwen attended Bay College before transferring to NWTC in Marinette, where she was pursuing a degree in accounting. Gwen was a sociable and very loving young lady with sparkling eyes and a huge heart. She loved spending time with her many friends and family, and being outdoors fishing, playing with her dogs, and taking in what the Upper Peninsula offers. She will be sadly and lovingly missed.
Gwen is survived by her parents, Don and Linda Howlett; paternal grandmother, Frances Howlett of Strongsville, Ohio; aunts, Jackie (John Orr) Howlett of Richland, Mich., and Linda Terry of Colville, Wash.; best friend and loving boyfriend, Trevor Field of Menominee; and his father, Jason Field of Wallace, Mich.; cousins, Amy (Eric Stone) Orr of Seattle, Wash., Megan (Brad Nelson) Orr of Moorhead, Minn., Chris Orr of Richland, Mich.; close friend, Amy (Brandon Field) Stewart of Wallace, Mich. Also surviving are many additional cousins, extended family members, and friends.
Gwen was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Donald R. Howlett; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Louise Osborn; and uncle, Dan “Skip” Terry.
Gwen’s family will receive friends on Thursday from 12 to 3:30 p.m. at the Grace Church in Gladstone. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Gwendolyn Leigh Howlett will follow visiting hours at 3:30 p.m., at Grace Church in Gladstone with Dr. Stephen Patrick of Grace Church and Pastor Art Radlicki of Silver Winds Church officiating. Luncheon will follow in the Grace Church Fellowship Hall. Gwen will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery, in Gladstone. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Delta Animal Shelter, Escanaba Area Figure Skating Club, or the Gladstone Indian Education Program. Envelopes will be available throughout visiting hours and at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Howlett family with arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com. Messages may also be viewed and posted on the Facebook page “Celebrating Gwen’s Life <3".