October 26, 1921 - December 25, 2021
D. Arlene Gerhardt Potter, 100, of Essexville, our adventurous, friendly, and most devoted mother and grandmother was born into eternal life on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, 2021, as a Christmas Angel, at Bay City Comfort Care. Arlene was born in Grayling on October 26, 1921, the daughter of the late Alfred Henry and Dora Louise (Sauve) Bebb. Arlene spent some of her childhood in Durham, Ontario, Canada, prior to the family moving back to their residence on Powell in Essexville. She was a graduate of Bay City Central High School and later went on to work as a school bus driver with Essexville-Hampton Public Schools for 18 years. Arlene was united in marriage to John Gerhardt on August 6, 1941. Sadly, John preceded Arlene in death. She later married Selwyn “Bud” Potter on December 23, 1972, and he also preceded her in death. A true servant of the lord, Arlene was the longest living member of Essexville Baptist Community Church, with her favorite bible verse being John 3:16. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star – Temple Glen Chapter and then Sharon Chapter. Bowling, square dancing, and knitting were some of Arlene’s favorite hobbies, with everyone in the family receiving a pair of her famous mittens. She also enjoyed sewing, camping, and made many quilts. Arlene’s greatest joy in life was raising her four girls, and her one favorite son. Her loving, family-oriented, and Christian ways will live on in the hearts of her family for generations to come. To carry on her legacy, Arlene leaves her children: Sue Weber-Pobanz, Linda (Peter) Fletcher, Kathy Gerhardt, Jean (Bob) Adamowski, and Rick Gerhardt; nine grandchildren, Paul (Kim) Weber, Lonnie Weber, Marcina (Dale) Kapusinski, Stacie (Dave) Thompson, Kaylena (Brandon) Burdette, Amy (Scott) Steelman, Bob (Jill) Adamowski, Jeremy (Tori) Gerhardt, and Sam (Shyanne) Woods; fourteen great-grandchildren, Raymond (Stephanie) Weber, Mike (Angie) Weber, Candace Wiedyk, Greg (Rachel) Weber, Kyle Weber, Lauren Weber (fiancée, Ben), Nicholas and Bradlee Thompson, Kaitlyn Steelman (fiancée, Cam), Nathan Steelman, Cole and Claire Adamowski, Kinsley and Everly Woods, and one great-granddaughter on the way, Oakley Woods; six great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Martha Blondin, Shirley Gerhardt, and Judy Gerhardt, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Arlene was preceded in death by her first husband, John Gerhardt in 1968; second husband, Selwyn “Bud” Potter in 1976; son-in-law, Lloyd Pobanz; grandsons, Jason Gerhardt and Raymond Weber; great-granddaughter, Paisley Woods; sisters, Vivian (John) Knaub and Joan Bebb, and brothers, Tom (Marian) Bebb, Paul “Bob” and John Bebb, and brothers-in-law, Ed (Dort) Gerhardt, Al (Max) Gerhardt, Bill (Isabelle) Gerhardt, Don Gerhardt, Virgil Gerhardt, Frank Gerhardt, Bob Gerhardt, and Dick Blondin. Arlene’s family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM and again on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 10:00 AM until Arlene’s 11:00 AM Funeral Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., between Ridge & Center. Pastor Mark Montei will officiate with cremation to follow. Memorial contributions in memory of Arlene may be directed to Essexville Community Church. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.
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