Charles Bertrand StringhamCharles “Charlie” Bertrand Stringham, age 90, of Webberville, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. He was born on November 2, 1926, in Wayne County, Michigan to Charles and Violet Stringham. At the age of three, Charlie’s mother passed away. His father later married Marie Stringham who became a loving mother to Charlie. Charlie was loved by two women in his life: his first wife, the mother of his three children, Florence Stringham, his wife of 36 years, who passed away in 2007, and his second wife, Louie Stringham, his wife of 32 years, who passed away in 2015.
Charlie is preceded in death by his parents; his first and second wives; his brother: James Swartz; two sisters: Eloise Meyer and Edna Stringham. He is survived by three children: James (Glory) Stringham of Ludington, Michigan; Charles (Mary) Stringham of Gulf Shores, Alabama; and Susan (Calvin) Lane of Greenbrier, Arkansas; and three step-children: Jerry (Jane) Arnold of Lansing, Michigan; Jayanne (Raymond) Ryan of Webberville, Michigan; and Mary Lou (Dan) McCoy of Perry, Michigan.
He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren: Shawn (Kevin) Gorney, Jill Foco, Scott (Amanda) Stringham, Nick Stringham, Sam Lane, Allison Lane, Emily Lane, Erik Christensen, Gina (Dale) Bodiford, Richard (Mary) Ryan, Joe Ryan, David (Amy) Ryan, Ashley (Reed) Brown; thirteen great-grandchildren, Heath (Sarah), Hannah (Craig), Grace, Victoria, Lacy, Coraline, Aubrie, Lyla, Lincoln, Lilly, Kevin (Colleen), Garrett, and Eli; two great-great-grandchildren, Gavin and Alaina; step-grandchildren, Janell (Troy) Perkins, Kasey (David) Fiebernitz, Courtney (Robert) Pierce, Bradley (Melissa) Ryan, Kate (Javier) Torres; step-great-grandchildren, Kyle, Mitchell, Madison, Taylor, Bailey, Jennifer (Chase), Justin, Joseph, Logan, Brady, Avery, Payton, Sawyer, William, and Sebastian, step great-great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Benjamin and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brothers-in-law: Silas (Anne) Bement and Robert (Joan) Bement; and sisters-in-law: Harriet Forcheck, Cleo Chase, and Helen (Robert) Bigelow.
Charlie was a Godly man who loved the Lord. He was a loving father to his three children. He enjoyed sports and tending to his yard and garden. Growing up, he played basketball and baseball. He had a deep love for baseball and spent many years coaching boy’s city league teams in Lansing where they won championships for several years. He spent much of his adult life playing golf. He was a devoted member of his church and very active in his community. In 2009, he was named “Citizen of the Year” in Webberville, Michigan. Charlie also proudly served his country during World War II in the Pacific with the 6th Marine Division, 29th Regiment.
Memorial services will be held at the Webberville United Methodist Church, Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour before service. For those desiring, donations in Charlie’s name may be made to the Webberville United Methodist Church, 4215 E. Holt Rd, Webberville, MI, 48892 and the Webberville High School, Athletic Department, 309 E. Grand River, Webberville, MI, 48892.