Clarabelle (Claire) Schmeltzer

MARQUETTE, MI. – Clarabelle (Claire) Schmeltzer, age 86, of Marquette, passed away Saturday morning, October 12, 2013, at her home, in the care of her family and caregivers.

Claire was born in Daggett, Michigan on August 2, 1927. She was a graduate of the Stephenson High School and Northern Michigan College. She retired from the State of Michigan Department of Social Services in 1988 following twenty-eight years of service.

Survivors include her two daughters, Terry (Mark) Dennis; Jan Peck (John Peterson); her grandchildren, Kaitlin (Jim) McGinn and Parker Dennis; her great grandchild, Cecilia McGinn; two sisters, Patricia Truitt and Sherry Dickerson; sister-in-law, Patricia Plutchak; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 1970; and by a brother, Russell Plutchak; and a sister, Shirley Bryla.

Private family graveside services will be held at the Holy Cross Cemetery in the Spring of 2014.

To best honor her spirit, memorials can be made to the Marquette Adult Day Care Services, 305 W. Magnetic Street, Marquette, MI 49855 or the charity of choice.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at