Adeline A. Ashley

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Adeline Ashley, 95, of Vanderbilt, Michigan, passed away at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord, Michigan, on March 14, 2024.

Adeline was born in Hudson Township, Michigan, on March 31, 1928, to Arthur and Ruth Ann (Lewis) Guerin. She was raised and spent her entire life in Vanderbilt and Gaylord. On March 20, 1947, she married Elmer Ashley. Together they raised four children: Duane, Gary, Douglas, and Sandra.

During her early working life, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Otsego Memorial Hospital. She then worked in the meat department at Glen’s Markets in Gaylord until her retirement in 1985.

In her free time, Adeline cherished her travels with Elmer, and they were able to visit Hawaii, Alaska, and most of the continental United States, with only a few northeastern states eluding them. She also famously enjoyed word search puzzles, playing card games, and attending local country music shows. She was also the “official” family supervisor for all events, large and small.

Adeline is survived by her son, Duane (Toni) Ashley of Vanderbilt; daughter-in-law, Lynne, of Midland; son-in-law, Robert Rolinski, of Dundee; and daughter-in-law, Jan (Mike) Norton of Dunnellon, Florida. Her youngest sister, Marlene Guerin of Vanderbilt also survives. She cherished her living grandchildren, Vanessa (Shawn) Hutton, Richard (Becky) Ashley, Shawn (Julie) Ashley, Holly Wilt, Heather (Greg) Green, Keetah Frank, Kristie (Ben) Ellison, Kari (Philip) Miles, Angela Deranleau, Tammie (Jason) Boadway, Gary (Stephanie) Ashley, Laura (Dustin) Mapes, Amy (Adam) Peil; and thirty-one great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; sons, Roger, Douglas, and Gary; daughter, Sandra; sisters, Emily, Eleanor, Frida, and Almina; grandson, Troy; and daughter-in-law, Frances.

A celebration of Adeline’s life will be held at Nelsons Funeral Home on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 4:00 p.m., with public visitation beginning at 12:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation online at or the American Cancer Society online at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nelsons Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

18 comments on “Adeline A. Ashley”

  1. Edward Koehler / Tim Dunaway

    We are truly heartbroken of Aunt Adelines passing, She was an amazing women and will be missed. So sorry we can’t be there for the service. Sending love to everyone.

  2. May the Angels 😇 lead her into Paradise! 😇
    I will treasure the many memories I have from knowing her over the years.
    May God bless the family as you deal with your loss. I am picturing her, hand in hand with the love of her life. They are together, again. ❤️
    God bless, Connie Nelson

  3. Dear Adeline you were a remarkable women my prayers go out with the rest of your family and in thought and prayers love Drury Puckett

  4. At least once a month, I’d see and get a chance to gab with the Ashley’s, Elmer, Adeline, Duane and his wife in the “waiting room”. It was time to catch up on what was going on in each of our lives and what was happening up north in Vanderbilt. Over the years we watch each other move a little slower, talk about aches pains and family. Duane if you haven’t figured it out yet it’s Tom Wagar, I’m very sad to hear about your mom. The two of you took great care of your parents, it wasn’t hard to see just how much you cared, so don’t be too sad, I’m very sure Elmer and Adeline could not have done it without you there, good job. Stay strong, Tom Wagar

  5. Elaine Fortelka and Family.

    So sorry to hear Adelines passing. Elmer and Adeline were one of our first friends when we moved to Gaylord. Loved them and the family. She will be missed. Special lady.

  6. Sorry we can’t make it prayers for family many memories growing up love to the family 😢 we are out of town.

  7. Janet bills(peters)

    Aunt Adeline. was a remarkable woman. I remember going to your house. When I was a kid I love the smell. Of your house like pipe smoke. And I love looking at your fish.
    Those Oscar’s. And uncle Elmer playing the coronet. Sorry I could not be there to see you one last time. But I have No wheels.
    I love you and I will miss you.
    you’re Nice Janet bills.(peters)

  8. Tamara Vandenboom

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Adeline was such an amazing lady to get to know through the years of taking care of her at Aspen Ridge. She always was smiling and sharing her life memories and always made us all smile. She will be deeply missed.

  9. Duane and Toni- I am so sad to hear about the passing of Adeline. My heart goes out to you and the family. When I married Willy, Adeline and Elmer were one of the first to extended a hand to me and welcomed me to the family. They were also there when I lost Willy in 2012. I loved them dearly and I’m sorry I can’t be there today. Please know I am there in spirit. Love you guys! XOXO

  10. Jamie Kernozek and Adeline Davis

    This woman left such a mark on my heart as I got to know her and Elmer over the years. Many years after meeting them, I became pregnant with a baby girl. While name searching I knew instantly that Adeline would be her name.

    Her legacy will be carried on by all of her loving family, but also this little girl that she never even met, but will carry a piece of her with her for life.

    Cheers to Adeline and all the love you spread throughout this world! Enjoy being reunited with Elmer!

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, but know how much both Adeline and Elmer touched lives all over!

    ❤️❤️Adeline, I will always remember you!

  11. Peggy Borst-Botens

    Worked with Adeline at Glen’s Market. She was a favorite of mine. Remember all the great memories you have of her. Another Angel was received in Heaven. Sympathy and prayers sent to all of you.

  12. So sorry for your loss love and prayers and hugs for you and your family. Love Rose Luesing 🌹 ❤️

  13. Elsie Konopaski

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing over of Adeline. I have fond memories of her all my life. Adeline and Elmer were both dear to me. My Prayers will be with her family thru these difficult days. Know God got you all in his hands. With Love Elsie (Welling) Konopaski

  14. Bonnie Ostrander

    You were a remarkable lady, you’ll be missed. Keep your family in are prayers
    Bonnie ( McMurphy ) Ostrander
    James McMurphy
    Beth McMurphy ( Danielsen )

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