Mary Stiver

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Mary Stiver, age 92, passed away on February 10, 2024, in the comfort of her home in Gaylord, Michigan.

She was born on March 30, 1931, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Willard and Gertrude (Middel) Stormzand. She graduated from high school and attended Junior College where she met and married her husband, the late Harold E. Stiver on February 3, 1951. They lived in Port Huron, Michigan for over 30 years where they raised five children. In 1986, they moved to Gaylord to enjoy retirement on Otsego Lake.

Mary lived a very active life. She was an avid golfer and bowler, loved her many, many dogs, and was very active in her church. She enjoyed knitting, gardening, pontoon rides, beautiful sunsets, traveling, and spending time with her family and many friends.

Mary is survived by her children, Susan (Ernie) Palmer of Iowa Park, Texas, Sarah Stormzand of Mountain Home, Idaho, Harold Jon (Patty) Stiver of Cleburne, Texas, Charles (Kati) Stiver of Boyne City, Michigan, and Carol Stiver of Gaylord, Michigan. She is the grandmother of Devlyn (Peter), Cara (Eric), Danny, Lindsey (Bobby), Rachael, Andrew (Tiffany), Nicole (Richard), Renee, and Keith. She is also a great-grandmother to Landon, Lucas, Kayden, Alexander, Talon, Nayeli, Marley, Maisey, Giuliana, and Molly. Mary is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Stiver; and daughter, Stephanie Ann Stiver. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Gertrude Stormzand; brother, Willard Stormzand Jr.; and sisters, Lenore Rose, and Helen Geldhof.

A service honoring Mary’s life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Gaylord at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2024. A luncheon reception will follow at the Michaywe Club House.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of the following; Hospice of Northern Michigan, online at, Otsego County Animal Shelter by mail at 256 Fairview Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735, First Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden by mail at 513 Charles Brink Rd. Gaylord, MI 49735, or the Otsego County Food Pantry online at

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

2 comments on “Mary Stiver”

  1. To all of Mary’s kids, I send my deepest condolences. Mary was a faithful and active member when I pastored at First Presbyterian. She was a big part of the congregation always pitching in with our many activities. She was also a fun and talented golf buddy who always strived to hit it straight and long! I have many fond memories of Mary. Her quick wit, blunt opinions and her love of the game remain forever in my heart. May the many fond memories you cherish help to ease your sorrow as you journey through these days. Best regards, Pastor Mary

  2. Mary & Jerry Brown

    Carol and family,
    Your mom was a remarkable person, we loved her dearly and will miss her quick wit and talks at the state park. Keeping you all in our prayers.

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