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Esther Y. (Clarke) Chartier

May 3, 1937 ~ January 23, 2020 (age 82)


Esther Y. Chartier, 82, passed peacefully on January 23, 2020 in her ocean-view condo, Gulf Shores, Alabama.   She was born May 3, 1937 on her family homestead in Gulliver Michigan, the youngest of four, daughter of Glenoyn and Curtis Clarke.

Esther graduated from Manistique High School in 1955.   Following graduation, she married Cletus Chartier and they began their life together.  They eventually settled in Traunik, Michigan and raised their seven children.   After raising her seven children, Esther went back to school and graduated from Bay de Noc Community College in August 1985 with an LPN degree.   She pursued a career in nursing, working at the Norlite Nursing Home and Marquette General North until she retired in 1991.   

Esther spent 32 years with her beloved partner, Marvin Carlson and enjoying retirement in the Traunik-Trenary area and spent 17 winters with their many fun loving friends in Golf Shores, Alabama.  Esther enjoyed card games with her grandchildren and knew all the tricks to win.   She never missed watching or listening to her grandchildren’s sporting events.   She enjoyed anything that would bring her family and friends together in Trenary, AuTrain, and Gulf Shores, Alabama.    Esther and Marv more recently settled in a new home they remodelled in Trenary Michigan, an event that brought both families together, a true joy to Esther. 

Esther is survived by her eldest brother, Richard Clarke and preceded in death by her sisters Margaret Gondor, Ruth Letson.  Surviving, in addition to her brother Richard, are all seven of Esther’s children, Kim Leifeit (Tim), Craig Chartier (Sandy), Cary Chartier (Beth), Zann Stulp (Joe) , Torrie Chartier (Bruce), Yvette and Yvonne Chartier.   Esther was a proud grandmother of 16 grandchildren, Cassandra, Rachel, Sarah, Phillip, Autumn, Cody, Ethan, Gabriel, Chase, Logan, Jesse, Justin, Jordan, Samantha, Braunson and Dylan as well as 12 beautiful great-grandchildren.   Esther’s extended family to whom she was very close and shared many wonderful memories with Marvin Carlson included his four children, Carol Carlson (Joe), Marv Carlson Jr. (Pam), Troy Carlson, and Scott Carlson.   Esther was also a proud grandmother to Marv’s four grandchildren; Megan, Derek, Hannah, and Rayna and one beautiful great-grandchild.

Esther had may many loving and caring friends in UP of Michigan and Gulf Shores, Alabama.  She truly cherished her beloved friendship with Herb and Linda Brown.  She enjoyed staying in touch with everyone on Facebook and found true enjoyment out of everyone’s adventures and travels.    

You were a special person, Esther Yvonne Chartier, we will miss you.  A service of remembrance will be held in the spring in Munising, Michigan.  The details of the Celebration of Life will be announced as soon as they are determined.

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