Elaine J. (LaVanway) Hersha

January 20, 1942 ~ November 19, 2020 (age 78)


Elaine J. LaVanway Hersha, 78, of East Jordan, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2020, in Petoskey.

She was born on January 20, 1942, the daughter of Edward and Della (Thomas) LaVanway. She graduated from Central Lake High School in 1960, and on September 17, 1960, in Central Lake, she married the love of her life, Hugh K. Hersha. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2017. They were married 57 years. Elaine had worked at Dura Automotive until they closed their operations in East Jordan.

She is survived by four sons, Hugh Jr, Frank (Julie), Mac, and Jim (Nancy); nine grandchildren, Nicolas, Brittney (Zach), Jesse, Kari, Kevin (Brandy), Kyle, Amber (Mark), Kiersten, and Mariah; and six great-grandchildren, Calin, Marek, Kailer, Riyah, Macbeth, and Christopher. Elaine was also preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey, her grandson-in-law, Bryan, and her parents.

She will always be remembered for her sweet and kind nature. Her family was her life and she loved dearly each child, grandchild, and great grandchild.  She also enjoyed the many lasting relationships made with the hunting group she and Hugh were part of for many years.  She will also be missed by her very favorite little furbaby, Lilly.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date in 2021.

Memorials may be directed to the Pleasant Valley Free Methodist Church, where Elaine attended, 3055 West Old State Road, East Jordan, MI 49727.


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A Memorial to be announced later


Pleasant Valley Free Methodist Church
3055 West Old State Road, East Jordan MI 49727

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