Beverly "Bev" Jean Van Wert

Beverly "Bev" Jean Van Wert, 80, of Traverse City, formerly of Gladwin and Bay City, passed away on the morning of Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Traverse City. Beverly was born on January 5, 1937 in Bay City to the late Melvin and Helen (Telfer) Schutt.  She graduated from T. L. Handy High School in 1954.  Bev married James Raymond Van Wert on July 30, 1955 at St. Hyacinth Church.  Bev and Jim enjoyed 45 years of marriage before his passing on April 23, 2001. Bev worked her way up from a Tupperware dealer, to a manager, and then ultimately the owner of a Tupperware Franchise Distributorship with her husband, Jim.  Bev and Jim retired in 1990 and then moved to their lake house in Gladwin, where they enjoyed entertaining friends and family. Bev had a way of touching people‚Äôs hearts and making lasting connections with them. Bev is survived by her longtime companion, Wesley Tait; her children and their spouses, Kenneth and Carolyn Van Wert of Gladwin; David Van Wert of Cle Elum, WA; Lori and Larry Brownell of Traverse City; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and one sister Barbara Sulski of Bay City.  In addition to her parents and her husband, Bev was preceded in death by sister, Audrey Pierson of Bay City. Beverly's family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Friday, October 27, 2017, Beverly will be taken to Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (St. Hyacinth Church), 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of her 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Rick Filary will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in Floral Gardens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association ( Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at