Betsy Sermon

Betsy Leila Sermon

1946 - 2019

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Obituary of Betsy Leila Sermon

Betsy Leila Sermon, 73, of Bay City, our loving, strong-willed, active, and devoted mother, grandmother, soul mate, aunt, and friend passed away on the evening of Sunday, August 11, 2019 at home, with her family by her side. Betsy was born on June 29, 1946 in Bay City, the daughter of the late Clarence and Nettie (McCartney) Hamann. Betsy grew up on her family’s farm, Monitor Hatchery and graduated from Central High School, class of 1965. After high school, Betsy went on to become a cosmetologist; first working at Gala Salon and then mostly from her home. In 1985 while out with friends, Betsy met George A. Pauwels, they dated, fell in love, and were together for over 33 years, sharing countless memories. She was active with the Ladies Auxiliary - AMVets Post 22 and win or lose, she was a diehard Tiger’s Fan. Betsy was an avid camper, spending many summers in Glennie at the Alcona Park Campground. Those who knew Betsy, will forever remember her love of cooking, fishing, going to deer camp, taking trips to craft shows, and ordering from her magazines. Above all, she loved being a grandma; her granddaughter, Reagan was the light of her life. Betsy will be missed dearly and lovingly remembered for generations to come. Betsy leaves to cherish her memory, her only son, Robert T. (Jill) Sermon, Jr.; granddaughter, Reagan Gail Diane Sermon; soul mate, George Pauwels; George’s sons, whom she loved as her own, George (Shannon) Pauwels and Matthew (Brooke) Pauwels; grandchildren, whom were like her own, Emma, Jordyn, Zach, Bailey, and Gabbie; sister, Mary Riedy; niece, Annette (Randy) Sivertson; great nieces, Brigette (Wes) Buhl and Angela Young; great-great nieces, Raelynn and Saylor Buhl, Audrey Young; great-great nephew, Bethel Young, along with many friends. In addition to her parents, Betsy was welcomed home to heaven by her sister, Donna Wright; brother-in-law, Edward J. Riedy, and nephew, Edward J. Riedy, Jr. Betsy’s family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM until the time of her 2:00 PM Life Celebration at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Pastor Rick Milks will officiate with a reception to follow at AMVets – Post 22, 520 N. Pine Rd., Bay City. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at