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“I loved Rae and Wally like no other! Both loving and caring individuals! I I I looked forward to the both of them every week! They made my heart...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Carolyn Derocher - Essexville, MI

“We loved your mother. She and Wally lived across from us on Birney St in Essexville. We tried to find out where she was living a few years ago, but...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Chris, Tim Burnside - Essexville, MI

“Deepest condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you in this difficult time. Keeping you in my prayers. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Deepest condolences to the family. May God strengthen you , and comfort you in your moment of sadness. Keep her fond memories close at heart....Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Linda and Sally, My deepest sympathy on the loss on your mother. I think of you and Rae every time I pass the white house when in Bay City. it was a...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: sue parker johnson

“Sally and Linda; my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. I always think of you and Rae whenever I pass your white house; it was a one...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: susi parker johnson - sand lake, MI

“My Mom, Viola Schroeder, sends her deepest condolences to all of Rae's family. My Mom and Dad spent many fun times with Rae and Wally over the years....Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Janice Towey

“On behalf of Dolores Maillette and family, we know what great friends Mom and Rae were. They shared fun while working hard while running Handy, and...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Anne Yandall - Bay City, MI


Arvilla Rae (Schmidt) MacPhail was born in Bay City, MI on November 30, 1918 to the late Orva and Mildred (Wandz) Herrick. She passed away January 12, 2019 in Bay City, MI. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Prior to retirement, Rae was employed at T. L. Handy High School for 21 years.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard F. Schmidt in 1983 and her second husband Wallace M. MacPhail, Sr. in 2015. She is survived by her daughters: Sally (Timothy) Kriewall and Linda Hartz, her grandchildren: Jeff (Beth) Hartz, Jason (Jamie) Hartz, Julie (Jamie) Wheelock, Karen (Larry) Seafert, Jennifer (Keith) Berry, Bethany (Tim) Hilgendorf, and Mike (Katrina) Kriewall, her step children: Mary Jo (Michael) Neering and Wallace (Sharon) MacPhail, her step grandchildren John (Heather) MacPhail, Andrew MacPhail, Mike (Kristin) Neering, Jr., and Julie (Kevin) Reynolds and several great grandchildren and a sister Rose (Ron) Koeplinger.
Funeral and committal service will be Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Linda B. Williams will officiate. Private burial will be at Elm Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wisconsin Lutheran College's Nursing Care Excellence Scholarship or Westminster Presbyterian Church. Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home. She will lie in state at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service begins.