Gary Joseph Werschler

March 11, 1949January 9, 2018

Gary Joseph Werschler, age 68, passed away in Traverse City on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

He was born on March 11, 1949, in Detroit, to Joseph and Lillian (Imbier) Werschler. He was a graduate of the University of Detroit and Wayne State University, and started his career at the General Motors Design Center. He had a 40 year career in Computer Software Engineering Design Automation, and retired from Siemens in 2015, as Senior Management.

Gary spent many years in the Lake Orion and Clarkston area raising his family with his cherished and deeply loved wife Fran, until her passing in 2004. In 2006, Gary met Jayne and they were married in 2014 at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church on Mackinac Island. Gary was a talented builder and together with Jayne, they built their home on Torch Lake in Northern Michigan where they both retired.

Gary loved music, having played classical piano all of his life. He was a man who lived by example. He was faithful, kind, thoughtful and always had a soft spot for the littlest ones among us. Gary loved nature and the outdoors. He and Jayne spent much time walking, hiking, biking, swimming and boating at their Up North home. He also ran every day. Gary loved his Catholic Faith. He and Jayne frequently incorporated Mass into their exploring activities, at one of the many parishes located in their area. In 2016, they settled on Sacred Heart Catholic Church as their home parish. He also enjoyed serving others, and was a volunteer for the Traverse City Goodwill Food Harvest Program. Gary’s faith also extended to our Detroit sports teams, no matter what—especially the Red Wings.

He is survived by his wife, Jayne Fennell Foran; children, Carolyn Marie, Evan Joseph, Kathryn Ann, and Kylie Frances; step-sons, Evan Foran (Laura) and Stephen Foran (Susan); grandchildren, Cloe Macareno Werschler and Nolan Foran; mother and father-in-law, Margene and Jay Fennell ; and many beloved sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and dear friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Joseph; and, his wife, Frances Werschler.

A Catholic service will take place on Tuesday, January 16th, at 11:00, at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Lake Orion, with a luncheon immediately following the service. There will be time for visiting from 9-11 at the church, prior to the Mass. Burial will take place in the fall at Lakeview Cemetery in Torch Lake, Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Gary Joseph Werschler

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Tom Moseley

February 20, 2018

Dear Jayne,and family,
It is so hard to see Gary's name here but I am so humbled to have been able to marry the two of you at St. Anne's. The wedding was beautiful and you two were meant to be. May you be thankful for the time you had as that is all the time Gary had. You are all in our prayers and novenas. Please enjoy and share the novena I sent you. Jesus will always 'take care of it.' Whatever that "IT" is. May Gary rest in peace and may you all be in peace. My love to you all in the Sacred Heart. Dcn Tom

Cheryl and Thad Balmas

January 16, 2018

I regret never having had the pleasure of meeting Gary but I've known his wife Jayne for over 20 years. My son and one of her sons have been friends since they were four years old and have been roommates for the past four years. Our deepest condolences to the family. May the grace of God comfort you at this time and bring you peace and healing.

Christina Peng

January 15, 2018

Gary was my first reporting manager when I came to United State and work for UGS. He was very kind and always helpful. Could not believe that he left us so soon. RIP.

Rochelle W.

January 15, 2018

The year I joined General Motors there were 4 of us "newbies" all with last names starting with the letter W! Gary remained a good friend and colleague throughout--it was a real pleasure to work with him. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family during this difficult time.

Sheng-Der Tang

January 15, 2018

This is not a typical Monday when I saw Monica's email at home in the early morning. My memory immediately went back to the GM/EDS days I worked with Gary on some Check-Mate projects. Throughout these years until his retirement, I had talked to Gary in many occasions remotely. Even though we had never met each other, I was very impressed by his gentle and soft-spoken voice. Even though he is not with us anymore, his digital footprints are still vivid in our KDA home page. With best wishes, my heart goes to Gary's family at such difficult time.

Francis Liu

January 15, 2018

Gary is a so nice and friendly colleague and manager. I am deeply saddened by the news. May God give the peace to Gary and strengthen his family !

Tom Tsivitse

January 15, 2018

I worked with Gary during the UGS days at GM as well as during his Siemens years. He was smart, hard working and overall a great person to work with. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time

January 15, 2018

We remember Gary as a nice person in high school and it's interesting to see how wonderful his life turned out and that he was well loved. We pray for his family and for his soul. Pauline and Mike Hinebrook

Dave DiLisio

January 14, 2018

I first came across Gary in the late 80's at General Motors/EDS. Gary was one of the most personable people I had met, he was always upbeat and positive and one of the few that truly understood the needs of designers at GM.

In the midst of controversy he was always the calm voice of practical reason. He was an inspiration.

Brian Sisson

January 14, 2018

The Gary that I remember was kind, friendly, smart, enjoyed his job, and cherished his family. God took him from us too soon.