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Jennifer Lynn Traub, aged 56, passed away at home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice, on July 16, 2022. She was born in St. Clair, Michigan on July 10, 1966, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Gombos) Mathewson.

Jennifer was an amazing, loving woman and friend. Jen could light up a room. Those around her knew her not only as the life of the party but “she was the party!” She worked at the Village Inn and would sing along to every song that she played. She absolutely loved her music and karaoke. Jen’s faith was amazing. She loved her friends and family, and loved God; she was looking forward to seeing Joe again and to see all the beauty in Heaven, just as she took in all the beauty found on Earth. Jen made an impact on so many people’s lives, and she will be greatly missed by her family, friends and anyone that knew her.

Surviving is her son, Trenton (Alysa) Traub; four grandchildren, Brighton, Grayson, Carson and Evelyn; brothers, Joseph, Christopher and Byron Mathewson; sisters, Mary Michelsen and Cathe Benz; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Traub; her parents, Joe and Liz Mathewson; sister, Shelly Mathewson; and brother, Steve Mathewson.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006.


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  1. Charlotte Walker on July 20, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    To Byron Mathewson,
    I just want to say that I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. I didn’t know her, but I remember you well from Fourth Grade at Franklin Elementary School in Cadillac, MI. I was your teacher! You were a fine young boy and a great student. I knew you would do well in life. Take care and be blessed,
    Mrs. (Charlotte) Walker

  2. Melody Seay on July 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    She really loved people, her heart was so kind, she was very generous to many, our village tavern family is gonna miss her so much, she touched us all, we laughed with her and we cried with her, she made everyone who walked through those doors feel loved, she was the life of the party, her friendship was very dear to me, we are gonna miss her, may your family find comfort in the many prayers we are sending, MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!! LOVE, MELODY SEAY

  3. Mark and Debbie Wetherell on July 25, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I just wanted to express my sympathy to the family for their loss. I met her a couple of times and was always so funny and good humored. She will be happy to be with Joe again.

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