Cristy Violet Zupin Grace
Cristy Violet Zupin Grace died on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Hospital of Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut, following a lengthy illness.
Wife of Stephen M. Grace of New Britain for more than 27 years, Cristy was the daughter of Wallace Dayton Zupin and Wilma June (Hoopfer) Zupin of Elk Rapids, Michigan, where she was born, October 10, 1949.
Besides Stephen, Cristy is survived by a brother, Wallace Dirk Zupin, of New Jersey and a nephew, Wallace Daniel Zupin of Simsbury, Connecticut. She was predeceased by a sister, Cynthia Zupin.
Cristy also leaves members of her second family, the Graces of New Britain, including Stephen’s two brothers and their wives, Jim and Roberta (Klett) of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and Tim and Joan (Sarrantonio) of New Britain.
Born and raised in Elk Rapids, Michigan, Cristy graduated from Elk Rapids High School in the Class of 1968. She also attended Central Michigan University.
After high school and college, Cristy spent time in Florida before coming to Connecticut in the 80’s where she established a career as a house painter, working in a partnership with Bruce Wilson and his dad, Bob Wilson.
Cristy met Stephen when they both worked at the Gelston House in the mid 80’s. They were married in 1992 at the Hotel Northampton in Northampton, Massachusetts, before moving to New Britain, where they have resided ever since.
Cristy will be remembered by friends and family for so many things, including the silly messages on her home answering machine, the delicious bread she baked, the thousands of photographs she took and shared, her trips to Europe (especially to see Jack Karle and Peter Kelsy in France) and to the hometown she loved (Elk Rapids), and finally for the pets she loved (Percy Q., Miss Barkley, Ernie and Dexter and Sydney).
Cristy’s closest friends were loyal to the end, particularly Candace Western of Pueblo, Colorado, Leslie Newman of Glastonbury, Connecticut, and Bruce and Irene Wilson of Middletown. Peter and Joan Lemnotis of Plainville, Stephen and Cristy’s closest friends and travel companions, were a constant source of support.
Stephen expresses appreciation for the tremendous care Cristy received at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, especially the help they received from Dr. Nathan Nartey. In lieu of flowers, Stephen asks friends to make a contribution in Cristy’s memory to The Hospital for Special Care or to the ASPCA.
Friends are invited to attend a “Celebration of Cristy’s Life” on Sunday afternoon, October 13 at JV’s Taproom in Plainville, Connecticut, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dorothy F. Guidarini
To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven
Dorothy F. Guidarini arrived into heaven on September 9, 2019. She was a loving and right woman that left an everlasting good vibes feel. She was so much more than what met the eye. Her care for everyone that walked into her life radiated from her smile.
Dorothy was born February 15, 1930 to the parents of Frank and Katherine Turchi, both of Fanano, Modena Italy. Dorothy was the first Italian American born in East Detroit, Michigan.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Debi Turchi (Jake Anderson), (Carl Dechow); her stepdaughter, Lydia (Keith) Sparks and stepson, Frank Guidarini; her grandsons, Kyle Anderson, Kenneth Turchi, Tod (Alicia) Anderson; granddaughter, Kristinia Turchi; great grandsons, Kenny Turchi and Corbin Anderson; great granddaughter, Makayla Turchi and daughter-in-law, Karen Turchi.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her father, Frank Turchi; mother, Katherine Turchi; husband, Almo Turchi; husband, James Guidarini; and son, Kenneth Turchi.
Dorothy was a graduate of Cass Tech/Business School in Detroit where she studied accounting. She worked at Harvey Accounting in the Detroit area. She met and married her husband, Almo Turchi, in Fanano, Modena, Italy and returned to America, where Dorothy and Almo started Turchi Cut Stone Company in Fraser, Michigan.
Dorothy married James Guidarini in 1976. Dorothy and Jim moved to northern Michigan in 1977 residing in the Elk Rapids/Traverse City area for the last 42 years. She worked as the office manager/accountant for CSC manufacturing until the company closed, which is when Dorothy retired.
You are invited to Dorothy’s Celebration of Life at the Botanic Gardens at the Historic Barns Park, 1490 Red Drive, Traverse City (Off Silver Lake Rd). Take drive to right of buildings and enter in back. Celebration will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Prayer at 2 p.m. and time for anyone who wishes to share any happy memories following the Prayer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 4020 Copper Vw, Unit 113, Traverse City, MI. 49684.
Myron “Jack” John Mayer
Myron “Jack” John Mayer passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home on his beloved Torch Lake on October 6, 2019. Jack was born in Merrill, Michigan on March 29, 1927 to the late Myron Parm and Lucile Marrie (Crawford) Mayer.
Jack graduated from Merrill High School and became a home contractor building homes for over 30 years in the Saginaw Valley.
Jack’s hobbies were hunting, fishing, woodworking, golfing, bowling and was always enjoying the beauty of Torch Lake. He was an avid swimmer, boater and Hobbie Cat skipper. He waterskied until he was 85 years old and enjoyed his WaveRunner up until three weeks ago.
Jack was predeceased by his sister Joyce (Mayer) Warner. He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Joann Rose (Gagne) Mayer; children Gregory John, Michelle Ann, Grant David and Carrie Marrie; grandchildren Michael, Ryan, Renee, Morgan, Wesley, Allyson (deceased), Austin, Connor; great grandchildren Paisley, Jackson, Jacob and Senri.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 404 Spruce St, Elk Rapids, MI 49629 231-264-8167. Sandwiches and coffee to follow in the fellowship hall.
Arrangements entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids.
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