Elizabeth “Betty” D. Stimac
KALAMAZOO — Elizabeth “Betty” D. Stimac, 94, of Kalamazoo passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Medilodge of Kalamazoo.
Betty was born March 16, 1923, in Painesdale, the daughter of Vinko and Mary (Chopp) Stimac. Her father, born in Croatia, worked for the Copper Range Mining Company as a miner. Her mother, also of Croatia, was a homemaker.
Betty grew up in Painesdale, the youngest of eight children. Blessed with outgoing personality and a love of family, she enjoyed dancing to the big band music of the 40s at high school dances, watching her brother, George pitch for the high school team, going to the movies in Hancock and long walks with the family dog.
Betty graduated from Painesdale High School in 1942. After high school Betty moved to Detroit and worked in retail at several of the big department stores. Betty moved back to Painesdale and worked at Penny’s in Houghton. She then moved to Royal Oak where she retired from Vickers Corporation as a secretary.
After her retirement, Betty moved to Kalamazoo to be united once again with her sisters, Joanna and Zora. Betty and Joanna followed the Detroit Tigers faithfully and brought that “Yopper” hospitality to Kalamazoo. Betty also enjoyed reading, walking, dancing, playing cards, MORE DANCNG to big band music and family gatherings.
Betty had a special talent for wrapping gifts. While at J.L. Hudson’s she became a gift wrapper during the Christmas season, family members could always spot her perfectly wrapped gifts under the tree. Betty loved to teach her nieces how to wrap gifts with her special flair. That special flair carried over to the way she dressed, engaged people in conversation and danced.
Every family member has a story of how Betty’s positive attitude and humor made them feel good about the day and/or themselves.
Before going to Medilodge, Betty spent five years at Park Village Pines assisted living in Kalamazoo, where she continued living with “flair” under the watchful eye of the wonderful Christian staff and her prime caretaker niece, Kris Bultema of Kalamazoo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Zora (Harold) Schultz of Royal Oak and Joanna (Raymond) Hart of Kalamazoo; brothers, Joseph (Mary) Stimac of Milwaukee, William of Detroit and George (Lyda) Stimac of Houghton.
Other survivors include nieces and nephews, James (Saralee Howard) Schultz of St. Johns, Susan (Jack) Reinhold of Alexandria, Virginia, Kris (Robert) Bultema of Kalamazoo, Peg (Kamyar) Khavjian of Grosse Pointe Farms, Joe (Susan) Hart of Vermont, Pat Stimac of Houghton, Mary Jo (Tom) Liston of Silverthorne, Colorado, Noreen (Tom) Powers of Thousand Oaks, California; and other special nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to Park Village Pines of Kalamazoo, 2920 Crystal Lane, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Cremation has taken place.
Arrangements are being handled by Redmond Funeral Home of Kalamazoo.
Online condolences may be left for her at redmondfuneralhomes.net.