Mary Joan Battisfore

CHARLOTTE — Mary Joan Battisfore, 84, of Charlotte, Michigan, died peacefully on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Mary was born August 27, 1933, in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Burl Lloyd and Audrey Marie (Adams) Putnam. Mary grew up in Denison, Ohio, before attending St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hamtramck. She worked as a nurse for 26 years at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing.

She married Donald John Battisfore on February 4, 1967, at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing.

Following her retirement from nursing in 1979, Mary and Don moved to Houghton, where they owned and operated the Portage Motel. After Don’s death in 1996, Mary moved to Charlotte, in 1998. She worked 10 years for the Hayes Green Beach Hospital as a unit clerk. Throughout her life, Mary remained a dedicated and faithful Catholic, contributing to her church, St. Mary in Charlotte.

Mary is survived by her eight children, Diana (Joe) Bartolacci, Elaine (John) Doctor, Jean (Craig) Boven, Randy Battisfore, Ben Battisfore, Dona (Gary) Battisfore-Krebs, Joe (Joye) Battisfore and Roger Battisfore; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Neil (Shirley) Putnam; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald; and her siblings, James (Rita) Fry, Audrey (Philip) Alber, Margaret (Anthony) Altier, Patricia (Roy) Walker, Jean (Raymond) Kauffman, Robert (MaryAnn) Putnam, and John (June) Putnam.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte with Rev. Fr. Dwight Ezop officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte or Eaton Community Palliative Care.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Mary on her Tribute Page at

The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.