Elizabeth J. DesJardins
April 6, 2016
Elizabeth Jane DesJardins (nee Lesperance), 92, of Essexville, our loving, devoted and strong-willed mother, gramma, sister, aunt, and friend was born into eternal life at her apartment with her family at her bedside on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Betty was born on April 10, 1923, in Bay City to the late Enos and Elizabeth (VanTiem) Lesperance. She was the second to the youngest and the last surviving child in a family of ten children. She married Thomas Arthur DesJardins on December 27, 1948. He predeceased her October 10, 1988. Elizabeth grew up in Essexville and remained there until moving to Vassar in 1956. Upon retirement the couple moved to Munger and enjoyed many years there. As a widow, Betty returned to her roots in Essexville where she was close to church, shopping, and bingo. Betty was a stay-at-home housewife and mother who loved to tell you she prepared lunch five days of the week for her children and husband who all came home for lunch. Immediately after lunch she would begin to prepare a home cooked meal of meat and potatoes seven days a week. She was an accomplished seamstress and knitter back in the day. She fashioned look-alike dresses for her two daughters and herself. She made intricate Barbie clothes for many Christmases and enjoyed perch fishing with her husband Tom; it was common to pack up all four children for a day of fishing on the Saginaw Bay (summer or winter) with a fish fry to follow. The family also enjoyed camping, beginning with a tent, graduating to a pick-up camper, and then a cottage on the Saginaw Bay. This love of outdoor activities continues on today with her children and grandchildren. Betty was a member of a knitting club in junior high which eventually became a bridge club. While living in Vassar, she continued to play bridge. When she returned to Essexville in 2000, she rejoined the original bridge club. She thoroughly enjoyed the competition of euchre and pedro at every family function. The absolute best travel experience in her life was the trip to California she made with her sisters, Mabel, Ursula, and Audrey to visit her nephew, Robert Dack. She had wonderful memories of this experience and talked about it the rest of her life. Betty's family was her world and she always held a special place in her heart for her granddaughter, Abbie. She truly loved her family and wanted the best for each one. Elizabeth was a frugal individual who treated each family member equally, down to the penny. Elizabeth left a legacy including four children, twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Annette (James) Stacer of Vassar, Richard (Yvonne) DesJardins of St. Joseph, Kenneth (Sandra) DesJardins of Pinconning, and Joyce (Dave) Winters of Bay City. She was the loving and supportive "Gramma D" of Nicholas DesJardins of Melvern, PA, Dustin DesJardins of Kawkawlin, Emilie (Bernie) Moreland of Grapevine, TX, Angenette (Daniel) Spalink of Madison, WI, Vincent DesJardins of St. Joseph, James Stacer of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Patrick DesJardins of Nashville, TN, Lisa (William) Stevens of Pinconning, Darcie Elizabeth DesJardins of St. Joseph, Lauren (Jeff) Bond of Bay City, Abbie Winters, and David Winters, both of Bay City. Betty is also survived by two great-granddaughters: Annabelle Moreland of Grapevine, TX, and Payton Stevens of Pinconning; one sister-in-law, Jeannie Lesperance of Bay City; her going to bingo friend, Marie VanOchten, many nieces and nephews, and her dear friends at East Bay Village Apartments. In addition to her parents, Betty was welcomed home to heaven by her nine siblings: Charles, Edward, Ernest, Glen, and Reginald Lesperance; sisters Audrey Carolan, Ursula Dack, Rose Verellen, and Mabel Schultz. She was also preceded in death by numerous brothers-in-law , sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. Betty's family will be present to receive visitors and celebrate her life on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Rosary for Betty at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Betty will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of her 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.