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Janice V. (Nelson) Bumgardner

May 31, 1934 ~ May 3, 2018 (age 83)
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Janice V. Nelson, Bumgardner, 83, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, of Vermontville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 3, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Janice was born May 31, 1934 in Sullivan County Tennessee.  Her southern roots would forever stay with her, through her cooking, hospitality and love. She and Charles met while walking to church. The couple quickly fell in love and would later marry and spend the next 68 years truly devoted to one another.  Her marriage to Charles was the joy of her life along with her children. Their humble beginnings started in 1953, when Charles came to Michigan to find a place to bring his family to. He found that in a small home that was owned by the late Harold and Edith Benedict.

Janice loved cooking; a few of her specialties were fried apple pies and cookies. She was known for making a fresh batch of cookies and taking them to different people in the community.  

Janice also enjoyed creating beautiful quilts, made most the time from material originating from early feed mill fabric. Janice worked very hard all of her life. She was a butcher at Hanna's Meat Locker in Sunfield for 8yrs, and later worked as a manager at the Lansing Butcher Shop for 28 years.  Janice was a beautiful backup harmony singer for her daughter's band called “Cathy Ann and the Sounds of the South.” She then went on to help Cathy Ann with her ministry of Christian Counseling.

Janice loved the Lord and made it her mission in life to tell everyone she could about the way to salvation. Through the last two weeks here on earth she continued to tell everyone at Sparrow Hospital and visiting her at home what heaven looked like and her walk with the Lord. Even during her struggles she would wink and throw her thumb up and giggle.

Above all, Janice was one of the most caring and loving women you could meet.  She is survived by her loving  husband, Charles Bumgardner; children, Bob (Kathy) Bumgardner, Nancy (Larry) Trask and Ginny (David) Chase; grandchildren, Cheryl (Tim) Versalle, Denise (Ted) Kurdziel, Marc Trask, and Anne (Chad) Archer; great-grandchildren, Christopher Knoll, Cameron Trask, and Nate Lovaas(Chosen in love to be a part of the family); brothers, Floyd (Carolyn) Nelson, David Nelson, and Clay( Shirley) Nelson; and god son, Mark Truman Woodman III. She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Cathy Ann; 4 sisters and 2 brothers; and her parents.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday May 8, 2018 from 5pm -8 Sunfield United Brethren Church.  Service 11:00 am Wednesday May 9th, 11:00 am also at the Church, with Pastor Joe Benedict of Vermontville Bible Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, Janice had a passion for children to come to know the Lord, and her family asks that memorial contributions be made to either Camp Living Water: or Vermontville Bible Church directed to Youth Mission Camp. 

Please visit a special webpage made especially for Janice to light a candle in her memory or leave a condolence for the family.

The family has entrusted the arrangements to the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to:

Camp Living Waters
536 E. 6 Mile Rd., Luther MI 49656
Tel: 1-231-797-5107

Vermontville Bible Church Atten: Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya

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