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Amy Frances Wuestewald

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Amy Frances Wuestewald entered into the world three days before Christmas Day in the year 1935. Born the youngest of three girls to Leonard and Marcella Sturgill (née Dye), young Amy grew up surrounded by the rolling hills of Pikeville, Kentucky where her father worked as a contractor in the carpentry industry and her mother as a machinist in a local factory. When Amy was only five years old, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan where he found a more prosperous job market.

Growing up in the booming city of Detroit, as more opportunities became available for young women in post-war America, Amy was right there ready to make a name for herself. After completing her education at River Rouge High School, Amy would be employed by several businesses, most notably by the Michigan Book Binding company where she worked as a book binder. Not long after, Amy would meet and marry her first husband and the two would later relocate to Madison Heights, Michigan where they welcomed their four children.

Though her marriage would not last, Amy was determined to raise her children the way she had been; to be independent, successful young people who took advantage of all life had to offer. In regards to her home life and as a mother, the saying, "you can take the girl out of the south, but you can't take the south out of the girl" could not have be truer. She brought the flavor-filled recipes from Kentucky to Michigan and was known to all as a good cook. Amy was famous for her pinto beans and cornbread that was always served with a big glass of whole milk! She was very good at knitting, crocheting and any kind of crafting. She had an amazing green thumb and could grow anything.

As her children grew, Amy decided it was time to enter back into the world of dating. It wouldn't take long for the vivacious lady to catch the eye of a kind-hearted gentleman named John Wuestewald one day in the early nineteen-seventies. John was taken with Amy's gorgeous smile and bright eyes and the conversations the two had went from being light-hearted jokes about their pasts and families to sharing their profound insight on deeper subjects and current events. After dating for some time, it didn't take long for the two to realize that they were just right for each other. Amy and John were joined in marriage in Madison Heights on November 10, 1974. Together, they would unite not only their lives, but create a large and extended blended family as well.

With John by her side, Amy enjoyed traveling to multiple locations across the globe; from Mexico to Hawaii, Niagara Falls to the Bahamas, Amy saw it all and had a marvelous time wherever she went. When she was not international sightseeing, Amy could be found at home entertaining her many friends that she had made throughout the years or cooking for her family which had grown to include thirteen grandchildren and later eight great-grandchildren. At anytime of the day or night, one of Amy's many grandchildren could be found at the house hanging out with Grandma and enjoying the many delicious delicacies that came from her kitchen. Yes, Amy's home was open to everyone and it was simply part of her charming personality to make her guests feel at ease.

At the end of a long day, Amy enjoyed watching the beautiful sunsets on Cass Lake where she and John enjoyed boating many times during their marriage. As the sunset of Amy's life drew near, it's likely that this dear southern lady never imagined that at the close of her seventy-eight years on Earth she would have accomplished so much; from becoming the wise and loving matriarch to her large and blended family, to seeing vast parts of the world in all of its beauty, Amy truly had lived a phenomenal life. As Amy made her transition on September 7, 2014, the proof of how loved she was could not have been more evident as she was surrounded by over twenty of her beloved friends and family members all of whom she could not have loved more or been more proud of. She was an incredible lady who meant the world to everyone she touched along her journey of life.

She will be greatly missed.

Amy is survived by her husband, John Wuestewald; children, Arthur ("Pete") Borden, Teresa (Michael) Zeien, Dawn (Rob) Sargent, Patricia (Vincent) Johnson, Daniel (Kim) Wuestewald, Douglas (Sheila) Wuestewald, David (Dorothy) Wuestewald, Marcella (William) Wuestewald-Reed; 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many extended loved ones and friends.

Amy was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Bernadine Solomon, Elizabeth "Betty" Quillen and brother-in-law, William Wuestewald.