LOUISE A. SAYERS

LOUISE A. SAYERS

CARO

Louise A. Sayers of Caro, age 99, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Satchell’s Christian Retirement Home in Caro. Louise was born July 9, 1921, in Flint, the daughter of the late James and Zoe (Reed) Bundesen and was a graduate of Goodrich High School, class of 1939. She then went to work during and after World War II at the Chevrolet factory in Flint, starting out on the production line and ending as a welder. Louise shared that having grown up on a farm was very useful, having learned from her father who welded and could fix almost anything. Her father was a gunsmith and Louise joined her family and neighbors as an avid hunter, even training a very successful hunting dog. Louise loved fishing and would help untangle fishing lines as she taught her children how to fish, who admittedly were not good students. After factory work, she went to cosmetology school and became a cosmetologist. In 1947, Louise married Howard Sayers and moved to Caro, where she spent over 33 years on their family farm. She helped with harvests, fed the work crews, and did numerous other farm tasks while raising children and welcoming their friends. Louise had beautiful flower gardens and house plants, raised chickens, sold eggs, and had a large vegetable garden every year. She grew a beautiful and delicious orchard from which she canned and froze, and sold produce each year in a front yard stand and at farmer’s markets in Saginaw and Bay City. She also drove school bus for Caro Community Schools, and in her senior years, worked on the Green Thumb Program at the Caro Area District Library. Louise was a very talented artist, specializing in animals. She leaves behind a collection of sketches and paintings that will be displayed on what would have been her 100th birthday in July. Louise had a deep faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior. When her Bible was too heavy to hold, she continued to study it on a reading stand over her recliner until that didn’t work any longer. She kept Saturdays as her day of worship and rest. She loved family gatherings and especially loved children. When her children were growing up, they remember that on snow days off from school, many of the neighborhood and relative’s kids were always at her house, snowmobiling, sledding, playing games, enjoying hot chocolate and other goodies she provided.   

Left to cherish her memory are three children: Lewis Sayers, Karen Sayers, Kent (Ethel) Sayers; stepson, Richard “Dick” Sayers; eight grandchildren: John (Melanie) Sayers, Amanda (Nate) Jickling, Christine Sayers, Laurie (Andrew) Isenberg, Scott Goodro, Jennifer Sayers, Kimberly Sayers, Christopher Sayers; two step-grandchildren: Gary Norris, Cari (Kurt) Puterbaugh; two that she claimed as grandchildren: Christina and Helen Kubiak; 15 great-grandchildren: Emberli, Jacqueline and Mckenna Sayers, Kaiden Isenberg, Kurik, Sofia, and Kaylan Goodro, Gwenith, Garret, Elyse and Ava Jickling, Caleb and Aiden McGovern, Shyla and Alyenna Sayers; six step-great-grandchildren: Ryan and Derek Norris, Nylah and Taliah, Tant, Cole and Seth Puterbaugh, and foster great-grandchild, Fernando. In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by two siblings, Milford Bundesen and Mary Britting, and one daughter-in-law, Joan (Vermilya) Sayers.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the Indianfields Township Cemetery in Caro. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a contribution to the donor’s favorite charity in Louise’s memory. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts, and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.