Arturo Esparza



Memorial Contributions:

Metro Health Cancer Center , option “Cancer Center at Metro Health.”


Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

Arturo Esparza “Artie”, P.E., Born June 9, 1947 in Mexico City, Mexico, passed away Jan 22, 2021, peacefully, surrounded by his family in Michigan. Art is survived by his beloved wife, Mary (McElheny) of 45 years. He was the loving son of Francisco and Joaquina (nee Flores) Esparza, and through marriage, of Larry and Aileen McElheny (deceased); loving brother, George (Debra) Esparza; brother-in-law to Eugene McElheny, Lois Hawkins, John McElheny, Margery McElheny, Lauretta McElheny and Jane Conroy. Art, known as Uncle Artie, adored his many nieces and nephews, including Theresa (Shawn) Drummond, Cathy Smith, Laurie (Ed) Kuypers, Ryan (Roberta) Esparza, Kristen Hynes, Kevin Hawkins and many others; great-uncle to Allie and Claire Kuypers; Lilian, Ruby, and Cruz Esparza; and Braden and Chase Hynes. Art emigrated from Mexico to Rockford, Ill., at the age of 10 with his parents and younger brother. He earned a degree in biology from Milton College and went on to earn a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University. He met the love of his life, Mary, during their college days at Milton and began married life on April 5, 1975. Art was employed by Amway for 20 years and went on to build his own engineering business, Applied Energy Engineering. Uncle Artie loved holding and snuggling the babies in the family and spending time with them as they grew older, from holding them on his lap at the computer to playing tag and hide-and-seek. As an active member of the Lowell, Mich., business community, Art used his bilingual skills and engineering experience to assist local small business owners start up their new businesses. The family would like to give a special thanks for the care and support from staff at Metro Health Cancer Center and Metro Heath Hospital. Visitation will take place beginning at 10 AM, Friday, January 29, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 402 Amity Street Lowell, Michigan 49331; followed by Mass at 11 AM. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Memorial Contributions can be directed to: Metro Health Cancer Center: , option “Cancer Center at Metro Health.”  or Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

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