Arva Lou Stauffer



Arva Lou Stauffer, age 75 of Lowell, passed away Friday, May 3, 2024. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester, and Jesusita Stauffer; sisters, Ardist Merritt and Janice Bosanic; brothers, Lee, and Bob Stauffer. Arva is survived by her brother, Roger Stauffer; sisters, Ardelle Klein, Shirley Stauffer, Karen (David) Torres; brother-in-law, Mike Merritt; and several nieces and nephews. Arva graduated from Lowell High School in the class of 1967. She enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, and was an avid fan of holiday movies. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11am on Friday, May 10, 2024, at St Mary Catholic Church, 402 Amity St SE, Lowell, MI 49331, with visitation one hour prior. Fr. Michael Goodwin presiding. Interment Oakwood cemetery.

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  1. Sending heartfelt condolences to the Stauffer family with the passing of Arva. I have many cherished memories with the Stauffer family. ❤️

  2. Eulogy May 10, 2024
    Good Morning,
    I am Arva’s youngest sister, Karen Stauffer Torres.

    May 3, 2024,
    Arva Lou Stauffer took her last breath at 7:45pm at Metro Hospital.
    I would like to take a moment to tell you about Arva and some of the things she loved to do.
    When Arva was young, she raised an Alpine Goat in 4H named Nanny.
    She loved the color purple.
    She graduated in 1967 from
    Lowell High School.
    She went to work right after High School at Newell Manufacturing as a press operator and then a spot welder. She did this job for 32 years.
    All those years standing on a cement floor.
    For 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week.
    She rarely missed a day.
    Arva liked Tupperware parties and she loved to go to the movies at the Lowell Strand theater.
    She loved the Reformatory Picnic every summer.
    She Loved the Family Reunions each August.
    Arva was a quiet person and stayed to herself a lot of the time
    but Arva had one great ability.
    She had a phenomenal memory.
    She could tell you all the people at the last family reunion and what Aunt Ernie made for the dinner.
    She even knew all the family relatives including 2nd cousins.
    Arva read the newspaper from front to back every single night.
    She could tell you who died and where someone lived.
    Not many know this little tidbit, Arva named me “Karen” so my Dad wouldn’t name me, “Ada”. The curse of the “A” names.
    Thank you Arva!
    Arva would buy Roger and I school clothes every year.
    She would treat Roger and I to the Ionia Free Fair every year.
    She was so good to us.
    And she was a good Catholic
    She didn’t miss Mass and always went to confession.
    She always, always every year, would watch the “Ten Commandments” on TV and the “Wizard of Oz”.
    She also loved “I Love Lucy”
    and the “Nightly News”.
    Babies, Cats and Candy, she loved all three.
    Arva was a gentle and caring person.
    She was a great person if you took the time to get to know her.

    Ephesians 4:31-32: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

    Tomorrow, May 11th, Arva would have been 76 years old.
    Happy Heavenly Birthday Arva. Say Hello and I love you, to Mom and Dad.

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