Barbara Ann Lewis | News, Sports, Jobs

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  Barbara Ann Lewis |  News, Sports, Jobs

She attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School in Lake Linden through the eigth grade. She graduated from Lake Linden Hubbell High School in June 1960.

She completed a secretarial program at a vocational school in Marquette, in 1972.

Barbara’s favorite pastime over the past years has been watching live sport games on TV. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She faithfully cheered for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Golden State Warriors basketball teams. She enjoyed all baseball games broadcasted on TV, always cheering for the Chicago Cubs.

She moved to Minneapolis, where she worked as a secretary for Sperry Univac in Eagan, Minnesota. and worked part-time in retail clothing stores.

Story Highlights

  • Barbara was born on March 2, 1942, in Lake Linden, to W. Allen Lewis and Bertha M (Auger) Lewis.

  • Barbara was a varsity sports cheerleader and chosen to lead the cheerleading squad as captain for two years.

Barbara especially loved to attend her great granddaughter’s Monroe and Madyn’s dance recitals and during the summer months, cheering for great grandson, Major’s baseball games.

She was a devout Catholic and faithfully prayed the rosary most evenings with a program broadcasted on EWTN.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, W. Allen and Bertha (Auger) Lewis; two brothers, Allen James Lewis and Raymond C. Lewis; and her grandson, Johnny Makela. She is survived by her daughter, Sherri Hayes of Minneapolis, and her son, John J. Makela of Mesa, Arizona; four grandchildren, Courtney Christian of Minneapolis, Taylor (Patrick) Watts of Bloomington, Minnesota, Tenley and Aune Makela of Mesa; four great-grandchildren, Monroe, Major, Madyn and Malone Watts of Bloomington. Barbara is also survived by five brothers, Robert E. Lewis, Hancock, Donald J. Lewis, Columbus, Ohio, Jerre (Victoria) Lewis of Interlochen, William H. Lewis, Hancock, Gregory (Kathy) Lewis, Crystal Lake, Illinois; two sisters, Rosella (Art) Abramson, Erie, Colorado, Shirley (Terry) Baril, Hancock also, many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial to be planned in May of 2022. Burial will take place in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden in May of 2022.

The Pearce Funeral Home in Lake Linden is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at pearcefuneralhome.com. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara Ann’s memory to:

St Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, 204 Quincy St., Hancock, MI 49930. Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, 527 Hancock St., Hancock, MI 49930.