Bertha “Bea” Stoimenoff

Age 89, died Sunday, August 15, 2021, of complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Bea was born on February 4, 1932, in New Braunfels, Texas, to Jose and Concepcion Villarreal, the fourth of their six children. She grew up, first in Texas, then in Michigan, among a large family of siblings, cousins, and other relatives.

She was married on December 27, 1955, to her beloved husband Lawrence “Larry.” Bea enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She was very close to her sister Christina, and the sisters spent much time and many happy holidays together with their families. She adored her four grandchildren, who called her Mimi, and loved nothing more than spending time with them. She was a longtime and active member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Lansing.

She was predeceased by her devoted husband Lawrence, her brothers Don (Senida, deceased) and Eugene (Patricia) Villarreal, and her sister Alice Villarreal Green.

She is survived by her daughter Lynne and son-in-law Gil Chesbro; son Blake and daughter-in-law Michelle; granddaughters Brooke and Allison Chesbro; grandsons Drew and Trevor Stoimenoff; brothers Julian (Josefa, deceased), Cosme (Mary Helen), Joe (Mary Ann), John (Kara), Jesse (Kay), David, Richard (Lisa, deceased), and Albert Villarreal; sisters Christina (Rudy, deceased) Rodriguez, Frances (Ramiro) Cavasos, Mary Helen (Bill) Mackorrel, Gloria (Joe, deceased) Santellan, Mary Ann (Al, deceased) Gillespie, Rosie (David) Vallin, Carmen (Kevin) Thayer, and Carolyn (Dean) Karber; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.

A private funeral service will be held for the immediate family. Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery in Delta Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Claudia Cameron
August 23, 2021 at 9:03 am

Bea was an “Angel on earth” who touched so many hearts with her loving, caring and sharing ways. She was a joy to work with in the many activities she participated in at church. For many years she was “The Queen of Funeral Luncheons” being a gem of a cook along with a jewel of a friend. Bea certainly knew how to sparkle and shine for others—especially Jesus.
Precious memories will live on forever in our hearts.
In Sympathy,
Bob & Claudia Cameron

Sue & George Klingler
August 23, 2021 at 9:04 am

We always loved Bea. She was so gracious and thoughtful and loving. We thank her for the great memories from over the years. So dedicated to her church as well. Bless you Bea– RIP. Condolences to the family.

Evelyn Quiroga
August 23, 2021 at 9:04 am

Bea was such an inspiration to me. She was one of those people that inspired a sense of openness and acceptance. She had a beautiful smile and giving spirit. She was always kind to me and my family. My condolences to her family and hope that with time the sadness turns toward happy memories.

Carrie Brady
September 15, 2021 at 2:29 pm

Blake & family,
I’m deeply sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You will be in my prayers as you grieve a lovely woman.

Carrie Brady


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