Florence Marie Willey

ZEELAND, MI – Florence Marie Willey, age 86, entered into eternal life on the morning of February 28th, 2014 in Zeeland, MI. She was born to Frank and Exilda (Pecha) Pleau on June 17, 1927 in the small town of Negaunee, Michigan.

After graduating from St. Paul’s High School in Negaunee she went on to work at the H.W. Gossard Company before marrying James M. Willey. They owned and operated Willey’s Tire Shop in Ishpeming for many years. They had many happy years’ together and were blessed with four children: Joseph Willey of Ishpeming, MI, Patricia (Willey) & George Biermaker of Hart, MI, Thomas and Charlene Willey of Ishpeming, MI and William James and Cathy Willey of Wyoming, MI. Florence is also survived by 9 grandchildren Mark and Kevin Anderson, Connie, Heather, William Jr., Stephanie, Anthony, Bailey & Tyler Willey, and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Eskew of Grandville, MI.

She loved spending time with her cats, crafts, loved camping and enjoyed planting flowers in her younger years as well as spending time with her grandchildren. Even at age 70, she was always one to keep them occupied with games of baseball and basketball.

A few years after the death of her husband she moved to Lower Michigan to be closer to her sister, Dorothy in Grandville, MI where she lived until 1995. At that time she became a patient at the Christian Nursing Center called Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Zeeland, MI and lived there until her death. While there she received the most loving, and excellent care she could have received. We owe the staff there our thanks and appreciation for taking such loving care of her during her lengthy stay.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Willey and her infant son, Robert James Willey. Her parents, Frank and Exilda Pleau and various other family members, she will be deeply missed by those she left behind but we know she is finally at peace.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 11:00am 1:00pm on Tuesday March 4, 2014 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. Dan Moll of St. Joseph Catholic Church to officiate and the Rev. Scott Lindenberg in attendance. Interment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dan, Marcus, Louis, Clarence Jr., Steven & Scott Willey. A luncheon will follow the services in the church hall at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Florence’s obituary may also be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.