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Vila Maria Reusser

January 15, 1955 - January 11, 2021
Lawton, MI



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In loving memory of Vila Maria Reusser, who died of cancer on January 11th peacefully at home. She was the daughter of Peggye Jo and Michael Velasquez, born in Battle Creek, Michigan, January 15, 1955.

She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Uli Reusser, her brothers Michael and Adrian Velasquez, and four sisters-in-law and many cousins in California, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, and New Zealand.

She graduated from Harper Creek High School in 1972 and was a Drum Majorette. She later graduated from Southern University, in Tennessee. She was a very kind and loving soul with great fondness of the birds and animals at her home in Paw Paw, Michigan. If the bird feeders were empty the birds would fly to the window and tap on it with their beaks asking Maria to come out and feed them. She was an accomplished horsewoman and very successful at barrel racing. She loved line dancing and ballroom dancing

Her kindness, friendship and laughter will be missed.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorial donations may be directed to Hospice Care of SW Michigan.

Betzler & Thompson Life Story Funeral Home, 60900 M-40 Hwy; Paw Paw (269) 657-3870