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PORT ORANGE - Elisa McGuire, age 88, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Port Orange Nursing & Rehab in Florida, due to natural causes.
Mrs. McGuire was a homemaker and worked for the Michigan State Police, as a bookkeeper for Michigan Retailers Assn, and the YWCA in Lansing, Michigan, from which she retired in 1987.
She was born in Owosso, Michigan, August 7, 1925, the daughter of Louis and Bertha (Schmiege) Bandkau.
A graduate of Owosso High School, she earned an Associate's Degree in Business from Ferris State University and also attended Michigan State University.
She and Wayne E. McGuire "Mick" were married on October 30, 1949 at Salem Lutheran Church in Owosso, Michigan.
A resident of Lansing most of her life, she later moved to Lakeland, Florida in 1990 before moving to Port Orange in 2002.
Mrs. McGuire was a member of the American Business Women's Association and was a long-time member of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansing, serving as President of the Women's Missionary Society for two terms. She later served as a member of the Guild at Our Savior's Lutheran in Lakeland and was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran in Port Orange.
She loved spending time with her family and friends and demonstrated loving care to all. She was a talented seamstress and was known for the beautiful sweaters, afghans, quilts and craft items she created.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Lenora Newton (Bandkau) and her son-in-law, Joseph Gambardella.
Survivors include her daughter, Beth Ann Gambardella (McGuire) of Redwood City, California; her son and daughter-in-law, Scott A. and Colette B. McGuire of Port Orange; six grandchildren, Shannon Fischer of San Francisco, California, Kelly Bernal (Fischer) of San Carlos, California, Megan McGuire of Orlando, Florida, Caitlin McGuire of Port Orange, Cameron McGuire of Port Orange, and Ian McGuire of Port Orange; and one great grandson, Caden Bernal; also two nieces, Gretchen Taute (Irwin) of New Mexico and Louann Pelton (Irwin) of Michigan and one nephew, Glenn Irwin of Florida.
Memorials are suggested to the IFOPA, P.O. Box 196217, Winter Springs, Florida 32719-6217 ( www.IFOPA.org ).
Published in Ledger from June 3 to June 4, 2014