Violet Romaine Rea, 84, and longtime Midland resident, died Tuesday evening, July 24, 2012, at Heritage Hill assisted living in Caro. She was born on March 3, 1928, in Gladwin, daughter of the late Anthony and Esther (Waeiss) Seipke.
Violet graduated from Gladwin High School in 1945. She attended Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing receiving her RN degree. Violet received her BS degree, MA, and her Specialist of Education from CMU. Violet worked as a Nurse in Gladwin for 12 years and was the Director of Practical Nursing at Midland Hospital for 8 years. She served as Associate Professor at Great Lakes Junior College for 14 years and was honored for her dedication and commitment in May of 1994. She was also Dean of Allied Health at Mid-Michigan College for 10 years.
The former Violet Seipke married John Wesley Rea on August 6, 1949, in Angola, IN. He preceded her in death on May 6, 2009. Violet and her husband John were avid sports fans and missed very few games where their son Mike coached in Kingston. She loved Midland Calvary Baptist Church where she was a longtime member and had played organ at the church for 45 years. Violet received many Beautification awards from the City of Midland for her perennial flowers at her homes on Georgetown and Meadow Lane.
Violet is survived by one son, Michael (Shelda) Rea of Cass City; two grandchildren; John (Rachel) Rea of Woodbridge, VA and Andrea (Ken) Goward of Lapeer; and four great-grandchildren, Aubrey Laine, Lincoln Wesley Goward, Elizabeth Grace and Hannah Jane Rea. Violet is also survived by one sister, Irene Weaver of Clarkston; one niece, Renee' Weaver Wright; and three nephews, Scott Weaver, Larry Rea and David Rea. In addition to her parents and husband, Violet was preceded in death by one brother, Emil Seipke.
Funeral Services will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday July 28, 2012, from Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Dan Dickerson will officiate with a 2:00 P.M. committal service at Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Violet's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Midland Calvary Baptist Church.