Arturo Esparza
1947 - 2021
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Esparza, Arturo Arturo Esparza "Artie", P.E., Born June 9, 1947 in Mexico City, Mexico, passed away Jan 22, 2021, peacefully, surrounded by his family in Michigan. Art is survived by his beloved wife, Mary (McElheny) of 45 years. He was the loving son of Francisco and Joaquina (nee Flores) Esparza, and through marriage, of Larry and Aileen McElheny (deceased); loving brother, George (Debra) Esparza; brother-in-law to Eugene McElheny, Lois Hawkins, John McElheny, Margery McElheny, Lauretta McElheny and Jane Conroy. Art, known as Uncle Artie, adored his many nieces and nephews, including Theresa (Shawn) Drummond, Cathy Smith, Laurie (Ed) Kuypers, Ryan (Roberta) Esparza, Kristen Hynes, Kevin Hawkins and many others; great-uncle to Allie and Claire Kuypers; Lilian, Ruby, and Cruz Esparza; and Braden and Chase Hynes. Art emigrated from Mexico to Rockford, Ill., at the age of 10 with his parents and younger brother. He earned a degree in biology from Milton College and went on to earn a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University. He met the love of his life, Mary, during their college days at Milton and began married life on April 5, 1975. Art was employed by Amway for 20 years and went on to build his own engineering business, Applied Energy Engineering. Uncle Artie loved holding and snuggling the babies in the family and spending time with them as they grew older, from holding them on his lap at the computer to playing tag and hide-and-seek. As an active member of the Lowell, Mich., business community, Art used his bilingual skills and engineering experience to assist local small business owners start up their new businesses. The family would like to give a special thanks for the care and support from staff at Metro Health Cancer Center and Metro Heath Hospital. Visitation will take place beginning at 10 AM, Friday, January 29, 2021, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in 402 Amity Street Lowell, Michigan 49331; followed by Mass at 11 AM. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Memorial Contributions can be directed to: Metro Health Cancer Center: https://metrohealth.net/about/metro-health-hospital-foundation/ , option "Cancer Center at Metro Health." or Gilda's Club Grand Rapids https://gildasclubgr.org/ways-to-give/


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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2021.
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February 17, 2021
Condolences to Art's family from the City of Grand Rapids Development Center. Many of us in the Planning and Building Departments worked with Art over the years. His skills were especially helpful to those in the Spanish-speaking community and we know he will be missed.
Elizabeth Zeller
Coworker
January 29, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Art was a friend and coworker. He was always generous with his engineering abilities and advice.
Alan and Diane McCarty
Friend
January 29, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Art will always be remembered as one of the good guys. He was a friend who helped me with many projects at the Amway plant. I enjoyed discussing politics with Art and solving some of life's problems along the way.
Al and Diane McCarty
Alan McCarty
Friend
January 28, 2021
Art was a co-worker at Amway and a great friend. We had many thoughtful conversations. I admired his compassion for people, and his love for his family. Even though we had differing opinions of the movie “Groundhog Day”, his disdain for the movie inspired many years of Groundhog Day Parties which were enjoyed by many engineering pals from Amway. We will raise a toast to Art on Groundhogs Day, and will remember him always! Our deepest condolences and love to Mary and all who loved him. Jim & Shawn Rathbun (aka Phil & Rita)
James Rathbun
January 28, 2021
I worked with Art for several years in the mid-1990’s in the Facilities Engineering Department at Amway. With his sense of humor he was one of the people in a great group who made it fun to go to work. In those days I remember we would go to lunch somewhere outside the Amway facility almost every day. When I would suggest we go to the Taco Boy restaurant on Plainfield Avenue, Art would always respond jokingly “you calling me Taco Boy?.” Unfortunately, I didn’t see Art as much after leaving Amway, but I knew him as friend since the first day I met him.
Duane Dunlap
Coworker
January 28, 2021
It was a privilege to have know Art as a co-worker at Amway and for years after as a friend.
Mark Anderson
Coworker
January 26, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Elsa and Elia Pimentel
Family
January 26, 2021
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January 26, 2021
Uncle Art made friends where ever he went. He had that special way of getting people to talk and sat there with his arms crossed over his chest and intently listened. He also loved his family and friends without reservation. He was married to my mom's younger sister, Mary, for 45 years - They had a love together that was palpable and inspirational. Art has been a part of my life for my entire life. He called my Booey- my nickname was Boo. We went to college together for one year at WMU in 1985. He was getting a second degree in engineering and I was a freshman. He picked me up many Fridays to take me to Grand Junction for a weekend with Mary, him and my gram. When my mom passed, he and Mary stepped up to be there for us. Art loved babies, especially my girls and very proudly watched them become adults. He was my daughter Aileen's godfather. Of course, Mary was her godmother, because where Artie went, so did Mary. They were an awesome team in life and love. I will miss him beyond describing, but will always carry him in my heart and memories. Love you so much, Art.
Laurie Kuypers
January 26, 2021
Artie was the best uncle- loving, gentle, funny and "there for me." He and Mary - my mom's younger sister were married for 45 years, so he has always been a special part of my life. He and I went to WMU together for one year in 1985; I was a freshman and he was pursuing a second degree in mechanical engineering. There were many weekends that year when he would pick me up on Friday to spend the weekend in Grand Junction with Mary, Art and Grandma Aileen. He was always interested in what you were doing, your achievements and even your troubles. He always made people feel welcome and included no matter what. He adored our girls, Allie and Claire - Allie is his goddaughter. Of course... so is Mary. Because where there was Art, there was always Mary. Their love for each other was palpable and inspirational. He was a very special and well loved man, who will stay alive in my heart and memories
Laurie Kuypers
Family
January 26, 2021
Mary and family, our deepest condolences. So sorry to hear this.
Glen and Pat Huggens
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January 26, 2021
Dear Mary I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed so much getting to know Art and you. You have a guardian angel in heaven to watch over you now. Art will always be near. When you are feeling alone you will see a cardinal and they say that is your loved one watching over you. Know you are in my prayers. I will be by you Friday in thought. Love you Mary.
Love Pat Stroup
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