Tina Kay (Wilson) Droscha Tina Kay (Wilson) Droscha went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 2, 2012 after a long and courageous struggle with recurrent breast cancer. She was born in Marion, Indiana to Howard and Robertha Wilson on July 21, 1961. The family moved to Charlotte when Tina was only a few weeks old. Tina developed a love for music at an early age. She sang in the choir at First Baptist Church in Charlotte, MI (FBC Charlotte) from the first grade, and was a part of the 'unending chain of musicians' known as the Charlotte High School Band Program. After graduating from Charlotte High in 1979, Tina attended Judson University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Vocal Music in 1982. After graduating from Judson, Tina married her hometown sweetheart, Brian Droscha. She worked for Merrill Lynch from 1983 until 1994, when she accepted a position with Board of Realty Information Systems. From 2003 to 2005 she served as assistant to the Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches of Michigan. In 2005 she accepted a position as administrative assistant for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce where she was employed until her passing. Tina was a lifelong member of FBC Charlotte. It was there that she was able to continue sharing her love and talent for music by performing solos, singing with the choir, and serving as a worship pianist. Tina was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. After a five-year remission, Tina was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2002. Tina was given a limited prognosis, but she far outlived the doctors' predictions. In an October 2011 article with the Lansing State Journal, Tina was quoted as saying, "I chose to live like I was living with cancer instead of dying from it." She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Brian, daughter Bethany (Matt) Suckrow, and sons Jacob and Adam; her mother, Robertha Wilson and sister, Beverly, both of Janesville, WI; her brother Keith (Sherry) Wilson of Mt. Sterling, KY; and sister Ruth Anne Quinn of Baker City, OR; many nieces and nephews; lifelong friend Debbie (Rohdy) Reid of Charlotte, dear friend Debra Redman of Maumee, OH, and many other special friends. Visitation will be held Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Pray Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Charlotte with Reverend Robin Crouch officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or Eaton Community Hospice in Charlotte. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.prayfuneral.com
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Published by Lansing State Journal on Jan. 4, 2012.