26, 1943 - May 20, 2018
for Carolyn Sue Masnari
74. of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Melvin, passed
away Sunday, May 20, 2018, at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
She was born in Yale, June 26,1943, the daughter of the late Ray and
Ula (Steinhoff) Elston. Carolyn grew up in a wonderful supportive
community on her family farm surrounded by a loving extended family.
She was a Yale High School drum majorette and graduate. Her love for
horses began with many 4-H competitions then continued throughout her
marriage to her former husband, Raymond Masnari, was January 8, 1966,
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Brown City. She was an avid reader
and had worked at the Three Rivers Carnegie Library for several
years. Carolyn continued her education at Western Michigan University
where she earned her associates degree and later, in 1988, her
Bachelor's Degree of Science in art, with a concentration on
was a lifetime passion of Carolyn. She had won many art prizes for
her talents, had taught art classes at Carnegie Center in Three
Rivers, The Flint Institute of Art, and the Art Experience in Pontiac
and was director of International Fine Arts and South Street Gallery,
Kalamazoo. Carolyn had painted a variety of subjects and enjoyed
exploring different mediums.
enjoyed traveling including her trips to Florida and world-wide
locations. She viewed the family cottage, in Lexington Heights, as a
second home and spent many joyous times on Lake Huron. Having grown
up in a faith filled family, her spiritual life began at the Melvin
Methodist Church. She continued her journey by attending Unity Church
of Pontiac and Unity Church of Lake Orion where she was an active
member and delivered messages to the congregation through the years.
Carolyn loved spending time with her family and friends, whom she
cared about deeply.
are two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanna and Russ Cannon of Oxford
and Jill and Michael Martin of North Carolina; three grandchildren,
Gloria, Joshua and Ryan; a brother, David (Millie) Elston of West
Bloomfield; sister-in-law, Judy Masnari of North Carolina; nieces and
nephews, Elizabeth, Christopher, John, Steve, Dave, Mike, Jeff, and
Maria, as well as many friends.
family honors the memory of Carolyn and invite you to visit and share
memories Friday, May 25, 2018, 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral
Directors, Yale. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday with
10:00 a.m. visiting. Rev. Lisa Clark, pastor of Capac United
Methodist Church, will officiate. Inurnment will be in Elmwood
are suggested to the Unity Church of Pontiac, the Melvin United
Methodist Church, or the America Cancer Society.