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Sheila M. Putnam

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Sheila Marie (Miller) Putnam of Johannesburg, Michigan, formerly Clinton Township, Michigan passed away at the age of 65, on Sunday, September 27, 2020, from a very short battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Sheila was born in Detroit, Michigan, on August 8, 1955, to William and Barbara (Coman) Miller. She graduated from St. Clemens Catholic School in 1973.  Sheila married the love of her life, Randy Putnam at the age of 19, on April 18, 1975.

Sheila was a homemaker and selfless caregiver who raised their three children with God and unconditional love. She instinctively became Co-Den Mom to Cub Scout Pack 248 and Committee Chair to Troop 248 where her mastery of planning, coordination, and creativity shined through and ultimately lead to many Eagle Scouts. Beyond Scouting years, many of these families became her Euchre night, adventure-seeking, traveling companions who were her life-long best friends. Sheila had a bright smile and a twinkle in her eye that was so inviting and comforting to so many. She loved to travel, golf, play games, craft and spend time with her friends up north and down in Florida.

“Nana” was a title that brought complete joy to her life.  She was always sitting on the floor making puzzles or teaching the kids how to use their imagination while playing with “Little People”. Her grandchildren loved to follow their Nana around with instruments to make a marching band.  She was their biggest fan in all their extracurricular activities and she celebrated all their accomplishments big and small.  She will always hold a special place in their heart with the memories she built with them.

Sheila was survived by husband Randall, Mother-in-law Alice Zendt, her children Teresa (Brandon) Wiley, William (Julia) Putnam, Janine (Justin) Varnes, her grandchildren Autumn, Emmie, Josie, Adilynn, Henry, Forrest, Harrison, and baby Putnam on the way. Also, her sisters Pamela Kondziolka, Sara Mall, Julia (Ron) Kieler, sisters-in-law Sharee Putnam and Joy Putnam, brother-in-law Jerry Byrd and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents William and Barbara Miller, Father-in-law David Putnam, sister Linda Byrd, and brothers-in-law David Kondziolka, Steven Mall, and Jeffrey Putnam.

Due to COVID-19, the family will be hosting an open house celebration of life at Sheila’s daughters’ home in Macomb, MI, on Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 1-5 pm. If you need the address, please contact the family. This will be held outside, so dress for the weather.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, you may send a contribution in Sheila’s name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at PO Box 414238 Boston, MA 02241-4238. www.themmrf.org

Arrangements entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, Inc. P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

8 comments on “Sheila M. Putnam”

  1. God bless Sheila. May she Rest In Peace. I will miss her smile and laugh. Sweetest lady I’ve known. May God wrap his arms around the family so they may find peace and healing in this most difficult time. Love and hugs.
    Mike & Beth Miller

    • A wonderful lady with a great smile. Paul and I are so glad to have known her. Randy take it one step at a time. She is home with God and has to be smiling down on you all( her love ones). We will be there Saturday in heart.

      • Randy – Bob and I are so very sorry for your loss. Sheila was an amazing woman. We feel so fortunate that we were able to share in a portion of her life. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. May Sheila Rest in Peace.

        • Ted & Carol Lomberk

          We are truly sorry to hear about your loss. Sheila was a wonderful person. She will be truly missed and will always be remembered.
          Carol and Ted Lomberk

          • Terri McKay-Turrell

            I will miss my dear, sweet wonderful friend. She was kind and loving to all. She adored her children and especially all those grandchildren. She was proud of all her ‘scout’ sons which brought us all together. I will miss you beyond words. May you rest in peace, girlfriend!

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          • Tom and I were blessed to meet Sheila and Randy in Florida, and then learn that they were also from Michigan. Sheila was always all smiles, with her inviting personality. She made the afternoon social hour so pleasant. We are so glad we were able to visit this summer and have dinner with you.
            Randy and family, we will continue to keep you in our prayers for comfort and peace.
            Much love to all, Tom and Cheryl Wille

            • Such a horrible shock to hear of dear Sheila`s passing. I am so sorry. Shelia was a wonderful friend. I have so many pleasant memories of her as we grew up, on Superior, in Center Line. Shelia enriched my life and so did her entire family! I will miss her. Much love to you, Randy and family, Pam, Sally and Julia too! Hugs always, Kathy (Rolfe) Winkler

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            • Randy and Family. Sending you our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Sheila. A wonderful lady, whose company we enjoyed on the Bocce Courts in Buttonwood Bay. I will miss our recipe exchanges for the Instant Pot, as well as our talks about grandchildren and cruises. We hope over time your memories of times past will soften your sadness and bring you peace. Doug and Kathy

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