Elaine E. Nichols-Cuty

Died May 11, 2018


There are people with big hearts, and then there are people whose hearts are bigger than they are. Elaine Elizabeth Nichols-Cuty was the embodiment of that phrase. During the early morning hours of May 11, 2018, Elaine, or Lainie as she was better known, 60, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Twining. Her heart finally tired after a lifetime of putting others ahead of herself.

Born Sept. 1, 1957, in Marlette, to Glen George and Dorothy Pauline (Luhouske) Traubenkraut, hers was a birth announcement for the ages! Penned by her momma, it utilized classic car lingo and guaranteed the general public that she would be the only model produced that year — it was clearly indicative of the personality that was to come! Lainie twirled fire batons for the Vassar Vulcans and North Branch Broncos until she left school in 1974; she could roller skate in circles, backward and forward, but admittedly said “Grace” wasn’t her middle name if it involved walking over a hair. Traversing stairs may or may not have been an issue, and maybe the occasional potato wedge required an ER visit. Either way, she joked about it. Like her mother before her, she worked in the medical field, and whether it was her skill, or just an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, she saved many a life. Lainie could Heimlich with the best of ’em, eradicating everything from pennies, to ice cubes, to cheese sticks. And she could cut hair better than the best stylists, never thinking of charging a cent. A clean cut and shave made more than just one of her residents’ days. She had the most fantastic sense of humor; making jokes and oozing charisma, just like how she referred to her coffee as an “event,” so was she. She lit up every room she entered.

The vacuum of her presence is felt by her loving husband, Wilford C. Cuty, Sr., whom Lainie married July 23, 1994, in Whittemore. Sharing in that loss are her children, “Naturals” Natalie and Victor Nichols, both of Twining; “Store-boughts” Naida “Marie” (Roger) Becker of Coral, Wilford Cuty II (Rhonda Barreto) and Andrew Cuty, all of Gould City, and Jessica (David) Castillo of Deckerville; and “Imports” Antoine Ollevier (Christelle) of Brussels, Belgium, Nicolas (Dani) Izquierdo of Quito, Ecuador, and Alexander Parfyonov of Moscow, Russia. She is also survived by brother, Glen “David” (Susan) Traubenkraut of Frankenmuth; sister, Loraine Cooper (Floyd) of Prescott; her longest childhood friend, Bonnie (Kurt) Flonta of Fraser; six godchildren; eight grandchildren; and too many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and children of friends to name at length. Like Lainie always said, “Steps are things we make ourselves.”

Lainie was preceded in passing by her grandparents; parents, Glen and Dorothy; stepfather, Clyde Cooper; stepmother, Theo Traubenkraut; “store-bought” son, Jonathan Nichols; and sister, Nondah Cooper.

Family, friends and anyone else whose life she touched are invited to join together in celebration of Lainie’s life and immense heart Tuesday, May 15, with visitation for friends and family from 3-8 p.m. at the Buresh Funeral Home, 15 W. Maple Ridge Rd., Twining, MI 48766. Funeral services will take place, officiated by Pastor David Kurtz, Wednesday, May 16, at 11 a.m. Interment will immediately follow at the Cedar Valley Cemetery, Maple Ridge Road, Twining, with a luncheon to follow at 2 p.m. hosted by the Hale Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 5971 M-65, Hale, MI 48739. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


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