Carol Rose Bugay

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died September 2, 2018

Carol Rose Bugay, 74, passed away suddenly on September 2, 2018, at St Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

Carol was born March 13, 1944 to Elmer and Evelyn (King) VanDrese. She was raised in Flat Rock with her four siblings and graduated from Gladstone in 1962. Despite being shy in school, her independent spirit brought her to Milwaukee for a time to pursue work after graduation.

Upon returning to Flat Rock, she was set up on a blind date with Don Bugay. Don & Carol were united in marriage on October 29, 1966 and made their home in Gladstone where they raised three wonderful daughters. Carol was many things: loyal wife, devoted mother who helped with all of her kids’ activities & interests, trustworthy friend, proud “Nana”, excellent cook who was famous for her homemade pickles & potato salad and won a contest with her clam chowder, lover of cats and hater of snakes. She loved gardening, canning, tending to her many plants & flowers, and spending time with family and many beloved friends at the family cottage on Big Murphy Lake. In her younger years, Carol loved to snowmobile, play many hands of cards, and enjoyed partying around a bonfire with friends.

Carol had a few different employers throughout the early years but her favorite “job” was being able to be a stay at home mom to raise her girls. She returned to the workforce once her kids were grown and eventually retired from Elmer’s County Market Deli. Her proudest accomplishment was her family, who miss her dearly already. Carol will live on through the smiles in her kids’ and grandkids’ faces, the recipes she has passed along, the example of loyalty & devotion she lived out with her loving husband, and the hours of phone calls she invested into her loved ones just to let them know how much she loved them. What they wouldn’t give for just one more conversation with Nana and her “I love you” sign-off.

In addition to Don, her doting husband of 52 years, Carol is survived by daughters: Jaylene (Matt) Aho, Kalin (John) Nash, and Amber (Mark) Allgeyer. Brothers: Lee (Betty) VanDrese and Vern (Sherri Schorr) VanDrese. Sisters: Grace Hughes and Dolores (Mike) Goymerac. Grandchildren: Jacob and Troy Aho, Jack and Trevor Nash, Karlie (Travis Theuerkauf), Drew, and Morgan Allgeyer; and many nieces, nephews, cousins; numerous loyal friends including Carolyn Miller of Manistique, who never drove through town without stopping by to visit Carol, and Barb Bartley, who was always faithfully calling just to check in & chat.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Elmer & Evelyn VanDrese and her brother in law, Chuck Hughes.

Carol’s family will receive friends on Saturday, September 8th, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba, Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 2:00PM at All Saints Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating and a luncheon afterward in the All Saints Parish Hall. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements.

8 Tributes for “Carol Rose Bugay

    So sorry to hear of Carol’s passing, she will be sadly missed, our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Herb and Joni Heger

    My deepest sympathy to Don and family. Carol was a kind, loving ,caring person. I enjoyed many chats wth her over the years. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Many prayers to her family. Love Betsy

    Don and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. I have such fond memories of your early years together when, as a young couple, you spent so much time with my family and all the events that brought us all together through the years that followed. Carol’s beautiful smile and “smiling” eyes will always be in my memory.

    Sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Nancy and I talked last night and she told me what you and Carol have gone through the past couple years. I was in your shoes last year I know the pain and loss you are feeling.
    Don Hengesh Petoskey MI

    My sincere sympathies, Don and family! I’ll always remember the laughs from the old Buck Inn.

    Don, an family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Carol has a amazing women! She will be be greatly missed.
    I am blessed to know such a amazing person who was a part of my younger life. My prayers are with you and your family always!
    Sam Walton

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