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Maria Estela Bustamonte

March 26, 1931 ~ June 4, 2020 (age 89)


Maria Estela Bustamonte,

Passed away peacefully on June 4, 2020 in Charlotte, MI, at age 89. She was born March 26, 1931 to  Ramon and Otilia (Torres) Sauceda in Detroit. Maria, often called Stella by friends and family, loved to travel, moving  over her lifetime to  New York, Florida, Kansas, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, but always returning to Michigan to enjoy her large family and friends. She was an outstanding cook and although she worked in restaurants, she was happiest when cooking for her family. Maria was also a talented artist in many mediums, from clothing, needlework  to drawing and painting. She also loved to grow plants and was known for her cultivation of many beautiful plants. Her love of creativity led to wearing her own original clothing and she was always dressed beautifully, to the last accessory, with style that was all her own.  

Maria is survived by her sons, Joseph D. Chin Jr and Mark Bustamonte; daughter, Irene Gonzales-Pinto; grandchildren, Catherine Chin Schwartz, Joseph D. Chin III, Michael Chin, Andrew Chin, Matthew Bustamonte, Melissa Bustamonte, Eduardo Gonzales-Pinto and Gabrielle Smith. She was also blessed with 7 great grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren. Maria is survived by many nieces and nephews, that she remained close to all her life. She was predeceased by her daughter Naomi;  husband, Joseph Bustamonte and granddaughter, Karen Chin.  A life-long Catholic, Maria was a member of St Peter Catholic Church and also attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte when able in her last year. 

Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids and are pending at this time. Please visit our website to place online condolences, www.millsfuneral.com.  

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