Elaine Elizabeth Nichols-Cuty

Twining, Michigan
September 1, 1957 - May 11, 2018


Visitation for Elaine will take place from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 and 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766.

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766


Funeral service for Elaine will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan. Pastor David Kurtz will officiate with interment following in Cedar Valley Cemetery in Twining, Michigan.

Obituary Notice

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 11th, 2018, Elaine, or Lainie as she was better known, passed away peacefully in her sleep, at home in Twining, MI. Her heart finally tired after a lifetime of putting others ahead of herself.
Born on September 1st, 1957 in Marlette, MI 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., who Lainie married on July 23, 1994, in Whittemore, MI. Sharing in that loss are her children: “Naturals” Natalie and Victor Nichols, both of Twining, MI; “Store-boughts” Naida “Marie” (Roger) Becker, of Coral, MI; Wilford Cuty, II (Rhonda Barreto), and Andrew Cuty, all of Gould City, MI; Jessica (David) Castillo, of Deckerville, MI; 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, MI; sister Loraine Cooper (Floyd), of Prescott, MI; her longest childhood friend, Bonnie (Kurt) Flonta, of Fraser, MI; 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, step-father Clyde Cooper, step-mother 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 on Tuesday, May 15th, with visitation for friends and family from 3pm-8pm, at the Buresh Funeral Home, 15 West Maple Ridge Rd, Twining, MI 48766. Funeral services will take place, officiated by Pastor David Kurtz, on Wednesday, May 16th, at 11am. Interment will immediately follow at the Cedar Valley Cemetery, Maple Ridge Rd, Twining, MI, with a luncheon to follow at 2pm, hosted by the Hale Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 5971 M-65 Hale, MI 48739.


Cedar Valley Cemetery, Twining, Michigan


There is a vacuum in my day, every day. I'm trying to move on in the way that you would want me to do, but it's not easy. I hope you are resting well, singing karaoke with Warnie in heaven, running through fields of wildflowers barefoot, with nary a care of watery eyes or a runny nose. I hope you get to drive that '57 Chevy Bel Air convertible with the top down, on the twists and turns of scenic drives in places we never got to see. But mostly, I hope you're holding Grandma and all our other loved ones tight, with Smudge on your chest, waiting for me to join you through the pearly gates. I love you and miss you beyond measure.

— Natalie Nichols

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