Barbara Jean Rada

Barbara Jean Rada

May 27, 1951 - September 30, 2020

Barbara Jean Rada, age 69, of Centerline passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on September 30, 2020 at Ascension of Macomb Hospital after suffering a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. <br /> <br /> She was born May 27, 1951 in Coronado, California the daughter of the late George Rada and Donna (Pelke) Siebert. <br /> <br /> Surviving are her life long companion of 44 years, Mark Cotter; three daughters Channin (Collins) Wall, Amorena Collins, Jamie Cotter; grandchildren Sydney, Rachel, Elizabeth, Samantha, Camryn, Casey, Max; great-grandchildren Charlie, Lucy; three sisters Nancy (Rada) Wright, Janice (Rada) Pena, Sherie (Nelson) Waters; and her sister in-law Ruthie Rada. She is predeceased by her brother Michael Rada. <br /> <br /> Barbara was born and raised in California, living there until moving to Michigan in 1979. She had always hoped to return to the beauty and warmth of California someday. She was an adventurer with a great love for water, nature, animals, music and art. She was a great swimmer and told stories of cliff diving at Lake Havasu, AZ. She was a gifted artist, seeing beauty in everything. I think we all have one of the beautiful rocks she had painted. She had so much compassion for people that her chosen profession was that of a home health care giver for the elderly. She was funny and full of life. Anyone that met her knew that about her. She was a woman of faith and dedicated her life to God, volunteering many times at church helping the homeless with food and shelter. When all is said and done, there is nothing she cared more for than her family. She made all of us feel special and she did anything she could to put a smile on our faces. She had the biggest heart and had so much love for everyone. We will dearly miss her and her homemade fudge and cheese dip at the holidays. We know she's up in Heaven eating all the In-n-Out and shrimp po'boys she can!! She loved and was loved by her family very much. A memorial will be held at Lake Havasu at a future date.

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29550 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills, MI

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    What a beautiful memorial...this touched on every memory I have of Aunt Barbara! The memories of being with her, and Channin & Amy before they moved to Michigan are some of my fondest memories of being a child. We were pen pals for a time & she sent me some beautiful hand drawn pictures with wonderful words of wisdom or complete poems. One of her first visits back to California (I believe) was in 2001 when she came for a family visit & to meet her great-niece Gianna. We went for a drive to visit our old family neighborhoods, homes & haunts. Part of that drive was on a route that she was leading me on that she was going by memory only, she couldn't remember the street names. I had/have been on this street several times...Padua Ave. Once you get to the top you turn left to go to the Padua Theater. She had me keep straight & veer to the right which turns into an old narrow old gravel & dirt road. We were in Palmer Canyon which is where a friend of hers & my moms lived a long time ago. I have fun memories of being in this mountain/canyon area yet I had no idea where it was. That turned into a freaky experience, but still a lovely & funny one & after having to make about a 12 point turn in my Ford F350 we made it out! The few batches of cheese dip we got of hers we savored & licked the container clean! And of course I have a few of her rocks. I will post a picture once I have access to my camera. Oh Aunt Barbara...you were such a fun Aunt! I will miss you very, very much. My love to the Collins & Cotter family.
    Lisa Vernaci (niece) Oct 07, 2020
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