Lorena Ann (Bakalar) Mell

  • Born: April 5, 1933
  • Died: June 18, 2022
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family


Lorena "Ann" (Bakalar) Mell, 89, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Ann was born April 5, 1933 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Thomas and Margaret Bakalar. She grew up in Ft. Wayne as the youngest of nine children and was lovingly referred to as "Baby Ann." She graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School, where she also met Ronald Mell. Ann and Ron were united in marriage in 1950 and together, they raised four children. In their 62 years together, they enjoyed time with family and friends at their home and lake house. They loved to travel far and near. Ann loved to garden, paint, sew, and spend time with her grandchildren. She was also very involved with her church as a secretary at St. Paul Lutheran Church and a member of the Sweet Adelines and sang in the Church Choir.

Ann is survived by her daughters, Sherry (Ron) Anderson and Sandy (Michael) Niemiera; son, Ricky (Joy) Mell; grandchildren, Tenicka Kingsley, Ricque Pekara, Taryn Vitale, Kristen Valerugo, Joshua Niemiera, Brandon Mell, Nicholas Mell, Lucas Mell, Benjamin Mell, Bobby Gates and Thomas James "TJ" Gates; sister, Norma Custard; and Patches, her beloved cat. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald; son, Thomas; grandson, Quinten and seven siblings.

A private burial will be held for Ann with a public celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elara Hospice Foundation (4646 Campus Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49008) or Lakeview Assisted Living Employees Fund (14661 Helmer Rd. S. Battle Creek, MI 49015). Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care is assisting Ann's family. Personal messages and memories may be shared at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR LOSS OF LORENA ANN. I AM A NEPHEW OF LORENA ANN AND THE SON OF THE LATE ELEANOR ANDREWS. ELEANOR WAS ONE OF HER OLDER SISTERS AND WAS VERY FOND OF HER BABY SISTER LORENA ANN. I KNEW HER AS AUNT "ANN". MY LAST MEMORY OF ANN WAS WHEN SHE WAS ABLE TO ATTEND ELEANOR'S 100TH BIRTHDAY AT GEORGETOWNE PLACE ASSISTED LIVING IN FORT WAYNE, INDIANA IN 2019. SHE WAS VERY PLEASANT AS ALWAYS AND ELEANOR WAS SO GLAD TO SEE HER.

Posted by RICHARD AND (WIFE) DIANA ANDREWS - FORT WAYNE, IN   June 26, 2022

Sherry and family,

I'm so sorry to see the passing of your mother. Your father sang in my wedding back in 1987, what a beautiful voice. Your mother was always so nice to my family. Together again....may she RIP

Posted by Sandra Roggow-Williams - Marshall, MI - Acquaintance   June 23, 2022

As I sit here reminiscing about all the special memories I have of Grandma Mell and trying to decide what to write, I am finding it quite an impossible task. There are simply way too many cherished moments. What I can say is that she always made me feel loved whether it was through a simple, loving gesture of running her fingers up and down my arm or something more grand like taking the time to bake a lemon meringue pie with me and showing me how to achieve the perfect peaks. Although our family gatherings were filled with so many people, she always had plenty of love to spread around to all of us. My grandma may be gone from this Earth, but her spirit and memory lives on forever in my heart.

Posted by Ricque Pekara - Gilbert, AZ - Grandchild   June 22, 2022