Teresa A. (Zaika) Hamilton, age 50, of Sturgis, passed away Sunday afternoon, Aug. 7, 2016, at the Sturgis Hospital emergency room.
She was born Nov. 17, 1965, in Pontiac, a daughter of Birt and Germain (Pykor) Zaika.
Teresa resided in the Sturgis area for the past 18 years and her early life was spent in Manistee.
She had been employed by Vaupell Midwest Molding in Constantine, Morgan Olson in Sturgis and Syndicate Systems in Middlebury, Ind.
Teresa enjoyed collecting “pretty things.”
She is survived by a daughter, Rachelle Hamilton of Three Rivers; a son, Dillon Long of Sturgis; two granddaughters, Aaralyn Kitchen and Adeline Sassaman; her father, Birt Zaika of Bear Lake; a sister, Angela Zaika of North Carolina; a brother, Birt Zaika of Bear Lake; a niece, Haley Patton; and a nephew, Corey Nardi.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private Irish wake will be held at a later date.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial donations would be appreciated to Teresa’s You Caring page, www.youcaring.com/teresa-zaika-hamilton.588302.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.