Antoinette "Toni" Gutsue, of Bellevue passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family following a long illness.
Toni was born on January 20, 1943, in Charlotte to Stanley and Lillian (Murawski) Kita. She graduated from Olivet High School in 1961 and later earned a degree in business. In September 1978, Toni and Mike journeyed on a Harley Davidson to Trout Lake, Michigan, for their wedding.
Starting in the early 1970's, Toni owned and operated a restaurant in Bellevue for many years. After she sold the restaurant, she did medical billing for Dr. Frankenstein in Bellevue for 18 years. Toni also worked a short time for Archway and Home Health until she retired to spend time with her family. Toni, who was beloved by so many, enjoyed spending time outdoors, mowing the lawn on her own John Deere, planting flowers, and gardening (always loving to compete with her brothers). She was known to spend her spare time hunting for mushrooms --"near or around" permissible property. She also treasured fishing, going to the casino, and "poking fun" at friends and family to gain a smile. Toni deeply cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Toni is survived by her husband Mikeal D. Gutsue; her children, Teresa (Dan) Wallace, Kristin (Shane) Miller, step-son, Mikeal (Kelly) Gutsue II, John (Jessica) Gutsue; her 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and her brothers, Stanley (Nancy) Kita and Bobby (JoAnne) Kita. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Lillian Kita, and her siblings, Joe Kita and Frank Kita.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Kempf Family Funeral Home from 4-7 pm on Friday, June 25, 2021, located at 205 N. Elizabeth Street, Bellevue, MI 49021. Memorial contributions in Toni's honor may go to Bellevue Good Samaritan Food Pantry, 122 W Capital Avenue, Bellevue, MI 49021, or to your local Humane Society. For your convenience, you can mail your memorial contribution to the Kempf Funeral Home (PO Box 519, Marshall, MI 49068) for delivery to your designated charity. Please feel free to leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guestbook at