Barbara Jane Arnott Brewer Smalter was a little lady with a big family and an even bigger personality. Born in Sault Saint Marie, Mich., to parents Harriet (Hattie McKiddie) and George Arnott on Jan. 17, 1929, Barbara - or Bobbe, as she preferred - was adopted with her sister Alma (Toddy) and raised by their Aunt Sarah (Babe) Arnott Brewer and her husband, John, following their mother’s death in 1932.
Bobbe graduated from Calumet High School in Calumet, Mich., and studied music education at the University of Michigan. Her first great love, music, led her to the love of her life - at the U of M, she met John (Jack) Robert Smalter at an Upper Peninsula Club meeting. She sat in the front row, and Jack, who was running the meeting, was enchanted by her bright blue eyes. The rest is history. She and Jack married on Aug. 5, 1950, and celebrated over 60 years of marriage. Both came from small families, so they decided on having 12 children. Making it a little more than halfway, she and Jack had seven. Bobbe’s life revolved around her children and grandchildren, especially those that lived close by. She loved to sing and play piano, read, play games (especially Rummikub), and interact with people. Always colorful, Bobbe was lovingly dubbed, “The Diva” by her friends at Sunny Hill Nursing Home. She was busy to the end of her days, reading books, talking to people and writing health tips which she loved to share with others.
She went to sing with angels on Aug. 29, 2020. She is survived by her children: Diana (Marty) Shupack, Kaaren (Daniel) Peck, John (Pam) Smalter, Bobbe Ann Tindall, Scott Smalter and Jeff (Laura) Smalter; numerous grandchildren; and even a few great-grandchildren, including the most recent clan member, Mitchell, who seems to share her blue-blue eyes. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Smalter; oldest daughter, Susan (Steve) Kovic; son-in-law, Mike Tindall; and grandson, Josh Shupack. A graveside service will be scheduled in Menominee, summer of 2021.
Instead of flowers or gifts, she would love to know that you gave to the charity of your choice, thinking of her. By Granddaughter Jessica Tindall & Kaaren Peck