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Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

OBITUARY

Elizabeth Maureen Jelinek

January 12, 1941August 25, 2019

Elizabeth Maureen Jelinek, age 78, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 peacefully at her home in Ann Arbor, MI. She was born in Toronto, Canada on January 12, 1941 to Horace and Florence Nelson and enjoyed a fond childhood in Canada with her younger sister, Kathleen. A lifelong learner, Liz began her education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was an active member of the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, where she directed, produced, starred in, and designed costumes for many productions throughout the 1960s and 1970s. After moving to California in 1980, Liz continued her studies at The Healing Light Center Church and Seminary in Southern California where she received a Bachelor’s of Natural Theology in Sacred Healing in 1984. She continued her quest for learning at California State University, Dominguez Hills where she received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. She was inducted into The Psi Chi Chapter of The National Honor Society in Psychology in 1986. Liz devoted her life to the helping and healing of others and developed a profound understanding of the human experience through her travels and her work. She practiced as a psychologist in Ann Arbor for over 30 years and held certificates in Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and Mindfulness Meditation. In 2015, at age 74, she earned her PhD in Transformational Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a focus on epigenetics. In addition to her private counseling practice, she founded The Midwest Institute for Systemic Constellations, where she hosted workshops and trainings as well as lectured domestically and internationally. She also became a Best-Selling Author with Health and Wellness Today, a guide to health, fitness, and nutrition featuring health experts from around the world. In February 2018, Liz suffered a severe stroke and spent the last 18 months of her life persevering with strength and determination through aphasia and partial paralysis. Liz will be remembered as a proud woman with a strong will and a fierce heart. She is survived by her children Valerie and Rick (Gretchen); her four grandchildren Kristoffer (27), Kaitlin (24), Zachary (15), and Peyton (14); and her sister Kathleen Nelson and nephews Ted (Gloady) Walters and Derek (Stephanie) Walters. A Celebration of Life will be held for Liz on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 S 4th St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48014 at 2:00 pm.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Biography

A lifelong learner, Liz Jelinek passionately pursued education, knowledge, and an understanding of the human experience. She was an outspoken and gregarious woman who loved being center stage. She began her education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was an active member of the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, where she directed, produced, starred in, and designed costumes for many productions throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Liz continued her studies at The Healing Light Center Church and Seminary in Southern California where she received a Bachelor’s of Natural Theology in Sacred Healing, and then went on to California State University, Dominguez Hills where she received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Liz devoted her life to the helping and healing of others and developed a profound understanding of the human experience through her travels and her work. She practiced as a psychologist in Ann Arbor for over 30 years and held certificates in Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and Mindfulness Meditation. In 2015, at age 74, she earned her PhD in Transformational Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a focus on epigenetics. In addition to her private counseling practice, she founded The Midwest Institute for Systemic Constellations, where she hosted workshops and trainings as well as lectured domestically and internationally. She also became a Best-Selling Author with Health and Wellness Today, a guide to health, fitness, and nutrition featuring health experts from around the world.

In February 2018, Liz suffered a severe stroke and spent the last 18 months of her life persevering with strength and determination through Broca’s Apashia, Apraxia and partial paralysis. Liz continued to express her love and remarkable wit to friends and family through new forms of communication and refused to allow her aphasia to silence her. Liz found a home in the Aphasia Community Friendship Center in Ann Arbor, MI and remained an active member of the community until her passing on August 25, 2019. She is remembered as a proud woman with a strong will and a fierce heart, and will be forever loved.