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Dru Newell

October 21, 1945November 9, 2020

Drusilla “Dru” Newell, age75, of Fenton, formerly of Waterford, passed away Monday, November 9, 2020. Dru was born on October 21, 1945 in Detroit, daughter of the late Peter and Virginia Slepak. She married Ken Newell on November 17, 1967, and enjoyed 50 wonderful years of marriage until his passing in 2018. She is survived by her children Kimberley (Eric) Bruce and Christopher Newell; grandchildren Peyton Elizabeth Newell, Dominick Joseph Bruce, Emily Sophia Bruce, Jonathan Douglas Bruce; sisters Sue Amatangelo & Beverly Runyon, brother Gerald Slepak; nephew & godson Nicholas Amatangelo and other nieces & nephews. Dru, who was very proud of her polish heritage, graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Hamtramck and attended Wayne State University. She had worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber and then joined the Bozell Advertising Agency where she had worked on the Jeep and Chrysler accounts. She retired from the Latcha & Associates Advertising Agency, where she worked with Ford and Mazda. Dru was an active volunteer in the community, who was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America Clinton River Council, and served in numerous roles including a Cub Scout Den Leader, working concessions at the Silverdome, and many, many other activities. She was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award by the Clinton River Council to recognize her years of community service and the impact she had on scouts. Dru also worked with the Girl Scouts of America. She was active with the Lake Oakland Heights Neighborhood Association and a fan of U of M and Detroit sports teams. An avid bowler, Dru bowled on many leagues in the metro Detroit area, eventually meeting her future husband Ken while bowling. More than anything, she loved being with her family and was very supportive of all of her kids activities, never missing a game or dance recital. She put herself last and others first all of her life right up to the end. She will be greatly missed. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 North Haggerty Road, Plymouth, MI. Fr. Tom Belczak, officiating. Interment will be private at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Dru will lie in state at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of the Mass. The family will also receive friends Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Family Funeral Care, 2904 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor. A Rosary Service and time of family sharing will be Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.


  • Visitation with Rosary and family sharing

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • Burial

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020


Dru Newell

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Antonio Sanchez-Ortiz

November 18, 2020

I still remember my first day walking into Latcha and Associates and meeting Dru for the first time. Being brand new to the industry, Dru took me under and showed me the ropes at L+A ... in a way she helped ensure that my first couple of years at Latcha were successful. I missed seeing her everyday after her retirement, and the world is a definitely a lesser place now without her quick wit and great stories. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends. She will forever be missed.

Linda Pearcy

November 18, 2020

It was my pleasure working with Dru at Latcha+Associates for many years. I will always remember her with kind and loving thoughts. My condolence to all her family and friends.

Kate Paddon

November 16, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Dru during her time at Latcha & Associates. Sitting relatively close to her desk, I was able to hear her infectious laugh daily. I enjoyed sharing pierogi making techniques and recipes with her and hearing stories about her upbringing that she shared with such pride. She was also very proud of her children and grandchildren and it showed when she spoke of them. Dru will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to all who are mourning such a strong women. We are all better people having known her.

Tammy McGinty

November 16, 2020

I am honored to have worked alongside Dru at Latcha+Associates for many years. Over that time, we shared countless desk-side chats and many Thai and sushi lunches. I always admired Dru’s no-nonsense approach to the work, as well as her quick smile and her fiery warmth when it came to sharing about (and bragging up!) her family. She was a very special lady; one I feel blessed to have known. My heart goes out to all who are mourning her passing.

Erik Honnila

November 15, 2020

As Kim is among our most cherished friends, I have very fond memories of the Newell's and especially sitting with Dru and Ken and having some very candid discussions of our lives at Ferris. Dru always had such a great laugh and she certainly knew that my bull was to the heart! She always responded with laughter and countered every story with a quick laugh and an even quicker smile. I will always remember Dru with a happy heartfelt thanks that she made the small talk fun! God Bless Kim and Chris as we will always have such great memories of the Newell family. God Bless Dru as you've made a great mark in many peoples lives, especially ours.

Fred Chapman

November 15, 2020

My heart goes out to Dru's family for your loss. I worked with her for a number of years, most of which we spent playfully giving each other a hard time (which she also enjoyed doing over Facebook). I will always remember her laugh, her thoughtfulness, and her warning me to get away from her desk before she unleashed her wrath:) She will be truly missed and I'm better for having known her.

DeElvera Edwards

November 14, 2020

To Dru's family: I worked with her at Bozell Advertising. She was a kind, sweet lady. We had several spiritual talks, and she asked me if, when she passed, would she see her mother again. Well Dru, I'm sure your Mom was the first one to greet you when you arrived in Heaven. God bless you. Love DeElvera (Dee) Edwards-Jones.

Christine Feist

November 13, 2020

I worked with Dru at Bozell Adverising for several years. She was a fun individual who could bring you out of a funk. I remember her laugh and her love of all things construction. We were hoping to get together sometime in the future. Sorry Dru, hope to see you again on the other side. My sympathy to the family. She was so very proud of you.

Marylou and Don Osborne

November 12, 2020

Our heartfelt sympathy is the loss of your Mom, a long time friend of ours. We regret we cannot be with you in person for your Mom's services but certainly will be with you in thought. We have so many fond memories of good times here in Lake Oakland Heights and many of those your Mom planned. She was a great Social Director and neighbor. When I pass by "your house" I still think of it as the Newell home. Love and happy memories. Don and Mary Lou Osborne


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