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Mary Helen Suciu

July 13, 1936October 15, 2020
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Mary was born on July 13th, 1936 in Detroit, MI.

She grew up proudly Romanian -- speaking the language, cooking traditional foods with her mother and being part of a Romanian dance group.

When she was 16, Mary met Nick who became her beloved husband, while he was on leave from the Airforce during the Korean War. That same year, Mary’s father died and she became the sole supporter of her mother. Despite working weekends and nights, she graduated with her class from St. Charles Boromeo High School in Detroit.

Mary met Nick again as a 22 year-old. They married in 1960 at St. George’s Byzantine Catholic church in Detroit. Seven years later, they started their family. Nick and Mary raised three children from infancy; Chris, Laura and Nick III. Being a mother was one of Mary’s proudest achievements. Mary was also a proud grandmother to five beloved grandchildren ranging in age from 24 to 2.5 years: Hannah, Alex, Judah, Noa and Adam.

She and Nick traveled with the kids frequently, including to the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone, Texas and Louisiana to visit family, and Mexico.

When Mary was in her early 50’s, she returned to school. She earned her associate’s degree in business from Oakland Community College in 1990.

Mary’s devotion to the church spanned her lifetime. Some highlights include being a third order member at the St. Bonaventure Capuchin monastery in Detroit as a young teen; working as a parish secretary at St. Cletus in Warren; serving as the visionary bookstore manager at St. Mary’s Orchard Lake Schools for 17 years; and singing in the choir at Our Lady of Refuge for 27 years.

Her lifetime affiliation with the St. Bonaventure monastery, from 10-84 years of age, was capped by a personal invitation to the beatification of Father Solanus Casey in Detroit. Nick and Mary had the honor of being seated on the main floor of the stadium. It was a true highlight of Mary’s devotion to her faith.

After Mary retired from St. Mary’s bookstore, she traveled extensively with Nick. They enjoyed cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, and the northern Mediterranean, and they made pilgrimages to places like Fatimah and Lourdes. In 2010, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Mary and Nick traveled to the Holy Land where they had the opportunity to renew their wedding vows. They commented that, “the wine was not as satisfying as the wine was 2,010 years ago!”

The pilgrimage to the Holy Land inspired Mary to sponsor the education of students in Palestine. This lead her to help establish St. Joseph’s chapel in Pontiac and she remained a major supporter of their work.

Mary helped to create the popular Stretch and Tone class for seniors with the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation. As a lead instructor, she helped to grow the class from 3 to 60 people. She was recognized for her work, including a televised interview on Splash community network.

Mary was an avid reader, and she loved to sing and laugh. [Add anything else about her interests, personality, etc.]

Mary’s positive influence on others was extraordinary. People were drawn to her like moths to a warm, steady flame. And if she met you, you were likely to become lifetime friends. Mary touched the lives of so many people: her husband and family, friends, neighbors, faith communities, Stretch and Tone class, Restaurant Ramblers, and the people who benefitted from her volunteerism and philanthropy. She will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Bonaventure Capuchin Monastery, 1740 Mt Elliott St, Detroit, MI 48207, (313) 579-2100

. Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2020, at Our Lady of Refuge, 3700 Commerce Road, West Bloomfield. Msgr. Gerald McEnhill, celebrant. Mary will lie in state at 9:30 a.m. Interment Pine Lake Cemetery. Visitation Sunday, October 18, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Family Funeral Care, 2904 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor. A rosary service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

  • DONATIONS

  • St. Bonaventure Capuchin Monastery

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • In State

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

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Yolanda Eddington

October 20, 2020

I met Mary on an adventure family trip as we made a stop in Detroit many years ago while with my Aunt Eva and Uncle Mario and their family. Mary and Nick opened their beautiful home to us and showed us all their favorite places when they didn’t have to. I fell in love with them and came to see them as extended family members from a snowy wonderland throughout the years since. I loved seeing them when they visited Texas. Nick and Mary have always been there in my heart.. catching a visit, mail corresponding with Mary, or hearing all about them from my Aunt and Uncle. News of Mary’s passing has really hurt and our entire family joins you in grieving. I take comfort in our faith and that one day I will give Mary a big hug and kiss again! Nick and family- we love you very much and are so sorry for your loss. We pray for your peace and comfort in these difficult days and the days ahead. Please know that we are with you in prayer, mind, and spirit. Remember we will always be your family from Texas. With Love, Yolanda “Landy” and the entire Eddington/Cantu Family

Kelly Hyer

October 19, 2020

Mary was a blessing to the West Bloomfield community. Mary was very dedicated to our seniors but also made time to enjoy trips herself. She had the most beautiful smile and will always be remembered for her kindness to others. We will also never forget the countless hours she shared attending or leading the Stretch and Tone class, every Tuesday and Thursday.

On behalf of West Bloomfield Parks and the Senior Services Advisory Team, our sincere condolences to the Suciu family. We hope to see you soon Nick. <3 Kelly Hyer, West Bloomfield Parks

Br Nick Blattner Ofm Capuchin

October 19, 2020

On behalf of the Capuchin brothers, I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of Mary. It is truly humbling to receive memorial donations in honor of Mary's life. Please be assured of the brother's prayers for the entire Suciu family during this great time of grief. May perpetual light shine upon Mary.

Kareen Donegan

October 19, 2020

Mary Suciu was one of my mother's best friends and also the mother of one of my best friends. I grew up visiting her home for numerous play dates, dinners and celebrations. Mary welcomed me and my siblings into her home and her heart. Her generosity and love always shone through. I have adapted one of the sayings she had in her kitchen for myself "There may be cobwebs in my corners but not in my mind". She always put people and caring for others ahead of material things or appearances. She will be greatly missed. My sympathy to Nick, Chris, Laura and Nicky and their families.- With my love, Kareen

Patti Giangrande

October 16, 2020

I loved Mary-her beautiful smile and encouraging words were always something to look forward to. She knew how to pick others up in spirit.
She was a founding member of our prayer group- The Daughters of Jerusalem. We would meet, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, and intercede for our individual needs and those of the world. Many prayers were answered! We started the group because we wanted to pray for our children and families, and we prayed a lot! May she pray for us now.
Mary and Nick traveled to the Holy Land with us at Terra Sancta Ministries, with Fr Alex Kratz. Of course we were in Jerusalem together. I look forward to seeing her again in the beautiful, heavenly Jerusalem! Love you Mary!
Chris, Nick, and others in the family, you are in my prayers. God bless you, Patti Giangrande

josie figurski

October 16, 2020

What a blessing it was to have Mary part of our family. She was a truly lovely, caring woman who made all of us feel liked and loved. I will miss the "cousins day" celebrations that she and Nick hosted every summer. Rest in peace, Mary. I will miss you.

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