Edith Ann Lipa

October 19, 1920October 10, 2020

Edith Ann Lipa, 99, passed away on October 10, 2020 just nine days short of her 100th birthday. Edith was born in Barnesboro, Pennsylvania on October 19, 1920 to John and Anna Ocelvany, their second child. She married the love of her life Leo J. Lipa on Feb. 12, 1944. Together they raised four children. She loved to dance, play cards (specifically pinochle), and loved spending time “at the lake”.

Mrs. Lipa is survived by her children, Dennis (Toni) Lipa, Kenneth (Carol) Lipa, Linda (Steve) Githens, and Karen (Tony) Franchi; grandchildren, Stephanie Skinner, Nichole (Matt) Outlaw, Michael (Julie) Lipa, Kevin (Betty) Githens, A.J. (Ashley) Franchi, and Alyssa Franchi; great-grandchildren, Jentery, Ally, Rachael, Emma, Tyler, Hannah, Savannah, and Scarlett. In addition to her parents and brother, Mrs. Lipa was pre-deceased by her husband, Leo her brother, John Ocelvany and her parents.

Family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of mass at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at St. James Catholic Church 46325 West Ten Mile Road, Novi, Michigan 48374. Memorials may be made to the Capuchin Monastery 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, Michigan 48207 (

Please share a memory of Mrs. Lipa or condolences with her family at her online guest book below.


  • Visitation at Church

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Mass of the Resurrection

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


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Joyce and Rajive Saranathan

October 13, 2020

We are so grateful for the times that we were able to sit and talk with Mrs. Lipa. Our conversations were always full of genuine interest and lots of laughter. She was a woman who loved life and shared the beauty of her life with us. Karen and Tony thank you for including us and sharing moments of your mother with us, the memories are truly special. May her memories stay alive with family and friends for a lifetime. She was a special woman.

Kay Pustover

October 12, 2020

Edith never failed to put a smile on my face. She was a social butterfly and loved to be around people. She lived a long and wonderful life! We all should be so lucky🙏


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