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Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home

30351 Dequindre Road, Madison Heights, MI

OBITUARY

Elsie B. Ali-Delong

March 2, 1931August 5, 2019
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Elsie B. Ali-Delong passed away at her Madison Heights Michigan home on August 5, 2019. She was 88 years old. Elsie B. also known to many as B. was born in Detroit Michigan to Billie Harrison and Max Plotnick on March 2, 1931. Her brothers, Lloyd Simpson and Louie Harrison are deceased. She is survived by her sisters Dolores Kein (Habe, deceased), Marian VanZandt (William), Cecilia Caldwell (Milford, deceased), and her brother, Jacob Harrison. Elsie B. was married to Umed Ali, Mike Ali and Harold Delong. They are deceased.

Elsie B. often said she was a child of the depression. She went to work early in life and always knew the value of a dollar and how to stretch one to its limits. She attended Cass Tech high school, Commerce High School and as an adult received her GED and completed the labor School Program at Wayne State University. She worked in a laundry, restaurants, factories and offices. She was a welder. She was computer savvy. She owned a restaurant called Ali's Haven where she was owner, operator and chief bottle washer. Elsie B. was a secretary at AFSCME for 38 years. She retired at the young age of 78.

Elsie B. loved to read, travel, walk, learn new things, did water aerobics consistently for 25 + years, play the lottery, beat people at poker (quarter ante), watch her judge shows, but most of all she loved to be with her family. Elsie B. was a lifelong Catholic and a woman of deep and abiding faith. Elsie B is survived by her children, Sharina Dajnowicz (Tom), Nazir Ali (Andrea), Sharon Caffey (William), Joy Miklevich (Michael, deceased) and Constance Jensen. Her son, Aroze Johan Ali is deceased.

She is survived by her grandchildren Jonathan Dajnowicz (Andrea), Laura Sutton (Bret), David Dajnowicz (Kristy), Kyle Miklevich, Rachel Caffey, Nazir Ali (Antoinette). Elsie B. is the great grandmother of Emily Sutton, Tommy Sutton, Riley Ali, Quinn Dajnowicz and Nazir Ali III. Elsie B. is also survived by beloved children and grandchildren by marriage as well as beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Elsie B.'s life will be celebrated on Thursday August 8, 2019 at the Edward Swanson and Son Funeral home, 30321 Dequindre, Madison Heights, Michigan. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a celebration of Elsie B.’s life presided by Father Norman Thomas at 11:00 a.m. There will be a luncheon immediately following at The Masters Restaurant located at 1775 E. Thirteen Mile Road, Madison Heights, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sacred Heart Church, 1000 Eliot St., Detroit Michigan 48207.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Kaitlyn Filzer

August 7, 2019

She was such a kind woman, and will be greatly missed by so many. Steven and I share our condolences and are thinking of the family during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss, but hope you are comforted by happy memories of her long and love-filled life.

Richard Johnson

August 7, 2019

My condolences to the family of Elsie. I worked with Elsie B. for a number of years at AFSCME. Hopefully she enjoyed her retirement for the short time she has been gone, but not forgotten.

Catherine Richards

August 6, 2019

I met this beautiful lady a couple times at my cousin Tom & Sharina’s house, she was so very nice to me. I know how hard it is to lose a Mother, the memories everyone has of her will always be in your Hearts. Love & Prayers to everyone.
Bill & Catherine

Rezia Givens

August 6, 2019

I will always remember your love and kindness. There are so many memories that I have of you especially at Elliott house...I loved that big beautiful home especially your bedroom. It was so big and your closet had so many beautiful clothes in it. The one memory that brings a smile to my face is when you had Naz take me, Sharon and Joy to get ice cream, we came back and set on the porch while you and one of your sister's were laughing and talking. It was a very happy day for me. I love you and always will. Thank you for letting me be a part of your wonderful exciting life.

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