Ava Michelle Saade

May 4, 2008August 1, 2018

Ava Michelle Saade died in the very early morning hours of Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the tender age of 10. She was born, a miracle, on May 4, 2008, in Ann Arbor, MI, the daugher of Edward (Eddie) and Nicole (Secor) Saade.

Ava was our wild child, our best girl, a lover of hugs, affection, smiles, and people. She was a pistol and worked with great passion to keep everyone on their toes, but she also loved serving her family in their home (things like helping cook, getting up to do a task, or making coffee), and getting in all the snuggles she could.

Ava enjoyed being in the water, taking swimming lessons, laughing, cooking, movie nights, camping, fishing, painting and crafts, making FaceTime calls to her grandparents at all hours, listening to music and dates with mom and dad.

Ava was not and never was suffering. She was a little princess and a warrior all in one. She had to work twice as hard as the rest of us at everything she did and she did so (if and when she felt she actually wanted to) with 100% effort.

Surviving her are her heartbroken parents, Eddie and Nicole Saade; her brothers, Nicholas (12) and William (6) Saade. She is also survived by grandparents, Bill (Jackie) Secor, Nick (Vera) Saade and grandmother Chris David; aunts and uncles, Stephen (Katie) Secor, Rob (Michelle) Stanley; cousins, Caralee Secor and Kailee Borroum, and every single one of the boys she claimed were her boyfriends, of which there were many. She is preceeded in death by her great-grandparents, Bill (Rita) Secor, Chuck David, Kay Sederquist, Edward (Eleanor) Estep and Tabet (Bahia) Saade; and her Aunt, Sarah Secor.

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at South Church, Creative Service Room, 5250 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing, MI 48917. Interment will follow at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Holt. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family is being served by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Ball-Dunn Chapel in Mason. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Rob Stanley
  • Matt Ethington
  • Charlie Mercer
  • Tony Abbruzzese
  • Josh Thornhill
  • Stephen Secor


  • Visitation Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 4, 2018

Ava Michelle Saade

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August 9, 2018

Eddie & Nicole,
I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Saying that feels so inadequate for what you're going through, but it's heartfelt.
"God gave us memory that we might have roses in December." I pray you and your family can ease your pain with all the good memories.

Dianna Topper


August 8, 2018

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family during this time of sorrow (2 Corinthian 1:3,4).

Billie McBrien

August 5, 2018

I first met your little Ava at Mark and Angie's and, forever after, every time we met she greeted me with a big smile and hug. We got in trouble once at North Aurelius... I was waiting in the lobby to pick up Jace and Kobe and Ava's class filed out to the bus. I saw her and winked and she shouted, "It's Kobe and J.J.'s grandma!", and she ran over and gave me a hug. I don't think her teacher was all that pleased, but I sure was!! Her hugs were always so genuine. She was a wonderous, exceptional, brave and loving child because you, Eddie and Nicole, raised her to be as courageous as you both were. And, through the grace of God, you gave her the best gift any parent can give a child... the gift of life and the tools to live that life to fullest. As you were lucky to have had her, she was especially lucky to have had you two. God bless you and know that she will always be remembered with a warm heart and smile.

Mike Rademacher

August 4, 2018

Eddie, I just found out from my sister about the loss of your precious daughter! I am so, so sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wish I had the words that could help you through this time. My heart goes out you!

Lou Ann Bartolacci

August 4, 2018

Even for such a short time, how blessed to have this sweet soul in your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Hugs to you Nicholas and prayers to all.

Tiffany Aurora

August 4, 2018

I only saw Ava a handful of times, but I remember her smile. You couldn’t help but smile back...and then keep smiling. My heart breaks for you.

Tracy(Keller) & George Lambert

August 3, 2018

We are very saddened by the news, and our hearts go out to all of you! Love, Hugs and Strength! Tracy (Keller) and George Lambert

Lou and Terri Jozefiak

August 2, 2018

We are very sorry for your loss. May your precious Ava be welcomed in heaven and may God bless you all with strength during this difficult time.

AmySue Hopkins

August 2, 2018

Ava always had a beautiful smile and the best hugs! Prayers to the family! Nicolas, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister!

Dave Miller

August 2, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying you will find comfort in knowing other's are praying for you and care. God bless you! Dave and Chris Miller