Alison Dee Zaret

June 20, 1986June 7, 2018

Alison Zaret passed away on June 7, 2018, two weeks shy of her 32nd birthday. A sweet and caring young woman, she is survived by her parents, Patty and Eli Zaret, her older sister Cortney and many other relatives.

A graduate of Michigan State in Merchandising, Alison dreamed of a career in the fashion industry. She was inventive and creative and wanted only to contribute to the happiness of others.

Tragically, since her late teens, Alison’s life was gradually and profoundly derailed by bipolar disorder and a variety of other mental health issues, eventually robbing her will to live.

In lieu of flowers, her family wishes donations to be sent to: The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program


  • Alison's family will hold a private service at a later date.

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Paula Law

June 23, 2018

I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Myriah Cohen

June 21, 2018

I worked with Alison at eDrop-off, and she was always looking out for me. I felt like I could trust her kindness. Her presence made hard days better. We didn’t work together for very long, but she was a constant force for good who could always make me smile.

Steve Conway

June 20, 2018

Stacey & I are so sorry for your loss. We're praying that your heartache will be tempered with strength and peace. Your family is in our thoughts.

The Conways

Omar Abdallah

June 17, 2018

Cortney, Eli & Patty
Please find my solemn condolences for a wonderful soul. My memories of Alison are from a much simpler time of BHMS, Fun-nights, & our comic relief: an 11 year old Ben Affleck that starred in our 7th grade science class documentary. Alison’s sense of humor only came second to her incredible ability to read people. I remember seeing Alison on our first day of 6th grade and I recall fawning over how beautiful she was. She was my instant crush. I remember witnessing her fear of snakes, even if on TV, and hoping she wouldn’t have to see another snake. I remember how red her face would turn when she was embarrassed-which was certainly often when I was around. Alison had a significant impact on my adolescence. Every time I watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I think of Alison.

I hope your family can take solace in knowing that so many of Alison’s laughs, words, smiles & interactions are memories that are cherished by many. She lives on every day in our thoughts and memories.

With Love


Tom Maniaci

June 16, 2018

I had the great pleasure of working with Alison when she was still a teenager. I was art-directing a photo shoot for a magazine story and needed a young model. Alison's father Eli was a friend, and knowing what I was looking for in terms of talent, sent Alison. She looked younger than her age...she was perfect. Contrary to popular belief, modeling can be far from glamorous. It's long hours of people telling you to achieve poses that are often difficult to hold, again and again and again. And it can be humbling realizing that it's actually not about you, but with how the clothes and props look. None of that fazed her. She was a delight, and the pictures were wonderful. Through the years we stayed in touch on social media...I always hoped I might work with her again. We share a birthday, and I never failed to get a message from her. I don't know if anything would have been different if Alison had heard more people speak of the fun and joy she brought to others, but I want to be one of those voices now, at least. I have children, and can scarcely imaging the pain of losing one of them. My heart goes out in friendship and support to her parents, my friends.

Brett Powell

June 15, 2018

When I think about Alison it's hard not to smile. Maybe it's because she had such a beautiful smile or maybe it's because she had a rare ability to make everyone around her smile. She had a sweetness about her. She had such a wonderful sense of humor. Almost every time we saw each other we would share stories of Eli and Don and it would inevitably lead to great laughter. I think we always felt connected in that our fathers are so connected. Or maybe everyone felt that connection because of her kind, gentle soul. I hope she's found peace. I hope that Eli, Patty, and Cortney find peace as well.

Cassie (Cornell) Bosco

June 14, 2018

From her infectious laugh to her signature bronzed face and bright white smile, to her impressive rapping skills to her kind heart; I have so many fun memories of Alison. I had the pleasure of being friends with Alison throughout high school and college and I am so sad to hear of her passing. She was always so full of heart just breaks for her that she struggled behind closed doors. I pray that she is at peace and my heart goes out to your family as you grieve this tragic loss.


Cassie Bosco

Dan Zaret

June 14, 2018

Alison was a kind, friendly person. The best kind of cousin - always welcoming, always welcome. She was one of us. I think of her with a wry grin and twinkle in her eye, and I always will.


Mark and Laura Bergin

June 14, 2018

Eli, Patti and Cortney

We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time.

The Bergins

peter skorich

June 14, 2018

I have a couple of memories of Alison, both when she was traveling with us on a Pistons road trip to Miami. We were staying at a beautiful Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne. Alison did something that is hard to do...she beat me to the pool! Since she was the first one there she had her pick of lounge chairs. Shortly thereafter, our coach , Flip Saunders made his way down to the pool. With his pick of dozens of open lounges he thought the best place to shine in the sun would be right next to Alison! Minutes later Flip was decimated by the realization that the young lady he was striking up a conversation with was his colleague's daughter! Poor Flip! As Eli and myself made our way to the pool to chat with Alison we truly ruined Flip's party!
A day or so later as Paul Kent, Stan Fracker and myself gathered in the hotel lobby to make our early morning transport to the arena for a Sunday afternoon game we watched in amazement as Alison arrived back at the hotel, a glorious end to a late Saturday night out, happy as could be!
I will always remember teasing Alison of the men I had personally picked out to be her future husband! She was a beautiful girl and I will always have happy memories of her.