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Kaul Funeral Home

27830 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, MI

OBITUARY

Maria Louisa Noriega

April 28, 1984September 6, 2020

Maria ”Ria” Louisa Noriega 36 years young left this earth to dance with the butterflies on September 6, 2020

The art of Ria, with a true lust for life, she was the definition of an artist and humanitarian full of compassion and living with charity in her heART. She founded B-Kind Art and Detroit is not Dead, in hopes of building community and reviving the city through art and music while paying it forward and reminding everyone to be kind always. She supported many causes such as Families Against Narcotics, Six Feet Above, 7 Inches in Heaven, Grind to Greatness, Division Gallery, and Feral Grounds, just to name a few. Maria loved being a mother, and yearned to share her life with her boys. She wanted nothing more to make them proud and show them boundless unconditional love. She did all things with purpose and passion, including each of her beloved tattoos. With a spirit of a child she loved to laugh, and be goofy, dancing and singing, playing jokes, dressing up, and telling people she’d cut them... well that wasn’t always joke. She saw, loved, and accepted those around her with a capacity most will never understand in a lifetime. She never missed a train, sunset, sunrise or the opportunity to tell her family how much they meant to her.

Maria is survived by her two beloved sons Rodmen John Dexter 14, and Dylan Robert Dexter 10, Grandmother Victoria Noriega, her parents John Noriega, Barbara (Tom)Beatty, siblings, Juan (Aleshia)Noriega, Joseph(Tamara)Noriega, Ana (John)Ebright , Rene Nimbach, Terra (Tremell) Chamberlin , Marilyn Nimbach, Nicholas(Antoinette) Guziak, Lauren(Raul) Guziak. Her best friend and companion, Brad Gradowski, And 19 nieces and nephews that will miss her fiercely.

Visitation will be held on September 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Kaul Funeral Home. Reserving the first hour for immediate friends and family

Visitation will be held on September 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Kaul Funeral Home, open house free for all, 10 at a time! 27830 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, MI.

Funeral Service will be held on September 17, 2020 at 11:00 am at Bethlehem Lutheran, 29675 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville,

  • FAMILY

  • Rodmen John Dexter, Son
  • Dylan Robert Dexter, Son
  • Victoria Noriega, Grandmother
  • John Noriega, Father
  • Barbara (Tom) Beatty, Mother
  • Juan (Aleshia) Noriega, Brother
  • Joseph (Tamara) Noriega, Brother
  • Ana (John) Ebright, Sister
  • Rene Nimbach, Sister
  • Terra (Tremell) Chamberlin, Sister
  • Marilyn Nimbach, Sister
  • Nicholas (Antoinette) Guziak, Brother
  • Lauren (Raul) Guziak, Sister
  • Brad Gradowski, Best Friend & Companion
  • Also survived by 19 Nieces & Nephews

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Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

Memories

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Carla Dub

September 15, 2020

Too many memories to name just one, but one that stands out the most is when we were leaving an event downtown and we were singing and dancing in the car and all of a sudden we noticed we had been recording the whole car ride! We laughed so hard and then decided to hit a bando when I got a phone call from my son saying he just left fisher and stepped on a nail... she talked him through what to do and we all ended up at White Castle but on opposite sides of Detroit! 😂 when we all made it home 3am ish we stayed up laughing and eating at the kitchen island, our favorite gathering spot!

Amanda Habrowski

September 13, 2020

I’ll never forget your kindness, soul and love for our city. I’m glad I have pieces of you that I’ll keep forever. Love you, Ria. Till we meet again on the dance floor.

Matthew Cadieux

September 12, 2020

Maria was such a huge inspiration for me, I had stopped doing anything artistic and she kept telling me to keep going! Her love of music and art is what we bonded on. I always kept running into her at different shows and she always had a warm embrace for anyone who needed it. She truly was a saint in that aspect.

Sammantha Asaro

September 11, 2020

Sweet Ria. I so deeply hope you have found the peace you always searched for. May the many ones who love you find their peace now. The most creative most complex soul i have ever known but absolutely one of my absolute favorites. It's rare to know a person who knows so many people from so many different walks of life... people you most likely would never find in the same room together....that is until now bc of your soul. I hope you can feel the love that you had you here on earth. Every morning I promise to jam to Otis and Bob and to always be kind. I will be kind for you, love for you and live this life a little more harder than before. Thank you for showing me the beauty in the things most take for granted. A train will never just be a train, a sun rise and sunset will never just be those and i will find the art in every little thing. Rest easy my Mija I will forever be missing a little of the magic this world lost with you. I love you so big and promise to check in on the boys.

Kelli Kavanaugh

September 11, 2020

With heavy hearts, The Wheelhouse family bids farewell to Maria “Ria” Noriega, our friend and the artist that designed and painted the mural on the back of our Hamtramck shop.

Ria was a free spirit, a talented and generous artist, quick to smile, and blessed with a warm and likable personality. We love her and will miss her immensely. We are not alone in this.

I was introduced to Ria in 2016 when I was looking for a mural artist with geometric inclinations as well as one willing to delve into the more spiritual side of art, as I was commissioning it in memory of my sister Kati, who passed away the prior year. We got to know each other intensely and quickly as the mural’s linework “mapped” the life of my sister. No surface topics here.

Part of the payment for the mural was a bike and I often heard stories of rides and how much she loved her bike. That was what the last conversation we had was about, in fact.

My heart is sad for Ria’s family and friends. Times are so tough right now. Let each other know if you need a hand. Let me know.

Ria, I love you. - Kelli

Julie Carr

September 11, 2020

RIA. You made Angie happy. That made me happy. Your art was beautiful, as beautiful as you. I wish we talked more.
I wish things would have been different.
Angie loves you and always will.
God has you now in His comfort. Help God paint beautiful sunsets. We all will be together again...until then my friend..
We will watch the sunsets and we will be connected.

Rene Grisier

September 11, 2020

Ashley Alvarez

September 10, 2020

Ria and I became sisters earlier this year when she moved into my home and lived with my son and I. I love how freely you gave love and were a constant vessel for people for give and take love. You were such a strong woman and inspired so many others to embrace their light. You’ve inspired me to pick back up my paint brushes after over 10 years of not painting and I’ll never paint a picture without thinking of you. Writing this I feel like I am missing so many important things to say but this week mourning you and missing you around the house has been f#@ked up crazy and surreal and I really just wish we could have you back. I love you Ria, mi hermana.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Maria ”Ria” Louisa Noriega 36 years young left this earth to dance with the butterflies on September 6, 2020

The art of Ria, with a true lust for life, she was the definition of an artist and humanitarian full of compassion and living with charity in her heART. She founded B-Kind Art and Detroit is not Dead, in hopes of building community and reviving the city through art and music while paying it forward and reminding everyone to be kind always. She supported many causes such as Families Against Narcotics, Six Feet Above, 7 Inches in Heaven, Grind to Greatness, Division Gallery, and Feral Grounds, just to name a few.

Maria loved being a mother, and yearned to share her life with her boys. She wanted nothing more to make them proud and show them boundless unconditional love.

She did all things with purpose and passion, including each of her beloved tattoos. With a spirit of a child she loved to laugh, and be goofy, dancing and singing, playing jokes, dressing up, and telling people she’d cut them... well that wasn’t always joke. She saw, loved, and accepted those around her with a capacity most will never understand in a lifetime. She never missed a train, sunset, sunrise or the opportunity to tell her family how much they meant to her.

Maria is survived by her two beloved sons Rodmen John Dexter 14, and Dylan Robert Dexter 10, Grandmother Victoria Noriega, her parents John Noriega, Barbara (Tom)Beatty, siblings, Juan (Aleshia)Noriega, Joseph(Tamara)Noriega, Ana (John)Ebright , Rene Nimbach, Terra (Tremell) Chamberlin , Marilyn Nimbach, Nicholas(Antoinette) Guziak, Lauren(Raul) Guziak. Her best friend and companion, Brad Gradowski, And 19 nieces and nephews that will miss her fiercely.

Visitation will be held on September 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Kaul Funeral Home. Reserving the first hour for immediate friends and family

Visitation will be held on September 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Kaul Funeral Home, open house free for all, 10 at a time! 27830 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, MI.

Funeral Service will be held on September 17, 2020 at 11:00 am at Bethlehem Lutheran, 29675 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville,

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