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Viola M Stoick

April 04, 1926 - April 19, 2013

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Viola M Stoick, 87, of Royal Oak, MI. died April 19, 2013.

Viola is survived by her children: Linda Stoick, Anne (John) Sebesta, Michael (Mary) Stoick, Mary Kay (John) Haines, William (Laura Bond) Stoick, Robert (Marion) Stoick. and 10 grandchildren. She is survived by her siblings Agnes Reding, Marian (Chuck) Kibler, Harold (Jane) McCormick and Kay Weatherbee.

Preceded in death by her husband John F. whom she married Sept. 27, 1952, son: Steven,grandson John Michael and brother Paul McCormick.

Mom was an exceptional person to those who knew her. She had many gifts, one of which was an easy-going nature. There was a gentleness about her, with kindness extended to everyone whose path she crossed.

Mom lived life simply but fully, and never stopped pursuing new interests. She enjoyed music and encouraged us to learn an instrument. She played the violin, piano, harmonica, recorder and guitar. And when it came to St. Patrick's Day, there was no time more special than singing along to her favorites like Danny Boy.

Mom had an adventurous spirit and traveled to Alaska, California, Hawaii, and even Switzerland. She spent her retirement years in Florida and continued making friends, joining groups and trying new things. Her social skills were second to none. Right up until the end of her life, she was determined to learn the names of the nurses and aides who took care of her. She always called people by name.

Mom was kind and loving, and she seemed to have the knack of focusing on what is good in life. Her long-term friendships brought much satisfaction. She remained friends with a girl from her hometown in New York for over 70 years, with her friend, Rosemary, for over 60 years, and many other wonderful people from Guardian Angels parish.

Mom was a woman of faith, a devout Catholic her entire life. She loved God and served Him by helping others. Mom illuminated the love, respect, kindness, forgiveness and mercy demonstrated by her savior, Jesus Christ. It's a comfort knowing that she's now in her new Heavenly home at the end of a rich and long, earthly life.

Her primary family was special to her throughout her life. She maintained relationships with her brothers and sisters and each of their families, and always enjoyed visiting her hometown of North Java, New York. Her relatives always rolled out the red carpet for her visits, with lots of storytelling and laughter from the good old days. Right up until the end of her life, Mom e-mailed with her sister, Kay, almost every single night.

Mom related to others by simply enjoying their company and seeking the good in people. She did not gossip or complain about things, a rare quality in human beings.

The pride she felt in each of us, was second to none. She introduced us to everyone at Waltonwood and Golf Lake Estates in Florida over and over again. Many of those people said to us "your mom is so nice."

A few memories we'll hold dear in our hearts:
How we cleaned house every Saturday morning to the music of old-time musicals on the stereo, like Music Man, Oliver, The Sound of Music, and others.
How mom went to every ball game and recital.
How she treated each of our spouses with respect.
How her calendar was always filled with many activities.
How she remembered every birthday and always sent a card.
When she sneezed, always a minimum of 7 times, with us counting out loud.
How she wanted her hair to look nice and lipstick in place before leaving the house - this was true up until the final few days of her life.

Mom loved her family, pursued activities that brought her fulfillment, and wherever she went, she brought smiles to those around her. Having been blessed with this wonderful woman as our mom, we understand how she never got too caught up in her own life, but rather, stayed focused on others, as well as worthy causes. We believe her outward focus contributed to a long, simple and satisfying life. She was a good role model. These final words are taken from a poem: Let's think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched, for nothing loved is ever lost, and she was loved so much.

Good bye, Mom. We'll miss you. Your loving children

Funeral Information

Visitation: Friday, April 26, 2013, 2 until 8 pm with a Scripture Service at 7 pm at
Gramer Funeral Home 705 N Main St (Livernois, North of 14 Mile RD) Clawson
Funeral Mass: Saturday, April 27, 2013 Instate at 12:30 pm until 1 pm Mass at Guardian Angels Catholic Church 581 East Fourteen-mile rd, Clawson

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Visitation:  Gramer Funeral Home

Service:  Guardian Angels Catholic Church

Cemetery:  Oakview Cemetery

Viola M Stoick


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The staff and facilities at Gramer were absolutely the best. Their heartfelt compassion & dedication were obvious. We couldn’t have asked for better care than we received. Brooke even had her wedding the day after Dad’s funeral and the service still went perfectly. We highly recommend Gramer.