Obituary of Mary Alice VanSlambrouck
Mary Alice VanSlambrouck was born in Monroe, Michigan on October 13, 1956. She was the daughter of James R. VanSlambrouck and June Louise (Maloche) VanSlambrouck. The family worshipped at St. Joseph Catholic Church where Mary was baptized and confirmed. Mary attended St. Mary Academy graduating with the Class of 1974. She continued her studies at Aquinas College earning a Bachelor’s degree in education.
A devout Catholic, Mary stayed active in the St. Joseph Parish serving as the Secretary of religious education for several years. She later served on the Parish Council at St. John upon the closure of St. Joseph.
Mary was a hard worker and was well-respected wherever she went. For many years she was employed by Comstock as a nuclear power plant Quality Control engineer working at Fermi II in Newport and later at the Perry Power Plant in Painesville, Ohio. She also worked for Montgomery Ward in Human Resources. She retired in 2020 from Sedgwick as a Workman’s Compensation Claims Specialist after twenty years of service.
Mary loved photography and capturing beautiful still life pictures. Although she never had children of her own, Mary loved all children and was particularly fond of her nieces and nephews, cherishing the time that she shared with each one of them. She enjoyed arts and crafts, making cards for people's birthdays and making ornaments to gift loved ones.
She had a positive aura and a beautiful smile encouraging many people with daily inspirational Facebook posts. Unfortunately, much to her own chagrin she was an avid Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions fan.
Mary Alice VanSlambrouck, age 65, of Monroe passed away on Saturday; August 27, 2022, at Beaumont Hospital in Trenton. Her passing was preceded by her parents; a sister: Catherine VanSlambrouck Barrett, a brother: Michael James VanSlambrouck; and two sisters-in-laws: Mary Jane Duran and Debbie Maiden.
To cherish her memory, she leaves her nineteen nieces and nephews whom she adored and many great nieces and nephews; two sisters: Jean Hettrick (William) of Copley, Ohio and Veronica VanSlambrouck of Monroe; and three brothers: Patrick (Colleen) VanSlambrouck of Mattawan, Michigan, Andrew VanSlambrouck of Monroe, and Richard VanSlambrouck (Vicki) of Plainwell, Michigan and brother-in-law, Randall Barrett of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Friends may gather from 4:00pm until 8:00pm on Thursday; September 1, at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe where the Rosary will be recited at 6:00pm. She will lie in state from 10:00am until the time of the Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00am on Friday; September 2 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church; 502 West Front Street, Monroe. Father Kishore Babu Battu will officiate. Procession will follow to St. Joseph Cemetery for burial.
The family requests that those wishing to remember Mary May do so with memorials to The Humane Society of Monroe County at 833 North Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 48162.
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