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Doris L. Matreal

April 6, 1935 January 6, 2010
Doris L. Matreal
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Obituary for Doris L. Matreal

Doris Lucille Matreal, a resident of Ogemaw Co., Michigan, and former resident of Commerce Twp., passed away at home in the care of her family on January 6, 2010. She was 74 years old. Born on April 6, 1935 in Lincoln, Nebraska, she was the daughter of Charles Edward and Hedwig (nee Kuczewski) McGarvey. The McGarvey family moved to Detroit where Doris spent her childhood and school years. She graduated from MacKenzie High School. On her seventeenth birthday, she was introduced to Eugene Matreal at her aunt�s home. Doris and Eugene soon began dating and celebrated their marriage on May 9, 1953, just over a year after they met. In the following years, the young couple was blessed with the births of their daughters, Karen and Jean, and a son, Chas. Doris was a wonderful mother to their three children; she enjoyed the bustling household and constantly surrounded her family with love and affection. Although her children kept her busy, Doris had a career outside her home too. She worked as an accountant at Holloway Construction in Wixom, a sales clerk at Grant�s Department Store and later as a secretary at Groleau Brothers construction company. She and Eugene lived and raised their family in Commerce Township for over 45 years and retired to Sage Lake in Ogemaw County eight years ago. Doris lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed all the blessings she was given through the years. Whether she was in the garden tending her flowers or inside watching old movies of The Duke, her dogs were rarely far from her side. Doris loved to dance and spent many an evening at square dances and could polka for hours. Her greatest joy and the reason for the sparkle in her every smile was her grandchildren. Never missing an opportunity to spend time with them, she was the favorite babysitter for each of them. After she and Eugene moved north to Sage Lake, the weekends were filled with family, fun on the lake and of course, square dancing with the grandchildren. Likewise, if you were to ask any of them, each grandchild would likely say their favorite memories of Grandma were the weekends they spent together at the lake.

She is survived by her beloved husband of over fifty-six years, Eugene V. Matreal; daughters, Karen L. Adams of Wixom, Jean M. (Nathan) Sundman of White Lake; son, Chas (Vicki) Matreal of Milford; grandchildren, Ryan, Jennifer, & Tyler Matreal, Jessica, Zachary, & Alicia Adams, Casey, Tracey, & Nate Sundman, a sister, Cheryl (Ross) Koon and many extended family members and dear friends who will miss her warm smile and easy laugh and always treasure the love she gave them.


A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Saturday, January 9th, at 3PM, with Fr. Tom Meagher officiating. Friends may visit Saturday 12PM until the time of service. Memorials may be made in her name to your favorite charity. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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