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Heather Grace Lynch

March 1, 1975 July 2, 2020
Heather Grace Lynch
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Obituary for Heather Grace Lynch

Heather Grace Lynch, of Tecumseh, Michigan and formerly of Milford, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020 in California of depression and complications of a closed head injury. She was 45 years old. Born on March 1, 1975 in Royal Oak, she grew up in Milford, attending St. Williams School in Walled Lake and Milford High School where she graduated in 1993. She earned a BA from Western Michigan University and an MA in Interdisciplinary and Women’s Studies from DePaul University, Chicago. Heather Grace worked for a variety of non-profit organizations while still in school, including The Equal Rights Campaign in Washington D.C. and the Women’s Center at DePaul.

For three years she worked with her brothers and father at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Milford, Michigan. She travelled extensively across the United States and Europe, Indonesia and Central and South America, before marrying James Sikorski and eventually moving with him to a small farm in Tecumseh where she trained and boarded horses and became an accomplished horsewoman, serving on the Equestrian Team of the Huron Twp. Police Department and excelling in Riding and Archery Competitions throughout the midwest. It was a fall from a horse in 2018 resulting in a closed head injury, which, combined with a long struggle with mental illness and depression, lead to disability and treatment in early 2020.

Heather Grace found great meaning in causes of justice and outreach to disadvantaged and underserved populations. She was instrumental in planning and programming the first of Milford’s MLK Day Marches and Seminars. She founded Heather Grace Consulting, which advised community based programs for children and young adults, non-profits, and NGO’s. For five years she worked with The American Friends Service Committee through its Ann Arbor office working towards their responses to racial injustice, women's issues, and demands of sexual minorities for equal treatment. She saw in every incarnation of creation the Creator’s love and the beauty of being.

Heather Grace loved children, chocolate, modern dance, ballet and adventure, art in all its forms and her families of origin, choice, and common cause. She found particular community among her animals and pets -- goats and bunnies, horses, dogs and cats among them.

Heather Grace is survived and mourned by her husband, James Sikorski, her parents, Yvonne Gray Lynch of Grand Haven, Thomas and Mary Tata Lynch of Milford, her brothers, Tommy (Andrea) Lynch of Fountain, MI, Michael (Julia) Lynch and Sean Lynch of Milford, likewise three nephews and one niece, many aunts and uncles, cousins and loving friends who join in the overwhelming grief and helplessness her death occasions, and the gratitude for her all too brief and too often troubled time among us.

She was, like grace itself, from which she never fell, an abundant, undeserved gift of God’s creation and Nature’s designs.

In keeping with CDC and Michigan Guidelines during the pandemic, visitation and final disposition were limited, with regrets, to immediate family.

Memorial donations in Heather Grace’s name to the American Friends Service Committee, 1414 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 appreciated.

Condolences to her family, c/o Lynch & Sons, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, MI 48381.

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