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Lillian E. Cork

September 17, 1912 January 3, 2011
Lillian E. Cork
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Obituary for Lillian E. Cork

Lillian E. Cork, age 98 and a former resident of Dexter, died on January 3, 2011.
She was born on September 17, 1912 in Michigan�s Upper Peninsula in the small town of Bruce Crossing. She was one of eleven children (one died as an infant) born into the Rytie family. Lillian is survived by her brother, Alfred Ryti (94) in Chicago. The siblings in chronological sequence were Anne (Carl) Bowen, Mae (Henry) Tianen, Elma (Joe) Gies, Raymond (Jenny) Wright, Johnny (Birdie) Rytie, Alfred (Anne) Ryti, Elsie (Warner) Rautio, Roy (Doris) Rytie, Edna (Bill) Martz.
Although the family had its roots in the Upper Peninsula, over the years the ten children moved to various locations throughout the United States. Raymond became part of leadership in the Minnesota unions, while Mae moved to California where her husband was a CPA. Anne and Carl Bowen played an integral role in relocating Anne�s younger siblings one-by-one to the Detroit Metropolitan area and making sure they had jobs and the support of family. The entire family remained very close to Anne and Carl throughout their lifetime, honoring them for what they had done to provide a good basis for the future.
Anne and Carl had one son, Donald Bowen, who passed away in 2004 and is survived by his wife, Marion Bowen. They have two children, Charles (Kathy) Bowen, and Cynthia (Rocky) Reynolds. The Bowen legacy of generosity lives on in their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lillian was married to Bernard Sifton Cork until his death in 1989. Although they had no children, they are survived by many nieces and nephews and their families spread throughout the country, as well as many friends. Although they were city dwellers for most of their life while Bernard worked at Ford Motor Company and Lillian worked at Sears and Wards, they owned property in Dexter and moved to �the farm� when Bernard retired in about 1984. Throughout their lifetime, they generously made contributions to family members and to a number of charitable organizations, continuing that tradition until just prior to Lillian�s passing.
A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Friday, January 7th, at 1:30PM, with Rev. Mark McGilvrey officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 12 Noon until the time of service. Burial Grandlawn Cemetery, Detroit. Contributions may be sent in memory of Lillian Cork to The Garden City Hospital Foundation, 6245 Inkster Road, Garden City, MI 48135; or to The Penrickton Center for the Blind, 26530 Eureka Road, Taylor, MI 48180. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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