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Lillian Jeanne Koresky

January 17, 1943 January 17, 2021
Lillian Jeanne Koresky
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Obituary for Lillian Jeanne Koresky

Lillian Jeanne Koresky, 78, passed away with congestive heart failure on her birthday January 17, 2021 in her own home with her children present by her side. Her husband James Robert Koresky proceeded her to heaven 4 ½ months earlier on August 30th, 2020. They were married for 55 years.

Loving mother to Robert Stanley Koresky (Jennifer) and Cindy Jeanne Halsted (Bruce). Extremely proud grandmother to Christina, Anna, Pierce, Samuel and Megan. Sister of Ray Rodger (Marcia) and Ron Rodger.

The following was written about Jeanne by her mother 25 years ago…

“Jeanne is my beautiful, intelligent, efficient daughter. She has always been so exquisite and so independent even as a baby. When she was five, she announced that she wanted a piano. Even though it was a lot of money for us then, we yielded and got her a piano. She would get up and practice without any reminders before she went to school. She has always had such a soft, sweet touch on the piano. She played the organ at our church when she was just fifteen years old. Now she sings in the choir and is an elder at Milford Presbyterian Church.

I am and have always been so proud of her. It’s fun to go on a vacation with her. She’s so competent in planning everything. It’s like having my own private travel agent and tour guide. After all the years of being the one to plan all our travels, it’s great to have someone else do it. She and Jim always seem happy to have me go with them. What a lucky lady I am. I love her so much. She is my special pride and joy”.

She was a “go getter” in multiple ways. In fact, if you knew Jeanne, this feels like an understatement. As an ultimate planner, only Jeanne could plan her death on her birthday to have a heavenly bash with Jesus, Jim and other loved ones.

After graduating from Troy High school in 1960 she met Jim Koresky on a blind date. Many have commented that he was the most eligible bachelor in Milford MI, but Jeanne with her gorgeous red hair, spirited heart and confident demeanor swept him off his feet. While working full-time, and raising a family, she decided to go back to college at Oakland University to finish out her degree in Child Psychology that she started after high school.

Once her children were at school age, she started working as a secretary and worked her way up to one of the top female executives at General Motors EDS. As an elegant and confident feminist, she made quite a stink when a rule came down from the new CEO that women were to wear skirts at work. Needless to say, that rule didn’t last long with Jeanne on his team. She was a pioneer. She taught her daughter how to use her female voice long before it was popular.

She was a survivor. After going through a Halsted radical mastectomy (yes, a procedure invented by her son-in-law Bruce’s relative) at the young age of 33, she endured various medical procedures and diseases over the years, and even beat a recent case of Covid-19 despite the fact that she was already battling lung disease! Her doctor commented that he could be a billionaire if he could only bottle what Jeanne had to keep surviving. She didn’t fear death. Her positive attitude and outlook on life propelled her forward.

Jeanne was an avid reader, there was a hardly a day when her children didn’t see her reading. She was a life-long learner who kept pace with technology, though she and Jim never could set the VCR clock back in the day.

She loved to golf, especially with Jim and their amazing friends. Even in the winter they became snowbirds with friends and would travel to Florida to keep up their golfing adventures. She also loved to travel with her Jim, Rob and Cindy in their motorhome as they visited over forty of the fifty states during their early family years together.

If you talked to Jeanne in the last years of her life, there is nobody that she loved more than her kids and especially her grandkids (besides Jesus). She would brag about who they are and how much she loved them any chance she could. Attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, was a favorite pastime! Especially when her grandson Samuel won the state football championship. Sickness couldn’t keep her away.

Jeanne was a devoted lover of Jesus like her mother before her. It was her great joy to be at Milford Presbyterian Church for most of her life, and now she gets to be part of the heavenly choir and may even be running a division in heavenly as God amply gifted her to do.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service and party when COVID-19 is over per Jeanne’s request.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider making a donation to:

The Milford Counseling Sober Living and Extended Care Home. https://www.milfordcounseling.com or to the Milford Presbyterian Church.

For further information, please contact Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645

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