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Mary J. Wedenoja

March 19, 2016
Mary J. Wedenoja
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Obituary for Mary J. Wedenoja

Mary J. (nee Boyle) Wedenoja, 90, died on March 19, 2016. She had been living in Denver, Colorado, since 1999, and was a long-time resident at Brookdale Parkplace.

She was born in Milford, Michigan, in 1925, to the late Vincent E. and Celia Boyle. She graduated from Milford High School in 1943.

Mary graduated from Cleary College with a business degree in 1944 and subsequently became their registrar. She then became an executive secretary for the Kaiser-Frazer car company in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

While she was raising six children, she earned her teaching degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1969. As a student, her favorite place to write papers was next to the washing machine.

She taught elementary school students in the Wayne-Westland school district in Michigan and in Lansing, Illinois, for many years before she retired.

She also lived in Detroit, Flint, Wayne, Livonia, Plymouth, and Northville, Michigan; and in Lansing, Illinois.

Mary was an avid and accomplished bridge player and investor, and she enjoyed watching tennis tournaments. Earlier in life she played tennis and also the piano. She had a creative side and a sharp mind. She loved to read.

Mary had been known to advise people to "Make good memories." She will be dearly missed by her cherished family, friends, and acquaintances who have been fortunate to know and to love her. As she once commented, "What's not to like?"

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Edwin, a former engineer at Ford Motor Co.; her brother Vincent T. Boyle; and her sister Nancy Wiernik.

She is survived by her six children: Marilyn Wedenoja Ph.D., of Ann Arbor, MI; Linda, of Chicago, IL; Nancy (Phil) Caligiuri, of Salt Lake City, UT; Edwin Jr., of Lakewood, CO; Kay (John Sullivan) Taylor, of Denver, CO; and Paul, of Guilderland, NY; her grandaughter Emma Taylor-Kilian, of Denver and Boulder, CO; her grand-pet Molly, of Denver, CO; her siblings Martin Boyle, of Milford, MI, and La Mesa, CA; Margaret (Bill) Hendriksen, of Kalamazoo, MI; Joyce Coe, of Walled Lake, MI; a number of grand and great grand step children; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service and burial will take place at Saint Mary Cemetery in Milford, Michigan, this summer.

Donations in Mary's memory can be made to:
Mothers' Scholarship Fund
at Eastern Michigan University
www.emich.edu/foundation/give
Hillary for President campaign
hillaryclinton.com/contribute/donate
Catholic Charities
ccsem.org/donate

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