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Ruth Ann Bretz

August 1, 1936 October 30, 2014
Ruth Ann Bretz
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Obituary for Ruth Ann Bretz

Ruth Ann Bretz of Milford., died on October 30, 2014. She was 78 years old. Born on August 1, 1936 in Cheboygan, MI, Ruth was the daughter of Eli and Blanche (Cambell) Douglas. After highschool, she came downstate to Ypsilanti where she went to work with Michigan Bell Telephone. There she met Gerald Bretz on a blind date and who was immediately smitten. The couple was married on July 12, 1958 and moved into their home on Sweetbriar Street in Milford where they raised their family. While her husband worked at the G.M. Proving grounds, Ruth went to work for the Michigan Department Store. Then her work continued at the Milford D & C store, and she became, like the store itself, a fixture in the middle of Main Street and connected always to the local pulse of things. She loved Milford and its people and her good mood and goodwill for friends and strangers alike made shopping local very happy duty. Ruth was among the first cohort of volunteers at Huron Valley Hospital from the time it opened in the 1980's. Her compassion and empathy endeared her to patients and visitors for years. Ruth was a woman of abiding faith and was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church in Milford. And she loved and treasured her family. Preceded in death of her beloved husband Gerald, in 1996, she turned her energies to her beloved grandchildren who knew that their grandmother, "never missed a beat."

She is survived by her son, John (Amiee) Bretz, and daughter, Joan (Kevin) Cranmer; grandchildren, Andrew and Abigail Bretz and Lydia and Nicholas Cranmer; sister of Janet (Dave) Landrie, Laura (Jim) Barrette, Judy (Cles) Hurlburt, Jim (Sherri) Douglas, and the late Doris Deroshia. Also survived by many loving extended family and dear friends who join in mourning the death of a dear woman and giving thanks to God for her life among them.


A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce, Milford on Monday, November 3, 10 AM. Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Sunday, November 2, 2 - 8 PM. Scripture Service Sunday 4 PM. Fr. Ron Anderson to officiate. Burial St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or St. Jude Children�s Research Hospital.

For further information please call Lynch & Sons, Milford, 248-684-6645.

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