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Ann Cramer Daly

March 3, 1924 December 10, 2019
Ann Cramer Daly
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Obituary for Ann Cramer Daly

Ann Cramer Daly of Clinton Twp., died December 10, 2019. She was 95 years old. Ann was born March 3, 1924 in Detroit to Josephine (nee Bush) and Loreto De Meis and graduated from Hazel Park High School in 1942.

Mother, Daughter, Wife, Sister, Grandmother, Citizen, Feminist, Patriot, Matriarch - the Daughter of Italian immigrants, Ann’s story is 95 years of adventure - she traversed and transcended; the great depression, a World at War, and three chapters of love along the way. Ann’s work ethic and survival instinct was forged in an immigrant family navigating the turbulent 1930’s setting a foundation for her epic journey of triumph and tragedy. Ann was the living definition of thrive not survive. Much of Ann’s story finds foundation in Hazel Park Michigan where she graduated High School in 1942 and fell in love with and married Berlin Stephens, their love would produce two beautiful and successful daughters, Nancy and Diane. Her daughter’s fierce independence and entrepreneurial success is a testament to the prime example of how to live.

Ann reminded all of us through her actions and journey; do the hard and dirty work, she did this with wisdom and compassion. Italian American patriot Ann Cramer Daly was our very own “Rosie The Riveter” working seven days a week making airplane parts in a war effort factory. As a single mother in the 1950’s Ann’s hard factory work provided for her daughters, a truly modern and independent women. Ann found her way to the Stephenson Club where she worked hard and found success, this experience would stick with Ann the rest of her life, always treating food service staff with great respect and leaving big tips along the way.

Ann fell in love with her soul mate Cecil Cramer, they would spend the next three decades devoted to each other, and devoted to a life of shared exploration and adventure. They were the original RV adventurers, they traversed America east and west, north and south, and many points in between, even Alaska met Ann and Cecil. When they were not on continental walk about, they created a hide out in Michigan’s Caseville at the tip of the thumb. Ann and Cecil staying true to their DNA of fearless explorers; playing with dirt bikes, 3 and 4- wheeler, jeeps, and boats through the sandy dunes and great lakes. Ann and Cecil built their dream home in Clawson Michigan, a space where the whole family could come together around the fire and bar finding shared laughter and love.

In retirement Ann and Cecil would find their way to Florida, where Ann picked up shuffle board. She was a championship Shuffler with countless trophies from the travel circuit, she was proud. she was fun. and she found success where ever she found herself.

Ann and Frank Daly came together in commiseration and companionship both having lost the loves of their life, they taught us all love is not lost, love is lived and celebrated. Their friendship quickly became true love, and beautiful companionship. Living to 95 means watching everyone you grew up with, and everyone you found romance with, head to heaven before you. With grace, humor, and wit, Ann continued to show us all it’s not over until it’s over.

Ann and her senior community in Clawson, Michigan, spent over two decades playing cards, bingo, and taking bus adventures. She was a beacon of light, a beacon of how awesome life could be at any age, in any place, in every possible way she had the winning hand in the great game of life, 95 years of jack pot. Why all the gambling terms? It was her love of play. She taught us to play, laugh, not take things to seriously, to love, and to just be alive. As her journey was coming to an end, she found her way to Oakmont Senior living, and there once again, she pulled together a group to play pinochle after dinner each night. To the end she was sharp and she was ready for life. Thank you for the great lesson. May we all follow your light and love and may we all have that Ann Cramer Daly kind of life.

Ann is survived by her daughters, Diane (Jimmie) Edwards and Nancy (Robert) Allmen and grandchildren, Nicole (Scott) Riojas, Andrea (David) Goniwiecha, James (Kelly) Fleming, Steve (Laura) Allmen, Heather Olsen, Richard Allmen and Jeffrey (David Carrasquillo) Allmen. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Tyler, Destiny, Anthony, Olivia, Jason, Josie, Max, Katie, and Brendon, great-great grandchildren, Corbin, Patrick, and Myles, daughter-in-law, Doris Daley and grandsons, Terry (Lisa) Daley and Cary (Lynette) Daley. Ann is preceded in death by her husbands, Cecil Cramer and Frank Daly and sister, Nancy Banish.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Thursday, December 19th, 4-8pm. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 1434 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights, Friday, December 20th at 11am. Interment will be in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Memorials appreciated to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church-Missions, 1434 E. Thirteen Mile Road, Madison Heights, Michigan 48071.

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