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Elizabeth A. Hogan

November 2, 1925 December 29, 2020
Elizabeth A. Hogan
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Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Hogan of Detroit died December 29, 2020 in Hartland, Michigan. She was 95 years old. She was born November 2, 1925 in Detroit to Catherine (nee Killeen) and John Hogan.

Liz graduated from Annunciation High School in 1943 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology form Marygrove College in 1947. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Wayne State University.

Liz lived and worked in the city she loved and dedicated her life to improving the lives of Detroit’s poor and marginalized. She started her career as a case worker in Detroit at Catholic Family Center (later named Catholic Social Services). She was then hired by the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department as an instructor and was put in charge of their program for special needs children.

She lived and worked at Martha’s House of Hospitality for three years, where women and children in crisis were fed and sheltered. Seeing the dire living conditions of some of her elderly clients, she went on to open St. Catherine’s Cooperative for elderly women. St. Catherine’s provided comfortable and safe housing, and gave elderly women a sense of independence, usefulness and belonging.

After leaving St. Catherine’s, Liz was employed by the City of Detroit as director of a “Center for Mentally Retarded Children”. Her work there focused on children’s social development; building friendships, the give and take of community and most importantly, making them feel loved and valued.

Understanding the influence politics has on a community’s ability to care for their poor, Liz served as a delegate for her precinct to help elect candidates dedicated to living and promoting the Catholic church’s social teachings.

Liz was a School Community Agent with Detroit Public Schools from 1960 to 1979. During this time she developed multiple programs for children and adults including helping to establish a food co-op, creating a room mother program, offering Adult GED and Health classes, and in conjunction with the Health Department, offering vaccination, medical and dental programs. She also developed a volunteer program utilizing High School and College students to lead various after-school clubs and classes – making a tight budget stretch even further.

After her retirement from Detroit Public Schools, Liz became Director of St. Dominic’s Outreach Center. She was a secretary for Programs for Alternative Creative Education (PACE), which provided funds for Detroit Public Schools. She also worked for the Board of Education as a Community Coordinator for inner city schools.

Liz was a member of the Grail Catholic women’s movement and a member of Catholic Caucus. She also taught water aerobics to the elderly.

Liz is survived by her nieces, Mary Anne (the late Robert) Veneri, Joan Martin, Patricia Sargent, and Nancy (Kevin) Regan, as well as many great and great great nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sister, Sr. Mary Frances Hogan IHM, brother, Joseph Hogan, and sister-in-law, Esther Hogan.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 280 E. Square Lake Road, Troy, Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10am. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit. To live-stream the service, please follow the link below.

Memorials appreciated to IHM Sisters, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, Michigan 48162 and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, Michigan 48207.


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