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Eugenie M. Ferszt

February 28, 1931 January 8, 2019
Eugenie M. Ferszt
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Eugenie Muriel Ferszt (nee Smolenski) ‘Genie’ was born on Feb. 28, 1931 in Detroit to Joseph M. Smolenski and Elsa Connolly Smolenski, who were immigrants from Poland and Austro-Hungary/Ireland, respectively. She was raised by her father and older siblings John (‘Jack’) Smolenski, M.D. and Aline Smolenski Smith, after their mother Elsa passed away in 1942.

Genie graduated in 1949 from St. Theresa Catholic High School in Detroit. She briefly attended University of Detroit for college, and also worked at Detroit Edison. In 1955, she married Marion S. Ferszt, M.D. who was introduced to her by her brother Jack. Genie and Marion eventually settled in northwest Detroit (Rosedale Park), after adopting three children from Catholic Social Services.

A devout Catholic, Genie attended daily Mass at St. Owen Catholic Church in Bloomfield Twp. where the family later moved in 1974. Genie’s beloved Union Lake, the cottage and property purchased by her father in 1925, is perhaps her greatest legacy; it was a place for summer fun outside, for family and friends, food and hospitality, and for love and joy.

Genie is preceded in death by her mother, father, sister, brother, and her husband Marion (d. Oct. 7, 2018). Genie will be remembered fondly as a ‘people person,’ as a great hostess for parties and family dinners, as an avid golfer, as a world-traveler with her husband, as a kind, gentle and supportive mom to Paul F. Ferszt, John J. Ferszt (m. Patty Ferszt), and Elizabeth (‘Liz’) Ferszt, as an amazing grandmother to Forest F. Casey, Jon M. Casey, Nicole Ferszt Hamp, M.D., Genie Claire Ferszt, and John (‘Jack’) Ferszt.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Owen Catholic Church, 6869 Franklin Road (just south of 15 Mile), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or St. Owen Catholic Church.


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