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George Aurel Danis

August 16, 1924 June 15, 2018
George Aurel Danis
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Obituary for George Aurel Danis

George A. Danis died peacefully June 15, 2018. He was 93 years old. George, the older of 2 children, was born on August 16, 1924 in Detroit to parents, Veronica (nee Morariu) and Aurel Danis.

George was fiercely proud of his Romanian heritage - his parents were from Suceava, Romania, eventually immigrating to the Metro Detroit area.

A devout Romanian Orthodox Christian, George was a lifetime member of St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral with all of his key spiritual and life milestones celebrated in this Cathedral and the former Cathedral site in downtown Detroit. He was active in the Men’s club and the Boy Scout Troop at the Church.

After his 1942 graduation from McKenzie High School Detroit, George proudly served in the military in World War II as a Navy Seaman aboard the USS Sitka in the Pacific war theatre. Following his service, George was employed by General Motors in 1952 during the time when the Motor City produced Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, and Buicks that revolutionized the automobile industry. He continued this job for 40 years until 1992.

In 1950, George met Viola Stringer at a wedding in Pontiac, Michigan and a nearly 7-decade love story began. On July 28, 1951, George and Viola began their new life together in Detroit and subsequently moved to Oak Park in 1952 where they lived for 62 years until 2014 when George and Viola moved to Canton Michigan.

George had 3 children that were the center of his life – Anna Marie in 1952, George in 1954, and Gary in 1958. George was a devoted father, involved in sporting and other important childhood activities. More than a “breadwinner” George provided his children with love, guidance, and most of all served as a role model to help shape them into the successful and caring adults they are today.

During his free time, you would most likely find George puttering around the yard and house or at the BBQ preparing the most delicious pork shoulder steaks.

George also enjoyed watching and participating in sports. He was a life-long Detroit Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings fan, and he also rooted for the Chicago Cubs. He bowled in a league and played softball with his son in a league.

George had 6 grandchildren - Frank, Scott, Michael, Lauren, Nicholas, and Matthew. He delighted in spending time with them and celebrating their life milestones. Just 3 weeks ago, George was blessed to meet his great-granddaughter – 3 month old Stella – and upon holding her in his arms he proudly proclaimed “My life is complete”! In an era where young people prioritize selfish pursuits over quality family time, George was blessed that his grandchildren visited often and delighted in spending time with their Mosu. He was also blessed with many nieces and nephews and their children who remained close over the decades and enjoyed his company and loved him immensely.

George was the beloved patriarch of the Danis family and his loss leaves a deep hole in our hearts that we will now fill with the many memories of happy times and the endless love that he shared with each of us. “Love you and miss you Mosu!”

George is survived by his loving children, Anna Marie (Eric) Cummins, George M. (Diana) Danis, and Gary A. (Vicky) Danis. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Frank (Magdalena), Scott, Michael, Lauren, Nicholas, and Matthew, his great-granddaughter, Stella Marie Danis, and many nieces and nephews. George is preceded in death by his loving wife, Viola A. Danis and his brother, John Danis.

A funeral will be held at St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, 18405 W. Nine Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10am. Friends may visit at church on Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5-8pm.

Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit.

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