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Grace P. Roberts

January 25, 1923 March 26, 2018
Grace P. Roberts
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Obituary for Grace P. Roberts

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP - Grace Patricia Krygier Roberts, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 26, 2018. She was 95 years old.

Grace was born in Hamtramck, Michigan on January 25, 1923, the youngest of six children born to Anthony Krygier and Julia (Bobrowski) Krygier. Grace lost her parents by age 13 and went to live with her oldest sister for three years, then lived with and worked for various families while she attended Pershing High School in Detroit.

After the start of World War II Grace worked as a parts inspector at a war plant in Ferndale, Michigan. She later began classes at Providence Hospital to become a nurse cadet. Grace married Medie Roberts, a Ferndale firefighter, on February 6, 1945. They had five children: Michele (Roberts) Cross, Dennis Roberts, Thomas Roberts, David Roberts, and Kevin Roberts—all surviving. They were married 41 years, until Medie’s passing in 1986.

Grace was a caring and loving mother. She encouraged arts and crafts projects at home, sewed clothing for the family, and served as an assistant scout leader for both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts as her children grew up. The Roberts family moved from their home in Ferndale in 1958 and became one of the first families to settle in a new subdivision in Bloomfield Township. Grace passed away on the very day that marked the 60th anniversary of the family’s move into their new home; she was the last of the neighborhood’s original “pioneer” residents.

Following her husband’s retirement, Grace worked as a school hearing technician for the Oakland County Health Department, eventually becoming the hearing technician coordinator at the County offices. After her retirement from the Health Department, Grace served for 13 years as a volunteer at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where she helped in the children’s ENT post-surgery recovery ward and later in the prenatal care unit.
Grace remained youthfully fit and mentally active. She lived alone at home, drove her own car, had considerable pride in keeping up her property, enjoyed reading mysteries, solved cryptograms, and took lengthy walks in the neighborhood for many years. During her last three years she benefited from receiving “Meals on Wheels” through Bloomfield Township’s Senior Services.

Grace is survived by her five children, and by 5 grandchildren, Emily Baehr, Michael Baehr, Jase Roberts, Julianne Roberts and Caroline Roberts. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; her 3 sisters, Cecelia, Frances and Florence; and her 2 brothers, Ignatius (Ernest) and Bernard (Benny).

A private internment will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Roseland Park Cemetery in Royal Oak.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Meals on Wheels Program, c/o the Bloomfield Township Senior Services Department office, 4315 Andover Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.

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