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Lorraine Copeland Janz

November 2, 1921 April 1, 2017
Lorraine Copeland Janz
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Obituary for Lorraine Copeland Janz

Lorraine Copeland Janz, age 95, died April 1, 2017. She was born November 2, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan to Elizabeth Bell Callaghan and Willard Cassell Copeland, and was the beloved wife of 65 years of Frederick C Janz.

She was wed to Captain Frederick C. Janz on February 26, 1944 at Bushnell Congregational Church. He returned from military service in the army after 22 months of active service in Amchitka and the Aleutian Islands.

Lorraine’s Irish ancestry and Callaghan descendants were a source of pride. Lorraine, in 2003, at age 82, made a trip to Ireland, County Armaugh, to meet the Callaghan clan at Rose Cottage, the family homestead.

Lorraine Janz leaves a legacy of stewardship and volunteerism; serving the civic, educational and religious communities. Noteworthy, with her late husband, Frederick C Janz, she co-chaired the Bloomfield Hills Recreation Community Education Commission. Their service continues to impact the township today. They also co-founded the Kirk in the Hills Garden Guild, and worked tirelessly in it for many years.

Lorraine was an active member of Bushnell Congregational Church, Kirk in the Hills Church and Church Women United. The organization called Church World Services recognized Lorraine with gratitude for 25 years of devoted service to the Blankets Program providing worldwide emergency relief supplies to disaster areas. Lorraine also served on the Board of Directors at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital. In addition, Lorraine volunteered for the American Red Cross, Cranbrook Institute of the Arts, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Television and the Detroit Zoological Society and the Bloomfield Hills School System.

Lorraine is survived by her loving children, Nancy Janz Clark (James Clark) of Ann Arbor, MI, Michael (Sally) Janz of Plymouth, MI, William (Joyce) Janz of Oceanside, CA, Carol (Brian) Booth of Longmont, CO, and Linda (Bruce) Faison of Oldsmar, FL, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and her sister, Doris Patee of New Hudson, Michigan. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Frederick C. Janz, son, Richard Janz, and sister, Joyce Hague.

A memorial service will be held at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, 1340 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills on Saturday (June 17th, 2017) at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Elizabeth Copeland Fund at Henry Ford Health System, 1 Ford Place 5A, Detroit, MI 48202-3450. This fund was established by Lorraine for medical research led by a woman scientist in memory of Lorraine’s mother, Elizabeth Bell Copeland, who lost her fight to breast cancer.


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