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Marion S. Ferszt, M.D.

July 16, 1925 October 7, 2018
Marion S. Ferszt, M.D.
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Obituary for Marion S. Ferszt, M.D.

Marion S Ferszt, M.D., age 93, died peacefully at Cedarbrook in Bloomfield Hills, on October 7, 2018. Marion Ferszt was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 16, 1925, to parents Stanley M. Ferszt and Helen Nir Ferszt, who were naturalized immigrants from Poland. He graduated from Cass Tech High School in Detroit in 1943, after which he briefly attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Navy pilot (Lt. Junior Grade) in Pensacola, Florida, and was honorably discharged in late 1945.

He resumed an undergraduate degree at UM, and then attended UM Medical School, graduating in 1952. Dr. Ferszt completed a residency in General Surgery at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit from 1952-1957. In 1955, he married Eugenie M. Smolenski (1931- ), and the couple settled in the Northwest side of Detroit. Dr. Ferszt practiced for many years at St. Mary’s Hospital of Livonia, MI, with an office located on Farmington Road in Livonia, MI. He also worked as a Medical Director for General Motors, beginning at the Spring and Bumper Plant in Livonia, then at Chevrolet Willow Run Assembly Plant in Ypsilanti, then at the former Detroit Diesel Allision Division, and in 1984 became a full time Medical Director at the GM Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant. He was a lifelong member of the American College of Surgeons, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, as well as the Birmingham Senior Men’s Club, and St. Owen parish in Bloomfield Hills.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and by his sister Mary Ferszt, and his brother John Ferszt. He is survived by his wife Genie, and by his three children and five grandchildren: Paul F. Ferszt of Clarkson, MI; John J. Ferszt (m. Patrice S. Ferszt) of Palm Beach, Florida, and their children Nicole Ferszt Hamp, M.D. (m. Christopher F. Hamp) of Chicago, IL, and John Patrick Ferszt (‘Jack’) of Ann Arbor, MI; Elizabeth A. Ferszt, Ph.D. of Tempe, AZ and her children Forest F. Casey of Los Angeles, CA, Jonmarion M. Casey of Los Angeles, CA, and Genie Claire Ferszt of Chicago, IL.

Dr. Ferszt was an avid reader and traveler; when he and his wife were in their retirement years, they loved planning and going on trips to Europe, Asia, and Africa. He also loved sailing on Union Lake, gardening and yard work, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather; he will be remembered as an excellent and generous provider, and as a talented and hard-working medical doctor.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Owen Catholic Church, 6869 Franklin Road (just south of 15 Mile), Bloomfield Hills, MI, Friday, 12 October, 2018, 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10:30am.

Memorials appreciated to the Salvation Army (East Detroit Mission) 3000 Connor St., Detroit, MI 48215.


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