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Phyllis May Lelli

January 21, 1923 April 11, 2021
Phyllis May Lelli
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Obituary for Phyllis May Lelli

Phyllis May Lelli passed away of natural causes at the age of 98 on The Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Cedarbrook Assisted Living of Rochester, Michigan. Phyllis was born at home in Detroit, Michigan in 1923.

Phyllis was married to Joseph Lelli on September 27, 1952 at St. Clare of Montefalco Church in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and enjoyed 41 years together. Phyllis was actively involved as a eucharistic minister at St. Hugo Catholic Church and regularly volunteered in her community. She was devoted to raising six children and enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grand children. She loved to travel, play bridge, needle point and was also an avid reader.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph, her beloved parents Henry and Amelia Koenig (Penner), her sister, Dorothy McCarthy (Ed), her brother, Larry Koenig (Virginia), nephews, Frank Koenig and Tom McCarthy and a niece, Kathy Koenig.

She is survived by her six children: Dr. Joseph Lelli Jr. (Ramona), Susan Sutton (Ron), Dr. Mark Lelli (Brenda), Drew Lelli (Virginia), Paul Lelli (Elizabeth) and Michael Lelli (Anne Marie). She is also survived by 21 grandchildren: Christopher, Nicolette, Kateri and Gabriel, children of Dr. Joseph Lelli (Ramona); Jesse Sutton (Faustyna), Jason Sutton (Lex), Juliana (Stephen), Mikala Vish, Andrea Rupple (Ryan) and Damien Sutton, children of Susan Sutton (Ron); Michelle VanDenBrand (Brian), Claire Reame (Brent) and Dr. John Lelli (Dr. Elaine Mirabile), children of Dr. Mark Lelli (Brenda); Paul Jr., Mary, Alex and Frederick Kuhar (Stephanie), children of Paul Lelli Sr. (Elizabeth); Elizabeth, Matthew, Jaqueline and Rebekah, children of Michael Lelli (Anne Marie). She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren: Therese, Cecelia, Jacques and Will, children of Jesse Sutton (Faustyna); Adelina, Gemma, Leo and Francesco, children of Jason Sutton (Lex); Isabella and Seraphena, children of Juliana Schriemer (Stephen); Lillyanna, Torin, Tyron and Emma, children of Mikala Vish; Gianna, child of Andrea Rupple (Ryan); Wesley, child of Michelle VanDenBrand (Brian); Luisa and Lena, children of Claire Reame (Brent); Aurora, child of Frederick Kuhar (Stephanie).

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Tuesday, April 13th, 4-8pm with a Rosary at 7:30pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Hugo of the Hills, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, Wednesday, April 14th at 11am. Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Memorials may be made to Right to Life of Michigan, 233 N. Walnut Street, Lansing, Michigan 48933.

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