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Shirley J. Ress

November 3, 1939 November 21, 2011
Shirley J. Ress
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Obituary for Shirley J. Ress

Shirley J. Ress of Madison Heights, died November 21, 2011, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was 72 years old. Shirley was born November 3, 1939, in Hamtramck, the second daughter of Ethel (nee Singer) and Alex Honos, Jr. She was very close to her sister Janet Mielewski and her late husband, Arthur, and spoke to her so often that Janet's grandson, Tate knew those conversations by heart.

On September 14th 1963, she married Eugene Ress. For 48 years they lived by the vows that they made that September day. For better or for worse, in sickness and health, till death do us part. Those were not just words that were spoken, but they were words to live by.

Shirley then had 2 children, Keith and Lisa. She took her job as a mom very seriously. When Keith joined the Air force and had to move away from home that did not stop her from being an active mom. She would often pick up the phone and share a few words of advice for her son. Keith blessed Shirley with two beautiful daughters, Erin and Kate. She was a very active Grandma even with her "Girls" living out of state. She never missed an important event in their lives. She would pack up Grandpa, fly across the country and be with her grandchildren, from dance recitals to Erin's High School Graduation. Even in her last weeks she still had the strength to have a big smile when Erin called to tell Grandma that she passed her national EMT Test.

When it came to Lisa, no man was ever good enough for her daughter Lisa. Shirley was not afraid to tell her it was time to move on, until Lisa met Nick. They were married in St. Louise church and have two beautiful children, Sarah & Alex (who she affectionately called "Alekins"). Grandma was a big part of their lives as she would pick them up from school, take them to gymnastics and dance, and even made them each a room in her new home. The kids were so excited to stay at Grandma's new house that Lisa had to constantly explain to the kids that they were not moving out and into Grandma's new house but that they could stay there for a night or two.

Shirley also had a great love for all animals, from cats and dogs to all of the animals she rescued over the years. She would stop for every injured animal from a rabbit to a pigeon on a freeway and get them to a safe place.
Until a month ago, Shirley could be found every Saturday at 5pm in the last pew of St. Louise Church. She would arrive as early as 4pm, not only to get in a few extra prayers but to secure her favorite parking spot. Shirley lived and loved by her faith in God and helped her grandchildren learn her beliefs. She even took on the responsibility of taking Sarah to catechism every Tuesday.

Whether you called her Wife, Mom, Grandma, Sister, Aunt or Friend, know that because of her faith in God she will always be alive in your heart. Shirley fought in the Hospital for her life for 31 days. Her final words were that she was ready to go home to heaven. When she was told that the doctors were working on her at the end she said "No go home to God." Shirley knew where her true home is and although we will all miss her we know that she is truly home.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Gene, son, Keith Ress, and daughter, Lisa (Nick) Cavallaro. Shirley is also survived by her grandchildren, Erin, Kate, Sarah, and Alexander �Alikins�, and sister, Janet (the late Arthur) Mielewski.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Friday 2-8pm with prayers at 7pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Louise Church, 2500 Twelve Mile Road, Warren, Saturday 12noon. Friends may visit at church beginning at 11:30am.

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