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Roseann Studinger

October 27, 1912 August 6, 2012
Roseann Studinger
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A Scottish Lass
Roseann “Nan” Lynch was born at home in Thornewood, Scotland, to Francis and Catherine (McCafferty) Lynch. Like many Scotch-Irish during the Potato Famine, her grandparents had emigrated from Northern Ireland to find work as coal miners in the Glasgow area. As mining slowed down and strikes continued, her parents decided to emigrate. Elizabeth, the oldest of their seven living children, and our grandfather Francis left from Glasgow in 1928. Landing first at Quebec, they traveled by train to Detroit where they hoped to find secure employment. Three years later when Nan was eighteen, our grandmother Catherine and Nan with her siblings, Frances, Hugh, aka “Scottie”, Catherine, Mary and Theresa began their journey to Detroit accompanied by a few family who stood with all the people on the dock waving and singing Will Ye No’ Come Back Again.

Her parents rented several homes on the east side of Detroit until they moved to Findlay Street where their neighbors were the Studinger family from Germany. Leopold was staying with the family at the time and met Nan there; they were married on June 25, 1938 and built a home with an extra lot on Rochelle in Guardian Angel Parish or as Nan would say in her brogue, “Guarchen Angel”. Although she had briefly worked at downtown Hudson’s, after marriage Mum was a homemaker. While growing up, the children watched as she washed walls, floors, windows and the blinds slat by slat; using a wringer washer, she laundered clothes, sheets, and towels and hung them all on the outdoor clothesline. She ironed shirts and uniforms, mended rips and tears and darned socks. It took many years for us to appreciate her work and the fact that, thanks to Mum, we lived in a really clean house.

Dad worked for Cadillac Fleetwood as a supervisor and was a precision carpenter who brought drafted models into 3-D versions. He used these skills in building homes, garages, decks, and additions for friends and for extra income. He had been trained in Germany and his first commission work there was to build a coffin. When the coffin turned out to be a tight fit, Dad justified the error saying, “I thought they gave me the outside measures” and offered a quick solution: “Bend his knees”. *

Dad loved to care for the apple, pear, and plum trees he planted in our extra lot which in winter he turned into an ice-rink where the trees became hazards for our hockey games. Year round, thanks to Mum’s canning which she often described as demanding work, we enjoyed homemade apple sauce, apple pie, pears and currant jelly from Dad’s produce; she also made rich and moist fruit cakes and genuinely enjoyed the family’s enthusiastic plum cake vs. peach cake debate. Over the years, Mum baked these for everyone and added raisin bread, banana nut bread, lemon meringue pies, marble and sour cream cakes and, of course, her chocolate chip cookies.

Mum and Dad were simple, hard working immigrants with common sense and real depth who were supportive of everyone they loved. They were frugal** but they were generous, especially generous with their time. Remember the most important legacy Mum and Dad gave each of us: even when their own plates were full, Leopold and Nan gave their time and love without hesitation or measure.

*We understand that this method may still be practiced by some funeral homes. If so, they have simply continued a tradition started by our father Leopold.

** As recently as three weeks before her death, Mum spent twenty hours of coupon cutting: in fact, one of Mum’s final requests as a member of the frugal Lynch clan was to ask three questions: What is the discount? Do you accept coupons? Is this a double coupon day?

Living Sibling
Catherine McCafferty (Lynch) Catchpole

Catherine (the late James) Lane
The late Lee (Sherry) Studinger
Nan (James) Toger
Walter (Theresa) Studinger
Patricia Dewandeler

John (Ruth) Herman Brad Studinger Karen Toger
Michael Herman David Sellinger Michelle (Kurt) Palmer
Kelly Herman Michael (Jacqueline) Sellinger Charles Dewandeler
Daniel (Paula) Herman Dominique Spina Natalie (Jeremy) Selweski
Mark Hoermann Christopher Dewandeler

Great-Grand Children
Leopold Herman Helena Sellinger Emma, Ethan, & Austin Palmer

I give you this one thought to keep-
I am with you still – I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone-
I am with you still – in each new dawn.

A Scottish Verse

Visitation will be Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 3-8 PM at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors Bossardet Chapel, 39 W. Burdick, Oxford. A brief prayer service will take place at 7:30 PM. In state August 10th at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes Rd, Sterling Heights, from 10:30 AM until the Mass of Resurrection at 11 AM. Interment immediately following at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township. in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael, the St. Vincent de Paul Society or a charity of your choice.


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