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Julia Mary Rygiewicz, age 92 of Warren, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at home surrounded by loved ones. She was born January 12, 1925 in Detroit, daughter of the late Walter and the late Agnes (nee: Sekula) Olech.

Born and raised in Detroit, Julia was a proud graduate of Detroit's renowned St. Hedwig High School. When it came time for seeking employment, Julia's office skills were ultimately put into service as a secretary for the Detroit Central Railroad where she extended the utmost in service excellence until her eventual retirement.

Julia was a hard worker and always put her best foot forward in everything she did,…most notably when she donned the hat of Dog-Sitter, a moniker she wore with distinction and pride. Of course, it didn't hurt that she was an "animal lover extraordinaire." Dr. Dolittle had nothin' on this lady, yet her heart was unquestionably the most passionate when it came to the canine of God's species. She loved dogs, and they most certainly loved her, which made her presence the perfect fit when somebody in the family needed a caregiver for their dog.

When it came to some of Julia's favorite things to do, it often involved feeding her hunger for sports, especially "Sports in the D"…yes, even the Lions managed to get a nod from time to time. There was always a good portion of excitement and exhilaration that accompanied the Red Wings games she watched,…but there is no mistaking the fact that her passion for the Detroit Tigers reigned supreme. There was no greater banner-waver for the Tigers than Julia, and this mini-bio would be terribly remiss if not to mention that she never missed a game. Whether on the radio or television, Julia's love for her favorite "Boys of Summer" kept her in tune, in touch, and in the know with all things Tigers related.

Julia was also known for giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money each time she visited the casino. Most often it entailed hopping aboard one of the familiar senior bus excursions that transported she and her friends to a casino out of the area, making for an entire day of fun, entertainment,…and hopefully coming home with thicker pockets. Known for giving those slot machines a workout, she managed to keep it simple and realistic while hangin' out at the penny machines. She also found great enjoyment in the game of Bingo, another venue for creating fun memories with friends.

Before her beloved Henry passed, the two lovebirds were known for their love of travel and enjoyed many wonderful road trips together over the years. Quite often this meant heading to one of the familiar church festivals in the state that offered untold pleasures, each one unique and entertaining in its own right. Their travels took them to many memorable destinations, with the most special aspect being that they shared it together.

Julia was quite the special lady, perhaps never more so than through the unconditional love she poured into the hearts and lives of her adopted children, Michael and Julie. As they shared; "she was a mother who "chose" to be a mother in the most unselfish way possible." Caring and giving were traits that simply were a part of who she was and how she was perceived,…and for those who were the fortunate benefactors of her care, they were truly blessed. And if Michael and Julie weren't enough of a love story, Julia was doubly blessed to enjoy a host of loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren with whom to share her love.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Julia leaves a legacy of love to be embraced with each reflection shared, and by all in whose lives she touched. She will truly be missed, and loved forever. Rest in peace, dear one.

Julia was the beloved wife of the late Henry Carl Rygiewicz. Dear mother of Michael (Stephanie-Bogumil) Rygiewicz and Julie (Jeffrey) Rygiewicz-Mathieu. Loving grandmother of David (Jennifer Gacki-Resch) Gacki-Resch, Sara Rygiewicz Roberts, Adam James Resch, and great-grandmother of Shane Roberts. Julia was preceded in death by her siblings; John, Joseph, Catherine, and Lottie.

Mrs. Rygiewicz will lie in state Tuesday, June 20th from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren. Following Mass, she will be buried next to her beloved Henry at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Seeing as there will be no funeral home visitation for Julia, please direct all floral remembrances to St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren.

Please share memories of Julia at her memory book above.