Monday, July 26, 2021
1:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
*Rosary at 7PM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
10:30 AM EDT
St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church
Livonia, MI 48154
*Instate 10 AM
Life Story / Obituary
Mary Ann Delonis of Livonia passed away peacefully on July 20, 2021, at the age of 92. She was born in Detroit of Frank and Anna Percha and grew up as a member of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church at Michigan Ave and 23rd street. She attended the parish school, and graduated St. Casimir High School in 1946. The advice from her Chemistry teacher, Sister Mary Joela, was to “Keep that Charming Smile!”. After graduation, Mary Ann worked for several years for an insurance company in the Guardian building downtown.
While at a wedding, Mary Ann met a man from the neighborhood who walked her home that evening. She married Edward Delonis in 1951 and was the beloved wife of the late Edward for 57 years. They were best seen as a couple on the dance floor, gliding effortlessly at full speed. Their family grew to seven children as she was the loving mother of Linda, Diane (Robert) Van Hulle, Laurie (Eric Winn) Conklin, Deborah (Kevin) Nicholson, Michael (Diana), Darlene (William) Schlick, and David. She guided the family with occasional swift discipline but also with a great sense of humor and wit and could easily laugh until she cried.
Mary Ann was a dear grandmother of Sarah, Chad (Lauren) Van Hulle, Kevin (Kristen) Van Hulle, Angela Van Hulle, Matthew Van Hulle, Valerie Sabo, Christopher Conklin, Shaina (James) Siciliano, Janae Nicholson, Kyla Nicholson, Xavier Nicholson, Kyle, Lydia, Francine (Paul) Ross, Steven (Audrey) Schlick, Cathy (Joe) Smith, Logan, Max, Matthew, Sean, and Alexis. She was the great-grandmother of Paige, Harper, Theo, Landon, Alexander, Abigail, Madeline, Levi, Isla, Doris, Carmen, Beverly, Shirley, Tyler, and Nathan. Christmas was her favorite holiday for her family. She shopped for gifts until the stores closed Christmas Eve, and then stayed up all night cooking and wrapping gifts.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her siblings, Johnnie, Clem, Josephine, Frank Jr., Vinnie, and Norman. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann enjoyed spending her days gardening with her flowers. She was a devout member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Livonia and active in their senior group.