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Life Story / Obituary
Lila Mary Belonga Herald, “Jody”, age 70, of Rochester Hills, MI, passed away on March 04, 2020, at William Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan with family by her side. Funeral services will be 12:00 PM viewing and 1:00 PM service on March 7, 2020 at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 45100 Warren Road, Canton, MI 48187 with interment at Circle Hill Cemetery in the Township of Whitewater, MI.
Jody was born February 06, 1950 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She enjoyed family get togethers, whether she was preparing one of her wonderful holiday meals or enjoying one of her grandkid’s birthday dinners. She was also an avid sports fan. She loved watching a variety of games on tv, but especially her Lions play football and her Tigers play baseball. She knew more player stats than most her age. In earlier years, she would enjoy going to the Casinos with her husband, Rick, before he passed away in 2001. Trivia and crosswords were also favorite pastimes. Jody had a wonderful laugh and wit about her that will forever be missed.
A longtime resident of Rochester Hills, MI, she was preceded in death by her parents, James Luke Belonga and Virginia Boulley Belonga, her husband, Richard James Herald, one brother, Jim Belonga and one sister, Olive Pickard. She is survived by her three sisters, Shelly (Jim) Wilson, Gerry (John) Mantila, Maria (Rodney Challender) Belonga and two brothers, Steve Belonga and Gene Belonga. She is also survived by daughter, Josette (Phillip) French, a son, Dwane Mallory, and daughter, Sherri Walls, as well as six grandchildren, Shayla French, Trevor French, Gavin French, Courtney Mallory, Jesse Rhom, Mason Walls and two great-grandchildren Aiden Terbrack and Rosalie Rhom.