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Mary Christiani

Mary Louise Christiani (Gierada)

Friday, January 21st, 1938 - Monday, March 16th, 2020
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Mrs. Mary Louise (Gierada) Christiani, age 82, of Florence, Indiana, entered this life on January 21, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the loving daughter of the late Walter Peter and Eleanor Mary (Redman) Gierada. She was raised in Allen Park, Michigan and was a 1956 graduate of Allen Park High School. Mary attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Mary was an accountant for several years in Tampa, Florida. She was a member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay, Indiana. Mary was a wonderful homemaker and raised her five children. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Posey Tappers Homemakers. She was also a 4-H leader and held various offices. Mary enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and reading books. Mary passed away at 11:04 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2020, at the King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison, Indiana.

Mary will be missed by her loving husband, Anthony B. "Tony" Christiani of Florence, IN; her children, Phillip Christiani and his wife, Tara of Tampa, FL, Felicia Lynam and her husband, David of Vevay, IN, Jennifer Dadabbo and her husband, Dominic of Waxhaw, NC, David Christiani and his wife, Pamela of Golf Port, MS and Matthew Christiani and his wife, Wendy of Cedar, MI; her grandchildren, Nick Christiani, Jason Humbert, Stephanie Patten, Kevin Christiani, Tim Christiani, Lindsay Duncan and Craig Dadabbo and her great-grandchildren, Davin, Brody, Jordyn, Harper, Madison, Elizabeth and Margot.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Peter and Eleanor Mary (Redman) Gierada and her sister, Anna "Nancy" Felegy.

Private family visitation only will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.

Private family prayer service only will be conducted Friday, March 20, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., by Father Christopher Craig at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home.

Private family interment only will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in the Ottawa Park Cemetery, Clarkston, Michigan.

A public memorial mass will be held at a later date at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay, Indiana.

Due to the current situation of COVID-19, we will be following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of our top priority.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
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  • Service

    Friday, March 20th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, March 20th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home
    Address
    208 Ferry Street
    VEVAY, IN 47043
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    Notes
    Private family prayer service only will be conducted Friday, March 20, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., by Father Christopher Craig at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. A public memorial mass will be held at a later date at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay, Indiana.
    Officiant
    Father Chris Craig
  • Interment

    Location
    Ottawa Park Cemetery
    Address
    6180 Dixie Highway
    CLARKSTON, MI 48346
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    Notes
    Private family interment only will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in the Ottawa Park Cemetery, Clarkston, Michigan.

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Pamela Christiani

Posted at 11:45am
"...Friday's child is loving and giving..." I've adored the Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme this line comes from since I was a very small child... and, in Mama Mary's case, the stanza for her day could not be more correct! How do you condense all the wonder and accomplishments of 82 years into the space allotted for a brief memorial? I have only known this beautiful lady 15 years, but her kindness and gentle spirit were evident from our first meeting. Like my Mom, she raised five children through the tumultuous 60s and 70s... like my Mom, 3 boys and two girls! Such is the material God provided for her stairway to Heaven.
Most of our communication was by notes, Christmas, Birthday and other assorted Holiday cards with phone calls sprinkled throughout the year. She was always warm, caring and ready to give an encouraging word, tell an interesting story or share a favorite recipe for me to make for David. I leaned on her more than usual for six or seven months after my Mom passed in June of 2013. Especially at my birthday. Not getting a card with my Mom's beautiful Catholic School cursive writing really upset me that first year she was gone. But, Mary 's card was so sweet, and the ensuing phone chat with her so supportive that she put me right at ease.
I will most importantly treasure her application of our shared Christian faith and hope to life's many challenges. I trust she is happily reuniting with her precious family and friends and, at some point, I'm sure she'll get around to visiting with my Mom, too. My thanks to God for the privilege and pleasure of her life's crossing over into mine. My deepest sympathy to all her beautiful family, relatives and friends. "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalms 34:18

Much love, Pamela Christiani
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Stephanie Patten

Posted at 11:05am
Oh my sweetest grandma in the world. I'm so glad I could call you mine. I will never forget my teddy bear goodie bags, all of your delicious traditions, your undying love for your family and faith that there is peace in the afterlife. Wait for me so we can play pay me and you can win. I'll bring the nickels from moms house and you can take them all, one game at a time. Unless of course grandpa beats us both 😉. Your wisdom and love I will hold dear. I will never forget your warm hugs and the way you always smelled. Those memories will never fade. I have the last letter you wrote me on the 9th, I can't bear to use the coupons, I don't want to let them go. I'll put them with all the manatee news cut outs you used to send me. I kept them all. I am sad that I won't ever get another letter, but I'm glad your no longer in pain. I love you forever my grandma in Florida. When I started to see the palm trees when we would visit, I knew I was getting close to your snuggles and fresh squeezed juice. We will meet each other again and you can introduce me to all your new friends and old. Forever and always you will be in my heart. Peace be with you. Peace be with us all knowing you’re watching us grow and learn in your warm embrace.
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Posted at 08:12am
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones." Psalms 116:15 With my deepest sympathy and many, precious memories!
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Love, Kevin, Samantha, Madison and Elizabeth Mary

Posted at 08:10pm
Grandma Mary will remain in our hearts forever. We love and miss you Grandma.
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