In Memoriam

Ethel Detz(1946-2015)

Sister Ethel Detz was born on July 19, 1946, in Detroit. She was the second oldest of six children born to Nicholas and Doris (Walkowski) Detz. She wrote the following about her childhood and family in her autobiography. 

I have an older sister Fran, a younger sister Dolores and three younger brothers, Nicholas, Richard and Michael. I was in scouting for ten years before I entered. I loved the trips we took and especially enjoyed the overnight camping trips. In the summers, my sisters and I along with a few of our neighbors would put on plays in the basement.  We had a great time creating these skits. Sundays were special in our house. My dad was an usher and usually ushered at the 6:30 Sunday Mass. I remember he would hurry home after mass so that my mom could take the older kids to church and he would stay home with the younger ones. My dad would cook breakfast for us and we often took a Sunday drive into “the country” which of course is now Livonia, Michigan, with houses and stores.


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