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“Ann was a lovely woman. I had the chance to meet her while working at Park Place where she lived. I was her server on occasion. She treated me...Read More »
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Anna Mae (Ann) Nacu, age 92, of Warren passed peacefully at home on Sunday, July 22nd, 2018, in the company of her children. She was born October 19, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Ralph and Dorothy (nee: Paul) Orait.

Ann was raised in Detroit with her younger siblings Eugene and Patricia in a Catholic household. Her strong faith and devotion to Catholicism was important throughout her life. She attended Eastern High School where she was a member of the Social Club, the Art Guild, and was a hall guard. In 1943, she graduated in the Priscilla Alden House (class) with the superlative, "A 'real swell' girl." There isn't a page of Ann's 1943 yearbook without an autograph. Above his signature, one of her classmates wrote, "To Anna Mae – the girl with 'it.'" After high school, Ann worked at JL Hudson Department Store in downtown Detroit. She was an art student at the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts (now the College for Creative Studies) and majored in Fine Arts. After she was married, Ann changed her major to Interior Design, as did many young women in Metro Detroit who wanted to contribute to the war efforts.

In 1950, Ann married her husband, John. The couple quickly settled into their modest home in Detroit to start their life and family together. They had five children: daughters Susan (1951-2002), Nancy (born 1954), Janet (born 1955); and two sons John Jr. (born 1957) and Jeff (born 1960). Ann was a caring mother and grandmother who cared deeply for her children and grandchildren. Her daughters each had children of their own: her first and only grandson, Kevin, and her four granddaughters Kayla, Anne, Jane, and Katherine. Two weeks ago, she was thrilled to meet her first great-grandson Lucas via video!

Ann worked at AAA in Centerline for over 20 years as a Travel Counselor in which she arranged travel bookings and routes, and sold Michigan's famous 1976 red, white, and blue bicentennial license plates. Many of her colleagues grew to be close-knit, lifelong friends who together played on bowling leagues and traveled throughout the years. Her love for travel was further shared with her husband, friends, and extended family. Even as her mobility waned she made her way to destinations such as Italy, where she jokingly offered to pay her granddaughter a nickel for help scaling up each cathedral's flight of stairs.

Whether it be the memory of searching for the branch upon which Grandma hung their monogrammed Christmas ornament, eating her famous homemade Italian Pizzelle cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar, or playing Euchre into the late hours of their summer trips to Northern Michigan, her grandchildren will cherish their time spent together, and feel fortunate for the opportunity to know her as children and adults.

In the spring of 2015, Ann moved to Park Place Independent Living. She described the past three years there as some of her most fun and memorable, which can surely be attributed to her active social life. She was popular amongst the other Park Place residents and was called "Grandma" by many of the staff. Witnessing the sociable character of her multifaceted personality was a pleasant surprise for Ann's children and those she met during her later years, but little did they know her bubbly personality was inside all along. While at Park Place, Ann spent lots of time visiting with friends and family and enjoyed going out for dinner and shopping trips with her daughters. She will always be fondly remembered as a caring woman with an attentive yet quietly curious disposition whose beautiful smile lit up the faces of those around her.

Ann was the beloved wife of the late John Nacu, and was the dearest mother of Nancy (the late Robert) Wistow, Janet Nacu, John Nacu Jr., Jeffrey Nacu, and the late Susan Rousos. She was the loving grandmother of Kevin, Kayla, Anne, Jane, and Katherine "Kat". Further survivors include her sister of Patricia Konkel and her son in-law William Rousos, three step-grandchildren, along with many other family members and friends.

Visitation for Mrs. Nacu will be held Friday from 3-9 pm with a 7pm Rosary Service at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Rd. at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.), in Warren. Mrs. Nacu will lie in state Saturday 10:30am at St. Mark Catholic Church until time of Funeral Mass at 11am.

Memorial donations appreciated to St. Mark's Catholic Church. Please share memories of Mrs. Nacu at her memory book above.