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Jean Patricia Stodolak, age 84 of Center Line, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Windemere Park Assisted Living Facility & Nursing Center in Warren, Michigan. She was born June 14, 1933 in Detroit, daughter of the late Joseph and the late Sophia (nee: Jezierski) Stodolak.

At an early age, Jean knew the importance of education which led her to study hard and apply herself towards the goal of achieving wonderful heights in learning. Without any dilly-dallying following graduation from high school, Jean went on to further her education by attending the prestigious University of Detroit where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Education. Still seeking something more, Jean proceeded to build upon an already impressive set of credentials by enrolling in the Master's program at the University of Michigan where she attained that degree as well. With her Master's Degree and teaching credentials now in hand, Jean set out to make a difference in the lives of many by bringing education into their world,…one student at a time.

Never married and having no children of her own, this afforded Jean the opportunity of pouring herself into her teaching career and going the extra mile for each one of her students. She may not have been a parent, but Jean certainly lived vicariously through each one of her pupils as if they were her own children,…and it showed. The kids absolutely LOVED Jean because of her caring spirit and her unique way of stirring their desires to learn. And quite remarkably, Jean remembered most of her students by name,…years after they had moved on. A longtime instructor at Pulaski Elementary School in Detroit, that is where she molded the hearts and souls of countless young lives as she prepared them for their next chapter of furthered education. Teaching was so important to Jean and she got so much out of interacting with her classroom cherubs,…you would often hear her comment as she reflected, "I couldn't believe I got paid for it (teaching)." It came from her heart as she touched all of theirs.

As for time away from work, many will remember what an incredibly devout fan Jean was when it came to her favorite Boys of Summer, the Detroit Tigers. She absolutely loved listening to and watching Tigers baseball, and was truly one of their biggest banner wavers. The boys donning that Old English "D" could do no wrong in Jean's eyes, and she derived great enjoyment in following each season with eager anticipation of taking home that coveted trophy.

Jean was also known for her incredible sweet tooth and the many ways she managed to satisfy those intense cravings. She wasn't super-picky when it came to the type of sweet treat at hand, but there was no question that her two favorites on the planet were M&M's,…and a package of those little bits of Heaven from the Girl Scouts, the Thin Mint cookies. Those and a glass of milk were the best way to usher in a sense of happiness and pleasure unlike anything else.

Another unique aspect of Jean's life was how taken she was by the color purple, especially when she was wearing it. Purple was such a soothing statement on one hand for Jean, yet such an expressive statement on the other, and wrapping herself in its enchanting hue seemed to envelope her with a warmth and serenity that simply emanated from the color itself. Then there was the phone. Of all the "favorite" things she enjoyed, chatting on the phone was right there towards the top of the list. Jean loved whiling away the minutes (or, perhaps, hours) she spent on the phone with a friend or loved one, and could often get lost in conversation as she enjoyed her favorite mode of communication.

Jean was a longtime resident of Center Line, and a devout parishioner of the city's, St. Clement Catholic Church. Center Line may have been part of the concrete jungle for Jean, but she still considered it to be her own small town and kept it all "local." Whether out on a shopping binge, or grabbing a bite to eat, it was always important to Jean to keep focused on the local businesses and support them in their efforts to bring a great product to market. Jean was also a devout pet owner to her three "fur babies,"…Pepper, her dog,…and her two cats, Lilly and Rosebud. Still with us today, her three kids are going to miss her terribly, but will be welcomed by those who are fortunate enough to experience the love she instilled in each of them.

Jean was an amazing woman. Right up until her last days, she was living independently in the home she had made for herself,…and managing quite well. She lived a unique and meaningful life,…touched a multitude of hearts and souls in her quest to educate and inform,…and brought joy to the lives of many through her selfless and caring spirit. May she, now, rest in peace.

Jean was a longtime friend of Ann Sherwood, Mabel Anglin, Dolores Szalanski, Lillian Smolinski, Jackie (Bud) Noyes, as well as many other friends and neighbors with whom she was blessed to know and love.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

Please share memories of Jean at her guestbook above.