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    24140 Mound Road
    Warren, MI 48091

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“I have so many wonderful memories of Miss Mary..the incredible woman who lived across the street during the time I grew up. I was too young to...Read More »
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“One of my earliest memories of my grandma is when she would pick me up from Kindergarten at Warren Woods Elementary. Everytime she would pick me up,...Read More »
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“TheresaSorry to hear about the passing of your mother. she was a great lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Bob Bendzinski ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Bob Bendzinski - MI

“Hoping the dolce Signor is enjoying pasta with her husband and laughing about their loving daughters. Hugs to you all. Meows to Scooter. ”
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Zina and Grandma August 2016 “My grandma taught me so much throughout my time with her. She taught me how to use cloth rags to give myself the curls my hair lacked. She told me...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Zina Scimemi-O'Sullivan - Warren, MI

Mary Scimemi, age 84 of Royal Oak, and formerly of Warren, died Friday, June 30, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She was born September 22, 1932 in Detroit, daughter of the late Baldassar and the late Mary (nee: Zummo) Gabriele.

Along with attending to the responsibilities of being a housewife and Mom, Mary was also quite proud of the work she did as a Medical Records Specialist at Bi-County Hospital in Warren. A longtime employee of the, once, bustling hospital, Mary extended the utmost in service excellence to her department and enjoyed a satisfying career that spanned many years until ultimately accepting her well-deserved retirement. Mary found great reward in the challenges she faced while on the job, but was happy to enter a new chapter in life as a retiree which afforded her many pleasures with her four daughters and grandchildren.

Perhaps one of the most telling aspects of Mary's life, and of her character, would have to be the fact of becoming a widow at the young age of 29 years old. A doting mother of four beautiful girls, Mary was now thrust into the world as a single parent with the challenge of raising a family all on her own. Daunting and overwhelming though it may have been, Mary answered the call with the love and care that any mother would muster given the same,…and ultimately was quite proud of the fact that she helped mold her girls into strong women, all of whom became college educated and degreed. Mary did an exemplary job of nurturing her family and seeing to their every need as best she could. The inner strength she possessed was an integral part of the heights she achieved in being the sole parent of four. But she would have also told you that much of the strength she knew came from her beliefs and her devout faith in God. Mary knew from whence her help was derived, and the grace of God pulled her through many times of need.

Prior to losing her beloved Paul, an activity they both shared and looked forward to was the joy and excitement of kicking up their heels in a good square dance. Between the liveliness of the dance and the shouting of the instructions, these two lovebirds knew how to cut-a-rug country style! Dancing was always a joy no matter what style they were enjoying as the important thing was simply being in each others' arms. But there was just something special about swingin' each other around without a clue of what the next command was going to be,…and that's Square Dancing.

Memories of Mary also quicken thoughts of what a great seamstress she was and how much she loved to sew. Of course, most of the women of her era were quite proficient with a needle and thread,…because they had to be. But then there were the gals who took it to the next level by using it as a venue towards more creative work and exercising their sewing prowess, like Mary. Continuing with the pattern of using her hands, Mary was also known for her skills in knitting and for the many handiworks she created,…this time with much bigger needles and much thicker fabric to weave. Possessing a bit of a craftsman's spirit, she loved putting her hands to work whether for need or for recreation. Either way, she managed to produce some wonderful creations over the years.

Also, like most Mom's (especially of her era), Mary was renowned for her abilities in the kitchen. She loved to cook and was truly a master chef, just without the culinary credentials on the wall. But simply give her a stove, an oven, and an area for preparation, and there was bound to be some cooking magic to behold. When Mary was cooking, all were welcomed. If you sat at her table and came away hungry,…you simply weren't tryin! And like the Beverly Hillbillies tune used to say; Mary could cook up a "Heapin' Helpin' of that Hospitality"…a testament to her skills and love of cooking.

As the years progressed and her adult girls were now Mom's themselves, Mary began to consider the prospect of filling the house with newfound love and joy,…which she did by introducing a pet into her life at the age of 72. Never having owned a pet prior to this, Mary's home was now filled with the excitement that accompanied her new feline friend, "Scooter." She and Scooter hit it off swimmingly and enjoyed countless hours forging that special friendship only pet owner's can understand. Scooter gave her love at just the right time, yet the two will have to await their reunion in Heaven as Mary leaves her precious Scooter who still remains here with us.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Mary leaves a wonderful legacy to be cherished with each reflection shared. Her lessons were true, her impact profound, and she touched a multitude of hearts and souls in her journey through life. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Mary was the beloved wife of the late Paul. Dear mother of Roseanna (William) Heller, Nina Scimemi, Theresa (James O'Sullvan) Scimemi, and Louise (Martin) Smith. Loving grandmother of Kassandra (Christopher) Houghton, Zina Scimemi-O'Sullivan, Carmina O'Sullivan-Scimemi, Jae Smith, and Jenna Smith. Sister of Leonard (Marie) Gabriele, Nina Closurdo, the late Angeline Vespa, the late Peter Gabriele, and sister-in-law of Michael Vespa.

Visitation for Mary will be held Sunday, July 2nd from 3-9pm, with a 7:30 pm Funeral Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. Interment will take place at 11:30 am on Thursday, July 6th at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Salvation Army, 24140 Mound Road, Warren, MI 48091 (, the Goodfellows of Detroit, 1927 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI 48216 (, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033 (

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