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“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers and with your family!! ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Hoenscheid - MI - Friend

“To the Contrera family. Our sympathy and prayers goes out to all of your family. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Dennis Murray - Roseville, MI

“I feel like I know the many through Rosies many pictures she shared. I lovely many ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Shirley Parish - Lathrup Village, MI

“Proud to call this wonderful man,Grandpa.He will be greatly missed. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Sheri Gibson - Grandchild

“Wow what great memories I have of this man. He would go out and rake the leaves and mow the lawn at 92. He loved polishing his buick. We had fun...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Sue Walker - Norman,, OK - Friend

“Just after my Mother passed away, and without saying anything to his family. My wonderful father went to a tattoo parlor. He got a tattoo of a rose...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Mario Contrera - Washington Twp., MI

“So sorry for your loss. Only knew himBy what everything Mario has said about him. Sounds like an incredible husband, father and grandfather. Prayers...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Suzanne Faremouth - Rockford, MI

“So very sorry for your loss. A lot of people have said to me "they lived a long and fulfilled life " this may be true. It still doesn't matter a loss...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Dianna Bloom - Clinton Twp., MI

“May the God of comfort be with you and your family at this time. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“A great man, and such a loving devoted family. Blessings and love to all ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Suzi Savich - Macomb, MI - Friend

“What a beautiful tribute in words & photos to a fabulous man who was truly a Detroit legendary figure, family man & proud veteran. Blessings & loving...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Claudia Kadlitz - Shelby Twp, MI

“What a beautiful man that we didn't know except through Dennis & Rose...Condolences and love to the extended family... John & Ronee Kennedy ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: John & Ronee Kennedy - IL

“Uncle Mike, peaceful was such a blessing for you. You always made everybody feel very good and happy I will always remember you, God bless you your...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Angela Presti - Lapeer, MI


Michael Joseph Contrera, age 96 a longtime resident of Warren passed away peacefully Friday, May 26, 2017, surrounded by his children and family. Michael was born May 9, 1921 in Detroit Michigan the son of the late Mario Contrera and the late Grace (nee: Toarmino) Contrera.

Michael was raised in Detroit and attended school until the eighth grade. Following his schooling young Michael went to work, first delivering groceries for C.F. Smith Grocers and later for his brother-in-law Frank Riccobono delivering meat. It was while out on a delivery that fate would have Michael meeting his future bride Rose Naimo.

Before his courtship with Rose could continue, Michael was called to serve his country during World War II. He served in the United State Army achieving the rank of Corporal Tec 5. During his time in the military, Michael played for his unit's baseball team... It was always a dream of his to play in the big leagues. Michael served from November 17, 1942 until his honorable discharge in February of 1946. While serving in the military Michael married his beloved Rose, May 20, 1944.

Once released from military service Michael resumed civilian life returning to his roots in the Grocery business. Michael eventually became the owner of the family market Mario & Sons Legion Market in Detroit. He owned and operated the market until 1965. He also opened Detroit's first automated car wash in 1956 named Mario's Auto Wash, and later opened the first automatic car wash named Mario's Quarter Wash until the mid 1980's. Mr. Contrera only knew hard work and this philosophy never waivered his entire life. When some would sit back and retire, Michael continued working for his son at Mario's Auto Conditioning, and later for his son-in-law at Tedesco Building Service, where he worked until the age of 83.

As hard as Mr. Contrera worked he could "flip the switch" off and instantly relax at home tending to his yard and flowers. He loved being surrounded by his family, children, and grandchildren. He and his wife cherished their Sunday dinners with all the family surrounding the dinner table. Food and good conversation were always plentiful. His family will always remember a kind and gentle man who never spoke a bad word of another person his entire life.

Michael Contrera was truly a homebody with a quiet devotion to his catholic faith, and his family. A man who truly loved his country and was an American Patriot. He enjoyed the simple things in life... his family, the sun on his face, playing poker and gin rummy with friends and family, and catching a Detroit Tigers ball game. He lived a long wonderful life surround by a devoted and loving family and will be forever missed.

Michael Contrera was a devoted and loving husband for over 64 years to the late Rose. He was the cherished father of Mario Contrera, Rosie (Dennis) Guastella, Theresa (Gary) Tedesco, William (Cheryl) Contrera, and the late Grace (Jim) Rinke. He is further survived by his fourteen grandchildren: Renee Porter (Steve), Sheri Gibson (Thomas), Tom Rinke (Valerie), Tina Roy (Kevin), Michael Contrera (Amy), Mario Contrera (Sue), Natalie Jenzen (Adam), Vanessa Smolenski (Steve), Janine, Rachele Guastella, Holly (Jim) Clampitt, Christopher Contrera, Joseph, Lia Tedesco; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for Mr. Contrera will be held Tuesday from 3-9pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Road) in Warren. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday 11 am at the Funeral Home.

Please share memories of Mr. Contrera at his guest book above.