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Evelyn Anne Cloutier Wozniak Obituary
WOZNIAK, EVELYN ANNE CLOUTIER; age 71; passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Birmingham, Michigan, on July 9, 2011. "Evey" was born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 21, 1939, one of two children of the late Charles and Ruth Cloutier. She graduated from Mackenzie High School in Detroit in 1957, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1961 with a BA in Liberal Arts. She had a lifelong passion for study and continued course work toward a Master's in Education, and also read extensively on French culture, the Civil War, and ancient Egypt. Evey lived in several states before spending her last 40 years in Michigan. Evey taught French language at the Montessori School and at Roeper School for the Gifted for several years, then entered the computer world and spent more than 20 years as a systems analyst with Ford Motor Company before retiring in 1996. After her retirement from Ford, she turned a lifelong passion for antiques into a job and began work at The Antiques Centre of Troy, Michigan, where she stayed until she passed away. With her love of antiques, this job was a constant joy to her, although she likely spent most of her earnings on things from the shop. Evey also enjoyed the history associated with any country, and was always grateful to a high school history teacher, Miss Braizie, for having instilled that love in her. Languages came easily to her and she was fascinated with them. Latin, French, Italian - she loved them all, and she remained fluent in French her entire life. Her love affair with antiques is legend in the family and her antique hunting was never-ending. Civil War stories and memorabilia were extremely important to her, so no matter where she traveled in this country, she always had one eye out for Civil War books and artifacts. Archaeology was another long-standing love, and Evey was a member of the Michigan Archaeology Society for many years. Her trips to historic destinations around the world were too many to count. She spent a summer at The Sorbonne in Paris studying Medieval French when she was in her twenties. Her final overseas trip was to Norway in 2010 with her sister, Diane and her Norwegian "sister", Siss, and her final trip in this country was just last month, with her beloved friends, Bill Bentley and Larry Schlager. Evey is survived by her son, Steve Wozniak of San Ramon, CA; and daughter, Laura Wozniak Germain of Springfield, VA, Laura's husband, Dan; and her beloved grandchildren, Charlie and Elizabeth. Evey was never happier than when she was visiting these five lights of her life, as well as her sister, Diane Cloutier Briley of Bakersfield, CA, and her Norwegian sister, Sidsel Moller - an exchange student - now of Tiburon, CA. A Celebration of Evey's Life will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the Apsey Funeral Home at 3467 Main Street. Deckerville, Michigan (810-376-3574) The Service will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by a visit to the graveside for those who wish to go, and then a luncheon at the Community Hall in Deckerville. Donations in her name may be made to the Archaeological Conservancy, 5301 Central Avenue NE, Suite 902, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
Published in The Oakland Press on July 24, 2011
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