Leila Marie Lynch
1928 - 2020
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Leila Marie Lynch

- - February 19, 1928 - June 16, 2020. She was of a generation that thought little of sacrificing for family, of giving limitless energy and total dedication to raising her children. Even among her peers, Leila Lynch would have stood out for incredible devotion to her family and community. Coming from what she considered an undistinguished background, she worked her way through college and caught the eye of a young returning WWII soldier while at Sunday Mass. He proposed to her with a dream to raise 12 children. Leila and Ray Lynch never deviated from that plan. Raising that many children would have exceeded the limits of many women, yet Leila managed with an unwavering grace, due no doubt, to her strong Catholic faith. Leila focused all her energies on her family and the greater community. A relentless volunteer and leader, countless organizations benefited from her compassion and generosity. Leila was the vibrant heart of the Lynch household. She gave it life, warmth, and humor. Her hospitality drew friends — and friends of friends— to unforgettable gatherings that still bring joy to those who remember them. Her children, their families, and her wide orbit of people whose lives she touched are a testament to her selfless love. All shared in the blessing of knowing this shining star of a woman. Leila Lynch, a resident of Grosse Pointe, Michigan and Naples, Florida passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home in Naples. She is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Ray J., and her sons Tom, Dan, and baby Joseph. Survivors include her children: Dawn Rassel (Richard), Mary Joy Lynch (Bob d.2017), Cheryl Nilsson (Mark), Tim Lynch (Claudia), Jane Lynch, Martha Biasi (Gerry), Chris Lynch (Liz), John Lynch (Kate), Rob Lynch (Terry) and 29 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A memorial service in Michigan will be scheduled in the future. Memorial contributions may be made to assist underserved families: Nativity of Our Lord Church- Christian Service Fund, 5900 McClellan Ave, Detroit, MI 48213. A.J. Desmond & Sons, 248-362-2500.

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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press from Jun. 29 to Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 10, 2020
Leila set examples in faith, in love, in conduct, in welcoming, in speech ( but not as good as Unk), and more so drove me to appreciate wisdom and knowledge, to comprehend words of insights, and deal with righteousness, justice, and equity. That is what my caring 'Godmudder' sowed in me, and luckily I reaped the benefits and will forever be thankful and appreciative of everything she did for me. My 'Ont' had her arms wide open welcoming me; I am positive the Lord has found a special place for her at his table as she did for many others. To the family, I love all of you, but I loved Leila most of all. Thanks for sharing her. Her spirit lives within --- CUZ

David Mariotti
July 5, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to the family!!!
Jane Gallagher
Significant Other
July 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rebecca Wallace
June 30, 2020
She was wonderful kind generous person!! Denny Boylan

Dennis Boylan
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