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SHIRLEY LORAINE (GRAY) SASEK 1922 - 2014
Shirley Loraine (Gray) Sasek, age 92 years of East Pointe passed peacefully surrounded by
her family on Monday, August 11th, 2014. Shirley was born in Cheboygan, Michigan on July
15th, 1922. She was lovingly brought into this world surrounded by her parents, Pearl and
Carl Gray, along with her Grandmother, Mary Toles, a midwife to Cheboygan women. Shirley
and her mother spent all their summers there. Her parents raised her in Detroit, Michigan.
Shirley's father a well educated man, who taught her about many subjects including space
and art. As a child she loved to skate; roller and ice. Her parents and the parents of her
friends would take her to Belle Isle to ice skate in the winter. Shirley's granddaughter
Lori would too grow to be an amazing ice skater. Shirley discussed school as a place she
enjoyed, but initially struggled with mathematics. With the help of her 3rd grade teacher,
Miss Bailey, Shirley grew to excel in math and was able to skip the 4th grade. Shirley was
an only child until she was nearly thirteen years old, when she finally had a sibling, her
little brother Carl "Hap" Gray. She has stated throughout her life how much she adored him.
Shirley had admirers in her later teens, she attended her first formal at age 16 years, she
missed her prom, but received her high school diploma, something many parents at that time
had not been able to do. Her father had to work in sweat shops as a child, as he was raised
by a brave single mother, and he chose to do this to help support his mother and siblings,
Clarence and Little Mae. Her father's mother would later meet and marry again. Shirley had
loved her Grandma Cummings and Grandpa Norm. As Shirley entered her 20's, she met a very
handsome man named George Sasek. He had dark hair, olive skin, who possessed the kindest
heart. She often wrote of him as "The One", and he was, they married on August 5th, 1944,
in a beautiful wedding. They worked hard to create and build their home and life together.
They had six beautiful children: George Gary, Terry Alan, Kerry Michael, Suzanne Carol,
Steven Todd and Ricky Rena'. George and Shirley raised them all in their East Pointe home
on Wilmot Avenue. Over the years Shirley, George and their two youngest sons, Steven and
Rick have won many awards for the beautification of their home for Christmas, to Halloween
and for their beautiful ponds and gardens. As the children became adults, Shirley saw two
sons off to serve in the Vietnam War and even helped out with a clothing drive to aid the
Vietnamese orphans her son Terry came to know and care for there. Shirley grew as an artist
and even had her pieces in exhibitions. Shirley's own grandfather, her father, son (Kerry),
grandson (Christopher)and her great-grandson (Dakota) have carried on this six-generation
trait. As her son's and daughter began to marry, the family expanded to include 3 daughter
-in-laws and one son-in-law. They then gave her nine grandchildren and later five great
grandchildren. Shirley sent her loving husband George home to God in 1990. In the years
that followed she surrounded herself with girlfriends she had for decades. They would all
participate in dinner clubs, the senior center, the red hats society and created their own
card club. She continued to paint and write poetry throughout her lifetime. She had worked
hard to always provide a warm, beautiful and loving home for her children, their spouses,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never made life anything less than magical and
whimsical for her youngest family members. In her life she has been a writer, a poet, an
artist, a fabulous story teller, collector of jokes, card player, doll house builder,
and a gardener, lover of animals, a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-
grandmother and friend to all. As she once wrote: "Who could ask for more!"
She is survived by nine children: George Gary (Sherry), Terry (Ella), Kerry, Sue (Fred),
Steve, and Rick. Eleven grandchildren: Jennifer (Constantino), Amy (Rich Haba), Lori,
Jeffrey, Kevin, Christopher (Rheanna), Ryan, Sean, and Cody. Five great-grandchildren:
Dakota, Dominic George, Miles, Gabriella, and Alaina. Shirley is predeceased by her one
true love and husband, George Sasek. Her father Carl, Mother Pearl, Brother "Hap", and
many well-loved pets.
Visitations will take place at the Kaul Funeral Home of Saint Clair Shores on:
Thursday, August 14th, 2014 from 4:00PM (Family), then 5:00PM - 9:00PM.
Friday, August 15th, 2014 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM,
Services to follow the Friday visitation at 10:00 AM
Kaul Funeral Home of Saint Clair Shores is located at:
28433 Jefferson Avenue
Saint Clair Shores, MI. 48081
Memorial Donations can be placed to
Macomb County Humane Society
in Memory of Shirley Sasek.
11350 22 Mile Road
Utica, MI. 48317
A lasting quote shared by Shirley:
"Inside every old person is a young person wondering what the hell happened!"
Those who knew her can attest she remained young at heart her entire life.
Who could ask for more!