Marianne Sarosi, age 89, born in Massing, Germany, on July 9, 1921, died peacefully at home in Ann Arbor, on May 28, 2011, attended to by Ernie, her loving husband of 61 years, and family.

The daughter of Leonhard and Maria Fisch, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Hedy Sarosi-Arnett, D.D.S.; her brothers, Leonhard and Franz; and her sisters, Teresa and Hedwig.

Marianne married Ernest Sarosi on Sept. 29, 1949, in Munich, Germany. They met while he was in an American POW camp. Ernie and Marianne emigrated to America as displaced persons (DPs) after World War II.

They settled in Detroit and raised six children, Hardy Sarosi, D.D.S. (Nancy), Tom Sarosi, M.D. (Nancy), Ron Sarosi, D.D.S. (Belva), Hedy Sarosi-Arnett, D.D.S. (Charlie), Michael Sarosi M.D. (Kimm), and MaryAnn Sarosi J.D. Three of the kids won the Evans Scholarship to attend the University of Michigan. They have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. After raising their children, they then moved to Little Traverse Lake and lived there for 25 years.

Marianne and Ernie, who survives her, embodied the American Dream — emigrating penniless, working and scrimping tirelessly, eventually saving enough to buy a Tastee-Freez in Southwest Detroit, while raising six kids. She was always grateful for the opportunity America provided her and her family: the chance of a new life, the chance to raise six successful children, the chance for those children to get an education and opportunities she never had.

Marianne was characterized as much by her strong will, strong Catholic faith, and a strong belief in education, as she was by her completely unselfish and friendly nature. She personified the German word "Gemutlichkeit": the notion of coziness among friends, cheerfulness and conviviality. She leaves behind a beautiful legacy of love. "Ein greftiges, zwei, drei, Prosit!"

A memorial gathering will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, with a funeral Mass to follow at 11 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to St. Gabriel Church in Detroit; St. Rita/St. Joseph Church in Maple City; or St. Francis of Assisi School in Ann Arbor.

Please share memories with the family on Marianne's online guestbook at right.

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