Jean Gagalis

Jean Yvonne Gagalis (Lau)

December 3, 1927 - January 30, 2020
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Gagalis, Jean 12/3/1927 - 1/30/2020 Ann Arbor On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Jean Gagalis passed away at the age of 92. She was a life long resident of Ann Arbor. She married Chris Gagalis in May of 1949. They raised four children and were married for 40 years. He preceded her in death along with her parents Conrad and Edith Lau. Jean was an exceptional mother, homemaker, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, and manager of various family owned businesses. The family cherished spending summers at the family home on Zukey Lake. Jean loved fishing with her father every day! Jean was an exceptionally creative and accomplished knitter. She was also an avid Bridge player who enjoyed the game for over 65 years with many friends. She was especially proud of and truly enjoyed the 20 years of service she devoted to serving on both of her condominium boards. Jean was an avid sports fan who loved watching U of M football, Tiger baseball, basketball, figure skating and golf. Family was a source of great love, pride and joy to Jean. She is survived by her children Christie Gagalis, Cynthia (Michael) Messmore, Linda (Mark) Nezich, and Stephen Gagalis; grandchildren Lindsey (Mark) Jonesku, Mark Messmore, Sarah, Taylor and Milan Nezich; many nieces and nephews; and twin great-grandchildren Olivia and Owen who were the love of her life. She enjoyed her many friends, entertaining, Greek and all kinds of cooking, gardening, "staging" garage sales and "back seat driving"! At her request, cremation has taken place with a private family memorial. Donations in her memory may be made to Huron Valley Humane Society (3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105).
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Gretchen Elwell

Posted at 10:21pm

Gretchen Elwell Posted Aug 06, 2020 at 10:18pm
I loved Jean for more than 40 years. We talked often, never tiring of our conversations. I loved playing bridge with her. She was a superb player. And Jean was a marvelous entertainer, brilliant condo board member, but most of all, a cherished friend. My three daughters loved her, too. I will miss her every day of my life. Gretchen Elwell

John Porter

Posted at 05:28pm
We remember Jean as practical with immense common sense. She displayed refreshing insight on just about every topic discussed at her neighborhood garage sales.

We will miss Jean’s great conversations and humorous stories.

-John & Diane


Kathy Semak

Posted at 12:28pm
Cindy and family,
Your Mom always had a smile for me when I would see her. May Jean now be at peace. Sending our heart-felt sympathies.

Kathy and Russ

MaryBeth Kantzler

Posted at 09:47am
Jeans Family
My deepest sympathy to all of you. For those of you who did not know, I am one of the card players. I was introduced to Jean years ago by Joanne Mitchell and we became good friends, going out to dinner and at the card table. Jena and I also shared lots of areas of condo living. I loved her for the beautiful person she was.

Posted at 10:21am
We lived next to Jean the last 12 years and she was a kind sole and we will miss our garage chats with her. Her infectious laugh is memorable. Her title “Lady of Oakbrook” was fitting. We loved her spunk. RIP.

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