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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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.

Lisa Zaar

Posted at 09:20am
I enjoyed playing bridge with Jean so much. I joined my mother's group a few years ago and was able to get to know her as an adult.
(I knew her as a little girl since the group had been together for a long time!) I always loved Jean's stories and welcoming manner. She also always had the most wonderful snacks. She will be greatly missed. Lisa Zaar

Grant R. Shafer

Posted at 07:39am
Jean gave a kit for making a telephone to our daughter, Heather. Rest in peace. Grant R. Shafer

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