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Marvel Maxine (Swanson) Sterling

August 21, 1923 ~ May 31, 2018 (age 94)

Marvel Maxine Sterling

Age 94. Wife of the late John for 68 years. Cherished mother to Janet (Richard) Gillette, Laurie (Herbert) Schroeder, and Linda (the late Kenneth) Solomons. Beloved Grandmother of Brian and Timothy Degnan, Brad Schroeder and Amy Michalek. Great-grandmother of Gia, Reese, and Kahlan Degnan; Jack and Ella Degnan; Jeremy and Dylan Schroeder; and Jacob Michalek.

Marvel was born and raised on a farm in Iowa, the youngest of seven children. She played on the basketball team and was valedictorian of her high school class. She met John in Omaha and the two married after the Second World War.

While she was primarily a homemaker, Marvel was well-known for her banana bread recipe and for knitting hundreds of afghans. She was a member of the Livonia Women’s Club for many years. A longtime resident of Livonia, Marvel spent the past two years living at the Wellspring Nursing Home.

Marvel was very proud of her three daughters and so pleased that she was able to witness the weddings of all four of her grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held June 22 at Ward Church: 40000 6 Mile Rd in Northville, Michigan. John and Marvel will be interred at Great Lakes National Cemetery on June 25th.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marvel’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation of Michigan.

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