|Mary L. Menard|
Mrs. Menard, 72, died peacefully Aug. 19, surrounded by her family.
She arrived in the world on Dec. 20, 1947, part of a proud Chicago brood of six children. Mrs. Menard originally aspired to a life in the religious community, but that changed when she met the love of her life, Walter. The couple was married in 1967 and started their family, being blessed with two daughters.
In the early 70s, the couple moved their family to Southeast Michigan where they began their custom home construction business, now known as Menard Builders.
With the business still flourishing after more than 40 years, and their daughters with families of their own, Mrs. Menard spent the past decade as the ultimate snowbird, packing for Florida upon seeing the first leaf of autumn fall from the trees and leaving before the first snowflake settled. She would always return in the spring, however, to spend time with her grandsons, whom she loved dearly.
She was devoted to her Jazzercise classes where she attended more than 3,200 sessions and enjoyed many “Happy Hours” with all her friends.
In addition to her loving husband, Mrs. Menard is survived by her daughters, Melissa (Morgan Gillette) Menard and Molly (Bill) Meeks; her grandchildren, Dr. Dylan Goodrich, Garrett Meeks and Gavin Meeks; siblings, George (Cindy) Noth, Joseph (Diane) Noth, Dr. James (Anne) Noth, and Irene (Paul Largay) Parker, and a multitude of dear friends.
A sister, Leanne (Gordon) Campbell preceded her in death.
A funeral mass took place on Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Penn, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth, Ml 48170.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home in Plymouth.