Maryann “Sam” Solin

The Finn Camp like to express our condolences to the Solin family.

Maryann Solin July 26, 1930 - November 3, 2016

Maryann Solin July 26, 1930 – November 3, 2016

Maryann “Sam” Solin (nee Granfors), age 86, of Wixom, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 3, 2016 in West Bloomfield. She was born and raised in Northwest Detroit on July 26, 1930; the only daughter of Walter and Tyyne Granfors. Maryann graduated from Cooley High School, marrying Reynold Solin shortly after. Maryann and Reynold remained married until his passing in 1996. Throughout her children’s adolescent years, she would have been described as the gregarious mother of 4 raising her children at the Finn summer camp in Wixom. Maryann found her professional calling in 1971 when she began her career as the front desk girl in a Detroit doctor’s office where she earned her nickname, Sam. It didn’t take long for her to take charge of the office; a position, among many others, she held until consumed by her illness a few short weeks before her passing. She dedicated over 45 years to the Lewerenz Center for Health and Wellness and the Lewerenz Medical practices. She enjoyed spending time at the library and book clubs; having many friendships built around trading books. Sam’s legacy will not be left at the medical practices or the library, she will be remembered as the decisive matriarch she was. Sam was an impeccable role model to her family, friends, colleagues and every person that crossed her path. The earth has lost a beautiful soul. Mother of Reino (Tammie King) Solin, Kris (the late Fred) Lewerenz, Eric Solin and the late Karen Lee Solin; grandmother of Freddy Lewerenz, Jimmy Lewerenz, Greg Lewerenz, Sasha (Chris) Mueller and Joseph Solin; great-grandmother of Freddie, Logan, Kilia, Kegan, Keilani, Ross and Shea; best friend of Norma Bean; and 2nd mother of Darlene Arnot, Tanya Lehman and Oksana Strelets. Maryann did not want a service, but asks that you remember all the memories shared with her instead.

Adult Halloween Party

Adult Halloween Poster

Our annual Halloween party for adults will be held on Saturday, October 22, in the Clubroom starting at 9:00 p.m. Please bring a dish to share with the monsters! Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes: the Scariest, Ugliest, Prettiest, Funniest and Most Original. Come vote for your favorite. We’ll do the Monster Mash with DJ Cary and have a ghoulishly, ghastly, hauntingly good time! —Scary Sherry and the rest of the Bar Committee

Finn Camp 90th Anniversary articles in Finnish American Reporter

Originally published in the Finnish American Reporter February 2016 issue. Click on the image for a PDF.


40th Annual Finn Fest

August 12, 13 and 14

Finn Fest 2016

It’s a milestone celebration as we prepare for our 40th annual FESTIVAL! Mark your calendars and plan to support this major fundraising event. What a great time catch up with other members and friends, and to cheer on our own Finn Camp’s Voima Boys team in the softball tournament!

Friday kicks off the festival weekend with the kitchen and beer truck opening at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Home Run Derby beginning about 6:30 p.m. Come see the big hitters knock ’em into the woods! We will continue into the evening with music and dancing in the Clubroom!

Saturday the kitchen will open for breakfast at 8:00 a.m., with food available all day in the Ravintola and food tent. The softball tournament also begins at 8:00 a.m., with games on the Finn Camp’s George Aho Memorial Field and the Gilbert Willis Park fields. Opening ceremonies will be at 11:00 a.m. There will be music and entertainment from the Dance Hall porch plus 50/50 raffles, prize raffles sponsored by the Scholarship Committee, the pitching booth, horseshoes and other games for all ages, plus the sale of Finn Camp and Finn Fest merchandise throughout the day. Then we will cut loose on the dance floor with our DJ playing all our favorites in the Dance Hall.

Sunday, FUNday, we will do it all over again! The kitchen will open for breakfast at 8:00 a.m., with food available all day. Softball will continue on all three fields with the championship game on our “A” Field in the late afternoon/early evening, followed immediately by trophy presentation. Music, raffles, horseshoes and other activities will continue as well.