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.

Rita Laverne Honka

May 23,1929 – January 6, 2016

Rita Laverne Honka

Rita passed away yesterday, January 6, at age 86 with her family present. Visitation will be Friday, January 8, at Lynch & Sons Funeral home, 340 N Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, MI 48390, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 9, at 10:00 a.m. at St. William Parish, 531 Common St, Walled Lake, MI 48390, lunch at 12:00 noon at Finn Camp, 2524 Loon Lake Rd, Wixom, please bring a dessert.
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Ruth L. Yogus,


Ruth L. Yogus, age 89, of Commerce Township and formerly of Howell, passed away September 17.  Born on September 3, 1926, in Detroit, she was the daughter of Neil and Edythe (Kotila) Lund. Ruth had been a member of the Detroit Finnish Cooperative Summer Camp Association (D.F.C.S.C.A.) in Wixom since 1952 and had served on its Recreation Committee and in the Ladies’ Auxiliary. She had also been active in the Arabian Horse Association of Michigan, serving as secretary.  Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Yogus (April 8, 1992) whom she had married in Detroit on June 17, 1949.  She was the loving mother of Joyce (David) Chichila of Commerce Township, Joseph W. (Nancy) Yogus, Jr., of Three Rivers, Ronn L. (Heidi) Yogus of Waterford and Nancy E. Kasparschuster of Fenton. Grandmother of nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, she is survived by her brothers, Robert N. Lund of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Ronald B. Lund of Paradise, Mich. A memorial celebration in honor of Ruth’s life will be held on Saturday, October 10, at 12 noon at the D.F.C.S.C.A., 2524 Loon Lake Rd., Wixom, MI 48393.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the D.F.C.S.C.A. are suggested.  Please sign the family’s online guestbook at Dessert donations will be greatly appreciated at the memorial celebration.

Karen H. Pype

Karen H. Pype
July 18, 1940 – April 07, 2015
Karen Helen Pype of Wixom, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Tuesday morning, April 7, 2015. She was 74 years old. Born on July 18, 1940 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Arne Joel and Hazel Lillian (Finnila) Santti. Karen grew up in the large and loving Finnish-American community, summering on Sun Lake at the Finn Camp in Wixom where she served on the Recreation Committee. She graduated from Southfield High School in 1958. After meeting at a birthday party in Royal Oak, she soon fell in love with and married Richard “Dick” Pype on July 18, 1961 in Allenton, Michigan– her devoted husband of 53 years. Together they raised four children, for whom Karen was homemaker, chauffeur, Girl Scout Leader, short-order cook, Band Parent and Mom; she was active in American Field Service and serving as a Host Mom for the International Student Exchange Program. Karen was counselor and confidant and general comptroller. She was an expert, some would say, a “compulsive” organizer, but it served her family well.

Karen Pype loved deeply and lived life to its fullest with grace and good purpose. She was an avid reader and loved long days at the beach with a good book. She enjoyed the theater and held season tickets to the Fisher and followed the Broadway shows and organized outings to the young people’s productions for her children and then grandchildren. She enjoyed travel – to London and Germany, Italy, Morocco and Mexico – and anywhere to visit family and friends. To keep track of them all, she studied genealogy and joined Facebook to stay in touch with friends and family across generations. A woman of abiding faith, she was an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Milford.

Karen is survived by her beloved husband, Richard “Dick” Pype; children, Robyn (Wayne) Jokinen, Todd Pype, Julie (Jeff) Hoisington and Jeffrey (Justina) Pype; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe (Carol) Santti, Karl (Carol) Santti; sisters, Tina Santti and Sue Andrews; sisters-in-law, Pat (Bill) Cutcher, Charlene Pype and Nanette Pype. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends who join with her family in mourning the death of a dear woman and giving thanks to God for her life among them. ?

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1955 East Commerce Road, Milford on Friday, April 10 at 11:30. Fr. John Budde to officiate. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, Wednesday 4-9 PM & Thursday 2-9 PM. Rosary Thursday, 7PM.

Memorials may be made to: Finn Camp Special Project Fund.

For further information please call 248-684-6645.

Finn Camp is sorry to tell you that we lost Karen Pype early this morning of an apparent heart attack.  We are fortunate that she was able to return home from the hospital and then rehab on Saturday.  She had a nice quiet Easter at home on Sunday. Our condolences to Karen’s family.

Karen will be at Lynch & Sons in Milford 
404 E Liberty
Milford, MI 48381
visiting hours
Weds. 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs. 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Rosary Thurs 7:00 p.m.

Funeral service  Fri. 11:00 a.m.
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce Road
Milford, MI 48381
Lunch to follow at Finn Camp Clubroom

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