Mary M. Younke, age 95, passed away March 4, 2022.
Mary was born January 29, 1927, in Detroit, to the late Emma and John Reinhard. Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor's in education. She used her degree to teach middle school in schools throughout Detroit and Grosse Pointe, eventually retiring from Pierce Middle School. She stayed very active in many groups and charitable organizations, she took pride in her education from Wayne State and was a long-time member of the Women of Wayne. When she wasn't teaching, she enjoyed reading, and until her failing eyesight prevented it, would read 2 or 3 books a week. Mary was a devout Lutheran and found great joy in her church community at Peace Lutheran Church in Detroit, she was a member from the time she was a child and stayed an active member throughout her life. She taught bible school and was involved in many projects and organizations within the church, she especially enjoyed quilting. Mary met the love of her life, Jack Younke, at a church function, though at the time he was a member of another church, they married at Peace Lutheran in 1960 and enjoyed a long, happy life together. They spread that love and happiness to the people around them, creating a large extended family of neighbors and friends. They would often be found helping cheer on the kids in their neighborhood at their school events.
Beloved wife of the late Jack C. Younke. Loving sister of John (Joyce) Reinhard and the late Paul (Joyce) Reinhard. Cherished friend of Joanne and John Roulo, their children; JP and Jeffrey, and their families. Mary is survived by many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services for Mary will take place Saturday, March 12, 2022, instate at 10 am until time of funeral, 11 am at Peace Lutheran Church, 15700 E. Warren, Detroit. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary's honor to Peace Lutheran Church Food Pantry are appreciated. Share a memory at Verheyden.org.
Mary Yonke will be in our hearts and memories as she supported the Lee Roberts family at our beloved Church, Peace Lutheran of Detroit. Mary was a true example of a Steward for Jesus Christ as she gave her time and talents to everyone she came in contact with. I have fond memories as she supported the “Baby Showers” at Peace Lutheran on Father’s Day Sunday to support Pregnancy Aid Detroit for many years. Mary also invited me to attend the Fall Rally for LWML where I met many women who shared the same qualities as Mary; leadership and giving back to others. Mary shared her wisdom with me as we shared the profession of teaching adolescents. I learned from her to enjoy teaching and also enjoy laughing with your students. I would also say that Mary’s sense of humor was one of her gifts because you never knew how she was going to make you smile or laugh. Jack and Mary became a loving presence to both my sons Luke and Josh. They both taught them how to show respect and to love everyone they met. I have many cherished memories at Peace’s Service each week and the extra events we shared together.
Thank you for sharing your life with me Mary, my dear Friend.
Love Michelle Roberts
I feel blessed to have had Mary and Jack Younke in my life and as Godparents. They were best friends with my parents, Glenn and Dorothy Barnier and were Aunt and Uncle to me and my brothers, Brian and Greg. In college at Wayne State, my mother, Dorothy (Hess)Barnier joined Gamma Delta which was a Lutheran co-ed fraternity. Mary was also in Gamma Delta. Mom and Mary decided to go to the Lutheran Vet’s Club in Detroit to meet “someone”. The Vet’s Club was above a funeral home on the SE corner of Davison on Woodward. They had many dances and fun activities for WW2 and Korean War vets. Mom and Mary met my Dad and Jack. They both married and my mom and dad were in Mary and Jack’s wedding and vice versa. They were best friends and spent every new Year’s Eve together -taking turns hosting at each other’s homes until they were older. And they also shared a wonderful group of friends with the Gamma Delta group that continues to this day. As Godparent’s they were always there for me and even my older brothers. They attended our confirmations and graduations. “Aunt” Mary always made me feel special with thoughtful birthday and Christmas gifts and I still have several of those items today. And I was so excited when my husband surprised me a few years ago with a visit to Mary for my 50th birthday. She always had a great sense of humor and good stories to share. But she and her cheerful smile and warmth will be greatly missed by all of us.
I have the most wonderful memories of "Aunt" Mary. My family lived next door to her and "Uncle" Jack. I was 0 - 4 years old ar the time. I remember Mary sitting with me on her porch, talking and giggling with me. Mary would always have a bowl of jellybeans ready for me when I visited. I have a strong memory of her picking hollyhock blossoms with me and floating them upside down in water to look like they were ladies dancing in a fancy gown. I remember the angel collection, and the magic of their home at Christmas time. The tree and the train underneath were amazing. I am 56 years old now, and can see their living room vividly in my mind. What a sweet, and kind woman...RIP Mary Younke, and thank you for the memories.
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