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Claire Maras

December 21, 1921 - December 4, 2023
Douglas, MI



Thursday, December 7, 2023
11:00 AM EST
St. Peter Catholic Church
100 St. Peter Drive
Douglas, MI 49406
(269) 857-7951

Life Story / Obituary


My Letter Of Love To You…'s hard to believe, you are gone. So close to "102" years, your life carried on

This long journey began with a boy, he was not meant to be. Then came Debby and Donna, and last there was me!

You poured your heart...your devotion, into each one of us That our cup runneth over, with your love for us!

You and Daddy had the bond, that special love we could see. Your respect for each other, reached the highest degree!

Now along the way there'd be ups...there'd be downs, Daddy passed that year, you found your strength and rebound!

For now…it was up to you, for you raised three girls, on your own Providing us love, and your comfort, we all loved being home!

You encouraged us, our independence, to be who we are. It was our love for one another, you made us reach for the stars!

Yes….Mother, this was all your hard work

So many much fun!

We were now four women together, really melting into one!

"I love you bunches and bunches!", were the words you would say. That was all that we needed, it made the best kind of day!

Now our time with you Mother is ending, can you feel love transcending?

For God is saying, it’s time for you to come home Mother...I still feel your presence, I'm not feeling alone!

You are now with your loved ones, those who have all gone before us. All the people who love you, all those who adore you!

May you rest now, dear Mother, for your work on earth is done. We look forward to the day, we'll be together as one!

We love you...bunches and bunches Mother. You are forever in our hearts!

Your loving daughters...Donna and Karen

Claire H. Maras, age 101, passed away Monday, December 4, 2023.

Claire was a devout Catholic. She was a parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church. Her strong faith in God guided her throughout her life. She was a long-term resident of Hamtramck, Michigan.

She was born to Henry and Jennie (Kowalski) Urbanik in Akron, Ohio on December 21, 1921.

Claire was preceded in death by her husband the Honorable Judge Rudolph L. Maras, daughter Debby Maras, son Lawrence Maras, her younger siblings Henry (June) Urbanik, Raymond (Theresa) Urbanik, Dolores (Stanley) Gruszkowski and Gerald Urbanik. Family pets: Muffy. Spanky, and Charlie.

She is survived by her daughters: Donna Maras and Karen (Sam) Maras Segvich; grandchildren: Blake Segvich and Brent Segvich; nieces and nephews: Gary (Julia) Gruszkowski, Brenda Gruszkowski, and Cynthia Urbanik; grandnephew: Griffin Gruszkowski; close family member: Adele Wojtkowski.

A funeral mass was held at 11:00 am, Thursday, December 7, 2023, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 100 St. Peter Drive, Douglas, MI 49406. Father Evelio Ramirez officiating the mass. Burial will be in Riverside-Saugatuck cemetery.

Please consider donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Claire H. Maras. Arrangements are by Dykstra Funeral Homes-Saugatuck Chapel.