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Mary Helen Cozad

July 31 , 1927 - October 02 , 2018

Mary Helen Cozad
Mary Helen Cozad
1927 - 2018





COZAD, Mary H., age 91, of Allen Park, October 02, 2018. Loving wife of the late William Cozad. Loving mother of Robert (Donna) Cozad and Kenneth (Mary Ann) Cozad. Dearest grandmother of Antonette, Robert, Harrison and Andrew. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Elaine Rosati and Jessy Griswold. She is preceded in death by parents Domenick Rosati and Antonetta Griswold also her brothers Anthony Rosati and Thomas Griswold. Her cremation will take place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.


My deepest condolences to the Cozad family. Mary is in a good place now. I love Mary like my own sister that I never had growing up. I will miss her a lot. She was my shopping buddy, etc. Mary, may you Rest In Peace!!!! Love always, Jessy Jessy Griswold

So very sad for all who knew and loved Mary. Aunt Mary was my favorite relative, so much fun and so spirited. Some of my fondest memories are of visiting Mary with my parents, and watching her and my dad tease each other. They were very close and loved each other dearly. I will miss our visits, our political venting, and her sense of humor--something she shared with my dad. Love to you all, Connie Rosati Connie Rosati

I’m saddened to hear that Mary passed away. I’ve many pleasant and nostalgic memories from decades ago when my best friend Tom Griswold and I used to walk or ride our bicycles down Rosedale and stop by her house. The early years. Blessings Be Upon You. Rest In Peace. Paul Tedesco

We are saddened to hear of our cousin Mary’s passing. We have fond memories of her visiting us in California in the early 1980s, along with her mom Toni. We also had the pleasure of visiting her and Bill in Florida. She was warm, witty and a joy to be with....a shining spirit! Rest In Peace Mary. Tom and Margaret McFarlin

Aunt Mary's passing is a tremendous loss to the whole family. She reminded me so much of my Dad - so feisty! They were the male and female version of the same person. Aunt Mary was my favorite relative too, and I used to get such a kick out of our conversations. We would laugh and laugh about the silliest things! I will miss her so much. My heart goes out to Bob, Donna, Ken, Mary Ann and the kids. I hope all the wonderful memories of your Mom and Grandmother will bring you some solace during this devastating time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. All my love, Carol Carol Rosati

Mary was a very special lady. I admired her drive, organizational skills, culinary talents and strong political opinions. When she and Tony, her brother (my husband), jumped into their political discussions, we were all entertained. She adored Tony even though he had three daughters and never bought her the pink Cadillac after he became a lawyer. I was so lucky to have lunch and spend the afternoon with her in August. I will miss our phone talks when we shared our sadness at having lost or were losing all our friends. We did not want to be the "last one standing". I loved her boys and dear Bill. Most of all, I loved her and will miss her. Elaine Rosati

I am saddened by your lost. It will be great to welcome back such a spirited individual when Jesus resurrects our loved ones when he rules as King of God’s Kingdom. John 5: 28-29;Matt 6:10; Dan 2:44. May Jesus words bring you comfort and hope. Susie Anderson

Bob and Ken and family, Our deepest condolences from the Sturgills. It was a shock to hear of your mom's passing. She was so vibrant and full of life every time we had the pleasure to see her. Your mom and dad, are part of our earliest memories as kids growing up in the neighborhood. We know she will be missed. May your faith in Christ be your comfort and confidence at this time. All our love, The Sturgill family. (John 3:16) James Sturgill

This year I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a girl’s night out with Aunt Mary and Jessy. The next morning, Aunt Mary shared stories of the family, from Nana to Uncle Bill, Uncle Tom and her brother and my father, Tony. One story she shared, was a story my father had gleefully shared with me through the years, which captures the essence of Aunt Mary and her philosophy of life. Aunt Mary decided to drive her father’s car at the ripe age of 13 years old. Not only did she decide to drive it but made sure to fill it with lots of her girlfriends. While out and about, the police spotted her driving and pulled her over. The police escorted her home, chided her, and warned her not to repeat this behavior, to which she batted her eyes and acquiesced. No sooner had the taillights of the police car disappeared, that Mary jumped back in that car and took off again! I remember my father laughing as he relayed that story as a child, and Aunt Mary had the twinkle in her eye as she recounted this story again and reminisced about her life. Aunt Mary was a firecracker, with a zest for life from the “Red Hat Lady” events, to taking my sisters and me shopping in Detroit as young girls, to shopping with Jessy over the last few months, to debating politics and world events with my father and sister Connie. We are blessed to have had Mary as a friend, ally and confidant, a more loyal person you could not know. When I think of Aunt Mary, the words that come to mind are “Carpe Diem”. This Latin phrase means “pluck the day”, and Roman poet Horace used the phrase “carpe diem quam minimum credula postero” to mean “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one”. Nowadays in modern society, we have translated this phrase to mean, “Seize the day”. Whatever way one chooses to interpret this phrase, it sums up Aunt Mary, and we can all take a chapter out of this book in our day-to-day lives. My condolences to the family, but I know Aunt Mary would not want us to be sad, but to embrace her philosophy, rejoice in the wonderful life she lived and the family that she had, and embrace her philosophy of life, “Carpe Diem”! Claire Rosati

I'm sorry to here about the passing of Mary. No one can prepare themselves for the feelings of loss that occur when our loved ones leave us. Please know that these feelings are only temporary and will soon be replaced with wonderful memories of times past. The comfort from the scriptures can help during this difficult time. John 5:28,29 "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection of life." Knowing that we can see our loved ones again in a paradise earth free from the effects of sickness and pain is a wonderful promise from the creator. My condolences, Dave b. Dave B.