Longtime Roseville resident Nancy Switalski is known for her community service – Macomb Daily
A key figure in her community known for her activism and event organizing, Nancy Ann Switalski (née McDonnell), died Saturday, May 21 at the age of 96.
She was born on December 13, 1925 in Salina, Kansas. In 1948, she left Marymount College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Kansas because she met Norbert Switalski, third baseman and leadoff hitter for 1947 Western Conference champion Salina. Blue Jays. They married in 1950 and moved to Detroit, settling in Roseville where she worked as a teacher while having seven children. She continued to work as a substitute teacher and was known to generations of teachers and students at Roseville High School as the “Super Sub who could teach any subject from English to Shop Math,” relatives wrote. in the obituary.
She enjoyed her Scottish-Irish heritage and was also very active in organizing events for her friends and family, including Halloween costume parties, Kentucky Derby pool parties, Cinco De Mayo and dinner dances in the hall. Sacred Heart Church Sports Hall in Roseville. She also enjoyed creating quizzes and egg coloring contests for family gatherings.
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After the sudden death of her husband, Norb, in 1981, she returned to school and became a computer-savvy secretary working for Nickel and Saph until the late 1980s. Relatives said she was a devoted mother and grandmother as well as a prolific writer, publishing a book of her correspondence, “Echoes of the Past” and a two-volume autobiography. Switalski was active in her community and in politics. She served on the Sacred Heart Parish Council and was appointed to the Roseville City Council, serving 2 years before losing in the 1977 council elections.
She served for many years as chair of the Roseville Beautification Commission to help improve the town. His involvement was passed on to his children, with three of his sons pursuing political careers, holding elected office in the circuit court and state senate. A nephew served at the State House. A former Macomb Daily reporter referred to her as the matriarch of the Switalski clan, known as the “Kennedys of Roseville”.
She is survived by her children, Mark (Jodi), Katy Van der Veer (David), Jean Marie Davis (Mike), Mickey (Roma), Monica Krebs, Edye Wright (Larry) and Matthew (Rebecca); brothers Larry McDonnell (Artiss) and Joseph B. McDonnell (Carol), 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband and brother Chris McDonnell.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Church, 95 Market Street, Mount Clemens. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores. Additional visits are from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Roseville Public Library.
MediaNews Group Staff