Margaret Therese Veronica Gelineau Chance age 81 went to her eternal rest on January 31 2012 in New Carlisle Indiana two weeks after suffering a massive stroke. Mrs. Chance was born on October 30 1930 at home in Detroit Michigan to the late Mark Gelineau and Dora Agnes (Bruneau) Gelineau. She was the second of eight children four of whom survive her: Albert H. (Dolly) Gelineau of Clinton Township Mich.; Janet A. Keating of Carrollton Texas; Marie A. (the late Michael) Debano of Marysville Mich.; and William M. (Ellen) Gelineau of Burnsville Minn. Deceased siblings Helen M. Ryskamp John A. Gelineau and infant Thomas C. Gelineau. Margaret was a graduate of the all-girls St. David High School (1948) and Providence School of Nursing (1952) Detroit Mich. She met her beloved husband the late Robert Lewis Chance Sr. (Bob) through one of her nursing school classmates who was Bob's cousin. Bob and Margaret Chance were married in St. David's Church Detroit Mich. on October 4 1952. They had four children all of whom survive herJanet C. (William) Hanneman of Mason Mich.; Robert L. (Colleen) Chance Jr. of Rolling Prairie Ind.; Julia C. (the late Brian) Gustafson of Wooster Ohio and John C. Chance of Berkley Mich. Margaret and Bob spent most of their 52 year married life at their home in Berkley Mich. Margaret's life was defined by care-giving for others. She used her nursing skills in many ways as a surgical nurse in her early years as the Director of the Oakland District Nurses Registry for several years after her children were grown and as a private duty nurse for friends and relatives. She spent years providing skilled nursing care to her husband during his many illnesses while raising four children. Margaret and Bob were long-time members of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Royal Oak Mich. and sent their children to the Shrine schools. Margaret's Catholic faith was an important source of comfort and sustenance to her throughout her life. Margaret enjoyed playing cards especially Pinochle which was a staple of her birth family and Contract Bridge which she and Bob played competitively for many years. Margaret was a fantastic cook and baker every food offering was a gift of love. Margaret was a generous hostess and opened her home many times to long-term stays from family members including her own mother and mother-in-law both of whom she cared for until their deaths. Margaret enjoyed gardening and vacationing in Ludington Mich. where she and Bob had a second home on Hamlin Lake for many years. Margaret also greatly enjoyed her year as the Leader of Girl Scout Troup 524: She was the embodiment of "Be Prepared". Margaret was very proud of her nine grandchildren Chris Hanneman; Melissa Catherine Hannah Thomas and Rosemarie Chance and Peter Lillian and Natalie Gustafson. In addition to her children grandchildren and four living siblings Margaret is survived by dear in-laws Ethel (Chance) and John Sellars Thomas and Irene Chance Mabelle (the late Joseph) Chance Bruce and Doris Ryskamp long-time neighbors Lucille Powell and Renee Dettloff several high school and nursing school classmates with whom she kept in touch and many nieces nephews grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Margaret cared deeply about all her family and friends. Visitation will be held at the Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home at 2125 Twelve Mile Road Berkley MI 48072 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday February 3 2012. The Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Church 2100 W. 12 Mile Road Royal Oak MI 48073 at 10 a.m. on Saturday February 4 2012 followed by interment at Roseland Park Cemetery 29001 Woodward Avenue Berkley MI 48072. A meal will be served at the Shrine Conference Center after a brief service at the cemetery.
Published in Daily Tribune on February 2 2012.
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