Alda Jean Lusk,92, of Marshall, MI was called home to her Lord on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at the Villa at Winston Court following a long illness.
Alda was born on December 23, 1928 in Detroit, MI to parents Glenn and Edith Johnston. She had an interesting childhood growing up in Detroit and often talked about taking the streetcar to the downtown area for shopping. Her father, Glenn Johnston worked at Ford Motor Company as a foreman and died suddenly in an accident at work while she was just thirteen years old. This left her mother Edith alone to raise Alda and her brother Glenn. Alda worked as an elevator operator at Henry Ford Hospital while in high school. She graduated from Cooley High School in 1946. On June 19, 1948 she married the love of her life, Wayne C. Lusk.
Early in their marriage Alda worked at Emmert Chevrolet while her husband Wayne completed his college degree from Wayne State University and law degree from Detroit College of Law. She then became a homemaker staying home in Redford Township, MI to raise her family and support her husband who became a lawyer and later an administrative law judge. Alda and Wayne had three boys, David, Craig and Bob. Throughout the years the family enjoyed trips Up North to Higgins Lake, trips to the Smokey Mountains and especially enjoyed boating and swimming. Alda and Wayne took up square dancing in the 1970's and enjoyed having dance nights with friends and taking trips with friends to various locations. They moved to Plymouth, MI in1978.
When her husband Wayne retired in 1989, together they enjoyed several trips to California and Hawaii and many other trips and cruises with friends. They started spending their Winters in the Venice, Florida area where they enjoyed the beach, dancing and going out to dinner. Family was the center and joy of Alda's life. Alda and Wayne were married for 52 years. She was a familiar sight at several of her grandchildren's events over the years. Christmas and birthdays were always a big deal with her and she always went overboard with gifts and generosity. She was truly a fun loving person. After Wayne's death in 2000, Alda continued to spend Winters in Florida where she later met and married Theodore Paxton. They enjoyed dancing and taking cruises and trips together. Theodore died in 2015. In recent years Alda lived in Marshall, MI, most recently at The Villa at Winston Court. She enjoyed attending church services that her son Father Craig presided over at St. Mary Catholic Church. The family is forever grateful to Carol DiBiaggio who has been a wonderful friend to Alda, caring for her and seeing to her wellbeing for the past several years. They really had a special bond.
She is survived by sons David W. Lusk (wife Lou) of Commerce, MI, Father Craig J. Lusk of Marshall, MI and Robert G. Lusk (wife Mary) of Whitmore Lake MI.; 5 grandchildren Rob Lusk, Susie Swanson, Nick Lusk, Jessica Lusk and Jon Lusk; 8 great-grandchildren Benny Swanson, Luci Swanson, Maggie Swanson, Addee Lusk, Kylee Lusk, Quinn Lusk, Cami Lusk, Ike Lusk and one on the way (Mary). She was preceded in death by parents Edith and Glenn; husband Wayne; husband Theodore; and brother Glenn Johnston.
The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life will take place at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth Township, MI at 1PM on Saturday, January 30th, 2021. Mrs. Lusk will lie in state at the church from 12:30PM until the time of mass at 1PM. Interment will follow at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia, MI.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 723 US HWY 27 N., Marshall, MI 49068.
Memorial contributions are requested for the Building on His Cornerstone Fund, St. Mary Church. Memorials may be mailed to the Kempf Funeral Home PO Box 519 Marshall MI 49068.
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