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REV. JACOB "FR. JAY" SAMONIE

SAMONIE REV. JACOB "FR. JAY", age 80, July 15, 2010. Dear brother of Rose Semain, Elizabeth 'Billie' Nader, Jackie (Craig) Cebulskie and the late Marie Hellow, Jennie Latiff, Lillian Simony and Tony. Also survived by 195 nieces and nephews. Son of the late Muna and Jacob. Past member of the Judicial Tenure Commission. Member of Mystical Order of St. Peter. Past President of Fr. Kern Foundation. Accomplished Artist and Author. Founder of Manna Soup Kitchen. Founding member of LASED. Influential in starting Corktown Non Profit Housing Corp. Served in the Archdiocese of Detroit at 10 different Parishes. Devoted most of his life to initiate projects for the less fortunate. Well known for his holistic Seminars and Workshops. Visitation Sunday at St. Mel Catholic Church, 7506 Inkster Road (just north of Warren), 2-8 p.m. with a 6 p.m. evening service. In state Monday 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Mass. Arrangements by Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 734-427-3800. www.santeiufuneralhome.com

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Mary Ann Hopkins07/18/2010

I am a member of St. Mels,and have had the honor and privlege to have had Fr.as our pastor.What a beautiful human being, sincere, priestly,and holy. May his soul rest in peace.All my prayers for him.

Theodore Abraham07/18/2010

Thank you Father for being there for us when we needed you. Now you can rest with our Father in Heaven. You certainly deserve it.

Jim & MaryAnn Shearer07/18/2010

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Father Jay. We all loved him. Jim & Mary Ann Shearer

Jack & Lorraine Saar07/18/2010

We are very sorry to hear about the passing of our dear cousin, Fr. Jay. We treasure the memory of our growing-up years with Fr. Jay and will always remember him for his kindness and good works as an extraordinary parish priest. May his soul rest in peace as he so richly deserves.

vickie nader07/18/2010

With deepest sympathy.... Vickie Nader, Maria Giallorati, Rita and Rudy Taranski

Gaston R. DesHarnais, PhD07/19/2010

Father Jay was a miracle of a man and priest-- matching his many gifts with extraordinary achievements of compassion and service. Even rarer, he is a saintly, fully blossomed mystic. Of the hundreds of seminarians priests, monastics and nuns that I have ever known from my childhood on, he has proven to be one of the 4 or 5 who had attained any verifiable level of advanced mystic realization. His extraordinary books are an endowment for the Catholic Church of the future! Sympathies to all his beloved family and caregivers. especially

dr cyndee birch12/29/2010

A great man who will live in the hearts of all those he touched.

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