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LINKNER MONICA FARRIS Cherished mother of Joshua Linkner and Matan Farris. Loving Bubbie of Noah and Chloe Linkner. Devoted daughter of Madelyn Farris and the late Bernard Farris. Dear sister of Dr. Michael Farris and Joseph Wert. Also survived by Michael's children; Jessica, Zoe and Ethan Farris. SERVICES 3:00 PM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL 248-569-0020. INTERMENT AT CLOVER HILL PARK CEMETERY.

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Barbara Hillman01/02/2013

I was saddened when I read about Monica's passing away. She was an elementary school classmate of mine and one of the brightest among us. More recently, we caught up with each other at Eprize where my daughter-in-law works. Her smile was in peace.

Mike Voorhees01/02/2013

Monica was a dear friend and a great adoption attorney - her kindness and compassion made a real difference in the lives of all she touched - we will miss her greatly

Sam Totaro01/02/2013

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your Mother, daughter, sister and grandmother. Monica was a very close colleague and friend. I first met her when she and I were on the drafting committee of the Uniform Adoption Act and served on that committee together for many years. She then became a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and during my year as President (1996-1997) she was tremendous resource for me and for the Academy. We will miss her dearly. Samuel C. Totaro, Jr., Esq. Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Michael Shorstein01/02/2013

I have known Monica for many years as a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. When I became a new member in 1993, she provided such kind, loving support and friendship. At each conference, she would always share her time, knowledge and, of course, her beautiful smile. Her memory shall serve as a blessing and as great inspiration for many years to come.

Michael Goldstein01/02/2013

Dear All-this is so sad. Our condolences go out to Monica's family. As many of us know she was a very very special lady! With tears, Michael

Steve Hayes01/02/2013

I particularly enjoyed serving on the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys board with Monica. Our winter meetings in Park City UT were especially fun for us northerners. Monica and I (and others) took advantage of fresh powder to snowshoe and cross country ski several times there. One early evening Monica and I took a cross country trail which was more like a downhill run. We came to a turn overlooking Park City all lit up and I couldn't make the turn and had to bail out in order to avoid running over the edge. Monica made the turn without bailing. I was impressed. Monica was bright and direct, unafraid to bring new thoughts to the table when appropriate. She was an excellent board member, good friend and dinner companion. My prayers go out to her family.

Stuart Sacks01/02/2013

I am deeply saddened by this news. As a colleague in the American Academy I was fortunate to benefit from her knowledge and experience to help families grow with healthy beginnings. I will miss you.

Judy Sperling-Newton01/02/2013

Monica and I were members together for many years of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and for the past four years of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Monica was a fun, loving person; she stood up, and worked extremely hard, for equality and justice. My heart is very heavy.

Ishi Kunin01/02/2013

My condolences to family and friends. I knew her for many years thru the AAAA. She was a very special person and she will be missed.

Kaye McLeod01/02/2013

Monica's dimpled smile was something I looked forward to every year at the annual conference of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She and I shared some sweet moments together in Indianapolis last April. Monica's legacy is one of gentle compassion coupled with rare intelligence. Her presence in all our lives was a gift and her absence will leave a space not easily filled - I miss her already.

Peter Wiernicki01/02/2013

Monica's friendship and enthusiasm were ever present. When you spoke with Monica, you could always tell that she really cared about what you were saying. She had that wonderful smile and laugh. I has so many meaningful conversations with her. Truly, a good and decent person.

Denise Patton01/02/2013

A will remember Monica as a bright, enthusiastic, and vocal adoption advocate. Her contributions to the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys will be remembered and we will miss her!

Michele Zavos01/02/2013

I am so sorry to hear of Monica's passing. She was a wonderful person. I always enjoyed talking to her at ///A events.

Mark Demaray 01/02/2013

All of us in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys are deeply saddened to hear of Monica's passing. She has been an important and truly valued Fellow of our Academy for more than 20 years and it has been our honor to work with her. She was instrumental in bettering the lives of many thousands of families and children not just from Michigan, but from all over the country. Our world is indeed a better place because of Monica's tireless work and caring for people and we will all miss her very much. May she rest in peace. Mark Demaray, Immediate Past President, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

Patty Stamler01/02/2013

My heart is heavy with the sadness I feel over losing one of my dearest friends. I was so fortunate to have Monica as a friend and mentor over the decades we knew each other. She had an incredibly keen mind and a ceaseless desire to do justice in a world filled with injustices. Her mind was ever curious. I will miss her terribly. My love and condolences to her family, many friends and esteemed colleagues. Patty Stamler

Albert Lirhus01/02/2013

I knew Monica through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. I went Monica for help and advice on many occasions. Monica was very smart and very capable. She was also very approachable. Whenever I asked her for help she always made me feel like we could find the solution together, even though we both knew Monica would have the answer. She always had time to talk. I learned a lot form knowing and working with Monica and I am a better person for it. I hope that Monica's friends and family can take some comfort in knowing that she will live on through them.

Benjamin Rosin01/02/2013

It was a pleasure to know and work with her in the field of adoption. I also enjoyed seeing her at the annual 4As meetings throughout the US. she will be missed Ben

Ken Rathert01/02/2013

Monica was a very smart and generous woman. I worked with her on a number of adoptions and in AAAA as well as on a subcommittee on adoption. She was generous with her time and dedicated to the cause of adoption. I will miss Monica dearly. She was a great lady!!!

Harvey Schweitzer01/02/2013

I knew Monica as a colleague in the ///A. The good she did will live on in those whose lives she touched.

Dan Ziskin01/02/2013

This is such sad news. Monica was a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys for almost 20 years. All who knew her and particularly those of us lucky to be counted as one of her friends were uplifted by her spirit, humor and good will. She was an excellent lawyer and an even better person. Having known Monica for many years, I know she will be sorely missed by everyone who knew or were in any way touched by her.

Robin Fleischner01/02/2013

Monica was a radiant human being, a deeply compassionate attorney, and a very special member of our academy. We will feel her loss. With a heavy heart, Robin A. Fleischner Attorney at Law Email: 11 Riverside Drive - 14MW New York, NY 10023 (212) 362-6945 374 Millburn Avenue - 303E Millburn, NJ 07041 Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys

Jessica Maher01/02/2013

I spoke with Monica several times over the year, at conferences and by phone, through her work with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She was always so knowledgeable, energetic and helpful. She was a great lawyer and contributed so much to our profession and our field. She will be missed by many.

Herb Brail01/02/2013

As a fellow adoption attorney, Monica and I go way back before attorneys could directly be involved in a Michigan adoption. We sometimes diagreed, but always respected each other. My most pleasant recollection was this past August when I had a group of MI adoption attorneys over to my home for a summer party. Monica and I sat on the couch, listened to a piano player, and talked about a wide range of topics. I have never seen her more relaxed or open about her family and personal life. The thought she is gone just a few short months later is numbing. Michigan adoption law and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys have suffered a great loss. My condolences to her family.

Peggy Swain01/02/2013

We will miss Monica's insightful intelligence, kind manner and bright spirit. Her passing is a great loss to the adoption bar and to all the families and children she helped. Rest in peace, my friend.

Robin Pope01/02/2013

Monica, a colleague and friend of mine through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Every time I saw her, she had a huge smile and hug for me. My favorite memory of her is the time she, Diane Michelsen and I went to a Korean bathhouse in Chicago and got body scrubbed to within an inch of our lives! What a sweet memory. Monica was a talented attorney, a gift of love to her family and friends, and this is a sad day. May her family find solace in their memories of Monica, an amazing woman.

Margaret Cunnane Hall01/02/2013

This is such a loss to the adoption community. I met Monica a few times at the American Academy of Adoption conferences. She was so gracious and knowledgeable.

Catherine Dexter01/02/2013

I enjoyed working with Monica and visiting with her at the AAAA conferences. We worked on several cases together and I enjoyed her practical outlok and compassionate heart. I will miss her.

Tim Brewer01/02/2013

Monica sparkled. When Monica was there, our American Academy of Adoption Attorneys social events were more fun. At our last annual conference, in Indianapolis, during our big social event at the theater, she asked me to teach her how to whistle really loud so that she could show her appreciation for the band. I was delighted at the opportunity and am happy to report that in whistling, as in all things, she was an enthusiastic student and caught on quickly. I'm stunned and saddened by her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, and with all of us who will miss her dearly.

JEANNE TATE01/02/2013


Rodney Poole01/02/2013

It was my good fortune to meet Monica years ago as a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Although she was an extremely talented attorney, my most fond memories of her are of her as a marvelous human being. Any time she spoke, she did so not just with the legal knowledge necessary for the moment but with the compassion and spirit that made her so special. She will be missed as a colleague and most especially as a friend.

Carolyn Thaler01/02/2013

Monica was an outstanding attorney and advocate for children. She was a devoted mother and a caring friend. The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys was what brought us together. She was an outstanding member admired by all. It is a great loss to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

anne reynoldscopps01/02/2013

i was so sad to hear of monica's passing. she was a delightful person. it will be so hard to be without her at the AAAA meetings. i always looked forward to seeing her. my prayers will be with her family.

BRENDA KELLY01/02/2013

I met Monica though Oakland County Adoptions. She always had a wonderful smile and kind words for the staff. My thoughts are with her family and friends. She will be missed.

Golda Zimmerman01/02/2013

Monica will be very missed and well remembered by all her American Academy of Adoption Attorneys family. I remember many happy conversations with her at our conferences. She always had something interesting and intelligent to say. Golda Zimmerman Esq. Syracuse, NY

Judith Vincent01/02/2013

Monica was a kind, warm person who not only brought the best of herself to the AAAA but was a joy to work with. I will miss her greatly.

kathy pidgeon01/02/2013

My prayers go out to Monica's family during this time of great loss. Please take comfort in the many amazing things Monica did to make this world a better place. Monica and I worked on several adoptions together over the years as members of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She is responsible for helping me to find a very special family for one of my clients - and to this day that family and the birth mother have an amazing relationship thanks to Monica's dilegence and care. She wasn't just an adoption attorney - she was a very special attorney who had great intelligence and knowledge of her speciality but most importantly - she cared so much for others and that care and love for her clients made her stand out as one of the best adoption attorneys in our country. May you rest in peace Monica -

Donald Cofsky01/02/2013

As we left our conference in Indianapolis in May, we hugged goodbye, and she said, "See you next year in San Diego." It just will not be the same there without her. She was a true champion for children and for individual rights, but we will miss her most as a wonderful friend and person.

Rita Meiser01/02/2013

I was graced to know Monica for well over 20 years through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Monica was universally respected and loved by all of us in AAAA. She was always available to lend a helping hand and to be a friend. The world was blessed by her presence.

Theresa Roetter01/02/2013

Monica's infectious smile, keen insight and passion for helping to create families will be sorely missed. The world has lost a great one. With heartfelt sympathy. - Theresa Roetter (///A) & Mark McColloch

Susan Moffet01/02/2013

I have known Monica for more years than I like to count. We met through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and worked on many cases together. She was a consummate professional, always cheerful, and a thoughtful and caring person. She will be sorely missed. My condolences to her family in their loss of this wonderful woman.

Susan Roberts01/02/2013

My condolences go out to Monica's family. After many years I was lucky enough to re-connect with her this past summer. I will remember her fondly. Rest in peasce.

Rebecca Mendel01/03/2013

I am so sad to hear of Monica's passing. I have known Monica through AAAA. Over the past few years, I have really enjoyed sharing meals with her and getting to know her. My condolences to her family.

Irene Steffas01/03/2013

Her bright smile and positive spirit will be greatly missed. She was a wonderful model of what attorneys should be like.

Karen Greenberg01/03/2013

Meeting and developing a friendship with Monica through the American Academy of Adoption attorneys, was a true gift, I shall never forget. May Monica's memory be a blessing for us all.

Joan Hollinger01/03/2013

Monica was an unswervingly devoted friend and professional colleague committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in her adoption and family law practice. We met in the late 1980s when I convinced her to become involved in efforts in Michigan and elsewhere to revise and reform adoption laws and policies. Although I moved from Ann Arbor to California twenty years ago, Monica and I remained close personally and professionally; I will cherish my memories of her. With all best wishes to her family, Joan Heifetz Hollinger

Dorean Koenig01/05/2013

I was sorry to hear of Monica's death. We were good frieds a very long tme ago. Distance operated so that we no longer had much contact. I admired her and the work she did. She was a person who made a difference.

Jack (Grandpa) Roberts01/05/2013

Our blessings are with you,Monica. Sorry we couldn't be there for you-With love and affection. Laddie and Jack

Laurence Spiegel01/07/2013

My sympathy goes out to Monica's family. She was a blessing to all who knew her. As a fellow AAAA member, I will miss her friendship and wise counsel.

Sheri Hiltunen01/28/2013

I was so sad to hear that Monica had passed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May her memory be a legacy of love for you all.

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