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UZNIS EVELYN Businesswoman and avid boater, dies at 86. Evelyn Ruth Tumele Uznis, an influential Detroit area businesswoman, philanthropist, and lifelong yachtswoman, died peacefully on January 26, 2013. In the early 1950's, she and her late husband John founded John F. Uznis Builders, Inc., a Dearborn based development and property management company that continues to be owned and operated by her family. Mrs. Uznis also participated in the United Service Organizations (USO) and the United States Navy League. In addition, she was a member of Zonta International, a global organization of professional women. Mrs. Uznis, a devout Catholic and member of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums. In addition to her work and advocacy, Mrs. Uznis and her husband were avid boaters and divided much of their time between Michigan and Florida. After her husband's death in 1999, Mrs. Uznis continued to enjoy boating, dancing and tennis. Mrs. Uznis is survived by her three children, Sharon, George, and John; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American National Red Cross Disaster Relief. A Memorial Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, at Saint Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit.

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Beth Uznis Johnson01/27/2013

I'm so thankful I had all these years to hear my Grandma U.'s laugh. She always had a good time!

Jane McDonald01/27/2013

Dear Family, I am saddened over the loss of your nice mom. We had many wonderful times with she and your dad.She was a special lady. You all are in my prayers. Fondly, Jane

Barara Farrell-Karamon01/27/2013

I knew Evelyn Uznis many, many years ago when she and John frequented the Idle Hour Hotel, Harsens Island on their boat. Also Uznis Builders built my home and many more on Country Club, Livonia. They asked me to go on television in 1959, to advertise our home, as a happy home buyer. That was on the Austin Grant show out of Windson, Ont. I had great fun doing so. They then took me to Dearborn Country Club for lunch. Many warm memories of these two very nice people.

Brian Wake01/27/2013

My wife, Joan, and I didn't know Evelyn well but she was always friendly and upbeat when we were with her. We will miss her. My mother died on the same date last year. Our condolences to our brother-in-law, George, and the rest of the family.

Kay Doverspike01/27/2013

What a privilege knowing your mother!she will be missed by all who knew her.our sympathy Carl and Kay.

Glenn Maaser01/28/2013

I was Captain of the "EVELYN U" yacht for a few of Evelyn's last years of cruising and I have yet to meet a more exuberant, passionate and wonderfully stubborn woman. I will miss her and be thankful of the priveledge of knowing her.

Thomas J. Kapacinskas01/29/2013

My wife, Judith A. Robert, and I are very sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing. Her warm, friendly smile (certainly inherited by Sharon & Nick) are my fondest memory of her along with her warmth & ease with Mary Robert.

Lorenzo Lamadrid01/30/2013

Our prayers are with you and your family.

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