Estelle Mandell (age 95)
August 29, 2021
Mandell (nee Zukowski), Estelle. Loving wife of the late Edward (2017) and dear mother of Mary Ellen (David) Thompson and Michael (Pamela). Grandmother of Michelle (Jason) Blake, Kim (Chad) Herron, Michael, and Shannon (Michael) Zasadny. Great Grandmother of Brielle, Adalyn, Bradley, and Lincoln.
Estelle was born in Detroit, attended Sweetest Heart of Mary School, graduated from the Felician Academy and Providence Hospital’s School of Nursing, and retired from Bon Secour Hospital, where she was a nurse supervisor. Throughout her life, she maintained lifelong friends from her school days.
Estelle was a member of Polish Legion of American Veterans and Amvets auxiliaries, serving in many offices and committees, including local president and convention delegate. She also volunteered monthly at the Veterans Hospital in Detroit and attended conventions, social and charity events with Ed, her late husband, for veterans groups and Knights of Columbus. Our Lady Queen of Heaven seniors was a special social group and Estelle played pinochle with them every Tuesday for many years in the church hall.
Very proud of her Polish heritage with a very giving heart, Estelle was a devout catholic, regularly attending mass, with prayer books, rosaries, scapulars, statues, and holy cards tucked everywhere in the house. She visited sick friends or former patients and drove family and friends to medical appointments on a regular basis.
Strong in her opinions, Estelle was very independent and feisty. She even came home a few time with her own new car, which no one in the family knew she’d ordered. She was a great cook and enjoyed baking and trying new recipes, especially for meetings and parties.
Estelle enjoyed playing lottery scratch offs, sometimes uttering a few bad words, and enjoyed slot machines at the casino. She would call her children on Sunday afternoons and say, “We’ll be out for the afternoon, so we’ll talk tomorrow,” when she and Ed planned an afternoon at the casino.
Estelle loved shopping, dressed with classic style, and was known for her trademark pearls. Her granddaughters always commented, “If you want to know what’s in style, just ask Grandma.” She had no trouble learning how to use a cell phone, but made it clear to everyone she had no interest in computers.
Family was most important to Estelle. She spent lots of time with her children and grandchildren, attending family and special events, athletics, and dance recitals, and watching her grandchildren when they were sick, so her own children didn’t have to use sick days. Even recently, she commented that family comes first, and you always help your children and take good care of your grandchildren.
Estelle was a breast cancer survivor and had two spinal surgeries in her 80’s, yet she always strived to remain as independent as possible. When Ed passed away, she moved to a wonderful assisted living facility in Sterling Heights. Always the nurse, she was never afraid to vocalize her wishes, needs, and opinions with staff, in a loving way.
She was a strong, spirited woman, way ahead of her time.
Lying in State
Thursday, September 2, 2021 8:30 am until time of funeral mass at 9:30 am
Saint Blaze Catholic Church (map)
12151 15 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights MI 48312
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 10 am
Great Lakes National Cemetery (map)
4200 Belford Rd
Holly MI 48442
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Capuchins https://www.thecapuchins.org/donate in Estelle’s name.