February 24, 2019

Lila H. Lovay

Died June 23, 2018


Lila H. Lovay, 88, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018, at her home.

The daughter of the late Frank and Beatrice (Hopkins) Anjakos, Lila was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Saginaw. She married James F. Lovay, the love of her life, on Aug. 1, 1953. He predeceased her Dec. 15, 1979. She graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1947. Lila was employed at Michigan Bell Telephone Company, and as a bookkeeper at Ramar Construction and McKay Excavating. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, currently St. John Paul II Parish, where she served as a lay minister and an associate member of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Lila volunteered at Covenant Medical Center, Eastside Soup Kitchen and Emmaus House. She enjoyed sewing, reading, gardening, traveling, singing and ice cream. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are three sons, one daughter and their spouses, James Lovay of Carrollton, Michael and Dixie Lovay of New Braunfels, Texas, Elizabeth Gorske and Dan Belanger of Prescott and Frank and Jamie Lovay of Saginaw; six grandchildren, Nicholas (Jennifer), Nathan (Roslyn), Mark, Eric, Danielle (Jeremy) and Andrew; two great-grandchildren, Lila and Noah; two sisters and one brother, Theano Pelkey, Pauline Goetz and Frank (Jackie) Anjakos; and several nieces and nephews.

Lila’s family extends their gratitude and appreciation to her grandson, Nick, who cared for her lovingly, the Whipped Cream Club, her church family for their prayerful support, Wellspring Manor and Serenity Home Health Care and Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice for their compassionate care.

Honoring Lila’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at St. John Paul II Parish — St. Josaphat Catholic Church, 469 Shattuck Rd., in Saginaw. Longtime friend, the Rev. Father James M. Fitzpatrick, will officiate. Interment will take place later at Fairview Cemetery in Fairview. Friends may call at St. Josaphat Church where the family will be present Thursday, July 5, from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Eastside Soup Kitchen or Saginaw Public Libraries.


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