Lillian Telesz

November 19, 1936 ~ May 19, 2020 (age 83)


Lillian Elizabeth Telesz (Urbanski), age 83, passed away on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 at her son Kevin's home surrounded by family and friends. Lillian was born on November 19th, 1936 in Detroit, MI. Lillian grew up a proud Polish American constantly surrounded by family who immersed her in Polish culture. On the weekends she went polka dancing with friends and family. As a teenager she matured into her outgoing personality and discovered she was a serious Elvis fanatic. Eventually, "Lil" as many called her, established a career as a skip tracer locating people for various companies for many years until retiring. After retirement, Lillian still had a job to do being a full-time mother. Lillian had five children whom she loved dearly, pre-deceased by Gregory and Gail, and still cared for by Gary, Glynis, and Kevin. Her children kept her extremely busy and always on her toes. By her side throughout her endeavors was her late husband Hank Telesz.

Lillian was a resident of both the city of Detroit and the city of Roseville. She greatly enjoyed her time in both cities and was an involved member of the community. She made sure her home was always a bright spot on the street. Her yard was her pride and joy. She loved to fill her porch with flowers each spring, her garden with vegetables each summer, and was always looking for the perfect Knick knacks and antiques to put out on her deck for everyone to see. Lillian also loved to cook. You could find her in the kitchen for a majority of her day cooking up Polish favorites and making sure no one left hungry. When Lillian wasn't working on her yard or cooking, she could be found reading an enquirer, doing a puzzle, completing a word search, cutting coupons for her next bargain shopping trip, telling a story, cracking a joke, watching wheel of fortune, or humming a tune.

In her later life, Lillian doted upon her grandchildren and then great-grandchildren. Lillian also had a passion for collecting antiques as she believed everything gained value with age. This passion even led her to an appearance on the Antique Roadshow with her glass water shakers from doing laundry as a little girl. Lillian was never afraid to speak her mind, and everyone always knew how she was feeling. If things had gone differently in Lillian's life, she could have definitely been a stand-up comedian as she always had everyone in the room laughing. She was a self-less woman that was always concerned about if you had "spending money" or a full tank of gas, and if you didn't, she would give you money for it. Although she may have seemed like a meek older woman, she was the first one to request to see her son's racecars revving up and down the street.

She overcame many hurdles in life including the unexpected death of her husband, Hank, the death of two of her children, and a house fire. With each hurdle she came out on the other side stronger. Her legacy will live on through her many family and friends.

Visitation will be at the Christopher Ross Funeral Home in Roseville, MI from 2-7 for a public viewing. In lieu of flowers, we request that you donate a plant that can be planted in a memorial garden in Lillian's honor. If you are attending the visitation, you are welcome to bring the plant with you.

Per the Michigan Governor's order, only 10 people at a time will be allowed in the funeral home.


MAY 22. 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)

Christopher Ross Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
26429 Gratiot Avenue
Roseville, MI 48066

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