On top of the graduation mania, my cousin, Kathy, and her husband, Jim, drove out to my mom's house (now owned by my brother, Jim) to pick up the pool table and doll house that they bought from the estate. So they all joined us for the pre-graduation luncheon.
But the biggest stress of the week was a phone call I got from my cousin, Kirsten, on Thursday. She told me that her father, my favorite Uncle Denny, had a heart attack and didn't make it. Kirsten is getting married next month in Detroit and I am going to be in the wedding party. Now I will see her sooner than expected for my uncle's funeral. Denny was born 11 years after my mother and was more like a big brother than an uncle to me.
URA, DENNIS A.; age 65; of White Lake, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2004. Dennis was a member of the VFW Post 1008 Waterford & Sports Car Club of America. He was retired from Ford Motor Co. as a project Engineer. He also served as a Navy Seal during the Vietnam War. Loving husband of Cynthia; father of Dr. Kirsten M. Ura and Justin A. Ura; son-in-law of Irene Iwanski; brother of the late Edmund Ura and Lorraine Ura Bittner. The Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at St. Perpetua Church, 134 Airport Rd., Waterford. Visitation will be on Sunday 2-8 and on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black and Son Funeral Home , 3295 E. Highland Rd., Highland. Mr. Ura will lie in state at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.
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