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Margaret “Gail” Lajiness
August 2, 1939 – January 24, 2024
Margaret Gail Lajiness entered eternal life on January 24, 2024. Gail was born on August 2, 1939 in Garson, Ontario, Canada. Gail was the daughter of Hugh and Aileen (Kennedy) Robillard. After graduating from Sudbury Mining and Technical High School, she earned her Registered Nursing degree from St. Michael’s School of Nursing in Toronto.
Gail married the love her life, John “Jack” Lajiness on May 26, 1962 in Garson, Ontario. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2012. Sadly, he preceded her in death on September 30, 2014.
Gail was a highly involved parishioner of St. Charles Parish in Newport where she was especially instrumental in starting the Adoration Chapel. Many infants and children have worn her hand sewn and embroidered sacramental baptismal gowns. She volunteered for the St. Charles Festival in many capacities such as the Doll Booth and Religious Booth and assisted at numerous funeral luncheons. Her charitable nature was recognized in the time she devoted to The Giving Tree at Christmas time.
Gail was an exemplary and organized home maker with many recipes and meals shared and created around a beautifully dressed table. She was also the welcoming face and greeting behind the door or poolside in the summer months. The importance and prayerful support of her family and longtime friends was evident in her daily living. Keeping the family connected across the miles was of upmost importance, often hosting countless family gatherings.
Gail enjoyed traveling, especially her numerous trips to Rome with her husband Jack. Meeting Pope John Paul II on more than one occasion. During high school Gail excelled in softball and was a pitcher on an organized Ontario League. She and her sister Lois Fitzpatrick coached and further developed the Jefferson High School Girls Softball team where they each have dedicated fields.
Gail is survived by her loving sons Timothy (Kellie) Lajiness, Terrance (Marcelli) Lajiness, Monsignor Todd Lajiness; grandchildren Bryce Lajiness, Monique Lajiness, Matt Lajiness, Ben Lajiness, Sophie Lajiness, Anna Lajiness and step-grandchildren Nathan Macabebe, Reyna Macabebe. Gail is also survived by her siblings Bruce (Shirley) Robillard, Joan (Jerry) Zima, and Linda (Brian) Giroux. In addition to her parents and husband Gail was preceded in death by full term infant Paul, sisters Marie O’Kane and Lois Fitzpatrick and grandson Nolan Lajiness.
Funeral Visitation for Margaret “Gail” Lajiness will take place at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, Michigan on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 2:00-8:00 pm, including Rosary at 6:30 pm and Scripture Service at 7:00 pm officiated by Monsignor Todd Lajiness. Gail will lie in state from 10:00-11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Newport, MI on Saturday, January 27, 2024 followed by Mass of the Resurrection celebrated by Monsignor Todd Lajiness. A private interment will follow at a later date at St. Charles Cemetery, Newport.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI or St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Academy in Newport, MI.