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Pause Broken Dreams by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“I have lost contact with Mary since retiring from Target 12 years ago but I will always remember her smiling face every morning when I would come in...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: JoAnn Parobek - Clinton Township, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the West family. In time, may your memories fill the sadness in your heart with love and happiness and Mary will live on...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Eileen Fitzgerald Cicone - MI

“Jim-my deepest sympathy on the loss of a wife and mother. ”
3 of 28 | Posted by: frank Pruent - columbus, MI

“I was a classmate of Matt at Guardian Angels. I didn't get a opportunity to send my condolences at that time, so even though I don't recall his...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Pam Tines Collins

“This is for Mary's family, especially her mom and sons, Jim already knows this info. Mary was a true friend to me. Back in the early 80's Detroit...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Charlene Genther - Northville, MI

“Marty and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss Mary deeply. The benefit of coming from a large family is that there are many...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Ann Shumaker - MI

“PART 4 (of 4): You know, I still think about that noise I heard below the boardwalk. I don't really know who made it--mother or godmother--but in...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Lauren Degraffenreid - NV

“Marty and family, Memories are wonderful ways to cherish Our loved ones please know that my Pemberton memories include the whole West family. ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: Dr. Jeffrey Crowley - Pigeon, MI

“Jim, You have my deepest sympathies. May your memories together bring you comfort in the days ahead. ”
9 of 28 | Posted by: Denise Tujaka - St Clair Shores, MI

“Mary Alice, I am so glad I was able to see you last year at our reunion. Thank you for bringing my lovely Aunt Elsie to visit. My prayers to your...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Laurie Szczesny - Highland, MI

“Jim, I am so very sad to hear of Mary's death, and so young. Too many that wore blue are dying too young. My prayers are with you and your family. ...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Barb Bergers - Grand Rapids, MI

“Some of my favorite memories are of Mary trying to teach me to dance listening to her old 45's on Seymour. Unfortunately, it met with little success...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Rob West - Pontiac, MI - Brother

“Mary was not only my big sister and protector (I was fifth of six kids and needed someone to ward off Rob and Matt from time to time), but she was my...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Marty West - Franklin, MI

“Thank you Mary for being the best big sister anyone could wish for. Thank you for not complaining when Mom asked you to comb out my tangled, unruly...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Madelyn O'Hara - Sister

“In our younger years, Mary came to visit me in Wyoming many times, and every visit turned into a wild time. Days were spent traveling through the...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Julie DeGraffenreid - Daniel, WY

“Dear Jim and Jimmy and Joe You will be in our thoughts and prayers. We always enjoyed our visits with you and Mary. god bless you and your family....Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Beverly Ridgway - Sarasota, FL

“Mary Alice you were a sweet and kind cousin and were all gonna miss you dearly. You left us too soon, but I know you'll be looking down on us. Saying...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Anne Marie Sitler Meadows - Wixom, MI

“I worked with Mary many,many years ago at old #10 Precinct and am very saddened to hear of her passing. She was an absolute joy to work with. Every...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Roy G McGruther - Livonia, MI

“Dear Jim, You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife, Mary Alice. Although I didn't know her personally, I know she had to be a very...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Jerry ciesinski - Warren, MI

“Mary, you are leaving us much too soon. Know that you were more than a sister-in-law to us, you were our friend. Forever and always you will live...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Bill and Julia Smetanka - MI

“Jim, I was so very sorry to hear of your wife's passing. My heart aches for you and your family. My prayers will be with you now and in the future...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Bonnie J Haines - Harrison Twp., MI

“Mary, you will always be with us----just a different view. Lots of love, Judi and Ken Kulik ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Judi and Ken - Shelby Twp., MI

“Julie and I sent our deepest condolences to Jim and the family. ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Arthur And Julie Rivers - MI

“We love and miss you Mary! ”
24 of 28 | Posted by: Wilma Banach - Chesterfield, MI

“You were a wonderful friend, love you and miss you! ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Wilma Banach - Chesterfield, MI

“Rest in Peace sister in Blue, your watch is though ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: william wagner - Detroit P.D., MI

“Thanks for your friendship. You were great fun. Love you Chris & John Jepsen ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Chris Jepsen - Vass, NC

“So sorry to learn of your loss Jim. Thoughts and Prayers to you and your Family during this challenging time. ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Terry Laurencelle


Mary Alice Gawlowski, age 60 of Macomb Twp., passed away June 13, 2014 after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer. Beloved wife of thirty years to James. Loving mother of James Jr. and Joseph. Daughter of Elsie Celeste West and the late Robert Cresswell West. Sister of Robert III, Julie (Stephen), Martin (Melanie), Madelyn and the late Matthew West. Also loved by many nieces and nephews.

Graduate of Detroit Denby High School and Wayne State University. Retired from the Detroit Police Dept. and proud member of the Detroit Police/Fire Retiree Association.

Dearest Mary,

Voices in my head come and go
through moments of joy and tears of sorrow,
wondering why we're dealt with such a blow, and
realizing, too, there will be very few tomorrows.

While we squeeze in the smiles and make the conversation light,
the heart speaks volumes like no other delight.
We remember the times we shared through the years,
for these moments are precious, near and dear.

Mary, as we ride along this journey with you,
we know, at some point, we must pause to let go.
But, the angels are spreading their wings,
taking you into their fold,
embracing you, into the Lord's kingdom to behold.

The voices in my head may cry for a while,
yet these tears won't last long, even though they may sting.
Keeping your memory alive in all the good that we do,
is the best gift we can give you as you receive your wings.

As much as we love you, Mary, we will always remember,
you love us, too.

From your family.

A more personal tribute is being composed by Mary's family. Please check back periodically.

Thank you.