Marie Christoff

March 27, 1928 - June 1, 2020

Marie Christoff, of Dearborn Heights, passed away June 1st at the age of 92. She was born in Detroit, MI on March 27, 1928 to Macedonian immigrants Chris and Dina Vassell, who operated restaurants in the city. Marie attended and graduated from Detroit Western High School. In October 1949 she married Nestor Christoff, who began in commercial construction as a draftsman, and they remained together for 59 years until Nestor's death in 2009. Marie (known as Mary to close friends) was a homemaker in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights and worked 26 years at Jacobson's department store in Dearborn as a men's furnishings salesperson. Marie was sociable, hard-working, devoted to family and set a strong example as mother, wife, and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, William C. Vassell. She is survived by son Chris (Marcy) Christoff of East Lansing; daughter Elaine (James) Allen of Novi; granddaughters Sarah Christoff and Emily (Andrew) Chet, both of Chicago; and two great-grandchildren, Rylen and Gracelynn Chet.

A private funeral service for Marie will be held. She will be reunited with her husband at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association in her name.

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