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  • In Honor of Grace Naftaly’s 100Th Birthday

    by Senator Gary Peters

    Posted on 2013-03-07

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    PETERS of michigan in the house of representatives Thursday, March 7, 2013 Mr. PETERS of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor longtime Detroit-area resident and community advocate Grace Naftaly on the occasion of her 100th birthday. The Naftaly family is well known in the Detroit-area, and I've had the privilege of working with Grace's son Jerry, who served as the mayor of Oak Park for many years. Throughout her lifetime, Grace demonstrated a selfless dedication to the welfare of others, the community, and her family.

    Grace was born on March 25, 1913 and arrived in the United States with her parents Mary and Emil Kahan through the Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty port. Grace and her husband Bill Naftaly were blessed with three children, Robert, Janice and Jerry, as well as six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

    Even at the young age of 100, Grace is still an avid Detroit Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons fan. She also loves puzzle books and novels.

    As I close, I would like to wish Grace health and happiness for many years to come. I can say with confidence that because of her selfless attitude and dedication to the community, the Detroit-area is a better place.


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