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Jane M. LaRocca, age 94, died June 17, 2017. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25, 1923 to Antonio and Venera LaRocca. She had five siblings; two sisters and three brothers. The family lived on the southwest side of Birmingham, Alabama and lived there until sometime after Jane finished high school. Her family then moved to Powerly, Alabama, which is a short distance from her first home. She worked in her parent's and her brother Pete's store in Powerly and the home was behind the store. Eventually, she got a job in downtown Birmingham at an exclusive women's store known as Black's Department Store. She was a sales clerk there and because of her natural sense of style, she was called upon to model clothes on occasion for prospective customers. She moved to Detroit in 1955 at the age of 30 where she had a sister and her family, plus nephews and nieces she grew up with in the old Alabama neighborhood. She eventually got a job with "Bank of the Commonwealth". She moved up from cashier to the loan department because of her excellent reputation and good rapport with the customers. "Bank of Commonwealth" was taken over by "Detroit Bank and Trust" and eventually became "Comerica Bank". Jane retired from Comerica Bank with 30 years of dedicated service and she had a long and successful career. Jane, being unmarried, kept close ties with the ever increasing family. She was invited to every Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Wedding, and baby showers and most birthday celebrations. She is attributed with keeping all branches of the family informed of all events and pertinent information. Aunt Jane was known personally and lovingly by all who knew her. She loved her family and family history above all. She will never be forgotten. At last count, Aunt Jane has over 190 nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great great-nieces and nephews and counting, living in twelve states. In 2009, it became apparent Aunt Jane could no longer live alone. She first agreed to live at Villa Bella in Clinton Township, and with the Italian Décor, it suited her just fine. She was there with assisted living, and in a short period of time everyone came to know her. She was kind to everyone and a joy to be around. The time at Villa Bella did not last long, and it was determined she needed more personal care; and she was moved to her Fraser Villa home in June of 2011. Again, she was agreeable to the move and was content and comfortable there. Everyone, again, knew our Aunt Jane and they thought she was hilarious. She also taught everyone bits and pieces of the Italian language. Aunt Jane certainly made an impression on everyone she met, and she will be in our memories forever. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings Angelina, Vincent, Lillie, Peter and Charles. Instate Wednesday 9 am until time of Mass at 9:30 am at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes, Sterling Heights. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township, Michigan.