After a courageous battle with cancer, Roseanna Lynne Purzycki of Studio City, formerly of Fenton Michigan, passed away peacefully Monday morning, December 3, 2012, at 5:02am surrounded by her children, her mother, and her fiance. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012, 11am at the First Christian Church located at 4390 Colfax Avenue (corner of Moorpark) in Studio City.
Roseanna was born the first of four children to Joseph R. Purzycki and Helen (Jankowski) Sutkowi on October 11, 1950. She graduated from Fenton High School, in Fenton, Michigan, and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Central Michigan University, a Masters Degree in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University, and a Masters Degree in BusinessTaxation from the University of Southern California. She served on the faculty of the
University of Michigan Graduate School of Business and taught accounting courses at the University of Southern California.
Roseanna became a certified public accountant in Michigan, and moved to Los Angeles in 1984. She joined the Gursey Schneider Accounting Firm,later became the firm’s first woman partner, and still later became the head of the tax department, a capacity in which she served until illness forced her retirement. Known for her keen mind, unshakable integrity, and caring heart, Roseanna became one of the most prominent and highly respected tax accountants in our community.
Enthusiastic in everything she did, Roseanna was an avid University of Michigan football fan, attending games to cheer on her beloved Wolverines in Ann Arbor when she could and leading cheers at a local sports bar when she could not. Roseanna’s deep concern for others and her thirst for politics were also important parts of her life and she generously supported the causes that were important to her with both her time and her contributions.
Roseanna was most proud of her children. She never missed their school, sports, or other events, and both children stood by her side and supported her with loving devotion during her last days.
Roseanna was preceded in passing by her dear sister, Peggy Searight, who died on November 8. She is survived by her children, daughter Katherine Doehring and son Jack Doehring, her parents, her stepfather Walter Sutkowi, her brothers (Michael and Keith Purzycki of Fenton, Michigan), her five stepbrothers (Gary Sutkowi, Kenneth Sutkowi, Dan Sutkowi, David Sutkowi, Rich Sutkowi), her fiance, StuartTobisman, and countless devoted friends, colleagues, and clients.
With her grace, humor and kindness, we wish she could have had more time to inspire us with her courage and comfort us with her love.We will deeply miss her.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun