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Update: John Dingell's Funeral Tuesday Moves to a Larger Dearborn Church


February 10, 2019, 3:51 PM

John Dingell's public funeral mass in Dearborn is relocated three miles from its original site to accommodate more people in a bigger church.

The 11 a.m. Tuesday service now will be at the Church of the Divine Child, 1055 North Silvery Lane, Rep. Debbie Dingell tweets Sunday afternoon with the slide above. The location is south of Ford Road, east of Gulley Road, north of Cherry Hill Road and west of Telegraph Road.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. John Lewis are scheduled to attend.

Public visitation Monday still is at the Ford Community Performing Arts Center. (See details below.) 

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The Church of the Divine Child is off Telegraph and Ford roads.

Mayor John B. O'Reilly Jr. posts a tribute at the city's Facebook page:

The City of Dearborn was so privileged to have had Congressman John Dingell as our loyal and fierce friend. In our grief, we are remembering him with the full force of our gratitude.

He is Dearborn’s most dignified historical figure and we will always be proud to be known as his community. He acted on the national stage, but he came home to us.

After the late congressman's casket is flown to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon, a motorcade will carry it past the U.S. Capitol and to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in northwest Washington for a public funeral Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Former President Bill Clinton and former Speaker of the House John Boehner will speak.

A reception follows at Georgetown University, Dingell's alma mater (Class of 1949; law school Class of 1952). Debbie Dingell also has two Georgetown degrees (School of Foreign Service ’75 and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ’98).

The 92-year-old Army veteran of World War II, who died Thursday, will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Original article, Feb. 8:

Details are released for local visitation and a funeral mass next week for John Dingell, who'll be buried with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.


Tuesday's originally was scheduled at this Dearborn church on Michigan Avenue. (Photo: Krista Shambleau)

The legendary former congressman, who served a record 59 years, died Thursday at age 92. 

Nine hours of public visitation will be Monday at the Ford Community Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

A public funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 22430 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, where the Democrat lived with Rep. Debbie Dingell, his wife. The church is west of Oakwood Boulevard, between South Military and Howe streets.

A later funeral service is being planned at a church in the nation's capital, where Dingell in 1955 followed his father into Congress and served during 11 presidential administrations. His wife, whose office announced the arrangements, has filled his seat since 2016. 



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