Updated: Dingell services to be held in Dearborn next week

    John Dingell | Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan photo, Flickr
    Updated, 9:00 p.m. with new location for the mass.

    Services for former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) will be held next week in Dearborn, the office of his wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), announced on Friday.

    John Dingell | Library of Congress

    Dingell died Thursday night after a battle with cancer. He was the longest-serving member of Congress. He was 92.

    The memorial events are open to the public.

    On Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., a visitation will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., a funeral mass will be held at Church of the Divine Child, 1055 North Silvery Lane, Dearborn, MI 48128.

    A funeral service will be held in Washington, D.C., with further details to come.

    As a World War II-era veteran of the U.S. Army, Dingell will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

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