FAMILY GENEALOGY
JOURNEY TO RECLAIM MY HERITAGE






FAMILY OBITUARIES


JOHN PIECHOWIAK...Bay City Times....August 14, 1933:

John Piechowiak,83 died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Wanda Slezak yesterday following a 2 year illness. Born in Poland June 12, 1850 he had lived in Bay City for more than 50 years. Piechowiak was a member of St. Hyacinth's church and St. Stanislaus' society of that church. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Slezak and Mrs. Bessie Lepczyk.Bay City: six sons, Wallace, John and Edward all of Bay City, Stanley of Flint, Walter of South America, and Frank; 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Slezak Wednesday at 8:30a.m. and at the church at 9:00a.m., with Rev. Joseph Lewandowski officiating.

FRANCES PIECHOWIAK...Bay City Times...February 4, 1930:

Frances Piechowiak,72...died at 11p.m. at her home 1215 33rd Street after an illness of four weeks. Mrs. Piechowiak was born March 9, 1857 in Poland and was married there 57 years ago. She resided here for the past 49 years. She is survived by her husband John, 2 daughters; Mrs. Wanda Slezak and Mrs. Bessie Lepczyk of Bay City....7 sons; Stephan, Wallace, Frank, John Jr. Edward, Stanley and Walter....one brother, Mr. Thomas Luczak of Williams and a sister, Mrs. Mary Pagryrzynski of Bay City, 17 grandchildren. She was a member of St. Hyacinth's Church and Holy Roasry and St. Barbara's society under whose auspices the funeral will be held. The services will be Saturday at 8:30a.m. at the residence and at 9:00a.m. at the church with the Rev. Joseph Lewandowski officiating and burial will be at St. Stanislaus cemetery.

MARY Luczak PAGRYZINSKI..Bay City Times Nov. 16, 1936:

Mrs. Mary Pagryzinski, 93, 2200 S Monroe street died Monday evening at 6:30 o'clock of old age and attendant illness of six years at her residence. A resident of Bay City for the past 50 years, she came here from Poland. She was a member of St Hyacinth church and the Holy Rosary Society. Surviving are one daughter; Mrs. Stella BUDINSKI of Bay City; three sons, John, Frankd and Walter PAGRYZINSKI all of Bay City and 11 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 8:30 o'clock at the home of her son Walter, 2317 Fraser street and at 9:00 o'clock at the St Hyacinth church with the Rev. Fr. Lewandowski officiating. Burial will be in St Stanislaus cemetery.

ANASTASIA Rathkowski LUCZAK..Bay City Time Feb. 15, 1932:

Mrs. Anastasia Luczak died Saturday at 9:30p.m. at her home on Garfield road in Williams Township of heart disease after an illness of nine weeks. She was born in Poland on March 22, 1869 and had resided in Bay County for 42 years. She was a member of St. Anthony's church of Fisherville and of the Holy Roasary Society and St. Joseph's Society. Surviving are her husband Thomas, four daughters; Mrs. Blanche Fuller, Detroit; Mrs. Amille (Emma) Kalinowksi, Auburn; Marie and Victoria, Flint; five sons: Barney, Bay City; Aloysius (Oliver), Chicago; Wallace, Saginaw; Emil (Leon) and Morris (Nicholas), Auburn: two sisters; Mrs. Leokadya Matcszewski, Bay City and Mrs. Blanche Wieczykowski, Saginaw: one brother and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 8:30a.m. at the home and at 9:00a.m. at St. Anthony's church with the Rev. Fr. L. Kusiusz officiating. Burial will be in St. Anthony's cemetery.

THOMAS LUCZAK..Bay City Times 4/6/1944:

Funeral services for Thomas LUCZAK 81, of Williams Township, RFD 1 Auburn who died Wednesday evening at Mercy Hospital will be held Monday morning at the home of his son Leon, RFD 1 Auburn and at 9:30 o'clock at St Anthony's church, Fisherville. Rev Fr Ceslaus Lipinski will officiate and burial will be at the church cemeteary under the auspices of the St Josepeh Society of the Polish Roman Catholic Benevolent Association of which he was a member.

WALENTY (Valentine) PIECHOWIAK...Bay City Times article on July 31, 1915 headlined: Wallace Piechowiak Taken by Death at Work...stricken yesterday afternoon at one o'clock....had heart failure....employee of Bousfield Woodenware Factory dies following noonday meal!

Mr. Wallace Piechowiak who has resided at the corner of 25th Street and Wilson died suddenly at Bousfield Woodware at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon. Cornoner Kelly was called and after conducting an investigation determined no inquest was necessary.

Mr. Piechowiak who was a sawyer and assistant foreman in the bottom of the factory and who has been in the employ of the company for several years was suddenly stricken after eating his noonday meal with other employees at the factory. He staggered to the drinking fountain. Employees rushed to his assistance and carried him out to the open. Dr. Roy Perkins was summoned but Mr. Piechowiak expired within 15 minutes and before the physician arrived. Death is attributed to heart failure.

It was thought that death might have been caused by poisoned water of which Mr. Piechowiak drank of freely during the noon hour. However, it was found that other employees who drank the water were not troubled.

The body was removed to Zatramba's undertaking parlors yesterday afternoon and to his home last evening. The funeral will be held at St. Stanislaus church Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock. Internment will be made in St. Stanislaus cemetery.

The deceased resided most of his 35 years in Bay City. He served in the US Navy in the Philipine Islands during the Spanish American War. Surviving, besides his wife are his parents and several siblings.

JOSEPHINE PIECHOWIAK (Turek)...Bay City Times...May 19, 1937:

Josephin Piechowiak (Peters) daughter of Mrs. Frank Turek Bay City died Monday morning in Detroit. Besides her mother she leaves her sister Dorothy and brother Anthony. She was a member of St. Cecilia church in Detroit. Funeral services will be held in the family home 713 S Sheridan at 7:30 Friday morning and at St. Stanislaus church at 9:00a.m. The Rev. Krakowski will officiate with burial at St. Stanislaus cemetery.


WANDA SLEZAK (Piechowiak)...Bay City Times...March 1, 1963:

Mrs. Wanda Slezak, 75, died Thursday afternoon at Good Samariton Hospital following a long illness. She was born January 6, 1888 and was the widow of Stanley Slezak who died on July 11, 1948. Suriving are 3 daughters, Helen Lesniak, Virgina Techlin and Henrietta Kaczyniski all of Bay City and Marie Noviski of Toldeo, OH...one son Stanley of Bay City....10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; 4 brothers, John and Frank of Detroit, Edward of Bay City and John Robert of Missouri, and a sister; Mrs. Bessie Lepczyk of Bay City.

Friends may call at Karpus Funeral Chapel after 7:00p.m. today. Services will be Karpus Monday at 8:30a.m. and St. Hyacinth church at 9:00a.m. Rt. Rev. Msgr Skowronski woll officiate with burial at St. Stanislaus cemeteary.

JOSEPH LEPCZYK...article in Bay City Times...June 10, 1946...headlined per the picture to the left.

Joseph A. Lepczyk, 56, 1112 15th Street, former state representative and a leader in Polish circles died suddenly at 8:15a.m. today at his home. Coroner Stapish said the death was due to cerebral hemorrhage.

Born in Bay City September 7, 1880 he had been a lifelong resident here and had wide acquatances as an insurance salesman. In 1936 he was elected to the state legislature as representative of the First Bay County District and served for two years.In January 1943 he was appointed commissioner of the Fourth Ward and served until the spring election. For three years he was a member of the Bay County Board of Auditors.

He was a member of St. Stanislaus church, Sacred Heart Society, Holy Name Society,St Joseph Society of Bay City, was secretary of Circuit No. 7 of the Polish National Alliance for the past 25 years.

For the past eight years he had been General Secretary of the Polish Roman Catholic Association. For many years he had been active in organizing Christmas parties for the junior group of the Polish National Alliance.

Surviving are his widow BESSIE, 2 daughters, Mrs. Dorthy Graczyk..Bay City, Mrs. Gloria Nolet..Ann Arbor; 2 sons, Lt. Joseph Lepczyk...now at home on terminal leave and William Lepczyk at home; 3 brothers, John, Stanley and Walter all of Bay City, 2 sisters..Miss Eva Lepczyk and Mrs. Catherine KRZYANIAK both of Bay City and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 8:30a.m. at his home and at 9:00a.m. at St. Stanislaus church when a solemn high mass will be sung. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Lewandowski will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. The services will be held under the auspices of the several societies of which he was a member.

BESSIE LEPCZYK (Piechowiak)...Bay City Times...July 27, 1971:

Mrs. Bessie Lepczyk, 81 died at her home last evening after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of this city. She was proceeded in death by her husband, the late Joseph Lepczyk.

Mrs. Lepczyk is survived by 2 daughters; Mrs. Dorothy Graczyk of Bay City and Mrs. Donald Bayson of Texas, 2 sons: Joseph of Athens Greece and Willaim of Lansing, 3 brothers; Edward Piechowiak of Bay City and Frank and John Robert of Detroit, 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Mrs. Lepczyk was retired from Wolverine Knitting Mills, also a member of St. Stanislaus church and the Felecian Sisters auxilary and Daughters of Isabella.

Funeral services will be held at Ambrose Funeral Chapel at 9:30a.m. and 10:00a.m. at ST. Stanislaus Church with internment at St. Stanislaus cemetery beside her late husband. Rosary by the Daughters of Isabella will be at 7:00p.m. Wednesday evening. Prayer service Wednesday at 8:00p.m. Friends may call after 7:00p.m. this evening.

William "Bill" Marion Lepczyk

William "Bill" Marion Lepczyk East Lansing Born May 30, 1918 in Bay City, Michigan to Joseph and Bessie Lepczyk, passed away September 19, 2013 at the age of 95. Bill was a graduate of Central High School in Bay City and earned his Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater and was a Bronze Star Recipient. He was the Director of Survey and Analysis for the State of Michigan, Department of Highway. Bill, a man of deep faith, was a founding member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. He was an avid Pysanka egg artist and Master Gardener.

Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy; daughters, Anne (Robert) Pentland and Marybeth Lepczyk; sons, James (Michelene) and Timothy (Susan) Lepczyk; grandchildren, Matthew, Kathryn, Emily and James Pentland, Timothy (Ashley), Brad, Laura, Mark and Andrew Lepczyk and Will, Martha and Caroline Lepczyk; and great grandchildren, Matthew and William Pentland. He is preceded in death by his son, William.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 24, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing. The Rite of Committal will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Cemetery, 6481 Fausett Rd., Howell, with Military graveside services. The family will receive friends at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. The family will also receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Those desiring may make contributions in Bill's memory to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School Scholarship Fund, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 or MSU School of Landscape and Architecture, c/o University Development, 300 Spartan Way, East Lansing, MI 48824. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.greastlansing.com



CELIA PIECHOWIAK DUKARSKI..Bay City Times 2/17/1978:

Mrs. Celia Dukarski passed away at 2:05 a.m. Thurs Feb 16th at Saginaw General Hospital after a lengthy illness, age 64. Celia Piechowiak was born in March 30,1913. She married Lucien S. Dukarski Aug 12, 1935. He survives her. She was a member of the Catholic church. Surviving her besides her husband are 1 son and 2 daughters; Lucien Dukarski Jr of Saginaw, Mrs. Ronald (Lenore) FILARY of Bay City and Mrs. Lois WALKOWSKI of Carrolton, 4 grandchildren, 1 sister; Mrs. Florence Tomczak of Bay City, several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will take place 9a.m. Saturday at Snow Funeral Home, 1218 Michigan Avenue Saginaw, 10a.m. St Thomas Aquinas Church. Rev Cammilus Janus OFM will officiate with burial at Mt. Olivet.

Dorothy Wanda Graczyk,..Bay City Times, August 15, 2005: age 91 years, died Saturday, August 13, 2005 in Bay Special Care Hospital.

She was born to the late Joseph and Bessie (Piechowiak) Lepczyk on November 10, 1913 in Bay City, where she resided all her life.

Dorothy was a Social Worker with the Michigan Department of Humam Services before her retirement in 1976.

She was a member of St. Stanislais Kostka Church, League of Catholic Women and Men, Past Regent of the Daughters of Isabella Bishop Gallegher Circle #605, and the St. Anne Society.

On September 26, 1936 Dorothy married Walter A. Graczyk and he preceded her in death on April 2, 1996; after almost 60 years together.

Surviving family members include her two sons, William J. (Ellen Zummer) Graczyk of Surprise, AZ and Stephan J. (Alicia) Graczyk of Bay City; two grandsons, Philip (Alicia) Graczyk of Long Beach, NY and Kenneth (Kim) Grayson of Los Angeles, CA; one great-grandson and two great-granddaughters: Marc Graczyk, Riley and Summer Grayson; her brother, Williams (Dorothy) Lepczyk of East Lansing, MI; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Marion J. Graczyk; her brother, Joseph Lepczyk; and her sister, Gloria Bryson.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Dorothy will lie in state in church Wednesday after 9:00 a.m. Rev. William J. Rutkowski will preside and internment will follow in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Stanislaus Parish Campus Project.

Members of the Daughters of Isabella and St. Stanislaus Parish will pray the rosary Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and the Vigil Prayer Servies will be Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. both in the funeral chapel. Visiting hours are Monday evening 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday 2:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the W.A. Trahan Funeral Chapel.



Florence Piechowiak Tomczak,..Bay City Times, August 16, 2006: Tomczak, Florence Essexville, Michigan, age 95 years, died Thursday, September 14, 2006, at the Bay Regional Medical Center, following a brief illness. She was born in Bay County on August 19, 1911 to the late Stanley and Mary (Borysiak) Piechowiak. Florence had been employed with Prestolite Corporation for 30 years as a punch press operator. She was married to Edward Tomczak and he died in September of 1972. Surviving is a daughter, Joan Wejsa of Essexville; three grandchildren: Debra (Neil) Prueter, Pamela (Gary) Richardson and Sandra Wejsa; nine great grand-children; and seven great great grandchildren. Besides her husband, Florence was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffrey Wejsa and a sister, Ceil Dukarski. A private Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 16, 2006, in the W. A. Trahan Funeral Chapel. Sr. Joan Plumpe of St. Hedwig Church will preside. The family of Florence Tomczak would like to extend a sincere thank you to the nursing staff of One West of the Bay Medical Care Facility for the wonderful care given her. Trahan Funeral Chapel Prearrangement Center Madison at Tenth www.trahanfc.com

Sister Mary Amancia (Mindykowski,..Bay City Times, March 14, 1979:Sr. Mary Amancia passed away on Monday, March 12, 1979. Born September 14, 1897. She is survied by her sister Mrs. Luvcille Olechowski of Detroit and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Chruch where she attended school. She entered the Felician Sisters Convent in 1913 and made her first vows in 1915 and her final vows in 1921. She graduated from Madonna College receiving her BSC Dehrees. She began teachinhg in 1915 primarily as an elementary school teacher. She also taught school in Detroit, Hamtramck, Jackson, Bay City and Pittsburgh, PA. She celebratded her 60th Jubilee June 22, 1975. (unfortunately the remainder was destroyed.


Lottie Kuffel Piechowiak,...Bay City Times 8/5/1970 Lottie Piechowiak died Tuesday at the Bay Medical Center, born October 7, 1893 in Bay City she is survived by one brother, John Kuffel of Bay City and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Piechowiak was a member of St. Hyacinth Church. the Rosary Sodality, St. Barbara SOciety and the League of Catholic Women. Funeral services will be held Friday 9:30 am. Ambrose Funeral Home 10 a.m. St. Hyacinth Church with burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. this evening. Rosary 7 p.m. Wednesday evening by Rosary Solidality, 8 p.m. Thursday evening by Rev. Fr. Vernon Sierminski.


Victoria Piechowiak,...Bay City Times 3/20/1986 Piechowiak Victoria Bay City, Mi died Tuesday March 18, 1986 at Bay City Medical Center Facility at age 87. Victoria Sinicki was born January 19,1899 in Bay City. She married Edward J. Piechowiak in Bay City on August 22, 1921. He survives her. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Cathoilic Church, Rosary Society No. 47; and its Senior Citizens. She was also a member of the Catholic of WOmen and Men. Surviving beside her husband Edward ae 2 sons; 1 brother; 2 sisters and a sister in law. Funeral services will take place Friday, March 21, 1986 at 9:30 a.m. from the Ware-Smit-Woolever & Co. Funeral Home Ambrose Chapel, 1200 Garfield Ave, and 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Rev. Thomas Fleming will officiate with burial at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The Senior Citizens and The Rosary Society Group No. 47 will pray the rosary at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. A Scripture Service will be held at the funeral home at 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.


Edward J. Piechowiak,...Bay City Times Oct.,4,1986: Piechowiak J. Edward Bay City, MI died Thursday, October 2, 1986 at the Tri City Nursing Center, age 89. He was born Oct. 11, 1987 and married Victoria Sinicki August 22, 1921, she preceeded him. Mr. Piechowiak was a member of the St. Stanislaus Catholic. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 6,1986 at 9:30 a.m. from Ware-Smith-Woolever & Co. Funeral Home, Ambrose Chapel, 1200 Garfield, followed by Mass of Christian burial from ST. Stanislaus Church. Rev. Fr. Thomas M. Kowalczyk will officiate with burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-9 p.m. Sunday.




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GREAT GRAND PARENTS


CHILDREN OF GREAT GRANDPARENTS


BESSIE PIECHOWIAK LEPCZYK FAMILY


THOMAS LUCZAK FAMILY


ST. RAPHAEL KALINOWSKI


UNCLE JOHN PIECHOWIAK & FAMILY


FAMILY OBITUARIES


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