Kathleen, age 74, passed away on February 24, 2024 at a nursing facility in Riverview, Michigan. She was born to Clara and Charles Gorsky in August of 1949. She began her young life living in the upper apartment of the 2nd St. house, then moved to the Lincoln Park, Michigan address and then returned to the 2nd St. home in Wyandotte, Michigan when purchased by her father when her grandfather passed away. He was the original owner, and it was passed down in the family for many years.

She attended St. Elizabeth’s grade school and St. Patrick’s High School. She graduated from Siena Heights College with a bachelor’s degree in English and Education. She went on to teach grade school at St. Ann’s in West Palm Beach Florida before returning to Siena Heights College for her master’s degree in English. Then she returned to Florida to continue teaching at St. Ann’s. When a position became available, she taught at Mount Carmel High School in Wyandotte, Michigan. Again, she returned to the 2nd St. home and lived with her parents. Kathy lived there until her health did not allow her to be alone.

She was very proud of her Hungarian and Polish heritage but celebrated in her Irish church. She always had to sing ”All Praise to St. Patrick” on St. Patrick’s Day. Kathy had a very strong belief in her God, her Catholic Faith and educating young people. She taught religious education in the classroom and at St. Patrick’s for many years. She volunteered at Wyandotte Hospital and tutored many students privately. She was hilariously firm on correcting bad grammar. We always heard the phrase “you don’t end a sentence with a preposition.” She had beautiful handwriting and our mother’s hands. Kathy had many health obstacles in her life but kept on going. She was loved by many, and you could not go anywhere with her without someone knowing her and others saying, “Hello Miss Gorsky.” She was in charge of many student activities. She planned many gatherings with family and friends and loved fiercely. When she could no longer attend Mass, she watched it on TV.

Kathy loved her costume jewelry, the more bling, the better. And she always shared it with others.

She fell in love with sunflowers while visiting Kansas where her sister Celeste and family live. It is the Sunflower State. She always signed her cards to her niece and nephews Aunt Sunflower.

She is survived by two sisters. Claire Ann Proctor (Reid), Celeste Trepinski (Robert), one niece, Stephanie Hibbert (James), great niece and great nephew Lucy and Noah, and 2 nephews Christopher Trepinski and Anthony Trepinski. Also surviving are many loving cousins and friends. With Kathy, Love always found a way. Donations in her honor can be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital or St Patrick’s Church of St. Vincent Pallotti Parish.

 

Friday, April 26, 2024

  • Instate
    9:00-10:00am
  • Funeral Mass of the Resurrection
    10:00 am
  • St. Vincent Pallotti Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church
    135 Superior Blvd, Wyandotte, MI 48192
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Age 82 of Wyandotte.

Beloved husband of Judy. Loving father of Lorrie (Jeff) Clark and Patrick (Kathleen) McGrath. Dearest grandfather of Kyla (Max), Madison (Bryn), Patrick Maxwell, Noah, Jack, and Joseph. Great grandfather of Violet. Dear brother of Lloyd Griggs, Jr. Preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Lloyd Griggs and brothers, Robert and Peter.

 

 

 

Thursday, April 18, 2024

James Patrick McElroy, Age 83 of Owasso, Oklahoma passed away on Friday,. March 22, 2024. James was preceded in death by his loving wife Victoria. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle McElroy, Kimberly (Tim Kruchowsky) McElroy and Laura (Toby) Sneed. Grandchildren, Katharine Work and TJ Sneed. Sister, Patricia (George Beaubien) DeBone. In lieu of flowers, family asks that donations be made out to: Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

 

Thursday, April 4, 2024

  • Instate
    9:30-10:00am
  • Funeral Mass of the Resurrection
    10:00 am
  • St. Vincent Pallotti Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church
    135 Superior Blvd, Wyandotte, MI 48192
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Age 91 of Brownstown.

Beloved wife of Gordon Klee for 44 years. Loving mom of Gordon (Janet) Thoms, Ronald (Cheryl) Thoms, Constance Thoms, Vicki (Kevin) Fellows, Lisa Klee and Kirk Klee. Cherished grandmother of Aimee (Brandon) Beviacqua, Daryl (Nancy) Norris, Crystal Beattie and Jennifer Beattie. Great grandmother of Dillion, Kane, Dayd and Kaylie.

Memorial contributions are appreciated to Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

 

 

Monday, March 25, 2024

Bernat, Derrick of Wyandotte. Age 43. Beloved husband of Angela Bernat. Dearest son of Rubi Martinez-Bernat and step-son of Marciano Dominguez. Preceded in death by father Frank Bernat. Loving brother of Nigel Bernat and Jacob Bernat (Kelsey Brewer). Dearest son-in-law of Joseph and Reggie Piasecki. Loving brother-in-law of Theresa Hamblin (Brian Hamblin) and Philip Piasecki. Beloved uncle of Nickolas Hamblin, Angelina Hamblin, and Elise Hamblin. Also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

 

 

Saturday, March 23, 2024

MILLER, Earl H., age 86, of Wyandotte, January 29, 2024. Loving father of Michelle (Chris) Pozdol, Julie Sly, Dale (Nelia) Miller, and Tiffany (Dan) Feasby. Dearest grandfather of Courtney Sly, Neil Sly, Olivia Sly, and Cassidy Ushman. He is preceded in death by his wife, Donna Miller, his parents, Raymond and Myrtle Miller, and his siblings, Jean Miller, Gerald Miller and John Miller.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 16, 2024

  • Instate
    9:30-10:00am
  • Funeral Mass of the Resurrection
    10:00 am
  • St. Vincent Pallotti Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church
    135 Superior Blvd, Wyandotte, MI 48192
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John “Jack” Shonk. Age 82 of Wyandotte.

Beloved husband of Lucy Shonk. Loving father of Andrew (Jennifer) Shonk and Karyn (Dwayne) McQuade. Dearest grandfather of Juliette, Jilianna and Jenevieve. Dear brother of Donald (the late Rita) Shonk and the late Raymond Shonk. Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Lillian Shonk.

Memorial contributions are appreciated to Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

 

 

 

Thursday, March 7, 2024

  • Instate
    9:30-10:00am
  • Funeral Mass of the Resurrection
    10:00 am
  • St. Vincent Pallotti Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church
    135 Superior Blvd, Wyandotte, MI 48192
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Edward (Ed) Norman Kostielney Jr. (82) died March 1, 2024 surrounded by his loved ones. Ed was born January 10, 1942 in Wyandotte, MI to Edward and Lorna Kostielney. He graduated high school from St. Patrick’s in Wyandotte, MI in 1960. Ed served in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1966 and was stationed both stateside and overseas. After his military service, he worked the majority of his career as an Electrician at Ford Motor Company (Woodhaven) from 1968 to 2007. While working at Ford, he received an Associates Degree from Baker College.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Lorna and his brother Stephen, and he is survived by his loving wife Pearl, sisters Shirley, Dineen (Jerry) and Linda. Ed is also survived by his sons Ed (Suzanne), Craig (Kristen) and Brian (Rita) along with his grandchildren Courtney, Emily, Theodore and Paul.

For many years of his life, Ed was an avid hunter and fisherman. He fished and hunted deer and birds with friends and all three of his sons. Ed always loved and spoiled his dogs, especially Lilly, his yellow Labrador, who will miss him and the extra treats and leftovers he always gave her. Ed always enjoyed spending time at Vineyard Lake with Pearl and family and friends. He was a wonderful story-teller and would never refuse an opportunity to attend an ice hockey game. Mostly, he just lived for special occasions to spend time with Pearl and his loved ones whether that was a dinner out, or a casual evening at a family home.

Visitation will be at Czopek Funeral Home in Wyandotte from 2:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday March 5.

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Age 64 of Southgate.

Beloved husband of Theresa Green. Loving father of Jennifer (Michael) Long, Ryan (Maranda) Green and Amanda (Ryan) Schiller.  Dearest Papa of Kaden, Scarlet, Zoey, Ian, Emma, Holland, Henry, Tessa, Everly, Diana and baby Green.  Dear brother of Karen Green and William (Jennifer) Green.

 

 

Friday, March 8, 2024



Age 86 of Wyandotte.

Wally was born in 1938 in Wyandotte Michigan where he raised his family, owned a successful business and served his community.

Wally graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1956. He had several opportunities to play football at the college level. Instead, along with 15 other brave young men from the 56-graduating class, chose to join the United States Marine Corp. After basic training in San Diego CA, they shipped off to southeast Asia to serve and defend their county. The relationships with this group of men endured for 60 plus years. Wally was one of three surviving members. His affiliation with this group brought him much joy, happiness and comradeship for most of his life.

Upon discharge from the USMC, Wally attended Western Michigan University where he played four years of football for the Broncos, married his wife Janice and had his first and second child, Carole and Jeffrey Merritt.

After receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business management, he moved back to Wyandotte to learn and eventually take over the family business; H.S. Merritt Insurance. He eventually merged the business with the Thomas Daly Insurance Agency, forming Daly – Merritt Insurance Agency. The infancy of the agency began in the 1920’s and still thrives today.

Wally immersed himself in his business and in serving the city of Wyandotte. He and Janice welcomed their third child Ann Marie. His many accomplishments included being one of the founding members of the Wyandotte Athletic Association, member/commissioner of the Wyandotte Recreation Commission, member of the Wyandotte Public School Scholarship Foundation and trustee of St. Vincent Pallotti Finance Committee. He was named man of the year with the Jaycees and was also a past president of the Rotary Club and a past president and member of the Wyandotte School Board. A passion of Wally’s was the Wyandotte Roosevelt Football program where he served as coach for several years and stayed involved until shortly before his death. Wally was a mentor to many young athletes and students. He and Janice served as sponsors of the World As A Community class (WAAC) at Roosevelt. Ironically, he was a member of the WAAC class in 1956.

Wally sold his interest in Daly – Merritt in the late 80’s. However, the insurance tradition in the Merritt family is carried on by his Granddaughter Alexandra (Ali), Vice President @ AMWINs Ins. Brokerage in Los Angeles, California. Ali is a fourth-generation insurance professional of which Wally is very proud.

Upon the sale of his agency, Wally started a fishing charter business in northern Michigan and Islamorada, Florida.  He was an avid sportsman. His passion was spending time outdoors w/his grandson’s Cameron (Carole & Dan), Jake (Mary Jo & Jeff) and Nicholas (Ann Marie). They took numerous trips to Canada and Alaska. He will forever be remembered at the Icy Bay Lodge in Icy Bay, Alaska where he became a fixture for many years.

Wally will be remembered by the Wyandotte community for his passion and efforts he dedicated himself to for the continued growth and wellbeing of the community. Most of all, he will be remembered for the love of his family and the Church where he served. He always took pride in the accomplishments of his children and his grandchildren. Wally is survived by the following: Carole Merritt Doherty (Dan), Jeff Merritt (Mary Jo), Cameron (Carole & Dan), Alexandra (Jeff & Mary Jo, spouse Lucas and daughter Fallyn King), Jacob (Jeff & Mary Jo, spouse Hannah Gerace and son expected, June of 2024), Nicholas Campisi (spouse Mileena and son Enzo).  Predeceased by Janice (spouse) and Ann Marie (daughter).

 

Memorial contributions are appreciated to Wyandotte Public School Scholarship Foundation, Wyandotte Board of Education, 639 Oak Street, C/O Rebecca Bearden, Wyandotte, MI  48192.

 

Thursday, February 29, 2024