Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI


Barbara Palkoski

October 15, 1946July 25, 2019

Barbara Palkoski of Whitmore Lake, MI, age 72, passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was born October 15, 1946 the daughter of Walter and Regina Lesowyk in Detroit, MI. Barbara met Thomas Palkoski during high school while they both lived in the Warrendale neighborhood of Detroit. They were married on October 28, 1967. In 1980 they settled in the Dexter/Whitmore Lake area. Barbara worked on the assembly line and retired from Ford Motor Company Wayne Integrated Stamping Plant. She was a member of UAW Local 900. She was also an Independence Lake Association Trustee for many years. Barbara also started the Rotonda Lakes Neighborhood Watch Program, as well as volunteered often with Dexter Schools and Dexter Girl Scout Troops. She had a strong interest with local politics and law in Webster Township. She was an activist in Saving the Trees on N. Territorial Rd in 2018 and also in ending the Road Commission Herbicide Spray Program in Washtenaw County in 2019. Barbara loved traveling the world, visiting National Parks, bird watching (especially eagles and hummingbirds), planting flowers, gardening and enjoying dinners with friends. She had a real love for nature and all animals, her favorites being dogs and horses. Barbara enjoyed horseback riding, boating, downhill and cross country skiing and horse racing. She was a creative force and always stylish. She loved art and fashion and took real pride in her appearance as she never went anywhere without her hair being done. She was a pinecone wreath artist for many years. She enjoyed researching family histories, genealogy and did scrapbooking. She loved antiques, shopping and was always on the look out for the best deal. She loved classic cars and cruising! She always had the coolest vehicles! She was generous, very sweet, intelligent, always teaching and giving advice. She had many wonderful friends and the best neighbors. She was funny and laughed at everything. Barbara was a woman of strength. She had a winning combination of determination and a positive attitude. This she credits her success in activism. Her sentiment was "The squeaky wheel gets the oil." She fought a long hard battle with cancer to the very last day and never gave up. Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Tom; her most cherished daughter, Sheila; three brothers, Lawrence, Walter and William Lesowyk; two sisters, Linda (Lesowyk) Heslop and Elizabeth (Holmes) Ferrence; two aunts, Gerry Wolf and Vera Kolotila; special best friends, Jeanie Podrasky, Maryann Dezzi Pinto and Ingrid Ankofski. She was preceded in death by her parents and many other aunts and uncles. Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be spread in the Redwood Forest. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


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Claudia B.

August 1, 2019

I had the pleasure to meet Sheila’s mom and dad, one afternoon; when Sheila and I were on our way to a concert. This was the first time they had met me, and they made me feel like I was part of their family. Sheila’s mom, and dad made sure that I had a sandwich, Sheila too, of course! If I remember right, she tried to give me a piece of pie (or maybe cookies). And some water, and goodies for the road. She loaded us up! She wanted to be sure we where taken care of. I know I left smiling, feeling I wanted to come back!

Sheila, and Tom, I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy for you. Your tribute is beautiful. She lived a beautiful life. It looks like she passed a lot of her “spirit” to you, Sheila. I know she fought a long and hard battle. My prayers are with you, and your family.

Katalin Hughes

July 29, 2019

We met Barb during my elementary school years when her Cocker Spaniel Puffy had a litter of puppies. We ended up getting our very first family dog who we named Buffy. That's how our over 25+ year friendship began with Barb, Tom and Sheila. I remember many fun swims at the lake, fishing off the dock, shopping trips, Ann Arbor art fair and many relaxing afternoons at their home. Of course one funny memory that we never let Barb live down was the delicious grilled cheese sandwich she made one afternoon for my sister and I. They were burnt to a crisp! All jokes aside I also had many wonderful meals overlooking the lake, having great conversation and laughs.

Barb was a tough woman but had the kindest heart and would do anything for you. Watching the friendship between Tom/Barb and my parents growing up really taught me what TRUE friendship is. They were always there for us when we needed them and my parents were always there for them and will continue even though she is with the good Lord. Barb was also very encouraging to me when I made the move out to Connecticut on a scary journey that took me away from all my family and friends. I had many conversations with her where she would lift me up and not let me forget that I was stronger than I really thought I was. I will miss her ALOT but I will have so many wonderful memories and I think the thing I will miss the most is her laugh, she just had the best laugh! Thank you Barb for everything you did for me, for being a part of my life and impacting it in so many positive ways being able to have you here as I grew up from a young girl into a woman. You truly were a part of turning me into the person I am today. Tom, Sheila I know how incredibly hard your hearts are hurting now but just know we will always be here for you as we always have been and I love you both from the bottom of my heart. More than just friends your FAMILY for life.

Susan Lesowyk

July 29, 2019

Tom and Sheila,
We are saddened to hear of the passing of your wife and mother. We have very fond memories of Barb from years ago. You have raised Sheila to become a wonderful, caring and loving woman. Sending our deepest condolences to you both. Wishing you peace in the coming days, months and years ahead.
Much love.
The Lesowyk family. Sue, Pamela (Garrett), Russell, Jacob, Laura, Haeley and Gracelyn

Joan Wolf

July 29, 2019

Dear Tom and Sheila, we were saddened to hear about our loved cousin, Barbara. Barb was always special to us as she and Cheryl were born only 10 days apart....what childhood memories start to flow now. We will always cherish all 72+ years of them. All the nice times we had at the lake and your generous hospitality. Barb and Tom were always a hardworking couple, at home, work and whatever projects they shared, which made them a great team and wonderful marriage mates. When Sheila came along, oh how happy the parents and all the family were. As part of the Wolf clan, the love of dogs was an important chapter in her life. Every time we see a dog who looked like Frannie we think of Barbara. We look forward to the day when no one will have to suffer from sickness and death Rev.21: 3-4 and John 5:28. We send our love, hugs and prayers, Joan. Cheryl and Herb, Jr.

Mark and Irene Perry

July 28, 2019

We are sadden by your loss. Barbara was such a great person. She will live on in our memories forever. Love Mark and Irene Perry

(Those we love ❤️ don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday... unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear).

Janice Waara

July 28, 2019

Sorry to hear that loss my cousin, Barb to cancer. We had a lot of fun times together growing up. Uncle Johnny taking us horseback riding. I remember we went for a pony ride with my mom and grandma taking us and the pony trying to eat Barb’s hair. My dad had it on video so funny to watch. Also going snow skiing together and freezing afterwards. You married a wonderful man, Tom. Your daughter, Sheila is just as wonderful. You had great parties and good food always. I will miss your smile and cute laugh. Also my mother loved you dearly like a third daughter. Cousin Janice

Maryann Dezzi Pinto

July 28, 2019

We had so many wonderful memories in Rotonda Lakes Florida especially Shopping & Our Yard sales But most of all I’m gonna miss talking to you everyday I would just call you for stupid advice and conversations and you were always there for me. My ❤️ heart is broken you were like a sister to me
Rest In Peace my Best Friend. Love you until we meet again Mare