Stephen Wilensky

December 11, 1938November 2, 2018

Stephen Wilensky was born on December 11, 1938 and passed away on November 2, 2018.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Stephen Wilensky

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Joseph Hsu

November 11, 2018

I don’t really know what to say in this situation; the simplest, I loved him and I miss him. Steve and I shared common interests, life and passion which are amazing considering five years ago we were complete strangers. We found each other after we both lost our spouses from illness. Steve not only gave me a wonderful life, a family and a place to call home but saved my life; he knew it before I realized. I am deeply honored and proud that Steve and I were partners; in the end, I think it’s safe to say that we brought joy to one another’s lives.

Your loving partner, Joseph
May we meet again.

Stephen Gerstman

November 11, 2018

I first met Steve in the summer of 1963 when we were both interns at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, New York. One of the first things I noticed about Steve was that he didn't sound like a New Yorker. He told me he was from Michigan and didn't know where he could go to services for Rosh Hashanah. I invited him to my family dinner and synagogue. We all hit it off so well he became like family. In fact he came to call my parents his New York family.
Steve and I spent a lot of time together not only at the hospital but also traveling together. We went to Cape Cod, Washington DC and even to Dr and Mrs Wilensky's home on Hitchingpost Road in East Lansing.
We shared a suite at Fort Sam Houston in Texas in Army basic training. Then he went to Korea and we didn't see each other for almost two years. As civilians we renewed our friendship to the extent that we served as ushers at each other's weddings. Jane and my wife Linda fit right in with the close relationship Steve and I had.
Jane and Linda even used the same obstetrician who delivered both our daughters and the first Wilensky son Jeff.
Once Steve and Jane moved to Michigan our contacts gradually lessened.
When our daughter moved to Midland, Michigan we took advantage of the proximity to get back with Steve. The years melted away. It was as if we hadn't seen each other for two weeks rather than decades. His warmth and sense of humor was the same. Our relationship was unchanged.
I will miss our telephone talks but will always have the memories of a great and warm friend.

Alberta Kuhn

November 6, 2018

Our prayers are with the family. We were sorry to hear the news today on Steve passing. It was nice to see and talk with Steve at our 50th plus Class Reunion this year. Steve will surely be missed by all his classmates.
God Bless
East Lansing Class or 1956

John Lardin

November 6, 2018

I knew this day would come but certainly not now. You enriched the lives of those lucky enough to know you.

For 36 years I have been fortunate to call you friend. I mark those years, and the years having both you and Mark in my life with memories that will last my lifetime.

Because of you, and the relationship with Mark and you, there are so many other people that I have met. The stories you shared of your travels, all the love and support you had for not only me but if those you cared about- none of that will ever be forgotten.

We grew past our early struggles and the respect for you and the memories we forged together and with Mark have left their distinct impression that no one can ever remove.

Your light will continue to shine for me and will always be a part of my life. May you be at rest with Mark and I hope those of us left to carry on can do justice to the friends and relationships in how we remember you and be the same kind of light you have been for so many.

You will be missed dearly - I will always love you my friend!

Kathleen Dowis-Hartman

November 5, 2018

Stephen was one of the best story tellers I knew. I loved listening to all his adventures from childhood through the 30+ years he spent with my brother. As a brother in law, he was kind and considerate, always wishing you the best at everything. He would politely offer advice, always asking if he may comment first. He was one of the smartest persons I have had the pleasure of listening to and calling family. His humor was often dry but witty, and often caught me by surprise, with a straight face, then he would break into his cute giggle that immediately made you smile. I will miss him more than words can express. John and I had the esteemed honor of having him as our best man at our wedding 3 years ago. My most deepest heartfelt sympathies to Adam, Erin, Jeff, Beth, Jane, all the adorable grandchildren, his family, and especially Joseph, whom we have come to love as well, friends and all who had the pleasure to know him. Truly a blessing to have had in our lives.