OBITUARY

Antonetta Wysocki

April 10, 1924September 8, 2021

Antonetta (Corso) Wysocki passed to Heaven on September 8, 2021. A mom, grandma, and great grandma, she lived an extraordinary life and was fully ready to answer God’s call to reunite with other family and friends in His Kingdom.

Antonetta was born on April 10, 1924, in Castelbottaccio, a small mountain village in the Molise region of Italy. She grew up with her mother and brother, as her father had immigrated years earlier to America to work in coal mines and then ultimately for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. He sent his earnings home to sustain the family, making periodic trips to see his wife and children grow. Those visits and his support were interrupted when the German Army swept into Italy at the outset of WWII. Her dreams to become a teacher were dashed with the German occupation and the ensuing Allied campaign to liberate Italy. But those events led her to meet her future husband, George Wysocki, who was a soldier in the Polish Corps of the British 8th Army during the months-long Battle of Monte Cassino.

Following the war, her husband-to-be found his way to an Italian community in Canada, sponsored by his future father-in-law! Soon afterwards, Antonetta and her mother immigrated to Canada, and in 1949, she and George were married in Windsor, Ontario. Years later, she and George and their two young children, Anne and Joseph, were finally allowed to immigrate to the US, where they initially settled in Detroit. In the late 1950s, they moved to the new suburb of Dearborn Heights, where two other daughters, Linda and Lisa, were born—and where they finally became US citizens.

Antonetta was proud of her Italian heritage, but even more proud to be an American. She was intent on learning the language and culture of her new home country. She was a homemaker, working diligently to maintain a stable family environment that often involved weekend dinners with Italian relatives and friends. After the passing of her husband in 1987, Antonetta found joy in traveling with her daughters and visiting her son and his family in various parts of the country. In her later years, undeniably her most joyful, she enjoyed regular visits with her sister-in-law, Clara Corso, along with the friendships and activities at Walton Woods, an independent living community in Novi, Michigan.

Her life experiences instilled her children with the values of faith, commitment, loyalty, hard-work, and love. Perhaps foremost, by example she taught her children that even on their worst of days, life is still pretty good compared to what she and her husband had to experience in their lives. This sense of optimism and appreciation for what we have in our families and our country form her family legacy.

Antonetta was preceded in death by her father (Joseph Corso), her mother (Addolorata De Oto Corso), her husband George, and her brother, Michele. She is survived by daughters Anne (Robert Hutchins), Linda (Andrew Charniga), and Lisa (Mark Eiden), son Joseph (Julie), sister-in-law Clara Corso, grandchildren Kimberly, Michael, Kelly, Catherine, and Jacqueline, great grandchildren, Brailey Rose and James Joseph, and niece Grace (Les) Shapiro.

Visitation for Antonetta will be held Friday, September 17, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a rosary at 7:00 PM at Harry J Will Funeral Home in Livonia. A funeral mass will occur Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM (in state 10:30AM) at Church of the Holy Family, 24505 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48375.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared below for the Wysocki family.

Services

18 September

Funeral In State

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Catholic Church of the Holy Family

24505 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48375

18 September

Funeral Mass

11:00 am

Church of the Holy Family

24505 Meadowbrook Road
Novi, MI 48375

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday

    Friday, September 17, 2021

  • Rosary Friday

    Friday, September 17, 2021

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Beth Padula

September 17, 2021

Our teenage years (with Lisa) of high school homecomings, parties, sleepovers, or just hanging out often began or ended up at the Wysocki home in Dearborn Heights, and always there with a warm loving welcome was her mom, Mrs. Wysocki. That never changed, as most recently I visited Antoinette at Waltonwoods, she gave me a warm welcome to her suite, shared with me a treat of chocolates from Italy, then proceeded to give me the ‘grand tour’ in her gracious yet assertive way. Everyone we passed in the halls and at various town-like stops ALL knew her, and it was easy to see she was dearly loved by all these friends. She made our earthly world better, brighter, place! Dearly loved, forever remembered.

Laurie Gaiss

September 17, 2021

As a longtime friend of Mrs. Wysocki's daughter Lisa, I can say that Toni's joyful spirit, positive attitude and genuine smile lives on in Lisa - one of the most positive people I know! You will be missed Mrs. Wysocki - the world is a better place since you were a part of it!

Anne Hutchins

September 14, 2021

Anne Hutchins

September 14, 2021

Anne Hutchins

September 13, 2021

Anne Hutchins

September 13, 2021

Anne Hutchins

September 13, 2021

Brother Joe so eloquently wrote mom’s obit, but I wanted to share some more memories. The woman, not even five feet tall & a breast cancer survivor, was tough, resourceful & resilient—raising four children in a 1,000 sq ft house with one bathroom. She made everything—our clothes, the drapes & curtains, bread, all kinds of pasta, & pizza for dad’s co-workers. She, with my dear Aunt Clara, even made my wedding dress & veil. We canned 100s of jars of tomatoes & sauce; she also canned peaches & pears, & made plum jam, from the backyard trees. She had a strong faith. She learned English by watching General Hospital in the ‘60s (Italian restaurant owner on then). She loved knitting slippers for everyone in the family. Mom loved politics, sudoku, chair exercises & happy hour at her independent apartment facility! We will miss her dearly.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY