September 9, 1932 – December 28, 2019
Lucille lived a long life surrounded by family and friends. She was raised in Hamtramck with her brothers Jerry (deceased) and Sylvester. Lucille Grudzien was the valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Florian High School in Hamtramck, MI. In 1952, she married her high school sweetheart Arthur (Stick) and became a Sticklinski. They celebrated 61 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2012. Lucille attended Madonna college and earned a teaching certificate. Prior to having children, Lucille was a teacher at St. Florian’s. She was a stay at home mom for her children: Laverne, Trisha, and Tim. When her youngest entered high school, she began working at Madison Community Hospital in a variety of positions and remained there until her retirement. Lucille loved being active. Stick and she traveled extensively visiting world’s fairs and expositions, taking family vacations, attending events, and playing cards. She loved playing bridge (once, twice, sometimes even three times a week) and developed deep friendships with her fellow bridge players. She enjoyed concerts and held annual tickets for Detroit Symphony Orchestra performances. Family was the keystone of Lucille’s life. Whether it was family vacations up north with her brother Jerry, his wife Janice, and their kids Jeff, Julie, and Jody or annual family canoe trips with Laverne, Gary, Amy, and Trisha or travelling to California to spend time Tim, Mary, Kazia and Michael – it meant the world to her to be with family. Lucille was an active member in St. Vincent Ferrer’s Catholic Church for over 50 years. Her Catholic faith sustained her and it was the key to who Lucille was. She was kind, compassionate, strong, and loving. She touched the lives of every person she met. What better way to honor Lucille than to be like her? The world will be a better place if we do.
Visitation will take place Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 beginning at 2pm until 8pm, with an evening prayer service 7:00 p.m. at Edward Swanson and Son Funeral Home, 30351 Dequindre Rd; Madison Heights. Additional visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, from 9:30am until time of Mass 10am at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 28353 Herbert St., Madison Heights. Burial will take place at White Chapel Cemetery on Troy, MI.
Memorials to: Special Days Camp 1243 E. Fruitvale Rd. Montague, MI. 48437 Would be appreciated by the family
- Laverne (Gary) Long, Daughter
- Trisha Sticklinski, Daughter
- Tim (Mary) Sticklinski, Son
- Amy (Dave) Wulke, Grandchild
- Kazia (Kevin) Howie, Grandchild
- Michael (Jessica) Sticklinski, Grandchild
- Sylvester (Carol) Grudzien, Brother
- She was pre-deceased by her husband Arthur in Dec. of 2012.
- Visitation Monday, December 30, 2019
- Instate Tuesday, December 31, 2019
- Mass Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Tim & Danell Curneal
December 30, 2019
Always family...always in our hearts. We loved Lucille, have great memories of Halloween, Christmas, and other holidays with the kids and her exchanging cards or small gifts/crafts. We may have to miss services, but you have our number if you ever need us!