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Kaul Funeral Home

28433 Jefferson Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI

OBITUARY

Stephanie Helen Smyk

August 20, 1929November 4, 2019
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Stephanie Smyk, age 90 passed away peacefully on November 4, 2019 surrounded by family. She was born on August 20, 1929 and lived on the outskirts of Hamtramck until moving to St. Clair Shores in 1965. She was the youngest of 6 children, with her mother and oldest brother migrating from Poland. She was very proud of her Polish heritage and you could often find her in the kitchen making pierogis and potato pancakes for friends and family and sharing stories from the past.

Stephanie retired from Chrysler as an interior seamstress. It was during this time, where she met life-long friends and developed an exceptional work ethic, which she proudly instilled in her children. She blazed the path for what became known as “working moms” that could do it all!

She was predeceased by her husband Walter Frank and she is survived by her four children, Peggy and (the late Richard) Kingston, Sharon Lisak, Mary & (John) Malewicz and Walter Smyk Jr. She is also survived by 9 cherished grandchildren; Patrick Kingston, Shannon DeMaggio, Wayne Lisak, Destiny Light, Amber Lisak, Andrew & Haley Malewicz and Danny & Derek Smyk along with three great grandchildren; Sammy, Charley & Jaxon. In addition, she leaves behind her dearest friend Peggy Slabbinck.

While Stephanie was a very proud and loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, she will be remembered most for her spunky style and unconditional love of everyone she had ever met and the altruistic life that she led. She dedicated her life to helping others. She would care for the elderly and sick, hold someone’s hand when they needed comfort, listen and give advice and drive her grandchildren anywhere they wanted at any time of the day or night.

Although her job here on this earth is complete, she would want all of us to follow in her foot steps and to love and live life to the fullest.

Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. A memorial service will take place on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

  • FAMILY

  • Peggy (the late Richard) Kingston, Daughter
  • Sharon Lisak, Daughter
  • Mary (John) Malewicz, Daughter
  • Walter Smyk Jr., Son
  • Patrick Kingston, Grandchild
  • Shannon DeMaggio, Grandchild
  • Wayne Lisak, Grandchild
  • Destiny Light, Grandchild
  • Amber Lisak, Grandchild
  • Andrew Malewicz, Grandchild
  • Haley Malewicz, Grandchild
  • Danny Smyk, Grandchild
  • Derek Smyk, Grandchild
  • In addition, she leaves behind her dearest friend Peggy Slabbinck.

    She was predeceased by her husband Walter Frank.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 11, 2019

Memories

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Linda Jarosz

November 11, 2019

Remembering one of the Christmas celebrations Aunt Stephanie made special.

Gerald Wery

November 9, 2019

My name is Gerald Wery (Gerry). I am a long time friend and her former Medical Doctor. I first met Stephanie through her oldest daughter, Peggy Kingston,. Peggy was my office nurse that worked beside me for 16 years. Eventually, Stephanie became my patient. This was only after she checked me out very carefully. We shared August birthdays. She taught me good Polish cooking and showed me L'amour de la Vie. I visited her on her 90th birthday, August 20, 2019. I have a photo of her with Peggy from that recent visit. She was warm, verbose, fascinating and beautiful. She was ready fo visit her husband and former friends and let us know this in a gentle and direct way. She was a real WOMAN with a loving and gracious heart. She is now where she wants to be. She will be remembered and missed. With much caring and love, Gerry

Christine Jacobs

November 9, 2019

I have such fond memories of Mrs. Smyk and her beautiful family. We lived right across the street. The memory I love about seeing Mrs. Smyk was her smile.
I live in Texas now and when I visit Michigan on several occasions, stopped by to say hello. A wonderful woman and I am sure she will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Celebrate the 90 years she shared with us fortunate to know her and may she rest in peace.

Destiny Light

November 6, 2019

She loved listening to Mojo in the morning I called and got her on the show. They wanted an older woman to be in a kissing contest (I figured I know the perfect lady who would love to) I was with her too when I called. She was like yeah I’ll do it! A limo came and got us to be in this guessing contest. She had to be in a line of girls and the girls all had to wear granny perfume (musky or rosey scented) then the guys had to kiss them all blind folded and guess which one was actually my Grams! It’s was hilarious and I’m pretty sure if I remember correctly that she brought Mojo some perogies because she knew he was polish! Hahah xxoo

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Christmas cheer with Polish Crazy Dog.

FROM THE FAMILY

Age app making like Charley look old just like her gigi.

FROM THE FAMILY

So much love!

FROM THE FAMILY

Rockin it at Dusty’s wedding.

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88th birthday.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Christmas cheer with Polish Crazy Dog.

FROM THE FAMILY

Age app making like Charley look old just like her gigi.

FROM THE FAMILY

So much love!

FROM THE FAMILY

Rockin it at Dusty’s wedding.

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88th birthday.

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Lookin fabulous at Shannon’s shower in March 2019.

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89th birthday at crazy bar in Mt. Clemens with tons of laughs.

FROM THE FAMILY

Peas in a pod.

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Kohl with his granny.

Biography

Stephanie Smyk, age 90 passed away peacefully on November 4, 2019 surrounded by family. She was born on August 20, 1929 and lived on the outskirts of Hamtramck until moving to St. Clair Shores in 1965. She was the youngest of 6 children, with her mother and oldest brother migrating from Poland. She was very proud of her Polish heritage and you could often find her in the kitchen making pierogis and potato pancakes for friends and family and sharing stories from the past.

Stephanie retired from Chrysler as an interior seamstress. It was during this time, where she met life-long friends and developed an exceptional work ethic, which she proudly instilled in her children. She blazed the path for what became known as “working moms” that could do it all!

She was predeceased by her husband Walter Frank and she is survived by her four children, Peggy and (the late Richard) Kingston, Sharon Lisak, Mary & (John) Malewicz and Walter Smyk Jr. She is also survived by 9 cherished grandchildren; Patrick Kingston, Shannon DeMaggio, Wayne Lisak, Destiny Light, Amber Lisak, Andrew & Haley Malewicz and Danny & Derek Smyk. In addition, she leaves behind her dearest friend Peggy Slabbinck.

While Stephanie was a very proud and loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, she will be remembered most for her spunky style and unconditional love of everyone she had ever met and the altruistic life that she led. She dedicated her life to helping others. She would care for the elderly and sick, hold someone’s hand when they needed comfort, listen, give advice, and drive her grandchildren anywhere they wanted at any time of the day or night.

Although her job here on this earth is complete, she would want all of us to follow in her footsteps and to love and live life to the fullest.

Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. A memorial service will take place on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.