Suzanne Kay Kalczynski
October 5, 1946 – September 15, 2020
Suzanne Kay Kalczynski, 73, of Williamston, Michigan, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Suzanne was born in Lansing, Michigan on October 5, 1946 and is the beautiful daughter of the late Ray and Mary Povey. She was the loving wife to her husband of 54 years, William Howard Kalczynski. They were married on December 10, 1966 and spent their life together in Williamston, Michigan. Together Suzanne and William raised two children and are very proud grandparents as well. Suzanne is mother to Tammy Lynn Gilroy and Matthew William Kalczynski. She is grandmother to Kelsey Laurel Kalczynski. She is mother-in-law to Brandon Gilroy and Jennie Schaibly-Kalczynski. She is sister to Michael Ray Povey. She is daughter-in-law to the late Doris and Ted Kalczynski. Suzanne grew up in Williamston living across the street from her grandparents’ home on Fulton Street. And when she married William, he did not take her away from her family. They made their home across town so that she could be close to her mother, father and brother. Family was an important part of her life. She had many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was also a loving sister-in-law and aunt to many. Suzanne loved many things but her family was the very top on her list. As a wife she shared a love of gardening with William and puttering around the yard. Her love of gazing balls and fairy lights in her many garden areas are a sight to see. Their weekly shopping trips and going out to dinner and a movie are just a few things that they loved to do together. As a mom she spent countless hours helping Tammy and Matthew with scouting activities, attending school events, band concerts, and sat for many hours in the stands for basketball, baseball, softball and football games. As a grandmother, she was blessed to spend time with Kelsey Laurel from birth all the way through Kelsey Laurel’s graduation from MSU. They shared weekly lunches and shopping dates together and when Kelsey Laurel moved to Chicago they spent many hours face-timing and writing letters to each other when they could not be together. She loved gardening, shopping, reading, crossword puzzles, and crocheting to name a few things. She enjoyed having lunch and shopping dates with her two lifelong friends Jean Atherton and Lee Anne Bramer. Watching any and all types of sports was a highlight of her week and her knowledge of sports trivia could rival the best. Michigan State Spartans being her favorite team, and discussing with her brother Michael how sad is was to be a Detroit Lions Fan, and watching NASCAR races with William were some of the ways she would fill a Sunday afternoon. Suzanne loved the holidays and she loved decorating the yard and house for each season, whether it be a seasonal wreath on the front door or putting Santa in his sled pulled by the big Polar Bear in the front yard. She loved her many lifelong neighbors on Williams Street and always had time to visit and chat with them and watch their families grow.
Please join with her family as they gather to celebrate the life well lived of Suzanne Kay Kalczynski at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Williamston Fraternal Order of Eagles, located at 835 High Street, Williamston. The family is asking that you wear your favorite sport team jersey in honor of Suzanne and her love of sports. This is a celebration and we invite you to come as you are, just as she would have wanted… casual and no fuss. Please bring a story, memory or photo to share if you have one. The service will be officiated by Pastor Doug Bradshaw of the Milan Free Methodist Church and formerly of the Williamston Free Methodist Church. There will be a luncheon immediately following the service. For more information, please call or text Tammy Gilroy at 517-231-1440.
In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678, in Suzanne’s memory.
St Jude Children's Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-3678
Celebration of Life Well Lived
Saturday, October 24, 2020