2017-05-11 / Obituaries

John Konieczka

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday, May 13, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Suttons Bay for John Konieczka of Cedar who died May 8 in Traverse City.

He was 84.

John was born Aug. 7, 1932 in Saginaw to the late John and Margaret (VanAlstine) Konieczka.

On Dec. 26, 1955, he married the love of his life, Kay, in Saginaw. She preceded him in death in 2016.

John was a professor of engineering at the General Motors Institute with 45 years of accredited service. He also served honorably as a member of the United States Marine Corps for three years.

John enjoyed building his cabin on Lake Leelanau, fishing, sailing, swimming, and skiing with his children. His family has many fond memories of life on the lake. These memories will always be cherished.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

John is survived by their children Gregory (Paula) of Traverse City; Cathy (Edward) Griffin of Traverse City; Beth (Bob) Hausler of Saginaw; Bradley (Jackie) of Peoria, Ariz. and Joseph (Christi) of Mount Pleasant; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and siblings Robert (Augusta) of Elmwood; Richard (Kathleen), the Rev. Fr. Edward; James (Barbara), Margaret (Jose) Dayao, and Harry (Sherry).

He was preceded in death by his wife, sons John and Brian; and siblings Cecila Ray, Camilla Haskins and Tom Konieczka.

A rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, with visitation to begin at 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Graveside services will follow at St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Michael Catholic Church.

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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