Mary (Krosnowski) Matulewicz

MARQUETTE, MI. – Mary (Krosnowski) Matulewicz, age 95, formerly of Roseville, Michigan, passed away Thursday morning, March 27, 2014 at Mill Creek Memory Care Community where she had been a resident since February 20, 2014.

Mary was born July 22, 1918 in Toledo, Ohio, to Polish immigrants Frank and Bernice (Tyjenski) Krosnowski. They later moved to Hamtramck, Michigan. As a young woman, Mary worked at the local dry goods store as a clerk. She fondly remembered how excited she was when her employer took her on a trip with their family to visit Chicago. During WWII, Mary joined many strong women working at Murray’s Plant in Detroit, as “Rosy the Riveters” making men’s wages, at $1.19/hr. She was a longstanding member of St Angela Catholic Church in Roseville prior to moving to Marquette in November 2012 to be near her family. Mary was well known for her expertise in baking, making countless intricately decorated wedding cakes for family members and friends.

Mary met her future husband John S. Matulewicz prior to WWII and remained steadfast as he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. They were married 6 months after he returned from overseas on May 8, 1946.

Mary is survived by her son, Melvin J. Matulewicz (Terrye) of Marquette; her grandchildren, Matthew J. Matulewicz (Kimberly), Timothy K. Matulewicz (Sharon); great-grandchildren, Tyler M. and Dylan J. Matulewicz of Marquette; sisters Dolores Eckert of Warren and Anne (Richard) Frederick of Rochester Hills; sister-in-law Dolores Krosnowski of Philadelphia and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Her parents; husband John; brothers, George and Theodore Krosnowski; sister, Stella Obrycki; sister-in-law Eleanor Krosnowski; brothers-in-law, Edward Obrycki and Gerald Eckert; her nephew Donald Obrycki and her dear daughter Carole Ann Matulewicz preceded Mary in death.

Mary’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the kind and compassionate care given by the staff of Mill Creek Memory Care Community and by U.P. Home Health and Hospice, especially a very heartfelt thank-you to Susannah Rushford.

Friends may call at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home on Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. with Deacon Dean Jackson officiating.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider U.P. Home Health and Hospice, 510 Mather Avenue, Ishpeming, MI 49849.

Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan on April 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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