Margaret Patricia Machak

  • Born: October 30, 1925
  • Died: January 24, 2018
  • Location: Warren, Michigan

D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home

30009 Hoover Road
Warren, MI 48093

Tel. (586) 751-0444

Tribute & Message From The Family

Margaret Patricia Machak, age 92 of Warren, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was born October 30, 1925 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Joseph and the late Anna (nee: Lubeck) Olexa.

Margaret was the beloved wife George with whom she shared a wonderful 70 years together. Known more affectionately to Margaret as her "Georgie,"...the story of these two lovebirds began long before Cupid had even loaded his bow, going back to the friendship they shared while in grade school. As for the love that ultimately led them to the altar, that spark was inflamed following George's return from the military when Margaret caught a glimpse of him in his uniform,...and that's all it took. From there, friendship turned to love, which grew to something romantic, and eventually found them exchanging their vows and beginning a life together as husband & wife.

Margaret was also the loving mother of Jim (Kathy) Machak, Marlene (Tom) Wallace, Geraldine ( the late Thomas) Gadwa, and Joe (Carol) Machak. Cherished grandmother of 10, great-grandmother of 12, and dearest sister of the late Wilma (the late John) Hodnicsak. Margaret loved her sister immensely and the two were inseparable throughout their lives.

Known to many as, simply, a sweet lady, Margaret was a familiar face to countless lives in the community because of the many venues where she was able to share one of her greatest assets,…her spirit of volunteering. Whether she was expressing her servant's heart in her parish at St. Sylvester's in Warren; immersing herself in the ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Oxford (especially through those wonderful Bingo Dinners she hosted on their behalf); volunteering her time with the American Red Cross; or serving as a precinct volunteer on election days, she loved staying busy and was always looking for an opportunity of making a difference. A passionate spirit coupled with a "take charge" attitude, Margaret was known for getting things done and was often the "go-to" person when it came to seeing things to their resolve.

Yet for as much as Margaret had the "right stuff" when it came to getting the job done, she was equally gifted with a spirit of fun that she enjoyed sharing with family and friends alike. Being quite active within her church, there was little fun that could beat the competition and camaraderie she enjoyed as a member of the church's bowling team. But for all the fun and entertainment she derived with her friends at church, many will also remember Margaret for her deep and abiding faith as well. Always reverent, always faithful, she was truly an example of God's compassion in the life of a servant. She always sought to reach out where there was a need,…which supported her desire to volunteer wherever it would help to make a difference.

Like many Michiganders, especially those of us in the "D,"…Margaret had tons of love when it came to her favorite Boys of Summer, the Detroit Tigers. She loved the sport of baseball and was one of the Tigers' biggest fans. Another of Margaret's favorite memories were those enjoyed each time the family made their trek to the cottage in Brighton on Lake Dibrova. Cottage…Lake…Family…it all made for some of life's sweetest moments and the creation of memories that Margaret cherished with each remembrance.

But of all that quickened joy to Margaret's heart, the matchless love she held for her grandchildren & great-grandchildren pretty much outweighed everything else. They were the light of her life and infused her with a verve and excitement every time they shared each other's company. On many occasions, this was quite evident when Margaret was right there in the crowd or audience cheering on or lauding the efforts they put forth in their various activities growing up. Her presence always provided that special lift and encouragement that spurred them on. She was always so thankful and blessed to fill the role of Grandma, and she was so good at it too.

A loving wife, mother. grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Margaret leaves a storehouse of precious and wonderful memories for all to embrace who were blessed to know this sweet and special lady. She loved her Lord,…she loved her family,…and she loved her fellow man, all with a genuine spirit and compassion that influenced countless hearts and souls as she journeyed through this life. May she, now, rest safely in the arms of God as we all await that wonderful reunion in Heaven. But still,…she will be missed immensely.

Visitation for Margaret will be held Sunday, January 28th from 2-8 pm, with a 6:30 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren.

She will lie in state on Monday from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church – St. Clement Campus in Center Line, Michigan. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Retreat House, 775 W. Drahner Road, Oxford, Michigan 48371. (

Please share memories of Margaret at her memory book above,


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear this. Please accept my condolences on your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help your family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13

Posted by Carla    February 01, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Margie was the best, spent many years at St Marys on Retreat Center with her and the family. So many memories. Love you all!!Blessings,Linda Oliver

Posted by Linda - Gaylord, MI   January 29, 2018

Dear Jim - so very sorry to read of your mom's passing. She was a shining light to all who knew her during the "golden era" of St. Sylvester Parish. Sorry not to be able to extend my sympathy in person.

Posted by Don Hoffman - Ft. Myers, FL   January 28, 2018

Marge, Marge, Marge--where does one begin? She was a neighbor on both Georgia in Detroit and on Lorraine in Warren. Raising a family, active with the ladies at St. Sylvester Church, chairperson at elections at Crothers School and running the St. Mary's Retreat House bingo every year--and who knows what more in between. Always friendly and smiling (and a voice that could cut butter). I sometimes would hear her in a store before I saw her. She was always someone you liked to run into. It was a pleasure knowing her.
What a beautiful pair--Marge and George, George and Marge--devoted to each other for so many years. My sympathy to George and to the children and grandchildren.

Posted by Mary Lou Skrzyniarz - Warren, MI - Friend   January 28, 2018

I am so sorry I can not be there but you know all of you are in my prayers. It was great seeing everyone for ( of course) the wrong reason.

She was so loved by everyone she met because she made you feel special.

Cousin Pat

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Marge's passing. I know she is enjoying her new home in heaven I have so many wonderful memories of sharing time with Marge and the girls at St Mary's Retreat house. We all prayed together shared together and laughed together. Thank you for so many wonderful memories thru the years

Posted by Barb Parsons - Clinton Ywp, MI   January 28, 2018

Margie was one of my late mother Virginia Kotowski's best friends since 9th grade. They called themselves the Card Club, even though they stopped trying to play cards because they all talked and laughed too much to be able to play. They gathered for many decades the first Monday of the month at each other's homes. I have many, many fond memories of Margie. She had a big smile, big laugh, and a bigger heart. I'm sending you my love and support.

Posted by Mary-Kay Kotowski Reno - Grosse Pointe Park, MI   January 28, 2018

Dearest Gerrie and family, deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom. God bless her and keep her and may she rest in peace. Prayers and hugs!

Posted by Tammi Cloyd - Warren, MI - Friend   January 27, 2018

My family has many years of great memories with Marge, George, Wilma & their Matriarch, Aunt Anna Olexa. Every December, we would go to Aunt Anna's and have a cake and light candles and sing Happy Birthday, Jesus! Wonderful memories of family gatherings and weddings.

We have another Angel Above to watch over all of us.

Love, Laura & Ron Lubeck (cousins)

Posted by Laura Lubeck - Dearborn Heights, MI - Family   January 27, 2018


Never felt so much kindness from a complete stranger as we did the first time we met. There are no words that a mother could say as to how she welcomed with open arms my daughter Melissa and my granddaughter Nichole into her family. It hurts me so to know she has passed but I know she will always be watching over Dave, Melissa, Nichole, and Connor.
Along with the rest of her loving family.
God Bless you Marge

Sherri Levett

Posted by Sherri and Gordy Levett - North Port, FL - Family Friend   January 26, 2018


Dear Gerrie,
Although I didn't know your mom I know how much you talked about both of your parents over the years with such love. My heart aches for you and my prayers are with you.
Much Love,

Posted by Joanne McPhail - Shelby Township, MI - Friend   January 25, 2018

My sincerest condolences for your loss. Losing a parent is never easy, no matter how long you've had them. God bless you Mrs. Machak. You are so loved by so many. Many hugs and prayers for all of you.

Posted by Carol and Ron Patten - The Villages, FL - Friend   January 25, 2018