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Anthony Edward Lemanski

Anthony Edward Lemanski
  • November 17, 1922 - September 1, 2018
  • Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

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Anthony Edward Lemanski, age 95 and formerly of Warren, Michigan, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He was born November 17, 1922 in Presque Isle, Michigan, son of the late Anthony Lemanski and the late Valeria (nee: Sulewska) Lemanski.

A proud participant in the automotive workforce of the Motor Capital of the world, Anthony began his career as an employee with the iconic manufacturer, Packard. When the plant closed, he put his skills to work as a Tool Press Engineer for the automotive supplier, Lear-Siegler located in Rochester, Michigan. After many years of dedicated and loyal service in his supportive role to automation, Anthony finally accepted his well deserved retirement in 1982 and has enjoyed this past 36 years livin' the dream as a retiree.

Both in his off time from work and also into retirement, Anthony had a number of hobbies and pastimes that afforded him a bit of balance in life and helped to create some lasting memories. One of these hobbies embodied his passion for anything related to "wheels." Anthony had a penchant for wheels no matter what it was that they were attached to. From his children's bikes to the finest of cars, wheels drew his attention every time.

Another of Anthony's passions was spent enjoying his love of the outdoors. Hailing from one of the most unique states when it comes to outdoor activities, Anthony knew how to grab the gusto of it all. He was a huge fishing fan and spent countless hours baiting his hooks and casting his line in search of the "Big One." Though the action was often fleeting, Anthony knew how to make the most of those quiet and serene periods between each snag on the line,…and they never grew old. Making his fishing follies even more special were the moments he spent sharing the sport with his brother's John & Joe, or his cousin's Larry, Paul, and David. And while on the subject of water, this would be the perfect spot for mentioning his love of boating. With waterways galore surrounding him, taking the boat out not only aided in his fishing expeditions, but also offered him many ways to enjoy the Great Lakes and the Mitten's inland waters too. But Anthony wasn't merely a boater like most, he is noted for actually building his own boat as well. With painstaking effort, matched with his mechanical prowess, the S.S. Lemanski came to fruition and provided countless hours of water sports fun and pleasures.

Camping was another of Anthony's favorite pastimes, an escape from the concrete jungle that always brought him peace of mind and a refreshing taste of Michigan's outdoor splendor. Shared primarily with his family, each camping experience held its own unique attraction,…but there was no beating the highlights and special qualities that accompanied their trips to Ludington State Park. Nestled just off the coast of Lake Michigan, Anthony and his loved ones created many wonderful memories getting back to nature,…and consuming a host of crusted marshmallows.

Anthony was known for his love of playing card games, too,…especially in the games of Pinochle and "31." But his true gaming personality was unleashed with each visit to the casino. What started as a passion for the game of Bingo seemed to morph into the casino genre,…and soon the MGM casino in Detroit became one of his favorite haunts. Though he had a myriad of choices under its roof, Anthony was drawn to the infamous One-Armed Bandits and managed to give them quite a workout over the years. As time went on and age took its toll, his daughter wanted Dad closer to her in Pennsylvania, so off he went to the Keystone State,…and his new casino home in Valley Forge. He didn't really care where the slots were located, just as long as he had a chance at coming away a winner.

Known affectionately as the "Pancake Kid," Anthony's eyes would light up each time a plate of those tasty delights were put in front of him,…you just needed to stand clear of the utensils in his hands as he put them away. He was also fond of a good argument,…or "debate," as it were. Possessing a storehouse of knowledge and acumen, he was always at the ready to defend his stand and present his point,…usually with a glint in his eyes. And like many of his fellow Golden Warriors, Anthony was quite fond of walking and loved getting his exercise on foot. While walking though, Anthony had a tendency to wander from time to time. He'd be headed in one direction, then diverted to another,…but he always managed to navigate back home. Yet in its adoring nature, his wandering prompted the family to rephrase "Where's Waldo" to "Where's Grandpa!" And that's when the chuckles ensued.

In telling the story of Anthony, it would be sadly remiss if not to mention his vibrant Polish heritage and how his ethnicity ran deep. From the Polish cooking that he loved so well,…to the Polka dancing that he held so dear and loved sharing with his beloved, Mary Anne,…his heritage was an integral part of his life, an ancestry for which Anthony was most proud. While on the subject of Polka dancing, it was on one fate-filled evening at a VFW hall in Hamtramck that Anthony met the woman who would change his life as they danced their way into each others' hearts. It wasn't long afterwards that a trip to Warsaw Park in Shelby Township afforded Anthony the opportunity of sharing his loving intentions, then proposing marriage to his bride-to-be, Miss Mary Anne Nowak. Betrothal led to a wedding, and their promises made led to a long and loving relationship which they shared until Mary Anne's passing on September 20, 2017.

Lastly, a mention of Anthony's faith and devotion to the church are a perfect way to cap off this honorable tribute to a Godly man. Anthony was a devout Catholic whose personal ministry touched a multitude of hearts and souls in his journey

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