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Delphine Irene Furtak (nee: Tomczyk), age 92, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Martha T. Berry Health Facility in Mount Clemens, Michigan surrounded by her loving family.

Delphine was born March 23, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Alexander Tomczyk and the late Theresa (nee: Paddock) Tomczyk. Delphine was raised on Detroit's east side in a loving Polish, Catholic household.

Delphine eventually met the love of her life, a dashing young Polish boy by the name of Walter Furtak. The two would seal their love through Holy Matrimony in 1944. The young couple first lived in Detroit and later moved to the burgeoning community of Warren, Michigan in December of 1973.

Along with being an amazing homemaker, Delphine was also a great Mom and was blessed with three beautiful daughters to raise, nurture, and help usher into adulthood. Each day, Delphine set out to meet the needs of her family and keep the house in order. Yet once the T's were crossed and the I's were dotted, it was time to bring a little balance into her life which often took its form in the sporting pleasures she enjoyed. First & foremost would definitely have to be her favorite Boys of Summer, the Detroit Tigers. Donning their iconic Old English "D" and representing the promise of Detroit, her Kings of Baseball stirred up all kinds of excitement for her as she followed them religiously. Through thick & thin, rain or shine, Delphine was a fan for all seasons and devoted to her boys. Whether watching them on TV or in person, Tigers Baseball provided Delphine with some of her best summer fun and pleasures.

When it came time for a bit of "participative sports," that was an entirely different sort of fun that Delphine enjoyed at Ye Olde Bowling Alley! Whether with a bunch of friends & family,…or with her fellow league players, Delphine was quite serious about her game, yet free to have a riot of a time as well. Just get a cadre of bowlers together, and the fun was sure to break out soon,…and often with Delphine in the center of it all in search of that elusive "300 Game." She was also quite fond of playing card games. Though the type of game was of no consequence, Delphine simply loved gathering around the card table with family and friends, dealin' some cards, and sharing in the friendly banter that always seemed to ensue. Yet when her "gaming blood" really began to flow, that often meant it was time to head to the casino and give Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money. Nothing intense,…just a little action on those One-Armed Bandits and Delphine was good to go.

She will also be remembered for her handiwork skills which came in the form of knitting, crocheting, and working in ceramics. Each with its own characteristics and style, the artistry that emanated from Delphine's hands was truly something to behold. When she was able to find a little "me time" in the confines of home, you'd often find Delphine with her set of needles and a scan of yarn, fabricating something special for the special ones in her life. Her artistic flair was also recognized in the way she tended to her garden out back. Possessing the green thumb of a horticulturalist, Delphine nurtured her flowers and vegetables with the utmost in TLC and produced something magnificent for all to see,…especially those gorgeous flowers.

Yet of all the traits and skills that will make Delphine stand alone, it was her delectable Polish cooking that reigned supreme. She definitely knew her way around the kitchen and could cook with the talents of a master chef. Just give her a stove, an oven, and a work area,…then step back and watch the magic unfold. You name it,…galumpki's, pierogies, kapusta, and so much more,…Delphine grew up in a home where the old world traditions were happily passed down, and she would always pour the best of her cooking prowess into each and every meal. If you left Delphine's table hungry, you just weren't tryin'!

A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Delphine leaves behind a storehouse of warm & wonderful memories of the lasting kind,…memories created with the most precious of all, her loved ones. Family meant the world to Delphine, especially her cherished grandchildren. Whether she was attending an event, sharin' in the fun, or simply hangin' out while babysitting,…that "Grandma Time" came with benefits and joys that were simply unspeakable. It was that supreme joy that added the cherry on the sundae for Delphine, and she just ate it all up!

Delphine was the beloved wife of the late Walter Furtak, and dear mother of Jacqueline (Ronald) Herrin, Kathleen (Dave) Kniespeck, and Chris (Steve) Lee. Delphine was the loving grandmother of Lisa (JR) Malley, Ronald (Janice) Herrin, Jeffrey (Jeannie) Herrin, Brian (Elisa) Herrin, Renee Kniespeck, Alex Lee, Danielle Lee, and the late Marty Kniespeck. Delphine is further survived by her cherished great-grandchildren, Emily, Brandon, Brooke (Tim), Katelyn (Aaron), Ryan, Faith, Zachary, Joey, and Audrina. Delphine was predeceased by her parents and her brother Richard (Valera) Tomczyk.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, March 22nd from 9:00 am until time of the Memorial Mass at 9:30 am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Warren. Celebrating the Funeral Liturgy will be Reverend Fr. Nick Zukowski. A private family committal service will take place at the cemetery following Mass.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren, Michigan.

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