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“Although I didn't know Ed for a long while it was memorable He was a sweet and charming man and a pleasure to know even if was for a short time. ”
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Edward Stephen Vraniak, age 80, died Monday, May 13, 2019, with his loved ones by his side, at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

He was born on December 11, 1938 in Detroit, son of the late John and the late Bertha Theresa (nee: Rocko) Vraniak.

Born and raised in Detroit, Edward's education highlights would begin with his graduation from Wilbur Wright Technical School where he excelled greatly. With a desire to further his learning, Edward enrolled at the iconic Lawrence Technical University where he ultimately received his Associates Degree in Engineering. Equipped with all of this knowledge and know-how, Edward began positioning himself for the opportunity of a lifetime,…which he found at the Dana Corporation, a job that would transition into many years of loyal and dedicated employment until finally accepting his well-deserved retirement in 1999. Possessing tons of talent and tremendous work ethics that impressed many, Edward climbed the ladder of success with Dana and would retire with the title of Senior Manufacturing Engineer.

But if we're going to write a relative and sufficient obituary on Edward, we've got to turn back the hands of time and tell the story of an event that changed his life,…Edward's Love Story with the woman who stole his heart, the beautiful Miss Brenda Ann Van Belle.

As teenagers, Edward & Brenda shared a common appreciation for the musical arts,…their love of playing the accordion. On one glorious day in December of 1955, at Mario's Accordian Studio in Detroit, the two were brought together under the premise of joining in the formation of a 5 piece band,…but Brenda forgot her music. So without much arm-twisting, she convinced the dashing young Edward, with his shiny new car, to escort her home to pick up the music. Of course, the other 3 boys decided they wanted to tag along as well, so off to the car they proceeded. As they began piling in, Brenda made it crystal clear that the dudes were riding in back so she could take a seat up front with Edward,…and Cupid's arrow was being readied.

When the practice session ended later that evening, Edward asked Brenda if he could escort her home again,…this time, just the two of them in the car. Well, that ride must have been magical as Edward came away with a "first date" being planned,…and that "love arrow" pierced both of their hearts that night. That first date eventually turned into a caring relationship, which blossomed into romance, and ultimately led them both to the altar where they shared their vows of marriage on July 9, 1960 in the eyes of family and friends alike. The rest is history, but a history that provided these two lovebirds with four beautiful children, a loving home, and blessings beyond expression. They truly did it right by spending 4 plus years getting to know each other,…then comfortably and confidently sharing those two precious words with each other, "I do."

Being the engineer he was, Edward's life was rife with details, precision, exactness and proficiencies,…yet he was also a man of balance and enjoyed his times of unwinding and being refreshed. In his younger years, this would often take its form in the sport of fishing,…and often with his boys in tow. Times with Dad were always great, and you just know that Edward ate it up as well. Forever in search of that elusive "Big One" in the bunch, the only "tale" that Edward loved to tell was of the wonderful memories he made with his boys down at the Ol' Fishin' Hole.

Edward's family will also reminisce about how dutiful he was when it came to caring for the family's cars. From washing them, to performing preventative maintenance on them, Edward kept the fleet running like a top and his family safe. It's just the kind of thing a Dad & husband does, right?

As life progressed and his boys were now adults, much of Edward's spare time shifted from fishing to the joys of hangin' out in his backyard tending to the grounds. Whether he was digging, tilling the soil, helping Brenda with the gardening, or simply getting his hands dirty in a good way, Edward found a sweet release and a rejuvenating quality in getting back to Mother Earth and her great rewards in a yard that shows that somebody cares. Edward will also be remembered for his precious love of animals, especially his four-legged friends right there at home. His pets meant the world to him; they were truly his "furr-babies!"

Revered for his exceptional kindness, honesty, integrity and joviality, Edward was the neighborhood's "Social Butterfly." He loved interacting with his fellow man, be it on the phone or in person,…and his friendly personality was truly infectious. You couldn't engage Ed without coming away a little smarter, a little more in touch, and a whole lot more happy for the experience. Yet of all the aspects of Edward's life that meant more than anything, it would definitely be his deep and abiding faith in God and his loving Savior, Jesus. He was, indeed, one of God's servants who lived what he believed and shared the goodness of how he had been blessed. And now, Edward's blessings have exceeded anything that could have been imagined this side of Heaven; may he rest, safely, in the arms of God, together again with his son, Mark

Edward was the beloved husband of Brenda Ann (nee: Van Belle) Vraniak. Dearest father of the late Mark Edward Vraniak, Glenn Steven (Maria) Vraniak, Linda Marie (Kevan) Short, Edward Gerard Vraniak. Loving grandfather of Nathaniel (Janeka) Kolman, Joshua (Alicia) Kolman, MariahVraniak, Sylvia Vraniak, Landyn Vraniak, Kayla Stevens, Brett Mc Manus, and great-grandfather of Alani Brewster, Madison Kolman, Ayden Brewster, and Elias Kolman. Brother to John M. (Annette)Vraniak, and the late Christine Vraniak. Edward is also survived by many treasured nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Edward will be held Sunday, May 19th from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski& Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12

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