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Hattie Sophie Lefchick, age 98, died peacefully on Saturday, May 27, 2017, just shy of her 99 birthday, at the Shelby Crossings Nursing Facility in Shelby Township, Michigan. Hattie was born May 30, 1918 in Hamtramck, Michigan, daughter of the late Ludwik Galazka and the late Michalina (nee: Penska) Galazka.

Hattie was raised in Hamtramck and graduated from Hamtramck High School. Following her schooling, she studied cosmetology and hairstyling and went on to own and operate two beauty salons.

Hattie was a person on the move and never one to sit still. She was a person who always put others before herself or her own wants. She truly lived a Christian life dedicating herself to her church and faith. Over the years Hattie volunteered her time and worked for many different organizations. She was the head secretary for St. Florian Catholic Church for over 42 years, and also worked for the Michigan State Fair in charge of time keeping for the entertainment, security, and also the police force for over 20 years. Additionally, Hattie would help with the bookkeeping for St. Louis the King Catholic Church and St. Ladislaus Catholic Church while living in Hamtramck. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and enjoyed volunteering during the Strawberry Festival.

Following the death of her husband, Hattie continued to work and volunteer. However, later in life she found great enjoyment traveling. Hattie and her travel partner, Mary traveled to many varied locations which included Europe, Africa, Mexico, Rome, Poland, and many places in between. While traveling she experienced many exciting adventures including being in the MGM Hotel fire, having her plane hijacked, and meeting many eccentric people. She also enjoyed the blessing of meeting Pope John Paul II when he visited Hamtramck.

Hattie had many talents and passions in life which included bowling, Polka dancing, knitting, and crocheting blankets. She had a wonderful green thumb and maintained a wonderful garden full of flowers at her home in Hamtramck. She accrued many collectibles while being especially proud of her huge cadre of dolls.

Later in life, fun times for Hattie included more simple pleasures such as meals out to Chinese Restaurants or having a big Lobster dinner. She loved and cherished all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with hearing about all their achievements. She will be forever remembered for her giving, generous, and loving heart.

Hattie was the beloved wife of the late Stanley Lefchick and dear mother of Michalene (Ronald) Malak and Ronald (Barbara) Lefchick. She was the devoted grandmother of Dawn (Greg) Franklin, Craig Malak, Kevin (Kim) Malak, Stacey (Jon) Kopczyk, Kelley (Clint) Newby, Melissa (Bobby) Goga, and Great-grandmother of Matthew, Michael, Mitchell, Maxwell, Logan, Dylan, Dominic, Abigail, Sydney, Colin, Haley, Adam, and Emily.

Visitation for Hattie will be held on Tuesday, May 30th from 3-9pm, with a 7pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Road) in Warren. Mrs. Lefchick will lie in state on Wednesday from 9:30am until the time of her Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Florian Catholic Church, 2626 Poland Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Please share memories of Mrs. Lefchick at her memory book above.