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Lillian Mae Gielniak "Lilly", age 89 of Clinton Township, died Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. She was born January 28, 1927 in Detroit, daughter of the late Joseph and the late Sophie (nee: Gorka) Kushniruk.

For 15 years, Lilly worked as an Executive Secretary for the Parton & Preble Company in Warren, a job she came by through a most interesting story. The company just happened to be located across the street from her home in Warren, which made her job hunting experience much easier when she decided to go looking for a work outside of the home. She wasn't picky and was willing to do whatever task she was able,…so Parton & Preble is where she (conveniently) began her search. As she presented her resume to the decision maker and shared that she was actually a neighbor of the firm's, it didn't take long for her interviewer to discover that she was that hard working lady that he had often witnessed toiling feverishly as she cared for her yard,…a sight he remembered from the many times he had peered out the window to see her slaving away. When he managed to put it all together, he knew that he simply could not afford to do without her,…and hired her on the spot. Somebody who worked as hard and diligently as Lilly did just had to be the right person for the job,…so he told her to gather up her resume as there would be no need to submit it,…as he told her "you've got the job!" That began a career that would span over 15 years until Lilly finally accepted her well-deserved retirement.

Among some of the activities that kept Lilly busy away from the job, the time she spent as a mentor and leader with both the Brownies and Girl Scouts brought her immense pride and joy. To be a part of helping to mold and influence young hearts through such an honorable position provided Lilly the perfect venue to touch and impact the lives of countless young girls with her own genuine sense of care and leadership. Many of those girls are the vibrant and accomplished women of today because of what Lilly shared with them yesterday!

Being the active lady she was, it comes as no surprise that one of Lilly's favorite pastimes involved using her hands to create some beautiful works of art and useful pieces through her many talents as a seamstress, knitter, and one who was proficient in the art of crochet. Her skills were incredible, her flair for creativity was profound, and the evidence of her handiwork tells the story of this unique and gifted lady.

Yet of all the qualities that made Lilly shine, none were as meaningful as the love she had for her Lord, the devotion she possessed in her faith, and the unselfish ministry that emanated from her life,…in so many ways. Many will remember Lilly for her presence in the church offices where she volunteered her time quite often. A devoted parishioner of St. Ronald Catholic Church in Clinton Township for many years, Lilly made a wonderful impact on countless hearts and lives through her giving spirit and heart of compassion.

Of course, nobody benefited more from her giving spirit than that of her precious family. Through her care and nurturing, they watched as she defined and manifested the importance of being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. The lessons she shared and the legacy of love she leaves behind are evidence of a life well lived and will forever be cherished with each reflection embraced. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Lilly was the beloved wife of the late Leonard "Lenny". Dearest mother of Glenn (Louise) Gielniak, Linda M. Gielniak, Laura (William) Palazzolo, and Ken (Renee) Gielniak. Devoted grandmother of Janeen, Renee, Jeffrey, Michael, Julie (Ben) Cotton, Brian, Scott, Nicholas, Melanie, Michael Huck, Mark Leger, and the late Kirk. Great grandmother of 9. Sister of Betty Schornak.

Visitation for Lilly will be held on Friday, December 16th from 3-9pm, with a 7pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren. She will lie in state on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of her Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Ronald Catholic Church in Clinton Township, Michigan. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Please share memories of Lilly at her memory book above.