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“I'm so sorry to hear this. Please accept my condolences on your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help your family during this...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Carla

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Margie was the best, spent many years at St Marys on Retreat Center with her and the family. So many...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Linda - Gaylord, MI

“Dear Jim - so very sorry to read of your mom's passing. She was a shining light to all who knew her during the "golden era" of St. Sylvester Parish....Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Don Hoffman - Ft. Myers, FL

“Marge, Marge, Marge--where does one begin? She was a neighbor on both Georgia in Detroit and on Lorraine in Warren. Raising a family, active with...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Lou Skrzyniarz - Warren, MI

“I am so sorry I can not be there but you know all of you are in my prayers. It was great seeing everyone for ( of course) the wrong reason. She was...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry to hear about Marge's passing. I know she is enjoying her new home in heaven I have so many wonderful memories of sharing time with...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Barb Parsons - Clinton Ywp, MI

“Margie was one of my late mother Virginia Kotowski's best friends since 9th grade. They called themselves the Card Club, even though they stopped...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Mary-Kay Kotowski Reno - MI

“Dearest Gerrie and family, deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom. God bless her and keep her and may she rest in...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Tammi Cloyd - Warren, MI - Friend

“My family has many years of great memories with Marge, George, Wilma & their Matriarch, Aunt Anna Olexa. Every December, we would go to Aunt Anna's...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Laura Lubeck - Dearborn Heights, MI

“Never felt so much kindness from a complete stranger as we did the first time we met. There are no words that a mother could say as to how she...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Sherri and Gordy Levett - FL

“Dear Gerrie,Although I didn't know your mom I know how much you talked about both of your parents over the years with such love. My heart aches for...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Joanne McPhail - Shelby Township, MI

“My sincerest condolences for your loss. Losing a parent is never easy, no matter how long you've had them. God bless you Mrs. Machak. You are so...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Carol and Ron Patten - FL


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Margaret Patricia Machak, age 92 of Warren, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was born October 30, 1925 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Joseph and the late Anna (nee: Lubeck) Olexa.

Margaret was the beloved wife George with whom she shared a wonderful 70 years together. Known more affectionately to Margaret as her "Georgie,"...the story of these two lovebirds began long before Cupid had even loaded his bow, going back to the friendship they shared while in grade school. As for the love that ultimately led them to the altar, that spark was inflamed following George's return from the military when Margaret caught a glimpse of him in his uniform,...and that's all it took. From there, friendship turned to love, which grew to something romantic, and eventually found them exchanging their vows and beginning a life together as husband & wife.

Margaret was also the loving mother of Jim (Kathy) Machak, Marlene (Tom) Wallace, Geraldine ( the late Thomas) Gadwa, and Joe (Carol) Machak. Cherished grandmother of 10, great-grandmother of 12, and dearest sister of the late Wilma (the late John) Hodnicsak. Margaret loved her sister immensely and the two were inseparable throughout their lives.

Known to many as, simply, a sweet lady, Margaret was a familiar face to countless lives in the community because of the many venues where she was able to share one of her greatest assets,…her spirit of volunteering. Whether she was expressing her servant's heart in her parish at St. Sylvester's in Warren; immersing herself in the ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Oxford (especially through those wonderful Bingo Dinners she hosted on their behalf); volunteering her time with the American Red Cross; or serving as a precinct volunteer on election days, she loved staying busy and was always looking for an opportunity of making a difference. A passionate spirit coupled with a "take charge" attitude, Margaret was known for getting things done and was often the "go-to" person when it came to seeing things to their resolve.

Yet for as much as Margaret had the "right stuff" when it came to getting the job done, she was equally gifted with a spirit of fun that she enjoyed sharing with family and friends alike. Being quite active within her church, there was little fun that could beat the competition and camaraderie she enjoyed as a member of the church's bowling team. But for all the fun and entertainment she derived with her friends at church, many will also remember Margaret for her deep and abiding faith as well. Always reverent, always faithful, she was truly an example of God's compassion in the life of a servant. She always sought to reach out where there was a need,…which supported her desire to volunteer wherever it would help to make a difference.

Like many Michiganders, especially those of us in the "D,"…Margaret had tons of love when it came to her favorite Boys of Summer, the Detroit Tigers. She loved the sport of baseball and was one of the Tigers' biggest fans. Another of Margaret's favorite memories were those enjoyed each time the family made their trek to the cottage in Brighton on Lake Dibrova. Cottage…Lake…Family…it all made for some of life's sweetest moments and the creation of memories that Margaret cherished with each remembrance.

But of all that quickened joy to Margaret's heart, the matchless love she held for her grandchildren & great-grandchildren pretty much outweighed everything else. They were the light of her life and infused her with a verve and excitement every time they shared each other's company. On many occasions, this was quite evident when Margaret was right there in the crowd or audience cheering on or lauding the efforts they put forth in their various activities growing up. Her presence always provided that special lift and encouragement that spurred them on. She was always so thankful and blessed to fill the role of Grandma, and she was so good at it too.

A loving wife, mother. grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Margaret leaves a storehouse of precious and wonderful memories for all to embrace who were blessed to know this sweet and special lady. She loved her Lord,…she loved her family,…and she loved her fellow man, all with a genuine spirit and compassion that influenced countless hearts and souls as she journeyed through this life. May she, now, rest safely in the arms of God as we all await that wonderful reunion in Heaven. But still,…she will be missed immensely.

Visitation for Margaret will be held Sunday, January 28th from 2-8 pm, with a 6:30 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren.

She will lie in state on Monday from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church – St. Clement Campus in Center Line, Michigan. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Retreat House, 775 W. Drahner Road, Oxford, Michigan 48371. (www.stmarysretreathouse.org)

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