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Pauline Diana Makowski
  • Memorial donations are welcomed to:
  • Michigan Humane Society
    30300 Telegraph Road - Suite 220
    Bingham Farms, MI 48025
  • Donations may also be directed to:
  • American Cancer Society
    20450 Civic Center Drive
    Southfield, MI 48076

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“Paula was a wonderful woman. So caring and helpful. I worked with her in the Finance office at Selfridge. We had a great time visiting when she...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Vicki Kowalczyk - Sumter, SC

2 of 5 | Posted by: Sister Joy Campbell

“Sorry to hear about your mom. She will be resting as she has suffered a long time. She will be missed. I really enjoyed your mom and dad coming to...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Nancy Terry/Malcolm - MI

“Paul was an awesone lady at Selfridge Air Base. Lived her conversations over the weekend. She will be missed. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Ella Rogers - Lewisville, TX

“What a wonderful lady she was. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Maureen Haas - Eastpointe, MI

Pauline Diana Makowski, age 73 of Eastpointe, died Sunday, August 20, 2017 at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit. She was born July 15, 1944 at St. Luke's Hospital in Moline, Illinois, daughter of the late Paul and the late Lois (nee: Drehmer) Westerlund.

Rock Island, Illinois is where she was raised and attended school, and where she ultimately became a proud graduate of Moline High School. At the young age of 18, Pauline made an important decision to follow a different drummer than many of her female counterparts when she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to serve our country during the Vietnam War era. Serving from July of 1962 to May of 1966, she was an airman in the 2031st Communication Squadron and ultimately attained the rank of Airman 2nd Class. So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we pay homage to Pauline for her patriotism and willingness to stand in harm's way for freedom's sake by stepping up and serving with pride and honor,…for both our allies, as well as our great nation.

Pauline's time in the Air Force was served at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Michigan where she received her training and was assigned a position within the Payroll Accounting Department. This was quite a beneficial career choice for Pauline, but perhaps not as much so as the most endearing aspect she took away,...meeting the man who would sweep her off her feet, Mr. David Makowski. He, too, was an Airman on base and the two embarked upon a journey that eventually led them both to marriage and a life together filled with the joys of family. They bought a house in East Detroit (now Eastpointe) which is where they raised their children, built upon the comforts of home & hearth, and grew deeper in love with each passing day.

When Pauline was away from the job, she enjoyed a number of different pastimes and interests, one of which included her dabbling in the arts. Known to many as an aspiring artist, she often put the brush to easel in the hopes of creating something special and unique. She definitely possessed a genuine eye for the artistic genre and produced some beautiful pieces over the years. And when it came to color, everyone knew that "purple" was where it's at for Pauline.

Pauline was also a lover of flowers and nature, which made perfect sense when considering how much she loved to work in the garden. Along with her artistic flair, she also possessed a flair for floral beauty which was evident in the flowers that adorned her yard. With her green thumb and the tender-loving-care she poured into nurturing its growth, Pauline's garden was a thing of beauty & splendor for the eyes of all who partook.

She was also a lover of animals and held a warm & fuzzy spot in her heart for all of God's creatures,…especially the lucky ones who became her pets. But whether for one of her pet's, or any warm blooded mammal, Pauline embraced their existence and filled her heart with as much of the joy they afforded as was possible. One of the ways she accomplished this was in the trips she made to the zoo. Those were always special times for Pauline, and were made even more so when she was accompanied by those precious cherubs, her granddaughters Veronica and Valerie. For a lady who already possessed that special appreciation for the animal kingdom, just imagine the joy and pleasures she experienced seeing it through the eyes of a child? She held a special place in her heart for her granddaughters, and they meant the world to her.

Pauline was also known for being a "soft touch." With a malleable heart and a giving spirit, she was often drawn in by the many charitable organizations seeking her assistance and support,…and was most always there to help. It was simply a part of her nature, one which enveloped the better parts of kindness and compassion. It was a trait that was also the glue that bonded her family as one,…and kept them strong & together. Pauline possessed a strong character as well, one which helped to pull her through a severe life challenge in 2004 when she encountered and conquered a bout with breast cancer. Three years later, in 2007, Pauline faced another challenge when her beloved David passed away at the age of 64.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Pauline embodied a love and compassion that touched a multitude of hearts and souls along the way, especially those loved ones she held closest. To they and all who were blessed to know Pauline, she leaves a legacy of love that will keep her close to all that reflect upon her life. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Pauline was the beloved wife of the late David. Loving mother of Jeff Allen (46) Makowski, and her daughter & family, Elizabeth Ann (42) Martel, husband Daniel John, and their daughters, Veronica Jayne and Valerie Suzanne whom Pauline loved immensely. She was also the dearest sister of Rick, Steve, Sue, Priscilla, Roger, Tony, and the late Judith.

Visitation for Pauline will be held Thursday, August 24th from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Rd. at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren. Her Funeral Services will take place on Friday, 10:30 am at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are welcomed to either the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025,...or to the American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076.

Please share memories of Pauline at her memory book above.