- March 4, 1936 - March 8, 2017
- Sterling Heights, Michigan
of Richard's Passing
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Richard Lisiecki, age 81 died Wednesday March 8, 2017 at St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren, Michigan. Richard was born March 4, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan the son of the late William John Lisiecki and the late Agnes (nee: Hojnacki) Lisiecki.
A "HamTown Boy" who grew up in Detroit, Richard attained his educational footing at Pershing High School prior to heading out into the work world. At a very young age, Richard's desire to enter the realm of the employed began to take shape when he became one of the infamous "Hopper's" that worked for the Detroit News. At a mere 12 years old, he would "hop" on one of the passing trucks and ride it to the corner of 6 & Gratiot where he would "hop" off and sell newspapers until it was time to head to school. Richard's industrious spirit was beginning to shine.
It was a couple years later that Richard met a girl named Bonita with whom a special friendship would blossom and the two would become good friends. He was 14 and she was 12,…and little did they know that a Romeo & Juliet type of love was beginning to take root. Enter Bonita's brother Dennis who staged a formal date for the two lovebirds to enjoy, and it's from there that Richard & Bonita embarked upon a relationship that would grow and deepen,…and ultimately take them both to the altar where they shared their vows and became husband & wife. That glorious day was October 6, 1956, and it was this past October that Richard & Bonita shared their 60th Wedding Anniversary together. They were truly an example of what a loving and caring relationship should look like.
For their first five years together, Richard & Bonita called Detroit their home. But with a growing desire to move-on-up, it was in 1961 that they packed their bags and picked up stakes, and headed north to the bedroom community of Warren, a city they would call home for the next 40 years. The next and final move came in 2001 when another jaunt northward took them to the city of Sterling Heights, the homestead that afforded them the countless joys of entertaining their precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Of course, to get to the point of enjoying some of these blessings and the comforts of home, Richard worked hard to accomplish his goals and earn his way in life,…for his family as well as himself. His employment history included a stint at Automotive Fabrics, a supplier to the automotive industry. He also worked as a courier for Prosthodent Dental Labs, a position he held for over 15 years. But, ultimately, it was General Motors that afforded him the opportunity of exuding his skills as an electrician, and is where he worked until accepting his well-deserved retirement.
Retirement served Richard well and gave he and Bonita the chance of sharing their love and enjoying some passions now that they had unlimited time on their hands. One of these included their love of traveling the roads, trips that took them to places like wineries, dairy farms, and a host of many other exciting & adventurous destinations. Yet their passion for traveling was not enveloped solely by the automobile. They also fed their travel itch by boarding cruise ships that took them to memorable destinations such as the Hawaiian Islands and the Caribbean coastlines. Along with sailing the Ocean Blue, Richard was also quite eager each time he got to Captain his own boat, a worthy Chris Craft that often navigated the local waterways and lakes. He loved the water,…and he loved the color blue!
On a less active note, but also indicative of Richard's character, he was one of the familiar and smiling faces who ushered patrons to their seats at the Macomb Theater for the Performing Arts. He loved interacting with the community and his fellow man, so being an usher was the perfect way to feed that passion,…and enjoy the show at the same time. BONUS! Another constant that Richard held dear were the Tuesday evening Bible studies at Bethesda Christian Church. Being a man with deep and abiding faith in God, attending those meetings and being fed, both spiritually and emotionally, girded Richard up in many wonderful ways for his journey through life.
Yet of all the passions and things that stirred his heart, none could hold a candle to the love and joy he experienced each time he shared the presence of his bride and soul mate, Bonita. The bond they shared was something very special, and the two were often considered to be "inseparable." When a girl finds a boy who eventually grows into finding pleasure in shopping and running errands together, it's an amazing connection,…and Richard would have had it no other way. They were "Best Friends" in every sense of the word, and they leave no mystery in the epitaph on their headstone that reads; "Each For Each Other & Both For The Lord."
A loving husband, father, grandfather, Richard lived his life while always considering others more important than himself. That's Biblical. While his character was strong, his strength came from his Lord and emanated out to the countless hearts and lives he touched along the way. A wonderful provider,…an amazing caretaker,…an honorable and kind man who was always patient, always loving, and wise beyond expression. He was truly a blessed and gifted servant of God, and we can rest assured that Richard is, now, in His loving arms.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife Bonita (nee: Hutton), and his children; Rick Lisiecki, Carol (Joseph) Proulx, Donna (Doug) Muchaw, Jody (Ken) Cricks, James (Sue) Lisieski, and the late John Randall Lisiecki. He was the loving grandfather of Rick (Stacy) Lisiecki, Tony (Kimmee) Lisiecki, Amanda (the late Steve) Wray, Joseph (Meghan) Proulx, Joshua (Stephanie) Proulx, Randy (Gina) Lisiecki, Britney (John) Perez, Alyssa Muchaw, Douglas Muchaw, Jeremy (Joey) Cricks, Adam (Mystie) Cricks, Courtney (Jon) Spotts, Brandon Lisiecki, and great-grandfather of Brett, Parker, Ethan, P.J., Beau, Lucas, Sorea,continued...