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Rita J. Gniewek, age 92 of Warren, died Monday, May 13, 2019 at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan. She was born October 28, 1926 in Detroit, daughter of the late Joseph and the late Joanna (nee: Piedchalski) Kotz.

Rita, like many loving homemaker's and Mom's, woke up each day with a list of the chores and responsibilities that needed tending to,…but nothing was getting done without starting the day with a cup of her "morning joe." And we're not merely talking about your average cup of hot coffee. No,…Rita required something much more intense; her cup needed to be "Lava Hot" to really kick-start the day. Where many might be concerned about burning their lips or the roof of their mouths, Rita's taste for the ultra-steamy cup of delight was borne from years of experience and nurtured with each blazing sip she enjoyed over the years. Though her days were pleasantly filled with cup after cup of java, Rita found equal delights in the evenings when the dinner menu included the tasty combo of Pizza and a Beer. But not just any beer, mind you,…No, Rita loved washing down that cheesy slice of Heaven with her other favorite beverage, a "Boomba Beer!" Go Big or Go Home, right?

When all of her chores were tackled and she was still looking for a way to put her hands to use, Rita often grabbed her needles and began crocheting. Not only was she creative in producing some fancy, yet functional, pieces to share with others, but all of that handiwork helped to keep her hands limber and useful. She loved to crochet, and her skills & talents shone through with each new project. Rita will also be remembered for her love of the outdoors, especially when the sun was shining bright. She was quite the Sun Worshipper and loved soaking up the rays whenever she got the chance.

And speaking of "chance,"…Rita was a huge fan of the games of chance, particularly Bingo and the Slots. Those occasional evenings, when she and her friends sat around the table at the Bingo Hall filling up their cards, provided Rita with countless hours of friendly competition and camaraderie. But then there were those periodic trips to the Greektown Casino in Detroit that unleashed a whole different side of Rita's gaming spirit,…her love for the Slots. Those one-armed bandits were the name of the game, and Rita simply loved giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money. She may not have always come away the winner, but she was certainly entertained.

Where Rita did come away the winner was in the precious family that God entrusted to her care. From her three children, their kids, and the generation that followed, Rita was truly blessed with a family that provided her cherished moments and memories that she held close to her heart. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Rita lived with verve,…laughed with ferventcy,…and loved beyond measure, especially when it came to her family. It's a legacy that will keep her close with each reflection shared. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Rita was the beloved wife of the late Mitchell. Dearest mother of Stanley (Terry) Gniewek, Darlene (Arthur) Kreska, and Anthony (Kimberley) Gniewek. Loving grandmother of Brynne (Vickie), Brad, Meko, Elizabeth (Thomas) Kempa, Jonathon, Amanda (Gary) Pope, Noel, and the late Brant. She is also survived by many loving great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass for Rita will be held Friday, May 17th at St. Louise Catholic Church in Warren. The funeral liturgy will begin at 10:00 am.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Detroit Goodfellows, 1927 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI 48216 (

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