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“Paul, Marc, Laura & Dan:My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.Rita was a wonderful friend of our family. She will be greatly missed.I...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Paul Zarowny - New York, NY

“As a former Halka dancer I will always remember Miss Rita as the driving force behind our practices, costumes, and performances. Through her...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Christy Osowski - Alexandria, VA

“Just a month ago we were all together at Leonard's 70th birthday party eating, laughing and talking. Rita was one of the first to arrive and one of...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Colette Gilewicz - Harper Woods, MI

“Dear Laura and family,Amidst your present sadness at the passing of your Mom, be consoledat the thought of her great legacy. From the years that I...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Felicia Tuczak - Dexter, MI

“Mrs. Rita was HALKA dancers adopted grandmother. From when my parents started me at 2 years old to when I graduated at 17, Mrs. Rita was always...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Arthur Pawlikowski - Lake Orion, MI

“Ms. Rita was a great friend and neighbor of the Williams Family for 30 years. We will certainly miss her smile and sweet demeanor. On behalf of the...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Sandra Bean

“I never actually met Mrs. Cerankowski but talked to her a few times on the phone, she seemed like a very sweet, intelligent, woman who reminded me of...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Jill Porter - Oakland, MI

“Paul, Marc, Laura and familyI was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was such a nice women and a great friend to our family. I fondly...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Patti Chylinski Flynn - Monroe, MI

“Laura - my heart goes out to you & your entire family. Your mom will be missed by all who knew her and/or came in contact with her - especially her...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Julie Gmerick (aka Hyso) - Macomb, MI

“I first met Rita back in 1976 when my son David joined the Halka Dance Group. As a new mother to the group, I was met by those blue eyes, twinkle of...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Charlene Pasternak - MI - Friend

“So sorry to hear that she's no longer walking on the earth, but thrilled she is happy with our Lord! I remember when her smile& her laugh...I was in...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Lisa Machia - Attica, MI - Friend

“I spoke with Rita many, many times at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church & festivals. She always had a smile on her face. It was always good to see her...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Catherine Gromek - Ortonville, MI

“Our Deepest Condolences to Laura, Dan, Paul and Marc. Rita was one of the hardest working, devoted person who loved her Polish Heritage. Her work...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: maureen cwiek - MI - Friend

“Blessings to all of you in this time of sorrow. Always enjoyed seeing her and visiting with her . Love those beautiful blue eyes. RIP Patty and...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Patsy Gilewicz - Jackson, MI

“I will miss you very much. Especially after my own mother passed away, you gave me much love and support. ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Andrew Zarowny - Detroit, MI

“Rita was always upbeat and involved in the parish activities. Her special gift for being involved on the parish council and sharing her talent with...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Ray Rutyna - Detroit, MI

“We send our sincere sympathy and love to the family of Rita. . Rita was a beautiful person inside and out. She will love forever in our hearts. God...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Joe & loretta Syler - Shelby Twp., MI

“What an amazing lady! Always so kind, thoughtful and loving. Such a strong family presence. I will always remember about 45 years ago, being at the...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Linda VanHaaren - Eastpointe, MI

“Rita, you are the most giving, caring, wonderful lady I know. I will miss you welcoming me every time I walked into dance class or anywhere we saw...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Helen Halatsis - Mesa, AZ

“Rita Cerankowski is one of the most giving, caring, sweetest lady's I know. She made people smile just by walking into a room. I will miss her...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Helen Halatsis - Mesa, AZ

“Paul and family,I am truly sorry for your loss. A great lady always a smile on her face. I always gave her a kiss on the cheek when I saw her in...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Diane Sarnecky - scs, MI - Friend

“What a lovely tribute to your Mother. I myself was a PRCU dancer at the neighboring Ascension Church with Opole and will never forget how loving your...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Therese Kava Franchini - MI

“Laura and Dan, Marc and Paul-Saddened to hear the news of your Mom's passing. She was an incredible person and we were all blessed to have had her in...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Kathleen and Thomas, Allison and Scott Seitz - MD

“We will miss you and your conversations . Rest in peace ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Kathleen Lubien - Warren, MI

“Thinking of you all.Karl and Carol Gilewicz ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: Karl Gilewicz - Alden, MI

“Mrs. C was loved and cherished by everyone who knew her. I knew her for most of my life, she will be greatly missed. When my daughters first met her...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Mike Zdziepko - Ira, MI


Rita Jean Cerankowski age 88 died March 12, 2018 at St. John Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. Rita was born February 2, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of the late John Swoboda and the late Hedwig (nee: Majewski) Swoboda.

The extraordinary life and personality that is Rita Jean Cerankowski came to rest on March 12, 2018. Devoted wife of the late Eugene Cerankowski, loving mother to Marc, Paul and Laura (Dan) Hejza, and adoring Babcia to Brandon and Katelyn Hejza. A proud graduate of Pershing High School the graduating class of 1947 and Wayne State University 1951, she lived within 2 blocks her entire 88 years. She was a strong supporter of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish, Detroit, since her wedding in 1958, where she was active with Moms and Dads Club, strengthened her bold Soprano voice in the church choir with husband Eugene, and served on Parish Council for many years. Since the recent joining of Our Lady Queen of Heaven-Good Shepherd Church she has been given the title of a church matriarch and enjoyed the weekly Senior Card group.

Her most celebrated accomplishment was her involvement with Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) Halka Dancers of Detroit, since it's inception in 1969. She was President from 1970-1980 and then Director from 1981 till 2015. She was an Officer of the PRCUA Women's Division of Michigan 1988-present and Co-Chairman to the PRCUA Shirley A. Galanty Michigan State Ball for 25 years.

A true Detroiter, she was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings attending many games and always listened at home on the radio. She took advantage of all that Detroit had to offer, faithfully visiting Belle Isle Conservatory and nearly every Rockin' On the Riverfront concert. Her most recent memorable events were attending the Beatification of St. Solanus Casey, attending her grandson's graduation from her Alma mater Wayne State and seeing Misty Copeland perform at the Opera House.

Visitation Friday 3-9pm with a 7pm Scripture Service at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Rd. at Common (12 1/2 Mile). Rita will lie in state Saturday 10am at Our Lady Queen of Heaven-Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8200 Rolyat St. in Detroit, until the time of the Funeral Mass 10:30am.

Memorial donations appreciated to the Rita J. Cerankowski Memorial Scholarship and can be sent in care of Bi-County Credit Union 21511 Van Dyke, Warren, MI 48089.

Please share memories of Rita at her memory book above.