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Virginia Dorothy Golembiewski, age 94 of Warren, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Farmington Hills Inn in Farmington, Michigan. She was born May 23, 1924 in Detroit, daughter of the late Edward and the late Marie (nee; Jablonski) Okonowski.

Husbands & fathers bear an incredible amount of responsibility when it comes to the family, but they are certainly nothing without the strength and fortitude provided by a loving and supportive wife & mother,…just like the kind of woman Virginia was for her beloved, Bernard. A love story that began with a bit of courting that melded into romance, which ultimately led them to the altar and their shared "I do's." The newlyweds headed out into the world as husband & wife and would stand by each other's side for the next 66 wonderful years of marriage, until Bernie's passing on 11/11/2011. As Bernie & Virginia's earlier years were blessed with two beautiful boys, James and Thomas, it was the story of their love that spoke volumes to what God had joined as one, a love that had simply grown deeper with each passing year.

Rather than becoming part of the workforce, Virginia made the loving choice of remaining at home and being her family's main caregiver. As a consummate homemaker and Mom, Virginia poured the best parts of herself into caring for her loved ones. The house was always well kept and her meals were fit for a king. Virginia could cook and bake with the best of them, and there was always some sort of tasty magic emanating from her kitchen. But of all the skills and talents she possessed, one of her greatest strengths was that of seamstress. Virginia loved to sew and was quite adept with a needle & thread. More so than most, you could tell that sewing was more than merely a skill for Virginia,…it was truly her passion. From her work with draperies to her tailoring of clothing, it was evident that she had a special touch,…especially in the ornate and decorative flair she poured into the square dancing dresses she fabricated. Anybody who was lucky enough to don a Virginia original looked like the Belle of the Ball.

Virginia was also a huge fan of the world of arts & crafts, and a constant help at the show her church sponsored each year at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Warren. Not merely a longtime parishioner, Virginia was quite an active member of the church in many different facets as well,…perhaps none more precious to her than her membership in the church's Active Christian Women's Club. At St. Martin de Porres, the ladies of the ACWC form a prayerful alliance of believers who take their ministry to heart as they lead out in ministering to the hearts of many,…and Virginia truly felt called to reach out in such a way. If you had Virginia praying for you, you were definitely surrounded by a massive hedge of protection. And this could only come from a lady whose life was centered and focused on the things of God, and enveloped by a strong and abiding faith. Virginia's faith was real and it touched countless lives throughout the years. It leaves behind a legacy of a life changed from within for the purposes of reaching out in love,…and her love was like a warm blanket on a cold day. She will be missed immensely.

Virginia was the beloved wife of the late Bernard, and dearest mother of James (Lucia) Golek and Thomas Garrett. Loving grandmother of Michael, Brian (Jennifer), Lisa, Elizabeth, and great-grandmother of Grayson and Callen. Cherished sister of Gerald Okonowski, and the late Loretta Okonowski.

Visitation for Virginia will be held Monday, April 29th from 3-9 pm, with a 3:30 pm ACWC 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 Tuesday from 9:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 9:30 am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Warren.

Please share memories of Virginia at her guest book above.