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Virginia Janina Augustyniak, "Virg," age 92, died Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Day Spring Assisted Living Facility in Plano, Texas. Virginia was born September 30, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Peter and Stella Kolera.

Virginia was raised in Detroit and followed her schooling by going to work toward the war effort during World War II. Virginia was one of the many "Rosie the Riveter's" who helped to build planes at Willow Run. After the war, she married the love of her life, Eddie Augustyniak and the young couple settled on the east side of Detroit where they raised their two daughters. The family belonged to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Parish and Virginia often volunteered to help the parish school with her sewing and wonderful organization skills. Additionally, Virginia was devoted to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and attended the Novena each Tuesday night. After moving to Texas she still prayed her Novena each Tuesday.

Unfortunately, Virginia became a widow much too young when her beloved Eddie died January 29, 1979 at the young age of 54. However, she soldiered on and took great pride in being a homemaker and caretaker of her household. Her cooking and baking skills were enjoyed by the entire family, as well as her many friends. Virginia's pies were legendary and not to be missed! She enjoyed quiet times at home crocheting beautiful afghan blankets for her family and friends. Springtime and summer found Virginia in her gardens tending to her flowers and shrubs. Virginia's home was always immaculate inside and out with her front flower beds beaming with beautiful plantings of red and white annuals. Each spring the new "Rose of the Year" joined the bed in the backyard.

After becoming a widow, Virginia was steadfast in staying in her home in Detroit, remaining active within her church, and also socializing with a group of girlfriends who called themselves "The Golden Girls". The "Girls" enjoyed walking in malls, going out to eat, and attending fall festivals, all the while enjoying food and dancing to Polish music. Following her relocation to Texas five years prior to her death, Virginia loved spending time with each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as her daughters and family were paramount in her life.

Virginia's daughters, Bev and Sharon, want to thank "all our Michigan family members who included our Mom in their family celebrations and holiday gatherings over the years when we could not be with her." She enjoyed them so much!

Virginia was the beloved wife of the late Edward Augustyniak, and the dear mother of Beverly (Stephen) Cheff, and Sharon (Jay) Ricci. She was the loving grandmother of Gillian (Charles) Holcolmb, Ryan (Ashlee) Cheff, Mark (Laura) Ricci, Alli (Andrew) Hawkins, and great-grandmother of Benjamin Holcomb, Megan Holcomb, and soon-to-be baby boy, Cheff due in January. Further survivors include Virginia's brother in-law, Henry Augustyniak, sister in-laws; Jean Kolera, Diana (Mickey) Kolera, and her dear nieces and nephews. Virginia was predeceased by her husband and siblings; Emmanuel (Margo) Kolera, Stanley Kolera, and Edward Kolera.

Visitation for Virginia will be held Thursday, September 14th from 10-11 am at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. Cemetery Committal Services will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

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