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“I'm very sorry to hear of Mrs Syzmanski passing. She was a real nice lady. I too enjoyed many of her delicious meals was a very fine time in my life....Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Bob Teska - Dewitt, MI - Neighbor

“To the Syzmanski family,We are so sorry for your loss. We pray that the Lord in Heaven comfort you and give you strength. May God's Blessings be...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“With Prayers and Heartfelt Sympathy to the Szymanski family.Knights of Columbus-St. Patrick Council #3129 (Sterling Heights)"Blessed are those who...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Robert Skwara - Sterling Hts, MI

“So sorry to hear of the passing of a beloved childhood neighbor. I will never forgot the memory of Mrs. Wanda and Rusty on Juliana. Wishing you...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Denise (Haraburda) Girskis - MI

“Grandma Szymanski was such a wonderful person I remember the time we went up north to Caseville at their Cottage her and Grandpa Szymanski welcome...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Deborah Durham - Warren, MI

“Wanda was a fun loving lady who knew how to throw a great party. We spent many happy days eating her wonderful food and enjoying the company of...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Micki Blaz - WARREN, MI - Friend

“Aunt Wanda was a kind and gentle person. A true inspiration to all of us. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Ray Szymanski - Dayton, OH

“To Richard and Family, May she now rest in peace. You have been and will continue to be in our prayers.Chris Migliore and Family ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Chris Migliore - Eastpointe, MI

“So sorry to hear about Mrs Szymanski's passing, my sincere condolence to the entire Szymanski family!!! ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Bill Bankstahl - Midland, MI

Wanda Szymanski, age 88 of Eastpointe, died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit. She was born April 14, 1929 in Detroit, daughter of the late Stephen and the late Julia (nee: Danielewicz) Stempowski.

Not long after her high school years, Wanda made a huge decision that would change her life immensely,…a change that would reap some wonderful rewards and a plethora of blessings. It was at the young age of 20 that Wanda uttered those two beautiful and romantic words, "I Do,"…and the course of her life was set on a path of love that she and her dashing husband, Richard shared for over 67 years together. They shared their vows of marriage on July 23, 1949, and Wanda went home to her Lord just shy of their 68th Wedding Anniversary. Their vows were real and sacred, and helped to mold a wonderful life as husband & wife growing deeper in love with each passing day. That love would ultimately grow to include three beautiful boys, as well as their precious and cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. God truly shone down on Wanda and provided her countless reasons for praise and thanksgiving.

Not quite newlyweds anymore, it was 4 years following the sharing of their vows that Wanda and Richard moved to the burgeoning community of East Detroit to begin laying some more permanent roots. The year was 1953,…the street was Juliana,…and it's there that they've stayed ever since. Wanda loved her home, the neighbors, and simply enjoyed the memories that were made within those walls. And if those walls could talk, they'd reminisce about the many parties and gatherings that were held there, and how Wanda was quite often the "event coordinator" making it all happen. She loved a good party and found great delight in playing host and seeing to everybody's happiness and fulfillment. Of the many ways this came about, it was most always the incredible food and snacks that stood out.

It helped that Wanda was an outstanding cook and loved to see her family and friends enjoying the fruits of her labors…so to speak. Coming from many of the old world traditions and upbringing, Wanda knew her way around the kitchen and often worked some tremendous magic with a stove and oven. To her grandchildren (and I'll bet many others), Wanda was renowned as the Queen of the Meatball, and was revered for the countless thousands of these little meaty delights that filled many welcoming bellies throughout the years. As the palates have changed with her 'relocation," just imagine all of her angel friends whose bellies are about to receive something "heavenly!?"

And as much as she loved to cook, she was equally comfortable and renowned for the tummy-pleasing baked goods she provided for the many sweet-tooth's that sat around her table. Quite often, this meant creating one of her special cakes. Whether it be a birthday party, an anniversary gathering, or any cake-worthy event, you could count on Wanda to have something sweet and tasty on hand. Parties and cakes were so much a part of how Wanda gave and served others, it only made sense a few days ago, on her birthday, when she posed the question to her family, "when is everyone showing up for the party,…and what kind of cake will there be?" With lucid moments floating in and out, how precious is it to imagine that her final few days were quickened by something as treasured as the birthday parties she lived for and enjoyed.

Wanda was also known for her love of bowling, and was quite proficient at the sport as well. With a host of trophies and memorabilia giving credence to her abilities on the alley's, Wanda was a member of many leagues over the years and truly enjoyed making some wonderful memories over the years,…while getting a little exercise in the process. She also loved to travel, a pastime she shared with her beloved Richard. Together they shared and enjoyed many scenic splendors, from right here in America to destinations throughout Europe as well. With Richard having served overseas during World War II, he longed to afford his bride the pleasures of witnessing the beauty of which he partook all those years ago. From Italy, France, Germany, and a host of other glorious points of interest, Wanda was blessed to see and experience some incredible eye-candy in her many travels.

Yet of all the destinations they shared and enjoyed, there was simply something special and unique about the 19 years of visiting the Glitz & Glamour of Vegas that stood out above the rest. There was just so much to enjoy, and these two Michigander's ate it all up! From the shows to the games of chance, Wanda certainly knew how to eke out her own brand of fun and entertainment,…especially when it came to those One-Armed Bandits. She loved giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money,…and often did it all on that same, original money she initially put in the machines. (Wink-Wink)

Yes, Wanda enjoyed having loads of fun,…but she was equally centered in her faith as well. A longtime parishioner and member of St. Veronica Catholic Church in Eastpointe, she was known for her deep and abiding faith in God and for how that manifested itself in the many souls she touched with her servant's heart. She lived to serve the less fortunate in this life, and was an integral part of helping through both the church and her association with the Knights of Columbus. It was like she was living life through the words on the bracelet, "what would Jesus do,"…and she did it! No glory, no mentions, just living with a grateful heart and spreading the joy that was given unto her. Even amidst her pain and discomfort in these waning months, Wanda always had a smile and a sincere Thank You for those people God had placed in her path.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Wanda leaves behind a