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1 of 8 | Posted by: Jane Eyre - Chicago, IL

“What a wonderful testimony of LIFE! My sincere condolences to the family. (They are now all together singing in heaven!) ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Krysia Zarichney, nee Kupraszewicz - MI

“I am so sorry for your family's loss. I am sending love and hugs from PA and am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Beth Proper - Titusville, PA

“So sorry for the loss of a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Remembering all of the...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Laura Newman (Margol) - Kalamazoo, MI

“Such a wonderful man, always had a smile and a kind word. So glad we were given the opportunity to know him. Love to Annetta, Nickolas and Austin...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Mike and Sandy Wheeling - PA

“I love you so much and thank you for all your the wonderful time we spent together, which made me so happy. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Sydney Calin - MI - Family

“I love you and I'll miss you ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Isabella Calin - MI - Family

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”

Wieslaw Konstanty Mackiewicz, age 93 of Warren, died Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak with his loved ones by his side. He was born August 1, 1924 in Skierniewice, Poland, son of the late Stefan and the late Jozefa (nee: Walera) Mackiewicz.

As a teenager growing up in Poland at the height of World War II, Wieslaw became aware of what was going on within his country as the war ensued and decided to get involved in an effort towards making a difference. Knowing that the "underground railroad" was affording freedom to thousands amidst the Nazi occupation of Europe, that's just where Wieslaw decided to throw his hat in the ring. As a member of the railroad, part of his responsibilities were in helping to get secret messages into the hands of the allies. On one fateful day, a search by the Nazi's unearthed a letter that cast aspersions on Wieslaw which resulted in his being shipped off to Warsaw where he was questioned, interrogated, and beaten for over 2 weeks. The Nazi's didn't want to let him go, so they transferred Wieslaw to the concentration camp at Auschwitz where #139140 managed to withstand 2 ½ years of Hell until ultimately making his way to Germany. It was there that he was discovered by our great U.S. Army, was taken under their wing and put to work in a mess hall where he spent his days seeing to the nourishment of our troops. As the days went on, Wieslaw's knowledge expanded within the realm of his duties and his hard work was rewarded by being promoted to manager of the mess hall. Also, throughout his time in Germany, Wieslaw spent many-a-day away from work on the soccer field where he loved participating and competing in the sport. Not merely as an occasional pastime, his passion for soccer also took him to the league level where his sporting prowess was both displayed and highlighted in the winning attitude he emanated towards the teams' successes.

Following Germany, Wieslaw's talents were be called upon at a base in France where he exuded the same fortitude in whipping things into shape there as well. Then gloriously, his next invitation came from "across the pond" and found this good Polish boy making his way to the land of opportunity, the United States of America! Wieslaw was beyond excited at the prospects that lie ahead of him, as well as the new friends he was about to make,…like the life-long buddy he made in Edward Buczynski. It was sometime in the 1950's that Wieslaw and Edward decided they were going to jump on the bandwagon of success as they made their way to the Motor Capital of the world, Detroit. For Wieslaw, work was pretty much what kept him busy for the next 14 years,…until that life-changing day in 1964 when he met the girl who swept him off his feet, the beautiful Genowefa Szudejko, known more affectionately to all as "Gena." What began as friendship turned to romance, and that love led them to the altar where they shared their vows and became husband & wife in 1965. It was a love story & life-journey that took these two lovebirds through a wonderful 52 years together.

Wieslaw went on to enjoy his new wife, and their marriage, for the next 9 years until another new & exciting chapter opened up for him with the birth of his daughter,…and another daughter,…then a son, all at once! That's right, God knew that Wieslaw had a storehouse of love to bestow, so he blessed him with triplets. Though they came close together, their birthday's were actually split between February 9th and 10th of 1974. Daughter Ursula arrived just moments before midnight, then the other two followed suit in the wee hours of the new day on the 10th. A Daddy of triplets,…Wieslaw was overwhelmed with joy and elation that arrived along with his beautiful children, three lives that were about to change his life in many wonderful ways.

Wieslaw was quite the industrious person and was good with his hands. Possessing natural abilities in working with manufactured products, he chose the field of tile and marble to put his skills to the test. With opportunity hanging in the balance and a desire to exercise his hard work ethics, it was ultimately the folks at Tile Terrazzo that recognized Wieslaw's worth and brought him aboard,…a job that turned into a long-standing career with the company. He learned a great deal in his time there, and even put much of his tile and marble talents to work away from the job in the many works created at home.

Another part of Wieslaw's life enjoyed away from work was found in his love of singing, particularly as a member of the Filaret's. Steeped in the heritage of his homeland of Poland, the Filaret's was a Polish men's choir that performed at many different venues via invitation, the perfect blend of singing and staying plugged into his Polish roots. With a voice that could melt your heart, Wieslaw enjoyed over 50 years with his fellow singing mates with whom he amassed many wonderful memories of their times together.

Yet for as much as he could croon a tune with the boys, it was the "music of the heart" that he brought to his family that made such a loving impact,…especially to those four precious cherubs, his grandchildren. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, Wieslaw will forever be remembered as a man with a heart of gold, and a will as strong as iron. In the Bible, the prophet Isaiah is quoted as saying, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,"…and that pretty much defines the heart and character of Wieslaw. From his teenage years with the Underground Railroad,…to surviving the holocaust horrors of Auschwitz,..and ultimately working his way to America with the dream of becoming something better and stronger, Wieslaw experienced more than most of us could possibly