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John Konieczka, 84, of Cedar, passed away May 8, 2017 at French Manor South. John was born on Aug. 7, 1932 in Saginaw to the late John and Margaret (VanAlstine) Konieczka.
On Dec. 26, 1955 John married the love of his life, Kay, in Saginaw. She preceded him in death in 2016.
John was a professor of engineering for the General Motors Institute with 45 years of accredited service.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. John also served our country honorably as a member of the United States Marine Corps for three years.
John enjoyed building his cabin on Lake Leelanau, fishing, sailing, swimming and skiing with his children. His family has many fond memories of life on the lake. These memories will always be cherished.
John is survived by their children, Gregory (Paula), of Traverse City, Cathy (Edward) Griffin, of Traverse City, Beth (Bob) Hausler, of Saginaw, Bradley (Jackie), of Peoria, Arizona, and Joseph (Christi), of Mt. Pleasant; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Robert (Augusta) Elmwood, Richard (Kathleen), the Rev. Fr. Edward, James (Barbara), Margaret (Jose) Dayao and Harry (Sherry).
John was preceded in death by his wife; sons, John and Brian; and siblings, Cecilia Ray, Camilla Haskins and Tom Konieczka.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May, 13, 2017, at noon, at St. Michael's in Suttons Bay. The rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m., and visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Graveside services will follow at St. Mary's of Lake Leelanau.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your condolences with the family.
The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
Published on May 11, 2017
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