Monday, July 31, 2017
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
11:30 AM EDT
St Aidan Catholic Church
17500 Farmington Rd
Livonia, MI 48152
Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery.
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
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Southfield, MI 48033
Life Story / Obituary
With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace; times of plenty and times of want, Stan Korczyk lived his life making a difference in the hearts of those he loved. Although some of the sports he loved were a close second, Stan’s family was the cornerstone for which he lived. He was a hard working man and provided well for those entrusted to his care all while passing down strong family values to his children and grandchildren. In all ways, Stan was a caring, selfless man who will be deeply missed and fondly remembered for all he was, and more.
Stan’s story began at a time of great change in the U.S. as the nation’s can-do spirit was reflected in Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the ocean. Jazz music blossomed, and the flapper redefined modern womanhood. The year 1923 marked many firsts in American culture as the Walt Disney Company was founded, insulin became available for diabetics, and a vaccine for the whooping cough was developed. When the eight-hour workday was established that very year, manufacturing boomed, especially in the bustling Michigan city of Detroit. The son of Frank and Mary Korczyk, Stanley Joseph Korczyk made his way into the world on January 23, 1923.
Having joined his older sister, Helen, their family later came to include his younger brother, Frank. To support their household, Stan’s father worked as a chef while his mother was a chamber maid at the local Metropol Hotel. The Korczyk family made their home on the southwest side of Detroit at 2371 Manson Street where Stan kept close to his heart fond memories of his early years. Devout to their Catholic faith and rich, Polish heritage, Stan and his family were faithful members at St. Hedwig’s Parish where young Stan served as an altar boy. His greatest companion growing up was his dog, Butch who was never far from Stan’s side. During his youth, Stan often helped cook and peel potatoes at Gurney’s Chop House where his father worked.
Stan was quite an avid golfer as a young man and the sport soon became like a second religion to him. He played weekly on Sundays at Warren Valley after the 7:30 AM Mass with his best pals, John Wisniewski, Leonard Gniewek and Joe Paluch. And as a fan of sports in general, he was a tried and true Detroit sports fan. Stan graduated from Western High School and went on to further his education at the Detroit Institute of Technology where he graduated from pharmacy school. With World War II well underway, he also served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a private first class servicing F4U Corsair’s in the South Pacific during the war. Stan was honorably discharged on November 20, 1945 at the Marine Aviation Separation Unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
After returning home to Michigan, Stan worked several jobs before landing a position in his chosen field. Before long, he came to know everlasting love in the heart of his beloved Laura. It was while attending a retiree celebration with his parents at the Polish American Club in Miami, Florida that he met her, and life as Stan knew it was forever changed. Although his parents and Laura’s mother were all from Michigan, he never had the opportunity to meet Laura back in their hometown of Detroit. As it so happened, their parents set the couple up on a blind date and their romance quickly blossomed. On June 30, 1956, Stan and Laura shared vows of marriage at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Miami, Florida. After traveling by car to spend a memorable honeymoon in Acapulco,Mexico, they set-up house and began their new lives as husband and wife in Florida.
Blessed beyond compare, Stan and Laura made a good home for their three sons. Frank came along in 1958 and Michael followed in 1960. Their son, Chris completed their happy family in 1965. Stan often referred to them as Floridians of Northern blood! Stan was a good provider and a loving husband and father. He could be stern at times, yet his love and strong family values were reflected in the way he raised his sons for which they are grateful. Stan lived by way of example and taught his sons the value of a good work ethic. Always encouraging, he took great pride in witnessing his sons succeed in all that they did during their youth and well into their later years.
Vacations were always a welcome addition to Stan and his family’s lives. During the summers in the 1960s and 1970s they spent time visiting relatives in Livonia, Dearborn Heights and Hamtramck, Michigan. Once their sons all married, they relocated to Farmington Hills. They also took in the sights at Mount Rushmore, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Smokey Mountains and a trip to Washington, D.C. True to his heritage, Stan’s trip to Poland was a trip of a lifetime for him. Great memories were also made and enjoyed on an Alaskan cruise that he and Laura shared for their 25th anniversary. Stan and Laura once again made Michigan their home when they moved back to the area in 1974. When Stan retired as a registered pharmacist after 30 years in both Florida and Michigan, it allowed more freedom for travel, spending time with family and the other things Stan enjoyed.
Next to his family and other responsibilities, Stan’s love of sports took a high priority in his life. He loved being a season ticket holder for the Detroit Lions and Red Wings. In fact, Stan would attend a Lions game in an afternoon with friends, return home for dinner and then head to a Red Wings game that evening at Olympia with his mother who absolutely loved hockey! Needless to say, his passion for sports was undeniable. In his younger years he actively participated in sports and throughout his life he followed sports with vigor. Stan was a fierce Pinochle player and was always up for a game. Many would agree he was a master champion when it came to Pinochle. When it came to TV, he only watched it if the people wore numbers on their backs, although he was very fond of watching Bob Hope.
Generous with his caring heart and selfless nature, Stan Korczyk was a man who found his greatest joy in the family he adored. Quick to share a smile and a kind word, Stan held fast to his integrity in all he said and did. His legacy lives on in the hearts of those who came to know and love him.
Stanley Joseph Korczyk was called home to eternal life on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the age of 94. Stan was the beloved husband of wife, Laura of over 61 years and a wonderful father to his three sons, Frank (Tammy), Michael (Beth) and Chris (Christie). A cherished grandfather of Candice (Scott), Jacob, Dalton, Max, Bridget, Adam, Heather and three beautiful great-grandchildren, Constance, Craig and Christy. The second of three children born to the late Frank and Mary Korczyk, he is survived by his brother, Frank. Stan was also preceded in death by his grandson, Craig, his sister, Helen, brother in law, Marion Glaz and sister in law Mary Jane Korczyk.
Friends may visit with Stan’s family on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 2-8 PM at Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes, Livonia, West of Middlebelt, 30200 Five Mile Rd. and on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 5-9 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 11:30 AM at St Aidan Catholic Church (17500 Farmington Rd). In State from 11:00 AM until Mass begins. Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. To share a favorite memory or photo of Stan and to sign his online guest book, please visit https://turowskifuneralhome.com/