2014-05-22 / Obituaries

Leo Wojnaroski


Leo Wojnaroski Leo Wojnaroski Leo Francis Wojnaroski, 89, of Goetzville, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his home.

He was born June 23, 1924, to Albert and Felicha (nee Wojciechowski) Wojnaroski in Raber Township.

Mr. Wojnaroski grew up in Raber. He was graduated from DeTour High School in 1941. He served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II, and made the rank of sergeant in the 80th Infantry Division, 318th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company “C.” He was wounded in combat three times, twice during the Battle of the Bulge, earning the Purple Heart with two Oak Clusters. After mustering out of the Army, he went to carpentry school in Detroit. He worked there for a few years before returning to Raber to help his family in time of need. He hired on at the Cedarville Quarry in 1961 and worked there until 1985.

He was a charter member of the Raber Amvets Post 79 and a member of the Disabled American Veterans in Sault Ste. Marie.

Mr. Wojnaroski loved the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings. His woodworking produced beautiful cribbage boards that in use around the country. Until his later years, his vegetable gardening produced an abundant supply for his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, picking morel mushrooms, and hunting camp, where he was head cook. Up until last year, he was still making his own homemade sauerkraut in old stone crocks, a tradition passed down through his family. His smoked fish was second to none, his family said, and his home brew was something to be reckoned with.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Wojnaroski, whom he married May 13, 1961, at the Stalwart Presbyterian Church; a son and his family, Robert and Linda Wojnaroski of Sault Ste. Marie; three daughters and their families, Lisa Wojnaroski and Lonnie Calloway of Sault Ste. Marie, Tina and Lee Moore of Grand Blanc, and Deborah and Steve Thompson of Pickford, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother and his family, Raymond and Cathy Wojnaroski of Goetzville; numerous nieces and nephews, and his special pet dog, Kesha.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Henry, Louie, Julian, Leonard, Edward, and Stanley Wojnaroski, and six sisters, Victoria Wojnaroski, Violet Wojnaroski, Blanche Postula, Victoria Wielgas, Valeria Johnson, and Amelia Wahlberg.

Services were Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford. Visitation was from noon to time of the service. According to Mr. Wojnaroski’s wishes, everyone was invited to wear their favorite jeans and Detroit Tigers shirts to the services.

Burial was at North Raber Cemetery following the service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the EUP, 308 West 12th Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783.

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