Chevrolet Engineering Retirees Club
2016 Death Notices
November 4, 1932 to February 10, 2016
Gilbert J. Opaleski, 83, of Kimball Township, passed away on Wednesday, February 10,
Gil worked at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, retiring as the head of Plant
Engineering in 1987. Gil wasn’t quite ready to retire entirely and soon after leaving GM,
he began working for Cushman & Wakefield, where he oversaw construction of the
Chrysler Tech Center in Auburn Hills.
After retiring a second time, Gil and his wife Fran moved from Eastpointe to Port Sanilac
to enjoy their home on Lake Huron.
Always seeking a need for improvement, Gil became the Supervisor of Sanilac Township
for five years, after which time he and Fran moved again to Kimball Township, where he
served on the Zoning and Planning Boards.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances; five children, Andrew (Carol) Opaleski,
Steven (Lenna) Opaleski, Diane (Gary) Roberson, Donna (Greg) Lesky and Edward
(Linda) Opaleski; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 26, 2016 in Holy Trinity
Parish - St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Reverend Jefffrey Allan will officiate.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the church.
The family prefers memorials may be made to the Blue Water Area Humane Society or
St. Vincent de Paul.
Arrangements are by the Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.
To read a tribute to Gil please click here.
Marie Hanson, the wife of Mal Hanson, passed away on Friday January 8, 2016 at St.
John's Hospital where she volunteered her services. Marie died of cancer which she
fought for a long time. To view a tribute to Marie please click here.
Zebehazy, Jan Marie (nee Ruhlandt), age 64, of Oakland Township, Michigan passed
away on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Crittenton Hospital. She was born in Ann Arbor,
Michigan on January 16, 1952 to Gerald Keith and Lou Marie Ruhlandt who predeceased
her. Jan graduated from Wayne State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science
degree. She taught home economics at Riverside High School in Dearborn Heights for
two years and worked at Chevrolet Engineering as an Administrative Assistant for ten
years. She was married to Thomas on May 10, 1980 at the First United Methodist
Church of Troy. Jan was a member of the United Methodist Women, Patience Circle and
the Hampton Ladies Golf League and had a passion for Jesus and her faith, her family,
reading, traveling, her sheltie dog Katie, golf and learning anything and everything using
her iPad. She took pride in entertaining at the holidays and setting beautifully decorated
tables. She is survived by her husband Tom; her son, Jason; her brother Phillip (Dianne)
of Redford Twp., MI, her step-son Mark (Stephanie) and their son Ryan of Peoria, AZ;
her step-daughter Kim of Vancouver, BC, Canada; and her brothers-in-law, Julius
(Nancy) of Lilburn, GA; Michael (Wendy) of Orchard Park, NY; and James (Judy) of
Leesburg, FL; and by her many friends. Funeral arrangements by Pixley Funeral Home,
322 W. University Dr., Rochester, MI. Visitation on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 3-9pm
at the funeral home. Funeral service to be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church,
620 Romeo St., Rochester, MI on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11AM. Jan will lie in state for
one half hour before the service. Interment will be at Guardian Angel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jan’s name to St. Paul’s United Methodist
Jackie D. Olinger Frankenmuth, MI
Went home to be with the Lord Monday, March 28, 2016, at Independence Village;
age 85 years. Jackie was born on June 27, 1930 to the late Edward and Wilma
Olinger. He was married to Ruth Haubenstricker, she predeceased him on July 4,
1982. Jackie served in the US Navy. He worked in security at GM until his
retirement. Jackie was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran
Surviving are: daughter, Debra Ann Olinger of Frankenmuth, MI; son, Dean “Skip”
(Deborah) Olinger of Sarasota, Florida; granddaughter Allison Olinger (Christopher)
Hester of Hong Kong; grandsons, Oliver Olinger of Chicago, IL and Zachary (Vera)
Olinger of Venice, FL; great-grandson, Elijah; granddaughter, Jasmin Olinger (James)
Clark of St. George, Grenada and great-granddaughter, Isla. Jackie was preceded in
death by: brother, William Olinger.
Memorial services will take place on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at
St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. Pastor Mark Brandt will officiate. Burial has taken place
in St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery. Jackie's family will receive visitors on Wednesday
from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an
expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Youth Program.
JONAS, Mary Ann (nee Kaczmarek). July 17, 2016. Age 75. Beloved wife of John for
54 years. Loving mother of KevinJonas, Kim (Mark) Skarvi and Kelly (Todd) Vierk.
Proud and loving grandmother of Samantha, Brittany, Melissa (Mark) and Travis and
great-grandmother of Vince and Hudson. Predeceased by 2 brothers and 1 sister. Mary
Ann enjoyed working at Hallmark and managed the store in Utica for the past 18 years.
Visitation Sunday 3-8pm with a 7pm Rosary at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 54880
Van Dyke (at 25 Mile Rd.), Shelby Twp. The family will also receive guests on Monday
at 10:30am until time of 11:00am memorial Mass at St. Kieran Catholic Church, 53600
Mound Rd. (S. of 25 Mile Rd.), Shelby Twp. Private inurnment, Guardian Angel
Cemetery, Oakland Twp. Memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital are appreciated. Please share memories with the family at their "On-Line
Guestbook" at WujekCalcaterra.com
GENTILE, Gino J. August 18, 2016. Age 91. Beloved husband of the late Marie Gentile
(May 11, 2016). Loving father of John (Dolores), James (Lori) and Thomas. Proud and
adored grandfather of Stephanie (Kevin) Kaslatas, Jonathan (Lauren), Lauren (Michael)
Potter and great grandfather of Cara and Catie. Memorial Visitation Friday August 26th
2016 from 3-6pm. Memorial Service Saturday August 27th 2016 10am at
Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc., 36900 Schoenherr Rd at Metro Parkway (16 Mile).
Memorial contributions are appreciated to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care. Please
share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" at WujekCalcaterra.com.
Thomas Joseph Rzepecki Age 81 Sept. 2 2016. Beloved husband of Marilyn. Loving
father of Susan(Tim) Stanley, Judith(David) Wodowski, Michael Rzepecki(Gary
Godschalk), Steve(Michelle) Kuschel and Raymond Kuschel. Dear grandfather of Tricia,
Christopher, Jake, Joseph and Miah. Dearest brother of Rosemary Ambrozy, the late
Edmund Rzepecki, the late Chester Rzepecki and the late Leonard(Bud) Rzepecki.
Visitation Tuesday Sept. 6th 4-9pm at the David J. Wysocki Funeral Home 29440 Ryan
Rd.( 1 blk North of 12 Mile Rd.) Warren. Funeral Wednesday Sept. 7th Instate
10:30am until time of Mass 11am at St. Louise Catholic Church 2500 12 Mile Rd.