Obituaries » Michael Jaroszynski Jr.
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January 2, 2020 - July 18, 2020
Michael Jaroszynski, age 94, passed away peacefully in his home on July 18, 2020, joining his bride 8 weeks after her passing. Mike was born January 2, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan to Mieczyslaw and Bernice (Witkowski) Jaroszynski. The family moved to a farm in Richmond, Michigan during the Great Depression where Mike grew up, met, and married his sweetheart, Jean Elizabeth Greenia, in St. Augustine Catholic Church on April 23, 1949.
Mike was a loving and dedicated provider to his beloved wife and children. He was a problem-solver, entrepreneur, and jack-of-all-trades. He was a consummate story-teller—regalling family, friends, and anyone he met with tales of his colorful exploits. He could fix anything, loved a challenge, and found ways to leap over obstacles that would have flummoxed most. At age 9 (or maybe 10, he wasn’t sure), Mike would get up at midnight to run trap lines and then sell the pelts. Thus began his business ventures. In his early teens, he was soon repairing cars and rebuilding engines. (He marked time by the year, make and model of the car he had.) Mike owned and operated numerous gas stations, sold real estate, and then settled into the car wash business. He was always looking to improve himself, his businesses, and life for his family. Mike came from immigrant parents with nothing and built an amazing legacy with his wits, determination, and charm. He blessed his family with homes on the gorgeous blue waters of Lake St. Clair: evenings and weekends in his ChrisCraft swimming at Strawberry Island, water skiing in Fisher Bay, tubing, freighter hunting in the South Channel, and sunset boat rides. Mike was game for most anything. He loved to waterski (never giving up on mastering slalom), and started downhill skiing at age 43 and windsurfing when he was 60. He purchased his first waverunners when he was 68—he delighted in doing donuts, racing, and—on occasion, even flipping one.
Mike is survived by his children and their spouses, Linda and Kirk Jones, Debbie and Rick Horn, Eric and Patty (McIntosh) Jaroszynski, and Lisa and John Haines; his grandchildren and their spouses, Charles Moore, Philip and Andrea Jones, Andrew Jones, Shawna and Matt Verbeke, Gina and Jordan Catrine, Michael Jaroszynski, and Emily, Olivia, and Nathan Haines; his great grandchildren Macey Verbeke, and Arya and Jackson Catrine; his sister-in-law Amy (Roy) Greenia and brother-in-law Walter (Shirley Greenia) Belczak; and his numerous nieces and nephews.
Mike was dearly loved and will be terribly missed, but he is reunited with his soulmate and will forever remain in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him.