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Eugene S. Kaczmar

November 23, 1925 March 12, 2016
Eugene  S. Kaczmar
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Obituary for Eugene S. Kaczmar

Eugene S. Kaczmar of Madison Heights passed away peacefully March 12, 2016, surrounded by loved ones after a valiant health struggle. He was 90 years old. Gene was born November 23, 1925, in Hamtramck, to Anna (nee Kosinska) and Stephen Kaczmar.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Quinn) Kaczmar and daughters, Susan Peck, and Karen (Jeff) Wilmot. He is also survived by his grandsons, Ryan Peck and Joseph Wilmot, his “like a daughter” Renee, his brother Emil Kaczmar and extended family members. He is preceded in death by his siblings (baby) Olga, Peter, Walter, Jennie, Alex, Paul, and Grace.

After attending Cass Tech High School, he proudly entered active duty service in the US Navy during WWII and served as a radio man on the USS New Mexico until May 1946. Education was important to him and he instilled this in his children. Eugene earned a bachelor’s degree at Lawrence Technological Institute, and an MBA at Wayne State University. He then began a 25-year career with the Ford Motor Company, as an industrial engineer, working in Mexico City for several years.

Eugene loved God, his family, and serving his community. He was an Oakland County Commissioner and Madison Heights City Council member. City residents often labeled him the voice of reason during the sometimes heated council meetings. The whole family rallied around and got involved helping him with his campaigning and election efforts. He was a church usher for many years and a member of the American Legion Post 225 and the Council 7239 Knights of Columbus.

All of the young kids in the family knew Uncle Gene as the man with the coin grab game. He collected spare change all year in a big jug, and at Christmas each child took a turn grabbing a handful of change to keep for a gift. This became a family tradition that he took over from his older relatives and will keep going in his honor. Eugene was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who didn’t wear his heart on his sleeve for everyone to see but his actions showed how much he cared and loved all of us. May he rest in peace in God’s loving care and be joyous with all his family and friends who passed before him.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 581 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, Tuesday, March 15, 11am. Family and friends may visit at church beginning at 10:30am. Military Honors will take place at church followed by committal prayers and entombment at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills.

Memorials appreciated to Hospice Compassus, 30665 Northwestern Hwy. #150, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334.

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