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Ludwik Liszkiewicz

March 8, 1914 April 11, 2017
Ludwik  Liszkiewicz
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Obituary for Ludwik Liszkiewicz

Ludwik M. Liszkiewicz passed away peacefully at his home on April 11, 2017. He was 103 years old. Ludwik was born March 8, 1914, in Roznowa, Poland, to Julia (nee Cholewa) and Stanistaw Liszkiewicz.

Ludwik will be most remembered for his strength, determination, and perseverance. Growing up in a large family of modest means, his father encouraged him to become a carpenter but his mother insisted that Ludwik be educated. World War II began and Ludwik fought for his beloved Poland. He and others were captured by the enemy but escaped to Switzerland where he received his education from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Engineering. Being told it was not safe to return to Poland, Ludwik accepted work at Montreal Locomotive and while there met and married his wife of 62 years, Therese Brodeur. They later moved to Birmingham, Michigan where they started their family and he began his career with Ford Tractor.

Ludwik loved history, museums, nature, carpentry, chess, and his religion. Not the type to sit idle, in retirement he built the family cottage by hand. He could speak five languages and recently entertained hospital staff with songs in each. More than a decade ago, he was gifted a cane and told that if he walked with it every day he would live to be 100. So began Ludwik’s long walks throughout the neighborhoods stopping to rest on car bumpers or strangers’ porches while making friends along the way. After reaching 100 years old, he was lovingly restricted to driveway laps which in typical engineering fashion, he documented daily.

Never ill until the age of 102, Ludwik stunned doctors with his ability to continuously bounce back during the last year of his life. Though his determination and strength were remarkable, to his children he will be most remembered for his love of family and for keeping them close; perhaps too close as his passing and absence in their lives will leave a profound void. A devoted husband, father, neighbor, and friend, Ludwik was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his loving children, Sonia and Stephen Liszkiewicz, and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Therese Liszkiewicz.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon, Birmingham, Monday 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am.

Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.


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