Lorraine Kalinowski, 83, of Au Gres, Mich., passed away Feb. 18, 2013 with her family by her side at St. Mary’s of Michigan Saginaw Hospital.
Lorraine was born Aug. 27, 1929 in Bay City, Mich., the daughter of Andrew and Mary Wawrzyniak. She graduated from Bay City Central in 1949 and later married the late Raymond Kalinowski. Together, the couple raised five children, David, Kenneth, Michael, Thomas and Deborah.
She truly loved spending time with her family and will be deeply missed.
Lorraine was an independent spirit who enjoyed reading, relaxing and spending time at the casino. She is also remembered for her knitting and crocheting of Barbie fashions.
Mrs. Kalinowski is survived by her children, David (Lynn) Kalinowski, Kenneth (Gloria) Kalinowski, Michael (Kathy) Kalinowski, Thomas (Marianne) Kalinowski and Deborah (Paul) Norton; brother, Allie (Victoria) Wawrzyniak; sister-in-law, Germaine Wawrzyniak; 20 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, Raymond, and her parents, Andrew and Mary, Lorraine was preceded in death by brother, Theodore Wawrzyniak.
Visitation for Mrs. Kalinowski will be held from 1-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at C.L. Forshee & Sons Funeral Homes, Inc., Au Gres Chapel. Mrs. Kalinowski will lie in state from 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 at St. Mark Catholic Church prior to service at 10 a.m. with Father James Falsey officiating. Interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Bay City, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, P.O. Box 500, Ada, MI 49031.
“We are praying for the entire family on this sad occasion. She was a great lady with many talents! Her smile will be missed and her great love of life!! ”
— Mike and Rose Sutkowi
“David, Kenny, Mike. Tom and Debbie! Aunt Lorraine was my godmother and the sweetest aunt anyone could have . I have so many fond memories of her. I am so glad I got to spend time with Aunt Lorraine and our family. Our little road trips were so much fun and we always enjoyed our lunch dates together and the craft show we did together . . I will always remember our Christmas' at Grammy's and Aunt Lorraine's famous fudge and Blue Hawaii drinks. Those are times I will never forget. It's still hard to believe she is gone but I will always have her close in my heart. May God comfort all of you during this difficult time. Love Eileen ”
— Eileen Nenninger
“I just learned of Lorraine's passing. Our entire family is very sorry for your loss. I so much enjoyed bringing my dad to see Lorraine last year. She was a very special lady and will always hold a special place in our hearts. May she enjoy enternal life.”
— Paul Metevia