Current & Archived Funerals


Harry Szymanski, Sr.

1923 - 2018

Harry Philip Szymanski, Sr, age 95 of Metz,
passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family
on October 20, 2018 at Medilodge of Rogers City.

Harry was born June 30, 1923 in Metz
to Frank and Veronica (Lijewski) Szymanski,

Harry met the love of his life, Stella June Huntley, while working for a
lumbering camp near Lake May. He and Stella married on September 4,
1947 and enjoyed 50 years together, During that time they were blessed
with 16 children, 12 girls and 4 boys; Rosemary Stanfield of Clio,
Susan (Stanley) Sobek of Posen, Teresa (Rodney) Lewandowski of Hawks,
Judith (Robert) Szott of Grand Lake, Harry (Melissa) Szymanski, Jr. of
Long Lake, Veronica (Lee) Dickerson of Grand Blanc, Helen (Tom)
Polaski of Milan, Pamela Zubal of Rogers City, Mary Nefske of Alpena,
Karen Liedtke of Rogers City, Mark (Kim) Szymanski of Mt. Morris,
Brian Szymanski of Metz, Sandra (Mike) Gittleson of Ann Arbor,
Denise (Mark) Lewandowski of Posen, Jamie (Renee) Szymanski of
Millersburg, and Melissa (Sam) Mau of Ash Grove, MO.
They shared 50 grandchildren; Dawn, Johnna, Tiffany, Joc, Jeanne,
Michael, Mindy, Matthew, Tammy, Sherie, Vince, Paul, Sheila, Collette,
Nicole, Terry, Jason, Kevin, Dusty, Chad, April, Alissa, Nathan, Curtis,
Ryan, Desiree, Annah, Emmy, Katie, Leigha, Carlie, Jillian, Gavin, Sarah,
Julia, Paige, Chase, Jenna, Megan, Kaylee, Casey, Josie, Matthew,
MaryLaura, Braeden, Ali, Tanner, Emma, Aubrey and Brian;
67 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren and another 2 greats
expected in 2019. A true legacy.

Harry was a woodsman, a trapper, a gardener, a friend, a puzzle enthusiast,
a flirt, a story teller, a jokester, a fighter and so much more. He was a
good and honest man who enjoyed a lively game of Spitzer or Rummy. He
had a knack for assigning nicknames that held more meaning than a birth
name. He loved sharing stories of his younger years, embellishing,
making them larger than life, Nothing warmed his heart more than getting
a fit of giggles from the grands while shaking their hands, rattling off
names of his 5 best dogs from his yester years. His secret to a beautiful,
fruitful garden was to talk to it each day. And nothing made him more
proud than his walnut tree. He would sit and watch the birds, passing cars,
while sipping on a warm beer, In the winter months after hours of
trapping, he would return to a warm meal, an afternoon watching figure
skating, attend mass and spend the evening watching Grand Ole Opry or
Austin City Limits. On any Sunday morning, you would catch him ponied
up to the radio, listening to polkas, He enjoyed the simple things in life
but had depth beyond words, Harry is and will always be loved in every

He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella; parents Frank and Veronica
Szymanski; 7 brothers, Chester, Philip, Ted, Martin, Frank, David and
John; | sister, Jeannie Lang; and a son-in-law John Stanfield.

Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home on Thursday, October 25,
2018 from 4 ~ 8pm. The Rosary will be recited at 6:30pm followed by
the parish wake service, Visitation will resume on Friday at St. Dominic
Catholic Church from 10am until time of Mass at llam.

Interment will follow at the St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery.

Send Condolences Back to Obituaries
Harry Szymanski, Sr. – Beck Funeral Home – Rogers City, MI