Kenneth Kierczynski

Kenneth Richard Kierczynski, 78, of Gaylord, died peacefully Friday, June 7, 2019, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, surrounded by family.

Born in Detroit, on July 15, 1940 Michigan to Edmund and Genevive (Pociecha) Kierczynski, Ken moved north as a youngster and attended St. Mary Cathedral School, where he graduated in 1958. He married Geraldine Szczepaniak in 1963, and they quickly started a family. Kenny loved to garden, hunt, and fish. He would proudly show off his garden that was kept weed free by his six children and in his later years, his grandchildren. He worked as an electrician for many years at Burns Electric Plumbing and Heating. Ken was a volunteer fireman for 20 years and was a member of both the Eagles and Elks clubs.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Patricia (Strzynski) Kierczynski; his children, Lynn Weeks (Fred), Bryan Kierczynski (Catherine), Mark Kierczynski, Lorri Dawson (Doug), Karen Karsten (Lee), Jon Kierczynski (Keri); step-daughter, Mary Slodan; 14 grandchildren, Andrew and Lauren Weeks, Katie, Gracie, Orin and Anika Kierczynski, Garrison, Kennan, Teegan and Brayden Dawson, Alayna and Kyle Karsten, Brandt and Kara Kierczynski; 2 step-grandchildren, Sherri Metcalf and Jennifer Olds and step-great-grandson Jackson Balleau; Sister, Patricia Knight and brother, Gerald Kierczynski.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Florence Harnack and his first wife Geraldine Kierczynski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral. Visitation will be held at the cathedral on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Northern Michigan.


  1. Tim Brown June 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Wow, so very sad to hear of your loss. I will be thinking of you all.

  2. Dawn M Orourke June 9, 2019 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    My Heart Goes Out to His Family and Aunt Pat, He will Be truly missed !!!! Love to all!!!

  3. Jill Washburn June 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    He will greatly be missed, my thoughts are with the family.

  4. Richard Skowronski June 10, 2019 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    My condolences, prayers for the family.

  5. Liz Griffore June 10, 2019 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Karen and family, Hugs and deep sympathy to your whole family.

  6. Julie Godin June 10, 2019 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss Lorri. Praying that the Grace of the Holy Spirit gives you strength. Love, the Godins

  7. Martin & Linda Franckowiak June 10, 2019 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    May he rest in peace, sincere sympathies to all his children!

  8. Mike,Judy Shryock June 10, 2019 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,Rest in peace KK

  9. Keith and Lena Roberts June 11, 2019 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss! Such a hard thing to get through! Our thoughts and prayers go out the whole family. May he RIP! Hugs.
    Keith and Lena Roberts

  10. Darlene Techel June 11, 2019 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Jon, sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family. Hope your dad likes polka music because my dads up there playing the accordion. Darlene

  11. Sue June 11, 2019 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Jon and Kari, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Diana Kay Hopkins July 3, 2019 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Karen….I just found out about this . I am very sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.

  13. Frankie Gapinski July 7, 2019 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss!

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