Elaine Nowicki

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Once upon a time there was a girl named Elaine Nowicki. She was born not too long ago, only 67 years in the Motor City, but soon journeyed north to the Alpine Village of Gaylord, Michigan to build a beautiful life with her Prince Charming, Mark Nowicki. After many years of happiness and struggles that only made her stronger, vicious pancreatic cancer attacked Elaine. But that’s not the important part of her story. Let me tell you about this magical, lovely girl.
Elaine met Mark when she was just a little girl and they courted throughout high school. While Mark served his country in the US Army Reserves, Elaine finished her studies at Macomb Community College and became trusted for her cash management skills. Soon the couple wed in the traditional Polish custom. While they had hoped for more children, God blessed them with just one child. That child was me, their daughter.
Together my parents, along with my Uncle Matthew and Auntie Janet Nowicki, built a successful and well-respected family business and legacy: M&M Excavating. My parents first dates included street racing on Woodward Avenue and they never really left the race track. Together they made history in the drag racing world, certainly through their extensive achievements with M&M Express but even more so with the deep friendships they fostered.
My mom loved. She loved well, and big, and often. She loved through her generous volunteering, her intricate crafting and her abundant gifting, which was the result of 70 documented epic shopping adventures with her “Special Friends”. She lived her life from season to season and from one celebration to the next with a radiant passion for holidays, especially Christmas. My mom loved her family without measured, especially her two grandsons, who were aaaaawesome!
While many will mourn her loss, my hope, and surely her request, is for her life to have made a positive impact on our world, especially with those whom survive: her faithful husband: Mark, my husband & I: Erik and Brandie Meisner, grandsons: Ryan and Kevin, her mother: Wanda, her sisters: Evelyn, Janet and Renee, her brothers: Matthew, Henry, Walter and Michael along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. We find joy in the knowledge that she was greeted in Heaven by her father: Henry, along with Mark’s parents: Matthew and Annaliese. And Elaine lived happily ever after, for all of eternity…
The Visitation takes place at Nelson Funeral Home, Friday, January 4, from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A Rosary will be offered at the funeral home on Friday January 4, at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday January 5, 2019 at St. Mary Cathedral, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to beloved charities: Food For The Poor or St. Martin de Porres Ministry of Bradenton Beach. Additionally, the family will establish the Elaine Nowicki Awesome Foundation to perpetuate her love for giving.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

59 comments on “Elaine Nowicki”

  1. Mark , and Brandy so sorry for your loss ! My prayers go out to you both ! May God grant you peace , strength and love to fill the huge void Elaine leaves behind . Your wife, and mom truly was a special person. In my brief time of knowing her she made everything and everybody around her feel important and loved . Heaven truly is a much better place with her in it . God bless you all . Rich Derby

  2. Mark and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed saying hello to Elaine at the races. She will be missed. Thinking of you.

  3. Mark and Brandie — so sorry for your loss. Elaine was so amazing in so many ways to so many people. She was one of the kindest and sweetest people I ever knew. My condolences to your family. As much as all of us will miss her, I know that her family will miss her the most. Wishing you the strength to get through all of this.

  4. Mark,
    I’m so sorry to hear this, Elaine was such a special person to me. She never forgot anyone on any occasion.
    She will truly be missed! Love and prayers to you and your family.

  5. Marie and Dennis Darrow

    Mark, Brandie and Family, words cannot express the feelings of love and friendship that Elaine expressed with her smile and hugs. We feel fortunate to have shared a little bit of her friendship/love as our UpNorth /Gaylord neighbor. Elaine was truly Blessed to be such a Blessing to others. We are thankful to have been a neighbor and friend.

  6. Pat and Nancy Clifford

    So sorry for your loss. She was a special person with an outstanding personality. Always a big smile and a friendly Hello. RIP

  7. Daniel S. Van Koevering

    Mark & Family,

    From myself, personally, and from the entire Board of Directors of the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame. Deepest and sincere sympathy and condolences. Elaine was a special and kind lady, and will be very much missed.

    Daniel S. Van Koevering, Past 9-term President, MMSHoF

  8. Bill & Bonnie Zaskowski

    Mark, we are sorry for your loss. Elaine was a special woman, she was always so kind to us. We will miss seeing her in Florida and at the track. Sincerely,
    Bill and Bonnie Zaskowski.

  9. So sorry for your loss Mark. I am sure she was the wind under your wings. I share your pain as I lost my wife three years ago.

  10. Ben and Lana Wenzel

    Our condolences to you Mark and your family for your loss. We never saw Elaine without a smile on her face. We will miss her at the races.

  11. Buggs and Bobby Dennis

    Mark and Family , So sorry for your loss. Elaine was a special person, always laughing and had hugs for everyone..She will be missed

  12. Glenn and Martha McLeod

    Martha and I were so sad to read of Elaine’s death. The Nowickis were the first family we knew in Gaylord and gave us a job working at M&M’s gas station when we moved here in October 1973. We have many good memories of the Nowicki hospitality and how sweet and kind Elaine always was. Mark and Brandy you have our sympathies.

  13. Rock, Ginny and Zack Running

    Mark, Brandie and Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. Elaine was the most thoughtful, kind and loving person; always had a hug and a smile. We will truly miss her.

    Rock, Ginny and Zack

  14. I am so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. While I only knew her briefly she left a life long impression on me with her kindness and beautiful heart. My heart goes out to her family as I know this is a difficult loss. Prayers to all of you.

  15. Our sincere condolences on the loss of Elaine. What a beautiful lady who had such a huge heart. Prayers for your family. Joe & Sue Kwaiser, Ed & Brandy Kwaiser-Benkert, Ty & Karen Kwaiser Family

  16. Wayne and Judy Miller

    So sorry to hear of this tragedy, Mark. I, Wayne, remember Elaine’s smile every time that I visited your office. She was always so congenial and helpful. You have Judy and my deepest condolences.

  17. Jay and Amber (Voges) Billingsley

    Mark and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Many years we watched her by your side at the track. Such a sweet woman with the most radient smile. Prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

  18. Mark and Brandie,
    I was so saddened to hear the news of the passing of your wife and mother Elaine. I’m sending you my condolences and prayers. I remember the first time I met Eileen at my mothers house on Woodside when you brought her over one time after racing. We were so excited to meet her because she was a keeper! Again, so sorry for your loss.

    Barbara Ward

  19. Christy and Nathan Stinson

    We are heartbroken to hear of Elaine’s passing. You could always count on a smile and hug when you saw her at the track. Your entire family will be in our prayers.

  20. Emmajean M Baker

    Dear Brandie and Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. I feel so neglectful that I kept intending to call to find out about Elaine. Now knowing her affliction, it makes me so sad that I didn’t call. Our friendship has waned over the years, but I considered Elaine a friend always. You all are in my prayers. Emmajean Baker

  21. Evelyn Szymanski

    Elaine and I had great times growing up and growing old(ish) together. We fought, we laughed, we cried, and we played…oh what fun we had. So many happy memories we made over the years the memories will keep us going.

  22. There are no words to express my sadness about Elaine’s passing. She was truly one of God’s greatest blessings to this world.
    She had a wonderful smile and the biggest heart. Her friendship and love will never be forgotten.

  23. Mark and Brandie, I am saddened to hear of Elaine’s passing.
    What a blessing to have had the pleasure to know her.
    We at State Farm will truly miss her.
    May the Lord be with you in the coming days and years.

  24. Very sad news. My sincere condolences to Mark and the family. Elaine was a very special person and will certainly be missed at the races.

  25. Mark, where do we begin to express our love to you and to the passing of an earthly angel. Hugs and more hugs to you and your family. May you find strength in fond memories that only you can treasure. Alice and Joe Tysinger

  26. Mark, so sorry to hear this news. I only met Elaine one time at the races. GOD WILL GIVE YOU AND THE FAMILY THE STRENGTH TO GET THROUGH THIS. Our prayers to you and your family.

  27. Bill and Judi Bureski

    So sorry for your loss of such a great and devoted lady. The entire racing community will miss her. Condolences to Mark and family.

  28. Bob and Carolyn Howald

    I could write a book on all the adventures Bob and I have had with Mark and Elaine. (BFF), My heart is so heavy. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Michigan to Florida, the stories we could tell!
    Bob and Mark can vouch for our singing talent in the back seat of the car. Life as we know it will never be the same. She, along with her great smile, was a great sounding board, a magnet to someone else’s problems. Mark and Brandie we will always be there for you.

  29. My sincerest condolences to the Nowicki family in the passing of your loved one, Elaine. God wrapped His loving arms around her, comforting her on her journey to her eternal home in Heaven.

  30. Jerry and Sally Silveus

    God gave us an angel on earth in Elaine. Her smile and laughter and kindness will be greatly missed. Now she is in heaven to give this great personality to everyone there. Our sympathy to you (Mark) and your family.

    Jerry and Sally

  31. Larry and Lisa Buckingham

    Mark, Brandi and family – Elaine was truly special and our lives are richer for having known her. Their love story is remarkable. Rest in peace sweet lady.

  32. Brandie-Very sorry to hear about your mom. Losing a parent is tough. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  33. Ray and Jo Ann Mater

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of Elaine. What a lovely lady who had such a huge heart, always smiling and being a loving Gemini. Mark and the entire Nowicki family will be in our prayers and memories.

  34. Larry and Lisa Buckingham

    Mark, Brandie and family. What a beautiful memorial to a beautiful lady. Our world is a much better place for having known her. Yours is a remarkable love story. Rest peacefully in heaven sweet lady.

  35. Mark, Brandie and Family, WOW, what a heavy heart! Elaine had a beautiful soul and has left such a legacy for all who knew her. She touched so many with her warm smile, hugs and unconditional kindness. I feel blessed to have known such a wonderful lady. I’m so grateful for the time we spent together over thanksgiving. Love and endless prayers…..until we meat again…..

  36. Elaine always treated me like family. She was a beautiful human being whose kindness, thoughtfulness, and caring of others was always
    given with a generous smile. I hope that all your wonderful family memories will help cushion the tough days ahead. My deepest sympathies to the entire Nowicki clan.

  37. Jimbo and Katie Fields

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Elaine was such a beautiful person inside and outside. She will be dearly missed.
    Jimbo and Katie Fields

  38. Diane and Jim Paquet

    Elaine, her smile, kindness, generosity and her love of life brought sunshine to all of us. I treasured her friendship and will truly miss her. Our sincere condolences to Mark, Brandie, and family. Our world will be a little cloudier now but heaven will be so much brighter.

  39. Joe & Lorie Jackson

    We have lost a really special person, Elaine Nowicki
    I am so sorry Mark, Brandie and the whole Nowicki family, as I loved Elaine for alway asking how I was doing, or gave me a hug and loved seeing pictures and hearing about my grand kids. This is a big blow to me. She had a smiling face that I always looked forward to at the races. Once again condolences to the whole Nowicki family.
    Joe and Lorie
    Bill and Mary Ann Jackson

  40. My sincerest condolences to the whole Nowicki family. Elaine came up to me in the staging lanes at Indy a few years ago. She could see that I was nervous and she ended up putting a smile on my face. What a sweet, sweet woman.

  41. Pat & Curt Lester

    What a strong lady, she struggled hard for her family,
    Now she is in no pain, Elaine will be missed by so many, she was a kind, caring and lovely lady. Prayers for your strength.

  42. Bobby & Nancy Rashid

    Mark, Brandie & Family,
    It is with very heavy hearts that we know 2019 will have a deep void without your dear wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Our prayers are with all of you during this painful time and we hope for the day that her memory will bring a smile to your face rather than tears to our eyes. Our deepest sympathy. Bobby and Nancy Rashid

  43. Truly sorry for Elaine’s passing. My she Rest In Peace, no pain. Hobby Lobby was our favorite topic to talk about and how close it was to the race track! God Bless your family through this painful time. The Antrobius family

  44. Mark and family my condolences to all of you. Elaine was truly a beautiful person. She had such a zest for life and lived it well. God Bless you all. Mary Jo, Mike Ledford. Mid Michigan Motorplex.

  45. Wow what can I say that hasn’t already been said , Elaine was and always will be a special kind of angel here on Earth and now in our beautiful heaven. I truly cherished seeing and talking with her whenever we would see each other. She will be missed by oh so many as she was a delight to just be around. So sorry Mark , Brandie and the rest of the family but Thank You for sharing Elaine with us all.

  46. The Spearfish Team

    We are so very sorry for your tragic loss. What a wonderful and memorable family legacy Elaine helped to create (and continued to flourish). Sending your family love and well wishes at this difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy,

    The Spearfish Team

  47. Mark , sorry for your loss. Elaine was a great person. Thoughts and prayers to you, and your family.
    Dean and Adam Mesenbring

  48. Mark and Family;
    We are so sorry for your loss. Elaine was a wonderful person and we truly loved you and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of need.

    Craig & Lori Combs

  49. This has been a difficult loss. Mark and Elaine are such a special couple. She was so kind and she made everyone feel special. Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. We all say she will be missed….so much.
    RIP and thank God we had the opportunity to know you.
    Mike and Paula Cotten

  50. Mark and Brandie, Phil and I were so sorry to read of Elaine’s passing. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Cathy and Phil Hendges

  51. I only met your Mom and Dad a couple times, but I have fond memories of those meetings. My dad was Walter Sitosky, he had many fond memories of your Grandparents and I remember Annaliese and my mom together laughing and remembering old times. I truly am so sorry for your loss, my heart breaks for you and your family. Sending Prayers.

  52. Glenn & Linda Kreider

    Mark, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Elaine was truly a beautiful lady, always with a smile and kind word. We enjoyed our conversations at the races. With sympathy, Glenn & Linda Kreider

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