Emila “Emily” Kucharek

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Emila “Emily” Kucharek, 98, of Gaylord, passed away Saturday, September 18, 2021.

She was born to Martin and Agnes (Krys) Prusakiewicz, September 10, 1923, in Gaylord, Michigan.

Emily met her husband Floyd before he joined the service. During World War II, Floyd was deployed after Pearl Harbor, and she went to Detroit and worked on U.S. Airforce bombers as “Rosie the Riveter.” After the war efforts, Emily was hired at Chrysler, sewing upholstery for new vehicles.

She married Floyd on January 27, 1945, and had one daughter, Sharon. Emily retired in 1981 and enjoyed her retirement by traveling to Florida, cooking, sewing, dancing, and spending time with her loving family.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Floyd; daughter Sharon; siblings, Clara Prusakiewicz, Anna Sitkiewicz, Rose Gapinski, and Joe Prusakiewicz.

She is survived by her son-in-law Philip Gapinski; granddaughters, Stacey (John) Kujawa, Kelly (Kirk) Sobocinski; greatgrandchildren, Dr. Marisa Kujawa (Muhahammad Abbas), Jacob Kujawa, Ben Sobocinski, Nathan Sobocinski, and brother Chester Prusakiewicz.

A Mass of Chrisitan Burial will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, 606 N. Ohio Ave., Gaylord, MI 49735. Visitation will be held at St. Mary Cathedral on Saturday, September 25, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. St. Mary Altar Rosary Society will offer a Rosary at 9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchin Monastery (through the link provided) or by mail, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

3 comments on “Emila “Emily” Kucharek”

  1. Br Nick Blattner Ofm Capuchin

    On behalf of the Capuchin brothers, I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of Emily. It is truly humbling to receive memorial donations in honor of her life. Please be assured of the brother’s prayers for the entire Kucharek family during this great time of grief. I have placed Emily’s name at the tomb of Blessed Solanus Casey. May perpetual light shine upon Emily.

  2. barbara j switalski

    Phil and family, we are saddened to hear about Emily’s passing. She’s with our Lord and your beautiful wife. God bless you all.

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