Stanley C. Switalski

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Stanley Switalski, age 96, joined his recently deceased spouse (Anna Wolak Switalski) in heaven on February 25, 2024, after passing away at home on the Switalski family farm. Stan was born on March 21, 1927, in Gaylord, Michigan, to Frank Switalski and Sabina (Jaruzel) Switalski. He was the 13th of 14 children.

Stanley and Anna married on May 29, 1954, in Flint, Michigan, and they raised 11 children on the farm in Gaylord. 

Stan attended Gaylord St. Mary School and was the Snowbirds’ biggest fan. He enjoyed watching football and basketball the most and could regularly be seen roaming the sidelines or in the middle of the stands. He was proud to be a donor to the new football stadium and recounted tales of how, in the 50s, he encouraged Msg. Kaminski to start a football program at St. Mary’s.  Stan enjoyed being a farmer, milking dairy cows until the mid-1970s, and working the fields on his tractor. He also enjoyed hunting, especially with his sons, sons-in-law, brothers, nephews, grandchildren, and others who joined the hunting parties. He continued to hunt well into his 90s after his sons and sons-in-law built him a comfortable hunting blind. Stan loved to tell stories about the early days on the farm and all the Polish people that were related to him, his Pa’s history with the lumber camps, and his time in the Army at the end of WWII when he was stationed in Switzerland and Austria. He loved to polka at weddings and Alpenfest and enjoyed listening to Mollie B’s Polka Party. 

Stan was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Switalski; daughter, Marlene Switalski; his parents; and great-granddaughter, Berkley Payton. 

He is survived by his children, Michael and Barb Switalski, Monnie and Ken Payton, Charlie and Kellie Switalski,  Louise Caudell, Angie and Rick Brown, Mary and John Roberts, Patty and Randy Urban, Joe, and Melissa Switalski, Tony and Ann Switalski, and Brian and Kim Switalski; grandchildren, Danny, Clark, Patrick, Cameron, Kenny, Steven, Shannon, Scott, Matt, Lori, Brad, Jack, Amy, Luke, Kyle, Rose, John, Carolyn, Stanley, Andrew, Bob, Miranda, Ashley, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Sam, Nathan, Alexis, Anna, Eli, Omanii, Isaiah, and Obadiah; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Natalie, Colin, Benjamin, Kenedi, Kelsie, Nolan, Andrew, Marshall, Claire, Dawson, Baylor, Hudson, Nolan, Caden, Brady, Blakely, Griffin, Madelyn, and Maeva; and two sisters, Julia Prusakiewicz and Lucille Dombkowski.   Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Styke.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, 606 N. Ohio St, Gaylord, MI.

Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Friday, March 8, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary offered at 4:30 p.m.

Visitation will continue on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at St. Mary Cathedral from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.

The family invites everyone to enjoy a luncheon in the parish hall immediately following the burial at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to St. Mary Cathedral Schools, 606 N. Ohio Street, Gaylord, MI 49735. 

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

11 comments on “Stanley C. Switalski”

  1. Saddened to hear about Stanley’s passing. He was an old school farmer that will be missed by all of us. Thoughts an prayers to the switalski family.

  2. Sad to see him go. He always had a good story to tell. I am fortunate to be friends with this family for so many years.

  3. Chip Switalski

    Uncle Styke was my favorite uncle. I will always remember working on the farm, baling hay and getting the cows from the fields. I’m glad I spent this past hunting season with him on the farm. He told me his stories of being in the war and family life with Auntie Ann and kids. His family will greatly miss him and so will I.
    He will always be in my heart.

  4. Uncle Styke always had a smile and some memory, story or comment to share with me whenever I saw him. Admirable life and family he produced.

  5. Marlene czarkowski

    Anna and Stanley were our farm neighbors for many years across I-75. We loved his passion of farming. He and his children were out on the hay fields baling hay, like us. Stanley was always pleasant. Thanks for the memories.
    Our condolences to the family on behalf of the Czarkowski family.

  6. Dear Switalski Kids, What a beautiful obit of your dad. Now he and your dear Mom are together again. They and you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. And your Aunt Julia is still alive. With love to all. Grace Rowley

  7. Doug & Connie Squires

    Condolences to the entire Switalski family. I remember when my boys were playing football I used to follow him up and down the sidelines, listening to his commentary on the game and his stories about other games. He was a treat to be around. He will surely be missed around the St Mary’s athletics. I’m sure he’s sharing some of his recent stories with his beloved Ann. God bless them both. 🙏

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