There is no easy way to announce the death of your 18 year old son, but with deep sadness and heavy hearts we announce that we lost our beloved son, brother and uncle, Leszek Adam Wasylewski, who left our earthly presence on Saturday, October 28, 2017 as the result of a tragic traffic accident.
Visitation for Leszek will be Wednesday, November 1st from 4pm-8pm at St Augustine Catholic Church in Boyne Falls. A rosary will be prayed at 6pm and a vigil service with time for sharing memories at 7pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 2nd at 11:00am, the family will receive visitors two hours before. Fr. Don Geyman will officiate and burial will be in St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery. Memorials can be made to St Augustine Building Fund.
Leszek was born on September 18, 1999 in Gaylord, the third of four children to Frank and Anna (Sadowska) Wasylewski of Elmira/Boyne Falls.
How do you even begin to tell the story of a young man freshly out of high school and ready to take on the world? He was the boy that knew how to live life to the fullest, with infectious charm and smile, always active and always ready for adventure and challenge.
From his earliest years he loved sports, playing just about every sport he could, golf, soccer, pee-wee football, basketball and most especially baseball. He loved water and snow sports too and made everything look effortless the first time he did it. For his thirteenth birthday he got a unicycle and mastered it within days. Leszek also loved NASCAR, finally attending a race this summer. Leszek’s truck was easily identified by the full size “3” on the back window.
Leszek lived life without fear. When he was 13 he travelled from China alone after spending a summer with his uncle and family who were living there at the time. At 16 he travelled alone to Poland to visit his uncle and family, and wasn’t even phased when he missed his last plane to Traverse City and had to spend the night at Chicago O’Hare-outside the security gates!
At the beginning of his senior year of high school, he found his life’s passion. He took a welding course and was instantly hooked and pursued it with a vengeance. That year our house was full of welded items: a metal Christmas tree, a small replica of the Mackinac Bridge and even a metal rose for Mother’s Day, just to name a few. It was the beginning of his career path. After graduating as Salutatorian and Class President of the Boyne Falls Class of 2017, he enrolled in Kirtland College where he was pursuing a degree in welding while also working in the trade. Every day he shared his life’s dreams and plans.
While welding was his career passion, his biggest passion was fishing. There was no such thing as a bad day fishing with Leszek. The fishing trip of his dreams was on his senior class trip to Hawaii. The smile on his face when he got his skipper jack 20 miles into the Pacific Ocean was priceless. And on the night of his accident, he was going fishing with his buddies, but first needed to go to town for a hat light so he could fish in the dark.
Family and friends were important to Leszek. He loved to hang out, especially if it was on the river. It was common to stop in to visit his grandparents and godmother. And while Leszek loved to be at home with his siblings and parents, his niece Kasia brought him so much joy.
Faith and community played a big part in Leszek’s life. He was actively involved at St Augustine’s Catholic Church as an altar server and a member of the Youth Group, always honored to serve when asked. For many years, he worked the Hudson Township Bingo concession stand.
Leszek is survived by his parents, Frank and Anna, siblings Magdalena, Jasiu and Zosia, niece Kasia all of Boyne Falls, grandparents Frank and Joan Wasylewski of Boyne Falls, and grandmother “Babcia” Basia Sadowska of Koszalin, Poland. Leszek is also survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins that he loved dearly. Leszek was preceded in death by grandfather “Dziadzius” Bogus Sadowski.
And though he is gone from us, he will never be forgotten as he has become the fabric of our lives. His humor, quick wit and incredible charm will remain with us forever. So now son, brother and uncle, even though our hearts are broken, go and rest in peace and thank you for being a part of our lives. You brought us so much joy. Until we meet again…or as you would say “Hepatitis C you later”.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.