Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 31, 2013

Joseph 'Joe' Stephan Winogrodzki

THOMPSONVILLE — Joseph "Joe" Stephan Winogrodzki, 92, of Thompsonville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Culver Meadows Senior Living. Joe was born on April 22, 1920, in Mount Top, Pa., to the late Joseph and Eva (Soblewski) Winogrodzki.

Joe was a talented Industrial Arts teacher for several years.

He honorably answered the call of duty and joined the United States Navy and served as a Deck and Engineering Officer During World War II.

Upon his return from service he married Helen Pyryt on June 7, 1947, in Edwardsville, Pa.

Following his marriage to Helen he completed his master's degree from Bucknell University.

In 1951 Joe and Helen moved to Michigan, and he started working for Detroit Edison, now known as DTE. They lived in the Inkster and Lathrup Village area for more than 49 years.

After retirement, Joe and Helen moved to Thompsonville on a piece of property they bought in 1969.

Joe loved to garden, and he could grow the most beautiful flowers. He was also an artistic painter and a talented woodworker. Polka dancing was also a passion for Joe and Helen. They were members of the Polka Boosters of America and the Polka Boosters of Warren.

Joe will fondly be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Surviving Joe are his wife of 65 years, Helen; daughter, Wendy (Mark) Queenan; daughter-in-law, Nancy Winogrodzki; grandchildren, Amber (Jon) Dunn, Oliver (Katie) Winogrodzki, Elizabeth (Tyler) Habrecht, Anna (Brad) Radcliffe, Trevor (Lauren) Queenan and Lea Queenan; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Connor, Amelia, Eliana, Madalyn, Sullivan, Wesley and Eila; a brother, Benjamin Winogrodzki; sister-in-law, Margaret Winogrodzki; and many other loving family members and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Curtis; his brother, John and his wife, Loretta; his brother, Edward; and his sister-in-law, Selma Winogrodzki.

A memorial service will be held for Joe at 3 p.m., with a visitation one hour prior, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the staff at Culver Meadows Senior Living for their loving care and compassion over the last several months.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice.

Please sign Joe's online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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