Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 20, 2012

Richard Wayne Shumsky

TRAVERSE CITY — Richard W. "Dick" Shumsky, 80, of Traverse City, died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 18, 2012, at his home in the company of his adoring family.

Born Jan. 3, 1932, in Suttons Bay, he was the son of the late George and Rachel (Borgerson) Shumsky. On May 21, 1994, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City, he married the former Mary Helen Sajdak.

He retired from Consumers Power Company in 1994 as the head storekeeper.

Dick was a longtime member and usher at St. Francis Catholic Church. He also enjoyed his participation with St. Francis Knights of Columbus.

As his hobbies he liked fishing, hunting, golfing and playing euchre. He also relished being surrounded by his large, loving family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary H. Shumsky, of Traverse City; daughter, Patricia (Daniel) Greene, of Jackson; son, Richard (Sally) Shumsky Jr., of Sanford, Fla.; daughter, Betsy Palmer, of Sandford, Fla.; daughter, Connie (William) Perkins, of Deltona, Fla.; stepdaughter, Michelle Brockie, of Traverse City; stepdaughter, Nicole (Terry) Mattson, of Grand Junction, Colo.; stepdaughter, Stephanie Day, of Traverse City; 23 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gloria Tafelsky, of Suttons Bay, and Emma (Anthony "Tony") Stayer, of Suttons Bay; along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Shumsky; sister, Ruth Currie; and a grandson, Tyler Day.

Friends may call at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home today, Dec. 20, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m., where the Shumsky family will receive friends. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Francis Catholic Church on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 4 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Kenneth Stachnik will serve as the celebrant. Burial will take place in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

In remembrance of Dick, memorials may be directed to St. Francis Knights of Columbus or Munson Hospice. Envelopes may be obtained either at the funeral home or church.

Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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