Martha M. Kaczmarek

Born: Thu., May 13, 1915
Died: Mon., Aug. 22, 2016


Visitation

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 26, 2016
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home


Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Aug. 26, 2016
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home


Visitation

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Sat., Aug. 27, 2016
Location: St. Hyacinth Catholic Church


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Aug. 27, 2016
Location: St. Hyacinth Catholic Church


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Martha M. Kaczmarek
   Good things come in small packages   Although tiny in stature (which she attributed to frequently being be patted on the head for being good), Martha Kaczmarek, 101, left an indelible mark on this world before she peacefully passed into heaven on Monday, August 22, 2016.  Mother of five, grandmother of 21, great grandmother of 34 and great-great grandmother, Martha’s legacy stretches through several generations and across the country.
    Martha was born May 13, 1915 in Toledo, the daughter of John and Hatti (Ostra) Stachowski.  She and her husband Tony raised their children in St. Anthony’s parish where she was active in the Holy Name Society and the Altar Rosary Society.  She worked a variety of jobs, but her favorite stories come from her time working in the toothbrush factory. In her retirement years she could often be found in the kitchen of banquet halls across the city while catering with her daughter and son-in-law.
    Although Martha was born when Ford’s Model T was all the rage and even had a learner’s permit in her 60’s, she never pursued her driver’s license. She did not let that keep her home bound though as she frequently visited her family and even made it all the way to Hawaii!  Busia (to her grandchildren) enjoyed being with her family, playing Bingo, visiting casinos, watching her “stories” and gardening. She moved to Mississippi to escape the Ohio winters three years ago where there was never a shortage of pastries, coffee and Bingo - her secrets to longevity.    
    Martha was always a source of inspiration and great wisdom. One of her favorite sayings to young parents was the caution, “little feet, little trouble; big feet, big trouble” which was her way of telling her children and grandchildren to enjoy the relatively short time with little ones and to be prepared for the turbulence of the teens years - with which she had plenty of experience!  She played a big role in all of her grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s lives and is the source of so many wonderful stories and sayings.  Born during World War I, growing up during the Roaring 20’s, raising her family through the Great Depression and World War II, sending her sons off to serve during the Vietnam War, experiencing the aftermath of 9/11 and witnessing her grandchildren choose to serve their country; Martha was not one to worry or let stress bring her down. She always said, “things will get better… they always do.”
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Anthony Kaczmarek; her daughter, Donna Augustyniak; her son, Tony Kaczmarek; sons-in-law, Ron Augustyniak and Charles Linkey; grandson CJ Linkey; sisters Stephanie Jagodzinski and Julia Stachowski, and brothers, Henry, Harry, Leo, Bernard and Carl.
    Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Joyce Linkey, and sons Michael (Debbie) and Tom (Lynn); daughter-in-law Judy Kaczmarek; grandchildren Amy, Jodi, Tom, Kurt, Kellie, Kerry, Keith, Kristen, Jeff, Greg, Mark, Kathy, Jay, Jenny, Mike, Laura, Tracy, Kim, April and Jessica, along with their spouses and children and grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We celebrate her life as we are all better people because of her.
    Martha’s family will receive visitors on Friday, August 26 at W.K. Sujkowski and Son Funeral Home at 3838 Airport Highway from 2:00 - 8:00 pm, with the recitation of the rosary at 7pm by her loving grandchildren.   Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9:00 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Hyacinth Church on Parkside. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be directed to Southern Care Hospice Services in Biloxi, MS.  

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Scott and Nita thielke
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
We've always heard such sweet things about Busia. Sorry for your loss.
The Thielkes

Nancy Sattler
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go to the family. Your mom was a wonderful lady and i enjoyed getting to know her at family events. She lived a long and productive live and has left quite a legacy for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren.

Paul and Judy Monteilh
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
I did not know this wonderful woman, but, having met some of her family, it is obvious she was a great joy and blessing to her family. I know you will continue to treasure those wonderful memories and the wisdom she shared. Thanks for giving us a little peek at her life.

Paul and Judy Monteilh

Pat Quinlan Futhey
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
A wonderful lady who will live on in many memories! Prayers to all the family members; my heart will be there.

Judy (Kaiser) Roberts
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Dear Jodi and Family: How extremely lucky for your family to have had the pleasure of experiencing and loving your grandma for so many years. Can't help but believe she is sitting among relatives and friends now, sharing her happy moments with you and your family. Another guardian angel in Heaven.

Joe Maciejowski
   Posted Sun August 28, 2016
I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the entire family for this irreplaceable loss. She has definitely gone to a better place.


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