Alvin J. Mikolajczyk

Born: Wed., Mar. 6, 1929
Died: Sun., Sep. 3, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 06, 2017
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Sep. 07, 2017
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., Sep. 07, 2017
Location: W.K. Sujkowski

Funeral Mass

11:30 AM Fri., Sep. 08, 2017
Location: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

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Music by The Piano Brothers

The leader of our band has died.  Loving husband, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Alvin J. Mikolajczyk, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2017 surrounded by his family, holding the hand of his beloved wife, Ruth (Ciesinski) of 60 years.  Al was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 6, 1929 to the late Benedict and Anna (Gozdowski) Mikolajczyk.  He was preceded in death by his brother Lawrence and sister, Patricia (Topolewski).

   Alvin attended Libbey High School until his life was interrupted by a character building stint in the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country in the Korean War as a Corporal.  After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home and started his family and his business.  He owned two full service stations and as a talented drummer played in several polka bands in his youth, eventually starting his own: Musical Stars band. Ultimately, he found employment with the Catholic Cemeteries, retiring after 35 years.

In 1957 he married the love of his life, Ruth (Ciesinski). Together they began a traveling circus of children and pets, often participating in situations reverent to riotous. It was during a "fishes and loaves" moment at the dining room table when he coined the phrase that would become the family motto: "give a little, take a little, leave a little". They did ok raising their seven children-as of this printing, none of them has spent a night in jail.

   He may have been short in stature, but he was enormous in our lives.  He came with natural gifts. Blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, he looked for the good in everyone.  He exuded kindness and left an extraordinary impact on those he touched with his smile and generous heart.  Much to Ruth’s chagrin, he was willing to give you the shirt off his back or to lend a helping hand to friends, family and even strangers. A man of great faith he was a parishioner of St. Hedwig and St. Adalbert Catholic Churches.  He was an active member of the American Legion, Argonne Post #545 and the Knights of Columbus, fourth degree.

   He had a heart filled with love for his friends and family and surrounded himself with them whenever possible.  He always had a smile and a handshake for those who needed one.  His presence could light up any room – often preceded in his later years with his trademark “Hey! Hey, Hey!” shouted at the top of his lungs.

   He was a common man with uncommon grace who will be greatly missed by those who survive him, including by not limited to, his wife, Ruth, children Alvin, Jr. (Kathy), Mary (Richard Morrison), Christine (Karl Filzer), Kathleen (Robert Bench), Joseph (Theresa), Julia (David Deal) and Jennifer (Michael Villa); grandchildren Andy, Jessica, Kristen, Allison, Bobby, April, Jacob, Zachary, Jonas, Rebecca, Danielle, Ashley and Alan.  Siblings, James (Beverly), David and, Joyce Lorenz.  Brothers- in-law, Ed (MaryJane), Timothy (Linda), Dennis (Lori) and Philip (Maureen) Ciesinski.  He will be grieved by loving nieces and nephews on both sides.

   Family and friends are asked to celebrate his well lived life at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy., on Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm and/or on Thursday from 2-8:00p.m. with a recitation of the rosary at 7:00pm. Thursday.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017, beginning with a prayer service in the funeral home at 10:45am followed by the Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (6149 Hill Avenue) at 11:30am.  Interment with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

   The family would like to express a special thank you to those who administered their compassionate care at the Lakes of Monclova, Spring Meadows Senior Community Center and St. Clare Commons with special gratitude to the angels in the Memory Care Center at St. Clare’s.  We are eternally grateful.

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David Hultquist
   Posted Tue September 05, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Frank Mikhail.

With love and deepest sympathy, Frank Mikhail and the whole Mikhail Family

Dale J. Dwyer
   Posted Wed September 06, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of your father's death. Much love and support to you and your entire family.


Raymond Navor
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
We are sorry for your loss. Ray & Bobbie Navor

Emily, Ben, and Poppy Ciesinski
   Posted Thu September 07, 2017
We are so sorry and sad to hear this news. We will be there with you all in spirit and love.

Emily, Ben, and Poppy Ciesinski

Tim and Irene Kidd
   Posted Fri September 08, 2017
We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Darlene Evans
   Posted Sat September 09, 2017
I am sorry for your loss. Be confident that God's grace will sustain you during this difficult time.

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