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Geraldine Czarnecki
January 10, 1931 - May 07, 2018

Graldine Czarnecki will always be remembered as a wonderful wife, homemaker, mother, and grandmother by those who had the great fortune of spending time with her. Married to her husband Robert for an incredible 66 years, Geraldine knew that the secret to marriage was teamwork. Geraldine and Robert were best friends who did everything together: they were a team through and through. If the house needed painting or the yard tending, they worked together to get it done. The same held true for their yearly vacations, which found them traveling to sites across the country, sometimes for Robert's veteran reunions, sometimes to amusement parks for their children, Bob, Laurie, and Mark, and sometimes just to destinations that sounded fun and interesting. Theirs was truly a blessed union.

The word giving does not even begin to describe Geraldine. Her children remember her as a kind mother willing to do anything for them, from making that special meal to babysitting their children to arriving with that necessary item that made their life easier. Hard-working and always helpful, Geraldine was also a devoted churchgoer who frequently volunteered at St. Tim's, where she could always be counted on to lend a hand. A wonderful gardener, Geraldine was fond of distributing her beautiful and well-tended flowers to others.

Geraldine's giving nature and absolute passion for taking care of children also made her a patient and caring grandmother of nine, and great grandmother of two. She was willing to drop what she was doing and make time for her grandchildren, and her arrival was always welcomed with joy by both her children and her grandkids. When Geraldine appeared, she was always greeted by exuberant smiles. Geraldine loved her grandkids, and was always there with a video for an excited grandchild, or a box of diapers for an exhausted and thankful parent. Geraldine was truly a wonderfully generous grandmother who brought warmth, love, and joy into every household she entered.

While Geraldine spent many years as a stay-at-home mom devotedly raising her children, she went back to work first part-time, and then full-time, as a sales associate for Kmart. At the Kmart Garden Shop Geraldine put her passion for gardening to work tending the plants and helping fellow green thumbs to improve their own gardens. The Garden Shop was the perfect place for her, since Geraldine loved meeting people, and people loved meeting Geraldine. Always ready with a smile and helpful words of advice, Geraldine was a shining presence to both customers and coworkers alike. She will always be remembered for the joy she brought those she touched, the help she freely gave, and her thoughtfulness that made the lives of those around her richer.

Geraldine was born on January 10, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan and died on May 7, 2018 at the age of 87; she was of Trenton. Beloved wife of 66 years to Bob. Loving mom of Bob (Jackie), Laurie (Bob) Wolff and the late Mark. Cherished grandma of Michael, Barbara, Patrick, Antoinette, Angelo, Joseph, Marissa, Jessica and Jenny and great grandma of Brooklyn and Daphne. Also survived by one sister Judy Kujawa, one brother Alan (Marcia) Kujawa as well as other loving family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Helen (nee: Kuzlowski) Kujawa and one sister Ursula.

Visitation is on Thursday from 3 – 8 pm with a Rosary on Thursday at 7 pm both at The Trenton Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Rd., Trenton. Geraldine will lie in state on Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Trenton at 10 am until the time of the Funeral Liturgy at 10:30 am. Interment Our Lady of Hope Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to honor Geraldine's life may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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