Gielczyk, Clarion J. (Gil), Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved father and grandfather passed away Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Edgewood Assisted Living. Age 96 years. The son of the late Frank and Clara (Gorlewski) Gielczyk, Gil was born July 12, 1915 in Manistee, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Gil married Irene Lewandowski on May 25, 1940. She predeceased him August 11, 1999. Gil was employed at the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for 36 years until his retirement in 1971. He was a member of Ss. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #593, the Sons of Italy and the Washington Society. Gil played the organ and piano at many churches in the Diocese of Saginaw and was a lifetime member of Musicians Union #57. He also had a band called the “Giltones” and played throughout the Saginaw area. Surviving are one daughter and one son, Mary Jo and Richard Clement, Grand Rapids; John Gielczyk and his friend Arlene LaBeau, Saginaw; a daughter-in-law, Jenny Gielczyk; six grandchildren, Michael (Kim) Gielczyk, Michelle, April (Kurt) Race, Stephanie (Tommy) Weirich, Brian (Fawn) Gielczyk and Brooke Rogers; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Shaltry, Tawas; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leo and Helen Ciaramitaro; many nieces and nephews. Gil was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Gielczyk, and by two sisters, Josephine Gielczyk and Emily Saydak. A special thank you to the staff of Edgewood Assisted Living & McLaren Hospice for the love and support they have given to Gil. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Ss. Simon & Jude Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. John Mancini, OSFS will officiate. Entombment will take place in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum with Military Services conducted by V.F.W. Post #1859. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at Ss. Simon & Jude Catholic Church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council # 593 will pray the Rosary at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and a Vigil Service will take place at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Ss. Simon & Jude Catholic Church or McLaren Hospice.