Edmund “Ed” Stanley Francis Sobczynski, 76, of Onaway, died at MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena Thursday, July 2, 2020.
Born in Detroit January 21, 1944, Ed was the son of Edmund Stanley Francis and Marcella (Onyski) Sobczynski. Blessed with 55 years of marriage, he married Faith Thompson in Hamtramck April 22, 1965 and they made their home in Detroit.
Ed worked as a layout inspector for General Motors HydraMatic Division before retiring and moving to Onaway in 1995.
He was a member of the Polish Falcons and the Men’s Club at St. Florian in Hamtramck where he volunteered frequently at St. Florian Catholic School where his daughters attended school. He later became a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Onaway.
An avid outdoorsman, Ed enjoyed deer hunting and fishing the lakes and rivers of northern Michigan. He also loved hunting for bargains, getting a great deal and going to garage sales. Very thoughtful and generous, he always sent cards and bought gifts for his family for all holidays, including “Hallmark Holidays,” and would use any excuse to buy something for someone.
He loved buying flowers for his girls, including a poinsettia every year for Christmas and lilies for Easter. Proud of his heritage, Ed insisted family was together to celebrate time-honored holidays and polish traditions. Most important in Ed’s life was his family. He enjoyed spending time with his daughters, passing on to them his love for the outdoors and teaching them to hunt and fish. He loved watching them play their sports, supported them in everything they were involved in while growing up, and was proud of their accomplishments. A devoted family man, Ed was a loving husband and father. His generosity to others, his kind heart and his tremendous love for his family will be fondly remembered.
Surviving Ed is his wife, Faith, of Onaway; daughters, Rhonda (Thomas) Meldrum of Lapeer and Susan Karpowicz of Davison; grandsons, Kirk Meldrum of Lapeer and Kyle Meldrum, stationed with the Coast Guard in Hawaii; as well as his twin sister, Arlene Murrell of Warren. Ed was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church Saturday, July 11, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Patrick Maher will officiate. Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Ed to the Onaway Ambulance Equipment Fund or McLaren Home Care and Hospice, c/o McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation, 360 Connable Ave., Suite 3, Petoskey, MI 49770. Cremation arrangements were in care of Chagnon Funeral Home.