Leona (Michalak) Dasky passed away after a brief illness on Thursday May 24th. Leona was the oldest daughter of the late Victoria (Kotewa) and Walter Michalak born April 9th, 1920 in Bay City Michigan.Leona was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend to all and always put family and others first. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. After "Dutch" died, she proudly raised 4 of her 5 daughters who ranged in age from 5 to 14 years alone .She leaves 5 daughters: Carol Vincent, Charlotte, NC; Marcia (Bill) Reder, Auburn, MI; Patricia (Russ) Friebe, Zanesville, OH; Mary Beth (Bob) Brown, Marco Island, FL; and Monica (Terry) Hus, Auburn, MI. She also leaves behind 15 Grandchildren & 16 Great-grandchildren.Leona was an active member of St. Anthony's Parish in Fisherville since her marriage in 1938. She was named Woman of the Year, in the Rosary Sodality and Parish Council. Her hobbies were crocheting, playing cards and Bingo. Leona enjoyed traveling to many destinations including Hawaii, Europe, Canada and from CA to VT and MI to FL.Leona and her husband "Dutch" were owners of the Orchard Inn Bar in Fisherville until 1957. Shortly after "Dutch's" death she began working in the Dow Cafeteria as the "Salad Lady" until her retirement in the mid 1980's. She enjoyed being of service to all who walked through the doors, priding herself on knowing exactly what the regulars enjoyed and having it ready for them when they arrived at her counter.Never happy unless she was busy, she volunteered at the Election Polls in Williams Township, the School Cafeteria, and even took a part-time job caring for plants at K-Mart in Midland while in her 80's. She was preceded in death by her husband Alex "Dutch" Dasky in 1959; brothers Victor, Daniel, Walter Michalak and David Kowalski; sisters Rita Wozniak and Bernadine DuLude, and also her son-in-law "Jerry"Vincent.
The funeral liturgy will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Wednesday May 30, 2012 at St. Anthony Catholic Church ( 11 Mile & Midland Rds.). Rev. Fr. Thomas E. Sutton will officiate with burial to follow in St. Anthony Cemetery (Fisherville). Leona’s family will receive friends at the Auburn Chapel of the Cunningham-Taylor Funeral Homes, Inc. on Tuesday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. On Wednesday morning Leona will lie in state at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. There will be a vigil service for Leona 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy, envelopes for St. Anthony/St. Joseph Parish, Toni & Trish House (Fisherville) and Brian’s House (Bay City) will be available at the funeral home.