Obituary: Gaye Adamczyk, 85, of Ludington

February 21, 2024

Gaye Adamczyk

Obituary: Gaye Adamczyk, 85, of Ludington

Gaye Marie Adamczyk, 85, of Ludington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility in Hart. She was a survivor of both breast and colon cancer during her later years in life.

Gaye was born on January 22, 1939 in Ludington, to Leo and Dorothy (Sanders) Sullivan. Gaye graduated from Ludington High School with the class of 1956 and Davenport College in Grand Rapids, where she received her associate degree. She was a secretary at Harbison Walker Refactories where she met her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Adamczyk. Gaye and Jerry were married on May 20, 1961, in Ludington, at St. Simon Catholic Church in Ludington where Gaye was the director of Religious Education until her retirement in July of 2000.

Gaye was a woman of many talents; some of which included needlepoint, wood painting projects, beautiful wreaths, ceramics, flower and herb gardening, traveling, decorating her home that Jerry built for them to raise their family and weekly Sunday evening dominos with friends. Gaye always enjoyed setting up a special luncheon or a picnic and having friends and family gathering together. She also had a love of reading, which she passed along to all three of her children, and two of her grandsons. Gaye’s weekly trips to the library were made to check out stacks of books to read, and when her children were young, she took them to the local bookmobile and later the library and bookstores as they grew. Her grandsons shared the same book adventures with her too, often stopping at McDonald’s Bakery for a donut and chocolate milk on their way back home to Grandma’s house to enjoy with their reading. Her three grandsons, and great-grandson were her greatest joy, and the highlight of her life; nothing made her happier than seeing her grandsons and great-grandson, or receiving a phone call from them!

Gaye is survived by her husband, Gerald Adamczyk; daughter, Maria (Dan Chapel) Pleiness; son, Stephen (Anne) Adamczyk; and grandsons, Keane (Amy) Adamczyk, Jacob (Shelby Meekhof) Pleiness, and Nathaniel Pleiness; great-grandson, Nash Pleiness; sisters-in-law, Patricia Petersen and Christine Adamczyk; several cousins, nieces, nephews; and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, David Adamczyk, stepfather; aunts; uncles; cousins; step-sisters, step-brothers, and many dear friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 85 South Madison Avenue, Custer, with Fr. Dan DePew presiding. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oceana County Medical Care Facility’s activities department, 701 E. Main Street, Hart, MI 49420.

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

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