|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1943|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 2009|
John H. Chodacki, age 65, died on February 17, 2009 at the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit. He was born in Detroit on December 23, 1943 to John and Joanne Chodacki. The beloved husband of Margaret, with whom he shared a loving and devoted 44 years together, the two spent 35 of those years as residents of Clinton Township.
As denoted by the flag, John served our country with honor and pride in Vietnam having achieved the rank of T/Sgt. in the United States Army. He was a decorated soldier, a proud veteran, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Fraser, Michigan.
Being a man of fraternal associations, John was also a strong force within the Knights of Columbus and a member of the John F. Kennedy Council #5460. His service included that of past Grand Knight, a member of the 4th Degree of St. Michael the Archangel, and State Officer of the Columbian Squires. As a tribute to their fallen brother, his fellow Knights will be praying his Rosary on Friday evening at the funeral home.
Yet another example of his servant's heart and compassion for the common man, John served as an Emergency Medical Technician and Volunteer for the First Responder's Team of the Kingsley Fire Department in Kingsley, Michigan,
Being a man's man and appreciating the lighter side of life, he enjoyed many of the pasttimes that Michigan has to offer that included fishing, golfing and boating. John was also quite handy when it came to building and constructing. As a licensed builder and carpenter, he was always dabbling in something. As his daughter recounts, Dad loved to "destroy and conquer" when it came to his passion for building things. But of all John's passions, his most special included nurturing his flower gardens and traveling with his bride. Their travels have taken them halfway around the world and, together, they created many wonderful memories in the places they visited. And of all their excursions, some of the most special were the motorhome trips they took throughout the good ol' USA.
Margaret shared how John was such a caring and "thankful" man and never let an opportunity go by to share his gratitude with all. With that, and on behalf of the family, they wish to convey John's final thank you's for the love and care that was extended to him in the challenges he faced. From Dr. Kasinski and his nursing staff, to all of the doctors and nurses at the Karmanos Cancer Center, to all of the family and friends who abided so lovingly with John,...his family will always remember and be forever grateful for how you gave so unselfishly.
Whether you were longstanding friends or some of the folks that John had just recently met, you helped to make a difference in his life.
Along with his beloved wife, Margaret, John leaves 2 children; Kathleen and Jonathan (Diane), and 1 precious granddaughter, Kascha Louise.
Also surviving is his sister, Geraldine (Thomas) Oleksinski, mother-in-law, Johanna LaMothe, and brothers-in-law, Randal (Janice) LaMothe and Kevin (Deanna) LaMothe.
Also remaining to cherish his memory are dear friends, Ken and Marlene Waraksa.
Visitation for John will be Thursday, February 19 from 5-9pm and Friday, February 20 from 2-9pm at the D.S. Temrowski Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Rd). A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be prayed on Friday evening at the funeral home. John will lie in state on Saturday, February 21 from 9am until the time of Mass at 9:30am at St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church, 31555 Hoover Road in Warren.
Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.
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Record added: Feb 19, 2009
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