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August 15, 1945 – December 3, 2017


Frank J. Guczwa, age 72, of Monroe, passed away at IHM hospice after a long battle with Parkinson’s on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.


Friends and family may visit from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home. A rosary will be held that night at 7 p.m. He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Monroe, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church Pastor, Fr. David Burgard, and Deacon George Cousino. Cremation will follow, as well as inurnment St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.


Born August 15, 1945 in Monroe, Michigan, he was the son of the late Herman and Veronica (Dudek) Guczwa. He married his loving wife of forty-nine years, Carolyn (Cousino), on May 17, 1968. Frank worked at General Motors as a power train engineer for 39 years, retiring in 2002. He began as an assembler during Vietnam, working on the m-16 rifle and helping develop the assembly process. He traveled to France to help streamline their processes. Frank was Vice-President and President of the Belgian-American Club in the 1980s. He was also very involved with the Boy Scouts, as well as being a lifelong member of the K of C. He enjoyed deer hunting in Mio with his brother in laws and nephews, fishing, gardening, and family get togethers.


To cherish his memory, he leaves his wife, Carolyn; four children: Timothy “Tim” Guczwa of Spring Lake, Mi, Kathryn (David) Scott of Monroe, Mi, Christine (John) Odette of Rockford, Mn, and Tammy (Matthew) Carter of West Bloomfield, Mi; two brothers: John (Ruth) Guczwa of Austin, Tx and Steven (Rena) Guczwa of Decatur, Tx; three sisters; Mary Ann (Jerome) Blaszak of Willis, Mi, Virginia (Tom) Nocella of Monroe, Mi, and Theresa (Phil) LaVoy of Kalamazoo, Mi; and twelve grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Memorial contributions in his memory are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Passionist Retreat Center in Detroit, Mi.


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8 Responses to Frank J. Guczwa

  • Dan Cousino says:

    God Bless you Uncle Frank. You will be missed, but your suffering has ended. Stay strong Aunt Carolyn, our prayers are with you guys. Love, Dan and Heather and family.

  • Fr. Brian Chabala says:

    Dear Carolyn and family -
    Please accept my love and sympathy at this difficult time. Frank was truly a “gem” and I will always remember him with great fondness. Frank was already ready with a “poke” or humorous remark as we were in the sacristy before Mass or anywhere else we met during my years at St Mary. He was a true Christian gentleman. God rest his soul and give each of you as his cherished family peace and comfort during this Advent season.
    God’s peace to each of you!

    Fr. Brian Chabala – St. Irenaeus Church, Rochester Hills

    • carolyn Guczwa says:

      Dear Father Brian,

      Thank you for those beautiful words of love. You have always and will continue to be a very dear special friend. Frank went peacefully just like my Dad and Kathy and I were there with him when he passed. All of the kids were there for Thanksgiving and other times before he went to the Lord. I miss him terrible but I know he is now dancing in heaven with all of those who have gone before.

      Love you,

  • Virginia (Roof) Dyer says:

    Carolyn and Family…
    So sorry for your loss, but Praising God for His Mercy. Frank is no longer suffering and is now in the Presence of Our Lord And Savior.
    May you all be encouraged by those thoughts.
    Love, Virginia (Roof)

  • JOe and Betty Timmer says:

    Thinking of Frank; thinking of you. May the days be filled with memories to soften the sadness.

  • Pamela & John Feik says:

    Dear Carolyn and Family,
    Remembering Frank as a calm leader and advisor in the work place at GM Powertrain. Knowing him as a giving strong Christian who gave thru his church, the community and at work. It was my pleasure to know him.
    God Bless his soul in heaven.
    Pam & John

    • carolyn Guczwa says:

      Thank you John and Pam. It has been so long since we have seen you and Frank has worked with you. Thank you for you wonderful expressions. Love you.

  • paula coon says:

    So wish I could have there today. In a family as huge as the Dudek family it’s impossible to be close to all your cousins. You will be dearly missed by many

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