James (Jim) I. Drzewicki, age 77 won his battle and joined the Angels at home with his family by his side. James was born January 7, 1936 to Stanley and Mary (Owczarzak) Drzewicki. James an outstanding loving, giving husband, mentor, father and grandfather who served the Lord everyday, his life was a gift of gold through his generosity that touched many lives. James leaves his caregiver and wife of 54 years Ceil (Krajkowski) whom he married June 13, 1959. Hisdaughter and caregiver Ginger Drzewicki, son Edd (caregiver Jackie) Drzewicki and grandchildren Emma and Emily, son Jim A. (Jennifer) and grandchildren; Angela, Natalie, Charles and Samuel Drzewicki and daughter Lucy (Phil) Laskowski and grandchildren Sheri & Leon.
James graduated from St. Stanislaus High School in 1954 and joined the Knight of Columbus. He joined the 4th Degree in 1957 and Color Corp. James was 1st Grand Knight of K of C Council #4102 for 2-terms, President of Home Association and received the “Star Council” and “Century Club” awards. 1966 elected Trustee to Bishop Murphy Assembly, received “Knight of the Month” and “Family of the Month” awards numerous times through his time, talents and treasures. In 1991, James was involved with the implementation and completion of the monument honoring 500 years of Christopher Columbus. 1992 elected faithful Navigator for Bishop Murphy Assembly, held offices in 3rd and 4th Degree and served as District Deputy. In 1999 James formed a new Council “St. Stanislaus Parish Council #12423 and Chartered Grand Knight. Since the early 90′s, James recruited over 150 Brother Knights.
In 2002, James was appointed “Master” of MI District 3 by the Supreme Council for a 4-yr term then served as Liaison for the 4th Degree for the State of MI. James & Cecilia Drzewicki were awarded “Family of the Year” bythe State of MI, and 3rd place Nationally. In 2014, James would have celebrated 60 years of devotion to his Knights of Columbus family through his continued faith, fraternity and patriotism.
James career also included the MI National Guards, Supervisor at Grey Iron Foundry in Saginaw then Pontiac MI. Housing Inspector for City of Bay City, Landlord for over 40 years and participated in many Polka dancing competitions. In 1956, James and his brother Mike started Drzewicki Brothers Roofing, then in the 70′s James continued as Drzewicki Roofing then worked side by side with his son Edd as Drzewicki & Son Roofing. James, his father Corky and brother, Mike were active with racing Homing Pigeons for decades.
James, was a member of St.George Society, lifetime member of Brother Beavers, lifetime member of St Stanislaus Parish and an Usher of over 50 years.
James is preceded by his dear parents Stanley & Mary Drzewicki, and mother-in-law & father-in-law Anthony & Genevieve Krajkowski; special brothers & wonderful sister-in-laws: brother Polka Stan (Jean) Drzewicki; brother Sal
(Romaine) Drzewicki; brother Ted Drzewicki; brother Ben (Shirley) Drzewicki and brother-in-law Anthony Krajkowski. Special sisters and brother-in-laws: Cecilia (Guy) Herek; Mary Jane (Maynard) Goss and Sister Lucy Ann Drzewicki.
James is survived by brother Mike and sister-in-law Janice Drzewicki, sister-in-law Delores (Ron) Trombley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stanley & Betty Krajkowski, along with many nieces and nephews and his Knights of Columbus
family and special friends Ernest & Joan Turmell.
The family of James I. Drzewicki extended their deepest gratitude to all the Angels of Dr. S. Dandumadi and his team and all staff at McLaren Bay Region for their many years of compassion and greatest respect. Sincere appreciation to Fr. Bill Rutkowski, Fr. Nick Coffaro and Fr. Rick Filary, for their love and genuine support.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday June 1, 2013 at 10:00a.m. from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Fr. Rick Filary, Fr. Bill Rutkowski and Fr. Nick Coffaro will celebrate the mass with burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday from 1 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday after 9:00 a.m. Members of St. Stan’s parish will pray the rosary at 2:00 p.m. Friday and at 6:00 p.m. there will be a parish vigil service for Jim followed by a Bible Presentation by St. Stan’s Council #12423 and a Chalice Presentation by the Bishop Murphy Assembly #491.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Family wishes.