Clementine Szymanski

Birth: April 20th, 1916
Death: September 19th, 2018
Age: 102 years
Residence:Port Austin
Survived By: Paul Szymanski, Richard Szymanski, Tom Szymanski, Elizabeth Szymanski

Clementine A. Szymanski, age 102, of Port Austin, passed away, after a long and beautiful life, peacefully on September 19, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Midland.


She was born Klementyna Miller on Holy Thursday, April 20th in 1916 to the late John and Lucia (Rumptz) Miller in Paris Township.  After the death of her mother in 1924, she lived at the St. Albertus Orphanage in Detroit.  She was raised by the Felician Sisters until her graduation in 1932.  It was at that time she was introduced to Stanley and Theresa (Hessling) Lemanski who were moving to Minden City with a newly adopted child and needed a “mother’s helper”.  She entered into a new family, was treated as a daughter and helped to care for Marie (Pionk) and Clara (Renner).  She lived there until November 11, 1939, when she married, Frank Szymanski at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Parisville, Michigan.  Together they farmed in Hume Township.   He preceded her in death on July 13, 1993.


Clementine was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Port Austin and was in St. Teresa’s Circle for many years.  She enjoyed dancing with her husband, Frank.  Clementine enjoyed gardening and jigsaw puzzles.  She was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. 


Clementine is survived by her sons: Paul Szymanski (Sandy McLellan) of Dayton, Ohio; Richard (Josie) Szymanski and Tom (Frances) Szymanski, all of Port Austin; her daughter, Elizabeth Szymanski (Paul Wenglikowski) of Midland; daughter-in-law, Marge Szymanski of Port Austin; seventeen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; along with her nieces and nephews, 3 Godchildren; Albin Murawski Jr. of Port Austin, Robert Miller of Detroit and Joyce Pionk Scott of Virginia and by Clara Renner.

She was preceded in death by her son, George Szymanski; her brothers: Peter, Walter, Frank, Julius and Ira; and her sisters: Bertha Messing and Irene Miller.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018 at St. Michael Catholic Church (Annunciation of the Lord Parish) in Port Austin with Fr. Craig Carolan.   Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.

The family would like to thank Pam Hill for her compassionate care of Clem.

Memorials may be offered to the Larkin Township First Responders or to the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph in Detroit (

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