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David Richard Andrzejewski

April 28, 1948 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old

David Andrzejewski Obituary

David Richard Andrzejewski of Farmington Hills, Michigan passed away February 3, 2024 at the age of 75.  He was born April 28, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Richard and Frances Andrzejewski.  Beloved husband of Ursula for 53 years.  Loving father of Tanja (Eric) Andrzejewski-Chu, and Kerstin Andrzejewski. Dear grandfather of Freya Celeste, Saffron Rose, and Piper Madeline.  Brother of William (Chris) Andrzejewski, Robert (Elaine) Andrzejewski, Theresa Andrzejewski, Tina (Michael) Watkins and the late Daniel (Betty) Andrzejewski.

David grew up in a tight knit Polish neighborhood in Dearborn, Michigan. He attended Fordson High School where he would develop several life-long friendships that still exist today. 

During school, he also participated in a printing co-op, which would determine his future career. After graduation, he joined the army and was stationed in Germany instead of being sent to Vietnam. This was such a defining life event, Dave always said everything that happened to him after that was "gravy".

One evening out on the town with his army buddies found him turning up at the 21st birthday party of the beautiful red-headed german secretary from the army base. That night, he asked Ursula out on their first date. Their relationship blossomed during romantic trips across Europe. Another saying of his was "I came back home from Germany with my life and my wife!" 

When David returned home, Ursula followed and they were married. For a blissful 7 years, they cultivated a pleasant life together- he became a printer in graphic arts and they bought a small house in Southfield where they would host pool parties for family and friends. He was especially handy and kept their home and yard neat and attractive, despite working the afternoon shift at his job. Dave loved going bow-hunting and fishing with his friends. He was an avid Bob Seger fan and going to concerts was something he enjoyed even as recently as 2019. Additionally, it was rare to find Dave without a baseball hat with the"Olde English D" atop his head, showing his allegiance to his beloved Detroit Tigers. 

After those years spent together as a married couple, Dave and Ursula decided it was time to start their family. Tanja was born in 1978 and Kerstin followed 2 years later. His family was complete. No one will deny that the good times that followed weren't balanced with difficult ones, but overall, he was able to raise his children to achieve new heights that he never had access to. Both girls went on to attend university and establish careers their dad was always so proud of- teacher and doctor. During the course of his girl's lives, Dave stressed education but also fun- 4th of July spent at Camp Dearborn, camping trips to St. Ignace, calling in "lu-lu" waves in Lake Michigan, attending Kerstin's basketball games, being a counselor at Tanja's band camp. 

After retirement, Dave enjoyed going fishing in the river many, many times during the summers at Island Lake. He used his love of wood-working to build a beautiful gazebo that hosted many meals and events at his home. He became a huge University of Michigan Football fan and was always fond of tailgating in Ann Arbor, sharing well grilled shish kabobs with family and friends. David was also a trendsetter, playing in a pickleball league before it was a "thing".

Dave got to experience wonderful family trips to Disney World, Hawaii, and Alaska that he was able to enjoy with his entire family; there were also more personal trips with Ursula to the Grand Canyon and Biltmore in North Carolina- memories he still took pleasure reminiscing about years later.

David's 3 grandchildren meant the world to him. He and Ursula were able to help caregive for the twins,  Freya and Saffron during their younger years, and they had a ton of great times together, with pics to prove it! Piper was born a few months before he was diagnosed with cancer, but the frequent good-night chats she had with him over video phone were cherished by him and those who will miss hearing his voice forever. 

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday February 15th from 5- 8 pm at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home.  A private interment will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. 

 

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Services

Memorial Gathering
Thursday
February 15, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thayer-Rock Funeral Home
33603 Grand River Avenue
Farmington, MI 48335

Donations

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345
Web: http://www.cancer.org/

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