Charles Krasnewich

April 14, 1924 - October 5, 2021

Charles (Chuck) Krasnewich passed away peacefully at his home in Farmington Hills, Michigan on Tuesday, October 5.  He was born in Detroit on April 14, 1924 to Mary (Cigan) and Wasyl Krasnewich, the first of three children.

Growing up on the east side of Detroit, he made childhood friends that he kept in touch with his whole life. Charles graduated from the High School of Commerce and later went to night school to get a Business/Accounting degree from Wayne State University.

Shortly after high school graduation, Charles entered the U.S. Army where he spent over two years during WWII. It had a lasting impression on him and he became a supporter of several WWII and Veterans’ causes.

After his service, he had several jobs eventually ending up at Detroit DSR (Department of Streets and Railways). There he met a beautiful woman, Irene Gasiorek, whom he married on August 19, 1950. Together they built a life, raising four children. He volunteered for Junior Great Books, Junior Achievement and church financial committees.  

Charles retired from Chrysler where he was a budget analyst. He also served as Treasurer of the Management Club. He and Irene traveled all over the world on Club trips. Dad took many photos of family and trips, sharing them through personalized albums.

In later years, as Irene declined in health, he lovingly cared for her at home as long as he could. Then he visited her daily for the next seven years until her death in 2013.

Dad was a man of many talents. He was the source of answers to questions about plumbing, woodworking, cars, and Detroit. He joyfully embraced and discussed activities of every member of the family, offering wisdom and a listening ear to each generation. He and Mom enjoyed a night on the town, dining and dancing with former Detroit neighbors and Farmington friends. Dad liked visiting his children’s homes in Michigan, Maryland and Illinois. He was also an avid reader of novels and history books. He always remembered family birthdays and anniversaries with wonderful cards. Most of all, Dad was a calm, thoughtful man with a great sense of humor.

Charles is survived by his children: Diane Krasnewich (Tim Trainor), Donna Krasnewich (Jaroslav Vostal), Michele (Edward) Assad, Thomas (Kathryn) Krasnewich;  6 grandchildren: Alexander (Michael Tichenor) Vostal, Stephanie Vostal, Gabriel Vostal, Charles (Charlie) Krasnewich, Kathleen Krasnewich, Mary Krasnewich; and one great-grandchild James Vostal. He is also survived by his loving brother John (Rudy) Krasnewich. He was preceded in death by his wife Irene, his parents, and his sister Irene (Krasnewich) Kocaj.

Charles was a devout Catholic and supportive member of St. Fabian’s Parish for over 50 years. He will lie in state on Monday, October 11th, at 9:30 a.m. until the time of his Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Fabian Catholic Church, 32200 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. A private family committal service will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery where Charles will be entombed.

Our Dad was a man of virtue, integrity, generosity and hard work. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. We will miss him dearly.


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