AMHERST– Stephen Anthony "Arnie" Kuzia, 87 years of age, and a resident of Amherst, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011 at The Cleveland Clinic.
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He was born October 18, 1924 in Wyandotte, Michigan. Stephen was raised and lived in Wyandotte before moving to Amherst where he had resided for the last 8½ years. Stephen was employed as a machine operator at the GM Corp. in Detroit, Michigan in the Cadillac Division for 30 years before retiring in 1981. He loved sports especially golfing and bowling. Stephen was an avid bowler carrying an average of 220 and during his golfing years he shot 2 holes in one. He was a Detroit Tigers fan as well as a Michigan State Spartans fan. Stephen was an avid reader and a self taught computer buff. He loved and cherished his family and friends. Stephen's coworkers referred to him as "curly top" during his years at the GM Corp.
One of his favorite sayings over the years was " I'm Catholic, Polish and Democrat like it or not."
Survivors include his daughter Patricia Blackford of Amherst; grandchildren Jennifer (Casey) Lis, Matthew (Melissa) Clay, Cass Kolakowski, and Kristen Kolakowski; six great grandchildren.
Stephen was preceded in death by his first wife of 27½ years Barbara Kuzia (nee: LaClair) in 1977 and his second wife of 20 years Joan Kuzia (nee: Olsen) in 2001; daughter Darlene Kolakowski in 1995; infant son Tony; brothers Chester, Stanley, Henry and William Kuzia; sisters Mary Kochjinski and Sophie Balogh; and by his parents Anthony and Bernice (nee: Kobris) Kuzia.
Friends may call Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Closing prayers will be held Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 10:00 at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst. The Rev. Fr. Michael Denk, associate pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst, Ohio 44001.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning Journal on Nov. 22, 2011