Joseph A. Marculewicz Sr., 89
"Daddy: Remembering you is easy, we do it every day. It's the heartache of losing you that will never go away."
Joseph A. Marculewicz Sr., age 89, passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at his home in Westland, Mich.
Private family services took place Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Westland.
Joseph was born April 15, 1922, in Posen, Mich.
He was a World War II veteran. He entered active service in the U.S. Army Tec-5 Division on Jan. 10, 1944, in Detroit, and served until April 13, 1946.
He worked as a skilled laborer at Petoskey Manufacturing until it closed in the 1980s. He could barter with the best of them. Joseph loved puttering with cars.
He was a member of the Eagles for several years.
In 1960, Joseph married Elizabeth Kelley and they had three children.
Joseph is survived by his daughters, Laura (Don) Swem of Charlevoix and Cheryl (Fugi) Behling of Boyne City, and his son, Joseph "Tony" Marculewicz, of Westland, Mich.; also by four grandchildren, Melissa, Shandi, Mikki and Shane; and four great-grandchildren, Jaidyn, Jasmine, Jacob and Alexis.
Cards may be sent to Tony Marculewicz, 7311 Floral St., Westland, Mich. 48185.
[Petoskey News-Review, Petoskey, MI, Fri, October 21, 2011]
Joseph registered for the draft in Detroit, MI on 30 June
1942. Note that he listed his birth place as Posen, Poland whereas his
obituary states it to be Posen, Michigan. Both places exist.
In both the 1930 and 1940 Federal censuses, Joseph is
listed living in Posen (Presque Isle), MI with his parents who immigrated
from Poland. His brother Wallace, 12 years his senior, is listed as having
been born in Pennsylvania while Joseph and four other siblings all have
Michigan listed as their birthplace. Why he wrote "Poland" on his
draft record is unclear.
His arrival in the 508th does not appear in available
Morning Reports but on 7 December 1944 Pvt Marculewicz was transferred from
Service Company to Company A.
For some reason, he was transferred back to Service
Company 10 days later.
Pvt Marculewicz was transferred next to Company I on 4
February 1945 where remained.On 3 March 1945 he was admitted to the
241st General Hospital, Camp Sissonne, France LD 3 and classified as a
"Non-Battle Casualty." He returned to duty on 9 March.
He was discharged 13 April 1945.
His military decorations include the Combat Infantrymen
Badge awarded for action during the Normandy, France Campaign