Life Story / Obituary
Stephen “Mike” Roskiewicz age 80, of Grand Rapids, unexpectedly went to be with our lord and savior on Saturday, April 4, 2020. A man of strong faith with a servant's heart, Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Frances Roskiewicz, and his son, Randall Roskiewicz. Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Carole; his son, Michael (and Karen) Roskiewicz and their four sons, Ben, Matt, Will and Jack; his daughter-in-law, Marzena Roskiewicz and Marzena and Randy’s children, Adam and Ania; his siblings, Shirley Sloboda, Elva Anderson, David Roskiewicz, Janice (and Doug) Fetrow, Pat (and John) Slavich and Phyllis Roskiewicz (and Jim Isabell); his brother-in-law, Robert (and Dee) Runk; and many cherished nieces and nephews. Mike was born in Grand Rapids in 1939 and grew up in Marne where he graduated from Berlin High School. Mike enlisted in the Army in 1962 and served for three years. Mike and Carole were introduced by mutual friends in 1965, married in 1966 and had their first son, Michael, in 1967. After their second son, Randy, was born in 1970, they moved to their home in Walker where they raised their children and have lived for nearly 50 years. Mike was an accomplished carpenter and highly regarded project manager. He spent his career working in nearly every facet of the construction industry and especially loved the time he spent restoring historic homes. He loved the smell of fresh cut wood, the whine of power tools and the thud of hammers early in the morning. Mike and Carole were long-time members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where they made many lifelong friends. More recently, they have enjoyed the love and support of their small group from Calvary Church and the many activities, bible studies and worship services there. Mike loved golf, baseball, Bible Study Fellowship and Michigan football. A great joy in his life was spending time with his family. He cherished building bonfires, riding the tractor, flying kites and reading stories with his six grandchildren. Because of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family service will be held soon, and a public memorial gathering will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome a donation at tunnel2towers.org. Please visit www.heritagelifestory.com to learn more about Mike. The family would love to have you submit a favorite memory or photo and sign the online guestbook.