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David Edward Kurdys

David Edward Kurdys, age 87, of Temperance, MI passed away surrounded by his loving family on January 2, 2021. He was born in Toledo, OH, the son of Aloysius “Ollie” and Joan (Wrobleski) Kurdys. He leaves behind the love of his life, Marianne, his sister Marcia, brother Ron and his wife Edda, sons Greg, Mark and Gary, their spouses Melanie, Janet and Mary Jeanne, thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He joins his parents, his son Joel and his friends Ray, Tom, Bob, Harlan, Margie, Gerry, Ed and so many others in eternal joy. Dave’s life was centered on his family and friends. He was active in sports of all kinds throughout his life: fishing, hunting, baseball and father-son swimming meets at the YMCA in his teens; archery, bowling, hunting and fishing adventures with Mari and the boys; Friday night pick-up basketball games with his sons and their friends; seven decades of golf with Ron; fishing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren in the last part of his life. He was gregarious, generous, inventive, a lover of new adventures and made great memories with the people in his life, many of which he captured on Kodachrome slides, all of which he loved recounting, especially with his grandchildren. He enjoyed music, from Stan Kenton and Frank Sinatra to the Beatles, Santana and Gladys Knight. He even tolerated three of his sons misguided foray as a sometimes melodic but always loud rock band. Dave and Mari took their family from Toledo to England and back, to Tennessee and back and to Michigan as he took on new challenges in his career in metal die-casting, a career that started as a co-op worker in the Doehler Jarvis cafeteria and took him from a die-repair apprenticeship into the Engineering Department and ultimately to President of Du-Well Products. Along the way he learned a bit about farming from Harlan and Margie, about flying from Ray and Tom, and, in the last few years, claimed to have mastered pot roast, ham with apricot glaze and pineapple upside-down cake. Friends and family are invited to attend services on Friday, January 15, 2021 beginning with the Holy Rosary at 10:30am, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St Joseph Catholic Church, 2214 Manhattan St, Erie, MI 48133. Masks are required at the church. A private family burial will follow at a later date. To watch the Funeral Mass online, please go to this website. https://www.stjosepherie.com/ Scroll down to Current Mass and Devotion Section. Mass will be seen where it says: LIVESTREAM appears here. Refresh page if needed. Volume control lower right. The Worship Aid for the Funeral Mass is included here: Mass of Christian Burial for David Edward Kurdys December 10, 1933 – January 2, 2021 St Joseph Catholic Church Friday, January 15, 2021 11:00 a.m. INTRODUCTORY RITES Prelude: Panis Angelicus Greeting Entrance Hymn: Lord of All Hopefulness Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy, Whose trust, ever childlike, no cares can destroy, Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray, Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day. Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith, Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe, Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray, Your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day. Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace, Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace, Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray, Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day. Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm, Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm, Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray, Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day. Text: 10 11 11 12; ‘Lord of all hopefulness’ by Jan Struther, 1901–1953; fr. Enlarged Songs of Praise, 1931. Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Music: Trad. Irish melody; adapt. fr. The Church Hymnary, 1927. Opening Prayer (Collect): Priest: Let us pray… …we ask this through Christ our Lord. ALL: Amen PLEASE BE SEATED FOR THE READING OF SCRIPTURE LITURGY OF THE WORD First Reading Job 19: 1, 23-27 Job answered and said: Oh, would that my words were written down! Would that they were inscribed in a record: That with an iron chisel and with lead they were cut in the rock forever! But as for me, I know that my vindicator lives, and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust; Whom I myself shall see: my own eyes, not another’s shall behold him, And from my flesh I shall see God; my inmost being is consumed with longing. Reader: The Word of the Lord ALL: Thanks be to God. Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23 R: “The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.” Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from Heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the sir. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words. Reader: The Word of the Lord ALL: Thanks be to God. PLEASE STAND FOR THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia Priest: The Lord be with you. ALL: And with your spirit. Priest: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John. ALL: Glory to you, O Lord. Gospel Reading Priest: The Gospel of the Lord. ALL: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ PLEASE BE SEATED FOR THE HOMILY Homily Fr. Mark Prill PLEASE STAND FOR THE PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL Prayer of the Faithful Response: Lord, hear our prayer LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST PLEASE BE SEATED Preparation of the Gifts: Here I Am, Lord Prayer over the gifts: Presider: Pray, brethren that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father! PLEASE STAND ALL: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his holy church. Eucharistic Prayer: Presider: The Lord be with you. ALL: And with your spirit. Presider: Lift up your hearts. ALL: We lift them up to the Lord. Presider: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. ALL: It is right and just. Sanctus Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Memorial Acclamation Great Amen The Lord’s Prayer All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Priest: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. All: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. The Sign of Peace Lamb of God Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace. PLEASE KNEEL OR BE SEATED Communion Hymn: On Eagles Wings Prayer after Communion. PLEASE STAND Priest: Let us pray…we ask this through Christ our Lord. ALL: Amen FINAL COMMENDATION Invitation to Prayer Song of Farewell: De Profundis (From the Depths) Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark our iniquities: O Lord, who can abide it? For with Thee there is mercy: and by reason of Thy law I have waited on Thee, O Lord. My soul hath waited on His word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord. From the morning watch even unto night: let Israel hope in the Lord. For with the Lord there is mercy: and with Him is plenteous redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. To all our guests: Many thanks for being here today to pray with the family and commend this soul to the arms of our loving and merciful God. Celebrant: Fr. Mark Prill Organist/Cantor: Eric Hite All musical excerpts reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #S-921195. All rights reserved. In lieu of flowers or gifts the family suggests donations to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Erie, MI, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital While at www.mccowensecord.com please take time to sign David’s guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. The Kurdys family is being cared for by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 South Woodhams, Plainwell, MI 49080 (269) 685-5881.

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So sorry to hear about Davids and Joels deaths. You may not remember me but Im Anita Chechelski (now Bedacht)

Anita Bedacht ( Chechelski) Jul 13 2021 7:25 PM

We are so very grateful to everyone who attended Daves Funeral Mass, both in person AND virtually! If you were unable to connect for any reason or you would like to watch again, there is a recording available here (copy and paste to your browser): https://youtu.be/_vlvZFsYcPI May God bless you - please watch out for information coming about a BIG celebration of Life hopefully this summer, if the restrictions on gatherings are ever eased. Dave wanted, more than anything, for his family and friends to gather to celebrate his life with Polish food, toasting and lots of revelry! Until then, please continue to pray for the repose of his soul and that of all those who have gone before us. :heart:MJ

MJ Jan 18 2021 8:25 AM

2 files added to the album Memories Album

Gary Kurdys Jan 17 2021 7:30 AM

Dave was a dear friend. I went to work for him in 1982 as the Engineering Mgr at the Hoover Universal plant in Little Rock, AR and was there for 3 1/2 years. Dave was the General Mgr of Hoover's casting division. Later, in 1989 Dave came to work for me as a consultant when I was the Engineering Mgr at the GM Saturn Casting operation. That lasted for 2 years. I had a tremeendous amount of respect for his knowledge and creative skills. We came to be very good friends. Dave liked to talk. If he called, I knew it would be at least a half of an hour before that call would end. I will miss him. Mari, please email me your contact information. I heard that you moved in with one of your sons. My information is bobuhrman@gmail.com (cell) number is 615 587 9365.

Robert Uhrman Jan 15 2021 12:10 PM

Brother, father and Uncle Dave is in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Much love to the family, with this pic from the Michigan trip in 2016. Uncle Dave, Mom and Uncle Ronnie and family were truly blessed to spend those few days together for a great time. Leave it to Uncle Dave to bring the Michigan tailgate! Love, Elisa, Sondra, Scott, and sister who loved him very much, Marcia xoxo

Elisa Miller-Burda Jan 14 2021 7:53 AM

5 files added to the album Memories Album

Gary Kurdys Jan 13 2021 10:41 AM

Thank you for sharing, Aunt Mel! :heart:

Jill Olecki Jan 10 2021 1:34 PM

I am so grateful that my whole family (including my 2 year old) was able to know Grandpa. He started a beautiful legacy. We will miss you immensely, Grandpa! Love, JJ, Dave-O, Coop, Addie, Iggy, Zlie, & Ambrose

Jill Olecki Jan 10 2021 1:33 PM

I was so blessed to have such a great father-in-law. As Ted said, after my Dad died, Dave was a father figure to help us through those times when an older mans advice was needed. Dave and I laughed, yelled, fished, played cards, and over imbibed together. We miss him. He and I were talking the week before he died. I asked him what he thought would happen when he died. With confidence and his matter-of-fact tone, he said he would be out of pain and at peace. Peace be with you, Dad.

Melanie Kurdys Jan 10 2021 1:22 PM

They must have been beaming this day!!!

Jill Olecki Jan 10 2021 12:51 PM

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