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Michael Wojciechowski of Plainwell, MI passed away on Friday, January 28, 2022, at the age of 73. He was born on November 24, 1948, in Manistee, MI the son of Joseph and Hedwig (Kowalski) Wojciechowski.
He graduated from Manistee High School in 1966, following graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and dutifully served through 1969 during the Vietnam Conflict. After being honorably discharged from the Navy Michael used his G.I. Bill to attend Western Michigan University and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History. It was at the university that he met his wife of fifty years: Janet Vlajkov. After graduation he accepted a teaching position at Delton Kellogg Middle School and worked there for thirty-three years and was nominated by his students multiple times for his excellence in education. After retiring he spent his time during the summers working for the DNR at Yankee Springs.
Michael enjoyed fishing and would fish just about anywhere. He took several trips to different parts of the country to fish with family and friends. A group of his friends would go ice fishing at Lake Gogebic for Walleye every year around parent-teacher conferences.
One of his favorite pastimes was gambling at Gun Lake Casino. When he wanted to go to FireKeepers Casino his wife would drop him off and go to the local quilt shop with friends.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed studying world history particularly the Civil War and World War II.
Michael loved to cook and will be remembered by his friends and his family for his pies and cookies. He subscribed to every cooking magazine imaginable and ordered subscriptions for his sons everytime he found a new one he loved.
Michael is preceded in his passing by his parents.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of fifty years: Janet Wojciechowski; children: Joseph and Michael Wojciechowski; siblings: Sue, Paul, and John; goddaughter: Robin Hill; many nieces and nephews; and his close friends: Rob Heethuis and C.D. Suggs.
In accordance with Michael’s wishes cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest at Ft. Custer National Cemetery on a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Mott Children's Hospital or the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Michael's guestbook and/or share a memory with his family.
The Wojciechowski family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080
Such an amazing educator. One of the few I will always remember and cherish for my time spent in his classroom.
Destiny Ellsworth (Newton) Feb 7 2022 7:19 PM
My 8th grade History teacher! Such a long time ago, but I still share very vivid memories of his class. He taught in a way that you remembered. Rest In Peace.
Misty Maxwell Feb 6 2022 3:01 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Michael Wojciechowski
Misty Maxwell Feb 6 2022 2:54 AM
Oh how sad .... I love him he was such a great teacher and a very funny man. He used to crack me up with his quick wit. Ill never forget that even tho it's been a whole lot of years . He will be missed a great deal by many. My sincere condolences to the family.
Deb Copeland Feb 5 2022 8:55 PM
Mr. Woj was an amazing teacher. I learned a lot from him. Not only about book learning, but a lot about life as well. I still tell stories about things he taught me to my own child and family and friends. He was a great teacher, great man and true Anetican hero.
Jenni (Stoneburner) Brown Feb 5 2022 12:43 PM
Janet, and the boys, Mike and I had good times hunting in our younger years, I remember his subtle sense of humor, and his compassion, it will be missed. Godspeed Mike and prayers for you and the family..
Cousin Ed Feb 5 2022 12:15 PM
Mr. Woj was my 6th grade teacher in 82-83, and was definitely one of my most memorable middle-school teachers. I'd heard he was very strict so was concerned at first when I found out I was assigned to his class, but after meeting him it was all good and I have fond memories of that class and year. He definitely had a positive impact on my life. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort at this time.
Jim Feb 5 2022 11:46 AM
Mr Woj was my favorite teacher! He always said he would see me in detention when I made it to high school. He was not wrong and would visit me when I was! He would come in and check on how I was doing. Always made me laugh when he walked in and right over to me! (I was a good student…just mouthy and it got me in trouble!) Sending my condolences to the family. Thinking of you!
Alyssa Jones, Class of ‘91 Feb 4 2022 10:34 PM
I will always remember Mr. Woj for his great sense of humor, the way he asked me questions and listened carefully to my answers, and the way he showed interest in me as a person. He made me a better person, because I never wanted to let him down. He touched many lives as an educator, including mine!
Christine (Wineland) Mabie Feb 4 2022 8:12 PM
We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I am so glad I ran into you at Meijer. I am so glad that we got to know him. Rest In Peace Mike. Love, Dave and Kathy Alderman.
Dave and Kathy Alderman Feb 4 2022 7:47 PM