January 24, 2020

Chester T. “Tom” Pawlaczyk

Died Aug. 15, 2019


Chester Thomas “Tom” Pawlaczyk, 76, of Au Gres passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 15, 2019, at his son’s home in Tawas Township with family by his side.

Tom was born Jan. 14, 1943, in Bay City to the late Chester and Helen (Wilk) Pawlaczyk. He graduated from Au Gres-Sims Schools and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving honorably for three years. Upon discharge, Tom attended Central Michigan University where he received his bachelor’s degree and then master’s degrees. Tom was an educator at Au Gres-Sims Schools for 38 years, serving also as athletic director, varsity softball coach and junior high basketball coach for many years. He was a lifelong hunter and outdoorsman, an avid fisherman and a life member of the Arenac County Walleye Club. Tom also served as Au Gres Township supervisor. He enjoyed playing golf, playing cards with friends and socializing publicly.

Tom is survived by his sons, Matthew (Gypsy) Pawlaczyk of Tawas City and Michael (Trisha) Pawlaczyk of Ludington; grandchildren, Cole, Kathryn, Kaylee, Luke and Evelyn; sister, Marti (Russ) Sageman; brother, Donald (Bar) Pawlaczyk; and nieces and nephews, Ron Pawlaczyk, Don Pawlaczyk, Andy Sageman, Denise Sageman, Marsha Brewer and Charlie Sageman.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Zachery Pawlaczyk.

A life celebration and gathering for Tom will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Buresh Funeral Home, 101 E. Michigan Ave., Au Gres, MI 48703. Memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. at the funeral home and Tom’s “final final” will be held at 4 p.m. at Town & County Lounge in Au Gres. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


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