John J. Studnicka, 93, of Ludington, Michigan (formally of Adrian, Michigan) passed away peacefully on June 14, 2018 in Ludington.
John was born in Riga, Michigan to Joseph and Agnes (Valent) Studnicka on December 13, 1925. He graduated from Blissfield High School class of 1943 and received a Civil Engineering degree from The University of Michigan. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Navy as an ensign primarily on the light cruiser USS Columbia.
He married Dorothy Hachman on August 12, 1951 in Temperance, Michigan. They lived and worked in Adrian most of their married life. He designed and built both of their homes on Lake Adrian. He worked for several construction companies, sold securities, and retired from the Adrian Chevy plant.
John lived an active and diverse life. He and Dorothy were founding members of Hope Lutheran Church where he chaired the building committee, and the couple was very involved in church activities. He and Dorothy were world travelers. John was an avid card player. He loved to fish, camp with family, and target shoot with bow and arrows. He was a licensed pilot. For many years, he and Dorothy were active members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. They spent over twenty enjoyable winters at Swan Lake Resort and RV Park in North Fort Myers, Florida where he was competitive in shuffleboard, billiards, euchre, and pinochle. He considered his Swan Lake friends as his extended family.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Agnes; seven brothers and sisters, Charles, Mary Miller, Rose Duggan, Ann Miller, Genevieve Brennan, his twin brother Joseph Jr., and Frances Schmenk.
John is survived by his loving wife of sixty-six years, Dorothy; his daughter, Martha (Brian Laverty) and son, Tom (Patti); three grandchildren, James Laverty (Audrey Swartz), Andrew, and Wade; and two great-grandchildren, Lucille Swartz and Violet Swartz. He is also survived by one sister, Mildred Pilko.
The family of John Studnicka extends their sincere gratitude to the staff of Ludington Woods Assisted Living and Great Lakes Caring Hospice for their care and kindnesses throughout John’s illness.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 22, at Ludington Woods Assisted Living, 502 North Sherman Street, Ludington, Michigan with the Reverend Domingo F. (Mick) Shriver of Emmanuel Lutheran Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, Adrian, Michigan or the charity of one’s choice.
Cremation and arrangements are by Oak Grove Funeral Home, Ludington.