Shirley Kozloski

KOZLOSKI Shirley – of Grand Blanc, age 88, passed away Friday, May 17, 2024, at her home. The family will receive visitors at Swartz Funeral Home 1225 West Hill Rd on Thursday May 23, 3 pm – 8 pm. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 PM Friday May 24, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, celebrant. 

The family will welcome visitors from 12 PM until the time of the Mass on Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at New Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s memory to the charity of your choice.

Shirley was born in Flint, MI on May 17, 1935, daughter of the late George and Ann (Yurkovich) Bisaha. A lifelong resident of the area, she spent her childhood with her 6 brothers and sisters on the family farm. Deaf from a young age, she triumphed over her handicap. She went on to graduate from Kearsley HS and shortly after, ventured across the country, ending up in California.

She returned to Flint and married John Kozloski on January 30th, 1964. They started their family, eventually building a home in Burton, where they raised 2 sons. Shirley retired from General Motors, having worked at various positions with Chevrolet and Parts and Warehousing. In addition to her career, she was a homemaker, chauffeur, entertainer and spoiler to her children, their friends and nieces and nephews.

Shirley was blessed with a quick wit and a side-splitting sense of humor. She had an infectious smile and was always the beacon of happiness in any gathering. Unrivaled in her ability to make friends wherever she went. She also spent her time involved in the Catholic deaf community, serving as mentor, catechist, treasurer and organizer. She was devoted to her faith and espoused peace and generosity. Shirley was also known to have many faults. Among them were her habits of being overly nice to those who didn’t deserve it and non-judgmental to those that did. She was always ensuring you had what you needed, even when you were too busy to care for yourself. Her heart was larger than life and she shared it along with a dose of kindness to everyone.

She eventually moved to Grand Blanc, where she was the center of attention in her new community, mostly because of her wicked Euchre playing skills, ability to paint and knowing how to complain without making anyone upset.

Shirley is survived by her sons Morgan, James and daughter-in-law Elyce and grandson Hunter, sister Barbara Snyder and many nieces and nephews.