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Alice Apolonia Caminsky

Milford, Michigan

February 26, 1925 - May 8, 2024

Alice Apolonia Caminsky Obituary

Alice Caminsky was born on February 26, 1925, on Commor Street in Hamtramck, Michigan, at the family home of Walter and Mary Luniewski. One of two Luniewski children who survived into adulthood, after the death of her sister Jessie in 1945, Alice was the sole surviving child of the immigrant family who lived long enough to see children and grandchildren come into the world.


As a little girl attending St. Ladislaus School in Hamtramck, Alice was so impressed with the nuns who taught the classes that she dreamed of being a teacher herself, often arranging the kitchen chairs into a classroom where she could teach her dolls all the subjects she was learning in school. Years later, attending Hamtramck High, she was summoned into the principal’s office from her secretarial classes, and was relieved (if baffled) to be told that her teachers wanted her to transfer into the college-prep classes, telling her that after impressing her teachers, they wanted her to consider going to college, and would help her family find the scholarship help needed to finance her education.


Impressing her English teacher with one of her essays, Alice was taken to meet the school’s debate coach, Mrs. Olmstead --- who became her friend and mentor, and whose highly skilled debate team included Alice and future congressman Lucien Nedzi, who became a close, lifelong friend. Though her argument received high praise from the judges, their team’s chance to win the state championship probably foundered when they drew the negative side on debating the question of instituting universal military training, when the finals occurred shortly after Pearl Harbor.


After graduating from Michigan State, Alice met and married Wallace Caminsky, whom she met when her future husband and his friends crashed a wedding…leading to a wedding of their own on November 27, 1948. They soon moved to a small house in Royal Oak, where their first son, Jeffrey, joined them. The family moved to Redford in 1954, shortly before greeting their second son, Christopher, and where they became members of St. Valentine’s parish. There, the family formed many lasting friendships, and she became a second mom to a host of neighborhood kids.


Having achieved her childhood dream of becoming a teacher, Alice began her career at Warren High School, where she taught English, and was the school’s drama coach. Paying forward Mrs. Olmstead’s inspiring example, among the many students she mentored was a bright young girl named Regina who --- with Alice’s encouragement --- went on to college, law school, and eventually became a judge. After a hiatus spent trying in vain to corral two mischievous sons and their friends, she returned to teaching in the mid-1960s, first as a substitute teacher, and later founding the English as a Second Language program for Redford Union Schools, where she taught students from all over the world.


After she and her husband retired, Alice spent much of her time spoiling her grandchildren, Jason and Julie --- and later her great-grandchildren, Alana, Elise and Ethan --- while also continuing her interest and involvement in politics and public affairs, history and education. They enjoyed spending winters in St. Augustine, Florida, where the extended family spent many weeks enjoying (and getting burned by) the Florida sun, the ocean, and the many attractions Florida offers to folks fleeing the northern Winters.


Wallace died in 2014, leaving a hole in her heart, and soon Alice moved to Milford, to be close to family. There she enjoyed good health, and a razor-sharp mind, becoming a fixture in her senior community until her frail body started to wear out.


Alice slipped away on May 8, 2024, at the age of 99, leaving her own large hole in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved her. She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Navona) and Christopher (Catherine) Caminsky, her grandson, Jason Caminsky, and granddaughter Julie (Scott) Goldman, and great-grandchildren, Alana Wozniak, and Ethan and Elise Goldman.


Memorial visitation will take place from 3:00PM - 8:00PM at Lynch & Sons, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. A Time of Sharing and family led Rosary service will begin at 7:00PM.


A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, May 17, 2024 at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, 

2100 Twelve Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48073.  Friends and family may gather at the church beginning at 9:30AM.


For further information, please contact Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Alice Apolonia Caminsky hosted by Lynch and Sons - Milford.

Alice Caminsky was born on February 26, 1925, on Commor Street in Hamtramck, Michigan, at the family home of Walter and Mary Luniewski. One of two Luniewski children who survived into adulthood, after the death of her sister Jessie in 1945, Alice was the sole surviving child of the immigrant family who lived long enough to see children and grandchildren come into the world.


As a little girl attending St. Ladislaus School in Hamtramck, Alice was so impressed with the nuns who taught the classes that she dreamed of being a teacher herself, often arranging the kitchen chairs into a classroom where she could teach her dolls all the subjects she was learning in school. Years later, attending Hamtramck High, she was summoned into the principal’s office from her secretarial classes, and was relieved (if baffled) to be told that her teachers wanted her to transfer into the college-prep classes, telling her that after impressing her teachers, they wanted her to consider going to college, and would help her family find the scholarship help needed to finance her education.


Impressing her English teacher with one of her essays, Alice was taken to meet the school’s debate coach, Mrs. Olmstead --- who became her friend and mentor, and whose highly skilled debate team included Alice and future congressman Lucien Nedzi, who became a close, lifelong friend. Though her argument received high praise from the judges, their team’s chance to win the state championship probably foundered when they drew the negative side on debating the question of instituting universal military training, when the finals occurred shortly after Pearl Harbor.


After graduating from Michigan State, Alice met and married Wallace Caminsky, whom she met when her future husband and his friends crashed a wedding…leading to a wedding of their own on November 27, 1948. They soon moved to a small house in Royal Oak, where their first son, Jeffrey, joined them. The family moved to Redford in 1954, shortly before greeting their second son, Christopher, and where they became members of St. Valentine’s parish. There, the family formed many lasting friendships, and she became a second mom to a host of neighborhood kids.


Having achieved her childhood dream of becoming a teacher, Alice began her career at Warren High School, where she taught English, and was the school’s drama coach. Paying forward Mrs. Olmstead’s inspiring example, among the many students she mentored was a bright young girl named Regina who --- with Alice’s encouragement --- went on to college, law school, and eventually became a judge. After a hiatus spent trying in vain to corral two mischievous sons and their friends, she returned to teaching in the mid-1960s, first as a substitute teacher, and later founding the English as a Second Language program for Redford Union Schools, where she taught students from all over the world.


After she and her husband retired, Alice spent much of her time spoiling her grandchildren, Jason and Julie --- and later her great-grandchildren, Alana, Elise and Ethan --- while also continuing her interest and involvement in politics and public affairs, history and education. They enjoyed spending winters in St. Augustine, Florida, where the extended family spent many weeks enjoying (and getting burned by) the Florida sun, the ocean, and the many attractions Florida offers to folks fleeing the northern Winters.


Wallace died in 2014, leaving a hole in her heart, and soon Alice moved to Milford, to be close to family. There she enjoyed good health, and a razor-sharp mind, becoming a fixture in her senior community until her frail body started to wear out.


Alice slipped away on May 8, 2024, at the age of 99, leaving her own large hole in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved her. She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Navona) and Christopher (Catherine) Caminsky, her grandson, Jason Caminsky, and granddaughter Julie (Scott) Goldman, and great-grandchildren, Alana Wozniak, and Ethan and Elise Goldman.


Memorial visitation will take place from 3:00PM - 8:00PM at Lynch & Sons, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. A Time of Sharing and family led Rosary service will begin at 7:00PM.


A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, May 17, 2024 at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, 

2100 Twelve Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48073.  Friends and family may gather at the church beginning at 9:30AM.


For further information, please contact Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Alice Apolonia Caminsky hosted by Lynch and Sons - Milford.

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