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Krukowski 65th

Published 9:40pm Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tony and Mary (Tuka) Krukowski married on July 13, 1946, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Chicago.

Mary and Tony Krukowski
Mary and Tony Krukowski then

Their marriage was blessed with eight children:  Mrs. Edward (Darlene) Waldschmidt, Mrs. Jerry (Donna) Dodd, Mrs. Andy (Deborah) Merrill, Mrs. Charles (Denise) Sobieski, John Krukowski, and Robert Krukowski all of the Dowagiac area; Tony (Lisa) Krukowski of Stevensville; and Mrs. John (Mary) Scapino of Edwardsburg.

Tony and Mary have 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Tony is a retired tool and die maker/machinist, and with Mary owned the family-run “Tuka’s Grocery” established by Mary’s father, John Tuka Sr. at Five-Mile Corner, north of Dowagiac.

Tony and Mary have centered their lives around family, church, and community.

They are members of Holy Maternity Catholic Church, Tony is a member of the Dowagiac Knights of Columbus and a fourth-degree member of the Father Baroux Assembly.

Mary is a member of the Church Ladies Guild and the Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Tony and Mary both belong to two very special groups; the “Golden Agers” and the “Monday Angels.”

Tony and Mary have been an inspiration to many people, especially their family.

Mary and Tony Krukowski now

As their son-in-law, Jerry, puts it, “They are a hard act to follow.”

This very special occasion was celebrated with an Anniversary Mass on Saturday, July 16, at 4 p.m. at Holy Maternity Church in Dowagiac.

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