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Eileen Shedleski

April 9, 1921 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 100)


Eileen Shedleski, age 100, died on Friday, November 12, 2021 at her home.  The daughter of Ralph and Edith Curreli, Eileen was born on April 9, 1921 in Durand, MI above the Curreli ice-cream and fruit store.  She worked as a floral designer in Durand, East Lansing, Dearborn, Grand Rapids Michigan, and Colorado Springs, Colorado is where she attended Colorado College.  She met Martin Shedleski at Paragon Bowling Lanes which was across the street from the flower shop where she worked.  A co-worker suggested she should meet the cute guy who worked at the bowling center.  Eileen and Martin were married for almost 50 years.  A child of the depression, Eileen embraced the practice of “re-use, recycle, repurpose” long before those ideas were popular with the general public.  She was the little lady (4’10” on a good day) frequently seen at estate sales and thrift stores in search of antiques and other treasures.  Her frugal ways allowed her to make significant contributions to several non-profits including Meijer Gardens and Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  She was a good mother, a passionate gardener, and a longtime member of Grand Rapids Audubon and Dean Lake Association.  She was preceded in death by her brother, John Roger Curreli and her husband, Martin Shedleski.  She is survived by her children Lee Ann Shedleski-Holmden and Paul Shedleski and her son-in-law David Holmden.  According to her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of her life will be held in the Spring of 2022.

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