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Kenneth F. Evanski

Kenneth F. Evanski

Died: Saturday, February 21, 2004
Age: 50
Former Grosse Pointe Farms resident Kenneth F. Evanski, 50, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004 at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

Born in Detroit to parents Frank and Rose Evanski in 1953, doctors predicted Mr. Evanski would have a short life span since he had Down syndrome. With a loving family and many caring friends, Mr. Evanski was a special person, who defied the odds by living a long and productive life.

He attended special education classes at Poupard Elementray School in Harper Woods.

A great sports fan, Mr. Evanski enjoyed attending Grosse Pointe North football games and following Michigan State football and the Red Wings on TV. He could be spotted in the stands at North cheering and waving his pompoms. He also loved watching his nephews Brian, Brad and Adam play baseball at Ghesquiere Park and Adam’s hockey games at City Ice Arena.

Mr. Evanski was an avid reader, who often visited the library, and he loved music, having enjoyed concerts and singing in church.

He worked at Farmer Jack and liked greeting the many people he knew.

For the last 17 years of his life, Mr. Evanski lived in two group homes, one in Grosse Pointe Farms and one in Harper Woods. He challenged his family and the group home staff with his active lifestyle and desire to be involved in social activities.

“Looking back on Ken’s unusual life, I can say, Ken was custom made — he was one-of-a-kind. And God didn’t make any accident when He made Ken. He made him just the way He wanted him to be, full of sweetness and laughter and simplicity,” said his sister Janet Blakely at his funeral on Feb. 25.

In addition to his parents Frank and Rose, Mr. Evanski is survived his sisters Janet (Dan) Blakely, Andrea (Kip) Krause; brother Robert (Diane); aunt Shirley Evanski of Grosse Pointe Woods; and nephews Brian, Brad, Adam Evanski and Nicholas Krause.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ARC-Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods, P.O. Box 36130, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236, which is an association of parents of developmentally disabled children.
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