Marcia Mae (Hankiewicz) Storey (1941-2018)
Marcia Mae Storey, age 76, peacefully moved on from this world while at home on February 4th, 2018 surrounded by family. After a 9-year battle with cancer, her body was no longer able to contain the beautiful and bright soul that she is. On December 7th, 1941, she was born to Andrew and Anne (Przymusinski) Hankiewicz and spent her childhood in Grand Rapids, MI. After graduating from Catholic Central High School in 1959 she began to raise her family of 6 boys: Timothy (b.1963), Todd (b.1964), Brian (b.1965), Shawn (b.1969), Matthew (b.1972) and Eric (b.1973). Marcia became a teacher of children that went well beyond her own. She cared for all the children in her neighborhood in so many ways that she was considered by many to be their “Neighborhood Mom”. She also ran a home day care business for 40 years and was known as “Momma Marcia” by many of them. Nothing gave her more joy than the children she raised and helped to raise throughout her life especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that knew her as “Busia”.
Marcia was a self-less and giving human being, beautiful and young both inside and out. She was incredibly strong, taking on every challenge with a beautiful smile. Using grace and dignity she made every problem an opportunity for learning and growth. The families she touched in her life became part of her family as well. She had a positive ripple effect on her community that continues throughout our world today and will continue through all of time. Marcia was deeply religious and lived by the word of the Lord more than she preached it. Her actions spoke louder than words as she worked to live her faith and show others how to lead by example. How to treat everyone fairly with respect and empathy – to lead with love. On Sundays if you were with her you went to church. No matter where she was or what she was doing, she attended a mass every Sunday of her life and if you were not able to attend with her she would lovingly pray for you. Even on the day she left our world, she attended the 10am mass from the Cathedral of St. Andrew via the television in her home as her husband, children, & grandchildren sat with her for the ceremony and sang to her.
Marcia is survived by her loving & devoted husband Steve Storey; children Timothy Gahan (s. Darlene), Todd Gahan (s. Robyn), Brian Gahan (s. David), Shawn Gahan (s. Alice), Matthew Gahan (s. Jessica), Eric Gahan (s. Heather), Theron Storey and Stephany Storey; her sisters Camille Crapsey and Diane (s. Whitey) Piechocki; brother Michael (s. Starley) Hankiewicz; her brother-in-law Jim Ahern; her 24 grandchildren Kyle, Kayla (s. Ben), Brynn (s. Greg), Becky, Courtney, Janaya, Janelle, Joshua, Kerstyn, Amanda, Peter, Kadyn, Garrison, Zachary, Lucas, Mitchell, Cole (s. Lauren), Logan, Kiersten, Garron, Shaeleigh, Elijah, Amina, and Briana; her 11 great-grandchildren Thomas, Isabelle, Damien, Peyton, Eli, Isaiah, Hope, Izzee, Jackson, Aedyn, and Aevah; and her numerous & beloved day care kids that she helped to raise over the course of her 40 year career. Marcia was preceded in death by her loving parents Andrew and Anne Hankiewicz; many aunts & uncles; her niece Kristyn Ahern; her sister Gerri (Hankiewicz) Ahern; her brother-in-law Richard Crapsey and several close friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday February 9th, 2018 at Lauer Family Funeral Home 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings, Michigan with a prayer service at 5pm followed by visitation from 6-8pm. A Celebration of Life and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 805 S. Jefferson St. in Hastings, MI beginning at 11am with a burial grounds ceremony and luncheon to follow. Online condolences may be sent to the Busia Marcia Storey Facebook page.