Saline Stephen James Szuminski, of Saline, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was 55 years old.
Born May 5, 1961 he is the son of Donald and Marjorie (Grasel) Szuminski. Stephen was a graduate of the Western Michigan University Flight Program. On September 14, 1990 he received his acceptance letter and began his 26 year career as a pilot with American Airlines. On March 13, 1993 he married Mary J. Heemstra.
Stephen enjoyed flying glider planes, playing various sports, volleyball, softball, Frisbee golf. He enjoyed astronomy and trivia as well as camping, hiking and traveling. He was an avid cross-country runner and planned running his fifth marathon in Chicago this October. Stephen was an Eagle Scout. Most of all he was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend.
He is survived by his wife Mary J. Szuminski; three daughters, Samantha, Wendy and Angela Szuminski; four brothers, Michael (Julie), Anthony (Kathy), Thomas (Patti) and Patrick (Darlene) Szuminski; his mother Marjorie "Peg" Szuminski and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Nie Family Funeral Home, Liberty Road Chapel, 3767 W. Liberty Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Visitation will take place on Wednesday from 3-7 pm at the funeral home with a Rosary service beginning at 7:00 pm. In honor of Stephen, memorial contributions may be made to the Western Michigan University Flight Program.