Joseph F. Majeske School

The Joseph F. Majeske School, located in the Poletown Historic District at 139 Trombly Avenue, Detroit, MI started as an apprenticeship training school run in cooperation with several unions in the area. In the early 1920’s, an elementary school program was added. Soon after it was converted into an open-air school for the preservation of tuberculosis. The building and all surrounding buildings were bulldozed in the 1980’s so General Motors could put up another factory.

You can view a few photos at the Library of Congress.

HOPI PRAYER of The Soul’s Graduation

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there,
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight
On the ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there.
I did not die.
My Spirit is still alive…

Leonard Michael Majeske

Leonard Michael Majeske, 90, of South Glastonbury, died on Monday, (February 7, 2011).

He was born and raised in Detroit. He graduated with honors from De Lasalle High School. He received an Engineering Degree from the University of Detroit Professional and a Masters Degree from Catholic University. While in school he was Midwest Editor of Design News magazine. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and was a lifetime member of American Legion Glastonbury. His first career was as Aerospace Engineer. This included a position with NASA working for rocket pioneer Werner Von Braun. He earned several patents on tank, automobile and airplane components. After retiring from engineering he became an educator with the State of Connecticut.

Leonard, also known as Mike, was an accomplished musician proficient in piano, guitar and his favorite instrument, the accordion. He was an avid duplicate bridge player and a founder of the Glastonbury Duplicate Bridge club. He was a lifetime member of Mensa, a published limerick writer and inventor of the sport of tunnis. He played chess for almost 80 years, earned grandmaster points and won several local chess tournaments. He was the Official Town Crier in Glastonbury and also appeared in advertisements for Connecticare. He was a strong vocal advocate for social change.

He was the beloved husband of Joan Thompson who passed away in November 2010. They were married for over 30 years. His sister Delores Gasiorowski lives in Michigan. He has four children, Kathleen Bence, Dennis Majeske, Cheryl Majeske and Christopher Majeske. He has many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services in his honor will be held at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT, on Saturday, February 12 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Glastonbury Senior Center, Special Gift & Contributions – Senior Programs, 300 Wells St., Glastonbury CT 06033. To leave online condolences or for more info, please visit www. glastonburyfuneral.com.