Our beloved mother, Consolina Ada Allegrina Szluk, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, September 24th, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was 93 years old.
Consolina (Connie) was born in Detroit on February 5th, 1928 to Italian immigrants Albert and Louigina Allegrina. She grew up in northern Italy, in the town of Dernice, in the province of Piemonte, where her mother and extended family were from. She went to primary and secondary school in Italy and made lifelong friends there whom she kept in contact with all of her life. At the age of 21, she traveled to Detroit to see her father who was working to support her family, and the United States became her new home. She met and married her first husband, Alfred Costrini and began to raise her own family.
Being an American, yet having spent all of her early years in Italy, she brought a love of life, food, family, and friends to her life here in the United States. All who knew Connie loved her, and strangers quickly became her friends. After losing her first husband to cancer in 1968, her strength, her love for her children, and the support of her community helped her to overcome this deep loss. She was fortunate enough to meet her second husband, Edward Szluk at a Parents without Partners event in Detroit, and they married in 1971. They raised their six children together and spent many wonderful years cooking, traveling, and sharing the fruits of life.
She never wavered in her devotion to her husband, children, and grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. Her love will continue to shine on all of us. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Christine Rock. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Ed; their children, Gregory (Denise) Costrini, Linda (Mark) Lozier, Nicholas (Clare) Szluk, Daniel Costrini, and Edward Costrini; her son-in-law, Jim Rock, and her nine grandchildren. She also leaves many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends may visit the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 South Main Street, Plymouth on Friday, October 1, 2021 beginning at 3:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. The Rosary will begin at 6:00 P.M.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 47650 North Territorial Road, Plymouth followed by a private burial.
Those who wish to honor the memory of Consolina Szluk are invited to consider a contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at St . Jude Children’s Research Hospital
or The Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025-4507 or online at Michigan Humane Society
Contribution envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.