Devoted dad, grandpa, friend & carpenter

Donald “Don” Greengtski made it clear that he did not want a typical obituary. He didn’t want an endless list of facts about his life, like he was born in Posen, Mich., to Julius and Leona (Klingshirn) Greengtski on Oct. 15, 1932. Or that he worked for his uncle Ike Klingshirn for a few years before he started his own carpentry business. Or that in June 1969, Fr. Smolinski of St. Casmir’s Parish in Posen, appointed Donald as one of the building committee members to break ground on a new church. Or that he served consecutively as President of the Posen Chamber of Commerce, or that he had a “Polish pick-me-up” (beer and “tomata” juice) almost every day for lunch. The only accomplishment he was proud of was the fact that he had all 10 fingers after a lifetime of carpentry work.

Instead, Don thought folks might enjoy the profound lessons he learned in his 81 years of life. Here’s his advice: Wake up every day and be thankful for family and friends. Never start a fight with power tools, they will always win and you’ll always look like the fool. Always measure twice and cut once.

Don’s love for carpentry was legendary, and even when cancer robbed him of his ability to navigate the workshop, he found apprentice Ron to continue his legacy. He was unstoppable when it came to his passion of creating beautiful handcrafted furniture.

Don possessed the rare combination of piercing intelligence and wisdom, and a generous giving and forgiving nature. He was the kind of person you would hope to meet and know at least once in your lifetime (not to mention have at least one of his handcrafted items in your home).

Don walked through the curtain to the Light on Aug. 5, 2014 having enriched the lives of his survivors: his wife, Helen; his sisters Barbie, Julie and Priscella; his children Shari (Daryl) Woloszyk, Kathy (Ron) Darga, and son David; his grandchildren Shannon, Ryan, Kari and Stacy; and numerous family and friends.

Donny was predeceased by his brothers Gerald, Robert, James, Paul, Sylvester, and Anthony, along with his sister Betty.

The family would like to thank his many friends for their attentiveness, friendship, generosity, and joy that you have brought to his life.

In lieu of flowers or contributions, the family asks that you keep Don in your thoughts and prayers. And each time you look at the beautiful carpentry customized by Don in your home, take a movement and remember that he will always be with us.