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Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 9:40 a.m.

Memorial service announced for Ann Arbor man who died following vehicle fire last week

By Kyle Feldscher

The family of James Skupski, the Ann Arbor man who died after a vehicle fire on Interstate 94 last week, will hold a memorial service for him Saturday afternoon.


James Skupski

Courtesy of Janine Widzinski

The service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University Ave. in Ann Arbor. Skupski’s family is asking that, instead of flowers, memorial gifts be made so the family can donate those gifts to the charitable organizations Skupski supported during his life.

Skupski, 58, died of injuries sustained in an Oct. 18 vehicle fire on I-94. He suffered severe burns covering most of his body before he was pulled from the vehicle by passers-by. He died at the University of Michigan Hospital in the early hours of Oct. 19, police said.

Skupski leaves behind his wife, Dianne Widzinski. He was a practicing anesthesiologist and occupational and environmental medicine physician in the Ann Arbor area. He graduated from the Wayne State University Medical School, according to an obituary.

Skupski and Widzinski are listed in numerous annual reports from various Ann Arbor organizations as being benefactors. Among the groups he donated money to are The Ark, Evangelical Homes of Michigan, The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and The Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Anyone planning on attending the memorial service on Saturday is encouraged to park in the Fletcher Street Parking Structure between Huron Street and North University.

Family members and friends of Skupski have not returned requests for comment for this story.

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Wed, Oct 26, 2011 : 4:23 p.m.

Shouldn't he be referred to Dr. Skupski in the article?


Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 3:24 p.m.

My condolences go to the *Skupski* Family. Such a sad loss.