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Leonard Sobczak Jr.

Leonard Sobczak Jr.

Name: Leonard Len Sobczak Jr.

Age: 76

Hometown: Filion

Funeral Date: Not Available

Date of Birth: July 14, 1946

Date of Passing: November 28, 2022

Funeral Home: Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Memorials can be made to the Thumb Animal Shelter, 2260 S. Elkton Road, Elkton, MI 48432. Per Leonard’s wishes, there will be no services. Care has been entrusted to the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home. Please visit www.smigielskifuneralhomes.com to express your sympathy and sign the guest book for Robert’s family.

Family of the Deceased

Len is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pat Sobczak of Filion; his two children, son, Robert (Lori) Sobczak of Bad Axe; and daughter, Kristina Sobczak of Bad Axe; eight grandchildren, Cory Sobczak of Saginaw, Seth Sobczak of Bad Axe, Kaitlyn Sobczak of Essexville, Hunter Sobczak of Bad Axe, Casey Goulette of Bad Axe, Jadrianna Sobczak of Chicago, Illinois, Halle Sobczak of Beverly Hills, Michigan, and Jared Sobczak of Big Rapids; four brothers, Ronald (Sharon) Sobczak of Port Hope, Larry Sobczak of Port Huron, Jack Sobczak of Georgia, and Daniel (Shirey) Sobczak of Bad Axe; and two sisters, Cindy (Bernie) Zaremba of China, Michigan, and Pat (Harold) Simmon of Effingham, Illinois; one brother-in-law, Peter Dickinson. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Biography

Leonard “Len” Sobczak Jr, 76, passed away peacefully in his home after a short illness on November 28, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 14, 1946 in Bad Axe, to the late Leonard Sr and Beatrice (Glaza) Sobczak. He graduated from Harbor Beach High School, which is where he met the love of his life, Doris “Pat” Dickinson. The two were joined together in marriage on March 7, 1965 in Verona. Len was the founder and owner of Sobczak Construction, where he worked for many years. Outside of work, Len loved many things in life, such as going out and fishing on the lake. He enjoyed card games, whether that be at a casino or simply a game among friends. Len also loved to travel, taking his family on many “spontaneous vacations”. Above all else though, Len had three great loves in life. Two of those were his dogs, Emma and JR, while the third was his family. He loved nothing more than spending time with all eight of his grandchildren.


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Carol Rapson

Carol Rapson

Name: Carol Ann Rapson

Age: 72

Hometown: Bad Axe, MI

Funeral Date: December 03, 2022

Date of Birth: August 27, 1950

Date of Passing: November 24, 2022

Funeral Home: MacAlpine Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Visitation will be held on Saturday December 3, 2022 at MacAlpine Funeral Home in Bad Axe, Michigan from 1:00-4:00. A prayer service will follow at 4:00 at MacAlpine Funeral Home. Per Carol’s wishes, cremation has taken place at Sunset Valley Crematory in Bay City, Michigan. Memorials may be offered to the family in care of Christopher Rapson. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.macalpinefuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Carol was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Virginia, her in laws Carl and Catherine Rapson, brother in law Steve Rapson and a granddaughter Alexa Joan Steele. Carol will be greatly missed by her husband Christopher of Bad Axe, daughter Jessica (Jeff) Peshinski; granddaughters Riley Steele and Reagan Steele; siblings Ken (Lori) Toner, Jerry Toner, James (Colleen) Toner, Richard (Barb) Toner, Connie (Duane) Ruth, Tina (Daniel) Fortin and Greg (Joann) Toner; in laws Dave (Mary) Rapson, Bob (Lisa) Rapson, Rick (Linda) Rapson and many nieces and nephews.

Biography

Carol Ann Rapson, 72 years old of Bad Axe Michigan, passed away on November 24, 2022 at her home following a short illness. Carol was born in Bad Axe on August 27, 1950 to the late Raymond and Virginia Toner. She grew up in Kinde, Michigan. Carol worked her entire career at Huron Memorial Hospital/ Huron Medical Center. She worked in various departments, eventually becoming a nurse. Carol enjoyed spending time outside, gardening and cheering on the Detroit Tigers. Carol married Chris Rapson on October 27, 1997.


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Ilene Learman

Ilene Learman

Name: Ilene Marie Learman

Age: 77

Hometown: Bad Axe,MI

Funeral Date: December 02, 2022

Date of Birth: May 29, 1945

Date of Passing: November 28, 2022

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Holy Name of Mary Parish - St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Helena. Officiating will be Father Kevin Wojciechowski, Pastor. Friends may call for visitation on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 1 -8 pm at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe or Friday at the church from 10 am until the service time at 11 am. A scripture service will be offered on Thursday at 7:30 pm at the funeral home. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Ilene is survived by 6 daughters and 7 sons. Ilene was a grandmother to 15 grandsons, 2 step-grandsons, and 7 granddaughters. She was a great-grandmother to 3 great-granddaughters, 1 great-grandson, 1 step-great-granddaughter and 1 step-great-grandson. 3 Brothers, Gordon (Diana) Kociba, Harold (Janice) Kociba, and Gerald (Rosemarie) Kociba. Sister-in-law, Cindy Kociba. Many nieces and nephews. Ilene was preceded in death by her son James Learman and her brother Eugene Kociba, parents, Leo and Susie Kociba, In-laws, Arthur and Evelyn Learman, brothers-in-law, Harold and Edward Holdwick.

Biography

Ilene Marie (Kociba) Learman, age 77, passed away and entered heaven to become an angel on Monday, November 28, 2022 at the University of Michigan Hospital due to injuries after a fall. Ilene was born on May 29th, 1945, in Parisville, Mi, daughter of the late Leo and Susie (Osantoski) Kociba. Ilene married Michael Zurek who passed away in the Vietnam War. She married John Learman on November 8th, 1969 at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Kinde, MI. John preceded her in death on June 3rd, 2007. Ilene worked at the Bad Axe Seatbelt Factory and was a homemaker and stay at home mother for her own 14 children as well as nurturing and loving many others. Later, Ilene worked as a caretaker and in Housekeeping at Huron Memorial Hospital. Ilene will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and showing her love with food.


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Janet Banda

Janet Banda

Name: Janet Mary Banda

Age: 76

Hometown: Caseville,MI

Funeral Date: December 01, 2022

Date of Birth: March 24, 1946

Date of Passing: November 28, 2022

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

A funeral mass will be 11:00am Thursday, December 1st at St. Roch Catholic Church. Burial will be the church cemetery. Visitation will be 2-7 Wednesday at the Champagne Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be made to Thumb Animal Shelter or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Family of the Deceased

Janet is survived by her siblings Sharon (Dave) Comerford of Waterford, Linda Hemphill of Waterford, Joan (Don) Zalewski of Caseville and Bert Pawlowski of Oak Park; 10 nieces and nephews, 19 great-nieces and nephews and 10 great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Attillo, brother Gary Pawlowski, and sister Diane Doll.

Biography

Janet Mary Banda, 76, of Caseville, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe. Janet was born March 24, 1946 in Detroit to the late Wilbert and Albina (Gwisdalla) Pawlowski. She grew up in Ferndale and graduated from St. James High School. She moved from Warren to Caseville in 1980. She retired from the Bad Axe Kmart. Janet was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. She loved animals, Halloween, making ceramics and spending time with her family and friends.


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Dianne Talaski

Dianne Talaski

Name: Dianne Talaski

Age: 71

Hometown: Bad Axe, MI

Funeral Date: December 02, 2022

Date of Birth: May 27, 1951

Date of Passing: November 28, 2022

Funeral Home: Kaufman Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Tils family will receive guest for visitation on Friday December 2, 2022 from 4-8 pm at the Kaufman Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Cremation has taken place. If you wish to offer your condolences to the family, please visit www.kaufmanfuneralhome.com

Family of the Deceased

Til is survived by her loving husband Eugene Talaski of Bad Axe, Her beloved Rottweiler ‘Miss Ava’, Son Jason (Lisa) Talaski of Bad Axe, Daughter Jill (Brent) Strieter of Burt, Son Joshua Talaski and special friend Gwyn of Bad Axe, Sister Darlene Bender of Pigeon, Two grandchildren, Hannah Talaski and Connor Talaski of Bad Axe and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Ruddie and Helen Faupel, brother, Wayne Faupel and sister in law Carol Faupel.

Biography

Dianne (Til) Talaski of Bad Axe, age 71, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Monday November 28 2022. She was born May 27th 1951 to the late Ruddie and Helen (Harding) Faupel of Elkton. She attended Elkton Pigeon Bay Port schools and graduated from Laker High School …class of 1969. On May 23, 1970 she married her sweetheart, Eugene Talaski from Harbor Beach at the St. Felix Catholic Church. They recently celebrated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary. She enjoyed traveling and seeing the world. She was blessed to visit Paris France, London England, Alaska and Hawaii just to name a few. They also enjoyed several cruises to the Carribean and Hawaiian islands. She also enjoyed taking convertible rides along the shore line with Eugene and her beloved dog. At the wee hours of the morning, she enjoyed texting her friends and family inspirational and loving texts and emojis. She was employed at Huron Memorial Hospital (HMH) in the dietary department and enjoyed making new friends.


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Carl Franzel

Carl Franzel

Name: Carl J. Franzel

Age: 85

Hometown: Ubly

Funeral Date: November 28, 2022

Date of Birth: January 10, 1937

Date of Passing: November 26, 2022

Funeral Home: Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home

Funeral Information

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. November 29, 2022 at St Ignatius Catholic Church, Good Shepard Perish, Freiburg. The Rev. Nate Harburg will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, November 28, 2022 from 3:00 – 8:00 at Zinger Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly.

Family of the Deceased

Carl is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ilene Franzel; daughters, Debra (John) Mordus, Annette (Rich) Gusa, Carla (Carl) Trigger, Michelle Turcott and her special friend Tim, and Theresa Franzel; sons Dean (Ella) Weltin and Steven (Laura) Franzel; 15 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters; Deloris (James) Perkins and Joeva (Harry) Bukoski.

Biography

Carl J. Franzel, age 85, of Ubly passed away Saturday November 26, 2022 at Autumnwood of Deckerville. He was born on January 10, 1937 in Freiburg, son of the late Joseph Franzel. He attended Freiburg Country School, after which he attended Carsonville High School, graduating in 1955. He married Ilene McCarty (Weltin) on October 6, 1990 in Ubly. Carl was a member of many veteran groups, including The Thumb Veteran Organization, the Port Sanilac VFW, and the Sandusky VFW. He was extremely proud of his 31 years of service to his country, having served in the Marines, the Army, and the reserves. After returning from his time in the service, he found joy in farming, often times seen driving his beloved Farmall tractor, and was a maintinance worker for Trelleborg Plastics. When he wasn’t working, Carl spent much of his time caring for animals, especially his beloved, and many, cats. Above all though, he loved to spend time with his family. Described as “a man without a mean bone in his body”, he will be dearly missed by all that knew him.


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Allen Nim

Allen Nim

Name: Allen D. Nim

Age: 82

Hometown: Pigeon, MI

Funeral Date: Not Available

Date of Birth: October 02, 1940

Date of Passing: November 23, 2022

Funeral Home: Champange Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

No services are planned. Interment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly at a later date. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Family of the Deceased

Allen is survived by his children Andrew (Sherrie) of Mt. Pleasant, Aaron (Jennifer) of Clarksville, TN, and Allison of Ferndale; grandchildren Alexander, Alyssa (Noah), Breanna, and AJ; and siblings Kenneth, Maynard, and Judy. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara in 2018.

Biography

Allen D. Nim, 82, of Pigeon, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at Scheurer Health in Pigeon. Allen was born October 2, 1940 in Detroit to the late Kenneth and Mary Jane Nim. He graduated from Detroit Western High School. He proudly served in the US Army in the Vietnam War. He retired as a police officer from the City of Detroit, Third Precinct, in 1993 and moved to Pigeon. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting in Trenary at deer camp, fishing in the Detroit River and spending summers at his cottage near West Branch. His favorite pastime was spending time with his family and grandchildren.


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Warren Meissner

Warren Meissner

Name: Warren R Meissner

Age: 76

Hometown: Caseville,MI

Funeral Date: November 27, 2022

Date of Birth: October 07, 1946

Date of Passing: November 23, 2022

Funeral Home: Champagne Funeral Chapel

Funeral Information

Visitation will be Noon to 6:00pm Sunday, November 27th at the Caseville Public School Auditorium. Interment will be in Caseville Twp Cemetery. Champagne Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caseville Public School (Athletic Fund).

Family of the Deceased

Warren is survived by his daughters Bridgett Patterson of Jacksonville, NC, Stacey (Shawn) Diebel of Muir; grandchildren Brittany (Meaghan), Joshua (Nicholas), Allyson, Jordyn, and Bradyn; great-grandson Jonah; siblings Maureen (Ed) Kusek, Max (Mary Jo) Meissner and Renee (Jim) Bauer; sister-in-law Diane Stahl; and close friends Ron and Patti Atwood. He was preceded in death by his siblings Sharon (Ralph) Finkbeiner and Dennis Stahl.

Biography

Warren R. Meissner, 76, of Caseville, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at Scheurer Health in Pigeon. Warren was born October 7, 1946 to the late Max and Ruby (Kain) Meissner. He graduated from Sebewaing High School in 1964. He married Thelma King March 27, 1971; she preceded him in death on January 5, 2000. He retired in 2017 from Caseville Public School as the facility manager, taking care of the grounds, buses and building. He previously worked for Quinn Shell Gas Station as a mechanic and was on the Caseville Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, yard work, watching football and spending time with his grandchildren.


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