Paul Masnjak

STAMBAUGH TOWNSHIP – Paul John Masnjak, 45, of Stambaugh Township, beloved son of Donald and the late Elvira “Vera” Masnjak passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

He was born Oct. 21, 1967, in Chicago. He graduated from Brother Rice High School in Chicago in 1985; from Alma College with a bachelor’s degree in international business in 1989 (after studying abroad at Gothe Institute in Kassel, Germany, where he mastered the German language and spoke it fluently); and from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) with his master’s in 1991.

He lived and worked in the Chicago area for a number of years and was the comptroller of St. Anthony Bank. Paul later moved to Stambaugh Township and was employed as an instructor at Bay College in Iron Mountain.

He was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church of Caspian and the Croatian Fraternal Union of America, Lodge 32. He played soccer with Alma College, Croatian Cultural Center S.C., and Lith’s S.C., both of Chicago, and also played in the Iron Mountain adult league. He was a certified high school soccer and hockey referee in both Michigan and Wisconsin and coached youth hockey and soccer teams locally. He was a member of the Sloboda Jr. Tamburitzans in his young and teenage years, and enjoyed Croatian folklore. He was an excellent Tambura (Prim) player and dancer.

Paul is survived by his father, Donald of Stambaugh Township; and brothers, Karl (Denise) Masnjak of Naples, Fla., and Marko (Noreen) Masnjak of Chicago.

Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Kristian; and his mother, Vera.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian, with Rev. Grgeory Veneklase, pastor, to offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Ill.

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Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.