John F. Myefski

IRON RIVER – John F. Myefski, 85, of Iron River, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Northstar Health System in Iron River.

He was born Oct. 5, 1927, in Stambaugh, son of the late Casimir and Felicia (Dzarnowski) Myefski. He attended Stambaugh Schools, graduating from Stambaugh High School with the class of 1946. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Northern Michigan University. After teaching in Niagara, Wis., John was employed by Ford Motor Credit Company for many years, and retired for health reasons. He later worked at the Community Action Agency of Iron River.

John married the former Joyce Huss-Valesano on Jan. 9, 1982, in Iron River and the couple celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this year.

He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and choir of Iron River. Gardening and cooking were his passions, and he loved working on his family home and grounds. He especially enjoyed singing to and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Sister M. Augusta, William Myefski, Charles Myefski, Bernice Bedwell, Alex Myefski, Anne Larkin, Frank Myefski, Joseph Myefski, and Barbara Konopacke.

John is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons, Mark (Linda) Valesano and Gerard (Christine) Valesano of Crystal Falls; daughters, Corinne (Chris) McNamara of Grand Ledge, Joy (Tom) Stachowicz of Crystal Falls, Marla (Eric) Shamion of Iron River, and LuAnn (Curt LaFrancis) Valesano of Iron River; brother, Louis (Joan) Myefski of Marquette; his special grandchildren who were so dear to him, Marci, Toni, Christian, Katie, Chrissy, Thomas, Mick, Maria, Josh, Niki, Jessica, Jacob, Jordan, Danica, Lacey, Bristol and Michael; great-granddaughter, Kailyn; nieces, nephews and extended family.

Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Iron River, with Rev. Gregory Veneklase, pastor, to offer the Mass of Christian Burial. The West Side Veterans will accord Military Rites following the funeral service.

Interment will be in Stambaugh Cemetery.

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Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.