Eugene Lombardini

LORETTO – Eugene R. Lombardini, 83, of Loretto, passed away, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wis. after a short illness.

He was born on Aug. 7, 1930, in Loretto, the son of the late Fred “Butch” and Rose (Simonetti) Lombardini.

Eugene attended Loretto School and graduated from Vulcan High School in 1949.

He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, then attended Northern Michigan University receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

Eugene was a teacher at Vulcan High School and after consolidation, Vulcan Middle School for 30 years, teaching history, science, Michigan history, and driver’s education, until he retired in 1987. He also was the baseball coach and scoreboard operator at basketball games for many years.

Eugene was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Michigan Wolverines, and had been an outstanding baseball player for the Loretto Blackhawks in his younger years and lived on those years following the Tigers.

He married Joann Geline on April 18, 1959, in St. Stephens Church in Loretto, and they enjoyed 54 wonderful years together.

His friends and relatives enjoyed the fruits of his large vegetable garden each year and he always loved his golf foursome each summer at Oak Crest and having camp fires with family and friends in his back yard, but his favorite activity of all was deer hunting at the family camp Ponderosa with his son Tony.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Joann; daughters, Gina of Marquette and Lisa (Paul) Schultz of Kingsford; son, Tony of Vulcan; brother, Donald “Blackie” (Darlene) Lombardini of Hamilton Lakes; sisters-in-law, Lucy (Tom) Krajna of Milwaukee, Joyce Geline of Franklin, Wis. and Nancy (Doug) Cook of Kingsford; brother-in-law John (Barbara) Geline of Loretto; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.

Interment will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Norway Township Cemetery.

Family request that flowers be omitted.

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Arrangements announced by the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.