August Marinelli

HANCOCK – August Gus F. Marinelli, 86, a resident of Hancock and beloved husband of Gertrude Marinelli, passed away Saturday afternoon August 31, 2013, at home with his loving wife and family by his side.

He was born on March 6, 1927, in Beacon Hill, Mich., a son of the late Louis and Maria Emelia Brida Marinelli.

As a child, his family moved to Hancock where he attended the Hancock Schools.

Mr. Marinelli was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II.

Gus had worked for Vollwerths Sausage in Hancock, retiring after 38 years as a meat smoker. He worked for many years doing various demolition work and built chimneys. After retiring he worked as a custodian at the Douglas House in Houghton.

On May 22, 1971, he was united in marriage to the former Gertrude Rothenberger.

Mr. Marinelli was raised in the Catholic faith and was a member of Alfred Erickson Post 186 American Legion in Hancock.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his grandchildren; Robert John Voght and Stacy Renee Pindral; his sister, Anne Olson; and nephew, Tony Nutini.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Gertrude Marinelli of Hancock; their children, Marsha (Stefan) Wisniewski and their children, Jerry (Tricia) Wisniewski, Stephanie (Mark Graff) Krieger, Susan (Joe Christenson) Rohn, Tanya (Nathan) Maki, Alexis (Chad) Snell, Angelica (Tony) Hebert, Ashley (Jeffery) Sudderth and Stefan (Lori) Wisniewski; William (Cindy) Marinelli and their children, Ryan (Amy) Marinelli and Robin (Clayton) Harma; Marti (Robert) Rashleigh and their children, Sherri (Keith) Holmgren, Robert (Megan) Rashleigh, Jennifer (Michael) Houser, Courtney (David) Beaudette and Timothy (Jessica Hipala) Rashleigh; Janey (Walter) Pindral and their children, Christopher (Jennifer) Pindral, Michael Pindral, Dustin (Erica) Pindral and Chelsey Pindral; Lynn Marinelli and her children, Robert Paul (Amy Jeffery)Voght and Jessica (Marty) Trevathan; Freida (Timothy) Lahti and their children, Heather Manninen and Holly Alcaz; 41 great-grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy Nutini; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his best friends, Ernie Luttinen and Ed Kenny.

Services for Gus will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2013, in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock with Fr. John Martignon to officiate.

Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock, where a prayer service will be held at 6:30 pm.

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The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting the family with the arrangements.