Isadore “Ike” Makarewicz

Isadore “Ike” Makarewicz, longtime Elmira resident, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 14, 2019, surrounded by family.  He was a second-generation owner of the family farm that was established in 1915, by his father.  The farm has been in the family for 104 years and is currently known as Marker Farms run by sons John and Tom.

He was born in Elmira on May 20, 1928, the son of Joseph & Boleslawa (Ambrosiewicz) Makarewicz.

Ike was a hard-working man.  He enjoyed being on the farm, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and polka dancing. Ike had a passion for his religion.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Catherine (Jarema); children, Rodney, Mark (Julie), Thomas (Merijo), Donna (Gary) Weaver, and John; grandchildren, Kari, Justin, Kyle, Jennifer, Eric, Cameron Juneac, Bailey Juneac, Morgan Juneac, Garrett (Danielle), Zachary, Renee, Scott, Patrick, Adam, and Mary; great-grandchildren, Adria, Riley, and Easton; brother Joe (Rosalie), sisters Ann Chase and Adele Marker.

Ike was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ted, Leo, Al, and Casimer; sisters Hattie Matuszak, Pauline Miller, Clara Krys, Susan Daunt, Pearl Nowak, and Monica DeYoung.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Elmira.

Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held Friday, October 18, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary being offered at 7:30 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus.

Visitation will continue at the church Saturday, October 19, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service

135 N Center Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735


St Thomas Aquinas Church

2567 Buell Rd.
Elmira, MI 49730


St Thomas Cemetery

3031 Webster Rd.
Elmira, MI 49730


  1. Latuszeks October 15, 2019 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    We are saddened at the loss of Uncle Ike & our hearts ache for Aunt Kate & our cousins’ families.
    The Conrad & Connie Latuszek family

  2. Connie Czarkowski October 16, 2019 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Sending our sincere condolences to the family. Isadore will be remembered for his heartfelt voice singing
    the Polish hymn, Serdeczna Matko. I recall on 9-11-2001, working on the potato harvester when Isadore
    turned the machine off, so we could pause for a moment of prayer.

    Eternal rest grant unto him o Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.

  3. Richard A. Townsend October 16, 2019 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    A Man Who’s love of God and the Land will be hard to replace! God Bless This wonderful Family! I am out of town until Tuesday. Please tell Mom we are sorry to hear!

  4. Richard A. Townsend October 16, 2019 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    A man who’s love of God and the land will be missed! Tell Mom we are so sorry for her loss! We will not be back until Tuesday.

  5. Flo Hajek October 16, 2019 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about your husband, father, & grandfather, he will be truly missed. The Alex Puroll Family!

  6. Jerry and Pat Moran October 16, 2019 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Our sincere condolences to Isadore’s family. We are out of town, but want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Karen DeNike October 18, 2019 at 8:00 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Marker’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to Mr. and Mrs. Marker at the 9:oo Sunday Mass. He was such a good friend to my Dad. I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts. Karen Zaremba DeNike

  8. CASIMER (KAZU) DZWIK. October 18, 2019 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Loved working on his grain threshing circuit of neighbors each harvest time 65-70 yrs ago. He sang his beautiful polish songs for my dad’s (JOE DZWIK) funeral in 1995 and again for my mom’s (CECILIA DZWIK) funeral in 1999. He made and sent me a copy of his huge 1st communion class of 1937 at the old St. Thomas church in Elimra, MI. All our neighbors were in that photo including my uncle JOE SKOWRONSKI (Joe also died this past August 13). That class photo was the favorite photo of Joe’s wake.
    Kate and Isadore exchanged Christmas cards and notes each year with us for decades. Theirs included a treasured Christmas Wafer, (Polish Opatki) to share with my family in Battle Creek, MI. We are unable to attend the funeral but we are sending our caring love and lifelong friendship to all of “ISADORE’S” family and his many, many friends.

  9. David Kramp October 21, 2019 at 11:03 am - Reply

    I’ll keep Ike in my prayers. He’s going to be hunting with Kise this year. 🙂

  10. Ed Sandri October 21, 2019 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Isadore was certainly a good man in every sense of the word. He will be missed not only by his family, but many others. May he Rest In Peace.

  11. Mary Makarewicz October 29, 2019 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Dad says you’re in heaven with your family and messing around with your brothers just like old times. But I’ll forever miss hearing you sing to me in polish, dancing together in the living room to “Big Joe’s Polka Show”, going on four-wheeler rides together, and snowmobiling to Deadman’s Hill. I’ll also miss you trying to argue that you’re taller than me or Grammy even though I am definitely taller! This year I’m going to try and get my first buck to make you proud Grandpa. You promised to give me ten dollars for each point it has, so once I see you again you owe me some cash! 🙂

    “Goodnight don’t let the bed bugs bite and if they do hit them in the head with a shoe.” I love you forever and always.

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