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.


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St Thomas Aquinas Church

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Elmira, MI 49730


St Thomas Cemetery

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Elmira, MI 49730