Colleen Marie Jozwiak, age 76, of Gaylord, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023, after a 2-year battle with stomach cancer.
Colleen was born on March 5, 1946, in Petoskey, MI, to William and Ruth (Morrow) Hoffman. She grew up in Petoskey and graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School, attended North Central Michigan College, and ultimately graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree. Colleen was a teacher for many years and taught at both Gaylord Community Schools and then Vanderbilt Area Schools, where she retired in 2003.
Colleen married Bernard Jozwiak on July 27, 1968. Together they raised two daughters, Julie and Shelly. In addition to teaching, Colleen also farmed with Bernie and his parents on their family farm in the Gaylord area.
Colleen enjoyed baking, cooking, farming, boating, waterskiing, and dancing, but the most important thing to her was her family.
Colleen was preceded in death by her father, William in 1955; her husband, Bernie in 1997; and her son-in-law, Craig in 2021.
She is survived by her two daughters, Julie (Craig, deceased) Sidelinger of Ypsilanti, MI, and Shelly (Jason) Kellogg of Bonners Ferry, ID; five grandchildren, Evan, Elijah, and Isaiah Kellogg, and Paulina and Daniel Sidelinger. She is also survived by her mother Ruth Hoffman; brothers, Joe, Mark (Sue), and Paul (Carrie) Hoffman; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord, MI, on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 5-7 p.m.
A short visitation will also be held at Holy Redeemer Church in Vanderbilt, MI, on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. with the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon of Colleen’s favorite comfort foods will follow the service at the Holy Redeemer parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by mail, to the Otsego County Animal Shelter, 256 Fairview Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.