Georgianna L. Obrigewitsch

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Georgianna (Gigi, Georgie) Proulx Obrigewitsch was born on December 9, 1953, in Red Lake Falls, MN.  She was the 10th of 12 children born to May Belle Bachand Proulx and Celestin Proulx. She graduated high school in 1972, and worked at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and the Arctic Cat factory.   Gigi met Mike Obrigewitsch on May 1, 1976, after exchanging letters for two years.  They married in November, and she moved to Baker, MT, where they lived for 22 years.  The family moved to Gaylord, MI, in 1999, where she resided until her passing.  She was very actively involved in the parish of St. Thomas of Aquinas, and touched the hearts of many in the community.  She worked at APS, Norman’s, and the Otsego Commission on Aging.  Her greatest joy was crocheting angels for her grandchildren and other special people.

Gigi and Mike had two daughters, Beth Eckman (Mike) and Kristy Grimes (Greg), and eight grandchildren; Emily, Anna, Cara, Charlie, William, Joshua, Allison, and Oliver.  She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Joseph (Clovis), Celeste and Charles, and a brother-in-law, Andrew.  She is survived by siblings Judith (Russ) Huffman, Louis (Cindy) Proulx,  Vincent (Marilyn) Proulx, Pat Proulx, Paulette (Sam) Wheeler, Claudette Proulx Kanami, Roger (Jeanette) Proulx, Joseph (Judy) Proulx,  numerous nieces and nephews, and the grandchildren of her heart, the Noel children (parents Chris and Chantalle).

Gigi’s infectious laugh, twinkling eyes, loving and generous heart, as well as her mischievous nature, have given her family thousands of memories to hold on to and cherish.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 20, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Thomas Church in Elmira, MI.  The Visitation takes place at Nelson Funeral Home, Thursday, July 19, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and again on Friday, July 20, at church beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  A Rosary will be offered at the funeral home on Thursday, July 19, at 6:00 p.m.  The Burial will take place from St. Thomas Cemetery, Elmira, MI.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Gigi’s name for Father Polycarp’s school and mission, courtesy of the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

33 comments on “Georgianna L. Obrigewitsch”

  1. Sheila Ann Markle

    Dearest Georgie, my friend, you will always be in my heart and I will miss you so very much.❤️

  2. Mike and Family, Our Thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Love, Linda, Dick,Cheryl, Teri and MaryAnn Weisgerber

    1. Beth Eckman and family

      Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your prayers and thoughts for dad and the family!

  3. Julie Dorrance

    Heaven has a new angel. Mike, we are mourning with you, and praying for you, and Georgie is watching over us all. Thank you for sharing her with us. We will always be here for you. We love you <3

    Charlie, Julie, Patrick and Daniel

  4. Prayers and love to Mike and to all who loved Georgie. You have a strong faith, and a loving faith community to walk through this with you. God’s grace is enough.

    Fr. Don

  5. Kathy Franckowiak

    Mike, we are thinking of you and your family. Our prayers are with you. Georgie will be missed greatly.

    Kathy and Terry

  6. So sorry Mike, Howie and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Love Peg and Howie.

  7. Dan & Jodi Johanneck

    Gigi was a warm and loving friend who definitely had that twinkle in her eyes. I have loved her since she was my babysitter way back when I was but a little boy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and the girls, the grandchildren and all of my Proulx family during this very difficult time. We know with certainty that Gigi now walks with God. There is peace to be found in knowing that.

    With our Love,

    The Johannecks (Dan, Jodi, Staci, Nathan, and Leah)

    1. Beth Eckman and family

      Thank you Dan, Jodi and family! Mom was so very fond of all of you… We are trying to hold on to the knowledge that she feels no pain, no worry, just love and peace now while she looks down at her grandchildren and watches over them.

  8. MaryAnn Washburn

    Mike & family, So sorry to hear about Georgie…you will be in my thoughts.
    MaryAnn (Weisgerber) Washburn


    Mike And Family..Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.I will always remember her soft smile she gave me as she received Our Lord.on Sunday at 4.30 pm..May she rest in peace…Richard, Becky Shavinski

  10. Raymond Obrigewitsch

    Mitch, Beth and Kristi, out hearts and prayers go out to you in this time of sudden loss. Georgie will always be remembered for the twinkle in her eyes and her friendly beautiful disposition.

  11. Dearest Mike and Family,
    I am saddened to hear that Gigi has left those of us here without her joy and beautiful personality. I treasure the memories of old when we were in Baker. I pray that God softens your loss with his comfort. Heaven has gained a beautiful daughter today. Love to all.

  12. Dear Mike and Family,
    Even though it has been years since we have seen each other, you are all still a beautiful part of my memories and are treasured. The earth has lost some spark with the departure of Gigi. Oh how I loved spending time with you all before I left Baker. Gigi had such a beautiful and larger than life personality. My heart goes out to each of you as you grieve and learn to live life this side of Heaven without Gigi. We know she is celebrating in Heaven. Much love to you all.

  13. Delbert Streitz

    Mitchell and family! My deepest sympathies for the loss of your wife and mother. I never met her, yet, from what I read, Gigi had a beautiful soul. I pray that God’s graces be with Gigi and your family. God Bless! Your cousin Del.

  14. Ken & Kathleen Arndt

    Mike, we are praying for your family. She is sending us all peace as she is residing in our hearts and letting us know we will be ok. We are here for you.

  15. Anita Franckowiak

    Mike and Family, saddened to hear that Georgie has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sure your love of God will h lip carry you thru this difficult time.

  16. Dear Mike, So sad to hear of Gigi’s passing – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Diane (Streitz) Procive

    My sympathy to Mitchell and family. I never meet these wonderful women but it sounded like she was a blessing to many. May God comfort you at this time and my prayers for your needs. May God Bless You.
    Your cousin Diane (Streitz) Procive.

  18. Margaret Toulouse

    Mike, Beth, Kristi and Proulx family, So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many good memories of Gigi as a family friend, classmate and part of the neighborhood gang. May she rest in peace.

  19. Margaret Toulouse

    Dear Mike, Beth, Kristi and Proulx family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have many fond memories of Gigi as a family friend, classmate and part of the neighborhood gang. May she rest in peace.

    1. You were often in her stories, when we could get her to talk about the past 🙂 Mom often was focused on the future, so I loved when she would get together with the Proulx siblings and they would tell story after story!

  20. Sheryl Obrigewitsch

    Mike & family we are so sorry to hear of Georgie’s passing. Will always remember the wonderful visit with you & Georgie in Jameston. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you . God Bless, your cousin Les and Sheryl.

  21. Mike Obrigewitsch

    Thank you for your comforting words and prayers. Gigi is missed more than you know. Give the special one you are with a hug and tell them how much you love them. You may not get another chance. Love, Mike (Mitchell)

  22. John and MaryAnn Hecker

    Mike, Beth, Kristi and families, Our condolences for your loss of Georgie. She was a special lady and will be remembered lovingly. May she rest in peace and your memories give you comfort. God bless you all, MaryAnn (Obrigewitch) and John Hecker from Baker, MT

  23. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother, sister and Aunt.

  24. Dear Mike, Beth, Kristi and families, Gigi was a childhood friend and I think of many stories and fun times we had with her, from sleep outs, playing softball in a cow pasture and her, winning a pony from a contest and we walked it home to her house. She was mischievous and full of life. Thinking of her and sending blessings to all of you. My deepest condolences.

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