John Paul Konopaski, age 91, of Vanderbilt, Michigan, joined the Lord in His glory on August 5, 2023.
He was born on April 14, 1932, in Boyne Falls, Michigan, to Joseph and Julia (Gdyczynski) Konopaski.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elsie; children, Amy (Tim) Horal, Becky (Gary) Young, Jerri (Jimmy) Smith, Mary (John) Peterson, and John (Kim) Konopaski; grandchildren, Sean, Rachell, Tiffany, Jessica, Jamie, Timothy, Evan, and Alexander; sister, Jennie (Jerry) Dobrzelewski; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Walter, Stella, Francis, and Joe; and grandchildren, baby boy twins, Jennifer, and Carrie.
John raised his family in Warren, Michigan. After 43+ years with the Chrysler Corporation, he retired as a machine repairman and moved to Vanderbilt. John was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Vanderbilt, a member of Union Local 7 in Detroit; and served in the United States Army.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. He will be dearly missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. from Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Vanderbilt.
Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary being offered at 6:00 p.m.
Visitation will continue Thursday, August 10, 2023, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Vanderbilt, from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Michigan- Gaylord Region, online at hom.org/donate/, or to the Vanderbilt Food Pantry at 455 W. Main Street, Vanderbilt, Mi. 49795.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.