Thomas Edward Chobanian

DONKEN — Thomas Edward Chobanian, Sr., 70, a resident of Donken, was called home after a courageous battle with cancer on July 4, 2017. He fought long and hard but God needed him home!

Tom was born in Racine, Wisconsin, on March 16, 1947, to James Chobanian and Betty Pfister Glassey. His grandparents were John and Elizabeth Chobanian and Helen Kaus Pfister and Anthony Pfister. His grandmother, Elizabeth, was his world, growing up naming his daughter after her!

Growing up as a child, Tom went to numerous Catholic schools and attended Horlick High School in Racine.

Tom worked construction in Racine before and after his enlistment into the U.S. Marine Corps in December of 1968.

Tom married Theresa Bramble Chobanian (Mother T) on October 14, 1983, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. They moved to the U.P. in the fall of 1986.

Some of Tom’s hobbies included, minnow trapping and having a bait business.

He loved spending time in the woods cutting firewood and playing the lottery.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Theresa; his daughter, Elizabeth (Doug Kin) Chobanian of Greenland; Joshua (Raquel) Bramble of Donken, James (Jessie Hale) Chobanian of Ontonagon, Thomas (Holly Cribb) Chobanian, II, of Donken; his sister, Sally (Martin) Dominques of Roseville, Michigan; step-sisters, Jill Grabowski and Jae Santa Anna; and his pride and joy, his grandchildren, Alyssa, Noah, Caleb, Daniel, Kendra, Devin, Mercedes, Alfred (Reggie), Alex, Jacob and Thomas III. They are what kept him here for as long as he was. They were his “world”! He also had a very special great-niece, Aliah that he loved very much.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and his son, Jacob Chobanian in June of 2006.

Tom’s celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mass City, with Tom’s hospice pastor Charles Jousma officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the church. A luncheon will follow the service at the Mass City VFW where Tom’s military rites will be conducted.

If you would like to bring a dish to pass for the luncheon, please call or text Theresa at 281-1932. If you are not able to make the service and would like to send a condolence card, please mail it to: Theresa Chobanian, 9649 Donken Rd., Toivola, MI 49965.

Burial will be Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Woodland Cemetery in Winona, with Terry Patterson to perform the bagpipes in full Scottish dress, per Tom’s request for “Grandma Elizabeth.”

Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary of South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

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