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Anton G. “Tony” Crnkovich

September 18, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

NEGAUNEE - Anton G. Crnkovich, formerly of Sunnyside Estates, Ishpeming, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at the Eastwood Nursing Center.

Anton was born July 13, 1918, in Mohawk to Anton and Anna (Berbanac) Crnkovich and attended Calumet Schools.

Tony served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving with the 107th Engineers in the European Theater.

He was employed as a hoist operator for C&H Mining Co. from the early 1950s until 1969. He then moved to the Ishpeming area, working for CCI at the Mather "B" from 1969-79, finally retiring from the Empire Mine at the age of 65. Anton also worked for U.S. Steel Corp., on the Great Lakes fleet in 1967 and 1968.

Mr. Crnkovich was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Negaunee and was a life member of V.A. Romo Post 3165, Negaunee and the Negaunee Eagles. He enjoyed being on the ice and was an avid figure skater.

Surviving are two sons, Tony (Mary Ann) Crnkovich of L'Anse and Steve Crnkovich of California; step-son, David (Nancy Kiertzner) Karhi of Negaunee; step-daughter, Maxine (Robert) Jurczyk of Massachusetts; two brothers, Charles Crnkovich of Florida and Robert (Esther) Crnkovich of Indiana; a sister, Josephine Pietz of Wisconsin; two grandchildren, Tim Cholette and Sarah (Jason) Carr; and three great-grandchildren.

Anton was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Eunice (Karvola) Crnkovich in 1976; his second wife, Celina (Lequia) Karhi in 2011; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Cholette; and two brothers, Matt and Steve.

Honoring Anton's wishes, no public services will be held. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Calumet.

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