RIPLEY - Martin Joseph Stimac passed into eternal life on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.
Marty was born May 31, 1959, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Roy and Marie (Holland) Stimac.
He attended Blessed Sacrament Parish School and Roy T. Start High School. In 1984, he graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In 1968, he moved to the Upper Peninsula where he enrolled in graduate school at Michigan Technological University, earning an MS in Biological Sciences.
Marty was an incredibly gifted teacher of both science and English. He taught at Hancock Middle School and, over the years, at Gogebic Community College and Finlandia's Upward Bound program, touching the lives of countless students.
A man of deep faith, Marty served as lector, extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and teacher of religious education at his church. For many years, he was an EMT for Mercy Ambulance Service.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Thomas; sister, Laura; nephew, Tim; niece, Jean; brother-in-law, Jim; and father-in-law, Paul.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; son, Holland of Minneapolis; sisters, Jean Areddy of Maumee, Ohio, Peggy (Thomas) Butler of Grand Island, N.Y., Kate (Vic) Flath of Toledo, Ohio, and Anne (Jim) Ewing of Newport, R.I.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection in Hancock with Frs. Brian Gerber and Corbin Eddy to officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the church.
The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with arrangements. Please go to oneilldennis.com to leave online condolences.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Church of the Resurrection, 900 Quincy St., Hancock, MI 49930; Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, 527 Hancock St., Hancock, MI 49930 or the charity of the donor's choice in the name of Martin Stimac.