MANISTIQUE, Michigan - Peter P. Gorsche, 90, of 1483N Country Club Drive, Manistique, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on May 22, 2014, at his home in Hiawatha Township.
He was born October 8, 1923, in Manistique, Michigan the son of Frank Z. and Anna (Rozich) Gorsche and attended Manistique area schools. He was a graduate of St. Francis de Sales School and later Manistique High School with the Class of 1940. During World War II, he entered the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, seeing duty in China and India.
In his earlier years, Pete was involved in area athletics and was a stand-out softball pitcher, here and in the military.
He continued his education at St. Lawrence College and Northern Michigan University.
On June 23, 1949, he married the former Arvella M. Bauers at St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique. He then attended the University of Michigan and graduated in 1953.
Pete was hired by General Motors in Saginaw as a systems analyst for 32 years. He and Arvella lived in and raised their family in Saginaw. During his last three years of employment, he worked for International GM in Cadiz, Spain and moved back to Manistique in 1985 following retirement.
While living in Saginaw, he was a founder of Our Lady Help of Christians Credit Union which later became the Catholic Federal Credit Union in Saginaw. He served as Vice President and on the Board of Directors there.
He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church and Parish where he served on the parish council and finance committee. He held many offices in and was a life member of the Schoolcraft V.F.W. Post 4420, the American Legion 83, and the D.A.V. Chapter 26 where he also served as Commander. He was a member of and held offices in the Manistique Knights of Columbus 3rd degree Council 2026 and the Donald E. Messier 4th degree Chapter 502.
Pete was an original director of the Manistique Area Schools Foundation, a life member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association, a member of the Manistique Elks Club and the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club.
He was honored to be included in the Upper Peninsula's first Honor Flight to Washington, DC.
Pete is survived by his wife, Arvella M. Gorsche of Manistique; daughter, Val Marie (Patrick) Rozich of Hancock; son, Antony Paul Gorsche of Manistique; grandchildren, Ian Gorsche of Pearl River, Louisiana, Aleksandar Rozich of Ann Arbor, Danica Rozich of Hancock and Tonilyn Gorsche of Gladstone; great grandchildren, Cain Gorsche and Callice Gorsche; sister, Mary M. Nelli of Manistique; and his sister-in-law, Peggy Anderson of Wayland, Michigan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Francis J. Gorsche and John A. Gorsche; and his sisters, Ann Marusich and Kathryn Pastore.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique.
A veteran's memorial service will be held at 5 p.m., a K. of C. Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. and parish prayers will be said at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique with Father Glenn Theoret officiating.
Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique followed by a luncheon at the St. Francis de Sales parish center.
Memorial donations may be directed to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at mbfuneral.com.