Michele F. ‘Mickey’ Martinac
ISHPEMING — Michele F. “Mickey” Martinac, 54, of 175 Cooper Lake Rd., Ishpeming, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at UP Health System – Marquette, while in the loving care of her family. Michele had fought a courageous four year long battle with multiple myeloma.
Michele was born in L’Anse on December 10, 1964, daughter of Patricia Ann (Carkeek) and the late Curtis Francis Funke. She attended the Sacred Heart Catholic School in L’Anse from 1st till 6th grade. Michele was a graduate of the L’Anse High School, Class of ’83.
She married her high school sweetheart Steven P. Martinac on June 1, 1984, in L’Anse.
Michele and Steve had lived in White Pine and Ontonagon for a brief period where Michele had worked at Tiny People Nursery School. She and Steve then moved to Ishpeming in 1994, where Michele did home day care, along with working for several years as a price changer at Target in Marquette and was co-owner of Croatian Village II. Michele cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandkids.
She could often have been found snowshoeing, spending time at camp on second sand beach, out on the boat fishing, adventures on the side-by-side, going for rides in the woods, or simply paddling her kayak. She has also had her dog Kurski by her side.
Michele was a very loving, caring and giving person who would do anything for anyone she could. She made many friends through her life. She was a hard worker and she lived for her family. Her husband, Steve, was her best friend since the age of 15. They were truly high school sweethearts.
Michele was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Funke and her mother-in-law, Sandra Sundman.
She is survived by her husband of the past 35 years, Steven P. Martinac of Ishpeming; two sons, Ryan (Lindsay) Martinac of Ishpeming and Tyler (fiancÈe Katie Tonge) Martinac, of Aura; two daughters, Ashley (Kyle) Maki of Ishpeming and Lacey Pietro of Hobart, Wisconsin; her mother and father, Patricia and Robert Kissel of Baraga; four grandchildren, Tyler, Brooklyn, Aria, Hayden; two sisters, Jean Marie (fiance, Gary Anderson) Funke of San Jose, California, and Kerri (Bill Sikkila) Kissel-Sikkila of L’Anse; two brothers, Kurt (fiance Sarah Hoppe) Funke of Clinton, Iowa and Ted Kissel of Baraga; father-in-law, Paul (Lillian) Martinac of Calumet; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Kevin) Patana of L’Anse; nieces and nephews, Aaron, Estee, Cassandra, Nick, Shannon, Travis, Taylor, Taryn, Zach, Aleah, Bobbie, and Carter; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The Family will greet relatives and friends from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, 18240 US 41, L’Anse.
Funeral Services will follow the visitation at 5 p.m. on Thursday, with Rev. Fr. Corey Litzner to officiate.
A meal will follow the services in the Harrington Room at Reid Funeral Service and Chapel.
Interment will take place in the spring at the Evergreen Cemetery in L’Anse.
Michele’s obituary may be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com or reidfuneralservicechapel.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.