Clifford Stefanski, 90

Clifford J. Stefanski, 90, of Bronson, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at Sturgis Hospital.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Bronson, with the Rev. Fr. Richard Fritz officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation will 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, with the Rosary to begin at 7 p.m., at Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson.

Cliff was born March 3, 1921, in Bronson, to Jacob and Anna (Johnson) Stefanski.

On June 9, 1945, he married Mary Jane Herman in Bronson.

Mr. Stefanski worked at the former Douglas Manufacturing for 25 years until his retirement in 1981. He was also a lifelong farmer, owning and operating his own family farm. Cliff was a member of St. Mary’s Church where he faithfully served as an usher for many years. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, especially during Fall Festival and Polish Days, becoming an honorary lifetime member. Cliff was a 50-year member of the UCT and an avid bowler, maintaining a place in the Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame. He enjoyed fishing, “puttering” and Detroit Tigers baseball, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Clifford is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; his children, Michael (Ellen) Stefanski of Sturgis, David (Gretchen) Stefanski of Tekonsha, Mary Louise Stefanski of Nashville, Jacqueline (Gil) Stefanski-McGoon of Battle Creek, Karen (Ed Spring) Stefanski of Bronson, Joy Stefanski of Vicksburg and Joseph Stefanski of Bronson; son-in-law Norm Keller of Indiana; his brother, Jacob (Mildred) Stefanski of Bronson; his grandchildren, Frank Keller, Kate Keller, Alissa Stefanski, Stacey Priestley, Matthew Stefanski, Emily Chockley and Amanda Greer; his great-grandchildren, Blaine and Madison Greer, Jalen Priestley and Isabelle Stefanski; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Ann Keller, in 2000.

Memorials may be directed to Thurston Woods Village or St. Mary’s School.

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