Robert F. Bielawski

MARQUETTE, MI. – Robert F. Bielawski, 74 recently of Marquette and former longtime Ironwood resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.

Bob was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood and the former St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He was a charter member of the Ironwood Area Jaycees and served as senator of the Junior Chamber International. Among his numerous civic, fraternal, governmental and charitable associations were service as secretary of the Gogebic Area Salvation Army, past treasurer of the Ironwood United Way, president of the Ironwood Police and Firemen Pension Board, member fo the city planning commission, member of Ironwood American Legion Post 5, member of the Economic Development Commitee, past member of the Gogebic Association for Retarded Citizens board and officer of the Range Banking Association. He was named the community’s Citizen of the Year by the Ironwood Area Chamber of Commerce at their annual installation banquet at the Towne House Motor Inn in 1986.

On Oct. 26. 1959, he was married to the former Karen Keith in Milbank, So. Dak.

Surviving are his wife, Karen, of 54 years; three daughters. Lorelei (Stephen) Bibler, Hesperia, Calif., Dawn (John) Mayotte, Negaunee, and Crystal (Peter) Massoglia, Marquette; five grandchildern, Deanna and Leah Bibler, Ian Mayotte, and Brittany and Stephanie Massoglia; two stepgrandchildren, Misti and Stacy; six stepgreat-grandchildern; an aunt, Esther Eschenbauch, and cousin, Gerald Hedman, both of Presque Isle, Wis.; and brothers and sisters in law, Michael and Vicki Keith, Savage, Minn., and Ronnie and Bonnie Keith, Willmar, Minn.

Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Delores Bielawski; sister in law, Judy Malvin; and brothers in law, Judd Malvin and Steve Keith.

Out of respect for his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held Friday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10:30 a.m., at McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, 305 N. Lowell St., in Ironwood, with the Rev. Robb Jurkovich officiating. Full military honors will be accorded by the Ironwood American Legion Post 5 Honor Guard.

Luncheon will follow the service. Also an informal get together for the family and friends on Sunday, March 2nd at 3pm at the Marquette American Legion. Rite of Committal and interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hurley, in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the HOPE Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 261, Ironwood, MI. 49938.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood and Canale Funeral Home of Marquette, Michigan.