Francis N. ‘Fran’ DeLorensi

ISHPEMING, MI. – Francis N. “Fran” DeLorensi, age 80, of 203 N. Fifth St., Ishpeming passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette where he had resided since May 14, 2013.

Fran was born March 15, 1933 in Negaunee the son of the late Louis and Clara (LaForest) DeLorensi. He attended the St. Paul’s School in Negaunee and was a lifelong area resident. He served in the United States Army from April of 1953 March of 1955 and received the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany). Fran married Mary Lou Pascoe on June 1, 1957 at St. Paul’s Church in Negaunee. He had worked for 17 years as an underground miner at the Tracy Mine. Fran went on to work for the Marquette Co. Road Commission for many years, plowing snow through the winter months and doing road maintenance during the summer. Fran had enjoyed being with and attending his grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s activities and events, along with bird hunting, watching the Green Bay Packers and trips to the casino.

Survivors include his wife Mary Lou DeLorensi of Ishpeming, a son Steven (Pamela) DeLorensi of Green Bay, WI, a daughter Julie (Randy) Welch of Forney, TX, 2 sisters Dorothy (Bob) Truckey of Ishpeming, and Gloria Holm of Negaunee, 9 grandchildren Crystal (Pat) Seefeldt, Jessica (Keith) Paulsen, Dan (Katie) DeLorensi, Melinda (Andy) Klarkowski, Nathaniel (Erin) Michniacki, Amanda (David) Wilson, Christopher (Kelsey) Michniacki, Jake Welch, Trent (Lindsey) Welch, great grandchildren Amanda, Jordan, Landen, Zachary, Connor, Mason, Jack, Finn, Orion, Evey Rose, Paisley, Wyatt, Teagan, Kennedy and Brinleigh.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Lloyd DeLorensi.

Fran’s Family will greet relatives and friends from 4 until 6pm on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Mitchell United Methodist Church in Negaunee. Memorial services will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday at the Mitchell United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Mater to officiate. Inurnment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery. A meal will be served in the church hall following the services.

A limb has fallen from the family tree.

I hear a voice saying “Don’t grieve for me.

Remember the best times, the laughter, the song;

The good life I lived when I was strong.

Continue my life, I’m counting on you.

Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.

Remembering it all, how truly I was blessed.

Continue traditions, no matter how small.

Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls.

You might miss me dearly, but keep up your chin

Until the day that we meet again.”

Fran’s obituary may also be viewed at bjorkand zhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.