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Gerald MacFalda

Gerald MacFalda

1940 - 2020

Gerald “Jerry” “Mac” Edward MacFalda, 80, of Saline died peacefully at home on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

He was born on May 4, 1940 in Posen, MI to the late Edward Andrew and Rose Mabel (Szczerowski) MacFalda and raised in nearby Rogers City.

He attended St. Ignatius grade school and graduated from Rogers City High School. He volunteered for the U.S. Army and served 3 years in Germany during the Cold War. Upon his return to Michigan, he worked various jobs– as a deckhand on the Great Lakes ships, in a drop forge factory, as a sheet metal apprentice, as a barkeeper—while he was earning his bachelor’s degree. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1967. On August 9, 1969, he married Janet Louise Malone at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Saginaw. After he earned his M.A. from Eastern Michigan University, he began his teaching career at Wayne-Westland Community Schools. During their 51 years of marriage, “Mac” and Janet enjoyed their cottage on Hammond Bay, sailing on Lakes Erie and Huron, woodworking, crossword puzzles, reading and raising their children. He was a parishioner at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Saline.

Jerry is survived by his wife Janet and their children: Anne (Ken) Mleczek of Rochester Hills; Elaine Sines of Tecumseh; Paul (Vanessa) MacFalda of San Marcos, CA; grandchildren Christopher, Maria, and Teresa Sines; Julia and Andrew Mleczek; Matthew, Samantha, and Alexandra MacFalda. He is also survived by his siblings Doris “Meme” Roeske, John (Pam) MacFalda, Joan (Owen) Karsten, and thirteen nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Anne Smith; brothers-in-law Daryel Smith and Ernest Roeske; nephew Duane Smith, father and mother-in-law John and Peggy Malone; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Burial will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 7 th at St. Casimir Catholic Church Cemetery, Posen, MI.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to St. Casimir Catholic Church, Rogers City Servicemen’s Club, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN.

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