Cyriel (Sonny) W. Sinnaeve, age 85, of Gladstone, died of natural causes on April 12, 2020 at home in Gladstone.
Born September 2, 1934 in Covert, MI to Cyril and Margaretta (Gregory) Sinnaeve. Sonny was raised in the St. Nicholas area near Perkins, his family later moved to Gladstone. In 1953 he joined the U.S. Army. He served in Korean War where his Unit received a Citation with one Bronze Star for the evacuation of Puson. After the Military Sonny came home and married the former Marlene Ducheny on November 10, 1956, they just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last fall.
Sonny started his work career after the military at the Buckeye, he then worked for Cleveland Cliffs at the Pioneer Pellet Plant and Ore Improvement Plants in Negaunee for 17 years in Maintenance. In 1974 he started working for Skelgas as a Plant Manager in Gladstone for 9 years. Then he went to work at the Escanaba Paper Mill as a Pipefitter for 14 years. There were many friends that were developed at the Mill, he enjoyed his work and time there.
He retired in 1996 where he started his second life of going to camp in Perkins. He loved spending time and doing odds and ends at camp constantly. That was where he felt his best, he could relax (which he didn’t do much of, always doing something). Hunting season was what he looked forward to every year, it was a time for stories, comradery and even some hunting.
He loved his Detroit sports teams, even though he didn’t see many championships as of lately he never stopped rooting for the Lions, Tigers and Red Wings. One of his greatest honors was when he took the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see all the war memorials and when Congressman Stupak presented him with his military medals. He took pride in being a veteran and serving our country.
Sonny is survived by his wife, Marlene of Gladstone, Four Sisters, Berta Maki of Kipling, Nancy Slagstadt of Norway, MI, Mary Ann Sinnaeve of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Angel Waeghe of Kipling and one brother, Frank Sinnaeve of Gladstone, Sons Tom(Marie) Sinnaeve of Marquette, Steve(Mendy Kolbus) Sinnaeve of Rapid River and daughter, Kathy(Kenny) Mathers of Gladstone. Grandchildren Kristi Duerson of Rapid River, Nick Young of Rapid River and Ashley Sinnaeve of Luxumber, WI. Great Grandchildren, Mya, Kaden, Brendan, Emily and Erin.
Visitation for Sonny Sinnaeve will be at Skradski Family Funeral Home in Gladstone, but due to the coronavirus and the Governor’s stay at home order there will not be a public service, only for immediate family. Sonny was a member of All Saints Catholic Church of Gladstone. His Faith in the Lord was unwavering and is now with Our Father in Heaven. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Sinnaeve family.