John E. Katarincic, age 84, of 1622 Montana Avenue, Gladstone, passed away Tuesday July 9, 2013 following a brief illness at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
John was born September 5, 1928 in Escanaba the son of John and Mary (Minnerick) Katarincic. He was raised in Escanaba and attended the St. Joseph Catholic School. John left home when he was only 16 and helped support his family by shoveling coal on the ore carrier Pam Snieder. He studied hard and became a 1 st Engineer. He was forced to retire because of downsizing at the age of 52.
John was employed with Cleveland Cliffs on their ore boats in some capacity on the following Great Lakes Freighters, Grand Island, Michigan, Frontenac, Pontiac, Walter A. Sterling, and the Tom M. Girdler.
John was united in marriage to the former Gayle DuRoy on January 19, 1952 in Cleveland, OH. On their wedding day they danced to the Frankie Zanchovic Band. John still loved to Polka. John built his family home in Gladstone and also his cottage on Camp 7 with the help of his son, son-in-law and father-in-law.
John was Croatian and was very proud of his heritage. He enjoyed Polvitia, Croatian Sausage from Viau