William “Bill” J. Hardwick, age 81,of St. Jacques, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday morning, December 17, 2020 at his home.
Bill was born July 1, 1939 in Rapid River, MI, the son of Clifford and Catherine (Hendricks) Hardwick. He graduated from Nahma High School class of 1958. Bill was united in marriage to Connie Lynn Groleau on October 8, 1960. He was a faithful Christian man, serving as a lector and an usher at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Nahma. Bill was also involved in the Cursillo Movement.
Bill was a member of the Big Bay de Noc School Board. He also coached basketball. He worked as a delivery milkman for the Rapid River Creamery, a woodworker, and a construction worker. He finished his working career at the Alger County Maximum Security Prison. Bill was a member of the Nahma Township Fire Department and served for many years as the fire chief. He also was the Grand Marshall for the Nahma Labor Day Celebration in 2014.
Bill loved music, enjoyed deer hunting, Bingo, going to the Casino, and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He also enjoyed the Nahma Arrows. Bill’s grandkids and Great Grandkids were the highlight of his life. He loved watching them play sports.
In addition to his loving wife of 60 years, Connie, Bill is survived by:
Children: Barry (Lori) Hardwick, Becky (Ron) Kniffen, Bruce Hardwick, Jamie (Dawn) Hardwick, Jeremy (Debra) Hardwick, Jacki (Donald) Knoph, Georg (Martina) Middleburg, and Tom Keller.
Sister: Dorothy Wolf
Sister-in-Law’s: Dorothy Hardwick and Yvonne Groleau
35 Great Grandchildren
1 Great Great Grandchild
And Numerous Nieces and nephews.
In addition to his Parents Bill is preceded in death by:
Brothers: James Hardwick and Brother and Sister-in-Law, Richard Stilson and Lorlie Stilson Pilon.
Sister-in-Laws:, Myrna Sonsalla
Brother-in-Law: Rod Groleau, Richard (Judy) Segerstrom, Peter Wolf
Daughter-in-Law: Janean Hardwick
Granddaughter: Staci Hardwick
Family would like to express thanks to the Schoolcraft Hospice Team and a special thank you to his Niece, Lori Sundling, for the special care she provided as his nurse and all who were there to help.
Family will receive friends Sunday, December 20th from 3:00 until 5:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Monday, December 21st at 10:00 AM at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Nahma. Proper social distancing and masks are appreciated by the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Gary Abrahamson, Jr. Memory Care Center, in the care of Mary Uelmen 2635 1st Avenue South, Escanaba, MI 49829. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the family.