William Pajnich, age 91, of 9596 CR 511 W.5 Road, Ensign, passed away peacefully Monday evening October 17, 2011 at home.
William was born February 22, 1920 on the family farm in Ensign the son of Joseph and Marija (Stemac) Pajnich. He was raised in Ensign where he attended the Ensign Public Schools.
William worked for the Rapid River Creamery as a deliveryman for 13 years where he met his future wife, Virginia Cobb, while making deliveries in Stonington. They were united in marriage on May 19, 1951 at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Rapid River. They made their home on the family farm in Ensign where they raised their three children. William worked the farm along with working at Harnischfeger Corporation for 30 years. He retired from Harnischfeger Corporation in 1984 upon the closure of the Escanaba plant.
William was a charter member of the Ensign Fire Department. During his membership, he served a term as Fire Chief. He also was a member of the Rapid River Lions Club and the Rapid River Senior Citizen Center. His hobbies included traveling in their motor home with friends, gardening, and spending time with his grandsons.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, Virginia, survivors include:
Daughters, Jean LeBombard of Marquette, MI, Mary (Jerry) Wilson of Ensign, son, John (Debbie) Pajnich of Ensign, grandsons, Alex and Riley Pajnich and Payton LeBombard.
William was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Anna and brother, Joe.