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.
Virginia, Jean , Mary, John and families, we are so sorry to hear about Bills Passing. Our deepest condolences to you all.
Mary and Mark Malnor
Rapid River MI
John & Family: I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God Bless.
Kathy (Rajala) Groleau
West Bend WI
Mary and Family – you are in my prayers
Carolyn (Vogl) VanLaanen
Green Bay WI
Virginia,Jean, Jean, John and family
So sorry to hear of Bills passing. May all your good memories help you through this sad time. Bill was such a sweet man and always a simple on his face. My prayer are with you now and the days ahead. Carol
Rapid River MI
Mrs. Pajnich, Jean, Mary & John & families: I was so saddened to hear of the passing of your Husband, Dad and Grandpa. I spent a lot of good times in your house in my younger days. He was a kind and gentle man and will leave a large void in your lives. Rely on your memories and each other as you face the hard days ahead. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
Becki Roberts Hess
The Pajnich Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this
time of sorrow. Keep friends and family close, they will help to ease your loss. May God Bless.
Joe, Laura and Adrienne Piron
Dear Virginia and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have never forgotten how kind and loving your family was even when I was a little brat in in 4 H. Bill managed to put up with us. Virginia may gather strength from all the prayers and hugs. Ensign has lost another great person. My condolence’ to all of your family. Love and Prayers. Jane La Crosse Beverly
Rapid River MI
Mary and your family, We are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. We will keep you all in our prayers.
Jeannette and Ron Lockman
Rapid River (formerly) MI
Jean, Mary, and John, I was so sorry to read of your father’s passing. My sympathy to you and your mom. God Bless all.
Connie Lundin Smith
Bill was a terrific friend, helpful neighbor, and a gem of society. His warm and caring personality lightened the hearts of those who met him. I?ll miss his helpful spirit, his cheerful greetings, and his enjoyment of smoking suckers in the springtime. Bill was a great man and a gentleman of honor. My life has been truly enriched by knowing Bill Pajnich.
Heaven has another angel today. Bill and Mike will hold a big croation celebration with our Lord.
Virginia and family, please know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers and an empty void in our hearts where Bill was. A good and trusting friend who always had a smile for you. Dave and I will miss him dearly as we always talked about “Bill” every time we were in Rapid River and missed your stop by visits in Escanaba. Our deepest sympathy go with you all and our dearest friend will always be with us in love.
love, friendship and prayers. God Bless
Carol (Majestic) & Dave Collegnon
Rapid River and Escanaba MI
John, Debbie & family, I’m sending my deepest sympathies in the loss of your dad ( father in law) , I know how very special he was to you all.
Dear Virginia and Family,
We were so saddened to learn of the passing of our good friend, Bill. We have so many fond memories of time spent with both he and Virginia and the good times we experienced in their company. We are sorry that distance will prohibit our spending time with you during this difficult period, but, be assured of our thoughts and prayers. We will look forward to seeing you when we get home later this year. With warmest personal regards and best wishes, Bill and Chetti Green
Bill and Chetti Green