Michael P. Fosco
MARQUETTE, MI – Michael Paul Fosco, 55, of 524 N. Front Street, Marquette, passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 26, 2017, in the loving presence of his family after a long period of declining health.
Michael was born in Marquette on December 20, 1961 to Emanuel and Karine (Koivula) Fosco, the ninth of ten children. A lifelong Marquette resident, he graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1980 and then attended the Jacobetti Skills Center and received certificates in carpentry and welding. Michael worked hard all his life, his first official job working for the State of Michigan helping to build the Blueberry Ridge Ski Trail in Sands Township in the 1970’s. Mike held many different jobs through the years including those at the Quinnesec Mill, Associated Construction, Callahan Mining Corporation (Humboldt Mill), and for over 15 years he worked as a carpenter/welder/ building superintendent at the UP Front and Company/Rosewood Complex in Marquette. In June of 2014 he finally had to resign due to failing health.
In his younger years, Michael enjoyed working on cars, riding his dirt bike, hunting, bowling, playing in the Park Cemetery, and raiding the gardens on Crescent Street with the neighborhood kids. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and football (especially the Chicago Bears and any team that beat the Green Bay Packers), cooking his mother’s original recipe for homemade spaghetti, yard work, spending time with his dogs, and using his many skills and talents to remodel the house his wife Carol grew up in on Front Street, commonly referred to as “The White Castle”.
The joy of his life was his daughter Sarah. He was so proud of her many accomplishments and loved watching all of the activities she participated in. He took her on many motorcycle rides, they went downhill skiing together at Marquette Mountain, and had a badminton record of 296 continuous hits back and forth. Mike wasn’t one for political correctness and spoke his mind using many colorful phrases. He was old school, and had loads of common sense, so for those who didn’t he would always say, “you can’t fix stupid.”ù But for hiss daughter Sarah, he always told her that he could fix anything but a broken heart. Mike was a good man and provider, a loving husband and father, an honest and responsible person who made friends easily, and was always willing to help others. He could be a stubborn man at times, and insisted on dying at home. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Michael is survived by his wife Carol (Asplund) Fosco, whom he married on June 27, 1992 and daughter Sarah Fosco (at home), 7 siblings, Sandra (Larry) Wise of Pennsylvania, Kathy (Bart) Olsen of Marquette, Judy (Larry) Barry of Ishpeming, Jesse (Karen) Fosco of Marquette, Larry (Sue) Fosco of Marquette, Sue (Rod) Hanson of Marquette, and John Fosco of Marquette; one aunt, Betty Fosco of Negaunee; sister-in-law Lois (Pierre) Ogea, brother-in-law John Asplund, sister-in-law Julie (Rodney) Ritari, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Allan Fosco in 2014 and Scott Fosco in 2016, mother-in-law, J. Eleanor Asplund in 2012, and sister-in-law, Bonnie (Bob) Beckman in 2013. Mike never had the chance to meet his future father-in-law Kaino Asplund who died in 1979.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Saturday, October 7, beginning at 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside. A reception will follow in the reception room located in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
Condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneral home.com