Pete was born in Ishpeming, Mich., on January 3, 1927, the son of the late Vito and Nancy (Frustaglio) Ombrello. He served in the U.S. Army, stateside at the end of World War II. After the war, he worked at Cohodas Brothers. He then worked for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. for 37 years, starting at the Mather A and moving to various mines including the Humboldt, Mather “B” and Tilden, retiring in maintenance in 1988. During layoffs from the mine, he worked for the Fuller Brush Co. and the Copper Country Dairy delivering milk. Pete married Beverly Duhame on July 9, 1982.
Pete was a lifelong area resident and an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed playing baseball and fastpitch softball, and was a member of a state championship fastpitch team; his final slowpitch team was the Junction Jets, a team in which he competed with his sons. Pete was an avid bowler, cribbage player and horseshoe thrower in the Ishpeming leagues, and also enjoyed pinochle and smear.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly, of Ishpeming; daughter, Lynn (Glenn) Koski of Champion; four sons, Dennis (Yong) Ombrello of Marquette, Pete (Patti) Ogea of Ishpeming, Jeff (Rene) Ogea of Champion and Bob Ogea of Marquette; a stepdaughter, Sherry Solka of Kaukauna, Wis.; a stepson, Alan (Kathy) Solka of Ishpeming; three sisters, Connie (Gordon) Ellis of Negaunee, Lucy Stancliff of Illinois and Dolly (Dean) Carlson of Ishpeming; two brothers, Phillip “Fish” (Louise) Ombrello of Negaunee and Vic (Marion) Ombrello of Gwinn; 11 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Grace Ombrello, Joseph Poirier, Edelore Poirier, Julaine Ombrello, Pat Hamel and Alice Robinson; along with numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Pete was preceded in death by a son, Todd Ombrello; brothers and sister, Rose Bertucci, Kate Georgianni, Fortnot “Pinny” Ombrello, Marion Poirier, Theresa Poirier, Stella Mitchell and Anthony Ombrello.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ishpeming at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25, with the Rev. Fr. Jim Challancin officiating. The family will greet friends and relatives from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. Interment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Todd Poirier, Mark Poirier, Tony Ombrello, Fran Bertucci, Phil Ombrello and Paul Ombrello.
Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Bertucci, Dean Solka, Rodney Poirier, Bill Poirier, Phil Poirier, Dean “Mo” Carlson and Mike Moffatt.
Pete’s obituary may also be viewed at www. bjorkandzhulkie.com, where friends and relatives may leave a note of remembrance.