MARQUETTE, Mich. - Gale K. Lawrence, 87, of 535 Baraga Ave., Marquette, died Sunday afternoon, September 30, 2012 at the Norlite Nursing Center
Gale was born on August 9, 1925 in Marquette to the late John and Elsie (Boyer) Lawrence and was a lifelong area resident. Prior to his retirement he was employed for 30 years with the City of Marquette Water Department.
Gale played hockey with the former Marquette Sentinels from 1950-51. He had also played on Liberty Loans hockey team and played an exhibition game with the Detroit Red Wings.
Gale K. Lawrence
Gale also enjoyed baseball, playing for Joe's Bar team in 1963 and later with the Northern Dairy team. He was an avid bowler as well and in later years, enjoyed golfing. He once admitted however, that his favorite sport was hockey.
Gale was a longtime member of the Marquette Golf Club and also enjoyed playing Cribbage at the Senior Center.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, the former Devina "Chuckie" Woodin whom he married on November 25, 1950 at St. Peter's Cathedral in Marquette; a brother-in-law, Leo Kulhanek of Belleville, MI; nieces and nephews, Marvin Meyers, Stacey and John Carter, Ronald Meyers, Darla and Dale Johnson, Trudy and Art Saario, Cindy and Gerald Dauphinais, Cheryl Fortin, Pat and Jim Wallenslager, Nancy Wallenslager, Nancy and Jim Feliciano, Margaret Baisch, Robert and Pat Kulhanek, Shirley and Don Eidson, Ron and Pat Kulhanek, Adrienne McCombie, and Mary and Bill Sparks; also many great and great, great nieces and nephews including George Feliciano, Jim and Suzy Feliciano, Jodi Feliciano, and Myles. Preceding him in death besides his parents were siblings, John, Glenn, Raymond, Al "Knute," Paul Lawrence, and Lenore Meyers.
Friends may call at the Bishop's Room of St. Peter Cathedral on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 12 noon in the cathedral with the Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber and Rev. Ryan Ford concelebrating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Marvin Meyers, John Carter, Bob Black, Jim Feliciano, George Feliciano and Jimmy Feliciano.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alger County Animal Shelter, H-58, Munising, MI 49862 or UPAWS, 84 Snowfield Road, Negaunee, MI 49866.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at www.canalefuneral.com