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Alan Edward Bufka, 47, of Maple City, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 in Maple City. Alan was born Dec. 16, 1969 in Traverse City the son of Jerome E. Bufka and Clara A. (Belanger) Bufka.
Al graduated from Glen Lake High School, where he was a member of the track and field teams, earning his varsity letter.
He enjoyed ice fishing and going to the Upper Peninsula to the family cabin.
Al spent many years as a cook and 16 years as a contractor for the telephone companies.
He was not a Detroit Lions fan but a Green Bay Packers fan; however, Al did love his Detroit Red Wings and especially his Brendan Shanahan jersey.
Al is survived by his parents, Jerome and Clara; his siblings, Ann (Scott) Mills, Bob (Andria Metrakos) Bufka, Lou (Erin) Bufka and Matt (Amy) Bufka; his aunts and uncles, Joseph C. Bufka Jr., John (Margaret) Bufka, Nobert (Sue) Bufka, Sandra J. Bufka, Sister Rosemary Belanger, Millie (Elmer) Kalchik, Paul (Ann) Belanger, Ed (Darlene) Belanger and Louise Belanger; his nieces and nephews, Tracy (Levi) Stubbs, Heather (Kevin) Dudek, Austin Mills, Rachel Mills, Jason Marek, Jenna (Michael) Marek, James Marek, Jeffery Marek, Emma Lou Bufka, Joseph Edward Bufka and Haley Bufka; great-nieces and nephews, Gideon and Gemma Stubbs, Anthony and Maria Marek, Svea and Gemma Ritthaler.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; his aunts and uncles, Ray, Agnes, Bernard, Sam, Margaret, Leona, Leo and Kenneth; and two cousins, Todd Michael Bufka and Kathryn Bufka.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with the rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The Mass will be held at noon, with the family greeting friends at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 16, at St. Rita's/St. Joseph's Church of Maple City. Burial will follow in St. Rita's/St. Joseph's Cemetery, Maple City. Father Zeljko Guberovic will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to Cedar Fire and Rescue, PO Box 74, Cedar, MI 49621 and/or St. Rita/St. Joseph Church, PO Box 75, Maple City, MI 49664.
Please share condolences with Al's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on September 10, 2017
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