George Andrew Marcero, 82, of Copemish, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Tendercare Birchwood Health Center in Traverse City. He was born Dec. 9, 1934,in Detroit the son of Wilton and Marie (Brown) Marcero.
George frequently spoke of the three months he spent every year working with his grandfather on Russell Island. He delivered papers, ran errands and helped his grandfather deliver ice to the island's residents. This had a lifelong impact on young George.
George was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army.
He had a steadfast faith in his Lord and attended St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish.
George was a hard worker and was employed as a journeyman tinsmith, supervisor and maintenance worker at various places, including TRW in Livonia, where he was Sergeant-at-Arms, IMC New Wales in Mulberry, Florida, Mitchell Bentley in Benzonia and Cracker Barrel in Berea, Kentucky.
In his spare time George loved to be outside tending to his vegetable gardens, hunting, fishing and playing with his dogs. Later in life he took up woodworking, a hobby that he honed into a finely tuned craft.
Most of all, George loved to spend time with his family; he cherished time spend sharing stories and engaging in a friendly debate with his granddaughter, April, about who's better, Michigan or Michigan State rivalry (Go Green!).
In Lakeland, Florida, in 1990, George married Marion Russell Baker, who survives him. He is also survived by his children fathered by his first wife, the late Doloros McCarthy Marcero, Perry (Shawn) Marcero, Jerry Marcero, Therese (Dan) Marcero Sams, Paul Marcero and Pat (Tracy) Marcero; his grandchildren, April Sams, Susanne (Patrick) Sams Korte, Shyra Sams, Jeremiah Marcero, Shelby (Tyler) Keys, Ridge Marcero and Steven Marquez; his great-grandchildren, Gavin Korte, Grace Korte, Kiera Marcero and Cameron Marcero; and his aunt, Irene Brown.
George was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dolores McCarthy Marcero; his second wife, Dorothea Lemons; and by his sister, Ann Marcero Fleig.
A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Copemish, with Father Ruben Munoz serving as celebrant. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Army funeral honors and a luncheon will follow Mass. Interment will take place in Saint Catherine Cemetery in Algonac at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
The Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, is in charge of arrangements; www.terwilligerfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 7, 2017