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John Felix "Bobo" Peplinski, 92, of Cedar, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family and Father Donald Libby.
John was born July 15, 1925 on the family farm in Centerville Township the son of Stanley and Mary (Darga) Peplinski. On July 24, 1954 at Holy Rosary Church he married JoAnn "JoJo" Helen (Glazier) Peplinski, who preceded him in death on Jan. 25, 2001.
Bobo was the unofficial mayor of Cedar and lifelong parishioner of Holy Rosary Church. All the local businesses and folks knew him.
He enjoyed winning, not just playing, but winning, at cards. John also enjoyed hunting, fishing and most of all, his Detroit Tigers baseball. Bobo was a loyal Tigers baseball fan and listened to them without fail on the radio since 1935.
He was a husband and father who always worked hard to provide for his family, keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. If work at Parsons or Cone Drive wasn't available he would work in the orchard picking apples to provide for his family. Bobo could be forceful in getting his way, much to the consternation of our local friendly conservation officers and Secretary of State employees!
Bobo was a man of deep faith. He would get on his knees in the morning and also before bed time to pray; he would also pray before every meal. He was a man with a strong work ethic, deep faith and unwavering love for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his numerous nieces and nephews who knew him as Uncle Bobo.
John is survived by his children, Susann (Daniel) Brannan, John Peplinski, Gregory Peplinski, Annmarie Popa and Lisa Lautner; his sisters, Jean Lawson, Margaret Skeba and Rita Gomes; his grandchildren, Amy, Terri Lynn, Benjamin, Eric, Jessica, Molly, Betsy, Paul, Angie, Katie, Dusty, Justin and Josh; his great-grandchildren, Calvin, Casey, Michael, Alivia, Grace, Gregory, Sammuel, Logan, Lucas, Cash, Allyssa, Wyatt, Quinn, Payton, Adian, Adeline, Elizabeth, Liddia and Finnegan; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, JoAnn; his parents; many siblings; and many extended members of the Peplinski and Darga families.
Visitation will be held today, Sept. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., with the rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m., at Holy Rosary Church of Cedar. The Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Saturday, Sept. 16, also at the church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Father Donald Libby will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to Munson Home Hospice, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share condolences with Bobo's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on September 15, 2017
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