Passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the age of 89. David J. Friske was born on March 27, 1923 in Saginaw, to the late John Byrd and Wanda Mable (Wojda) Friske. He married Elinor (Reinert) on Nov. 10, 1945 in Saginaw. She preceded him in death on June 10, 1991. He had been employed by Jasinski Builders for 24 years, and prior to that, he was a carpenter and a tool grinder. He retired in 1985. He was a member of the Ironworkers Local 25 Union and the Catholic church. In his spare time, he played the fiddle and the accordion, was a regular attendee at events featuring Bluegrass, French-Canadian or Cajun music, and was a skilled dancer. Surviving are three children, Donna (Ronald) Godo of St. Charles, Raymond (Diana) Friske of Vassar and Cheryl “Cheri” Friske and Greg Sochocki of Bridgeport; five grandchildren, Raymond Clifford (Jessica) Friske, Jesse Friske, Jamie Sochocki, Christine Ely and Michelle (Robert) Westphal; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Claude Friske, Ernie (Germaine) Friske, William (Mary) Friske, Delores (Bill) Gardyfzewski, Leonard (Mary) Friske, Lucille Beyer, Rita (Leon) DuBay, Patricia (Tony) Gronski and Louie (Pam) Friske and caregiver and family friend, Marcos DeShone. He was preceded in death by brother, Raymond Edward Friske in 1951; mother, Wanda Mable Friske in 1976; father, John Byrd Friske in 1982; wife of 45 years, Elinor Julia Friske in 1991; sister, Lorraine Haskins in 2009; sister, Barbara Kersten in 2011 and companion, Audrey Welch in 2009. A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 7877 Bell Road, Bridgeport. Rev. John Sarge will officiate. Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Saginaw. Friends are welcome to visit at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter (off State) on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 2-9 p.m. On Sunday at 4 p.m. family and friends will gather at the funeral home for a Vigil Service. On Monday morning, David will be taken to church to lie in state from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 7877 Bell Road, Bridgeport, MI 48722. Arrangements are entrusted to Deisler Funeral Home. Please share your thoughts and memories with David’s family online at www.deislerfuneralhome.com.
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