2010-12-30 / Obituaries

Michael ‘Tony’ Osogwin, Jr.

Michael Joseph “Tony” Osogwin, Jr., 69, of Hessel, was a tribal elder and pipe carrier of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and was enthusiastic about Native American traditions, attending powwows every year. He was also a supporter of the Native American Society for Historical Preservation, and wrote the book “ Ogehmawahbee- Chippewa Warrior.” Mr. Osogwin died Sunday, December 19, 2010, at his home.

He was born December 23, 1940, in Manistique to Michael Joseph and Catherine Christina “Blackbird” Osogwin.

Living in Hessel for most of his life, Mr. Osogwin was graduated from Cedarville High School in 1958 and attended Lake Superior State University, where he studied civil engineering. After working for many years a field technician and environmental consultant, he retired from Superior Environmental.

In Hessel, he was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. During his free time, Mr. Osogwin was a hunting and birdwatching enthusiast and enjoyed listening to WCMU Public Radio.

He is survived by five children, Kristina Blackbird Osogwin of Sault Ste. Marie, Odin “Amy” Osogwin of Hessel, Sharla Michelle Osogwin of Riverside, California, Laurie Ann Osogwin of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Michael John Osogwin III of California; eight grandchildren and their families, Kaidyn Osogwin, Brett Guilmette, Daniel Guilmette Jr., Gavin Hanskett, David and Cierra Osogwin, Derrek Burkett, Raven Pabst, and Katrina Pabst; and one great-grandchild, Carly Jean Osogwin. Also surviving are his aunts and uncles, Ramona Romer, Joe and Vicki Romer, and Art and Doris Romer; a beloved cousin and her husband, Mary Jane and Bob Brewer; and his former wife and her husband, Marianne and Griz Prusik.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rita Osogwin.

Traditional Native American services were held at the Anaamianag Nopaming Tribal Center in Hessel beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, and continue through 10 a.m. Thursday, December 23, when the funeral will begin.

Burial will be in the spring at the Italian Cemetery in Hessel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Native American Society for Historical Preservation, in care of Paul Yarnell, 27671 S. Reynolds Road, Stalwart, MI 49736.

Reamer Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.

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