Jack Lee Posenke, age 76, of Bark River (Riverland area), passed away Tuesday morning, April 6, 2021 at his home with his wife, Mary, by his side. He was born on June 4, 1944 in Escanaba, the son of Ormal and Elaine (Coulliard) Posenke. Jack was raised one of six kids in Rock where he also attended school. He moved to Escanaba and began his working career in construction with Snowden’s. He later worked at Robinson’s Furniture Factory in Wilson for many years until he lastly worked with Emerson’s in Marinette until his health declined and retired. He married the former Mary Carlson on July 16, 1988 at the Munising Waterfalls. Together, the couple shared 32 years of marriage. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors – especially working in his garden. Jack and his wife, Mary, were very well known at the local Escanaba Farmer’s Market for selling their garlic, onions, jams, and crafts for over 25 years. Jack was a longtime member of the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association and would bring his tractor to the show each year.
Jack Lee Posenke is survived by his wife, Mary Posenke of Bark River; children, Lisa, John, Steven, and Sheila; step-daughter, Danielle; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Grace, Arlene, Ormal (Carol), Clifford (Mary), and June; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his nephew, Rob Posenke.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Jack will follow at 12:00 p.m., Monday, in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Mike LeBeau officiating. A luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the services in the community building at the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Village in Escanaba. Burial will take place in St. Michaels Cemetery in Perronville.
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