KIPLING - Albert Matt Majestic, 84, passed away at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility on Thursday evening following a brief illness.
Albert was born in Rapid River on Dec. 18, 1927, the second of eight children of Matt and Mary (Merle) Majestic. He was raised in Rapid River and attended school there until the 10th grade, when he had to leave to work on the family farm.
Albert served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952, where he was in the Korean War. Following his service, he worked at Harnischfeger from 1952 until its closure. He then worked odd jobs at Valmet and the Gladstone Golf Course.
Albert Matt Majestic
He married Florence "Flossie" Valencic on May 12, 1951. They made their home in Kipling.
Albert, known as "Grandpa Al" to many, was an avid walker, golfer and hunter. He also enjoyed blueberry picking, bowling, woodworking, cutting grass and snowmobiling. He was also an animal lover. He loved going to Biloxi in the winters with many good Gladstone friends. Albert played baseball in his younger years, enjoying all kinds of sports. Some of his best memories were watching his granddaughter, Paula, and her teammates play softball and basketball.
Albert was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for many years. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Rapid River American Legion Post 301 and the Rapid River Lions Club. He also was a Brampton Township Trustee.
Survivors include his daughter, Julie Brunette, of Gladstone; granddaughter (the light of his life), Paula Brunette, of Gladstone; brothers, Joe of Powers, Victor (Alice) of Ensign, Matt of Rapid River, and George (Sally) of Rapid River; sister, Mary LaCrosse, of Rapid River; brother-in-law, Larry (Gladys) Valencic of Marion, Iowa; and sisters-in-law, Carol Majestic of Escanaba, and Angie Valencic of Kipling; along with several adored nieces, nephews and cousins, and Kipling neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence "Flossie" on June 2, 1989; parents, Matt and Mary; brother, Mike, in 1997; and sister, Helen.
Albert's family will receive friends on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, from 3 to 5:15 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Rapid River American Legion Post 301 Military Rites will follow at 5:15 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Ronald Timmock officiating. Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Church Parish Hall.
Burial will take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.
Albert was always willing to "give a hand" to anyone. He will missed by all and remembered for his happy-go-lucky personality, generosity, and his love for life, God, and his country.
Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Majestic family, or to leave a memory tribute about Albert.