Tony Steve Hatzke
Beloved husband, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Shields Comfort Care; at the age of 93 years.
The son of the late August and Agnes (Zahn) Hatzke, Tony was born on October 8, 1927, in Fremont Township, Michigan. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II until he was honorably discharged. Tony married the love his life, Margaret Mary McDonald on July 14, 1951, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hemlock; she survives him. He worked for Wickes Lumber as a foreman for many years. Following in his retirement, Tony began working at Rick Ford in Hemlock until he was 90 years old. He also worked as a farmer throughout the community over the years. Tony was a long-time member of St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary Catholic Church. He was a gifted woodworker taking great pride in intricately crafting dog houses, birdhouses, and wishing wells over the years.
Surviving besides his wife of 69 years, Margaret Hatzke of Hemlock; sister-in-law, Louise Rohde of Hemlock; beloved dog, Bear. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Besides his parents, Tony is preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Hatzke; two sisters, Elizabeth Guthrie and Mary Boyd.
A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary Catholic Church, 151 St. Mary Drive, Hemlock. Rev. Fr. Michael F. Steltenkamp, S.J. will officiate. Military Honors will follow under the auspices of the United States Army and VFW Post 7302. Rite of Committal will take place at St. Mary Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday at W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In accordance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ordinance, indoor capacity is limited, face coverings are required, and social distancing encouraged. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to reduce the spread of covid-19 in our community. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. John XXIII Parish. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home, church, or through www.casefuneralhome.com.