March 19, 1919 - July 18, 2012
Alfred John Mischley, 93, formerly of Alpena, passed away at St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. He was a lifelong resident of Alpena until moving to the Ann Arbor area five years ago.
Al was born on March 19, 1919 to the late John and Frances (Buczkowski) Mischley in Alpena; he graduated Alpena High School in 1938 and was a member of the basketball team. Al served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II; on January 20, 1947, he married Irene Louise Otto at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alpena. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2008. Al was very active in the community. He owned Mischley's Shoes "at the sign of the Big Red Goose" in Alpena and Gaylord, and his bike give always were a unique and very popular contest with his customers.
Mr. Mischley was past President of the Alpena Catholic Central Sports Boosters, the Alpena Chamber of Commerce, and the Alpena Kiwanis Club, where he was also a charter member. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on various committees for St. Mary Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing especially on Lake Huron and the many family get togethers at the Grand Lake cottage. Al was called a "true gentleman" by friends and those who cared for him and was known for his sense of humor and ability to engage people with quick and witty comments.
Surviving are six children, Michael (Lynne) of Sanford, Thomas of Sacramento, California, John of Ann Arbor, Joanne (Mike) Grosh of Ann Arbor, Rosemary (Charles) Manitzof Chelsea, and Mark (Michelle) of Grand Rapids; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his brother, Clarence; sister-in-law, Shirley, who worked with him for many years; brother-in-law, Cam Jury; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were a brother, Robert, and two sisters, Eleanor Balon and Delores Jury.
Visitation for Mr. Mischley will be held Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Greg McCallum officiating. Arrangements are being handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.
Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery
Memorials: St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund.