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Welcome to the memorial page for

Thomas Ernest Dege

August 12, 1931 ~ November 23, 2017 (age 86)

Thomas Ernest Dege, 86, of Alpena passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.

Thomas was born in Alpena on August 12, 1931 to the late John and Kathleen (Ryan) Dege.  In 1953, Tom graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in mechanical engineering.  On June 13, 1953 he married Barbara Hinkley, together they raised 5 children.  She preceded him in death on June 29, 1988.  He married Patricia (Murphy) Gapske on October 14, 1989.  Tom worked for the Chrysler Corporation until his retirement in 1996.  He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Presque Isle Men’s Club.  Tom enjoyed fixing things, refinishing furniture, hunting and never met a dessert he didn’t love.  He will be remembered for being a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving are his wife Patricia; 5 children, Michael (Alyson Burleigh) Dege, Kathleen Dege, Patrick (Kimberly Polite) Dege, Thomas Dege, Christopher (Stephanie Wilcock) Dege; Pat’s 4 children, Steven (Patricia) Gapske, Craig Gapske, Paul Gapske, Susan (Dave) Barker; 11 grandchildren, Ryan (Elizabeth) Wanttaja, Katelyn Wanttaja, Jazmine Polite, Aaron Dege, Orion Dege, Gabriella Dege, Zoe Dege, Alyssa (Neal) Benson, Nolan Gapske, Jarrett Barker, Matthew Barker; great granddaughter, Gertrude Wanttaja; sister-in-law, Betty Romel; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dege was preceded in death by a brother, J. Alfred Dege and 2 sisters, Ann Kowaleski and Mary Donajkowski.

Mr. Dege is at the Bannan Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. with a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Friday at St. Bernard Church of All Saints Parish from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Muszkiewicz officiating.

Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Hospice of Michigan, The Friendship Room or St. Vincent de Paul Society.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Hospice of Michigan
145 N. State Avenue, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-358-4280

Friendship Room
PO Box 736, Alpena MI 49707

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Alpena MI 49707



 Service Information

Visitation
Thursday
November 30, 2017

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bannan Funeral Home
222 S. Second Avenue
Alpena, MI 49707

Prayer Service
Thursday
November 30, 2017

7:00 PM
Bannan Funeral Home
222 S. Second Avenue
Alpena, MI 49707

Visitation
Friday
December 1, 2017

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Bernard Church of All Saints Parish
322 W. Chisholm Street
Alpena, MI 49707

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
December 1, 2017

11:00 AM
St. Bernard Church of All Saints Parish
322 W. Chisholm Street
Alpena, MI 49707