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James Lee Smolinski

December 24, 1946 — January 20, 2022

James Lee Smolinski

James Lee Smolinski, 75, of Alpena passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022, at MyMichigan Medical Center-Alpena.

James was born on December 24, 1946, in Alpena to the late Theophil and LaJoy (Crowder) Smolinski. He worked at Lafarge and later owned and operated James Excavating. On August 28, 1971, he married Vanetta Sayan. James enjoyed hunting, fishing, and helping anyone in need.

Surviving are his wife, Vanetta; two children, Chris Smolinski, Jayme (Jason) Werner; several grandchildren including Caidence, Gracin Werner; three sisters, Sandy, Phyllis, Patty; and numerous family and friends.

Mr. Smolinski was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Smolinski and Lloyd Smolinski.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. Arrangements have been made by the Bannan Funeral Home.

Memorials: St. Vincent dePaul

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