THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mary L. Chernetski
Issue Date: July 11, 2019
Mary Louise (Bailey) Chernetski, 78, of Menominee, Mi., passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at home after a short two-week battle with cancer, holding hands with her husband, Rellen.
Born Aug. 13, 1940 in Menominee, Mi., to Floyd and Mable Bailey, her father died when she was an infant. Her mother married Frank "Sharky" Sharkus shortly thereafter and she always considered Frank her father. On Aug. 15, 1959, she married Rellen Chernetski and they raised three sons and were inseparable friends and companions for almost 60 years.
She retired from Menominee Public Schools as the hot lunch lady, where she was known as "Mrs. C." She was always the life of the party, fun, energetic and had a way of bringing people's spirits up when they were down and she could make anybody laugh. An active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxiliary, she enjoyed lunches, laughter and camaraderie with her many friends, enjoyed a glass of wine, going out to eat, entertaining in her home and shopping on QVC.
She is survived by her husband, Rellen; three sons, Tom, Brian (Mary) and Rick (Natalie); six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nine nieces and nephews; a sister, Eleanor (Rip) VanWinkle; a brother, Pat (Linda) Sharkus; a sister-in-law, Shirley (Elroy) Bailey and her three best friends, Debbie, Peggy and Joyce.
She was proceeded in death by her father, Floyd Bailey; her mother; Mabel Sharkus; her dad, Frank (Sharkey) Sharkus; a brother, Elroy Bailey; a sister, Francis (Sharkus) and three brothers-in-law Sahair (Sam) Namik, Allen (Rip) VanWinkle and Dr. Kent Chernetski and parents-in-law, Eugene and Eileen Chernetski.
Visitation will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee on Sunday, July 14 from noon until time of a Memorial Service at 1 p.m., with Pastor Mark Laatsch officiating. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Menominee. A Celebration of Life will continue at the American Legion Post 146, Menominee from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Anderson Kell Funeral Home of Menominee is assisting the family with arrangements.