Pozenel, John Joseph, Saginaw, Michigan

Award winning journalist and retired Saginaw News sports writer passed away Sunday, July 17, 2011. Age 69 years. The son of the late Marie (Deary) and John Pozenel was born February 24, 1942 in Midland, Michigan. He married Elizabeth A. Trombley, December 31, 1966. She passed away after 41 years of marriage in 2008. John attended Delta College, Saginaw Valley College (now Saginaw Valley State University) and Central Michigan University. While a student at Saginaw Valley in 1968, he created a club bowling team which was the schools very first intercollegiate sports activity. He was awarded an honorary varsity letter in 1983 to commemorate the achievement. John began his journalism career at the Saginaw News in 1969, full-time in 1970.His main beats were professional hockey (all 15 seasons Saginaw was home to an International Hockey League team) and bowling. It was his idea for the annual Flint-Saginaw All-Star bowling match, which has endured for four decades. John also wrote stories for such publications as The Hockey News, National Bowlers Journal, Bowlers’ Digest and Bowling Magazine. His work also appeared in such newspapers as The Los Angeles Times and The Denver Post. He was also a stringer for the Associated Press, 1970-71. John was honored with first prize by the Michigan Associated Press in 1978. He was voted second place nationally for daily newspaper bowling coverage by the Professional Bowlers Association in 1991. He became the first outstate bowling personality to have the championship tournament and banquet dedicated to him by the Michigan Majors, a state-wide bowling tournament organization. In 2000, John became the first journalist to be enshrined in the Saginaw Bowling Hall of Fame. He helped coach an elite-level boy’s soccer team and also Can-American Games soccer and Little League Baseball. He also served with the U. S. Army. John is survived by a daughter, Amy M. Farnum, Saline, Michigan; a son, John B. Pozenel and his wife, Heather; a grandson, Sean Farnum; three granddaughters, Olivia, Madeline and Sophia Pozenel; a brother, James A. Pozenel and his wife, Cindy, Midland, MI; several nieces and nephews. In accordance with John’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Private family services have been held. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the American Heart Assoc. of Michigan. Arrangements by W. L. Case and Company. www.casefuneralhome.com