Berkobien, Raymond P. (Pete), Saginaw, Michigan


Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at St. Mary’s of Michigan Medical Center. Age 77 years. The son of the late Herman and Edna (Nuerminger) Berkobien, Ray was born June 20, 1935 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-58. Ray married Elizabeth (Betty) Schneikart, his loving wife of 53 years, on April 11, 1959. She survives him. He was employed at General Motors as a millwright for nearly 40 years until his retirement and was a member of U.A.W. Local #455. Ray was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He enjoyed being active, spending time in the garden, and spending time at the cottage at Higgins Lake. Most of all, he loved spending time with the family. Surviving besides his wife Betty are two daughters and two sons, Lisa Berkobien, Saginaw; Peter Berkobien, Saginaw; Philip and Kris Berkobien, Saginaw; Anne Marie and Jeff Zdanowski, Frankenmuth; his grandchildren, David and Nathaniel Hernandez, Matthew Holsinger, Andrew, Steven and Chelsea Berkobien, Sydney, Adam and Isabella (Izzy) Zdanowski; a great-grandson, Logan Holsinger; a sister, Shirley Hall; a brother, Earl (Mary Ann) Berkobien; many nieces and nephews. Ray was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers, Ruth Rogers, Lucille Rappley, Doris Nehls, William, Charles, Robert and Kenneth Berkobien. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Harold Sikorski will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in St. Charles, Michigan, where military honors will be presented by V.F.W. Post #1859. There will be no visiting hours at the funeral home. Friends may call at Holy Spirit Catholic Church where the family will be present on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Holy Spirit Catholic Church or the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Arrangements entrusted to The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road. www.snowfuneralhome.net