Zelinko, Francis “Poncho”, St. Charles, Michigan

Our loving husband, father and brother was reunited with his farming buddy and son, Aaron, Friday, June 22, 2012, age 63 years, when he passed away suddenly while working on his farm. Poncho was born in Fremont Township, Michigan January 29, 1949 the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Horny) Zelinko. He was a 1971 graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor Degree in Crop and Soil Science. He married Susan Mynatt August 13, 1977 and she survives him. He was a lifelong farmer in the St. Charles area. Poncho was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Hemlock and the Farm Bureau. He loved being outdoors and going on long walks and discussing with others what he saw. He enjoyed woodworking, reading and watching movies. Poncho was a gentle, caring man and a friend to all he met. In addition to his wife, Susan, Poncho is survived by his daughter, Jennifer; four brothers, Andrew (Peggy) Zelinko, John Zelinko, Joe (Elaine) Zelinko, Tony (Ruth) Zelinko; his sister, Mary (Tom) Schrems; a brother-in-law, Bill (Donna) Mynatt; 13 very special nieces and nephews, Brian (Courtney), Lynn (Don), Brett, Jason (Stacie) Ryan (Stephanie), Jeff (Stacy), Brian (Carol), Elena, Annika, Rachael, Andrew, Dylan and Rebecca; 9 special great-nieces and great-nephews, Natalie, Tyler, Makayla, Gabriel, Emily, Allison, Nicole, Ella and Sophia, as well as many other loving relatives and friends. In addition to his loving son, Aaron, Poncho was predeceased by a sister, Barbara. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Hemlock. Fr. Steve Gavit will officiate with burial in Fremont Township Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at W. L. Case & Company, 201 N. Miller Road, Sunday from 2:00-8:00 p.m., where they may join the family for a parish vigil service at 7:00 p.m. and at church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to Special Olympics, Area 22; the Michigan Leukemia Foundation or the American Kidney Foundation. www.casefuneralhome.com