Aloysous "Al" Kelpinski

Hale, Michigan
May 14, 1933 - January 22, 2018


2-8 PM Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Buresh Funeral Home in Hale

Service Location

St. Pius X Catholic Church


11:00 AM Friday, January 26, 2018

Obituary Notice

Aloysous “Al” F. Kelpinski, age 84 of Hale, MI, formerly of Prescott, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Saginaw. He was born on May 14, 1933 in Bay City to Louis & Cecelia (Dozik) Kelpinski. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Detroit. Al served in the US Army during the Korean War. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 2000 after 37 years of service as a plant manager. He married Florence Surma on May 18, 1957. Al was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Hale and the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Oscoda Lions Club and had served as the District Governor in 2000-2001. Al loved to go hunting and fishing.

Al Is survived by his wife; Florence of Hale; children, Carol (Dennis) Turner of Prescott, Elizabeth (Pete) Myers of Tawas City, Joe (Mary) Kelpinski of Owosso; grandchildren, Kevin (Erin) Turner of Lansing, Ashley Brettrager, Matthew (Andrea) Turner of Ludington, Thomas Myers of Lansing, Elizabeth (Tim) Westcott of Tawas City, Eric (Megan) Myers of National City, Jeff (Kayla) Brettrager of Tawas City, Andrew Kelpinski of Owosso, Matthew Myers of Tawas City, Josh Kelpinski of Owosso and 9 great grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 2-8 P.M. at the Buresh Funeral Home in Hale. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Hale with Fr. Joseph Ortega as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery in Hale. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions of Michigan Foundation or the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Lions of Michigan Foundation
Wishes of the Family


Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery


Dear Florence, I am so sorry to hear of Al's passing. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort. I know I have not seen either of you in many years but often think of my years at the bank and your friendship. God's blessings. Sandi
— Sandra Helms
Our prayers and thought are with you and the family. We know he will be missed.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all of your family aunt Flo. We love you. Bob & Pat
— Bob & Pat Bell
Garry and I want to extend our prayers for your whole family. At a time like this, words cannot truly express our sadness in the loss of your loved one, but we certainly believe in God’s plan for each of us. Prayer for peace and acceptance in these coming days for each and everyone of you.
— Garry and Melanie Abfalter
So sorry to hear of PDG Al's passing. I will always remember his dedication and passion for Lions. He was a remarkable leader and we were all happy to follow his direction. His sense of humor made him a pleasure to be with in any circumstance or occasion. My heart goes out to equally wonderful wife and life partner PDG Flo. My heart is with you at this sad time my friend.
— Margaret Anderson
Condolences to you Aunt Flo and your family. Uncle Al will be in our thoughts and prayers.
— Larry & terry surma
Thinking of you at this time Florence. Sympathy to your whole family.
— Rick & Carol Barnes
We have known Al and his family for a long time. They lived in our community before moving to Hale, and we have been involved in the Lions with Al. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
— Arnie and Debbie Engster
I am so sorry to hear of AL's passing. He gave his all for the Lions and I was very grateful to get to know him and work under him as a Lioness. He will be sadly missed by all of us. Flo, if you need anything just ask, I will gladly help in any way, Blessings to you and the family.
— Madeline Hiller
Carol, Liz, Ashley and families, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
— Sandy (Winchell) Ledin
Thoughts and prayers to the family.
— Pam (Gawne) Munsey
Florence & family... we're so sorry of your great loss, a remarkable man who so many love and respect. Your faith and memories will bring you peace and comfort.
Remember God's Promise:
With God, death is not an end, but a beginning ~ a gateway that leads to everlasting life!
— Craig & Tammy Buchoz
Florence, we already miss our coffee hours. We have lost a brother, and true friend. Lions service brought us together, over these years we have become family. We are here for all of your family. Love, hugs, and blessing,
— Wayne and Carole Schulz
My thoughts and prayers are with you Florence and your family. May God wrap his loving arms around you all, and give
you his peace.
— Shirley DeShano
Lions service brought us together, and over the years we became family. Our coffee and cookie times were special to us. We are here for your whole family, Florence.
Love, hugs, and blessings.
— Wayne and Carole Schulz
Francis, Al was a true friend he will be missed
By his classmates if the class of 51 from St. James Bay City. Rest In Peace brother.
— Fritz Anthony
Lloyd and I are so sorry to hear about Al’s death. Unfortunately, we are in Florida right now for a family reunion and won’t be able to attend his funeral. Just know that our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
— Kathy and Lloyd Kilbreath
My deepest sympathies to you, Aunt Flo, and the entire family. I have fond memories of family get togethers at Aunt Irene's - so many good times. May the memories sustain you at this time of sorrow.
— Kathy Surma
Joe -
My condolences for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
— Chris Savona

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