Bernard A. Nelkie

East Tawas, Michigan
October 24, 1919 - December 20, 2018


Thursday, December 27, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Rosary will be at 7:00 PM

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church


Friday, December 28, 2018
11:00 AM

Obituary Notice

Bernard Albert Nelkie, age 99, of East Tawas, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility with his family at his side. Bernie was born the son of Frank and Mary (Blust) Nelkie on October 24, 1919 in Tawas Township, Michigan. Bernie proudly served our country in the United States Navy from 1942 – 1945. He worked for the Tawas Area Schools as a custodian for 22 years before his retirement in 1982. Bernie was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he served as an usher, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved to vacation in Cedarville, Michigan and have his family fill all the cabins that surrounded him. He loved fishing, gardening and woodworking which he was famous for making each family a woodpecker. Bernie was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was always there for his family and loved spending quality time with each of them. He loved being a great grandfather to his 15 great grandchildren, he loved playing with them and chewing on their ears! He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. Bernie met his wife Gladys while she was working for the old Holland Hotel in East Tawas one night on the dance floor. Bernie said he got a dance and a date all in one night! That evening the two began their loving and long lasting relationship, and they soon married at the old St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Tawas on May 10, 1947. Together, Bernie and Gladys, have raised 5 children and celebrated 64 beautiful years of marriage! Bernie is survived by his children; Gayle Staweke of East Tawas, Doyle (Karen) Nelkie of East Tawas, Lynn (James) Westcott of East Tawas, Jane Bailey of Niceville, Florida, and Alan (Val) Nelkie of East Tawas, Michigan; 9 grandchildren, Kevin Staweke, Jennifer Michalski, Stacy (TJ) Shaffer, Andy (Angela) Nelkie, Carrie (Corey ) Johnson, Aimee Jensen, Michael Bailey, Adam (Melissa) Nelkie, and David Bailey; 15 great grandchildren, Brendan Nelkie, Kylia Nelkie, Julia Nelkie, Hunter Nelkie, Isiah Nelkie, Mason Michalski, Ryder Michalski, Jeremiah “Bud” Nelkie, Caylee Johnson, Ethan Nelkie, Max Nelkie, Cambree Johnson, Hollan Nelkie, Madilynn Shaffer and Amelia Nelkie; his beloved granddog, Mindy Lou. Bernie is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary; his wife, Gladys; his brothers, Frank, Russ, Ed, Tom, Leo, Tony, and Cecil Nelkie; his sister Regina Frank; and his son –in- law Greg Bailey. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 PM that evening. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas. His family will welcome friends at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral mass. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in East Tawas, Michigan. Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Holy Family Catholic School, or Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be shared at


St. Jude's Children's Hospital
Holy Family Catholic School
Disabled American Veterans


St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery


keeping you all in my prayers. got to heaven for christmas uncle Bernie
my godfather rest in peace you will be greatly missed
— janet coyer
I worked with Bernie for many years at the Tawas Area Schools. He was the nicest, most friendly and dependable man I ever worked with. You, his descendents, have every right to be proud of this gentleman. There aren't very many like him!

John Alexander
— John Alexander
Bernie, was a wonderful man!! I loved watching his face light up when when babies or kids came to visit. Prayers for the whole family.
— Julia CNA Heartland
He will truly be missed. I'm thankful to have gotten to meet and care. So sorry for your loss.
— Sheryl
He was one of my fav's i loved coming to work and him being him self the jokester he made our days eventful and he will not be forgotten rest in peace. And to the family you guys where the best im so so sorry for your loss
— Amanda
As a former teacher of Tawas Area Schools, I can truly say Bernie just made your day when you caught him in the hallway, or classroom. He was quick to smile, and ready to help you. He seemed to just love his job, and the students and staff he encountered each day. So sorry to hear of his passing.
— George Wajda
Our condolences to Doyle and Karen, and the rest of the family.
— Jeff Brookbank

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