Our father, Tony, was a good man, a kind man. A man with a sense of humor, a lover of animals and a person for whom family meant everything. He committed his last years caring for our Mom and when she passed away, it became our turn to give him the same love and attention he gave her. With his passing, his absence will be deeply felt by all of us.
Tony was born in Franklin Mine on July 5, 1931, the youngest child of Paul and Mary (Zauhar) Ozanich. He loved baseball, polkas and studying history. Tony did well in school even skipping a grade to graduate a year early. After high school, he joined the Army and was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany for his two terms. During that time he traveled throughout Europe and had the opportunity to visit his family in Croatia.
Upon returning from the service, he married Mildred Mattson on New Years Eve 1954. Over their 62 years of marriage, they raised 4 daughters, lived in 5 different communities finally settling down back in the Copper Country where he lived until last year.
Tony attended Michigan State University, receiving a Bachelors degree in Accounting. His meticulous attention to detail made him an excellent tax accountant and Tony was the principal partner of Ozanich & Nelson, CPAs until his retirement. He used his accounting skills in service to the community as the treasurer of the Houghton County Historical Society and Faith Lutheran Church.
Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, his parents and brothers and sisters. Surviving are his daughters: Karen (Bob) Siekas, Laura (Michael) Bourdo, Lisa (Frank) Krieber and Jane Ozanich; his grandchildren: Anna Krieber, Katherine (Brendon) Moss and Andrew Krieber; great granddaughter Leighton Elizabeth Moss and her soon to be born sister; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be held at the O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock on Monday, July 3rd at 11 am with visitation scheduled for 10 am. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Calumet.
In celebration of Tony’s life, we ask friends and family to experience the two things that Dad most loved to do: take a sightseeing drive on the back roads of the Copper Country and play and dance to his favorite polkas. Tony would be pleased.
To leave online condolences, please go to www.oneilldennisfh.com. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the Quincy Mine Hoist Association or the Houghton County Historical Society in the name of Tony Ozanich.