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Daniel D. "Donny" Jaroneski

September 15, 1932 — November 22, 2021

Daniel D. "Donny" Jaroneski

Daniel D. “Donny” Jaroneski, 89 of Spruce and formerly of Elmira, passed away at home on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Born and raised in Elmira, Don was the son of Thomas and Pearl (Kucharek) Jaroniewski, who emigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in the early 1900’s.  As a young man, Don moved to Flint where he enjoyed a 32 year career at General Motors Truck & Bus plant.

On June 26, 1965, Don married Delores P. Kucharek.  They raised their five children in the Flint area while Don continued his career at General Motors.  After retiring, Don and Delores moved to Spruce.  In retirement they carried on the tradition they had started as a family, growing and selling tomatoes each year.  In his spare time, Don enjoyed going to auctions to pursue his interest in collecting antique tractors and other farm equipment.  He always looked forward to spending time with his grandchildren; and working in the garden, hunting and fishing.

Don is survived by Delores, his wife of 56 years; his children, Sandi (Dennis) Rasnake of Plainwell, Sally (Brian) Skop of Elmira, Vicky Hansen of Spruce, Steve (Debbie) Jaroneski of Vanderbilt and Janice (Heath) Quakenbush of Otsego; grandchildren, Brandon (Nicole) Armold and Connor Armold, Alec and Matt Jaroneski, Kelsey Hansen, Charlie, Alexis, Austin and Chloie Skop, and Austin and Annika Quakenbush; great grandchildren, Sawyer, Waylon, Malachi and Isaiah; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Michael, Stella, John, Leo, Vincent and Casimir Jaroneski, Regina Nowak, Monica Cherry and Veronica Damrel.

Visitation with the family will be held on Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, November 29, 2021 with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM.  Interment will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Elmira.  Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan, 145 N. State Avenue, Alpena, MI  49707.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at

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