Mike Bruning, 71 of Onaway passed away Thursday evening January 5, 2023 at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey.
The son of Wayne and Rose (Purol) Bruning was born July 24, 1951 in Rogers City. He moved to the Westland area in 1964. After graduating he moved back north, making his home in Presque Isle County.
Mike purchased Northern Evergreen and had 41 years of operation. In 1990 he began dating Jackie Spens and together they enjoyed one another’s company working, traveling to many places, and going to conferences. Spending time with Jackie’s family was very important to him. Mike liked to be out of the house spending time with friends, playing spitzer, going to meetings, and just visiting. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Rogers City Council No. 1705, he enjoyed many hours with them volunteering at bingo and fish fries. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 6691 in Fraser.
Surviving are two sisters, Colleen (John) Fann and Maureen (Todd) Ferstle; a brother, Brian (Raul Rocha); three stepchildren, John (Kerry) Spens, Peggy Spens and Marilyn (Joe) Malick; five stepgrandchildren; and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Rose Bruning; and his girlfriend, Jackie Spens.
Visitation was Sunday, January 8, with rosary given by the Knights of Columbus No. 1705 at Hentkowski Funeral Home in Rogers City. Visitation continued Monday with funeral Mass at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Metz with the Rev. Arthur Duchnowicz officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Dominic Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to hentkowskifuneral.com.
Memorials can be sent to charity of friend’s choice.