James “Jim” Matthew Gelmini of Onaway died November 4, 2023. James was predeceased by his wife, Kathy. James and Kathy met at Farwell Skating Rink in Detroit, married September 17, 1960, and had 60 years of wedded bliss.
Their most treasured memories were camping in Michigan state parks and taking rides across the Mackinac Bridge and through the Upper Peninsula.
Their love and devotion to each other and their family was an example to all. Many were inspired by Jim and Kathy’s strong bond.
Jim was known for his love of golf, sports and good conversation. He was a social creature despite professing to be a homebody. He enjoyed conversing about any topic, and did so with intelligence, humor and kindness. After retiring in 1994, Jim and Kathy moved north from their hometown in Warren.
They settled into their dream home on 10 acres of wooded property in the small town of Onaway. Jim worked as a ranger at the Stoney Links Golf Course for many years.
He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time and made many bookshelves, chests and cabinets for family, friends and Kathy.
Jim’s career was spent as a paint specialist/technician at BASF, formerly Celanese Corporation. He had two patents during his career at BASF and retired after 35 years with the company.
Jim was an only child and preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Gelmini. He is survived by his six children, Beth (Steve) Rahn, Matt (Carrie) Gelmini, Chris (Sharon) Gelmini, Lori (Edward) Czerwienski, Tim (Christine) Gelmini and Monica (Matt) Orlando; as well as 22 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
James’ fondness for people, tinkering in his garage, woodworking and spending time outdoors will live on in his children. “We will miss him dearly. Rest in peace, our beautiful father.”