Oskar Oelke

Oskar Oelke

Sunday, March 12th, 1939 - Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
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Oskar Oelke, 81, of Stevensville, passed away, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. The son of Albert and Leokadia (Senft) he was born the youngest of three siblings on March 12, 1939 in Klementynów, Poland.

Oskar spent his early life in Bielefeld, Germany, immigrating to the United States in 1956. He attended trade school at Lake Michigan College, earning a certificate in Tool & Die. He spent 40 years in the trade, a majority of that time at Precision Mold & Engineering. Oskar enjoyed spending time with other local German folks, and as a young man played soccer for the Kicker’s Club. He met his wife Anita at the DANK in 1965, where over the years they both enjoyed listening to live German music at dances and other social events. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stevensville, where he often volunteered as an usher. His joys in life revolved around his family and children, and was lovingly referred to as Opa by all four grandchildren. One of his passions in life was traveling with his wife and kids, especially to Canada and Germany to spend time with siblings and relatives. Oskar had an overall jovial spirit, nothing made him happier than being surrounded by friends and family, telling a good story, making people laugh, listening to music, and sharing good food and drink together.

Oskar is survived by his wife Anita; his children-Doris (Paul) Leal of Saginaw, Gerald (Sarah) Oelke of St. Peters, MO; four grandchildren-Maxwell & Alec Leal, Melissa & George Oelke; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings-Emma Pufal & Edmund & Herman Oelke.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12:00 P.M. Saturday, January 2, 2021 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2673 W. John Beers Rd., Stevensville, with Rev. Jesse Knox officiating. Friends may visit with the family beginning at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the Church. Memorial donations in Oskar’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Those wishing to sign Oskar’s Memory Book online may do so at

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm
    St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church - Stevensville
    2673 W. John Beers Rd.
    Stevensville, MI 49127
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 12:00pm
    St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church - Stevensville
    2673 W. John Beers Rd.
    Stevensville, MI 49127
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations in Oskar's name may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church--Stevensville

    Masks & Social Distancing will be required for both the Service & the Visitation.
  • Interment

    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private burial will take place at a later date.


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Barbara Craig

Posted at 10:23am
Dear Oelke family, On behalf of all of us at Lake Michigan College, I wanted to send our condolences on the loss of your dear husband, father, and Opa and to let you know that we are proud to call him an Alumnus of Lake Michigan College. We are thinking of you at this very sad time, and celebrating with you the gifts and talents that he shared with those whom he touched.
Barbara Craig, LMC Alumni Association

Love, Niel and Beth

Posted at 07:44am
With loving thoughts of Uncle Oskar. As this memorial tree blossoms and grows, may it always serve as a living tribute to his memory.
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Judi Jorgensen

Posted at 03:21pm
Anita, my prayers are with you. Oskar was a good person to all and always made you feel welcome in his house. Hugs to you and Doris and remember that people are praying for strength for you to get through this troublesome time.

Lillian Hasse

Posted at 10:48am
So sorry Anita sending Love 💘 from Texas

Janice M Gifford

Posted at 10:09am
Anita and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I know he meant the world to you Anita. May Our Lord wrap you in his loving arms and protect you at this challenging time.
God bless,
Janice Gifford

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