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Carl David Bornemann

January 3, 1948 ~ May 18, 2020 (age 72)

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     Carl David Bornemann, 72, of Ashley, MI, passed away peacefully Monday, May 18, 2020, at his daughter's home.

     A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Cyril's Catholic Church, Bannister, MI, on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Thom Kowalczyk officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Elsie, MI. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.

     Carl was born in Cincinnati, OH on January 3, 1948, the son of Herman and Viola (Grosser) Bornemann.  He graduated from Corunna High School and studied agriculture at MSU.  Carl proudly served his country in the United States Army.

     On August 21, 1971, Carl married Mary Jane Kral at St. Cyril's Catholic Church, Bannister, MI. Carl and Mary Jane were blessed with 48 years of marriage, 3 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, and 11 grandchildren. They enjoyed traveling with their family and friends. Carl was very proud of his family and loved them all immensely!

     Carl was a natural teacher/instructor in everything he did and shared his knowledge with many. He had a gift for repairing and improving things and helping anyone with a need. Carl retired from J.I. Case as a Service Rep in 2008 after 35 years. He enjoyed bee keeping, farming, flying his trike, and driving his Model T.

     Carl is survived by his wife Mary Jane, 2 daughters: Melissa (Reggie) Osborn of Howell, and Kristin (Jason) McCammon of Grand Ledge; son-in-law John Gruca of Highland, 11 grandchildren: Carley, Jacklynn and Ashley Gruca; Ava, Alex, Gabe and Victoria Osborn; and Jaydin, Bryce, Anabelle, and Levi McCammon. He is also survived by 4 siblings: Jerry (Sally Passwaters) Bornemann, Allen (Kay) Bornemann, Gail (Craig) Holder, and Rodney Bornemann.  Carl was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Shawna Gruca, and sister-in-law Peggy Bornemann.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the wishes of the family. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit Carl's obituary at The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.

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May 21, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Elsie
221 E. Main Street
Elsie, MI 48831

Mass of Christian Burial
May 22, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Cyril s Catholic Church (Riverside Cemetery)

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