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Thomas I. Maki


BESSEMER, Mich. — Thomas I. Maki, 73, of E. Gold St., Bessemer, passed away peacefully at home, Friday, April 21, 2017, with his family by his side.

He was born Aug. 28, 1943, in Chicago, the son of the late Viljo and Irene (Koski) Maki.

Tom attended the Bedford High School in Bedford, Ohio, graduating with the Class of 1961. He attended Gogebic Community College and the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science. Tom also attended Northern Michigan University, where he received his master’s degree.

Tom was employed at White Pine Copper Mine and as an insurance salesman. He was also employed by the state of Michigan Department of Social Services, where he was a supervisor and coordinator of Intake workers and volunteers. He was a member of Santa’s Helpers and The Children’s Trust Fund. Tom also delivered Meals-on-Wheels and worked for Powderhorn Lodging. He was a Little League coach and a hockey fan. He especially enjoyed spending time with his sons while they were playing hockey.

He was an avid reader and a member of Theatre North. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and Sudoku.

Tom was married to the former Bonnie Hulstrom on Aug. 29, 1964, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Ironwood by Rev. Porteous. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Todd Maki and Jay Maki, of Bessemer; his daughter, Jenny (Ashish Thaker) Maki, of Bellingham, Mass .; a granddaughter, Kathrine of Nashua, N.H .; and many cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at Frick-Zielinski Funeral Home, 304 S. Sophie St., Bessemer, with Rev. Kurt Kovanan officiating. Tom’s family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

Range Funeral Service and Crematory, Frick-Zielinski Funeral Home of Bessemer is assisting the family with arrangements. To send online condolences, visit


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