IRON MOUNTAIN - Jay L. Constantini, 92, of Iron Mountain, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford, where he had been a resident for a year and a half.
Jay was born Aug. 6, 1920, in Crystal Falls, son of the late Fred and Helen (Kinsman) Constantini. He grew up in Iron Mountain and was a 1940 graduate of Iron Mountain High School.
After high school Jay worked at VonPlatten Fox Wood Products and the Niagara Paper Mill. He was drafted into the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942 and served until 1944. He was stationed in Iceland and was in charge of patrolling the waters. Jay attained the rank of seaman first class.
He met his wife, Doris DeMuri, at her father's tavern, the Venetian on the north side of Iron Mountain. They were married on July 20, 1946, in Iron Mountain at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Jay worked for Iron Mountain Water Works as a meter reader for over 36 years. He retired in 1982.
Jay was a lifelong resident of Iron Mountain and a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
He was a member of the American Legion Uren-Cooper-Johnson Post 50, Knights of Columbus Bishop Baraga Post 1585, Iron Mountain-Kingsford United Commercial Travelers, and the Paisano Club.
Jay enjoyed watching the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. He watched the Lawrence Welk Show every Saturday night and loved to sing and whistle.
Jay is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Doris (whom he called Dor); his sister-in-law, June Constantini; his two nieces, Debra Constantini (Allen) Steinberg, and Paula Wiegele; one nephew, Michael (Jean) Constantini, all of Iron Mountain. Also surviving are his great-niece, Briana Wiegele; great-nephew, Tyler Wiegele; and numerous cousins.
Relatives on the DeMuri side include three sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by three brothers, William (Bimbo) Constantini, James (Florence) Constantini, and his twin brother Fred Constantini.
Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Prayers will be recited Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will officiate.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 will accord military honors at graveside.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Jay or leave a condolence to his family online at JacobsFuneralHomes.com.
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Jay's legacy of life.