Margaret E. Bilacic

Died Feb. 26, 2019


Margaret Elizabeth Bilacic, 91, of Turner passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, 2019, with family by her side at Eden Fields in Standish.

Margaret was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Au Gres to the late Adam and Amelia (Dittenber) Freehling. She married Rudy Bilacic on Nov. 7, 1948, in Au Gres, and together they raised three children, Sandra, Steven and Patricia. Margaret was a member of St. John Congregational Church (the former German Church) and Ladies Aid, and then became a member of Au Gres United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, bowling and cooking, especially for farm employees daily at Bilacic Farms. Margaret could also be found assisting with field work, whether on a tractor or in the fields hoeing.

Margaret is survived by her children, Sandra (Jim) Proulx of Turner and Steven (Kathy) Bilacic of Turner; grandchildren, Tabitha (Steve Rittenburg) Rudolph, Marc (Trisha) Daniel, Stephanie (Matt) Howard, Lindsay Bilacic and Al Bilacic; great-grandchildren, Tristan Rudolph, Thomas Rudolph, Kelsey Daniel, Kyle Daniel, Kayla Daniel and Paige Bilacic; sisters-in-law, Alice Freehling and Zella Jean Freehling; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy; daughter, Patricia Forshee; and brothers, Harold Freehling, Clarence “Fritz” Freehling, Bernard Freehling and Roger Freehling.

Visitation for Margaret will take place from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Buresh Funeral Home, 101 E. Michigan Ave., Au Gres, and from 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 1, at St. Mark Catholic Church, 415 S. Court St., Au Gres. The funeral ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with Chaplain Randy Brokaw officiating. Interment will follow in Sims-Whitney Township Cemetery in Au Gres.

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