Fred J. Mainville, age 85, of Imlay City, MI went to be with the Lord Monday, January 29, 2024, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Fred Jermie Mainville was born June 27, 1938, in Detroit, MI. He is the son of the late Louis and the late Jeannette (Viznea) Mainville. Fred grew up in Warren, MI. He graduated from Lincoln Warren High School in 1957.

Fred was especially proud of his service in the United States Coast Guard where he achieved the rank of Bossin 2nd Class. He married the love of his life, Sally Mainville on August 17, 1963, in Ludington MI, being together for 53 years till her passing in 2017.

Fred was employed as a Millwright by Ford Motor Company–Van Dyke Transmission in Sterling Heights, MI for 34 years before retiring. Before working at Ford, he was a garbage man for the City of Warren MI. As a young man, he was a paperboy for the Detroit Times. After he retired Fred volunteered at St. Cornelius Church where he helped in the planning of the new church and was active with the Dryden Food pantry. Fred also drove the bus for Casa Maria (now Trinity Health Maple Vista), where he was loved by many of the residents and staff.

Fred was a member of St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Dryden, MI, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Imlay City, Knights of Columbus–Our Lady Queen of Peace #4556 in Imlay City and 4th Degree Knights of Cardinal Mooney Assembly #2317.

He was a huge fan of the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers. Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, bee-keeping, tending to his orchard, and tinkering with things. He loved to watch the deer, birds and squirrels in his back yard. He was also a member of the Tim Horton men’s coffee group.

Fred is survived by his daughters, Tricia (Raymond) Kujawa of Allenton, MI, Michelle (Joseph) Fournier of Clinton Township, MI and Judy (Jim) Zwierzynski of Swartz Creek, MI; sons, Fred (LeRae) Mainville of Attica, MI and Edward (Skylar McDaniel) Mainville of Chicago, IL; and his sister, Judith Hoyt of Akron, OH. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Elizabeth (Patrick), Rachel (Mitchell), Samuel (Rebecca), Allison, Courtney (Brandon), Mary Paige (Sal), Henry, George, Gabrielle (Chris) and Chloe; his great-children, Owen and Paxton; and his very close friends Ed (Mary) Kubinski and Rich Kubinski.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Mainville; parents, Louis and Jeanette Mainville; parents-in- law George and Evelyn Schmock; and brother, Jerry Mainville.
The Family would like to say a special thank you to his home health care workers, Michelle and Hannah. Also a special thank you to Michigan Hospice.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; Lustgarten Foundation, Crossways Park Drive, Ste. D., Woodbury, NY 11797; Michigan Hospice, 090 Spaulding Rd., Ada, MI 49301; or The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Development Office, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2024, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 883 Capac Rd., Allenton, MI. Reverend Fr. Mike Gawlowski, pastor of St. John the Evangelist, will officiate. Interment of Fred and Sally’s cremated remains will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI at a later date.

The family will be available for visitation 4-8 p.m., Thursday, February 8 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI and 10-11 a.m., Friday, February 9 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m., Thursday, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home.

Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI.

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