John A. Sadowski
Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital. Age 81 years. The son of the late Victor and Eleanor (Kajkowski) Sadowski, John was born May 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion in Lake City and the V.F.W. Post. John married Karen Anderson, his loving wife of nearly 58 years, on October 11, 1963. She survives him. John was employed at Consumers Gas Storage for several years. He was then employed at the Saginaw Police Department as a uniformed police officer, first K-9 officer with his dog Champ, vice squad, juvenile and homicide detective. John retired from the Saginaw Police Department in 1989 following 25years of service. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves for many years. He was then employed as undersheriff for the Missaukee County Sherriff’s Department until his retirement in 2004. John was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #105where he served as President and Vice-President. He also served on the State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. John enjoyed deer hunting, reading and woodworking. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving besides his wife Karen are two daughters and one son, Michele Modafferi; Christopher Sadowski, Saginaw; Jenny and Scott Gonzales, Saginaw; a daughter-in-law, Laura Sadowski, Saginaw; 12 grandchildren, Lauren, Paula, Janine, Rachel, Christopher, Tiffanie, Emily, Matthew, Madison, Hunter, Samantha and Jack; two great-grandchildren, Landyn and Clay; a sister, Victoria Rudolph; several nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by a son, John Paul Sadowski, a daughter-in-law, Erin Sadowski and by a brother-in-law, Ronald Rudolph.
Funeral service will take place 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2021 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2565 N. Miller Road in Thomas Township. Rev. Dr. Mark Hill will officiate. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Freeland, Michigan where honors will be presented. Friends may visit at St. Mark Lutheran Church where the family will be present on Friday from 12:00 noon until time of service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Mark Lutheran Church.