Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 15, 2013

Edward Orvil Falberg Died Sept. 10, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY — Edward Orvil Falberg, 92, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Traverse Victorian Assisted Living. Ed was born on June 18, 1921, in Moline, Ill., to the late Fred and Hazel (Eckert) Falberg.

He married the love of his life, Jeanne P. Stoffregen, on June 21, 1947, in Birmingham. Together they lovingly raised three wonderful daughters.

Ed received his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Tech University.

He served as captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.

He was employed as a metallurgist for five years with General Motors and was employed for 35 years with Gulf and Western Industries. He retired in 1982 as president of the metals group.

Ed served many years as a Methodist Church usher and also served for 10 years on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Tech Fund.

Ed loved sailing and was a member of the Power Squadron. Most importantly Ed loved his family. He will be deeply missed by them and all who knew him.

Surviving Ed are his wife of 66 years, Jeanne; daughters, Pamela S. Dionise, Dianne M. (Leo Hazen) VanGemert and Linda J. Samul; grandchildren, Tina (Kevin) Makarewicz, Christopher (Patsie) Dionise, Gregory (Kathy) VanGemert, Tracy Samul and Scott Samul; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, Jack, Sophia and Charlie; a sister-in-law, Carrol Falberg; and many other loving family members and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; granddaughter, Laurel; sons-in-law, Jim Dionise and Richard Samul.

Visitation for Ed will take place on Monday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, also at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Central United Methodist Church.

Please sign Ed’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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