Rev. George LucianiRev. George A. Luciani passed away peacefully after a long illness on January 10, 2018 at his home in the Chelsea Retirement Community with his wife and family at his side.  George was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan on July 18th 1935.  As a teenager he answered God’s call to the ministry.  After his high school graduation, he attended Vennard College in University Park, Iowa.  It was there he met, and then on May 29th 1956, married Carolyn Bowlin from Natchez, Mississippi. They made their home in Ewen, Michigan where George was appointed by the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church to serve the Ewen Charge which was made up of four churches, in addition to Ewen it included Bergland, Kenton and Sidnaw.  While there he also graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

He then attended seminary at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio while serving congregations in Britton and in Millville, Michigan.  In 1963 he was ordained in the United Methodist Church, Detroit Conference.  From 1963 to 1998, George served churches in the Upper Peninsula - White Pine charge (which included Ontonagon, Rockland and Greenland), Hancock, Ishpeming, and Sault Ste. Marie and Algonquin. While in Ishpeming George did a ministerial exchange with a minister from Bodmin, Cornwall, England for six months.   In 1998 he retired to Marshall, MI to be near his family.  During retirement he was privileged to be the Visitation Pastor for the Marshall UMC as well as to fill the pulpit in Quincy and Homer for a short time.  Also in retirement, he filled in for a pastor in East Looe, Cornwall England for three and a half months. In addition to his ministries in the Upper Peninsula, he was active in Conference Boards and Committees.  Also he was a delegate to four World Methodist Conferences which took him to Hawaii, Singapore, Kenya, and Brazil.  These were inspirational and helped to give insight to world ministries.  He and Carolyn loved to travel and were able to visit Israel several times. Youth ministry was a joy for George, and he was a Youth Leader for the Marquette District.  For many years he spent time at Camp Michigamme as counselor or dean.

George was preceded in death by his parents Americo and Grace (nee Dohrman) Luciani; his siblings Lucille (Joe) Konwinsky, his brothers Louis “Babe” (Lorraine), and Jack (Veronica)(Polly), and by his granddaughter Anna Grace.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn (nee Bowlin); four children Janet (Mark) Richardson, Don (Leslie), Doug (Lynne), and Dan (Heather); ten grandchildren David (Lindsay Demmy) Richardson, Sarah (Tim) March, Hannah (Michael) Reinker, Michael, John, Joe, Olivia, Maria, Jack, and Jeremy Luciani; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at the chapel at Chelsea Retirement Community, Chelsea, MI, Saturday, January 13, 2:00 pm. Visitation at Cole Funeral Chapel Friday from 5-8 pm and at the CRC Chapel from Noon until 2:00 pm. Private burial will take place at Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall, MI. In lieu of flowers or gifts, friends are asked to contribute to either the United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation or Camp Michigamme.

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#61 michael grajcar 2018-06-21 22:07
Grorge and I attended MTSO in Ohio together. I served in the Detroit conference for 30 years so I saw a lot of George at annual conference. I am sorry to hear of his long illness and death. God bless george and his family forever! Michael grajcar Arcadia, Michigan 6-21-2018
#60 Jim Anderson 2018-01-23 21:28
RIP, Rev George. You were one of the best at Camp Michigamme, many, many years ago. Might have been when you were in White Pine with the Tonkin sisters. Condolences to the family, Rev George as aces.
#59 Angela Smart-Rowell 2018-01-23 20:38
I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember Rev. Luciani and his time at Central. Especially his bright smile & hugs.
#58 Jason Tuisku 2018-01-16 17:21
Thoughts and Prayers with the entire Family!
#57 Cheryl Plute 2018-01-16 06:55
My deepest sympathy. Rev Luciani was a great pastor in Hancock, MI.
#56 Paul Neuman 2018-01-16 05:46
My deepest sympathies to Carolyn and family. George was a wonderful person and I have many fond memories of him growing up when he was pastor at Wesley in Ishpeming.
#55 Naomi Pelto Haycock 2018-01-15 11:08
I grew up in Ewen and attended the MYF group. I always enjoyed going to the group because of George. Carolyn And family, you have my deepest sympathy. You will be in my
#54 Bill and Susie Janis 2018-01-14 20:06
Dearest Doug and Lynne,
We are so very sad to read about your dear father's passing...what a beautiful life he lead...such a man of great faith, family, leadership and community...we send you our love.
Bill and Susie
#53 Leo Hughes 2018-01-13 15:19
Doug and Lynne,
We are so sorry to learn of your father's passing. Please know that you and your family are being held close in our thoughts and prayers.
Leo and Sharon Hughes
#52 Susan Riedel 2018-01-13 14:23
Deepest sympathy to the Luciani family. Thoughts
Thoughts and prayers are with you Carolyn.
May you be comforted by our dear Lord and savior Jesus Christ. GOD BLESS !!
Sue Riedel

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