Paul P. Kondziela, 77, of Petoskey, died Dec. 30, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family following a year long battle with cancer.
Paul was born on Aug. 23, 1934, to Donald and Julia (Dubel) Kondziela. He was born and raised in Walloon Lake, Mich., attended the Melrose Elementary School, St. Francis School, and graduated from Petoskey Public Schools. He later attended University of Michigan.
On Nov. 10, 1956, Paul married the love of his life, Audrey R. Mummert, and together they made their home in Petoskey. Together they owned The Basket Shop in Petoskey and Paul served as sales manager of Northern Office Suppliers until 1979 at which time he became a Realtor and later an associate broker.
He was member of the Lions, Elks, and a long-time member of Petoskey-Bay View Country Club. Paul served on the zoning board of appeals and was the secretary of the Michigan Bear Hunters for a number of years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf as long as he was physically able.
He and his wife loved polka dancing and attended many festivals and were members of the "WOW" polka dancing group.
Paul is survived by his wife of 55 years, Audrey; two daughters, Terri Seymour and Lori Mendez of Santa Barbara, Calif.; three grandchildren, Casey and Hannah Mendez and Tyler Seymour; four brothers, Robert (Lynn) Kondziela of Tennessee, John Kondziela of Maryland, Frank (Renee) Kondziela of Chicago, Edward (Pat) Kondziela of Grand Rapids; and by a sister, Margaret (Robert) Danzeisen, of New Jersey.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Jean Selden of Port Huron.
A memorial Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Boyne Falls with the Rev. Duane Wachowiak officiating.
Arrangements were handed by the Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey.