John S. Samarziya ✵ 1919-1998

John S. Samarziya

Name at birth:  John S. Samarziya
Date of birth:  31 December 1919
Place of birth:  Bessemer MI USA
Date of death:  11 January 1998
Place of death:  Bessemer MI USA
Resting place:  Hillcrest Cemetery Bessemer MI USA
Submitted by:  Dan Chupinsky   (



John was a simple man with simple pleasures. He enjoyed friends and relatives. He liked to garden and cut firewood from the 40 acres his father owned. He stopped at the local tavern for a glass of beer after a day in the iron mines in the Gogebic Range. When the ravages of time crippled his body, he found pleasure in a day of fishing, or a long ride through the country he loved in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan.

He was a cook in the Navy during WW2, an iron miner in the mines in and around Bessemer. He ran the machinery at Big Powderhorn Ski Hill, and in the summer, he could be found on a lawnmower cutting grass. John is missed by more friends and relatives than he could recall if he were put to the test.

Rest in peace, John.

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