Istvan "Steve" Hernek
Died: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Istvan "Steve" Hernek, 79 of West US #2, St.Ignace passed away Thursday evening, September 25 at Mackinac Straits Hospital following a fall of the roof of the Dune Shore Motel which the family has owned since the early 1960.He was born in  Budapest,Hungary on  April 23,1935. His parents were Istvan and Anna (Toth) Hernek. He graduated from college with an Engireering Degree. In Hungary he was employed with the Institute of Mines.(Coal) He Came to the US. during the Revolution in Hungary.. He was in the 1956 Olympics with the Hungarian Team and won a Silver Medal in Canoeing. He has been on the National Ski Patrol at Holimont in  Ellicotteville, New York  for over 40 years, and  was still very  active. The family has owned the Dune Shore Motel on U.S #  2 since 1960. He retired as an Engineer with Parker-Hannisin Corp. . They spent winters in  New York . He was a coach for Olympic  Kayaking and met his wife Maryann  Duchai,, as her coach. She also was in the 1960 Olympics. They were married on October 29,1960 at St.Ignatius Loyola Catholc Church in St.Ignace. He is an active member of Immaculate Conception Church in Moran

He is survived by his wife of 54 years,, Maryann;  2 sons, Istvan (Edna) Hernek, Orchard Park, New York; Peter (Michelle) Hernek, Lawton, New York; daughter, Anna Marie Perkins, Versailles, Ky.; brother, Gyorgy and Eva Hernek, in Hungary; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Friends may call at StIgnatius Loyola Catholic Church in St.Ignace on Sunday September 28 from 5 until 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, September 29 at 11 am at Immaculate Conception Church in Moran with Fr. Pawel Mecwel officiating. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery later. Memorials may be directed to St.Ignace Right to Life with envelopes available from Dodson Funeral Home, who assisted with arrangements.

Pallbearers are Cody Hernek; Stephan Hernek; Dave Homan;Jacob Perkins; Erik Rytten; and Jim Starkey...
Guest Book Entries:
September 25th, 2016 8:00 am
I miss you, Poppy
Mike and Lara Gustafson
September 29th, 2014 10:12 pm
Thoughts and prayers for his family,
Candy DeKeyser - Mackinac County Water Safety Review Team Member
September 29th, 2014 9:46 am
On behalf of the Mackinac County Water Safety Review Team, we are so saddened to hear of the passing of Steve. Such a sad loss. We will surely miss his knowledge and interest in helping spread the word of Rip Current safety. We will miss his wit and those great stories he would share with us. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family and friends at this most difficult time.
Gray and Janet Evans
September 28th, 2014 2:11 pm
Maryann and family, Our hearts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. We will always cherish fond memories at Dune Shores Resort and how well Steve treated everyone he met. We pray that your hearts will remain strong. All our love. Gray and Janet
Bob and Sue Ann Sperling
September 28th, 2014 10:14 am
We are so sorry for your lose. You are in our prayers.
Mike Arce
September 27th, 2014 9:41 pm
I feel like I have lost a dad. What a great, nice man. I will miss our conversations solving all the problems in the world. He was a class act in all respects and I am so thankful for having known him for the last 25 years. My heart goes out to his family. I hope to see you soon to celebrate his life. Mike Arce & Family
Lisa Trudeau
September 27th, 2014 5:58 pm
Dear Maryann and family, I send my deepest condolences to you. I will always remember the summer of 2007 when My daughter, Christine and I worked at The Dunes. R.I.P. Steve
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