Mark J. Tetu

Died March 2, 2019


Mark John Tetu, 87, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Villa at West Branch.

Mark was born June 10, 1931, in Grayling to Frank and Florence (Smith) Tetu. He lived in West Branch most of his life. Mark served in the Navy during the Korean War. On Jan. 15, 1966, Mark married Linda Lee Doane. Mark was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Moose Lodge and the Eagles Club. Mark was also a member of the West Branch Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years. He owned and operated Culligan Water Conditioning in West Branch for 48 years. During his retirement, he worked as a driver for Dean Arbour Ford. Mark proudly received his private pilot’s license at the age of 50, and he enjoyed flying with family and friends. Mark liked golfing, camping, snow skiing, water skiing, traveling and taking trips to Florida. He loved being part of the “table of knowledge” at Mac’s Place, where he is often referred to as “Mark: the man, the myth, the legend.”

Mark is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda; his daughter, Lori Tetu; son, Mark Jr. (Whitney); and grandchildren, Imari Tetu and Tony Curtis, all of West Branch; sister-in-law, Marlene Tetu of Midland; and many nieces, nephews and a special niece, Michele Ahrent, with whom he had a very special relationship.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Florence; brothers, Robert (Juanita) and Frank; sisters, Mary Monica “Monnie” (Jim) Orr and Ann Tetu; and his best friend, John Artman.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will be held Friday, March 8, 2019, from 4-8 p.m. with an evening service at 5 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Burial with veterans honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Father Emmanuel Finbarr will officiate.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Helping Hands of West Branch or to the family of Mark Tetu. Online condolences can be shared at


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