MARFC Longtime Supporter Passes Away!

Dear MARFC members: We just received the news of the sudden passing of a dear friend to MARFC Mary Ellen Sprague at the young age of 60. She was our contact person for over 30 years at DeCarlo’s Banquet Hall. Mary Ellen was very instrumental in keeping MARFC returning to the hall all these years. She was a sweet, gracious, and grand friend to me when I took over as President of our club over 20 years ago. Always with a smile on her face and asking how things went and if there was any way she could help with again at any time. She will not only be missed by her family at DeCarlo’s but by all of us here at MARFC also. We send out our Deepest Sympathies to her family and to her family at the hall. “Many God Bless & Keep You Always Mary Ellen”

Bill Barnhart
MARFC President

Arrangements for Mary Ellen are:
Mary Ellen Tasiemski Sprague
June 17, 1958 – April 16, 2019
Service -Monday, April 22 -at Wujek Calcaterra (Sterling Heights) 3 pm-9pm
Church -Tuesday, April 23–9:00am at St. Blasé
12151 15Mile Rd Sterling Heights

Longtime Racing Fabricator Passes Away!

The Checkered Flag flew for the final time on a great racing fan, and race car fabricator earlier this month. Don Johnson father to Mark “the Turtle” Johnson passed away on Wednesday April 2, 2019. Don was one of the premier body fabricators in the area and supported racers is many divisions over the years. Mr. Johnson also received the MARFC Mechanic of the Year Award back in the early 80’s. We send thoughts and prayers to the Johnson family. “Rest Well Mr. Johnson” As per Mr. Johnson’s wishes to service is planned at this time!
Bill Barnhart MARFC President

Another racing loss this month! Jennie Johnson mother of Mark “The Turtle” Johnson passed away this past week. Jennie left this world to join her husband Don Johnson who passed away earlier this month. Jennie was a fun lady to be around always laughing and was just “Ma” to everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and the Johnson family at this time for the loss of both parents within the same month. “ May the Lord Bless and Keep them Both Always”

Bill Barnhart MARFC President

No services are planned at this time but, Inurnment of Jennie and Donald will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan with military honors being rendered for Donald at a day and time to be announced.



Final Checkered Flag Waves again on Longtime Member!

We are truly saddened by the news that another of our longtime MARFC members has passes away. Life’s final checkered flag waved over Joe Hiestand last Sunday April 7, 2019. Joe attended many of our MARFC meetings over the years and help support our club whenever he could. A proud family man Joe always made sure that his family’s membership renewals we up to date each year. Our Deepest Thoughts and Prayers are with the entire Hiestand family at this time. R.I.P. to our friend Joe!

Bill Barnhart MARFC President

Services for Joe are as follows:
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a service at 7:00 pm in the Harold W. Vick Funeral Home, 140South Main, Mount Clemens, MI.
Additional visitation and services will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 1:00 pm until 3:00pm the time of services at Stitz Clapper Funeral Home, 214 East Washington Street, Kentland, Indiana. Burial will follow at Fair Lawn Cemetery, Kentland, Indiana.

Remembering Our Friend Larry!

Just wanted to take a moment to remember our good friend and fellow board member who we lost just over a year ago Larry Iacoboni. We all truly miss him and his laugh and his quick whit and snappy come backs. AKA ‘The Bald Eagle” Larry was a supporter of our club always working on a way to better the club and trying to get new members to join. So please join me in “Remembering Our Friend Larry” Rest Well Larry until we meet again!

Wild Bill Barnhart
MARFC President