106 West Main Street
P.O. Box 146
Phone: 906-475-4631
Fax: 906-475-5561


Thursday, November 6th, 1941 - Saturday, May 15th, 2021
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William Louis Maki, 79, of Forge Road, Negaunee Township, passed away at home Saturday evening, May 15, 2021 in the care of his loving family.

Bill was born November 6, 1941 in Ishpeming to William O. and Mary P. (Pezzotti) Maki, graduated from Negaunee St. Paul High School, Class of 1959, and was a lifelong area resident. He was the longtime co-owner and operator of Colorvision, and Audio Visual Center in Marquette.

Mr. Maki was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Negaunee, and the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling, gardening and hunting. He was a very talented builder, having built both his home and his camp on Helen Lake.

Surviving are his loving wife of over 26 years, Diane (Sleeman) Maki; six children: Scott Maki of Grand Rapids, Mark (Caroline) Maki of Vicksburg, MI, Beth (Mark) Champion of Green Bay, Gina (Michael) Onderak of Crystal Falls, Kenneth (Sara) Bjork of Ishpeming and Shelly (David Falls) Bjork of Randville; mother-in-law, Cecile Sleeman; 16 grandchildren: Sydney, Toni, Kristina, Tyler, Kyle, Lindsey, Brad, Cecilia, Gavin, Michael, Annie, Alyssa, Fara, Hudson, Vivian and Owen; a sister, Rosalee Holmi; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gerald Maki; father-in-law, Richard Sleeman; and brother-in-law, John Holmi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, May 19th at St. Paul Catholic Church, Negaunee, with Rev. Larry Van Damme officiating. Burial will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends for one hour prior to Mass at the church on Wednesday.

Bill’s family would like to extend a special thank you to caregivers, Paul Klutts and Dana Roe for their loving and compassionate care.

Mr. Maki’s memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm
    St. Paul Catholic Church
    202 W. Case St.
    Negaunee, MI 49866
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 12:00pm
    St. Paul Catholic Church
    202 W. Case St.
    Negaunee, MI 49866
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Larry Van Damme


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Richard Rizzio

Posted at 05:49am
Here’s a photo of Bill & I taken five years ago.
Richard Rizzio


Posted at 02:53pm
So sorry to hear of Bill‘s passing. He was my first boss at the electronic center in Marquette. I have many fond memories working with him. I had the chance to reconnect with him a few years ago at his beautiful home that he had built in Negaunee.
Richard Rizzio


Gerald T Anderson

Posted at 12:06am
Diane and family. So sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. I always enjoyed speaking with him and having a good laugh. It wasn't until I read about his days at Colorvision, that it reminded me that I bought my first TV from Bill. It was a Zenith Chrome-a-Color II. I always loved telling people the name of that T.V. I owned that TV for about 26 years with only (1) repair in all that time. The TV repair man told me "they don't make them like this anymore". Just like Bill...they don't make them like him anymore. We'll miss him.

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Posted at 03:35pm
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Cheryl Ware

Posted at 03:24pm
Hi Diane: Jerry and I are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Hopefully fond memories will give you comfort in the days ahead

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