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Oziel Katsikas

August 8, 2017

Oziel Rose Katsikas, age 100 years, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, August 8, 2017 at Sunrise of Bloomfield Hills. She was born on July 12, 1917 in Bay City, Michigan the daughter of the late Arthur and Marie (Reschke) LeVasseur. On August 2, 1945 she was united in marriage to Joseph P. Katsikas and after nearly 60 years together he preceded her in death on February 3, 2005. Oziel was...
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Linda L. Wheeler

August 4, 2017

Linda L. Wheeler was born in Bay City, MI on May 14, 1941 to Frederick E. and Katharine (Geisz) Linton. She passed away in Bay City on August 4, 2017. She loved baking, cooking, camping and ceramics. She was a devoted Elvis fan. She is survived by her husband Michael Wheeler, 3 children: Frederick (Lori) Burke, Vicki Parker and Michael Wayne Wheeler Jr., 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren...
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Edna Y. Brown

August 3, 2017

Mrs. Brown, age 95 years, passed away August 3, 2017. She was born in Bay City, MI on June 12, 1922 to Kathryn (Corliss) and Volney R. Young. Edna was a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church. She was active in the Bay City Players for many years, where she had served as an actor, a volunteer, and a member of the Board of Directors. She was an original member of the Aqua Marines...
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Ardath M. Timm

August 2, 2017

Ardath Maxine (LaBerge) Timm 92, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2017. Born in East Tawas, Michigan on November 20, 1924, the daughter of the late James and Bess LaBerge. She graduated valedictorian from East Tawas High School in 1942 and Magna Cum Laude from Hillsdale College 1946 where she was affiliated with Kappa Kappa Gamma along with Sigma Alpha Epsilon. She is listed in Who's Who of...
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Barbara Lee Meyer

July 21, 1948 - July 21, 2017

Barbara Lee Meyer, age 69 years, passed away surrounded by family on July 21, 2017. She was born in Bay City, Michigan on July 21, 1948. Barbara was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and had served as a nursing aide in nursing homes. On September 23, 1967, she married Frederick P. Meyer and he survives her. She also leaves her children: Frederick P. (Regina) Meyer, Jr., Kimberly A. (Kevin)...
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Ruth A. Miller

October 3, 1925 - July 18, 2017

Ruth Alberta Miller was born in Bay City, MI on October 3, 1925 to the late Albert J. and Gertrude L. (Schauer) Miller. She passed away at McLaren Bay Special Care on July 18, 2017. Ruth was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She retired from the Bay City Chevrolet plant in 1981. She is survived by her brother Manning A. Miller, her niece Kim (Rick) Gerard, her nephew Kevin (Jan) Miller, a...
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Stephen M. Wirt

March 9, 1947 - July 16, 2017

Stephen Mark Wirt passed away peacefully on July 16, 2017, with his loving family by his side. Steve was born in Bay City, Michigan, on March 9, 1947, to Alice and Jack Wirt, who preceded him in death. Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Eastern Michigan University. It was there that he met and married Dena Jaffe. They raised two boys: Matthew Aaron Wirt, who...
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Thomas D. Schnell

April 26, 1930 - July 15, 2017

Thomas Donald Schnell was born in Bay City, MI on April 26, 1930 to the late John W. and Alma (Oswald) Schnell. He passed away in Essexville, MI on July 15, 2017. He attended Northbay Activities Center. He is survived by a sister Alda Libbey and several nieces and nephews as well as a close friend Robert Rausch and his longtime care provider William VanHaaren. Funeral and committal service...
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Margaret E. Obertein

November 22, 1920 - July 4, 2017

Margaret Emma Obertein was born in Merritt Township, MI on November 22, 1920 to the late Henry and Meta (Ahrens) Bublitz. She passed away July 4, 2017 in Bay City, MI. Margaret was a member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church. She retired from General Motors Saginaw Manufacturing plant. Her husband, John A. Obertein, preceded her in death. Survivors include her three children: Janice (Clinton)...
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Elmer F. Gerish

June 29, 2017

Elmer Frank Gerish was born in Bay City, MI on December 28, 1921 to the late Frank and Lydia (Schnell) Gerish. He passed away at Huron Woods Nursing Home on June 29, 2017 to join his wife on which would have been their seventy-first anniversary. Elmer served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of V.F.W. Post 6950 in Kawkawlin. He was a member of the North Euclid Church of...
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Patricia "Patti" Babiarz

August 17, 1939 - June 27, 2017

Patricia Lucille Babiarz, age 77 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday evening, June 27, 2017 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born in Bay City on August 17, 1939 the daughter of the late Lawrence and Anna (Owczarzak) Szczepanski. Patti graduated from St. Stanislaus High School in 1957. On October 1, 1966 she and John R. Babiarz were united in...
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Judith I. Young

February 19, 1938 - June 15, 2017

Judith Icyle Young, age 79 years, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, June 15, 2017 at her residence. She was born on February 19, 1938 in Bay City, the daughter of the late Thomas and Viola (Deardean) Atwood. On July 18, 1959 Judith was united in marriage to Larry W. Young, and after 56 years together he preceded her in death on October 26, 2015. Surviving family include her daughters,...
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Robert Allen McKinley

March 3, 1926 - June 14, 2017

Bob McKinley, age 91, died at Cartwright Hospice. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. Bob was born in Bay City, the son of Frank and Amelia (Webster) McKinley. He graduated in 1944 from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA and from Princeton University in 1950. While at Princeton he belonged to the acapella singing group the Nassoons. He served in the US Army during WWII in France and...
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Winifred "Wini" Burns

April 6, 1923 - June 11, 2017

Winifred "Wini" Burns, age 94 years, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Carriage House of Bay City. She was born on April 6, 1923 in Utica, New York, the daughter of the late Daniel and Jane (Williams) Jones. On May 29, 1950 she was united in marriage to Clifton E. Burns and after 48 years together he preceded her in death on December 6, 1998. Left to cherish her memory are two children;...
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Edna C. Schoof

June 20, 1927 - June 10, 2017

Edna Cecelia Schoof (nee, Schillair) passed away in the late hours of Saturday, June 10, 2017, surrounded by her family. She almost made it to her 90th birthday, June 20th. Edna's wishes were to be cremated and laid to rest with her husband Orville H.H. Schoof, whom preceded her in death on April 11, 2000. No memorial will be held. Any remembrances should be directed to Southern Care Hospice...
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Darlene Louise Gower

November 17, 1939 - June 8, 2017

Darlene Louise Gower, age 77 years, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. She was born in Bay City on November 17, 1939 to the late John and Ada (Girard) Gower. Dar was an incredibly loving and giving person. She was always trying to do things for other people and loved to tell stories. Dar was employed for many years in the photo department at the Wal Mart in Bay City. ...
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Ruth E. Neal

September 12, 1922 - June 5, 2017

Ruth Ellen Neal, age 94 years, passed away peacefully Monday, June 05, 2017 at Healthsource of Saginaw. She was born on September 12, 1922 in Bay City, the daughter of the late Ralph and Hazel (Cornelius) Bradley. Ruth was united in marriage to Walter E. Neal, Sr. on November 7, 1941 and after more than 52 years together he preceded her in death on May 5, 1994. Ruth retired from Bay Medical...
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Joyce L. Tinglan

February 6, 1926 - May 31, 2017

Joyce Louise Tinglan was born in Vassar, MI on February 6, 1926 to the late Arthur B. and Relva Beal (Lennox) Bates. She passed away on May 31, 2017 at The Carriage House of Bay City. Joyce was an active member of the Fremont Ave. United Methodist Church (Grace United Methodist Church). She worked at the Bay County Council of Churches and later for the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District...
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David Kenneth Leavitt

January 29, 1976 - May 30, 2017

David (Davy) passed away suddenly on May 30, 2017. He was born in Bay City on January 29, 1976 to David K. Leavitt and Diana L. Pockrandt. A lifelong resident of Bay City, he was employed at Michigan Sugar for 10 years. In his youth, he spent a lot of time at the family cabin, at Warbler's Hide Away in Grayling, Michigan. Many memories were made during family gatherings at the cabin. David...
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Edward W. Kleinke

July 14, 1931 - May 27, 2017

Edward William Kleinke, age 85 years, passed away at his home on May 27, 2017. He was born in Bay City on July 14, 1931 to the late Edward H. and Margaret R. (Jereau) Kleinke. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean Conflict and retired from Bay City Chevrolet. Edward was a member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church and U.A.W. #362. On November 24, 1951, he married the...
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Loretta Lewandowski

May 26, 2017

Loretta Sally Lewandowski was born in Bay City, MI on May 14, 1939 to the late Ernest and Laura (Rivard) Machelski. She passed away May 26, 2017 at Toni and Trish House, Fisherville, MI. Loretta enjoyed cooking, baking, flowers and gardening. She loved her family and was a loving, caring person whose hugs could take your breath away. She married James L. Lewandowski on October 17, 1959 and...
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Ruth A. Claes

August 4, 1924 - May 22, 2017

Ruth was born on August 4, 1924 on a farm near Munger, MI to Ralph and Delia Markel. She passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017. Ruth was the third of eight children, having three brothers and four sisters. Ruth attended St. Norbert's for grades 1-3. For grades 3-8, she attended the Whatchair one room school. She attended Central High School for grades 9-12 and went on to attend Mercy Central...
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Daishelle Lyn Richards

August 13, 1995 - May 15, 2017

Daishelle Lyn Richards, age 21 years, passed away on May 15, 2017. She was born in Bay City on August 13, 1995. Daishelle was employed by the Dollar Tree and was a member of the Valley Aero Club. She very much enjoyed music and loved to draw. She is survived by her children: Jaxson and Delaynia Richards, her mother, Jessica Marie Richards, her father, Grant (Jennifer) Howell, Jr., her...
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Marjorie Ann Fletcher

April 12, 1933 - May 15, 2017

Marjorie Ann Fletcher passed away on May 15, 2017 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was born in Whittemore, Michigan on April 12, 1933 to the late Dr. Earl Andrew and Mildred (Albertson) Hasty. Marjorie was a graduate of Michigan State University and was a Spartan fan. She loved cooking and gardening and was a Past President of the Bay City Garden Club. She had served as a Co...
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Ronald E. Potter

November 28, 1945 - April 30, 2017

POTTER, Ronald E. Freeland, Michigan Formerly of Essexville Ronald Edward Potter, age 71 years, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Stone Crest Assisted Living in Freeland. He was born on November 28, 1945 in Bay City, the son of the late Selwyn L. and Ruth L. (Roedel) Potter. Ron served in the US Army during Vietnam. He resided in Seattle, Washington for many years before returning...
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Dorothy M. Neumann

April 29, 2017

Dorothy M. Neumann, our loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away April 29, 2017. She was born April 2, 1943. She retired from Bay Metro Transit where she was the dispatcher for the Dial-A.-Ride. She was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Essexville. Dorothy enjoyed going to the casino, gardening and crafts. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. ...
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Charles M. Naylor

March 18, 1926 - April 26, 2017

Charles M. Naylor of Bay City, Michigan, age 91, passed away on April 26, 2017. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 18, 1926. He attended Cranbrook, Bay City Junior College and was an Army Air Force Veteran tower operator of World War II in New Caldonia. He retired after a combined 34 years in the insurance business with Michigan Mutual Insurance Co. and Saginaw Bay Underwriters. He...
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Carole Ann Stitcher

September 20, 1940 - April 24, 2017

Carole Ann Stitcher, 76, passed into Jesus's healing hands on April 24, 2017 where she joins her parents, Ray and Virginia Stitcher, who predeceased her. She was born in Bay City, MI on September 20, 1940. Carol lived at the Candlestick Lane facility where she was called, "Stitch" and loving and affectionately cared for, for 31 years. Her family of Staff and housemates there will miss her...
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John Lee Stevens

April 20, 2017

John Lee Stevens was born in Danville, IL on April 16, 1933 to the late Darrell Lee and Erma Fawn (Havercamp) Stevens. He passed away at Healthsource Saginaw on April 20, 2017. John served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He retired from General Motors where he was an electrician. John was a member of Joppa Lodge No. 315, F. & A.M., the Scottish Rite Bodies-Valley of Bay City and the...
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Pearl Lydia Reichle

February 22, 1914 - April 19, 2017

Mrs. Reichle, age 103 years, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Bay County Medical Care Facility. She was born in Bay City on February 22, 1914 to the late Charles and Alma (Engelhardt) Bublitz. She was a lifelong member of Bethel Ev. Lutheran Church and was an honorary member of its Ladies Aid. Pearl very much enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers as well as fishing. She...
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Alice M. Lillo

October 30, 1930 - April 17, 2017

Mrs. Lillo, age 86 years, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. She was born on October 30, 1930 in Monitor Township to the Late Martin and Christina (Reinhardt) Appold. She was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Alice was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her family, as well as volunteering for many organizations. On November 1, 1957, she...
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Katherine M. Borrello

April 9, 2017

Katherine Mary Borrello was born in Highland Park, MI on October 3, 1942 to the late Edmond H. and Mary Jane (McGowan) Borgioli. She passed away April 9, 2017 at McLaren Bay Special Care. She was a very active member of Trinity Episcopal Church. She graduated from Bay City Central High School, and attended Bay City Junior College, Delta College and Central Michigan University. At Delta...
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Rylee Ann Jebb

July 18, 2014 - April 9, 2017

Rylee Ann Jebb was born in Bay City, MI on July 18, 2014 and passed away at Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI on April 9, 2017. She is survived by her father Ryan M. Jebb, 2 sisters: Kaydence Cater and Josalynn Ballard, a brother Ronnie Cater, grandparents: Terry Jebb, Jim and Barb Watson, a special cousins Emma Dushan and Cali Lee. She was preceded in death by her mother Emily Watson...
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Bertha McGiness

May 25, 1918 - April 7, 2017

Bertha McGiness, age 98 years, passed away peacefully Friday, April 7, 2017 at King's Daughters Home in Midland. She was called to her eternal home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bertha was born on May 25, 1918 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Engelmann) Bangert. On June 25, 1949 she was united in marriage to James McGiness and on November 21, 1964...
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Dorothea Emma Hayward

June 15, 1924 - April 6, 2017

Dorothea Emma Hayward, age 92 years, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Bay Medical Care Facility. She was born in Munger, Michigan on June 15, 1924 to the late William and Emma (Gollin) Hopp. She was currently a member of Trinity St. James Lutheran Church in Munger, its Ladies Aid and Missionary League. She married Howard Hayward on February 12, 1949 at St. James Lutheran Church in...
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Janet J. Faustin

August 11, 1945 - April 5, 2017

Janet Jean Faustin, age 71 years, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region, after a long battle with breast cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. She was born in Bay City on August 11, 1945, the daughter of the late Raymond and Estelle Bates. Janet was an active member of the First Pentecostal Church, where she played the organ, piano and accordion during many church...
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Diana Rose Roberts

July 5, 1942 - March 28, 2017

Diana Rose Roberts, age 74 years, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Hoyt Nursing and Rehab Center in Saginaw. She was born in Bay City, Michigan on July 5, 1942 to the late Dayton and Virginia Patterson. She is survived by 3 children: Penny Anthony, Kevin Chevalier and Kenneth Roberts, her grandchildren: Dayton, Dylan and Dustin Chevalier, Christopher Anthony and Laura Jean Haney, as...
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Marjoray Lynn Buerkel

December 13, 1945 - March 27, 2017

Marjoray Lynn (Frank) Buerkel of Bay City, Michigan passed away on March 27, 2017. She was born December 13, 1945 and married Fred Allen Buerkel on January, 17, 1964. She has four daughters Deborah (Richard) Nivison, Sherri Buerkel Hilliker, Amy (James) Brink and Heather (Timothy) Garrison. Also surviving is a sister Norine Treadway and 9 grandchildren Nicole Hilliker, Jessica Hilliker, Hunter...
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Dawn Margery Woolwine

March 27, 2017

Dawn M. Tilley was born in Bay City, MI on August 31, 1969 to Donald A. and Judy (Preston) Tilley. She passed away March 27, 2017 at Stonegate Health Campus in Lapeer, MI. She was employed as a recruiter at Mott College and formerly at Kettering University and Davenport University. Dawn is survived by her husband Kenneth E. Woolwine, 3 sons: John (Angela) Tilley, Nicholas Bartlett and...
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James Vincent McPhee

June 1, 1948 - March 26, 2017

James Vincent McPhee, age 68 years, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Cartwright Center in Saginaw after a lengthy illness. He was born in Petoskey, Michigan on June 1, 1948. Jim served in the United States Army during the Vietnam war and was stationed in South Korea. He was a master craftsman and problem solver. The more challenging the project, the better. He was a gifted...
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Sybil London

March 25, 2017

Sybil L. London passed away on March 25, 2017 at 97 years old. She was born February 14, 1920 in Bay City, MI to Fannie and Samuel Werbelow. She was a graduate of Bay City Central High School in 1937 and Bay City Junior College 1939. She was active in Hadassah in Saginaw and Bay City. She was a devoted mother and wife. She loved family gatherings, golf and dancing. She was a long time...
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Darwin James Klopf

October 1, 1947 - March 22, 2017

Mr. Darwin James Klopf was born on October 1, 1947 in Bay City, Michigan to the late Edward and Erna (Schultz) Klopf. He passed away on March 22, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. His wife Paula L. Klopf preceded his death on August 31, 2012. Darwin served his country in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1969. He was retired from Consumers Energy. He is survived by three sons: Scott (Sarah),...
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Mary Mildred Loree

March 21, 2017

Mary Mildred Loree was born in Mt. Forest, Ontario, Canada on January 5, 1922 to the late James Grier and Mary Pearl (Johnson) Harper. She passed away March 21, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and volunteered at Bay Regional Medical Center (McLaren Bay Region) for 20 years. She was avid bridge player and a constant reader of books. She worked for...
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Loretta L. Sidelinker

January 23, 1968 - March 20, 2017

Loretta Linn Sidelinker, age 49 years, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 20, 2017. She was born on January 23, 1968 in Hazel Park, Michigan, the daughter of the late Gerald Sidelinker and Charlotte Niazy (Linton). Loretta was enrolled in the Stepping Stones program, where she participated in activities throughout Lapeer. She was a social butterfly who loved being around family and friends...
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Patricia P. Perry

March 19, 2017

Patricia P. Perry was born in Bay City, MI on November 16, 1917 to the late Winfield and Marian (Buck) Pearsall. She passed away March 19, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. Her husband, Earl J. Perry, preceded her in death on September 11, 2008. Pat was a member of All Saints Parish (Church of St. Boniface). She graduated from Michigan State University. For many years she sold Doncaster and Najla...
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Marlene A. Peckham

March 14, 2017

Marlene Anne Peckham was born in Bay City, MI on November 20, 1940. She passed away in Bay City, MI on March 14, 2017. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter Karen Peckham, her son Kevin (Pam) Peckham and their children: Joey, Chad, Melissa and Nicholas, her twin brother Melvin Bicknell, her sister Bonnie Greenhoe, other siblings, a cousin Dorothy...
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Edward Thomas Roby

May 20, 1933 - March 5, 2017

Edward Thomas Roby, age 83 years, passed away on March 5, 2017 at his home. He is now reunited with his soul mate, Marguerite G. Roby by whom he was preceded in death on June 23, 2015. They were united in marriage on March 21, 1953. Edward was born in Bay City on May 20, 1933 to the late Floyd and Edith (Walton) Roby. He served in the United States Army Corp of Engineers during the Korean...
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Joel H. Vaughan

March 4, 2017

Joel Herbert Vaughan was born in Watertown, NY on September 23, 1962. He passed away March 4, 2017. He is survived by his father and step-mother Herbert N. Vaughan and Debbie Schultz and 2 brothers: Bill and Geoff Schultz. He was preceded in death by his mother Judith Vaughan and a sister Susan Vaughan and grandparents Herbert and Pearl Vaughan. The Funeral Liturgy will be Tuesday, March 14,...
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Marilyn Joyce Greenwood

July 14, 1930 - March 2, 2017

Marilyn Joyce Greenwood, age 86 years, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 with her children by her side. She was born in Bay City, Michigan on July 14, 1930 to the late Henry and Lorraine (White) Layle. Marilyn very much enjoyed being a great mother to her children and loved to watch sports. On May 28, 1951, she married Gerald G. Greenwood and he preceded her in death on April 28, 2000. ...
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Edna L. Buzzard

June 27, 1939 - February 24, 2017

Edna L. Buzzard passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at Bay County Medical Care Facility. The daughter of the late Florence (Ernest) Marquardt and Glenn Middleton was born on June 27, 1939 in Bay City. On October 12, 1957, Edna married the love of her life, Lyle Buzzard and he preceded her in death in 2014, as well as her sister Roberta Decatur. She was a member of South Baptist Church and...
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Marjorie H. Sommer

April 23, 1923 - February 23, 2017

Our loving Mother, Marjorie H. Sommer, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region at the age of 93. She was born on April 23, 1923 to the late Louis and Amalie Nuenke. Marjorie was an active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Essexville. She had worked as a secretary for Kuhlman Electric Co. in Bay City and also for the State of Michigan. She...
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Irene Saelens

February 22, 2017

Irene Mina Saelens was born in Bay City, MI on October 21, 1931 to the late Reinhold and Nina (Potter) Gohr. She passed away at Shannon's House in Bay City, MI on February 22, 2017. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, August R. Saelens on September 21, 1997. She graduated from Bay City Junior College and began her county normal teaching career at Albee School in Saginaw County. She...
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John L. Pelletier

August 28, 1927 - February 17, 2017

John Louis Pelletier, age 89 years, passed away February 17, 2017 at the Bay Medical Care Facility. He was born on August 25, 1927 in Bay City, the son of the late Nelson and Leona Pelletier. John was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was also a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 7. Surviving family include his special companion, Ann Owen; children, Bruce (Gwen) Pelletier...
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Delma Mae (Bourdon) Zabel

April 21, 1918 - February 17, 2017

Mrs. Zabel, age 98 years, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017. She was born on April 21, 1918 to the late William and Ethel (Clark) Ferris. She had worked at Arrow Restaurant as well as Ferris Candy Kitchen. Survivors include her grandchildren: Michael Holmes, Linda Holmes and Diana Holmes, her great-grandchildren: Steven Holmes and Stephanie Holmes, her great-great-grandchildren: ...
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Barbara Mae Eichinger

February 15, 2017

Barbara Mae Eichinger was born in Muskegon, MI on January 4, 1927 to the late John W. and Anna (Rohwedder) Carlson. She passed away on February 15, 2017 in Statesville, NC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard A. Eichinger on September 23, 2010. Barbara was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and great grandmother. Her times spent with family were the happiest times...
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Betty J. Hayward

July 29, 1922 - February 15, 2017

On Wednesday the 15th of February in the year of our Lord 2017 at 10:21 p.m., Betty Jane (nee Schnettler) Hayward joined her husband Wesley Herbert Hayward on the wings of angels for the journey to eternal life. She was born on a "hot" Saturday, July 29, 1922, the daughter of William H. Schnettler, a blacksmith and farmer, and Alvina Zube, who opened her home to family, friends and travelers in...
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Thomas E. Cederberg

July 9, 1944 - February 15, 2017

Thomas E. Cederberg, age 72 years, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. He was born in Bay City on July 9, 1944 to the late Elford and Arlene (Munro) Cederberg. During the Vietnam era, he served in the United States Army. Tom was an avid collector of music and sports memorabilia. His greatest love was attending the sporting events of his grandsons. Survivors...
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Eleanor Augusta Dinsmore

August 11, 1919 - January 30, 2017

Eleanor Augusta Dinsmore, age 97 years, passed away on January 30, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living. She was born in Merritt Township, Michigan on August 11, 1919 to the late Henry and Meta (Arhens) Bublitz. Eleanor was a member of Trinity St. James Lutheran Church in Munger and its Ladies Aid, as well as the Bay Area Retried School Personnel. She was an avid bowler and retired from the Bay...
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Alfred Billmeier, Jr.

December 10, 1928 - January 29, 2017

Mr. Billmeier, age 88 years, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 10, 1928 to the late Alfred W. and Amanda (Hartner) Billmeier. Alfred was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bay City. He enjoyed spending his winters in Texas and his time at the Sunrise Senior Center in Omer. His hobbies included fishing, playing...
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Aldine R. Derr

January 28, 2017

Aldine R. Derr was born in Bay City, MI on March 4, 1929 to the late Albert J. and Gertrude L. (Schauer) Miller. She passed away at Bay Medical Care Facility on January 28, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Derr in 1964. Aldine was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She retired from the Bay City Chevrolet plant in 1981 after 33 years of service. She is survived by her...
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Earlene Marie Chanel

January 27, 2017

Earlene Marie Chanel was born in Bay City, MI on July 25, 1923 to the late Earl F. and Gladys L. (Poole) Clark. She passed away at Toni & Trish House on January 27, 2017. She married Richard F. Chanel in 1950 and he preceded her in death in 2001. Earlene was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts and a longtime member of the former First Church of Christ,...
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Doris Eileen Villaire

September 21, 1928 - January 27, 2017

Doris E Villaire, age 88 years, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2017. She was born in Bay City, MI on September 21, 1928 to the late William and Minnie (Mrohs,) Buzzard. Doris was a life long member of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and felt her greatest joy was raising a family and being a homemaker. Her husband Lawrence Villaire, whom...
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Deborah K. Nearman

April 17, 1949 - January 22, 2017

Deborah K. Nearman, age 67 years, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully Sunday, January 22, 2017 at her home. She was born on April 17, 1949 in Bay City, Michigan the daughter of James F. and Marilyn (Pflueger) Nichols. Deb was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her kids and grandkids. They were her life, along with her animals, that gave her so...
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David Allen Nowak

December 13, 1954 - January 20, 2017

Dave Nowak, our beloved father, son, brother, cousin and friend passed away on January 20, 2017. He was born in Bay City on December 13, 1954 to the late Edward and Margaret (Solomen) Nowak. He is survived by his daughters: Sherry Nowak and her fiance Gene Elder, Samantha Nowak and her fiance, Edward Lambert, Jenny Kotewa and her husband Ken Kotewa, Nikki Chudzicke and her fiance Brian Oakley,...
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Lydia Young

June 12, 1914 - January 20, 2017

Lydia (Oblender) Young, age 102 years, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Carriage House of Bay City. She was born in Bay City on June 12, 1914 to the late George and Eva (Wert) Oblender. She married Raymond Young on November 14, 1942 and he preceded her in death on September 28, 2010 after 67 years of marriage. Lydia was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She enjoyed...
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Karen E. Vanness

January 17, 2017

Karen Elaine Vanness was born in Bay City, MI on March 6, 1944 to the late Eugene and Helen (Payne) Pawlaczyk. She passed away in Alger, MI on January 17, 2017 at the age of 72 years. Karen was a pharmacist assistant and was formerly employed at the Bangor Medical Center Pharmacy. She was president of the Ronnie McDowell Fan Club. She is survived by her husband, Ernest Edward Vanness whom she...
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George W. Eichinger

January 15, 2017

George William Eichinger was born in Bay City, MI on March 13, 1919 to the late George J. and Martha (Starke) Eichinger. He passed away in Chelsea, MI on January 15, 2017. Age 97 years. George was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Until retiring in 1982, he was employed at Newcor. George is survived by his wife, the former Beatrice Irene...
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Cathernmae M. Waldron

April 28, 1922 - January 15, 2017

Cathernmae M. Waldron, age 94 years, passes away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Bay Medical Care Facility. She was born on April 28, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Chester and Maria (Schmidt) McRorie. Cathernmae retired after many years with the Bay City Public School System where she was a teacher, vice-principal and principal in various schools. She was a dedicated and active...
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Noreen L. Howell

May 28, 1921 - January 14, 2017

Noreen Lila Howell was born in Saginaw, MI on May 28, 1921 to the late Harold and Agnes (Loesel) Sanderson. She passed away January 14, 2017 at Bay Shores Nursing Center in Bay City, MI. Noreen was a longtime active member of St. John Lutheran church on Second and Federal in Saginaw where she was baptized and confirmed. She was a member of the St. John Ladies Aid serving as president for 2...
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Lois Ann Bowker

January 10, 1928 - January 12, 2017

Mrs. Bowker, age 89 years, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Bay City. She was born in Bay City on January 10, 1928 to the late Carl F. and Evelyn (Larssen) Galow. Lois was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid. She was a dedicated volunteer, serving her community at Lutheran Child and Family Services, The Economy Center and in the hospital gift shop. Lois...
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Joan Ruth O'Hara

August 4, 1936 - January 7, 2017

Joan Ruth O'Hara, age 80 years, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Bay Shores Nursing Care Center. She was born on August 4, 1936 in Frankenlust Township to the late Paul and Gertrude (Schroeder) Mehnert. She married Lawrence O'Hara and he preceded her in death in 1970. Joan was a lifelong member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church. She is survived by her daughter, Lori (Joe) Gulino, her...
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Dorothy Korthals

December 28, 2016

Dorothy A. Korthals was born in Saginaw, MI February 26, 1934 to the late Carl and Edna (Bertling) Fischer. She passed away in Midland, MI on December 28, 2016. Dorothy farmed with her husband in Munger for many years. She was a member of Trinity St. James Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid. She is survived by her husband, William P. Korthals, whom she married in 1960. She also leaves 2 sons...
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James E. Bates, Sr.

September 11, 1942 - December 27, 2016

James Ervin Bates, Sr. died on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in Tawas City, after a brief but brave battle with lung cancer. He was 74. Jim was born in Bay City, September 11, 1942, to the late Edward Sr. and Alice (Chambers) Bates. He spent much of his life there, but also lived in Nevada, Texas, California, and Colorado, before returning to Michigan. Jim loved the outdoors, fishing, and working...
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John A. Adair

December 26, 2016

John Alfred Adair was born in Sanilac County, MI on June 17, 1925 to the late Alfred and Gertrude (Shagena) Adair. He passed away in Auburn, MI on December 26, 2016. He was a member of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish and formerly of St. Norbert Church. He retired from General Motors. He served in the U.S. Army in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. He is survived by his wife, the...
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Lois L. Botimer

January 9, 1925 - December 24, 2016

Lois L. Botimer, of Saginaw, passed away suddenly on December 24, 2016 at the age of 91. She was born in Bay City on January 9, 1925 to the late Martin and Frieda (Schulte) Weiland. Lois worked as a secretary at Dow Chemical Company, retiring after many years. She was a member of the wives club of the Bay City Jaycees and a volunteer on the Liturgical Arts Committee at St. Boniface Church for...
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William J. "Bill" Wendt

December 22, 2016

William John "Bill" Wendt, age 84, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at his residence following a brief illness. Bill was born on November 21, 1932 in Grayling, MI , the son of the late George and Ardis (Wilbur) Wendt. Bill left high school prior to graduation to enlist in the U.S. Army and bravely served two tours of duty in Korea during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, Bill...
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Barbara Jean Keeler

November 4, 1928 - December 19, 2016

Barb, age 88 years, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 at her home. She was born in Bay City on November 4, 1928 to the late Edward C. and Vera G. (Fargo) Smith. She was a graduate of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Barb was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and was active with the Junior Choir. She enjoyed horse racing and made many trips to the pre-Kentucky Derby races. ...
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Max L. Noble

December 17, 2016

Max L. Noble, beloved husband and father was born into eternal life on December 17, 2016. Max was the son of Frank N. and Marian A. (Gates) Noble of Holton, MI was born September 15, 1933. Max graduated from Holton High School in June of 1951. He entered the United States Army where he served as a Diplomatic Currier for the National Security Agency for three years. After leaving the service,...
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John R. Strope

February 4, 1949 - December 14, 2016

John R. Strope, 67, passed away peacefully and gracefully on December 14, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona surrounded by his family. John worked for Fanuc Robotics building and repairing robots for the auto industry until June of 2016 when he retired. John also worked for NASA as an electrical engineer and was instrumental in the Magellan Spacecraft. John served honorably in the U.S. Army for 12 years...
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Donald Dale Sample

December 10, 1936 - December 12, 2016

Donald Dale Sample was born in Mecosta County, MI on December 10, 1936 to the late Gerald K. and Mary M. (Phillips) Sample. He passed away in Bay City, MI on December 12, 2016. He is survived by his wife Dessie Marion Sample, his children: Kimberly Hazen (husband John) and Krissie Aloia-Sample (husband Kent), his grandchildren: PJ Hazen (Mindy), Karrie Mieske (Dale). Ryan Hazen, James Idzior,...
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James A. Geiersbach

December 25, 1943 - December 8, 2016

James Arthur Geiersbach, age 72 years, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 8, 2016, at McLaren Bay Region. He was born on December 25, 1943 in Bay City the son of the late Louis and Margaret (Smith) Geiersbach. Jim was a veteran of the US Army. He was witty, always a jokester, who loved music and playing his guitar. Surviving family include his son, Jim (Sarah Stamps) Bublitz; grandson,...
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Carol Mae Peters

December 25, 1925 - December 6, 2016

Carol Mae Peters was born in LaCrosse, WI on December 25, 1925 to the late Carl and Louise (Pagel) Klawitter. She passed away peacefully in Bay City, MI on December 6, 2016 at home with her family by her side. Carol was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and served as the church secretary for 25 years. Carol loved her church and the many dear friends she made over the years. She married...
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Jeffrey W. Stokes

December 6, 2016

Jeffrey Warren Stokes was born in Grand Rapids, MI on January 19, 1949 to the late George C. and Lulu Alice (Poole) Stokes. He passed away December 6, 2016 in Bay City. Jeffrey served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He retired from the Bay County Sheriff Department after 26 years serving as a deputy on the road and at the Bay County Jail. Survivors include his siblings: Mike (Jan Martin)...
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Cora L. Davis

July 25, 1939 - December 5, 2016

Cora Loretta Davis was born in AuGres Twp., MI on July 25, 1939 to the late Edward L. and Irene (Yacks) Smith. She passed away in Bay City, MI on December 5, 2016. Cora is survived by her daughter Bettylou I. Davis, three brothers William, Harvey and Gerald and two sisters: Hilda Sweeny and Barbra Schafer and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Edward Smith and...
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John Charles Lillo

November 15, 1931 - December 5, 2016

Mr. Lillo, age 85 years, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Bay Shores Nursing Care Center. He was born in Bay City on November 15, 1931 to the late Clarence and Marian (Wanless) Lillo. John served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and retired in 1987 from Consumers Power Co. He was a member of Wenona Lodge No. 256 F.& A.M. and the Scottish Rite Bodies-Valley of Bay...
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John G. Freel

March 26, 1937 - December 5, 2016

John G. Freel, age 79 years, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 5, 2016 at his home. He was born in Bay City on March 26, 1937 to the late John A. and Agnes (Krzewina) Freel. John earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in education from Saginaw Valley State University and went on to earn an Educational Specialist Degree from Central Michigan University. He taught for 27 years in...
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Brian A. Koepke

May 3, 1969 - December 4, 2016

Brian Alan Koepke, age 47 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday, December 4, 2016. He was born on May 3, 1969 in Bay City, the son of Allan and Joan (Gielda) Koepke. Brian graduated from Garber High School in 1987. He most recently worked for Dow Solar in Midland. Brian was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching his son play hockey and was very passionate about...
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Raymond E. Johnson

December 4, 2016

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 11:00 am, for Raymond E. Johnson of Bay City, who died on December 4, 2016, having nearly reached the age of 86. The service will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, 604 S. Woodbridge, in Bay City. Funeral arrangements are by Penzien Steele Funeral Home, 608 N. Madison, in Bay City. Visitation will be held at Penzien Steele...
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Richard W. Shaw

October 4, 1949 - December 4, 2016

Dick passed away Sunday morning, December 4, 2016, with his family by his side, after surgery that could not do what we hoped it would. He was 67 years old. Born on October 4, 1949 to William D. and Grace Arlene "Honey" (Bateson) Shaw, who predeceased him. He grew up in Kawkawlin, graduated from Bay City Handy High School and Western Michigan University, and had three children, Sarah Beth ...
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Margaret E. Robison

June 19, 1923 - November 29, 2016

Margaret Elaine Robison, age 93 years, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. She was born on June 19, 1923 in Bay City, the daughter of the late James and Jennie (Armstrong) Dulong. On June 18, 1949 Margaret married Frank Robison and after 61 years of marriage he preceded her in death on August 5, 2010. Margaret was a graduate of the University of Michigan, where...
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Aileen Anderson

March 30, 1925 - November 23, 2016

Aileen Anderson, 91, passed peacefully and gracefully from earth to heaven on November 23, 2016 in Charleston, West Virginia. She was born Aileen Elizabeth Julia Moll on March 30, 1925 in Brookfield Township, Huron County, Michigan to Charles and Anna (Haag) Moll. She graduated from Central High School in Bay City. Aileen was the last survivor of twelve siblings, six boys and six girls. She...
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Jeanette Zena Bosco

January 1, 1923 - November 19, 2016

Our loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Jeanette E. (Zena) Bosco passed away peacefully November 19, 2016, at the age of 93 years, at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw after a long illness surrounded by her family. Jeanette, affectionately known by her family and friends as "Zena" was born in Saginaw, MI on January 1, 1923 to the late Jasper and Mary (Adragna) Frontiera. She married...
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Michael William Austin

July 28, 1961 - November 17, 2016

Michael William Austin, age 55 years, passed away on November 17, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region. He was born in Bay City on July 28, 1961. Michael was a beloved father, son, friend and an avid hunter. He is survived by his daughters: Haylee Austin and Lacey Austin, his mother, Jacquelyn Austin, a sister, Bonnie Adams, a brother-in-law, Daniel Adams his former wife, Gail (Cook) Austin, a niece,...
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Rodney Jay Pasch

November 16, 2016

Rodney Jay Pasch, 60, our giving and loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend passed away at home on November 16, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Rod was born in Bay City on February 12, 1956 to the late Harold and Dorothy (Steggall) Pasch. He married the former Linda LaLonde in Visitation Church on October 9, 1976 and they recently celebrated their 40th wedding...
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Dorothy Catherine Van Hamlin

May 28, 1929 - November 15, 2016

Mrs. Van Hamlin, age 87 years, passed away on November 15, 2016 at her home. She was born in Bay City on May 28, 1929 to the late Anthony and Catherine (Pawlak) Wachowski. She is survived by her children: James Anthony Van Hamlin and Jane (Fred) Tockstein, 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James J. Van Hamlin, 2 children: Susan Anne and...
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Grace Sayen

November 23, 1920 - November 10, 2016

Funeral service will be on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey D. Weenink will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 3-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Elaine Jean Thompson

November 8, 2016

Elaine Jean Thompson was born in Saginaw, MI on August 22, 1921 to the late Stanley and Carrie (Hardy) Puffer. She passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the Masonic Pathways in Alma, MI. She married Edward L. Thompson on October 9, 1948 and he preceded her in death on June 14, 2005. Prior to retirement, Jean was a teacher in the Bay City Public School System. She was a member of First...
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Emilio Andrew Gomez, Jr.

October 23, 1957 - November 3, 2016

Emilio Andrew Gomez, Jr. passed away on November 3, 2016 at his home at the age of 59. He was born in Bay City, Michigan on October 23, 1957. He had worked at Eaton Manufacturing as a machine set-up man. Junior was an amazing person. He touched so many people's lives in a positive manner. He was the rock and the leader for his son, parents, siblings, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends....
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Geraldine C. (Jerrie) Carolan

June 24, 1927 - October 27, 2016

Geraldine (Jerrie) Cecelia Carolan (Styn), an amazing Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, passed away on October 27, 2016 at her home. Geraldine was born on June 24, 1927 to the late Jacob A. Styn and Layol C. (Howey) Styn. She was very proud to be a registered nurse and was excited to plan her nurse's reunions for many years. Jerrie was extremely generous not only to her loving family,...
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Albert Joseph Peglow

May 2, 1922 - October 26, 2016

Peglow, Albert Joseph Bay City, Michigan Formerly of Omer Albert Joseph Peglow, age 94 years, passed away on October 26, 2016. He was born in Bay City, Michigan on May 2, 1922 to the late William and Elizabeth (Spiker) Peglow. Albert served in the United States Army during World War II, in Sicily, France and the Ardennes. He participated in the Invasion of Normandy and was awarded the...
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