Bay City, Michigan
Florence passed away Sunday, January 31, 2010 at Bay Special Care Hospital with her family by her side, age 94. She was born September 30, 1915 in Bay City to the late Robert and Martha (Sinicki) Block. She was a homemaker and resided in Bay City all of her life. Florence was a life long member of St. Hyacinth Church, Rosary Society, League of Catholic Men & Women, and the Association for Retarded Citizens. She married Stanley Gatza on September 2, 1939 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Lansing, he predeceased her on May 15, 1991. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her five sisters and two brothers; Edward Block, Gertrude Domagalski, Adella Dettmer, Clara Matuszewski, Helen Schaffer, Lloyd Block and Mary Mika.
Florence is survived by her three loving children; Janice (Mitchell) Hages, Thomas (Brenda) Gatza, and Richard Gatza; granddaughter, Kimberly (Dennis) Cappo, great granddaughter, Hannah Richards, a great grandson due in February, all of Blacklick, Ohio, a sister in-law, Dorothy Gatza, special niece, Janet Schwartzfisher of Lansing, many nieces, nephews and special friends, Ted and Evelyn Bernelis, Carol Gillis, Mary Jane Heynen and Grace.
Florence was a lovely lady with a deep faith, a compassionate and caring heart, beautiful smile that brightened everyone’s day. She enjoyed dancing, country music and flowers. Our special mom had a long life filled with love from her family and friends. We will miss her deeply.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 1:00pm at St. Hyacinth Church. Fr. Edward J. Konieczka will celebrate Mass and entombment will follow in St. Patrick Mausoleum. Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Tuesday from 1:00 to 8:00pm and at church Wednesday after 12:00pm. Members of St. Hyacinth Church will pray the Rosary Tuesday at 2:00pm, followed later by a Parish Vigil Service for Florence at 7:00pm. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Hyacinth Church or their favorite charity.
Florence’s family would like to thank Dr. Charles Schisler and his staff for their compassionate care and concern over the years.