Archive for February, 2010

Catherine F. Banaszak “Betty”

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Bay City, Michigan

      Mrs. Banaszak passed away Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the Carriage House of Bay City, age 84.  She was born May 25, 1925 in Ogemaw County to the late Patrick and Nellie (Matthews) O’Connor.  Betty married Chester L. Banaszak in Bay City on November 12, 1945, he predeceased her on March 8, 2009.  Betty and Chet owned and operated Chet’s Market for many years.  She enjoyed rifle and bow hunting with Chet.  She also was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

     Surviving are two children; Tom (Gale) Banaszak and Sue (Matt) Rosenberger, four grandchildren; Andrea (Matthew) Speer, Angela (Jorge) Granados, Allison and Audra Banaszak, two great grandchildren; Ethan and Abbie Speer, one brother, Gordon (Frances) Moore, one sister, Carol (Charles) Galbraith, sister in-law, Everista Lobodzinski and a special friend, Chris Hartman.  Betty was predeceased by a brother, Jerry (Norma) O’Connor.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 9:00am at St. Joseph Church.  Fr. Dale Orlik will celebrate Mass and inurnment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church only on Tuesday from 8:30am until the time of Mass.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Diabetes Association.

Marie M. Langton (LeVasseur)

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Bay City, Michigan

      Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister passed away Friday, February 26, 2010 at Tendercare in Kalamazoo, age 93.  She was born April 28, 1916 in Bay City to the late Zepherance and Mary (DeShano) LeVasseur.  Marie graduated from St. Mary’s High School and later married Clarence Langton in 1947, he predeceased her on February 26, 1997.  Marie retired from Bay City Chevrolet in 1972 and was a member of St. James Church.  She enjoyed traveling, especially to Las Vegas. 

     Surviving is a daughter, Karyn (Barry) Smith, four grandchildren; Nikki (Larry) Cekola, Corey (Nikki) Smith, Courtney (Bryan) Beck, and Crystal (Tony) Saia, six great grandchildren; Angelo and Sophia Cekola, Savannah Smith, Mallory and Henry Saia and Noah Beck, one brother, Norbert (Becky) LeVasseur, a sister in-law, Janet LeVasseur, many nieces and nephews .  Marie was predeceased by seven brothers; Joe, Eugene, Albert (Patricia), Lawrence (Dorothy), Floyd (Esther), Leslie, and RJ LeVasseur, three sisters; Rosemary (Albin) Kukla, Donna (Chester) Stefaniak, and Marcella LeVasseur.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:00am at St. James Church.  Fr. Bob DeLand will celebrate Mass and interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:00 to 5:00 & 6:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Thursday after 10:00am.  A Parish Vigil Service for Marie will be held Wednesday at 6:30pm at the funeral home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. James Parish Langley Hall or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (

Sherrie Lynne Moultane

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Bay City, Michigan

 The angels came to escort Sherrie home to be with her Lord, mother, father and brother on February 26, 2010 after a 15 month battle with cancer.  She was born on December 3, 1942 to Lloyd I. Jr., & Angela (Wojciechowski) Phillips (whom she loved with every part of her heart and soul) and had one brother, Lloyd III. who all preceded her in death.  Sherrie graduated from Visitation High School in 1960 where she was homecoming queen.

 Sherrie will be remembered as a strong, caring, loving mother, grandmother and friend.  She leaves one daughter; Lori (Larry) Kula, a son; Bill Moultane, two grandsons; Kevin & Brian all of Bay City and a very special friend; Julie Kovach.

 Sherrie’s son would like to thank all of her loving caregivers, nurses and Doctors.  Especially Dr. Abramson, Dr. Littles, Dr. Ali, Dr. Howland and all of their staff.  The kindness and support they gave was immeasurable.  To all of her friends near and far, mom was a very private woman, but she knew that she was always in your hearts.

 Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday March 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.  Rev. Fr. Daniel Roa will officiate with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Sunday from 5 – 8 p.m. on Monday from 1 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday after 9:00 a.m.  There will a parish rosary service at 2:00 p.m. Monday and a parish vigil service for Sherrie at 7:00 p.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.


                                                               I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.  I’m following the path God has laid you see.  I took His hand when I heard Him call.  I turned my back and left it all.  I could not stay another day.  To laugh, to love, to work or play.  Task left undone must stay that way.  I found that peace at the close of the day.  If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys.  A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, oh yes, these things I too will miss.  Be not burdened with times of sorrow.  I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.  My life’s been full, I savored much.  Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.  Perhaps my time seemed all to brief.  Don’t lengthen it now with undo grief.  Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.  God wanted me now: He set me free!

Bernadine Hamway

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Hamway, Bernadine Lydia

Bay CitHamwayPhotoy, Michigan


Bernadine Lydia Hamway passed on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at her home with her loving family at her side.  Bernadine was born in Bay City, October 26, 1921 to the late David and Mary (Bashshur) Nassif, the 5th of their 8 children.  She is survived by her son Richard Schultz, (wife Terri), daughter Cecelia Fathi, (husband Allen), grandchildren, Ashley Schultz, Sussian, Ariya Fathi, her brother Michael Nassif, nieces, nephews and god children.  Bernadine was predeceased in death by her husband Raymond Hamway in 2007.  Her sweetness, love and loyalty will be missed by family and friends.


Funeral service will take place Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from the Ambrose Funeral Home. Fr. Bob Deland will officiate with a private burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral home on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.  Those wishing and expression of sympathy are asked to consider Brian’s House.

Baron Forbes Sivewright

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Bay City, Michigan

      Mr. Sivewright passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at his residence, age 49 years.  He was born in East Chicago, Indiana to the late Joseph and Olliette Maryann (Benoche) Sivewright.  Baron worked for many years at the Mobil Gas Station on M-15.  He was a football fanatic, favoring the Dallas Cowboys and cheered on the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints to victory.

     Surviving is a sister, Loni (Jerry) Sharrow, niece and nephews who will dearly miss Baron; niece, Sarah, two nephews; Justin and Zach, and two great nieces; Skylar and Stella. 

     The Funeral Service will be held Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 3:00pm at the Ambrose Funeral Home.  Pastor David Ferrante will officiate.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00pm.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

Margaret M. Williams

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


Williams, Margaret M. (Peggy)   

Bay City, Michigan


Margaret M. (Peggy) Williams age 85 years passed away Monday February 15, 2010 at the Bay Regional Medical Center surrounded by her family.  Daughter of the late Joseph & Mayme (O’Donnell) Colliton she was born February 29, 1924 in Tuscola County near Reese.  She married Paul Williams February 1, 1947 in St. Elizabeth Church of Reese.  He survives her.  Peggy was a member of St. Hyacinth Church and the League of Catholic Women and Men.  She loved spending time with family and friends and working on her crafts.


Surviving besides her husband Paul, she leaves four children; John (Maggie) Williams, Patrick (Rebecca) Williams, Sally (Patrick) Sullivan, Mary (Robert) Slezak, eleven grandchildren; Jennifer (Dave) Koone, Jason (Amy) Williams, Kathleen (Jim) Fordney, Joe (Tracy) Sullivan, Bridget (Scott Slancik) Sullivan, Mary Margaret (Don) Lynch, Nick Sullivan, Elizabeth & Katie Williams, Ryan & Nathan Slezak and twelve great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are two sisters; Ellen Czerwinski, Kay Moeller and two sisters in-law; Stella & Jean Colliton and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by three brothers; Jimmy, Joseph & John Colliton and a sister; Joan Rupp.


The family would like to thank Dr. Dandumudi, Respitory Therapists and everyone at CCU from Bay Regional Medical Center for the wonderful care that was given to Peggy over the years. Also Fr. Ed Konieczka for his many prayers.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday February 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Hyacinth Church.  Rev. Fr. Edward J. Konieczka will officiate with private burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.   Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Thursday from 3 – 9 p.m. and at the church on Friday after 9:00 a.m.  There will be a parish vigil service for Peggy at 7:00 p.m. Thursday from the funeral home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider; St. Hyacinth Church, Bakhita Charities or Family wishes.