Archive for May, 2010

John R. “Jack” Trapp

Friday, May 28th, 2010

trappphotoBay City, Michigan


     Jack passed away Friday, May 28, 2010 at Byron Center Meadows in Byron Center, MI, age 75.  He was born March 29, 1935 in Bay City to the late J. Howard and Gertrude (Okon) Trapp.  He married Barbara J. Carrier in St. James Church on February 11, 1956, she predeceased him on February 3, 1996.  Jack retired from Dow Chemical Company in Midland after many years of dedicated service.  He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, American Legion Post #18, Knights of Columbus Council #4102 and a proud veteran of the US Navy Reserves.

     Surviving are two children; Jenifer (John) Watson and Steve (Debbie) Trapp, three grandchildren; John Watson II, Tyler and Nichole Trapp, one brother, Tom (Pat) Trapp and a sister in-law, Shirley Trapp.  Jack was predeceased by a brother, Jerry Trapp and a sister, Jeannie Frasik.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 11:00am at St. James Catholic Church.  Fr. Robert DeLand will celebrate Mass and graveside interment will follow in Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Wednesday after 10:00am.  A Parish Vigil Service for Jack will be held Tuesday at 6:00pm from the funeral home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. James Church or a charity of donor’s choice.

Marian McPeak

Monday, May 24th, 2010


BayCity, Michigan

 I was born in Two Rivers , Wisconsin (the date is none of your business), but lived and died (on May 17, 2010) in Bay City , Michigan .  I have had a full life that I shared with 2 sisters, 2 brothers, a husband, 5 children, and 3 grandchildren.  I left behind a cabin overlooking beautiful Lake Superior and an artistic talent which I passed on to the next 2 generations.  Now I’d like to pass on some words of advice to you.  1. Let the housework go.  A clean house is the sign of a wasted life.  2. Make time for your passions.  3. Laugh!  4. Quit smoking sooner.  5. Forgive and forget.  6.  Don’t worry, it probably won’t happen.  7. Eat more chocolate.  8. Turn off the TV and go for a walk.  9. Be here now.  10. It will be OK in the end.  If it’s not OK, it’s not the end. 

 Marian is survived by her 5 children; Bryan, Melissa, Patrice, Rich and Joe, her husband, Dick, her sister Helen Furlo and brother Walter Selley.

  Per my wishes there will be no funeral service.  If you would like to honor my memory, please consider a contribution to Hospice at Brian’s House, 3140 East Campus Rd., Bay City MI 48706 in gratitude for the wonderful care they gave me.

Judy Ann Gilbreath

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Bay City, Michigan


gilbreathphotoJudy Ann Gilbreath (Mosher) of Bay City, age 68, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010 in her home, following years of declining health and the death of her daughter, Rhonda Jean Johnroe, two days prior.


The second youngest of six children, she was born during a home delivery on Friday, April 24, 1942 to Howard Everett Mosher and Ella Marie Mosher in Essexville, MI. Her siblings consisted of three brothers, Everett (Sonny), Donald, and Thomas, along with two sisters, Thelma and Janice. Though she was the youngest daughter, Judy was always the mother hen in her family. Time after time, she would selflessly care for her ailing family members. In 1960, she married the late Kenneth Leonard Gilbreath, and had two beautiful children, Rhonda Jean and Thomas Edward.


Judy’s greatest blessing in her life was her children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. There wasn’t a day that went by that she didn’t talk to each of them, and no birthday passed with out her knowing about. Her family was her whole world. After losing her only daughter to a valiant battle with cancer, the grief had proven to be too much for her heart. We mourn the loss of both of these amazing women, but rejoice in knowing they are both together and made whole as they enter their new heavenly home.


She is survived by a son, Thomas Gilbreath; a son-in-law, Floyd Johnroe; three grandsons, Floyd Jr, Michael, and Zachary Johnroe; a granddaughter, Sarah Johnroe; a brother, Donald (Ruth) Mosher; a sister, Janice Gassman; and many caring and loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Kenneth Gilbreath; her daughter, Rhonda Johnroe; two brothers, Everett (Sonny) and Thomas Mosher; and a sister, Thelma Mosher.


The Funeral Service will be held in con-junction with her daughter Judy’s funeral on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 1:00pm at Bay Valley Christian Church.  Pastor David Ferrante will officiate.  Friends may call at the church only on Friday from 10:00am until the time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

Paula M. DeMara

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

demaraphotoforoursiteBay City, Michigan

      Paula passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Brian’s House, age 84.  She was born June 11, 1925 in Fresno, California to the late Charles and Doris (Waddington) Stacey.  Her family moved to Glendale, CA, where she, her brother and sister graduated from Hoover High School.  She danced in the Movies as a child, then after graduation she toured with the American Ballet Theater in Europe and the United States, as their Ballerina.  She married Charles Atkin in New York, who was with Rodgers & Hammerstein and remained in New York where she danced at Radio City Music Hall.  She also danced in television and on Broadway Shows.  Paula lived in Ventura, CA from 1978 to 2004.  She then moved to Bay City, Michigan where she married B.G. Retired Richard D. DeMara on October 30, 2004.  Paula was very active in the Bay County Historical Society, Humane Society and Tour of Homes.  She was a member of the American Legion Post 18 Auxiliary.

     Paula was predeceased by her first husband, Charles, her mother and father, Charles and Doris and her sister, Deborah.

     Surviving besides her husband, Richard, is a son, Michael and his four children; Nicole, Andrew, Jillian, and Geoffrey, one brother, Peter Lloyd Stacey of California, three step-children; Christine VanDerwill, Donald DeMara, Kimberly Frable, six step-grandchildren; Brianne, Amber, Tim, Dave, Taylor, Kellen and her two cats; Missy and Tigger.

     The Funeral Service will be held Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:00am at the Squires Funeral Home.  Cathy Converse will officiate.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 9:00am until the time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Cancer Society or Brian’s House.

     Paula’s family would like to thank all the staff at Brian’s House for their kind words and compassionate touch they gave Paula and her family.

Rhonda Jean Johnroe

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Bay City, Michigan

 johnroephotoRhonda Jean Johnroe, age 48, of Bay City went home with Jesus on Monday, May 17, 2010 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born on Thursday, March 29, 1962 to Ken and Judy Gilbreath, she brought a light to this world that blessed everyone who knew her. Even as a young girl, she understood the power of love and encouragement. At the of age 21, a young man walked through her front door that she instantly knew would be her husband. The following year, on June 9, 1984 they became Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Charles Johnroe. They had four children: Floyd Charles Jr, Sarah Jean, Michael Thomas, and Zachary Andrew.

Rhonda’s life was defined by her relationship with her Savior, Jesus. The love, grace and forgiveness she experienced through her faith was the source of her joy. She believed we all deserved to feel that same joy and made sure everyone she met knew it. It was this love and faith that she clung to when she was first diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma cancer in September of 2008. For nearly two years, she soldiered through the lows but celebrated every victory, no matter how small. Despite her pain, she made time for encouraging others and only deepened her resolve to trust the Lord.

For those who knew her, she was family. She was short and sassy with a big heart that would adopt anyone. Her life was blessed with family, as well as the friendship of those who were drawn to her. The Bible says in Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Rhonda’s life was a life to be celebrated.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd Johnroe; three sons, Floyd Jr, Michael, and Zachary Johnroe; a daughter, Sarah Johnroe; a step-son, Patrick (Michelle) McEachran; a step-granddaughter, Brittany McQueen; two step-grandsons, Torrence and Jaylen McEachran; her mother, Judy Gilbreath; a brother, Thomas Gilbreath; a sister, Kim (Steven) Wilson, as well as many loving friends and family members. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Gilbreath.”

 The Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 21, 2010 at 1:00pm at Bay Valley Christian Church, 2535 E. Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706.  Friends may call at the church only on Friday from 10:00am until the time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

Norma L. Klender

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Kawkawlin, Michigan

 Mrs. Klender passed away Saturday May 15, 2010 at Brian’s House surrounded by her family age 85 years.  She was born July 27, 1924 in Flint, MI.  Norma married Leo E. Klender February 6, 1943.  He survives her.  She enjoyed sewing and will always be remembered for her generosity and her kindness.

 Surviving besides her husband Leo, she leaves four daughters; Jane Witbrodt & Howard Weeks, Nancy (Tom) Mahler, Diane Western & Dan Feldpausch, Cindy (John) Rowloff, ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.  Also surviving are two brothers and a sister; Bernard & Kenneth Ballor and Joyce Deal.  She was predeceased by a daughter; Marilyn Klender and a sister; Mary Tacey.

 At our mother’s request cremation has taken place and private services were held. There will be no visitation or services at Squires Funeral Home.