Archive for January, 2012

Barbara M. Fritz

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan


     Our loving mother and grandmother passed away Monday, January 9, 2012 at Brian’s House, age 96.  She was born April 26, 1915 in Bay City, Michigan to the late Frank and Stella (Balwinski) Gatza.  She married Arthur J. Fritz in St. Hedwig Church on August 27, 1937; he predeceased her on May 4, 2006.  Barbara was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  She was an avid Detroit Tiger baseball fan, football fan and enjoyed crocheting.

     Surviving are two children, William L. (Laura) Fritz and Janice M. Starr, 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, eight step great great grandchildren, one daughter-in-law, Patricia Fritz, five sister-in-laws and one brother-in-law.  Barbara was predeceased by two sons, Jerald and James A. Fritz, one granddaughter, Ann Marie Fritz, one grandson, Paul Pabalis, one great-grandson, Matthew W. Fritz, one brother, Al Gatza and one son-in-law, Jerome Starr.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  Fr. Bert Gohm will celebrate Mass and private interment will be in St. Stanislaus CemeteryFriends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Friday after 10:00 AM.  A Parish Vigil Service for Barbara will be held Thursday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Brian’s House, Holy Trinity Catholic Church or a memorial garden at the Division on Aging in Paul Pabalis’ name.

Martha Swiecicki

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012


Martha Swiecicki passed away Tuesday morning January 10, 2012 at the Bay Regional Medical Center age 87 years.  Daughter of the late Stephan & Della (Wieschowski) Donajkowski she was born July 24, 1924 in Alpena, Michigan.  She married Walter J. Swiecicki September 15, 1945 in St. Mary’s Church of Alpena.  He predeceased her January 25, 1999.  Martha was a member of St. Hyacinth Church, Rosary/Altar Society and the League of Catholic Women and Men.

 Surviving are six children; Nancy Hornsby, Dennis (Carol) Swiecicki, Steven (Mary Anne) Swiecicki, Randy (Becky) Swiecicki, Brian Swiecicki, Marlene (Scott) Wiedyk, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are five brothers and two sisters; Robert Donajkowski, David (Maxine) Donajkowski, Raymond (Michelle) Donajkowski, Louis (Clara) Donajkowski, Leonard (Mary) Donajkowski, Rita (Bill) Wetzel, Mary (Butch) Brandenburg, a sister in-law; Georgiana Donajkowski and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son in-law; Jack Hornsby, a granddaughter; Nicole Swiecicki, a great-grandson; Marcus King, three sisters and a brother.

 Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday January 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Hyacinth Church.  Concelebrating will be Rev. Fr. Edward J. Konieczka and Rev. Fr. Charles Donajkowski with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 – 8 P.M. and at the church on Friday after 9:00 A.M.  Members of St. Hyacinth Rosary/Altar Society will pray the rosary at 2:00 P.M. Thursday.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Hyacinth Church.

Louis D. Willett

Monday, January 9th, 2012


Mr. Willett passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, January 8, 2012, at the age of 90 years. The son of the late Louis and Celia (Cousens) Willett, he was born June 1, 1921, in Essexville, MI. He grew up a commercial fisherman along with his father and went to join the U.S. Navy. After returning from the Pacific Theater in WWII, Louie married June E. Olver on February 23, 1946, and they enjoyed over 50 years of a loving marriage together. Louie was a former police officer in Essexville and eventually retired from his maintenance position at Bay Medical Center. Both Louis and June were Charter Members of Essexville Baptist Community Church.  Louie most enjoyed fishing, playing cards, Detroit Tiger baseball and spending time with his family in the Upper Peninsula.

 Mr. Willett is survived by his daughter Sherri (Dean) Baker of Essexville, MI. His grandchildren Scott (Julie) Baker and Nikki (Brandon) Elek; his twin great-grandchildren Dylan Scott and Addison June Baker; His brother Vincent (Carol) Bohn, sister in laws Gloria Willett and Eileen Jereau and two special nephews Mike (Marybeth) Willett and Ric (Judy) Willett.  He was preceded in death by his wife June and brothers; Ralph, Cecil (Virginia), Guy, Howard and Harvey Willett.

 Louie’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Carriage House, Toni & Trish House and the team of Heartland Hospice for the loving care given to him.

 Funeral Service will take place Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Ambrose Funeral Home.  Pastor Richard Kinnamon will officiate followed by military service by the Bay County Veteran’s Council with private burial in Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  In lieu of flowers, those that are considering an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorials to Toni & Trish House or the Essexville Baptist Community Church.

Robert L. Kyes

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

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     Robert passed away Tuesday, January 03, 2012 at Brian’s House, age 79. He was born July 18, 1932 in Lansing, Michigan to the late Frank and Sylvia (Loomis) Kyes.  He married Joyce A. Smith in Langsburg, Michigan on September 10, 1955; she survives him.  He was a veteran and served his country with the United States Army.  Robert was a banker and mortgage officer with Capital Finance Company, Michigan National Bank and assistant Vice President of State Savings Bank.  Robert and his wife Joyce attended Faith Church of the Nazarene. Robert enjoyed many hobbies, including model trains, riding motorcycles, photography and making stunt kites.

     Surviving besides his wife Joyce are three children: Robert E. Kyes, Ronald L. Kyes and Melanie A. (Robert) Packard, four grandchildren: Travis and Nicole Church, Michael P. Kyes and Robert L. Kyes, one great-granddaughter, Brooke Church, one sister, Wilma Ketchum, one sister in law, Joan Smith and Robert’s loyal companion, his dog, Kirby.  Robert was predeceased by his brother, Lavern Kyes, one sister, Anne Waterman and one brother-in-law, Alton Smith.

     The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Faith Church of the Nazarene, 1103 N. Henry St., Bay City.  Pastor Dwight Kingsbury will officiate.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 12 noon until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice at Brian’s House, Bay City, MI.

Beulah L. Huntley

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Bay City, Michigan


     The Lord called our loving mother home to be with him and forever free of pain, Monday, January 2, 2012.  Beulah answered his call and she leaves us; her many children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; whom of which will know who they are when they read this to carry her legacy on.

     Her wishes were to be cremated and laid to eternal rest by the side of her beloved husband, Zenia J. Huntley.  The Funeral Service will be Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 2:30pm at Floral Gardens Cemetery Chapel.  Pastor Jonathan Boyer will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Bay County Humane Society.

Charles L. Keene, Sr.

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

keenephotoBay City, Michigan


     Charles passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Bay Regional Medical Center, age 80.  He was born February 8, 1931 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late Walter and Robina (Thompson) Keene.  Charles married Mary Louise “Billie” Graham; she survives him.  Charles was a veteran and served his country with the United States Army.  He was employed with Servamation Vending Company for over 25 years.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, a handyman around church and helped with the food pantry.  He was also a member of the Bay Area Runners Club for over 30 years, loved woodworking, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Surviving besides his wife Mary Louise, “Billie”, are four children: Charles L. (Patricia) Keene, Jr., Suzanne (Daniel) Abbe, Dan (Diane) Keene and Robin (Joe) Stantz, three stepchildren, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, one brother, Harold (June) Keene, two sisters, Dorothy Remer and Mary Lou Stephens, one sister-in-law, Dorothy Muzer and the special caregiver, Kristine.  Charles was predeceased by two brothers, Lester and Walter Maxwell Keene and one sister, Margaret Wegner.

     The Funeral Service and Military Honors, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council will be held Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Ambrose Funeral Home.  Rev. William Allwardt will officiate at the funeral services.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 to 11:00am.  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a charity of the donor’s choice.