Archive for July, 2012

Helen G. Kukla

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan

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     Our loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all who knew her passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Brian’s House, age 88.  Helen was born May 16, 1924 in Bay City to the late Walter and Mary (Mindykowski) Wojtkowiak.  She married Cyril V. Kukla in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on June 22, 1946; he predeceased her on November 9, 2003.  She was a member of St. Hyacinth Church and enjoyed cooking, bingo, walking on the Riverwalk and playing cards.  Helen had a wonderful personality; sweet, caring and genuine to name just a few of her traits.  She loved to smile and make others smile as well. Helen was very devoted to her faith and kept God close to her heart at all times.

     Surviving are her five children: Thomas (Sandra) Kukla, Cynthia (Dr. Charles) Kerr, Joanne (John) Szelogowski, Mary (Dennis) Cwiklinski and Kathleen (Allan) DeCatur, fourteen grandchildren: Kenneth Allen Kukla, Garrett (Amanda) and Brennen (Dr. Melissa) Kerr, Kurt (Nichole), Andrew (Melanie), Brandon and Matthew Szelogowski, Chad, Neil (Rachael) and Kent (Abby) Cwiklinski, Alyssa DeCatur, Natalie (Zachery) Dzurka, Adrienne (Thomas) Paulik and Jensen DeCatur, eleven great grandchildren, two sister in-laws, Theresa Gibelyou and Esther Zielinski and Helen’s beloved special friend, Wilma George.  Helen was predeceased by her daughter, Clarice “Lisa” Kukla and two brothers, Leonard and Robert (Susan) Zielinski.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:00am at St. Hyacinth Church.  Fr. Edward J. Konieczka will celebrate Mass and interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Wednesday after 9:00am. A Parish Vigil Service will be held Tuesday at 7:00pm from the funeral home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Hyacinth Renovation Fund or Brian’s House.

     The Kukla family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Brian’s House for their gentle loving touch and compassionate care they gave Helen during her time at Brian’s House.

Geraldine H. Deska

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan

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     Geraldine passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Sheffield Place, age 91.  She was born January 4, 1921 in Bay City to the late Casimer and Hattie (Kasprzyk) Sielinski.  She married Walter J. Deska in North Carolina on May 26, 1945; he predeceased her on May 28, 1986.  Geraldine retired from Bay City Chevrolet in 1974 after 31 years of dedicated service.  She was a former member of St. Hedwig Church and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the League of Catholic Men & Women.

     Surviving is one brother, Marion (Madeline) Sielinski, two sisters, Jacqueline Sieja, Lorraine Banaszak and many nieces and nephews.  Geraldine was predeceased by four sisters: Florence Wojciehowski, Delphine Cole, Mary Wolff and Jean Lerczak, three brothers: Stanley, Casimer and John (Dorothy) Sielinski and two brother in-laws, Robert Sieja and Victor Banaszak.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Fr. Craig Albrecht will celebrate Mass and private entombment will be in Oakwood Mausoleum, Saginaw.  Friends may call at the church only on Wednesday from 10:00am to 11:00am.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Americans Hospice Care of Saginaw.

     Geraldine’s family would like to thank all the staff at Sheffield Place and Americans Hospice Care for their kind and compassionate care they gave her and her entire family.

Marion I, Smith (Bellnap)

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan

 

     Marion passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012 at McLaren Bay Region, age 85.  She was born December 3, 1926 to the late Leo and Dora (Engelhardt) Bellnap.  She married Ray A. Smith; he predeceased her in 1971.  Marion was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

     Surviving is a son, Gary (Sherri) Smith and one daughter, Julie Valley, seven grandchildren: Kristine, Aaron, and Meredith Smith, Ashley and Brooke Machelski, Katie and Kris Brietenborn and nine great grandchildren: Jordan, Alyssa, Kara, Dante, Alexus, Dakota, Paige, Bella-Ray and Noah.  Marion was predeceased by one brother, Floyd (Genevieve) Bellnap and one sister, Leona (Walter) Enger.

     The Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 11:00am at Zion Lutheran Church.  Pastor John Wernecke will officiate and interment will follow at Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Monday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Tuesday after 10:00am.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Zion Lutheran Church.

Leonard T. Rivette

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan

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     Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Covenant-Cooper, age 70.  He was born February 5, 1942 in Saginaw to the late Leonard and Frieda (Stelly) Rivette.  Leonard married Kathleen N. Rewers on September 3, 1966; she survives him.  He was a veteran and served his country with the US Air Force from 1962 to 1966.  He retired from Honeywell after several years of dedicated service and was a member of the Pipefitters Union #85.  Leonard was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus St. Stephens Council #4102.  He enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, telling jokes and spending time in the yard on his riding lawn mower.  He also had a small home business selling ice to local businesses, neighbors and friends.  Leonard was often called the “ice guy.”

     Surviving besides his wife, Kathy, are three daughters and one son: Sherry (Russ) Sauer, Shelly (Tom) Rostron, Julie (Keith) Groya and Scott Rivette, six grandchildren: Dylan and Hayley Sauer, Alex and Andy Rostron, Emerson and Leo Groya, two brothers, Norward (Barb) and Wayne (Deb) Rivette, two sisters, Marlene Cook and Janice (Len) Meyerhofer, one brother in-law, Norman (Jo Ellen) Rewers, and two sister in-laws, Romaine Heller and Julie (Dennis) Griffin.

     The family will gather to greet friends at Ambrose Funeral Home on Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 2:00 to 7:00pm.  Private inurnment will be held later at Oak Ridge Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Brian’s House.

James D. Leland, Sr.

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Bay City, Michigan

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     James passed away Friday, July 20, 2012 at his residence, age 86.  He was born August 6, 1925 in Kalamazoo.  He married Eva Mae Charbonneau in Visitation Catholic Church on August 6, 1949; she predeceased him on April 3, 2010.  James was a WWII veteran and served his country with the US Army.  In 1945 he received the Purple Heart Medal after being wounded in France.  He retired from Dow Chemical Company on May 29, 1981 and was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church.  James was a member of the DAV Chapter #9; he loved watching the Detroit Tigers and was a true sportsman. 

     Surviving are four children: Susan (Eugene) DeLong, James (Brenda) Leland, Jr., Donna (Richard) Scheffel and Stephanie (Ken) Cieslinski, twelve grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, one daughter in-law, Mary Leland, one brother in-law,  Jack Matuszewski and one sister in-law, Isabelle Ruegsegger.  James was predeceased by a son, Patrick Leland, foster parents, Walter and Sylvia Ruegsegger, two sisters, Marie (Lawrence) Socia and Irene Matuszewski and one brother, Leo Ruegsegger.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church.  Fr. Craig Albrecht will celebrate Mass and private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.  Military Honors, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council will be held immediately after Mass outside of church.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Wednesday after 10:00am.  A Parish Vigil Service for James will be held Tuesday at 7:00pm at the funeral home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes”, Mid-Michigan Hospice or St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church.

Loretta M. Matuszewski

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

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Loretta M. Matuszewski passed away Tuesday July 17, 2012 at the Caretel Inns of Tri-Cities age 92 years.  Daughter of the late Stephen & Lottie (Shelagowski) Krzyminski she was born June 18, 1920 in Bay City.  She married Max J. Matuszewski November 23, 1940.  He predeceased her December 19, 2004.  Known as “Red” Loretta worked at Bay City Central High School for over 40 years.  She was a member of St. Joseph Church, National Geographic Society, Gleaners Society, life member of Bay Area Retired School Personnel & M.A.R.S.P.  She also was a member of St. Stanislaus Rosary/Altar Society #34 and the League of Catholic Women and Men.  Loretta volunteered at Creative for Caring for many years. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, quilting and watching the Detroit Tigers.

 

Surviving is a niece; Joan (Jerry) Wing, a nephew; Dick (Betty) Weiss, sister in-law; Dorothy Krzyminski, best friend, Carol Martek and the son she never had, Charlie Martek and his wife Helen.  She also leaves many other nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers; Evelyn Mexicotte, Caroline, Lucy, Stephen D. and James W. Krzyminski.

 

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday July 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Joseph Church.  Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with entombment in St. Patrick Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the church only on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of mass.  Members of St. Stanislaus Rosary/Altar Society #34 will pray the rosary at 9:00 a.m. Friday at the Church.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Joseph Church.

The family would like to thank Dr. Maragari and the staff at Caretel Inns of Tri-Cities for the wonderful care that was given to Loretta for the past four and half years.

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