Archive for January, 2013

Mary F. Dryzga

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Mary Dryzga passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday morning January 31, 2013 at the Bay Medical Care Facility age 95 years.  Daughter of the late Frank and Barbara (Markiewicz) Pawlicki, she was born December 8, 1917 in Bay City.  She married Bert L. Dryzga January 15, 1947 in St. Hyacinth Church.  He predeceased her November 13, 1974.  Mary was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Rosary/Altar Society group # 2, Senior Citizens, Felician Sister’s Auxiliary and the League of Catholic Women and Men. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and playing bingo and reading.


dryzga-bct135Surviving are four children; Rick (Mary), Robert (Margie) Dryzga, Liz (Greg) Diebolt, Carol (Jim) VanOchten, eight grandchildren; Sara (Tyler) Hougaboom, Abby (Eric) Briggs, Jill (Tom) Lebrun, Jay (Vicki) Dryzga, Diedra & Darcy Diebolt, Kyle (Aubrey) VanOchten, Kirk VanOchten and his fiancé Kaitlyn and six great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is one sister; Evie Pacynski, a sister in-law; Frances Pawlicki and a brother in-law; Floyd (Lucille) Dryzga.  She was predeceased by two sisters and a brother; Jean Lagden, Dora Herek and Frank Pawlicki.


The family would like to thank all the staff on 2 – West at the Bay Medical Care Facility for all the loving care that was given to our mother.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday February 4, 2013 at 12:30p.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.  Fr. Rick Filary will officiate with burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church only on Monday from 11:30a.m. until time of mass.  Members of St. Stanislaus Rosary/Altar Society, Senior Citizens and the Felician Sister’s Auxiliary will pray the rosary at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Marlette E. Sharp

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Bay City, Michigan


     Marlette passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region, age 61.  The daughter of Lawrence and Delores (Rinz) Shank, she was born in Bay City on October 8, 1951.  She married Michael R. Sharp on October 9, 1971 and he survives her.  Marlette enjoyed working in her yard and flowers.  She often had neighbors stop and comment on how beautiful her flowers were.  She also loved to visit and share stories with her neighbors and family.

Surviving besides her husband, Michael is a son Nicholas L. Sharp, her mother, Delores Shank, two brothers, Dennis Shank and Randy (Nancy) Shank, two sisters, Becky (Mark) Larive and Debbie (Dick) Green, two brothers in-law, John (Kim) Sharp and Neil Sharp, many nieces and nephews.  Marlette was predeceased by her father, Lawrence Shank, mother in-law, Mildred Lincoln and a sister in-law, Mary Shank.

Per Marlette’s request.  Cremation has taken place.  Family and friends will gather at the Squires Funeral Home on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 1:00 to 6:00pm.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to McLaren Hospice or Crohn’s Disease.

Willard M. Hipke

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

hipke-bct134Mr. Hipke passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday January 27, 2013 at the age of 94.  Son of the late John and Julia (Timm) Hipke, he was born November 16, 1918 in Pontiac, North Dakota.  He married the former Dolores Plachta June 13, 1941 and she survives him.  Willard served our country in the U.S. Navy and retired as Assistant Fire Chief for the Bay City Fire Department.  He was an avid hockey player where he played for Bay City Americans Hockey League and was instrumental in starting the youth hockey program at the Bay City Market.  Willard enjoyed playing golf with his wife.

Surviving besides his wife Dolores he leaves one sister; Elaine Dowling, many sisters in-law, brothers in-law and nieces and nephews.

Per Willard’s request his body was taken to the Anatomical Donations Program at the University of Michigan Medical School.  There will be no visitation or services at the funeral home.

Margaret A. Crispien

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Bay City, Michigan


Margaret “Margie” Crispien passed away suddenly Monday January 28, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region age 75 years.  Daughter of the late Lawrence and Lottie (Piotrowski) Sim, she was born August 10, 1937 in Bay City.  After graduation from Bay City Central High School she attended Alma College.  After finishing school, she taught dance classes and had worked with various Doctors in the area.  Margaret married Donald W. Crispien on October 23, 1967 in Biloxi, Mississippi and he survives her. Margaret was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, enjoyed watching football (even the Detroit Lions), working in the garden and loved her cats.

Surviving, besides her husband Don, she leaves two sons; Robert (Raquel) Crispien, Kevin Crispien, and one granddaughter, Adriana, all from Bay City; one aunt, Jeannie Cummings from Florida and several cousins. Also, surviving is her lifelong childhood friend, Loretta Rozek of Kawkawlin, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Lottie Sim, of Bay City.

The Funeral and committal service will take place Friday February 1, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. from the Ambrose Funeral Home.  Fr. Edward J. Konieczka will officiate with private burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Mildred E. Dodick

Friday, January 25th, 2013

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Pickney, Michigan

(formerly of Bay City)


Mildred “Millie” Dodick passed as gracefully as she lived on January 24, 2013 escorted lovingly to His open arms. Her last days were spent in her daughters home in Lakeland, Michigan.  Mildred Dodick was a loving wife to her husband Louis Dodick who passed away in 1993. A devoted mother, she is survived by her five daughters and two sons, and numerous grand and great grandchildren.

After raising 8 children in Bay City, Michigan, Millie returned to college and received a Masters Degree in Special Education. She worked for the Bay City Public Schools for 10 years before retiring. Mildred enjoyed swimming, often taking long dips in Lake Huron, and she was active in the Aqua Marines (synchronize swimming).  She also had a fondness for playing golf and bridge.  She taught music, was an accomplished pianist and volunteered in several Nursing Homes playing the piano into her 90’s.  Mildred sang in 2 choirs and after her retirement she was actively involved with teaching adults to read through the Literacy Council.

Surviving are seven children; Robert (Camille) Dodick, Mary Dodich, Judy (Gary) Cole, JoAnne Dodick and her husband Tom Osborne, Tom (Laura) Dodick, Dorothy (Mark) Zech, Cyndi Dodick, seventeen grandchildrden; Michael (Anissa) Dodick, Michelle Dodick, Pamela (Patrick) Dunphey, Kristina (Peter) Rogovich, Jill (Clif) Schneider, Jeremy Bonk, Keena & Allia Cole, Erin (Jeff) Purkey, Meredith Cole, Jenipher (Randy) Swanson, Tyler & Tonya Dodick, Jared Zech, Jonathan, Caitlyn and Scott Schwimmer and seventeen great-grandchildren; Michael J. & Katherine Dodick, Rachel, Jacob, Emily & Joseph Dunphey ,Katherine, Elizabeth & Charles Rogovich, Randolf, Dexter & Kora Schneider, Cole & Eva Purkey, Gavin, Garret and Caleb Swanson.  Also surviving is one brother and a sister; John Slabic, Sophie Rowley and a sister in-law; Pearl Vasher.  She was predeceased by a son, Michael and two brothers; William & Joseph Slabic.  We love you and will miss you Mom, Millie, Grandma…..see you on the other side!

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday January 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Hedwig Church.  Fr. Richard Jozwiak will officiate with burial in Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday after 10:00 A.M.  There will be a Parish Vigil Service for Mildred at 7:00 p.m. Sunday.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider; Ave Maria Radio or Residential Home Hospice.

John J. Maxwell “Polka John”

Monday, January 21st, 2013

maxwell-bct123Polka John age 70 passed away Sunday January 20, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.  Son of the late Hugh & Isabel (Jean) Maxwell he was born August 6, 1942 in Bay   City.  He married the former Delilah Dufresne and she survives him.  John served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.  He worked for O.J. Advertising and Dee’s Graphics for over 20 years. John worked for many years at WTAC radio and for the past 24 years has been doing the “Polka Party” at WKJC FM-104.7.


Surviving besides his wife Delilah, he leaves two children: Scott Maxwell, Jill Samalik and their mother, Jane Moore.  Also surviving are two grandchildren; Lexi & Dana Samalik, five brothers in-law and two sisters in-law; Ralph (Linda), Ron (Sandy), Terry (Judy), Rocky (Karen), Glenn Dufresne, Gwen Kanicki, Kathy White, sister in-law: Shirley Defresne and many many dear friends.  He was predeceased by a brother in-law: John Dufresne.


Funeral Service will take place Wednesday January 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. from the Ambrose Funeral Home.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3 – 8 p.m. and on Wednesday after 10:00 a.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

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