Fr. Vernon J. Sierminski, also known as Fr. Vern passed away Saturday March 30, 2013 at the Bay Medical Care Facility age 83 years. Son of the late Frank & Mary Ann (Styburski) Sierminski he was born August 18, 1929 in Chicago. He attended St. Ferdinand School, St. Mel’s School, St. John Berchman School, Cumming School in Fruitport, Sacred Heart School, St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids; The Seminaire de Philosphie, in Montreal; and St. John’s Provincial Seminary, in Plymouth. Fr. Vern was ordained by Bishop Stephen Woznicki, June 2, 1956 in Saginaw. He had served as Associate Pastor at St. Hyacinth Parish, Bay City, St. John the Baptist Parish, Standish, St. Casimir Parish, Holy Rosary Parish, both of Saginaw and St. Mary’s Parish in Alpena. Fr. Vern had been Director of Bay Deanery Sodalities; Father Prior the Columbian Squires of the K of C St. Stephen Council #4102, Spiritual Director for the Legion of Mary in Harrisville, Chaplain for the K of C Alcona Council #4335 and served on the Priest Council for two terms. Fr. Vern was pastor of St. Anne Parish, Harrisville, St. Hyacinth Parish, Bay City, St. Agnes Parish, Sanford and retired from St. Maria Goretti Parish, Bay City.
Surviving is his brother and sister in-law; Arthur (Katharine) Sierminski of Norton Shores, three nephews and two nieces; James (Kathleen Dawson) Sierminski, Thomas Sierminski, David (Patricia) Sierminski, Ellen (Jeff) Stamy, Jeanne (Ken) Wilson, nine great nieces, nephews and cousins and many many dear friends.
Art and Kate would like to thank the entire staff at the Bay Medical Care Facility especially the staff on 1 – East for the wonderful and loving care that was given to Fr. Vern over the years.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 noon from St. Maria Goretti Church, 2872 N. Euclid Ave. Bay City. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw will preside. A private burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Muskegon.
Visitation will take place from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by a parish vigil service at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at St. Hyacinth Church, 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City. The Transfer of the Body to lie in state will precede the visitation time at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Ronald F. Wagner presiding. Visitation will then take place at St Maria Goretti Church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of mass. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Maria Goretti Church. Funeral Arrangement have been entrusted to the Squires Funeral Home 211 N. Henry St. Bay City, MI. 48706