Archive for May, 2013

Gerhard W. Muller

Friday, May 31st, 2013

muller-bct252Gerhard W. Muller age 93 passed away Thursday May 30, 2013 at the Bay Medical Care Facility.  He was born August 22, 1919 in Brieg, Germany to the late William and Luise (Behrend) Muller.  Gerhard married the former Elenore A. Annen May 22, 1948 and have celebrated over 65 years of marriage, she survives him.  He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  Gerhard retired from the Wayne Co. Road Commission after 30 years of service and then took up farming and later retired from that.  He was the President of the Detroit Model Yacht Club.  Gerhard truly loved farming & raising cattle, reading and writing plays for theaters.


Surviving besides his wife Elenore, he leaves three children; Constance (Henry) Lewandowski, Ralph (Ilze) Muller, Roberta Holtsmark, a son in-law; Russell Schwarz, six grandchildren. Eric (Farideh) Lewandowski & their son, Anton, Laura Lewandowski, Amy & Kyle Schwarz, Dita & Bianca Muller and a sister in-law; Alvera Muller.  He was predeceased by a twin daughter; Anita Schwarz, a son in-law; Kjell Holtsmark, two brothers; Walter (Hermine) Muller and Heinz Muller.

Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of Gerhard’s life will take place at a later date.

Geraldine R. Norlock

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Norlock-bct251Geri Norlock passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in her sleep, in her home and on her terms. She was 79 years old.


She was born Aug. 27, 1933, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Joseph and Verna (Wozniak) Wojciak. She spent her early childhood in Buffalo, where she remembered snowdrifts that reached to the peak of her house and she developed a lifelong love of pasta in the Italian restaurant where her father was a cook. In her teenage years, she and her family moved to Bay City, where she graduated from Bay City Central High School. While still in school, she began work as an operator for the Michigan Bell Telephone Co. At age 50, she retired from AT&T with more than 30 years of service.


At a wedding reception, she met Nick Norlock, whom she married Oct. 2, 1954. Together, they built a home, which they shared with their daughter, Linda. Geri enjoyed spending time in the sunshine, mowing lawn, picking fresh vegetables and tending her flowerbeds. She enjoyed golf and bowling. She and Nick also enjoyed trips to Germany, Las Vegas and other locations with friends and neighbors Fred and JoAnne Kowalkoski.


Geri and Nick were able to spend more than 20 years as “snowbirds,” living in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the winter and in Bay City for the remainder of the year.


Geri is survived by her husband, Nick, and daughter Linda of Mount Pleasant. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Rita Gentle and Rose Norlock, a number of nieces and nephews, and special friend Sheryl Retlewski. Geri also was blessed with extended family members, including Kathy from All Saints Home Health Services and Ann, Greg, Jill, Kelsey, Makayla, Neischa and Ray.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law Thomas M. Gentle, Alfred Norlock and Wally Galbraith; and sister-in-law Loretta Galbraith.


The Rev. Edward Konieczka will officiate the Funeral Mass Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, 1515 Cass Ave. The family will receive callers from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider, St. Hyacinth Church or Monitor Twp. Fire Department.


According to her wishes, Geri has been cremated. Funeral arrangements were made by Ambrose Funeral Home.

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Arthur Michael Couture Jr. “Mike”

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013


Mike passed away unexpectedly Thursday May 23, 2013 age 46 years.  He was born January 23, 1967 in Bay City.  Mike served in the U.S. Army.


Surviving is his mother and step-father, Darlene (Wisniewski) & Joseph P. Weiss, one brother and a sister; Matthew (Dawn) Couture, Dannielle Couture, a daughter, Brittney, several aunts, uncles many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his father Arthur M. Couture Sr.


Per Mike’s request cremation has taken place and there will be a Memorial Service at a later date.

James I. Drzewicki

Monday, May 27th, 2013


Drzewicki-bct250James (Jim) I. Drzewicki, age 77 won his battle and joined the Angels at home with his family by his side. James was born January 7, 1936 to Stanley and Mary (Owczarzak) Drzewicki. James an outstanding loving, giving husband, mentor, father and grandfather who served the Lord everyday, his life was a gift of gold through his generosity that touched many lives. James leaves his caregiver and wife of 54 years Ceil (Krajkowski) whom he married June 13, 1959.  Hisdaughter and caregiver Ginger Drzewicki, son Edd (caregiver Jackie)  Drzewicki and grandchildren Emma and Emily,  son Jim A. (Jennifer) and grandchildren;  Angela, Natalie, Charles and Samuel Drzewicki  and daughter Lucy (Phil) Laskowski and grandchildren Sheri & Leon.


James graduated from St. Stanislaus High School in 1954 and joined the Knight of Columbus. He joined the 4th  Degree in 1957 and Color  Corp.   James was 1st Grand Knight of  K of C  Council  #4102 for 2-terms, President of Home Association and received the “Star Council” and “Century Club” awards. 1966 elected Trustee to Bishop Murphy Assembly, received “Knight of the Month” and “Family of the Month” awards numerous times through his time, talents and treasures. In 1991, James was involved with the implementation and completion of the monument honoring 500 years of Christopher Columbus. 1992 elected faithful Navigator for Bishop Murphy Assembly, held offices in 3rd and 4th  Degree and served as District Deputy.   In 1999 James formed a new Council “St. Stanislaus Parish Council #12423 and Chartered Grand Knight.  Since the early 90′s, James recruited over 150 Brother Knights.



In 2002, James was appointed “Master” of MI District 3 by the Supreme Council for a 4-yr term then served as Liaison for the 4th  Degree for the State of MI.  James & Cecilia Drzewicki were awarded “Family of the Year” bythe State of MI, and 3rd place Nationally. In 2014, James would have celebrated 60 years of devotion to his Knights of Columbus family through his continued faith, fraternity and patriotism.



James career also included the MI National Guards, Supervisor at Grey Iron Foundry in Saginaw then Pontiac MI. Housing Inspector for City of Bay City, Landlord for over 40 years and participated in many Polka dancing competitions. In 1956, James and his brother Mike started Drzewicki Brothers Roofing, then in the 70′s James continued as Drzewicki Roofing then worked side by side with his son Edd as Drzewicki & Son Roofing.  James, his father Corky and brother, Mike were active with racing Homing Pigeons for decades.

James, was a member of St.George Society, lifetime member of Brother Beavers, lifetime member of St Stanislaus Parish and an Usher of over 50 years.

James is preceded by his dear parents Stanley & Mary Drzewicki, and mother-in-law & father-in-law Anthony & Genevieve Krajkowski;  special brothers & wonderful sister-in-laws: brother Polka Stan (Jean) Drzewicki; brother Sal

(Romaine) Drzewicki; brother Ted Drzewicki; brother Ben (Shirley) Drzewicki and brother-in-law Anthony Krajkowski.  Special sisters and brother-in-laws: Cecilia (Guy) Herek; Mary Jane (Maynard) Goss and Sister Lucy Ann Drzewicki.

James is survived by brother Mike and sister-in-law Janice Drzewicki, sister-in-law Delores (Ron) Trombley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stanley & Betty Krajkowski, along with many nieces and nephews and his Knights of Columbus

family and special friends Ernest & Joan Turmell.


The family of James I. Drzewicki extended their deepest gratitude to all the Angels of Dr. S. Dandumadi and his team and all staff at McLaren Bay Region for their many years of compassion and greatest respect.  Sincere appreciation to Fr. Bill Rutkowski, Fr. Nick Coffaro and Fr. Rick Filary, for their love and genuine support.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday June 1, 2013 at 10:00a.m. from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.  Fr. Rick Filary, Fr. Bill Rutkowski and Fr. Nick Coffaro will celebrate the mass with burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday from 1 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday after 9:00 a.m.  Members of  St. Stan’s parish will pray the rosary at 2:00 p.m. Friday and at 6:00 p.m. there will be a parish vigil service for Jim followed by a Bible Presentation by St. Stan’s Council #12423 and a Chalice Presentation by the Bishop Murphy Assembly #491.


In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Family wishes.



Willliam P. McCarron

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

McCarron245William McCarron age 84 passed away peacefully Thursday May 23, 2013  at McLaren Bay Region surrounded by his family.  He was born December 5, 1928 in Wallaceburg, Ontario to the late Myles and Rose Christine (Stewart) McCarron.  Bill married the former Deloris Cnudde June 21, 1962.  She predeceased him January 26, 2011.  He was a Mechanical Engineer for General Motors for over 25 years before retiring.  Bill was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He loved boating, working on stained glass and working in his yard.


Surviving are five daughters; Marlene (Dwayne) Jones, Susan (John) Dufresne, Roseann (Kevin) Holsinger, Roxane McCarron, Christine (Daniel) Wieland, eleven grandchildren; Shawn Jones, Monica & Michelle Dufresne, Kelsey, Kenna & Rylie Holsinger, Mya & Isabella McCarron, Jenna, Brady and Conner Wieland, three great-grandchildren; Dayton, McKenzie, Ella and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth McCarron.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday May 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Joseph Church.   Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday after 9:00 a.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Michigan Shriners.


Jaxson Maddox Chrobak

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Bay City, Michigan


Our beloved angel went home to be with his Lord Friday, May 24, 2013 at the University of Michigan Hospital.  He was just 3 ½ months old.  Jaxson was born February 5, 2013 in Saginaw.

Surviving is his parents, Piotr Jan and Nichole Marie (Arciniega) Chrobak, brothers and sisters: Noah Arciniega, Abigail Doran-Chrobak, Piotr Jan Chrobak II, Isabella Chrobak and Jayce Chrobak and grandparents: Stanley and Jadwiga Chrobak, Sharon and Andrew Arciniega.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:00am at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.  Fr. Rick Filary will celebrate Mass and interment will follow 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 9:00am.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the University of Michigan Children’s Hospital.