Bay City, Michigan
Walter passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 at his home, age 96. He was born March 2, 1918 in Bay City to the late Christopher and Amelia (Gabriel) Claes. Walter married Bernice T. Pietruzewski on June 8, 1944 in St. Hedwig Church and she predeceased him on August 26, 2001. He was a WWII veteran and he served with the US Army from 1941 to 1945. He retired from Prestolite in 1995 and was a member of St. Hedwig Church, the League of Catholic Men & Women and former president of the Holy Name Society. Walter volunteered many hours cooking and helping at the church breakfasts and dinners through the years. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, fishing and camping.
Surviving are two children, Paul Claes and Judy Lybrand, five grandchildren: Terry Lybrand, Andrew (Cathy) Claes, Matthew Claes, Kristina (Brent) Rubis and Stephanie (Mark) Wawrzynowski, 9 great grandchildren, special caregivers and extended family members, Sharon Symbrowski and Kathy Shepard, which Walter thought of more like a daughter and a granddaughter, many nieces and nephews. Walter was predeceased by one son, Robert Claes, a daughter in-law, Becky Claes and a son in-law, Jerry Lybrand.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 10:00am at St. Hedwig Church. Fr. Kevin Kerbawy will celebrate Mass and interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Monday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Tuesday after 9:00am. A Parish Vigil Service for Walter will be held Monday at 7:00pm. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Family Wishes or St. Hedwig Church.