Archive for April, 2014

Zelda B. Clark

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Bay City, Michigan


Zelda “Dutch” passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Bay County Medical Care Facility, age 86.  She was born May 3, 1927 in Pontiac, Michigan to the late James and Mary (Tobias) Fletcher.  She married Sylvan “Bud” Clark and he predeceased her.  Zelda worked many years at Kresge’s, Taco Bell, Wolverine Knitting Mills and managed Wendy’s on Center Ave.  She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

Surviving are four children: Sylvan (Sue) Clark II, Sharon (Bill) Davis, Steve Clark and Susan Clark, eight grandchildren that Zelda treated as her own children: Wade Davis, Scott (fiancé, Amber) Davis, Kanndin Davis, Heather (fiancé, Dan) Good, Barb (Jason) Kopka, Petha (fiancé, Jonas) Davis, Marvin (fiancé, Melissa) Good and Jessica (fiancé, Billy) Good, 24 great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Zelda was predeceased by her siblings: Judy Clark, Teddy Fletcher, Charles Fletcher, Mickey Fletcher and Pat Hammell.

Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00am at Kochville United Methodist Church.  Friends may call at the church only on Friday from 10:00am until the time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Bay County Veterans Council.


Eugene Grocholski

Monday, April 28th, 2014

grocholski-photo529Eugene Grocholski surrounded by his loving family was called home to be with the Lord on Monday April 28, 2014 at McLaren Bay Region age 87 years.  He was born December 23, 1926 in Bay City to the late Leo and Sadie (Szeszulski) Grocholski.  Gene married the former Lila Sauer on February 26, 1949. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary and she survives him.  Gene served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was on board the U.S.S. Portsmouth.  He had worked for Bay Trust Company and later retired from Superior Abstract and Title Company.  Gene had a great love for his family, a very strong faith and was proud to be a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church where he sang in the Men’s Choir for many years.  He enjoyed playing baseball, fast-pitched softball for St. George’s Society, hunting, fishing and listening to polish music.  Gene belonged to the St. Stan’s AC and golf league.


Surviving besides his wife Lila, he leaves five children: Joan Mazzara, Janet (Jay) Jacobs, Sandra (Michael) Schaefer, Paul Grocholski, Lynette (Brad) Kleimola. Gene was predeceased by a son David. He also leaves ten grandchildren, Eric (Erica) Kocks, Brad Kocks (Megan O’Dell, special friend), Janelle (Matt) Hemingway, Jodi (Kyle) Erskine, Luke Schaefer, Lauren Schaefer, Nicholas Grocholski, Mary Grocholski, Ryan Kleimola, Bradyn Kleimola, two step grandchildren: Elaina Richards, Bobby Mazzara and four great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Claire Hemingway, Emily Kocks and Braxton O’Dell.  Also surviving is one brother and two sisters: Leo (Shirley) Grocholski, Louise Szczepanski and MaryAnn (Pat) Goslin as well as many nieces and nephews.  He will be deeply missed by all.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday May 3, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.  Fr. Rick Filary will officiate with burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Friday from 2 – 8 P.M. and at the church on Saturday after 9:00 A.M.  There will be a parish vigil service for Gene on Friday at 7:00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Stanislaus Parish Development Fund or family wishes.

Kimberly Ann Skrzypczak

Monday, April 28th, 2014

skrzypczak-photo528Our loving mother, grandmother, daughter & sister, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Carriage House of Bay City, age 51 years.  Kim was born June 21, 1962, in Bay City.  She graduated from Central High School and later attended Baker College where she received her Associates Degree. Kim made her home in Lexington, Kentucky for over 29 years, before moving back home to Bay City.  She worked for Link-Belt, the University of Kentucky and later worked for Safy.  Kim enjoyed camping, reading and playing games.


Surviving is a daughter, Cassie Dolen, a grandson, Xander Wright, her parents, Robert and Lorna (Simpson) Skrzypczak.  Also surviving are two brothers; Robert Skrzypczak, Jr., John (Tanya) Skrzypczak, two godchildren; Alexandra & Caitlyn Skrzypczak, nieces & nephews;  Courtney, Cody, Matthew, J.J., and godfather, Richard Gwizdala.  She was predeceased by her grandparents; Frank & Georgia Skrzypczak and Hebert & Margaret Simpson and an aunt, Carol Manke.


The family would like to thank the Carriage House, northwest staff & McLaren Bay Region Hospice for the compassionate and loving care that they gave to Kim during her final days. 


Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. from Sacred Heart Church of Kawkawlin.  Fr. Christopher Coman will officiate.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. and at the church on Thursday after 10:00 A.M.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes or donor’s favorite charity.

Fr. Barney J. Janowicz

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

janowiczphoto526Fr. Barney J. Janowicz was called home to be with his heavenly Father on Friday April 25, 2014 at Auburn Heights Senior Care age 82 years.  He was born September 14, 1931 in Beaver Twp. to the late Edward and Eva (Gielda) Janowicz.  He attended St. Hyacinth grade School and  Beaver School   Fr. Barney received his secondary education from St. Mary Seminary in Orchard Lake.  He went on to further priestly formation at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake and St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth.  Father Barney was ordained to the priesthood on June 1, 1957 by Bishop Stephen S. Woznicki at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.


During his priestly assignments, Fr. Barney served as assistant pastor at St. Boniface, Ss. Peter & Paul and St. Hyacinth Church.   He was assigned pastor for St. Valentine, St. Mary & St. Edward of Kinde, Holy Trinity, St. Matthew and St. Francis Church of Pigeon.  Fr. Barney was assigned senior status (retired) July 1, 1997.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #414 and the Knights of Columbus St. Stephen Council #4102 where he served as Chaplain.


Surviving are two sisters: Theresa Sporman, Blanche (Everett) Anderson all of Bay City, many nieces, nephews and his loving and caring extended family,

Paul and MaryLou Drzewicki and their children.  Fr. Barney was predeceased by two sisters: Sophie (Matthew) Satkowiak, Helen (Ray) Jankowski, a brother, Edward (Betty) Janowicz and a brother in-law, Eugene Sporman


Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. from St. Hyacinth Church.  The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw will preside. Fr. Richard Jozwiak will preach the homily with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Friends may call at St. Hyacinth Church only on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until time of mass.  In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Auburn Heights Senior Care.

David Dean Przytula II.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Przytulaphoto522David Dean Przytula II. beloved son and brother was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday April 13, 2014 at McLaren Bay Region age 30 years.  He was born March 22, 1984 in Bay City.  David worked for Samples Mobile Home and enjoyed shooting pool.  David will always be remembered as a person who loved his family and always had a helping hand for others.


Surviving is his mother and step-father, Peggy (William) Gillespie, his father, David Przytula, one sister, Nina (Dan) Nussear, two brothers: Kevin Przytula & his fiancé Melissa White, Jeremy Przytula and two step-sisters: Jackie and Angela.  Also surviving is his step-grandparents, John (Sandra) Gillespie, four nieces: Kayleigh, Adrianna, Sophia, Lexie, two special aunts: Billie Jo (Wayne) Wrzesinski, Kristie (Tim) Burr, David’s other aunts and uncles: Joseph (Maryann) Przytula, James Przytula, Gail (Richard) Moritz, Sherry (James) Bennett, Brenda Przytula, Holly White, step-aunts: Shelly, Kimmy, Tammy and other cousins.  David had a special buddy, Parker and his mother Lacey.  He was predeceased by his grandparents: Kenneth and Nina Guindon, Joseph and Joyce Przytula and two uncles: Kenneth Guindon II. and Paul Przytula.


Funeral Service will take place Thursday April 17, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor Matthew Schramm will officiate with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 – 8 P.M. and on Thursday after 12 noon.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Richard F. Skornia

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Bay City, Michigan


     Richard passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 at his home, age 86.  He was born August 25, 1927 in Bay City to the late Anthony and Gladys Lottie (Jarkewski) Skornia.

     Surviving is his brother, Fr. Ben Skornia, one sister in-law, Dorothy Skornia and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by four brothers: Fr. Leo, Albin (Florence), Edwin and Henry (Jeanette) Skornia.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Hyacinth Church.  Fr. Jerzy Dobosz will celebrate Mass and inurnment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Friends and family will gather at the church only on Monday from 10:00am until the time of Mass.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Hyacinth Church.