Bay City, Michigan
Theresa passed away holding the hands of her daughters on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the age of 89 years. She was born on September 29, 1926 in Beaver Township to the late Edward and Eva (Gielda) Janowicz. Theresa married the late Eugene A. Sporman on October 16, 1948 and he predeceased her on February 24, 2005. Theresa leaves to cherish her memory three daughters: Suzanne Beyersdorf, Joann (Terry) Block and Jane (David) Spyhalski. Surviving also are seven grandchildren: Krislee (Rob) Hine, Jamieson King, Christopher Block (fiancé Becky Groulx), Laurie (Joel) Ferris, Garrett Spyhalski, Brad Spyhalski, Valerie Stevenson; three great-granddaughters: Jesika Hine, Adelyn and Whitney Ferris; and one brother-in-law Everett Anderson. Theresa was predeceased by her dear son-in-law Jerry Beyersdorf, a grandson, Austin Stevenson; by all of her siblings, Sophie (Matthew) Satkowiak, Helen (Ray) Jankowski, Fr. Barney Janowicz, Edwin (Betty) Janowicz, and Blanche Anderson. She was also predeceased by all of Gene’s family: Marion (Delphine) Sporman, Violet (Ed) Kluka, Isabel (Norbert) Kurlinski, Victor (Ceil) Sporman and Arthur (Delores) Sporman. The family would like to acknowledge the friends that took care of Theresa as if she were their own mother – Karen LeBourdais, Linda Lothian, and Carol Jarosz.
Theresa was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, the Parish Rosary Society and Senior Citizens Club, and the League of Catholic Women and Men. Theresa was also a member of the UAW-Local 526 and retired from Prestolite after 40 years. There she spent her entire career until the doors closed and the lights were turned off. Theresa will always be remembered for her delicious dinners. Every holiday had to be celebrated in her home, surrounded by her family. Theresa always welcomed guests to join in these family celebrations. She was an avid league bowler and went to the State Bowling Tournaments every year with her lady friends from Keit’s. Theresa loved carpentry, playing the accordion, decorating for Christmas, card playing with her card club and casino trips with her sister Blanche. Her yearly trips to Arizona with Emily and the Samalik family brought Theresa much joy. Per Theresa’s request, Jell-O Shots will be served at the luncheon.
Prayers for Theresa will be said at the Ambrose Funeral Chapel on Monday, August 1, 2016 beginning at 9:15 A.M. before processing to the church. The Funeral Mass will then be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Fr. Richard Jozwiak will preside and entombment will be in St. Stanislaus Mausoleum. Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Chapel on Sunday from 2:00 – 8:00 P.M. Members of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Stanislaus Kostka Church Rosary Society and Senior Citizens will pray the rosary at 2:00 p.m. Sunday followed by a Parish Vigil Service at 7:00 P.M. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the wishes of the family.