Archive for August, 2016

Frances R. Anthony

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Bay City, MI


anthony francis672Frances R. Anthony was called home by her Heavenly Father on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Close to Home surrounded by her loving family at the age of 95.  She was born March 1, 1921 in Bay City to the late James P. and Theresa A. (Tobin) Lamkin.  Frances married George J. Anthony on November 8, 1947 in Bay City and he predeceased her March 11, 2011.  Frances worked at Farmer Pete’s and Chase Super Market.  She was a former member of Visitation Catholic Church for many years and now is a member of Our Lady of Peace Church.  She was past Commander of the Lady’s Auxiliary D.A.V. Chapter #9.  Frances dedicated her life to the care of her family and was a great mom.  Surviving is a daughter Margaret A. Anthony, a daughter-in-law, Virginia Anthony, seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.  Also surviving are two sisters, Theresa Anthony, Lillian Bumgarner, two sister-in-laws, Virginia King and Sr. Margaret Anthony.  She was predeceased by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Joseph E. Anthony, Thomas F. (Judy) Anthony and a sister Catherine Rowell.  Special thanks to Close to Home for their wonderful compassionate care of our mother.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Peace Church.  Fr. Patrick Jankowiak will officiate with burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. and at the church on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until time of service.  There will be a Parish Vigil Service for Frances at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Family Wishes.


Irene J. Gotfryd

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Gotfryd pic671Irene J. Gotfryd, age 84, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday morning, August 25, 2016.  Irene was born on November 18, 1931 to the late John and Victoria Kotz in Pinconning, MI.  She married Carl F. Gotfryd on August 12, 1950, at St. Agnes Church, Pinconning.  She is survived by her daughter, Charmaine (Terry) Gauthier; her son Wayne (Kris) Gotfryd, and youngest daughter, Kathleen (Mark) Ciaciuch.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Irene was predeceased by her husband Carl F. Gotfryd on February 8, 2015, her granddaughter Kelly Gotfryd and her beloved Alaskan Husky, Ginger.  She is also predeceased by one sister and three brothers.  She was hard working and loved the out of doors. Irene was a wonderful homemaker and loved to garden.  In addition to keeping an immaculate house and garden, Irene canned her own produced and made her own jam and jelly.  Together with her husband Carl, they traveled through 49 of the 50 United States, including Canada and Mexico, with three vacations to Alaska, thus bringing home her beloved Ginger on their first trip there.  The Funeral Mass for Irene will be celebrated Monday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Hyacinth Church.  Irene will lie in state at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.  Fr. Rick Filary will preside and interment will follow at Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Visiting hours with Irene’s family will be Sunday, August 28, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  followed by a Parish Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.  Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the wishes of the family.  Online condolences may be made at:

Vernon L. Schwanke

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


Mr. Schwanke passed away peacefully at home Sunday, August 21, 2016, age 86.  He was born July 15, 1930 in Capac, Michigan to the late William and Gladys (Sprotberry) Schwanke.  He married his high school sweetheart Louise M. Stine in Capac on March 7, 1950 and she survives him.  Vern retired from the Department of Natural Resources in 1984 with over 33 years of dedicated service.  He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and S.E.R.A.  Vern enjoyed the outdoors and spent any opportunity he had to hunt, fish, and work in his yard and just simply take pleasure in what nature had to offer.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and that time spent with them will forever provide cherished memories for years to come.

Surviving is his wife of more than 66 years, Louise.  Their two daughters, Janette (Kurt) Wesley and Jill (Ryan) Robb, five grandchildren: Sean (Karissa) Wesley, Scott (Alyssa) Wesley, Kendra, Erica and Dana Robb, three great grandchildren: Reid, Raelynne and Rielle Wesley, Vern’s cousin Linda Carraway, one brother in-law Maynard (Lucille) Stine and three sisters in-law: Irene Kinyon, Alberta (Dr. Norbert) Conrad and Joann (Jim) Sholtis.

Per Vern’s request, cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of his life will be held Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church.  Rev. Daniel Meckes will officiate and private inurnment will be held in Pine Hill Cemetery in Capac, Michigan at a later date.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Faith Lutheran Church, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission or the Bay City State Park.

Patrick J. Donahue

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan

Donahuepic013Patrick J. Donahue passed away Wednesday August 17, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region, age 8o years.  Patrick was born October 20, 1935 in Cleveland, OH to the late Jimmie and Cecelia (Casey) Donahue.  He graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in 1953 and proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1954-1956.  He then married the love of his life, Mary Ann Graveline, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on June 1, 1957.  Patrick was employed by the former Industrial Brownhoist of Bay City and later worked as an Industrial Engineer for Wright-K Technology, Inc. of Saginaw.  He retired in 2001.  Besides his loving wife Mary Ann, left to cherish his memory are his three precious children: Kevin Patrick, Kelly Ann, and Michael Ryan. They were the absolute joy of his life.  Surviving also is his sister Mary Kay (Ray) Gnyp of West Branch and a brother, Terry (Carol) Donahue of Morris, IL.  Also surviving are his sisters-in-law: Lynne Dietz, Judy Smith, and Kim Graveline; brother-in-law: Walt (Roberta) Graveline; a special niece and her husband Linda (Randy) Weaver; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews, along with many friends.  Dear to his heart too, were his friends and staff of Fresenius Kidney Care Bay Area Regional Dialysis Center. Patrick was predeceased by his sister: Patricia Donahue Smith; his in-laws: Robert and Laura Graveline; and brothers-in-law: Tom Graveline, David Dietz, and Richard Smith.  Patrick was a devout member of St. Boniface Church and the Knights of Columbus 414.  He loved to tell stories, golf, and play cards – particularly the game of Poker.  Patrick took an interest in painting later in life.  He was a fan of the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions, but was especially fond of the University of Michigan Football Team.  It was often said of him that he “bleeds maize and blue.”  Patrick was exceptionally proud of his Irish heritage.  In 2010, he was bestowed the honor of being named Honorary Parade Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Patrick also loved a good party.  Each year he and his wife would host their annual St. Patrick’s Day gathering following the parade. The Funeral Mass for Patrick will take place on Friday August, 26 at 11:00 a.m. from All Saints Parish – St. Boniface Church.  Father Jose Maria Cabrera will preside with inurnment in Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation for Patrick will take place at the church on Friday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to B.A.B.H. North Bay Adult Center 1961 E. Parish Rd, Kawkawlin MI, 48631

Paul Brunner

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


     Mr. Brunner passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Hampton Manor Assisted Living in Essexville, age 85.  He was born February 12, 1931 in Bay City to the late David and Mary (Shriner) Brunner.  Paul married Shirley A. Rosin in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on August 1, 1964 and she predeceased him on February 24, 2011.  He was a veteran and served his country with the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  Paul retired from Saginaw Grey Iron and was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Surviving is a daughter Kerri (Ken) Forfinski and a son Jeffrey Sauve, three grandchildren: Corey (Carrie) Forfinski, Nicholas Forfinski and Travis (Mandy) Forfinski, five grandchildren: Clayton, Colton, Madison, Garrett and Hudson, one sister in-law Pat Brunner and many nieces and nephews.

Per Paul’s request, cremation has taken place.  Private services will be held at a later date at Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Richard D. Kroening

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


Richard D. Kroening passed away suddenly Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at his home age 76 years.  He was born January 11, 1940 in Flint, Michigan to the late Lee and Adele (Cann) Kroening.  Richard served our country in the U.S. Army.  He enjoyed traveling to Florida in the winter months and was an avid reader.  Surviving is a brother, Roger D. Kroening, three nieces: Sharon Maxwell, Joyce Carpenter, Deb Kroening and several great-nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Conrad Kroening and two nephews: Skip Jr. and Robert Kroening.  A graveside service will take place on Thursday August 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery.  Pastor Dwight Kingsbury will officiate followed by military honors by the Bay County Veteran’s Council.