Archive for October, 2016

Lydia Marie (Coughlin) Willette

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan

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Lydia Marie (Coughlin) Willette, age 26, was called Home peacefully by her Heavenly Father with her loving family at her side, on Thursday October 27, 2016, after a courageous battle with a rare and aggressive cancer.  She was born on June 10, 1990 to Joe and Mary (Parent) Coughlin and they survive her.  Lydia worked for the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA as a childcare provider ever since she was sixteen years old.  There she was recently named as Lead Teacher.  She will be remembered as being very loving and the “best mom ever.”  She married Zachary Willette on February 27, 2016 and he survives her along with their two sons Seth and Brady.  Left to also cherish her memory are her sisters Martha (Steven) Hill, Andrea Coughlin, and brother Alex (Shelly) Coughlin; her nephews Jameson and Broghan Hill;  in-laws Virgil Willette, Brenda Luna; brother-in-law Nathan Awad; sister-in-law Elnora Willette, and her grandmother Eldine Parent.  Per Lydia’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A Funeral Mass for Lydia will be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church (1525 S. Washington Ave. Saginaw, Michigan 48601) on Saturday November 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Fr. Ronald Dombrowski will officiate.  Friends may call at the church only on Saturday after 9:00 a.m.    There will be a rosary recited at 9:15 a.m. in church.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Zachary Willette to assist him with Lydia’s funeral expenses. The Willette and Coughlin families would like to thank the Compassus Hospice Team for their kind and compassionate care of Lydia.


Thomas C. Anvia

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan 

         anviaobitphoto705  Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away Monday, October 24, 2016 at Marquette General Hospital due to injuries sustained from a fall, age 74.  Tom was born June 28, 1942 in Bay City to the late John and Helen (Poznan) Anvia.  He married his high school sweetheart Jeannette E. Burzynski in St. Hyacinth Church on August 17, 1963 and she survives him.  He retired from Bay City Chevrolet in 1993 with more than 30 years of dedicated service.  Tom was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Hyacinth Church.  He was also a member of the NRA and loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and traveling the United States and Europe with Jeannette. He was an excellent cook, candy maker and chocolatier.  Tom’s humor often lightened the mood and made people smile.  Quite possibly, that smile was captured in one of his photographs which he was seen taking frequently.

Surviving besides his wife Jeannette are two daughters, Wendy (Jeff) Slancik and Kristy (Tracey) Bridges, six grandchildren: Zachary, T.J., Blake, Bryce, Casey and Courtney, one brother, James Anvia and Pat, one brother in-law Jerome (Mary) Burzynski, several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Tom was predeceased by his son Lee Anvia in February of 2009 and two sisters in-law, Nancy Anvia and Eleanor (Floyd) VanHorn.

           The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Hyacinth Church, 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City, 48708.  Fr. James Heller will celebrate Mass and interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm.  Tom will lie in-state at church on Monday from 9:00 am until the time of Mass.  A Parish Vigil Service for Tom will be held Sunday at 7:00 pm from the funeral home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

Patricia C. Reed

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Bay City, Michigan

Reed Patricia696Patricia C. Reed passed Friday morning October 21, 2016 at Bay Shores Nursing Center, age 81.  The daughter of the late Bernard and Ethel (Schuab) Sharrow, she was born on July 31, 1935 in Bay City.  She married Francis Reed and he predeceased her in 1975.  Patricia worked for many years with the Delta Box Company.  She was also exceptionally gifted at sewing.  She would faithfully sew ten to twelve hours daily.  The fruits of her labor included doll clothes, baby nightgowns, bibs, and quilts – all of which were often sold at craft shows.  Patricia was pleasant to all those who knew her.  Left to cherish her memory is her brother, Jim (Shirley) Sharrow; sister-in-law, Charity Sharrow; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a special cousin, Sue Meinhard.  She was predeceased by her brothers Leon and Dale Sharrow and her sister Norma Goss.  Per Patricia’s request, cremation has taken place.  No services are planned through the Ambrose Funeral Home at this time.  A graveside Committal Service will take place for Patricia on Saturday October 29, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will preside. The family would like to thank the staff at Bay Shores Nursing Care Center for the exceptional care given to Patricia.


Ralph L. Johnson

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Bay City, Michigan

Johnson Ralph695 Our loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 surrounded by his family at home, age 91.  Dad lived his life to the fullest.  He never said an unkind word about anyone and his loving spirit showed brightly through his beautiful baby blue eyes.  Even in his advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, he still managed to give joy to others with Alzheimer’s or with other disabilities.  Dad was born in Marinette, Wisconsin on August 6, 1925 to Warner R. and Esther I. (Dahlquist) Johnson.  His fondest memories growing up as a child were working on his grandfather’s farm at Peshtigo Point in Wisconsin.  Ralph graduated from Marinette High School in 1943 and then enlisted in the US Merchant Marines.  He served his country during WWII and then sailed the Great Lakes until 1951 when he married Judith M. Laskowski of Bay City and she predeceased him in 1971.  He worked at Midland Contracting Company for over forty years and a landlord for many years as well.  Ralph also had his own small hydraulic jack repair business in the 1960’s.  He loved golf, bowling, fishing, boating, skiing, pinochle, and other card games, shuffleboard, ice skating, laughing, having fun and just being with his family.  Ralph was a member of Grace-East Church, (previously Fremont Avenue United Methodist Church.)

Surviving are three children: Karen (Greg) Preston, Sandy (Dave) Bolander and Steven (Christina) Johnson, ten grandchildren; Stacie (Seth) Beute, Stephanie (Jason) Brown, Kelly Preston, Shawn Preston, Shane (Kari) Preston, Richard (Sarah) Bolander, Kevin (Michelle) Bolander, Brad Bolander, Tyler Johnson (Shelly), Aubry Johnson (Chris), ten great grandchildren and one due in November and one sister Arlene Sible.   He is also survived by his faithful companion of over 38 years, Pat Norgan, her two daughters, Linda (Michael) Brown and Nancy Williams, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Ralph was predeceased by one sister Alice Spraetz and one brother Clyde (Veda) Johnson.

The Funeral Service and Military Honors for Ralph will be held Friday, October 28, 2016 at 11:00am at Grace Church-East Campus, (Fremont Ave. United Methodist Church).  Pastor Jeff Temple will officiate the service and the Bay County Veterans Honor Guard will have their honors immediately following the service.  Private inurnment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and at church on Friday after 10:00 am.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s Foundation or Grace Church.

The Johnson family would like to thank Ralph’s caregiver of almost three years Sandy Kowalski, the staff at Golden Horizons and the Compassus Hospice team, especially Theresa, Kim and Kelly for their kind and compassionate care.

Mary M. McCamey

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


McCamey pic043Mary M. McCamey was called home by her Heavenly Father on Wednesday October 19, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family age 89 years.  She was born October 4, 1927 in Wayne, Michigan to the late Eugene F. and Margariette (McConnell) Wise.  Mary Married John E. McCamey on October 23, 1948 and he predeceased her November 2, 2015.  She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish – St. Mary’s Church and enjoyed playing cards, golfing and dancing.  Mary treasured her time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Surviving are three children; Michael (Mary) McCamey, Cynthia (David) Lomba, Lisa (Donald) Schneider, three grandchildren; Bryan (Beth) Russell, Dana Russell, Chastity Schneider, five step-grandchildren; Christian (Ann) Yule, Alexandra Yule, Eric (Ashlee) Lomba, Renee (Fred) Schields, Elizabeth Lomba and six great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are two sisters; Betty (Chuck) Honeyman, Donna Franklin, a sister in-law, Betty Wise, a brother in-law, Charles McCamey and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by three sisters; Ann McKinney, Blanche Bedard, Katherine Watt and a brother, Richard Wise.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. from Corpus Christi Parish – Holy Trinity Church.  Fr. Robert J. Kelm will officiate with private burial in Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Friday from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday after 10:00 a.m.  There will be a parish vigil service for Mary on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sheffield Assisted Living.

William Kirk Swan, Jr.

Thursday, October 20th, 2016


William Kirk Swan, Jr. passed away on October 18, 2016 at Close to Home Assisted Living, age 79 years.  He was born on September 12, 1937 in Bay City, Michigan to the late William K. and Freda (Acker) Swan.  William is survived by his sister Beverly Grenda; nephew Eric Grenda; nieces Kristine (Dr. Jeffrey) Pruitt and Karen (Dr. Don) Killian; great nieces Lauren Pruitt, Riley Pruitt, and Pinuccia Grenda.  William was a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Bay City.  He reveled in WWII History and WWII airplanes as a hobbyist.  William will always be remembered for the kind and humble man that he was, and the simple, quiet life he led.  Per William’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  No services are planned through the Squires Funeral Home at this time.