Archive for November, 2016

Steven A. Bouza

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


     Our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend to everyone passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 24, 2016, age 59.  Steve was born December 2, 1956 in Bay City to Bernard E. and Shirley J. (Kotewa) Bouza.  He graduated from Bay CityCentralHigh School in 1975 and started working at Consumers Energy J.C. Weadock Plant where he retired from on July 1, 2016 after more than 30 years of dedicated and loyal service.  Steve was a gentle man, with a heart of gold and always found a way to help anyone in need.  His family was his world and loved them dearly.  Steve was often the chauffer for his nieces from school or the driver on shopping trips with mother Shirley, which he joking referred to as “the War Department.”  He was the go to guy for vehicle maintenance, anything mechanical and even the occasional slurpee or Mickie D’s.  Steve enjoyed polka music, watching Three Stooges movies and most importantly being there to always love and support his family.  He will forever be loved, missed and remembered for all of the special memories he made with his family.

Surviving is his mother, Shirley, one brother Michael A. (Joan) Bouza, two sisters, Mary Beth Bouza and Laura L. (fiancé, Michael Krueger) Vos, Steve’s beloved nieces: Danielle and Addison Bouza, Rachel and Ashlyn Vos, many aunts, uncles and cousins.  Steve was predeceased by his father Bernard E. “Barney” Bouza on September 12, 1997 and his grandparents: Chester and Eugenia “Eugie” Kotewa and Edward and Joan Bouza.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Hyacinth Church, 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City.   Fr. William J. Rutkowski will celebrate Mass and interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and at church on Tuesday from 9:00 am until the time of Mass.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

Lawrence W. Jewell, Jr.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


Mr. Jewell passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region, age 78.  He was born August 30, 1938 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late Lawrence W. and Alice (Graham) Jewell, Sr.  Surviving is his son Jeffrey Jewell.

Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service is being planned for a later date.

Velma ‘Ann” Rutkowski

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


     Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend passed away peacefully November 28, 2016 at the Carriage House of Bay City with her children at her side, age 86.  Velma was born October 6, 1930 in Bay City to the late Alexander and Mary (Fan) Miller.  She married Walter Rutkowski on February 6, 1954 and he predeceased his “Doll” on September 21, 1995. Velma enjoyed the outdoors, relaxing on a beach, and attending car shows with her son Bryan.  She loved riding her three wheel bicycle, long car rides where she could not only see new things but take in a great meal with her family, and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren and great grandsons.

Surviving is her daughter Cheryl (Brian) Schultz and one son Bryan “Bum” Rutkowski, two grandchildren, Jay (Wendy) Schultz and Allison (Nathan) Kohn, two great grandsons, Liam and Evan Kohn, her brother in-law Richard Sautter and dear friend and neighbor Karen Orlik. Velma was predeceased by her sisters and brother: Barbara (Alvin) Marciniak, Elizabeth (Larry) Gravlin, Alexander (Charlotte) Miller and Ida (Joseph) Bosley and Velma’s half-brothers and half-sisters: Joseph Dobos, Grace (Marshall) Wenberg, Julia (George) Rettelle, Marie Dobos, Oscar Dobos and Edward (Bernice) Dobos.

The Funeral Service will be held Friday, December 2, 2016 at 10:00 am at Ambrose Funeral Home.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate and interment will follow in Green Ridge Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday after 9:00 am.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Velma’s family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Carriage House and McLaren Hospice for their kind and gentle care they gave their mom over the past few weeks and months.  Also a special thank you to Dr. S. Dandamudi for not only being Velma’s lifelong physician but her friend as well.


Lynn L. Conley

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan

Conley LynnLynn L. Conley, our strong-willed, forthright, kind, caring, and beautiful wife, mother, daughter and aunt passed away peacefully at the age of 62, on Friday November 25, 2016 at Brittany Manor, Midland Michigan with her loving family at her side.  Lynn put up a good, hard fight, and after many years of being ill, and exhausting all possibilities, she was ready to be at peace.  Lynn was born in Saginaw, Michigan on September 20, 1954, to Richard and the late Nancie (LaGuire) Emmendorfer.  She married Michael P. Conley on October 31, 1986 and he survives her.  Left to also cherish her memory are her children, Michael S. Conley (Noelle Myers) and Karina L.  Conley (Josh Fellows).  She is also survived by her father, Richard A. Emmendorfer, and her step-mother Catherine Emmendorfer, her sister Connie Darby, her step-sister Susan Rompf, her nieces Stacy (Keith) Wizner, and Kelly Darby (Scott Lembach), and great-nieces Addie Wizner and Stephanie, Heather, and Holly Sparck.  Lynn was predeceased by her mother Nancie, her brother Ricky, and nephew Allyn Darby.

Lynn was an exceptionally gifted artist.  She owned her own business, “The Art Doctor” where she specialized in art restoration. She was one of three founders of the Wenona Artist Guild and was a member of the Midland Artist Guild. She volunteered for, and proudly displayed her artwork with Studio 23 of Bay City.  Her talent and love of art won her many awards, especially one with GLIP (Great Lakes Institute of Photography).  Lynn was a self-composed, poised, and organized person who loved to read, and birdwatch.  She had a flair for shopping and always appreciated a good discount. She remained physically active through kayaking, cross country skiing, and daily exercise.  Family was important to her and she will be remembered by her children for the understanding way in which she cared for them.

A Memorial Service will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Squires Funeral Home with Dr. Joe Miller presiding.   Friends and family may call at Squires from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, Lynn’s family requests that memorial contributions be directed towards the Bay Arts Council so that others may continue to enjoy the gift of art.

Delores M. Kleiber

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


Delores M. Kleiber was called home by her Heavenly Father on Thursday November 24, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region surrounded by her family. She was 81 years old.  She was born May 30, 1935 in Gillespie, PA. to the late Willard and Helen (Petros) Friesorger.  Delores spent many years in retail and later retired from Waters Edge Realty.  She was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and was very active with the K of C St. Stephen Council #4102 Ladies Auxiliary where she was very faithful in helping out with the fish fry’s, breakfast and assisting the senior dance’s at the Lincoln Road Hall.  Delores enjoyed tending to her flowers, going out for dinners but truly loved traveling and visiting her children.  Surviving are two children; Kimberly Kleiber-Shingledecker and her husband Leon, Kevin Kleiber and their late father, Robert Kleiber.  Also surviving is a grandson, Collyn Kleiber, step great granddaughter, Elizabeth Shingledecker, a sister, Janice Grembowski and brother in law, Gerald Grembowski.  A niece and a nephew: Lori (Gary) Gwizdala and their sons Jeffery & Justin, Michael (Carol) Grembowski and their children; Nigel, Mallory, Tessa and her extended family in Pennsylvania and her nieces and nephews on the Kleiber side.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday December 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. from Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.  Fr. Rick Filary will officiate.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday after 9:00 a.m.  There will be a parish vigil service for Delores on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the K of C St. Stephen Council #4102 Ladies Auxiliary.

Lafe E. Stull

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Monrovia, Indiana

(formerly of Bay City, MI)


Lafe Eugene Stull, 37, of Monrovia and formerly of Bay City, Michigan, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. The only child of Delbert and Susan (Dillon) Stull, he was born on March 20, 1979, in Marietta, Ohio.

He grew up in the small town of New Matamoras and became a follower of Christ attending the Harmony Hill Baptist Church under the loving guidance of his church family. Lafe graduated from Frontier High School in 1997 and received a Bachelor of Arts – Law and Justice from Taylor University in Fort Wayne in 2001. An intelligent extrovert, he strategically set his standards high, expecting the best of himself and wanting only the same for others; maintaining a positive outlook even when odds were against him. In 2001, he met his match, Maria Ann. Despite their opposite personalities, they instantly connected and they were united in marriage on October 14, 2005. Together, they were blessed to share many adventures and frequently traveled to experience the world together including most recently, Greece to celebrate their ten-year anniversary.

Lafe dedicated the last twelve years to JC Penney’s, where he worked his way up through the company previously holding management positions in Saginaw, Burton, and Flint, Michigan. In 2013, he earned a promotion to General Manager at JC Penney Plainfield, Indiana at the Shops at Perry Crossing. A proud, focused and accomplished leader, he was goal oriented and truly gifted with people. Lafe possessed a compassionate, thoughtful and kind heart; always taking others into consideration and starting the conversation by asking, “How are you?”

Along with his parents, survivors include his wife and best friend, Maria (White) Stull of Monrovia; father & mother-in-law, Bill and Kathy White and Grandma Rose Castaneda of Bay City, Michigan; siblings by marriage, Amy, Luke, Scott, Heather, Brian, Trisha, Tom, Trina, Jill and Jeff; thirteen nieces and nephews, as well as a large host of in-laws including aunts, uncles, and cousins; Aunts Mayme Roberts and Ellen Traylor of New Matamoras, Ohio; cousins, Heather Roberts of New Matamoras, Ohio, and Valerie, Shyana and Ada Townsend of Ripley, West Virginia.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 11am – 2pm, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, in Light Memorial & Funeral Chapel, 585 E. Main Street, Monrovia. A Memorial Service will be held in Michigan on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Ambrose Funeral Home, 1200 Garfield Ave., Bay City, Michigan 48708. Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Memorial Contributions may be made payable to Maria Stull, 2925 W. Crosscreek Drive, Monrovia, IN 46157, with all proceeds going to the Clothe-a-child fundraiser: Hendricks County Division of MIBOR clothe a child.