Archive for April, 2017

Margaret L. Schmisseur “Sue”

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan (Formerly of Trenton, Illinois)

Margaret L. Schmisseur passed away peacefully April 28, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region, age 95.   She was born on August 28, 1921 to the late Peter and Hattie (Townsend) Hammond.  She married Ardell C. Schmisseur on October 25, 1973 in Springfield, Illinois and he preceded her in death on April 5, 2017.  Margaret enjoyed going to yard sales and attending auctions.  She was particularly proud of her 18 Pecan Tree orchard that she grew with her late husband Ardell.

Margaret is survived is by her daughter Donna (Martin Sr.) Moon; nieces, Rose Marie (Michael) Acker and Susan Wessel.  Besides her husband Ardell, her former husbands Anthony W. Neumayer and Donald K. Carpenter preceded Margaret in death.  She is also predeceased by her sisters Pearl (Joseph) Chagala and Marie (Anthony) Kovar; brother, Charles (Ester) Sherman; nephews Tom Wessel, Robert Sherman; and niece, Judith Sherman.

A Funeral Service and Committal Prayers for Margaret will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will preside with interment in Pine Grove Cemetery in Auburn, Michigan.

Julie Ann Griffin

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan

IMG_0267Julie A. Griffin passed away ever so peacefully with family by her side during the evening hours of Saturday, April 22, 2017 at McLaren Bay Special Care, age 69 years.  She was born on April 17, 1948 to the late Chester and Regina (Herek) Rewers and resided in Bay City, Michigan her entire life.  Julie worked for Liberty Technologies for many years and this is where she met her second husband, Dennis L. Griffin whom she married on September 1, 1989.

Julie was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  It was part of her loving nature to always care for others.  She took loving care of her sister and best friend, Kathy during Kathy’s time of illness.  She had a way of making everyone feel loved and cared for.  She loved growing flowers, with tulips being her favorite.  She also tended to tomatoes and hot peppers, which were later made into her famous chili sauce.  Julie enjoyed completing crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and trips to Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort.  Her greatest accomplishment in life was raising her son Joel.

Besides her loving husband Dennis, Julie is also survived by Joel (Andrea) Lynch; their children Ben and Gina; step-daughter, Kim (Ben) Holm and their children, Samson, Hudson, Kyla, Caroline, Christina, and Allison.  Also surviving is her sister Ro Heller and brother Norm (Jo Ellen) Rewers.  Julie was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters, Ray, Chet, Jerry, Kathy, and Virgina.

Julie’s wishes were to be cremated with private inurnment in Oak Ridge Cemetery.  No services are planned at Ambrose Funeral Home at this time.

Aloysius A. Gruszynski “Al”

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


gruszynski-photo849Our loving father, grandfather, brother and friend, was called home by his Heavenly Father on his birthday, Wednesday April 19, 2017 surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 85.  He was born April 19, 1932 in Bay City to the late Anthony and Stephanie (Stefanski) Gruszynski.  Al served in the U.S. Army from January 4, 1952 – October 3, 1953 and fought bravely in the Korean War.  He worked at Rush Stationers for many years before retiring on March 31, 1994.  Al then worked for Ambrose and Squires Funeral Homes and was a dedicated employee for over 23 years.  He was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Hyacinth Church.  Al belonged to the K of C St.Stephen Council #4102, the Bishop Murphy Assembly 4th Degree and was a past Faithful Navigator.  He also belonged to the P.L.A.V. and the St. George Society. Al enjoyed hunting, fishing, but truly treasured his time with his children and his granddaughter.  Surviving is his former wife Rita and their three children, Karen Gruszka; Lena Gruszka; Daniel (Paith) Gruszynski; and his granddaughter, Radia Amber Gruszynski.  Also surviving is his brother, Frank (Billie) Gruszynski; a sister, Germaine Bohn; a sister in-law, Myra Gruszynski; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Richard Gruszynski and a brother in-law, Maynard Bohn.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Hyacinth Church.  Fr. Rick Filary will officiate with burial in Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Friday from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday after 9:00 a.m.  There will be Military Honors conducted by the Bay County Veteran’s Council at 6:30 p.m. Friday followed by a Vigil Service, a Chalice Ceremony and a Bible Presentation by the K of C at 7:00 p.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

James D. Anderson, Sr.

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


James passed away Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Heartland-Hampton, age 93.  He was born August 10, 1923 in Fairgrove, Michigan to the late Dewey and Belle (Dora) Anderson.  He married Norene R. Hebert at St. Joseph Catholic Church on August 10, 1946 and she predeceased him on April 8, 2016.  They shared 69 wonderful years together.  James was a WWII veteran and served his country with the US Army.  He was a life member of the VFW Post 6950 and the Teamsters Local 486 Retiree’s Club.  James retired from Tri City Welding Supplies in 1984.  He enjoyed reading, traveling, camping, NASCAR and his train collection.

James is survived by three children: James (Molly) Anderson, Joseph Anderson and Bonnie (Allan) Bouza, son in-law William Yurcso, nine grandchildren: Laura (Rod Sauseda) Yurcso, Andrew (Diane) Bouza, Ashley (Brent) Reed, Aeric (Jennifer) Bouza, William (Toni) Yurcso, Daniel (Gina) Anderson, Renee (Eric) Plaser, Adrianne (Donald) Firman and Stephanie Yurcso, 21 great grandchildren whom he loved dearly, two sisters Rosella Nietzke and Avon Anderson, two sisters in-law, Judy Anderson and Noreen Anderson, many nephews, nieces and cousins.  James was predeceased by a daughter Gail Anderson-Yurcso, three brothers: Joseph, George and Jerry Anderson, four sisters: Wave (Clifford) Williams, Agnes (Raymond) Foucault, Ione (Kenneth) Williams and Nioka (Jack) Nichols and in-laws: Alfred Nietzke, Leo (Rita) Hebert and Thelma Hopkins.

Cremation has taken place.  The Funeral Mass and Rite of Committal will be celebrated Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Parish-St. Mary’s Church, 607 E. South Union Street, Bay City, 48706.  Fr. Patrick Jankowiak will celebrate Mass.  Private inurnment, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council will be held at Calvary Cemetery on Monday.  Friends may call at the church only on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of Mass.  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Our Lady of Peace Parish Food Pantry.

James, Joseph and Bonnie would like to thank the wonderful neighbors who were always there for our parents, especially Dan Retlewski, Marti Hill, Toni Colton, and Mrs. Ann Todd.  You are all angels and have earned your wings long ago. 

Nancy E. Hankermeyer

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


Nancy E. Hankermeyer passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday April 14, 2017 at Heartland Healthcare Center – Hampton, age 68 years.  She was born on August 9, 1948 in Berwyn, Illinois to the late Elmer H. and Elizabeth J. (Brown) Wungluck.  Nancy married Donald Hankermeyer in Elmhurst, Illinois in 1995 and he preceded her in death in 2002.

Nancy was a retired bookkeeper who enjoyed playing Bingo, doing cross-stitch, putting together jigsaw puzzles and watching the Chicago Cubs.  She would religiously feed the birds outside her home and was particularly fond of her cardinals.

Surviving family members include her daughter Kimberly (Jeffrey) Blankenship and their two sons, Daniel and Timothy.  Nancy is also survived by a sister, Judy Poulos.

Per Nancy’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there are no services planned through Ambrose Funeral Home at this time.


Penny L. Nickle

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan

Penny L. Nickle passed away peacefully the late afternoon of Sunday, April 16, 2017 at New Hope Bay, age 72 years.  She was born on August 28, 1944 and resided in Bay City, Michigan.  Penny is survived by her adopted brother, Paul Nickle, and her most trusted friend and caregiver, Sandy Switzer of Bay City.

Per Penny’s wishes, cremation will take place and there are no services planned through Squires Funeral Home at this time.