Archive for June, 2017

Sandra M. Curtis

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


Sandra passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Carriage House of Bay City after a brief illness, age 67.  The daughter of the late Max and Marion (Gibson) Curtis was born January 12, 1950 and has resided here all her life.  She was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Hyacinth Church and enjoyed needlework and playing computer games.

Sandra is survived by her brother James (Laurel) Curtis; two nieces and one nephew: Jennifer, Shawn and Michelle Curtis, many aunts, uncles, one great nephew and great niece, Ramiro and Mika all of Bay City, many cousins and a special cousin Linda (Sheldon) Sebert who spent many hours offering support and care.  Sandra was predeceased by several aunts and uncles.

Cremation will take place.  Inurnment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery at a later date.

Alexander L. Toyzan, Jr. “Alex”

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Toyzan pic881Bay City, Michigan

Alexander L. Toyzan, Jr. passed away on June 18, 2017 at the age of 93 years.  He was born in Essexville, Michigan on May 13, 1924 to the late Alexander L. and Vonda (Tacey) Toyzan, Sr.  Alex proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force.  During World War II, he fought for his country as a B-29 Topside Gunner.  Following the service, Alex attended Michigan State University under the GI Bill, where he received a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics.    Alex taught Chemistry for 27 years at Saginaw High School and retired from the Saginaw Public School System in 1983.

Alex was a hardworking and compassionate individual.  He was always willing to offer someone a helping hand. He was most passionate about his family, especially his grandchildren and good health was important to him.  He raised his own vegetable garden and often received plenty of exercise as a walker and a runner and participated in several St. Patrick’s Day Races.  Krzysiak’s House Restaurant was his favorite place to dine.  He also worked there on a catering team serving coffee and socializing with guests.

Surviving is his loving wife of 66 years, Mary Jane (Lupo) Toyzan, whom he married August 12, 1950; four sons: Robin Toyzan and Robin’s friend, Deborah Peterson, Scott (Brenda) Toyzan, Gregg Toyzan, Brian (Kristy) Toyzan; daughter: Michele (Brian) Bauer; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with his brothers: Lawrence and Jerry Toyzan.  Besides his parents, Alexander was preceded in death by his sisters: Nancy Toyzan, and Betty Eggum; one brother Gordon Toyzan, and sisters-in-law: Angie, Loraine, and Mary Alice Toyzan.

The family of Alex will receive visitors at Squires Funeral Home on Thursday, June 22 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Interment will be Friday, June 23 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the Bay County Veteran’s Association beginning at 1:00 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be designated for Heartland Hospice.

The family would like to thank Close to Home Assisted Living, Heartland Hospice, and the staff of McLaren Bay Region – 6 West for the kind and compassionate care given to Alex.

John F. Blanchard, Jr.

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan

Blanchard John photo878Mr. Blanchard, age 74 years, passed away peacefully with family by his side the afternoon of June 16, 2017 at Toni and Trish House of Auburn, Michigan.  John was born on July 4, 1942 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late John F. and Beatrice (Rabadue) Blanchard, Sr.  John was a member of the Kawkawlin Community Church and he was a hardworking, independent, determined individual his entire life.  He would frequently watch the big ships and freighters as they came down the Saginaw River.  He was also a woodcarver and hand carved a replica of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which his family cherishes to this day.

Surviving family members include his siblings and their families: Mitchell (Louise) Blanchard, Stewart Blanchard, Daisy (Marty) Sanders; a special niece Kim (Mike) Bilyk; niece and nephews Tami (Brian) Hock and Bill (Fran) Blanchard, Earl Blanchard and special great nieces and great nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

We would like to thank Heartland Rehabilitation Center for all of the care and friendships that were made following his surgery in January.  We would like to thank his special, helpful neighbor Ron, as well as other friends in the neighborhood.

His friend Aprill Blanchard and faithful canine companion, “Princess”, also survive him.  Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister, Beatrice and brother-in-law Harley Shook and his nephews Bud Winchell and Harold Blanchard.

John’s wishes were to be cremated.  There will be a graveside service on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Nancy Rivet will officiate.  Memorial contributions in John’s honor may be made to Toni and Trish House, 4699 11 Mile Rd., Auburn, Michigan 48611

Nicholas A. Pike

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


Nicholas Alexander Pike, age 28, was called home by his Heavenly Father on Friday, June 16, 2017 at his home after a lifelong illness.  He was born March 29, 1989 in Bay City to the late Charlie and Lucille (Zanotti) Pike.  Nicholas is survived by his brother, Charlie (Megan) Pike; two sisters, Teressa (Jason) Gatza, Jessica (Eric) Kubiak; two nieces, Aubrey & Norah; three nephews, Brady, Carter and Deacon.  Also surviving are some very special aunts and uncles; George and Lynne Zanotti who he has resided with since his parents died, Chris and Tom Herek; Judy and Steve Cox; Mitzi and Chris Brown and many other aunts and uncles who have helped out along the way.  Nicholas was predeceased by his twin brothers, Jacob and Jordan.  The family would especially like to thank the caregivers that have been with Nicholas for a great part of his life, Catherine, Denise, Vicky, Chris, Dianne, Luther, Jayne, Kim, Lynn and Karensa. They would also like to thank Dr. Howard Hurt, Dr. Russell Strubel and their entire staff for the wonderful care given to Nicholas over the years.  Also a special thanks to Anderson Pharmacy for all of their help.  Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. from the Squires Funeral Home.  Fr. James G. Heller will officiate with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.   Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are ask to consider family wishes. Lu and Charlie’s wishes were for Nicholas to spend his life at home surrounded by his family and those who cared for him.  Because of that wonderful service and devotion, Lu and Charlie’s wishes came true.

“Love is how you earn your wings”

Betty M. Causley

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


causleyBetty M. Causley age 81, was called Home by her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born January 29, 1936 in Tuscola County to the late Joseph and Helen (Stephen) Drouillard. Betty married Nicholas Causley on December 17, 1955 in Bay City and he survives her. Betty enjoyed crocheting, but most importantly she loved spending time with her family especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving besides her husband Nick, she leaves a daughter and a son-in-law, Katherine (Joseph) Ploechl; five grandchildren, Amanda Blakley; Joseph Ploechl II.; Devon & Nick Causley and their mother, Michelle Martin; Rick (Nicole) Causley; and his mother, Joanne Burns; three great-grandchildren, Alexis & Olivia Blakley; Colton Causley; and a sister, Nancy Westcott. She was predeceased by a son, Richard Causley and three brothers, Bob, Don, and Edward Drouillard. Visitation for Betty will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home with private burial in Oakridge Cemetery at a later date.

Amy Beth Cole-Wachowiak

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

wachowiakamyphoto876Amy Beth Wachowiak-Cole, Holland, MI died on April 22, 2016 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 45.  Amy was born on May 6, 1970 in Bay City, MI to Thomas and Lauretta (Candy) Wachowiak.  Amy worked as a Preschool Teacher up until she became ill.  She loved and enjoyed teaching children, this was her passion in life. Surviving Amy is her son, Jeffrey A. Cole; her parents, Thomas and Lauretta (Candy) Wachowiak of Bay City; Tanya (Donald) Williams of Essexville; Tom II of Bay City; Sara (Paul) Jurek of Bay City; Nieces Alexis and Sophia; Nephew Lucas and several Aunts; Uncles; Cousins and friends.  Amy was predeceased by her grandparents, Joseph (Blanche) Wachowiak and Joseph (Velma) Ward along with several beloved Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:00a.m. at St. Jude of Thaddeus Church in Essexville, MI.  Rev. Dale Orlik will officiate with entombment at St. Patrick’s Mausoleum.  Amy’s family will receive family and friends on Friday morning at church at 10:00a.m. until time of service.  In Lieu of Flowers those planning on expressions of sympathy are asked to consider the American Breast Cancer Foundation or the family wishes.