Archive for July, 2017

Dorothy M. Ford

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


Dorothy M. Ford, age 89, passed away peacefully the afternoon of Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Auburn Heights Senior Care of Auburn, Michigan.  Dorothy was born to the late Francis L. and Anna M. (Cochran) Beaudrie on June 15, 1928 in Sault St. Marie, Michigan.  She was united in marriage to the late Paul L. Ford in St. Mary’s Cathedral of Sault Ste. Marie on June 1, 1949 and he preceded her in death in 1985.

Dorothy worked for many years as the Administrative Assistant to the CEO of Huron Memorial Hospital, Bad Axe.  She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sault St. Marie and later, Sacred Heart Church of Bad Axe.  Throughout life, Dorothy was a well-known and accomplished figure skater.  She was affectionately known as the “Queen of the two Saults” (Ontario and Michigan). At one time, Dottie was invited to join the professional and international skating group, “The Ice Capades.”  Dorothy was also an excellent seamstress, often making her daughter’s clothing.  She was classy and “fashion forward” in her thinking and was always known to dress and look her very best at all times.  Her contagious smile added to her presence. She provided well for her family as a loving and excellent wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She is survived by her loving family: her daughters, Christine Ann (Gary) Mell, and Linda L. Ford.  Also surviving are her grandchildren, Heather Marie Mell (Jason Ur) and Sarah Elise Mell (Kim Jordan); two great grandchildren, Jane (8) and William (6) Ur; a nephew, John and nieces, Diane, Susan, Debbie, Nancy and Kathy.  Dorothy was predeceased by her brother, Tom Beaudrie.

The family would like to, most sincerely, thank her compassionate and sensitive caregivers at Auburn Heights Senior Care Center.

Per Dorothy’s request, cremation has taken place.  No services are planned through Ambrose Funeral Home at this time.  A private Celebration of Dorothy’s life will occur this fall.  Inurnment will be in St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan at a later date.

Florence R. Rasmus

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


Rasmus-photoFlorence R. Rasmus, age 94, was called home by her Heavenly Father on Saturday July 29, 2017 at the Bay Shores Nursing Care Center. She was born August 18, 1922 in Bay City to the late Barney and Rose (Frackowiak) Rasmus. Florence worked at Bay City Chevrolet for many years before retiring. She was a faithful member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Florence truly loved playing bingo and traveling with her sister Alice. Surviving are her cousins, Ray (Nancy) Lesniak; John Lesniak and their entire families. Florence was predeceased by her two sisters and a brother: Dorothy, Alice and Albin Rasmus. Funeral Mass and Committal Service will take place on Wednesday August 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Fr. Rick Filary will officiate with burial in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may call at the church only on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of mass at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider masses for Florence at St. Stanislaus Church.

Fr. James Robert Stajkowski M.S.

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan

stajkowski-photoFr. James Robert Stajkowski M.S. age 70, was called home by his Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Hampton Manor Assisted Living surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 7, 1946 in Bay City to Floyd and Virginia (Marciniak) Stajkowski. Fr. James Stajkowski was a Missionary Priest with Our Lady of LaSalette Order. He entered LaSalette Seminary in Olivet, Illinois in September of 1960. Fr. James attended Junior College in Altamont, NY., Novitiate in Bloomfield, CT. and his First Profession was on July 1, 1967. He studied Philosophy at Merrimack College in MA. and Theology in Rome, Italy. Fr. James Stajkowski was ordained on July 14, 1973. He ministered in Manitoba Canada, Milwaukee WI., Olivet IL. and Twin Lakes WI. He did ministry work in Managascar and India. Fr. Stajkowski served as Surperior General Council in Rome, Italy from 2000 – 2006 and the Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette in Twin Lakes, WI. from 2006 – 2016. Surviving is his mother, Virginia; a sister, Carol Bence; three brothers, Dan (Judy); Rick (Sandy); Tim (Cathy) Stajkowski and many beloved nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Floyd. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Parish – St. Hedwig Church. Fr. Rick Filary will officiate. Friends may call at St. Hedwig Church on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of mass at 11:00 a.m. There will be a mass at Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette followed by burial in St. John’s Cemetery in Twin Lakes, WI. at a later date. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine P.O. Box 777 Twin Lakes, WI.

Donald W. Rogers, DDS

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


     Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region, age 85.  Dr. Rogers was born June 27, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Oliver and Grace (Heidelmeyer) Rogers.  He completed his undergraduate studies in 1955 and then went on to achieve his doctorate in dentistry in 1958 from the University of Detroit.  Dr. Rogers married the love of his life Sally A. Grant-Redden at the Angelica Lutheran Church in Allen Park, Michigan on September 26, 1959 and she survives him.  After Sally and Donald married, he practiced in Detroit from 1959 to 1965.  They then moved away from Detroit and started his own dental practice in Pigeon, Michigan where he worked until his retirement in 2000.  While living in Pigeon he was a member of Cross Lutheran Church until moving to Bay City where they became members of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church.  He was also a member of the Lions Club in Pigeon, the Pigeon Village Council, life member of both the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association.  Dr. Rogers was always known to dress in his best and sharpest clothes, even when he was cutting his grass on his John Deere tractor.  He enjoyed old cars but most importantly he loved and cherished every moment he could with his family.

Surviving besides his wife Sally is one daughter Susan (Gordon) Hoffman, one son Robert (Lori) Rogers, five grandchildren: Kayla (Matthew) Livingston, Brad (fiancée, Christine Demane), Nathan (Kaylee), Nolan (Ryan), and Allie Rogers, one great grandson Landon Livingston, two brothers in-law, Robert (Pamela) Redden and Rick (Nicole) Utykanski, one sister in-law Karen Redden, many nieces and nephews.  Dr. Rogers was predeceased by his son Donald Scott Rogers, one brother Kenneth (Patricia) Rogers, mother and father in-law, Clarice and W. Arthur Redden, one brother in-law James Redden and a sister in-law Jill Utykanski.

The Funeral Service for Dr. Rogers will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 501 S. Catherine Street, Bay City, MI 48706.  Pastor Andreas Teich will officiate and private inurnment will be in Glen Eden Memorial Park at a later date.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Friday from 1:00 to 8:00 pm and at church on Saturday after 10:00 am.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cross Lutheran Church in Pigeon or Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Beverly A. Post

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


     Our beloved mother, grandmother and sister passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Red Oaks AFC home, age 64.  Beverly was born September 4, 1952 in Lincoln, Michigan to the late Jack and Margot (Ford) London.  She enjoyed cooking and loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Surviving are three children: Wayne Post II, Thomas (Penny) Post and Kari Post, their father Wayne Post, a special niece and nephew Beverly treated as one of her own children, Paul Howe and Dawn Revord, six grandchildren: Rylee and Bailey Howard, Trevor Post, Brian Hacker, Logan and Megan Post, one sister Tracy Hoots, four brothers: Mike (Debbie), Tim (Marhea), David and Steve London, several other nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service for Beverly will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Squires Funeral Home.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

Mary Jo Stokoe

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Midland, Michigan

Stokoe pic893Mary Jo Stokoe passed away peacefully the evening of Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Brittany Manor in Midland, Michigan with loving family by her side, age 65 years.  Mary Jo was born in Bay City, Michigan on February 4, 1952 to the late Edward J. and Katherine M. (Schumann) Stokoe.  She graduated from Handy High School in 1970 and was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish – St. Mary’s Church of Bay City.  She was the first Housemother for Litchfield House where she loved working with individuals with disabilities. So kind, loving, and playful was her personality that one time she helped bring Christmas to a family in need.  Another time she planted enough bulbs in a tulip garden so that all the children in her neighborhood could have at least one.  Mary Jo treasured music.  She played the organ and possessed a beautiful singing voice.  She was a member of Handy High School’s Choir while in high school, wrote her own songs, and often sang for weddings.  Left behind to cherish her memory are her sisters, Kay (George) Baranek and Anne (Richard) Watkins; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and an aunt, Mrs. Geraldine Beson.  Besides her parents, Mary Jo was preceded in death by her sister, Janet Louise Reaume.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Parish-St. Mary’s Church.  Fr. Andrew D. Booms will celebrate Mass with interment in Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call at Squires Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and at church on Thursday after 10:00 a.m.  A Parish Vigil Service will be held Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Special Olympics Michigan or Blessed Sacrament Parish.