Althea J. Jonas (Wachowiak)

Bay City, Michigan


Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to everyone who knew her passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region, age 87. Althea was born January 4, 1930 in Bay City, MI to the late Stanley and Jane (Poszluszny)  Wachowiak. She married Edward Robert “Bob” Jonas, Jr in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on October 25, 1952 and he predeceased her on November 22, 2014. She was a member of All Saints Parish-St. James Church and loved to cook, bake and check out the occasional garage sale. Althea will always be remembered for her wisdom, strong work ethic and extending a helping hand to not only family and friends but strangers as well. She enjoyed taking care of people and often knew she would have the solution to various situations that would arise in their lives.

Surviving are four children: Mark (Deb) Jonas, Dennis (Kathy) Jonas, Greg (Pam) Jonas and Lynn (Jeff) Clark, ten grandchildren: Caleb, Faith, Heidi, Ashley, Heather, Nicole, Grant, Katie, Megan and Britini, many great grandchildren, one brother in-law John Jonas, three sisters in-law: Cheryl Wachowiak, Wink Jonas and Rosemary Jonas and Althea’s faithful companion, her dog Sassy. Althea was predeceased by one sister Madelyn VanTol and a brother Robert Wachowiak.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 14, 2017 at 11:00 am at All Saints Parish-St. James Church. Fr. Jose Maria Cabrera will celebrate Mass. Private inurnment will be at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan with her husband Bob. Friends may call at the church only on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project or Right To Life of Bay County. 

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  • Katie Pollack

    It’s incredible the impact you have made on your family, friends and community. You made every day brighter and every conversation one to remember. I have so many wonderful memories with you and grandpa that I will cherish forever. I am so honored to have had you as a grandmother and very blessed that you were able to get to know my own son. Not many people are around long enough to meet their Great-Grandchildren and be as with it as you. I’m glad you were able to share some special moments with him. I always felt like you were one of my best friends and I don’t know what I’ll do without you. Tuesdays at 5 will never be the same. I love you Grandma. You’ll never know how much I’m going to miss you.

  • Karen Lynch

    As you make your way to your final resting place , at the side of family members in Heaven. May the journey be a peaceful one. You will be welcome with open arms from many members of your extended family on the McFarland side. May God be with you , as he welcomes you home. Karen Belger Lynch.

  • Patti Little

    I had the pleasure and honor to get to know Althea and Bob while Bob was a patient at Heartland. She was such a beautiful person inside and out and was always bringing us special treats. I would run into her at Kroger’s a lot and she was always a pleasure to visit with. She will truly be missed. Rest in heaven Althea. You were an angel on earth!!!

  • Michael & Susan Jonas

    Our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Aunt Althea! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Lynn Clark

    Mom, words cannot express how much we will all miss you. I know you are with dad now and that is where you want to be. One day we will all join the both of you. Sassy is following Megan everywhere. We will watch over her and take care of her. As dad would say “All my Love”.

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