Archive for the ‘Ambrose Obituaries’ Category

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.

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.


Brandon M. Green

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan

Green Obit Brandon M. Green, age 19, of Bay City, Michigan died unexpectedly the morning of Thursday, April 13, 2017.  Brandon was born on May 16, 1997, to his parents Loretta and the late Jack Green in Saginaw, Michigan.  He grew up in Essexville with his older brother Sean and his younger sister Jordan.  Brandon attended Essexville-Hampton Public Schools and graduated from Garber High School in 2015.

Brandon was athletic.  He played football first as a Panther, then a Jaguar, and then later as a Garber Duke all through high school, playing defensive end and offensive tackle. He threw shot put and discus on the Track and Field Team and was a long distance swimmer on Garber’s Swim Team for three years.

He also had a dramatic flair and love of music.  He began playing the alto saxophone in Sixth Grade Band, and later switched to Bari Sax, which he played in Jazz Trane, Marching, Concert, and Symphonic Bands until he graduated.  He sang with the Garber Guys and appeared in two Garber Broadway Musicals.  Brandon was the puppeteer for Audrey 2 in Little Shop of Horrors and Thelonious in Shrek: The Musical.

Brandon enjoyed fishing, hunting, and never ate anything healthy despite the requests of his loving mother.  His family cherishes the time spent together at their family cabin in Rose City, and camping in East Tawas.  Many was a Sunday Brandon spent watching The Walking Dead with his loved ones.

Brandon had a good sense of humor and liked to joke with others.  Those who knew him considered him to be a happy person.  He knew how to have a good time, especially when hanging out with his closest friends in the parking lot of Taco Bell.  There was a thoughtful, loving and considerate side to Brandon as well.  He always knew just what to do to help his grandmother Eileen with chores around her home.  He was loved and will be missed by his friends and family as evidenced by the outpouring of love and support on his Facebook page.

Brandon is survived by his mother, Loretta; brother, Sean and friend Carly Kozak; sister, Jordan; grandparents, Eileen Prabucki and Mike (Candy) Green, and several aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles, and great-great aunts and uncles.

Besides his father Jack, Brandon is preceded in death by his grandfather, Mike Prabucki; grandmother, Martha Green; and great aunt, Wanda Leja.

A Celebration of Brandon’s Life will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Ambrose Funeral Home, 1200 Garfield Ave., Bay City, MI  48708 with Pastor Eric Stone presiding.  Visitation with Brandon’s family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and one hour before the service on Thursday.  Private interment will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Brandon’s family requests that those in attendance wear camouflage in his honor.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed towards the wishes of the family.

“I’ll Love You Forever.  I’ll Like You for Always.  As Long as I’m Living, My Baby You’ll Be.” – Robert Munsch (Love You Forever)

Dolores E. Sochacki

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Bay City, Michigan


sochacki-dolores photoDolores passed away peacefully on Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Bay Shores Nursing Center at the age of 88.  She was born October 21, 1928 in Bay City to the late Harry and Eugenia (Kasper) Lewis.  Dolores enjoyed playing bingo, cards, listening to music but most importantly loved spending time with her family.  Surviving are five children, Mary (Gary) Pfundt; Dan Sochacki (Elizabeth); Linda (Larry) James; Rick (Melissa) Sochacki; Tammy (Terry) Ford; fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are two brothers, Harry Lewis; Tom (Janet) Lewis; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two children, Bill and Jimmy; two sisters, Barbara (Ed) Wachowski; Jeanette (Bud) McShane; and a sister in-law, Nancy Lewis.  Funeral Service for Dolores will take place on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. from the Ambrose Funeral Home.  Fr. Bert Gohm will officiate.  Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Monday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 6:00 p.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Kenneth Richard VanTol

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Essexville, Michigan


VanTol Ken pic843Ken passed away unexpectedly Thursday evening, April 6, 2017 at his home, at the age of 70.  He was born January 15, 1947 in Essexville to the late Francis and Pearl (Smith) VanTol.  Ken married his high school sweetheart, the former Linda M. Anderson, on August 5, 1967 in St. John the Evangelist Church, and she survives him.  He was proud to serve his country during the Vietnam Era. Ken graduated from GMI with an Engineering Degree and went on to work at the Grey Iron Foundry for 37 years before retiring in 2002.  He was a member of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish – St. John the Evangelist Church, the F.O.E and the F.O.P.  Ken enjoyed substitute teaching for the Essexville-Hampton School District along with camping, fishing, taking road trips with his buddies and he loved listening to good old country music.  He truly treasured the times watching all of his children’s and grandchildren’s many activities, from sporting events to school plays, and so much more.  Ken always took the other side in arguments, simply because it was fun.  He was a kind, patient, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.  Ken took great pride in helping others and volunteering for community and school events. According to Ken, life was always “just peachy”.  Surviving along with his loving wife, Linda, are three children: Kenneth “Rich” (Yvonne) VanTol; their children, Taylor, Miya, Natelle & Emma; Marnie (Randy) Nelson; their children, Ty, Anna & Lili; Tammy (Gary) Weier; and their daughter, Tori.  Also surviving are three brothers and two sisters, Ronald (Tracey) VanTol; Gerald (Sally) VanTol; Shirley Shimmel; William (Mary) VanTol; Nancy (Mike) Britko; and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother in-law and father in-law, James A. and Anna May Anderson; two brothers in-law, Terry Shimmel; James R. and Eileen Anderson; and a sister in-law, Sandra L. Anderson.  A celebration of Ken’s life will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Hampton Twp. Hall (801 W. Center Rd. Essexville, MI. 48732).  At the family’s request, please wear casual attire.  In lieu of flowers, Ken’s wishes would be to give your loved ones a hug and a kiss and pay it forward.