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Irene J. Gotfryd

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Gotfryd pic671Irene J. Gotfryd, age 84, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday morning, August 25, 2016.  Irene was born on November 18, 1931 to the late John and Victoria Kotz in Pinconning, MI.  She married Carl F. Gotfryd on August 12, 1950, at St. Agnes Church, Pinconning.  She is survived by her daughter, Charmaine (Terry) Gauthier; her son Wayne (Kris) Gotfryd, and youngest daughter, Kathleen (Mark) Ciaciuch.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Irene was predeceased by her husband Carl F. Gotfryd on February 8, 2015, her granddaughter Kelly Gotfryd and her beloved Alaskan Husky, Ginger.  She is also predeceased by one sister and three brothers.  She was hard working and loved the out of doors. Irene was a wonderful homemaker and loved to garden.  In addition to keeping an immaculate house and garden, Irene canned her own produced and made her own jam and jelly.  Together with her husband Carl, they traveled through 49 of the 50 United States, including Canada and Mexico, with three vacations to Alaska, thus bringing home her beloved Ginger on their first trip there.  The Funeral Mass for Irene will be celebrated Monday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Hyacinth Church.  Irene will lie in state at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.  Fr. Rick Filary will preside and interment will follow at Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Visiting hours with Irene’s family will be Sunday, August 28, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.  followed by a Parish Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.  Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the wishes of the family.  Online condolences may be made at:

Patrick J. Donahue

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan

Donahuepic013Patrick J. Donahue passed away Wednesday August 17, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region, age 8o years.  Patrick was born October 20, 1935 in Cleveland, OH to the late Jimmie and Cecelia (Casey) Donahue.  He graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in 1953 and proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1954-1956.  He then married the love of his life, Mary Ann Graveline, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on June 1, 1957.  Patrick was employed by the former Industrial Brownhoist of Bay City and later worked as an Industrial Engineer for Wright-K Technology, Inc. of Saginaw.  He retired in 2001.  Besides his loving wife Mary Ann, left to cherish his memory are his three precious children: Kevin Patrick, Kelly Ann, and Michael Ryan. They were the absolute joy of his life.  Surviving also is his sister Mary Kay (Ray) Gnyp of West Branch and a brother, Terry (Carol) Donahue of Morris, IL.  Also surviving are his sisters-in-law: Lynne Dietz, Judy Smith, and Kim Graveline; brother-in-law: Walt (Roberta) Graveline; a special niece and her husband Linda (Randy) Weaver; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews, along with many friends.  Dear to his heart too, were his friends and staff of Fresenius Kidney Care Bay Area Regional Dialysis Center. Patrick was predeceased by his sister: Patricia Donahue Smith; his in-laws: Robert and Laura Graveline; and brothers-in-law: Tom Graveline, David Dietz, and Richard Smith.  Patrick was a devout member of St. Boniface Church and the Knights of Columbus 414.  He loved to tell stories, golf, and play cards – particularly the game of Poker.  Patrick took an interest in painting later in life.  He was a fan of the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions, but was especially fond of the University of Michigan Football Team.  It was often said of him that he “bleeds maize and blue.”  Patrick was exceptionally proud of his Irish heritage.  In 2010, he was bestowed the honor of being named Honorary Parade Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Patrick also loved a good party.  Each year he and his wife would host their annual St. Patrick’s Day gathering following the parade. The Funeral Mass for Patrick will take place on Friday August, 26 at 11:00 a.m. from All Saints Parish – St. Boniface Church.  Father Jose Maria Cabrera will preside with inurnment in Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation for Patrick will take place at the church on Friday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to B.A.B.H. North Bay Adult Center 1961 E. Parish Rd, Kawkawlin MI, 48631

Paul Brunner

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


     Mr. Brunner passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Hampton Manor Assisted Living in Essexville, age 85.  He was born February 12, 1931 in Bay City to the late David and Mary (Shriner) Brunner.  Paul married Shirley A. Rosin in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on August 1, 1964 and she predeceased him on February 24, 2011.  He was a veteran and served his country with the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  Paul retired from Saginaw Grey Iron and was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Surviving is a daughter Kerri (Ken) Forfinski and a son Jeffrey Sauve, three grandchildren: Corey (Carrie) Forfinski, Nicholas Forfinski and Travis (Mandy) Forfinski, five grandchildren: Clayton, Colton, Madison, Garrett and Hudson, one sister in-law Pat Brunner and many nieces and nephews.

Per Paul’s request, cremation has taken place.  Private services will be held at a later date at Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Elizabeth J. Reetz

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


     Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and friend to all who knew her passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 at McLaren Bay Region, age 90.  She was born August 1, 1926 in Bay City to the late Aloysius and Elizabeth (Pfahhausen) Maus.  Elizabeth married Donald W. Reetz on July 3, 1948 and he predeceased her on September 1, 1992.  She was a lifelong member of All Saints Parish-St. Boniface Church and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are seven children: Helen (Terry) Sisson, Bill (Penny) Reetz, Bob (Nigora) Reetz, Karen Reetz, Diane Reetz, Amy Rosenquist and Donna Reetz, eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and one great great grandson.  Elizabeth was predeceased by a daughter Joanne Reetz, one son in-law, Donald Rosenquist and a sister Mary Helen Maus.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:00 am at All Saints Parish-St. Boniface Church.  Fr. Jose Cabrera will celebrate Mass and private inurnment will be at a later date in Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of Mass.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family wishes.”

Katherine E. “Kay” Przygocki

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


Katherine E. “Kay” Przygocki was peacefully called Home to be with her Lord on Friday August, 5, 2016 at the age of 96.  Katherine was born on March 10, 1920 to the late Albert and Catherine (Kusion) Galus.  She married Louis F. Przygocki and he predeceased her on June 26, 1987.  Katherine was a devout member of All Saints Parish – St. James Church and was a past member of the Legion of Mary and a former volunteer for the Volunteer Action Center of Bay City.  Katherine was a Beautician and owner of a beauty shop for many years and also worked for the former Oppenheim’s Department Store as Manager of Women’s Sports Wear. Left to cherish her memory are her children Daniel Przygocki, Ronald Przygocki, Barbara (Rick) Rybak, Mary (Jim) Reed, and Joan (Mike) Bouza; her grandchildren Daniel, Brian, Michelle (Jim), Scott (Meaghan), Patrick, Shaun (Andrea), Anthony (Katie), Carrie, Robert (Erin), Danielle, Addison, and eight great-grandchildren Joshua, Megan, Brooke, Casey, Logan, Annabelle, Graysen, and Dylan.  She is also survived by a brother-in-law Joe Przygocki, and sisters-in-law Sr. Jane Przygocki, Dorothy Przygocki, Janice Galus, and Elaine Hogan. Katherine was predeceased by her daughter-in-law Molly, her granddaughter Cathi, and several brothers and sisters.  The Funeral Mass for Katherine will take place on Tuesday August, 9 at 11:00 a.m. from All Saints Parish – St. James Church.  Fr. Jose Maria Cabrera will preside with burial immediately following in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Visitation for Katherine will take place at the church on Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.  The family of Katherine would like to especially thank the East South Wing staff of the Carriage House for their loving and compassionate care of their mother.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider All Saints Parish or McLaren Hospice.

Michael Lee Klass

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Bay City, Michigan


Our beloved brother, uncle, nephew, teacher and friend, age 63, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016.  Mike was born October 9, 1952 in Bay City to the late Fred and Maxine (Pat Andrzejewski) Klass.  He was a retired band teacher from Clio Public Schools and also taught at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, St. Peter and Paul High School in Saginaw and Arenac Eastern Schools. Mike received his M.A. in music from Michigan State University, marched in the Michigan State University Marching Band, was past president of the MSU Marching Band Alumni Association and loved anything green. For over 35 years Mike played tuba for the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band and also entertained tailgaters before football games with the MSU Strolling Spartans.  Mike was passionate about many things, but music and the MSU Spartans were at the top of his list.  Mike’s intelligence, wit, and political banter entertained and charmed everyone he knew.  His love of magic, golf, and comic books were just some of his many interests. He touched the lives of coworkers, students, friends, and family.  Mike was greatly loved and will be missed by many.

Mike is survived by his siblings: Jim (Melanie) Minch-Klass, John (Colleen) Klass and Judy (Tom) Francis; nieces and nephews: Lara (Matt) Hamm, Kyle (Katie) Klass, Bevin Francis (fiance, Patrick David), Emily Francis, Bridget Klass and Eric Klass; great niece Lucy Hamm and great nephew Bennett Hamm.  He is also survived by many good friends, former students, and relatives, especially Jim and Ann Griffiths and a special aunt, Ethel Flanagan.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Hyacinth Church.  Fr. Rick Filary will celebrate Mass and private inurnment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Spartan Alumni Marching Band.

A mediocre music teacher tells. A good music teacher explains.  A superior music teacher demonstrates.  A great music teacher inspires.” By William Arthur Ward.  Mike was truly a great and inspirational music teacher.