Archive for the ‘Squires Obituaries’ Category

Archie Vincent Wiedyk

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Wiedyk-photo051Archie V. Wiedyk age 84 was called home to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center – Hospice of Battle Creek.  He was born July 4, 1930 in Essexville, Michigan to the late William and Lomeda (LaForest) Wiedyk.  Archie married the former Irene Leonard December 26, 1951 in St. James Catholic Church.  She predeceased him April 4, 2009.  He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and retired from Morley Brothers as a truck driver after many years of service.  Archie was a former member of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish – St. Vincent DePaul Church and belonged to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America.  Archie enjoyed fishing and being “captain” of his boat.  He also was known to enjoy a good ice cream cone and a coca-cola.


Surviving are two children; Arthur V. Wiedyk, Julie (Sandy) Backos, five grandchildren; Heather (Michael) Kellogg, Bryan (Rachel) Wiedyk, Matthew (Arika) Nicol, Donald (Elizabeth) Backos, Emily (Scott) Moorhead, fourteen great-grandchildren, one brother, Norman (Irene) Wiedyk and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by three brothers and a sister.


A Memorial Service will take place Friday, November 28, 2014 at 12 noon from the Squires Funeral Home.  Nancy Rivet will officiate with inurnment in Calvary Cemetery under the auspices of the Bay County Veteran’s Council.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Bay County Veteran’s Council.

Howard E. Sprung

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Bay City, Michigan


Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him went home to be with Jesus his Lord and Savior Friday, November 14, 2014 at McLaren Bay Region, age 78.  Howard was born December 26, 1935 in Bentley, Michigan to the late Lawrence and Rita (Johnson) Sprung.  While Howard was in the US Army stationed in Germany he met the love of his life, Hedwig “Heidi” Wietschorke.  He asked her hand in marriage and on November 8, 1960 they began their blessed unity together.  Just celebrating their 54th anniversary.  Howard was a welder by trade and was employed with Valley Welding for ten years and later retired from Steering Gear after 21 years of dedicated service.  He was a member of North Euclid Church of God and enjoyed hunting, wood working and the outdoors.  He was a very skilled and talented man and often used these talents to repair cars or fix things.

Howard was loved by many and will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Heidi and their four children: Tina Winchell-Martin, Gene, Robert and Cindy Sprung.  Also surviving are two grandchildren, Louie (Heather) Winchell and Kari Winchell, three great grandchildren and one on the way, Damian, Taylor and Gabby, one sister, Marjorie Goodroe, many nieces and nephews.  Howard was predeceased by a brother, Larry (Norinne) Sprung and a brother in-law, Jack Goodroe.

The Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:00am at North Euclid Church of God.  Pastor Brad Windlan will officiate and interment will follow in Floral Gardens Cemetery, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Monday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Tuesday after 10:00am.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Wounded Warriors Program.

Phyllis A. Szilagyi

Friday, October 31st, 2014

szilagyi-photo047Phyllis A. Szilagyi age 96 years was called home by her Lord on Friday, October 31, 2014 at Huron Woods Nursing Home.  She was born October 2, 1918 in Kawkawlin to the late Raymond and Mabel (LaClair) Lauria.  She married Ernie Szilagyi and he predeceased her in March of 1991.  Phyllis had a business called Music Acres and taught music for many years at her home.  She like to crotchet and loved spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  Phyllis was a very loving mother and was devoted to the special care of her son Roger.  She was a member of Fraser Road Church of God.


Surviving are four children; Jean (Roger) Jayo, Erna Hogan, Jim (Carol) Szilagyi, Dianne (Rick) Long, seventeen grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.  Also surviving is one sister, Delma Charbonneau, a step-sister, Mary (John) Mazer and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Roger Szilagyi, a son in-law, Rod Hogan, one great-grandson, a step-mother, Augusta Lauria, four sisters and four brothers.


Funeral Service will take place Monday November 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from the Fraser Road Church of God.  Pastor Rick Webb and Pastor Jerry Johnston will officiate with private burial in Heavenly Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday after 10:00 a.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Carolyn E. LaPan

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

LaPan=photoCarolyn E. LePan age 74 was called home by her Lord on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at McLaren Bay Region surrounded by her family.  She was born October 2, 1940 in Bay City to the late Gustave and Elmira (Chase) Bakus.  She married Peter E. LePan and he predeceased her in 1986.  Carol enjoyed scrap booking, decorating for the holidays but most of all spending time with family and friends.


Surviving are two sons; Charles D. and Dennis LaPan, four grandchildren; Joshua, Felicia, Katrina, Dennis Jr. LaPan, several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two daughters; Debra and Gloria LaPan and one sister, Gloria Court.


Funeral Service will take place Thursday October 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor Jodie Ellis will officiate.   Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Paul L. Brissette

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Brissette, Paul L.

Bay City, Michigan


brissette-customphotonewspaper038Long time Bay City resident, Paul L. Brissette, 81, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014 in comfort and peace at Sheffield Bay Assisted Living.  He was surrounded with love of family and friends.  Paul was born on February 11, 1933, the son of the late Paul H. and Johanna (Kusmierz) Brissette.

Paul married JoAnn H. Petoskey on July 14, 1956 and together they had six children; Kimberly Brissette (Amy Rushman), Melissa (Mark) Dwyer, Paul (Lori) Brissette, Heidi (Craig) Kokaly, Fred (Anne) Brissette and Heather (John) Jatczak.  Joann predeceased him in March of 1976.  Paul then married Rosemary Dean on October 25, 1977 and became stepfather to Linda Divo (David Aumann), Alan Divo, Andy (Angie) Divo and Jackie (Rusty) Bissonette.   Rosemary predeceased him in February of 2010.  In addition to his children, he is survived by and will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Megan, Sara and Matthew Dwyer; Zachary and Lindsey Brissette and Lauren (Justin) Greenfield;  Isaac and Jacob Kokaly; Kendrick, Kyle and JoAnn Brissette; Hayden and Olivia Jatczak; Eric Divo; Adam, Zach and Andrew Divo and Rebecca Bissonette.  Great-grandaughter Ava Divo.

Paul is survived by a sister, Lois (James) Berthiaume and a brother Ralph (Shirley) Brissette.  He is predeceased by a brother James (Suzanne) Brissette.

Paul was the owner of Brissette’s 6-12 Inc. which has been family owned and operated for more than four generations.

Paul served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956 where he ranked Airman 1st class as well as served in the Army Reserve.  Service to his country and his community was something Paul held in high regard.  This was evident by his commitment and many years serving as a Bay County Commissioner for the Democratic Party, MBS Airport Commission, Waste Water Treatment Commission and his Bay Metro Board membership where Paul was the recipient of the Governors’ Award.   Paul was also a member of the Bay City Lions Club, Knights of Columbus Council 414 and the Fraternal Order of Police.   Paul was also instrumental in the development and building of the Bay County Ice Arena.

Paul enjoyed spending time with family and friends and especially enjoyed supporting his beloved Fighting Irish and Detroit Redwings.  He was also an avid fisherman, hunter and pilot.  His kindness and generosity toward others, sense of humor and original one-liners will be missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the care givers of Harmony Hall at Sheffield Bay who took wonderful care of Paul, giving him continuous care and love.   The family would also like to extend a thank you to the care givers of Americans Hospice Care.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. from Our Lady of Peace Parish – St. Mary’s Church.  Concelebrating the Mass will be Fr. Patrick Jankowiak and Fr. Steve Gavit followed by Military Honors by the Bay County Veteran’s Council.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Monday from 2 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday after 9:00 a.m.  There will be a parish vigil service for Paul at 7:00 p.m. Monday. Those planning and expression of sympathy are asked to consider Our Lady of Peace Parish or The Boy and Girls Club of Bay County.

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Kris Ray Finkbeiner

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

finkbeiner-photoKris Ray Finkbeiner age 44 was born November 27, 1969 in Bay City to Larry and Nancy Finkbeiner.

Surviving are two sons; Kolin and Chase Finkbeiner, a sister, Kelly (Eric) Everson and three nephews; Kendall, Cole, Carson and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Kris was an outdoorsmen who loved to hunt and fish.  He was predeceased by his grandparents, Irvin and Myrtle Finkbeiner and was united in the hands of his grandma, Frieda on October 20, 2014.

A private funeral service took place.  Deacon Mike Arnold officiated.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.