Archive for the ‘Squires Obituaries’ Category

Donald Alton Bowman

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

bowman-photo bct787Don A. Bowman passed away peacefully with his son by his side on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Bay Valley House Assisted Living at the age of 88.  He was born July 20, 1926 in Fenton, Michigan to the late Cecil C. and Cora J. (Pillin) Bowman.  Don married the love of his life the former Vivian J. Holbrook February 3, 1950.  She predeceased him July 16, 2000.  Don spent over 60 years in the Insurance Business as an Agent before retiring from the MCI Insurance Company.  He was a member and Past President of the Bay City Lions Club, a member of the B.P.O.E. # 88, The K of C Council #414 and the MSU Alumni Club since 1949.  Don truly enjoyed all the card games he played with his Lion friends over the years and the times he spent going to the casinos.  He was an avid golfer and bowler.  Don was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish- St. Vincent DePaul Church.  Surviving is one son and a daughter in-law, Donald “Chip” (Lorena) Bowman, one sister, Gloria (Bernie) Frazee, four sister’s in-law; Carol (James) DeLong, Betty Holbrook, Rosemary Bowman, Connie (Larry) Sonnebend and his fiancé and special friend, Joyce Cook.  He was predeceased by a brother and sister, Dean Bowman, Joyce Morgan, two brother’s in-law; Ray and Kenny Holbrook and his two pets, Satchmo and Champ.   The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Bay Valley House Assisted Living for the wonderful care given to Don the past couple of years.  They would also like to thank Americans Home Health and Hospice Care especially Kathy and Denise for their compassionate care.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Catherine of Siena Parish – St. Vincent DePaul Church.  Fr. John Sarge and Sr. Virginia Scally, SNDdeN will preside over the Funeral Rites.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home onWednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Thursday after 9:00 a.m.  Members of the Bay City Lions Club will have Lion’s Memorial Service at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Bay City Lions Club, Bay County Humane Society or St. Catherine of Siena Parish.www.squiresfuneralchapel.com

 

Barbara J. Cojeen

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Essexville, Michigan

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Barbara passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at The Carriage House of Bay City, age 84.  She was born September 16, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to the late Elijah W. and Rosa (Webb) Brooks.  Barbara married John D. Cojeen, Sr. in 1952 and he predeceased her.  She was blessed with a beautiful singing voice starting back when she was at Flint Northern High School and North Baptist Church.  Barbara also sang for several weddings and modeled in her earlier years.  She worked at Michigan Bell, Bay Medical Care Facility and later provided home care to many family members and people in need.  Barbara enjoyed cooking, traveling, singing and helping others anytime she could.  She loved spending time with her children and her entire family.  Everyone was welcome and she took care of you like you were her own.  “Mom, we would like to thank you for your strong work ethics and teaching us it is always right to care for and give to others.”

Surviving are three children: Doug (Julie) Cojeen, Pam (Bob) Burke and Bruce (Bridgit) Cojeen, nine grandchildren: Jeff (Jen) Cojeen, Andy (Liz) Cojeen, Sara Cojeen, whom Barbara raised from infancy as her own daughter, Hannah, Carson and Harper Burke, Broderick, Brenna and Brooke Cojeen, two great grandchildren, Chloe and Colton Cojeen and one brother, Jay (Dolores) Brooks.  Barbara was predeceased by a son, Kevin (Sheba) Cojeen, four brothers: John, William, Bernie and Richard Brooks and two sisters, Virginia Shelley and Marge Kitcher.

Per Barbara’s request, cremation has taken place.  No services will be held at the Squires Funeral Home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to a College Scholarship Fund for Sara Cojeen in care of the family.

Barbara’s family would like to thank Dr. Sutton for her professionalism and all the staff at the Carriage House West North Wing for their kind and compassionate care they gave her and her entire family. 

Susan A. Bennett

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Bay City, Michigan

 

Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister passed away Friday, February 20, 2015 at her residence, age 60.  The daughter of Ronald A. and Arlene L. (Heatley) Miller she was born on September 23, 1954 in Bay City and has resided here most of her life.  Susan married Stephen E. Bennett in Saginaw on March 23, 1979 and he survives her.  She enjoyed camping and loved taking care of her grandchildren who were one of the most important gifts in her life.

Surviving is her husband, Stephen, two daughters, Elissa (Rollie) Paeth and Stefanie (Ryan) Shephard, five grandchildren: Luke and Alicen Paeth, Bennett, Landen and Sydnie Shephard, her mother, Arlene Miller, one brother, Steven A. Miller, one sister, Sheila (Victor) Shorkey, two nieces and three nephews.  Susan was predeceased by her father Ronald A. (Wenona) Miller, grandmother, Alice Heatley.

The Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Squires Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Floral Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and Wednesday after 12:00 noon. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to McLaren Hospice.  www.squiresfuneralhome.com

Carolyn A. Gilbert “Sis”

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

gilbert-new pictureCarolyn A. Gilbert, age 70, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born October 11, 1944 in Freeland, Michigan to the late Joseph and Veronica (Poirer) LaLone.  She married Francis (Frank) Gilbert Sr. August 31, 1960.  He predeceased her November 30, 2009.  Carolyn along with her husband owned and operated Franks Auto Parts for many years before retiring.  She enjoyed playing cards, dice, puzzles and bingo.

 

Surviving are four children; Frank (Cindy) Gilbert, George Gilbert, Linda (Gary) Bluer, Veronica (Dale) Gilbert, her grandchildren; Melissa (Dave) Cramer, Jose Gilbert, Jody Smith, JR (Jenni) Smith, Shaun (Emily) Smith, Kayla (Ben) Smith, Kristen Bluer, Matthew Bluer, Misty (Zack) Gilbert, David (Tabatha) Gilbert, Brian Gilbert, Jason Gilbert, Anthony Gilbert, Amy (Troy) Tippett, Sarah Gilbert and 32 great – grandchildren.  Also surviving are six sisters; June Thompson, Dixie LaLone, Pat Brandt, Marj Chamberlain, Sharon (Paul) Vinson, Kitty (Dan) Frank, one brother, Butch (JoAnn) LaLone and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son, Robert Gilbert, a grandson, Todd Gilbert, two great – grandchildren; Shannon Gilbert, Mason Smith, three brothers; Bud, Rod, Ted LaLone and one sister, Beverly Wagner.

 

The family would like to thank Carolyn’s two granddaughters, Jody Smith and Melissa Cramer for the wonderful care given to their grandmother.

 

Funeral and Committal service will take place Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home.  Linda Studniarz will officiate.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

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Mary Brown “Coonan”

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Brown, Mary  “Coonan”

Bay City, Michigan

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Mary Brown was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 13, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family, she was 53.  She was born February 10, 1962 in Bay City.  Mary married Michael Brown July 31, 1981 and he survives her.  Mary was a Cosmetologist for many years and especially enjoyed working at Savvy Hair Salon.  She was an avid shoe collector, enjoyed making jewelry, a gifted seamstress and loved gardening.  Mary took great pride in terrorizing her family with practical jokes.  She will always be remembered for her special talents and gifts that she shared with the less fortunate.  Surviving besides her husband Michael she leaves two sons; Vincent and Anthony Brown, her parents, James and Geraldine (Nowak) Coonan and her mother in-law and father in-law, Clyde and Dolores Brown.  Also surviving are two sisters and a brother; Connie (Jim) Meier, Sandy Coonan, Brian (Lindsay) Coonan and many special nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a brother, Doug Coonan.  A special thanks to Carol at hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care she gave to Mary.  A Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass will take place Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until time of service.  In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider “Family Wishes” towards the Education Fund for Vincent and Anthony Brown.

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Jane Calhoun

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

calhoun-photo786Jane Calhoun, age 65, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at her home.  She was born November 15, 1949 in Gainesville, Texas to the late Erdice and Lahoma (Raper) Amend.   Jane married James D. Calhoun November 23, 1968 and he survives her.  She was a school teacher and later became an Elementary School Principal for various schools before retiring.  Jane enjoyed decorating for all of the holidays, going camping, boating and spending time at the casino.  She truly had a passion for inspiring and making a difference for children at school.  Jane was blessed with five grandchildren who she dearly loved and enjoyed being a part of their lives.

 

Surviving besides her husband Jim, she leaves three children; Judy (Bob) DeCorte, Betty Jo Aardema & Steve Parcell, James D. Calhoun II., five grandchildren; Austin Aardema, Tyler Calhoun, Callie, Jackson and Makenzie DeCorte.  Also surviving are two sisters and a brother; Sharon (Bob) Brayden, her twin sister, Judy Thompson, Bill Amend and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral and committal service will take place Saturday February 14, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home.  Patti Little will officiate.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Essexville Hampton School District.

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