Archive for the ‘Squires Obituaries’ Category

Dale F. McShane

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Bay City, Michigan


Dale went home to be with his Lord Sunday, January 19, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer, age 78.  He was born May 7, 1935 in Bay City to the late James O. and Helen G. (Aspen) McShane.  Dale lived the majority of his younger years in the Unionville Area and graduated from Unionville High School as well.  He married Sharron L. Bishop-Englund on January 29, 1988 and she survives him.  He was a veteran and served his country with the US Army.  Dale retired in 1993 from General Motors-Saginaw Division after 39 years of dedicated service and was a member of the Bay Area Sno-Drifters since 1971.  He enjoyed snowmobiling, golf in his later years, fishing and hunting at his cabin in Hulbert, MI. Dale loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife, Sharron are three children: Craig (Debi), Dan (Becki) and Cari McShane, three step-children: Carl Englund, Marsha (Dern) Gilbert and Kurt (Kathy) Englund, seven grandchildren: Steven and Jessica McShane, Adam and Seth McShane, Lindsay Jo, Gregory and Anthony Madaj, four step-grandchildren: Kevin and Jeffrey Gilbert, Jacob and Makenna Englund, six great grandchildren, one sister, Darlene Rowell, one brother in-law, Terry (girlfriend, Wanda) Bishop and three sister in-laws: Peggy McShane, Ruth McShane and Julie Villanueva.  Dale was predeceased by three brothers: Wendell “Sonny”, Burrell “Budd” (Janette) and Jack McShane.

Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service and military honors, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council will be held Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate.  Private inurnment will be at a later date at Elm Lawn Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Geoffrey C. Gulliford

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Our precious little angel was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Covenant HealthCare-Harrison age five months.  He was born August 9, 2013 to the parents of T.Gregory Gulliford and Jillann Robichau.  Also surviving are his grandparents, Bob and Suzanne Steimel, great-grandmother, Frances Archey and several aunts and uncles.


Funeral Service will take place Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. from the Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor David Dunn of Kawkawlin Community Church will officiate.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 1:00 P.M. until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Daryl K. Young Sr.

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014


Daryl K. Young Sr. passed away at his home with his family by his side on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 age 90 years.  He was born December 14, 1923 in Bay City to the late Nelson and Myrtle (Bishop) Young.  Daryl married the former Joan K. Kuhn February 14, 1947 in St. James Church.  She predeceased him June 7, 1992.  Mr. Young served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII.  Daryl was former owner and operator of Youngs Food Express in Bay City and the West Wood Food Center of Higgins Lake.  He also was the owner and Agent of Total Realty.

Surviving are five children; Nelson (Alice) Young, Daryl K. Young Jr., Kuhn C. Young, Julianne (Ken) Bailey, Patrice Kasper, five grandchildren; Benjamin Young, Amelia (Jim) Majchrzak, Thomas Cody Kasper, Daryl K. Young III., Gabriel Young and a great-granddaughter, Emily Majchrzak. Also surviving is three sisters in-law; Marjorie MacKenzie, Maureen Foucault, Patricia Thomas and a very dear friend, Mary Bouldin.  He was predeceased by three sisters; Janice VanTiem, Louann Dean and Patricia Bowsher.

The family would like to thank Jim Knight, P.A. for the wonderful care he gave to our father.

A Prayer Service for Daryl will take place Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at Squires Funeral Home.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Saturday from 2:00 – 6:30 P.M.  A private burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Bay County Public Library or Bay County Humane Society.

Doris Marie Belger (McFarland)

Saturday, January 4th, 2014













BELGER (McFarland), Doris Marie of Bay City, Michigan. Mrs. Belger, age 95, passed away early in the morning on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Sterling House of Midland with loving family members by her side. The daughter of the late Asa J. and Lucy (Begin) McFarland was born January 21, 1918 in Bay City where she was raised and educated. She married Earl E. (Bud) Belger on August 29, 1942 in St. Mary’s Church, and after 63 years of marriage, he predeceased her in July 2005. She was preceded in death by sons, Daniel and Walter, and is survived by her seven children: Jean, Gary, Donna (Martin) Wissmueller, Thomas, Linda (Joe) Prieto, Karen (Gerald) Lynch, Susan (Matt) Jahr; eight grandchildren: Cynthia (Glen) Logan, Risa, Loria (Jeff) Ward, Eric (Megan) Wissmueller, Lorenzo Prieto, Kayla Prieto, Bridget Lynch and Lucas Prieto; seven great-grandchildren: Victor, Charlie and Henry Logan; Lydia and Elizabeth Ward; Atticus and Laurelyne Wissmueller; three sisters-in-law: Mary (Donald) McFarland, Elaine (Ambrose) McFarland and Leeann (Bob) Belger; and several nieces and nephews. Doris had been the last surviving sibling in her family. She was predeceased by Florence (Edward) Jonas, Helen, Ruth, Russell (Peg), Ambrose (Elaine), Martin (Eleanor), Donald (Mary), Robert, Catherine and Monica (Lloyd) LeFevre.

Doris had been among the last surviving members of the graduating class of 1936 at Bay City St. Mary’s High School. The class has kept in touch throughout the years. In 1986, when they celebrated their 50th reunion at Rivertown restaurant, Dolly (Brady) Sullivan and Doris co-chaired the event. Doris was secretary of the senior class and salutatorian. She had fond memories of Principal Sister Mary Lucille, who later became the Mother of Mercy House.

After Doris graduated from high school, she attended Bay City Junior College, located then on the third floor of Central High School. At BCJC, she served as class secretary and worked for Dean Butterfield. She designed the cover for the class’s annual magazine, and played basketball and field hockey. After one year at BCJC she was offered a job at Consumers Power Company on Washington Street, a very desirable position. Doris did not return to college until she was in her late 40’s. At Consumers Power, she worked with a group of 50 women who often socialized outside of work. Included were an annual formal dance and a cruise on the Saginaw River that ended with dinner at the Yacht Club. The group continued to get together in a reunion every five years.

Doris left Consumers Power when she was married. Once her children were grown-up, Doris returned to college to complete her Associate’s degree, which she did at Delta College. She then completed her Bachelor’s degree at Saginaw Valley College (now Saginaw Valley State University) in 1970. She continued her studies at SVC, receiving a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. She then went on to earn her teaching certification at Central Michigan University.

Doris then began teaching elementary school for the Bay City School District, including Garfield and McGregor schools. Former students will remember her dynamic teaching style. She set up her classroom with centers of learning, and made original charts on all subjects. She was especially successful teaching reading through phonics. She spent hours each summer creating effective phonics posters, including illustrations, to help her students visualize sounds. Also memorable were the stage plays Doris produced for her students using her talents for singing, playing piano and sewing costumes. She would often incorporate information she brought back from her world travels with her husband, Bud, to pass on to her students. She was determined to do her best to bring as much vitality as possible to make learning come alive, including following up each unit with a related field trip. Sometimes her students were additionally rewarded for all their hard work on the plays by seeing themselves photographed alongside an article in the Bay City Times.

Many Bay Cityans may have become acquainted with Doris at one of the art shows in which she participated. She had a lifetime passion for art. Throughout the years, she worked with many media, including oil, watercolor, sculpture and photography. Her work often reflected scenes from her travels. She studied watercolor with John Miller at Studio 23, and took a variety of art classes while attending Delta College and Saginaw Valley College. Doris was the first student to graduate from SVC’s Fine Arts Program, which concluded with her senior thesis, a one-artist exhibition. Another of her solo art shows was at the Bay City Players Theater. In addition, she participated in group shows at Studio 23, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Midland Center for the Arts and at Delta College. She received numerous accolades for her works, and won several first place awards. Her works were also recognized as “Best of Show” in a number of art and gallery showings. In July 2010, Doris shared a large collection of her watercolor paintings at Sheffield Bay Assisted Living Facility. Fellow residents expressed much appreciation for her one-woman show. She also wrote and illustrated a book called “Escape to the Parks” that describes the adventures of two dogs who go exploring at the Bay City Riverwalk, one of Doris’ favorite places to visit.

Other books written and illustrated by Doris have a religious theme. “Come Follow Us” relates the deeply moving experiences Doris and Bud had on their 1988 trip to the Holy Land. All profits from sales of this and her other religious books and watercolor gift cards were donated by Doris to the St. Mary’s Parish building fund. Doris was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. Mary’s. For a time she was a parishioner at St. James and Visitation Churches. In recent years, she had rejoined the St. Mary’s community. In every parish in which she resided, Doris was an active participant. She was a devoted Catholic and took great pride in the career of her cousin, Floyd Begin, who had been Bishop of Cleveland then became Archbishop of Oakland, California. Doris was especially active in the Legion of Mary. She also contributed to her parishes on the decoration committees. In addition to decorating the altar, she also decorated tables, the stage and the church for special events. When her church wanted to start using banners, she created them of felt material to illustrate special occasions on the church calendar. As members of the Daughters of Isabella, Doris and Bud brought patients to Mass at the Bay Shore nursing home facility for roughly 15 years. Doris was also a Eucharistic Minister, bringing Communion to the residents.

Both Doris and Bud retired at age 65. They enjoyed many years of retirement activities. Together they traveled, played golf almost daily, joined a euchre club and enjoyed walking for exercise. Once retired, Doris had more time for painting watercolors and her other art projects. She was also the epitome of DIY (Do It Yourself), before the term was common. She enthusiastically tackled whatever needed fixing in the house and yard, along with gardening flowers and fruits. She enjoyed keeping busy throughout her long life. Doris has been an inspiration for many who have admired her energetic participation in all of her undertakings, all while raising seven children.

The family would like take to express deep appreciation to Sheffield Bay Assisted Living Facility in Bay City, Sterling House of Midland and Hospice of Midland for the care that Doris received during her stays.

A funeral mass officiated by Father Ronald Dombrowski was held at St. Mary’s Church in Bay City.

Those wishing to make a donation of remembrance may do so to St. Mary’s Parish or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.


Paul A. Miller

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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     Paul passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 at his residence, age 72.  He was born March 23, 1941 in Bay City to the late Raymond and Ellen (Pemberton) Miller.  Paul married Barbara J. Rousse in Visitation Church on November 7, 1964 and she survives him.  He was baptized and went to school at St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church and school in Bay City and later graduated from TL Handy High School.  Paul was a US Navy veteran and Merchant Marine during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Bay of Pigs.  He retired from Grand Trunk Western Railroad after 36 years of dedicated service and enjoyed sailing and traveling for work.

     Surviving besides his wife Barbara, are two children, Carisa (Craig) Herzberg and Raymond Paul (Jenny) Miller, four grandchildren: Adrienne Herzberg, Kaylie, Ryan and Matthew Miller, one great grandson, Collin Herzberg and one sister, Dee Ellen (James) Cook.

     Cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Paul’s life and Military Honor’s, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:00pm.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Bay County Humane Society. 

Betty Mae Thrush

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

ThrushPhoto430Betty M. Thrush, surrounded by her family, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 at McLaren Bay Region age 88 years.  She was born September 28, 1925 in Bay City to the late McKinley and Eva (Harris) Dodd.  Betty married Russell B. Thrush, April 8, 1944 and he predeceased her October 27, 1991.  Mrs. Thrush was a life member of North Euclid Church of God.  Betty taught Sunday School, Bible School, sang in the church choir, volunteered with the youth group and belonged to the W.C.G.  She published a book called Echoes of the Heart, which was a collection of Poems about Betty’s life.  Betty truly enjoyed spending time with her family especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn (Arnold) Dahn, Lenore (Doug) Gasta, five grandchildren; Rob (Jodi) Arrowsmith, Steve Dahn, Corey (Andrea) Dahn, Jason (Jamie) Gasta, Josh Gasta, ten great-grandchildren; Evan, Adam, Emma, Aubrey, Alyssa, Peyton, David, Joseph, Chase and Sophia.  She was predeceased by two brothers, Carl & Jesse Dodd and a sister, Ruth Jones.


Funeral Service will take place Monday, January 6, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. from North Euclid Church of God with private burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 – 8 P.M. and at the church on Monday from 12 noon until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Alzheimer Foundation or North Euclid Church of God.