Bay City, Michigan
George J. Anthony passed away peacefully at his home on Friday March 11, 2011 at the age of 86. Son of the late Ferris & Agnes (Jahjah) Anthony he was born May 15, 1924 in Bay City. He married the former Frances R. Lamkin November 8, 1947 in St. James Church and have celebrated over 63 years of marriage she survives him. George was in the U.S. Army during WWII and served in New Guinea, Bismarch Archipelago and Southern Philippines. He retired from DeShano Home Building. George was a member of Visitation Church and was an usher for over 63 years. He was a member of the League of Catholic Women and Men, Past Commander of the D.A.V. Chapter #9, member of the V.F.W. Post # 6950, American Legion Post # 18, P.L.A.V. Post # 162, AMVETS #22 and the National Order of Trench Rats. George was the 1st recipient of the Veteran of the Year Award; he volunteered at the V.A. Hospital in Saginaw for over 27 years, was an officer of the Veteran’s Council of Bay County and was very proud to serve on the Honor Guard for the Bay County Veteran’s Council for funerals where he folded many flags. George also, helped organize and run the Tuesday night bingo at the DAV Chapter #9 for over 20 years.
Surviving besides his wife Frances, he leaves a daughter: Margaret Anthony of Grand Blanc, seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Also surviving is a daughter in-law; Virginia Anthony of Lapeer, two sisters: Virginia (Bill) King, Sr. Margaret Marie, S.C., a sister in-law; Theresa Anthony and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons and a daughter in-law; Thomas (Judy) Anthony, Joseph Anthony, five brothers and two sisters; Tony (Helen), Webster (Bernice), Joseph (Albina), Raymond (Ethel), Virgil, Victoria and Frieda Anthony.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday March 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Visitation Church. Concelebrating will be Fr. Steve J. Fillion and Fr. George Serour and interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, under the auspices of the Bay County Veteran’s Council. Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Monday after 9:00 a.m. Members of the DAV Chapter #9 will have a prayer service at 5:00pm, followed later by the P.L.A.V. and the VFW Post 6950 at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. A Parish Vigil Service for George will also take place at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Visitation Church.