Archive for the ‘Squires Obituaries’ Category

Marlette E. Sharp

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Bay City, Michigan


     Marlette passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region, age 61.  The daughter of Lawrence and Delores (Rinz) Shank, she was born in Bay City on October 8, 1951.  She married Michael R. Sharp on October 9, 1971 and he survives her.  Marlette enjoyed working in her yard and flowers.  She often had neighbors stop and comment on how beautiful her flowers were.  She also loved to visit and share stories with her neighbors and family.

Surviving besides her husband, Michael is a son Nicholas L. Sharp, her mother, Delores Shank, two brothers, Dennis Shank and Randy (Nancy) Shank, two sisters, Becky (Mark) Larive and Debbie (Dick) Green, two brothers in-law, John (Kim) Sharp and Neil Sharp, many nieces and nephews.  Marlette was predeceased by her father, Lawrence Shank, mother in-law, Mildred Lincoln and a sister in-law, Mary Shank.

Per Marlette’s request.  Cremation has taken place.  Family and friends will gather at the Squires Funeral Home on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 1:00 to 6:00pm.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to McLaren Hospice or Crohn’s Disease.

Mildred E. Dodick

Friday, January 25th, 2013

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Pickney, Michigan

(formerly of Bay City)


Mildred “Millie” Dodick passed as gracefully as she lived on January 24, 2013 escorted lovingly to His open arms. Her last days were spent in her daughters home in Lakeland, Michigan.  Mildred Dodick was a loving wife to her husband Louis Dodick who passed away in 1993. A devoted mother, she is survived by her five daughters and two sons, and numerous grand and great grandchildren.

After raising 8 children in Bay City, Michigan, Millie returned to college and received a Masters Degree in Special Education. She worked for the Bay City Public Schools for 10 years before retiring. Mildred enjoyed swimming, often taking long dips in Lake Huron, and she was active in the Aqua Marines (synchronize swimming).  She also had a fondness for playing golf and bridge.  She taught music, was an accomplished pianist and volunteered in several Nursing Homes playing the piano into her 90’s.  Mildred sang in 2 choirs and after her retirement she was actively involved with teaching adults to read through the Literacy Council.

Surviving are seven children; Robert (Camille) Dodick, Mary Dodich, Judy (Gary) Cole, JoAnne Dodick and her husband Tom Osborne, Tom (Laura) Dodick, Dorothy (Mark) Zech, Cyndi Dodick, seventeen grandchildrden; Michael (Anissa) Dodick, Michelle Dodick, Pamela (Patrick) Dunphey, Kristina (Peter) Rogovich, Jill (Clif) Schneider, Jeremy Bonk, Keena & Allia Cole, Erin (Jeff) Purkey, Meredith Cole, Jenipher (Randy) Swanson, Tyler & Tonya Dodick, Jared Zech, Jonathan, Caitlyn and Scott Schwimmer and seventeen great-grandchildren; Michael J. & Katherine Dodick, Rachel, Jacob, Emily & Joseph Dunphey ,Katherine, Elizabeth & Charles Rogovich, Randolf, Dexter & Kora Schneider, Cole & Eva Purkey, Gavin, Garret and Caleb Swanson.  Also surviving is one brother and a sister; John Slabic, Sophie Rowley and a sister in-law; Pearl Vasher.  She was predeceased by a son, Michael and two brothers; William & Joseph Slabic.  We love you and will miss you Mom, Millie, Grandma…..see you on the other side!

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday January 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Hedwig Church.  Fr. Richard Jozwiak will officiate with burial in Calvary 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.  There will be a Parish Vigil Service for Mildred at 7:00 p.m. Sunday.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider; Ave Maria Radio or Residential Home Hospice.

Madilyn J. Schaefer

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Essexville, Michigan


     Madilyn passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the Cartwright Center, age 74.  She was born August 9, 1938 in Bay City to the late William J. and Frances (Corrion) Walther.  She married Alfred R. “Fred” Schaefer on September 24, 1955; he survives her.  Madilyn was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed trying her luck at casinos and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband Fred are eight children: Christine (James) Schneider, Michael (Sandra), William (Shirley) and Thomas (Kathleen) Schaefer, Dianne (Rick) Cheney, Robert, Clayton Schaefer and Karen (Rocky) Lask, 23 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, three sisters: Mildred Parker, Donna (Dale) Darling and Lois (Raymond) Yaworski and one brother, William (Patricia) Walther.  Madilyn was predeceased by a daughter, Victoria Lynn Schaefer, one grandson, Peyton Schaefer and two brothers, Louis and James Walther.

The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:00am at Pilgrim Lutheran Church.  Rev. Carl F. Trosien will officiate and interment will follow in Elm Lawn Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Friday from 2:00 to 8:00pm and at church on Saturday after 9:00am.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

Ellen T. Kelly

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Kelly-bct122Ellen T. Kelly age 98 passed away Saturday January 12, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region.  Daughter of the late Luke and Ellen M. (McGraw) Murphy, she was born December 27, 1914 in St. Charles, Michigan.  She married Bernard F. Kelly June 4, 1968.  He predeceased her September 4, 1990.  Ellen worked as a comptroller in the Finance Department at General Motors for many years before retiring.  She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church.  Ellen like to go shopping, was an excellent baker, she made crafts in her early years and loved to have St. Patrick Day Parties.


Surviving are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many dear friends including Donna O’Keefe.  She was predeceased by nine brothers and one sister.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday January 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary of the Assumption Church.  Fr. Craig Albrecht will officiate with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday after 10:00 a.m.  There will be a parish vigil service for Ellen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Parkinson Foundation or St. Mary’s Church.

Irene Amelia Gerulat

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Irene Amelia Wizgall Gerulat, 91, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, formerly of Bay City, Michigan passed away January 6, 2013.  She was born on August 9, 1921 to Frank Witzgall and Amelia Kleinert Witzgall.  She was the fourth of five children including; Erhardt Witzgall, Eleanor Witzgall Kepinger, Elaine Witzgall Endline, and Frank (Buddy) Witzgall.

She attended and graduated from Bay City Central High School in 1939.  During WWII she worked at Bay City Chevrolet assembling carburetors for military aircraft.  Irene married Anthony Gerulat in 1952.  Together they had two sons, one of which was still born.  She loved working in the garden and yard, planting flowers and tending to her many bird feeders.

She is survived by her son Michael Anthony (Noel) Gerulat, Six Grandchildren; Adam (Nicole) Gerulat, Brent Gerulat, Anthony Gerulat, Gregory Gerulat, Angela (Josh) Burnett, Ashlynn Holm and one great granddaughter, Evie Marie.  Proceeded in death by her husband Anthony Gerulat in December, 1976.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove, Utah.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 with interment in the Green Ridge Cemetery, Bay City, Michigan.

Donald T. Fortin

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Bay City, Michigan


     Donald passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region, age 78.  He was born February 2, 1934 in Bay City to the late Levi J. and Josephine (Tennier) Fortin.  Donald worked at New Dimensions for several years and was a member of the Voice Deaf Club.

Surviving is a sister, Marie Prashak, a brother, Julian Fortin and many nieces and nephews.

The Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:00am at Squires Funeral Home.  Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate and interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9:00am until the time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to The Voice Deaf Club.

A special thank you to everyone at Michigan Community Services, Bay Arenac Behavioral Health Services and Catholic Family Services for their helping hands and support they gave Donald over many years.  You are all angels and a blessing.