Archive for the ‘Squires Obituaries’ Category

Betty A. Heeke

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Bay City, Michigan


Our devoted and loving mother passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region, age 86.  She was born December 10, 1926 in Bay City to the late Emil and Mary Jane (LeBourdais) Rivard.  Betty married Russell B. Heeke on November 13, 1948; he predeceased her on May 31, 1984.  She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  Betty was a person of deep faith and had a strong love for her God and family.  Although her family is deeply saddened and will miss her motherly care, they take comfort in knowing that Betty is now reunited with the love of her life Russell in heaven.

Surviving are five children: Russell P. (Pam) Heeke III, Richard J. (Ann Kudwa) Heeke, Randy M. (Patty) Heeke, Mary Jo (Mike) Dore and Bob (Sharon) Heeke, thirteen grandchildren: Christine Zwingman, Russell P. (Amie) Heeke IV, Kerri (Guy) Wonch, Ashley (Jake) Whyte, Alesha, Janelle, Gina, Sami, and Matt Heeke, Stacie (Tony) Alvarado, Michelle and Mallori Heeke and Katie (Adam) Whyte, 22 great grandchildren, one sister, Sara Boyk and a niece, Barb (Mike) Bracher.  Betty was predeceased by twelve brothers and sisters.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:00a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  Fr. Bert Gohm will celebrate Mass and interment will follow in CalvaryCemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00p.m., Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00p.m. and at church on Thursday after 9:00a.m.  A Parish Vigil Service for Betty will be held Wednesday at 7:00p.m. from the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorials to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Mom and Dad, we miss you and love you.  Never to be forgotten.”

Leslie D. Schupbach

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

schupbach-newbct209Leslie Schupbach age 88 passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 at the McLaren Bay Region.  He was born January 15, 1925 in Bay City to the late Arthur and Isabel (Squires) Schupbach.  Les married the former Shirley Nelson May 29, 1947 in Bay City and she survives him.  He served in the U.S. Army and worked for over 50 years for the Plumber’s Union Local #25.  Les was a member of First United Church of Christ and was a life member Master Mason.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, coaching youth softball and most importantly loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.


Surviving besides his wife Shirley, he leaves two children; Leslie (Barb) Schupbach, Linda (Richard) Bruske, six grandchildren; Aaron (Brandi) Bruske, Kurt Bruske, Jamie (Brian) Bain, Amanda (Matt) Tuckey, David (Gail) Schupbach, Brian (Rachael) Schupbach and nine great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a brother; Bill Schupbach and a sister; Joyce Wilcox.


Funeral Service will take place Wednesday April 17, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. from First United Church of Christ.  Pastor Freda Lawther will officiate with private burial in Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider, First United Church of Christ or Donor’s Favorite Charity.

Oscar C. Wegener

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Oscar Wegener age 89 passed away Tuesday April 9, 2013 at the Oceana Co. Medical Care Facility.  He was born June 27, 1923 in Monitor Twp to the late Gustav and Rose (Horneber) Wegener.  Oscar married the former Geraldine Rubis August of 1948 and she predeceased him September of 2003.  Mr. Wegener served in the U.S. Army and worked at Bay Truck Sales for many years before retiring from Causley Trucking.

 Surviving are two daughters; Carol (Ken) Ballweg, Ellen (Alan) Nichols, two grandchildren; Katie & Emily Nichols, a sister in-law; Berneda Wegener and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers and a sister; Earl, Arthur and Esther Wegener.

 A private graveside service will take place at FloralGardensCemetery. Per Oscar’s request cremation has taken place and their will be no visitation or services at the funeral home.

Curtis Edward Lather

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Bay City, Michigan


Curtis Edward Lather, 85, loving husband of 45 years, father and grandfather, passed

away peacefully Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Bay City, Mi. Curt was born on May 9, 1927

to Edward G. and Blanche M. (Curtis) Lather in Muskegon, Mi. He spent his formative

years in Traverse City, graduating from Traverse City High School.

He served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Using the GI Bill to

earn a Bachelors Degree in English from Central Michigan University, he put his love of

knowledge to good use as a librarian. Curt later worked as Executive Director of the Bay

City Education Association and Uniserve Director for the Michigan Education

Association representing Saginaw area teachers and staff. He served three terms as

Commodore of the Bay City Yacht Club (1992-1994). In his later years, he became an

avid golfer and was looking forward to beginning another season. Curt’s annual 4th of

July barbecue and silent fireworks event was eagerly anticipated by friends and family


His love of life and sailing and passion for fairness and equality touched many lives. He

walked the road of tolerance, thoughtfulness, compassion, and empathy. He eschewed

greed, rejected prejudice, and resisted the rawer temptations, but was never afraid to try

everything else that life offered.

Curt is survived by his wife, LeRoyce; his son, Judd; his daughter, Brooke; Judd’s wife,

Tuyet; their daughter, Anya; their soon to be born son; and his sister Blanche (Lather)

Breithaupt. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Edward Lather.

Respecting Curt’s wishes, there will not be a funeral or memorial service. A celebration

of life is planned for the summer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial

contributions may be made to the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association

( or the Bay County Public Libraries (

Arrangements entrusted to Squires Funeral Home, 211 N. Henry Street Bay City, MI 48706

Fr. Vernon J. Sierminski

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

sierminski-bct195Fr. Vernon J. Sierminski, also known as Fr. Vern passed away Saturday March 30, 2013 at the Bay Medical Care Facility age 83 years.  Son of the late Frank & Mary Ann (Styburski) Sierminski he was born August 18, 1929 in Chicago.  He attended St. Ferdinand School, St. Mel’s School, St. John Berchman School, Cumming School in Fruitport, Sacred Heart School, St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids; The Seminaire de Philosphie, in Montreal; and St. John’s Provincial Seminary, in Plymouth.  Fr. Vern was ordained by Bishop Stephen Woznicki, June 2, 1956 in Saginaw.  He had served as Associate Pastor at St. Hyacinth Parish, Bay City, St. John the Baptist Parish, Standish, St. Casimir Parish, Holy Rosary Parish, both of Saginaw and St. Mary’s Parish in Alpena.  Fr. Vern had been Director of Bay Deanery Sodalities; Father Prior the Columbian Squires of the K of C St. Stephen Council #4102, Spiritual Director for the Legion of Mary in Harrisville, Chaplain for the K of C Alcona Council #4335 and served on the Priest Council for two terms.  Fr. Vern was pastor of St. Anne Parish, Harrisville, St. Hyacinth Parish, Bay City, St. Agnes Parish, Sanford and retired from St. Maria Goretti Parish, Bay City.


Surviving is his brother and sister in-law; Arthur (Katharine) Sierminski of Norton Shores, three nephews and two nieces; James (Kathleen Dawson) Sierminski, Thomas Sierminski, David (Patricia) Sierminski, Ellen (Jeff) Stamy, Jeanne (Ken) Wilson, nine great nieces, nephews and cousins and many many dear friends.


Art and Kate would like to thank the entire staff at the Bay Medical Care Facility especially the staff on 1 – East for the wonderful and loving care that was given to Fr. Vern over the years.


The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 noon from St. Maria Goretti Church, 2872 N. Euclid Ave. Bay City.  The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw will preside.  A private burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Muskegon.


Visitation will take place from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by a parish vigil service at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at St. Hyacinth Church, 1515 Cass Ave., Bay City.  The Transfer of the Body to lie in state will precede the visitation time at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Ronald F. Wagner presiding.  Visitation will then take place at St Maria Goretti Church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of mass.  In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Maria Goretti Church.  Funeral Arrangement have been entrusted to the Squires Funeral Home 211 N. Henry St. Bay City, MI. 48706

Edward Nelson

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Essexville, Michigan


     Mr. Nelson passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 at McLaren Bay Region, age 90.  He was born November 23, 1922 in Bangor Township to the late Otis L. and Esther (Parker) Nelson.  Edward married Jennie V. Brinnion on May 24, 1947; she survives him.  He graduated from Bay City Central in 1942 and was a WWII veteran, serving his country during WWII.  Edward retired from Dow Chemical Company in 1981 after 34 years of dedicated service.  He was a member of North Euclid Church of God and its’ building committee.  Edward loved playing baseball in his younger years, hunting and the outdoors.  He coached Little League in Bangor Township for many years and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving is his wife, Jennie, three children: Bonnie (Henry) Eckhardt, Connie (Albert) Trischler and Steven (Lori) Nelson, grandchildren: Scott (Tracy) Lukowski, Brian Friedle, Christina (Tim) McDonald, Dale (Andrea) Friedle, Tara Stewart, Ashley Nelson, Sheryl Nelson, Rachel Mask, Matthew Trischler, Caitlyn (Patrick) Junius and Colin Nelson, many great grandchildren, one brother, Richard (Mona) Nelson, one sister, Patsy (Norman) LeFevre, several nieces and nephews.  Edward was predeceased by two brothers, Otis and Harry and three sisters: Beverly, Celia and Bernice.

The Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11:00am at North Euclid Church of God, 3430 N. Euclid Ave., Bay City.  Pastor Brad Windlin will officiate.  The Committal Service and Military Honors, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council will follow in Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Monday, April 1, 2013 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 “Family Wishes” or the American Cancer Society.