Archive for the ‘Squires Obituaries’ Category

John R. Harris

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

harrisphotoBay City, Michigan


     John passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at his residence, age 64.  The son of Robert R. and Jeanne M. (Moore) Harris; he was born January 25, 1947 in Bay City.  John married Suzanne M. Hewitt; she survives him.  He was a Vietnam veteran and served his country with the US Air Force.  John was a foreman with Globe Fire Sprinklers in Standish for over twenty years.  He enjoyed watching old movies and loved hunting in his younger years.

     Surviving is his wife, Suzanne, their “kids”: Freckles, Stormy and Rainy, his mother, Jeanne M. Harris, one brother, Michael (Kathy) Harris, two sisters, Anne Harris and Carole Wright, one sister in-law, Pam Bunker, several nieces and nephews.  John was predeceased by his father, Robert R. Harris, one sister, Colleen DeVille and one brother in-law, Rob Wright.

     The Funeral Service and Military Honors, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council will be held Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 1:00pm at Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor Loyd Ayres will officiate and private inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00am until the time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Bay County Humane Society.

Tracy L. Avila

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


Tracy Avila passed away Saturday August 27, 2011 at Franciscan Saint Elizabeth Central Hospital age 45.  He was born April 14, 1966 in Bay City.  Tracy truly enjoyed playing his guitar, being outdoors and he loved being in Florida near the ocean.

 Surviving is a daughter; Krystal Ondrais, mother and step-father; Inez & Benjamin Fisher, father and step-mother; Fred & Ellie Avila, grandparents; Hank (Helen) Balderrama, one brother; Fred(Lori) Avila & their children, Grace & Chloe, two sisters; Dawn (Duane) Blake-Hornbacher and their children, Joey & Hallie, Vicky Charbonneau and her children, Karlie & Brock, a half-sister; Cindy (Chris) Brown and their daughter, Carma.

 Funeral and committal service will take place Friday September 2, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Friday from 12 noon until time of service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Bay City.

Floyd “Rip” Rybkowski

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011


Mr. Rybkowski passed away suddenly Monday August 29, 2011 at the Bay Regional Medical Center age 75 years.  Son of the late John & Nettie (Norlock) Rybkowski he was born March 14, 1936 in Bay City.  He married the former Gloria Jeanne Mosher.  She survives him.  Rip worked for VanHaaron Trucking for many years before retiring.  He was an avid golfer, bowler, playing cards, enjoyed gardening and watching the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions.

 Surviving besides his wife Gloria Jeanne he leaves six children; Roxane Gawne, Ricky (Diane) Rybkowski, Renee (Dale) Rahn, Robby and Rhonda Rybkowski, Sandi (Bill) Maxfield, Kenny Thorne, twelve grandchildren; Dustin, Rachel, Eric, Jon-David, Austin, Robyn, Racquel, Ryan, Katie, Beverly, Greg, Steve and several great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are one brother and two sisters; Lefty Rybkowski, Carol Bell, Esther Hummel and his two dogs; Brandi Lou and Amber Darling.  He was predeceased by numerous brothers and sisters.

 Funeral Service will take place Thursday September 1, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home.  Pastor David Dunn will officiate.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Thursday from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.

Erika Hax (Pose`)

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Erika Hax (Pose`)

Bay City, Michigan


     Erika passed away Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Bay Medical Care Facility, age 87. She was born August 7, 1924 in Berlin Germany to the late Bernard and Valerie (Malotake) Pose’. She lived in Bay City most of her life. Erika divorced Lorris Coppinger and later married Robert Hax, who was with her until he passed away. She worked at General Hospital and Bay Medical Center for nearly 30 years. She loved gardening, reading, sewing and especially cooking. Erika spoke four languages, and served as a young interpreter in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin Germany.

     Erika leaves behind, two sons and one daughter: Reinhardt Coppinger, Coree Coppinger and Ronald (Sharon) Coppinger, three grandchildren: Kristy (Nate) Boyette, Michelle Kluver and Ryanne Coppinger and four great grandchildren: Layne and Evan Boyette, Jillian Coppinger and Duncan Kluver.

     A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 4:00pm at Squires Funeral Home.  Sr. Mary Epple will officiate.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

Geraldine M. “Gerry” Rousse

Monday, August 15th, 2011


Geraldine ‘Gerry’ (Madden) Rousse, age 87, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2011, after a brief illness at Cadillac Mercy Hospital. She was born on April 7, 1924, in Bay City, Michigan to the late Harley and Victoria (Liss) Madden. She graduated from Bay City Central High School in 1943. Gerry married Roger Alfred Rousse on September 3, 1943. They went on to raise 8 children including 2 sets of twins. Gerry’s life was centered on her family, and her favorite past-time was shopping for them, especially for birthdays and Christmas. Gerry was a world class shopaholic and she subscribed to the shoppers code of conduct which mandated that all brands and variety of a product must be closely examined before any purchase is made. Her store of choice was J. L. Hudson’s. She also enjoyed flower gardening around her home, ceramics & baking. She was best known for her famous pork pies, pineapple upside-down cake & graham roll. Gerry enjoyed a lifelong career in retail sales management of confectionery shops. In her retirement, Gerry enjoyed & welcomed each addition to the family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband and their son, Barry; and her siblings, Harley Madden, Art Madden, Olive Madden, Charlotte (Madden) Malleck. Gerry is survived by her sister, Gertrude (Joseph) Bonem; sister-in-law, Kelly Madden; and her children, Barbara (Paul) Miller, of Linwood, MI., David Rousse, of Gladwin, MI., Thomas Rousse, of Bay City, MI., Roger (Allene) Rousse, of Lake Orion, MI., Susan Rousse & Keith LaFond, of Lake City, MI., Martin Rousse, of Lake City, MI., and Michael (Janet) Rousse, of Hartford, MI.; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  Visitation will take place on August 16, 2011, from 3 to 8 pm., at Squires Funeral Home on 211 N. Henry St. Bay City, MI. A private graveside service will be held on August 17, 2011, at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the: Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923 or email to:

Norman T. Hebert “Bunny”

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011


Bay City, Michigan


Mr. Hebert passed away Tuesday August 2, 2011 at Brian’s House age 78.  Son of the late Hervey “Bunny the Barber” and Elizabeth (Ackerman) Hebert he was born November 12, 1932 in Bay City.  He married the former Loretta M. Kryszak August 14, 1970.  She survives him.  Norm was a Chemist at Dow Chemical for many years before retiring in January of 1986.  He was an avid reader, enjoyed history and loved technology.

 Surviving besides his wife Loretta he leaves one son and a daughter in-law; Craig S. (Shelly) Hebert, one grandson; Carter Hebert, two brothers in-law; Jerry (MaryLou) Kryszak, Danny (Colleen) Kryszak and his grand dog; Lexy.  He was predeceased by his granddaughter; Hayleigh Hebert, mother and father in-law; Steve & Bernice (Ciesielski) Kryszak and a brother in-law; Fr. Marian Kryszak.

 Funeral Service will take place Thursday August 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home with private burial in Oakwood Mausoleum.  Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Thursday from 3 – 7p.m.  In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Brian’s House.