Shirley Kozloski

KOZLOSKI Shirley – of Grand Blanc, age 88, passed away Friday, May 17, 2024, at her home. The family will receive visitors at Swartz Funeral Home 1225 West Hill Rd on Thursday May 23, 3 pm – 8 pm. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 PM Friday May 24, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, celebrant. 

The family will welcome visitors from 12 PM until the time of the Mass on Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at New Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s memory to the charity of your choice.

Shirley was born in Flint, MI on May 17, 1935, daughter of the late George and Ann (Yurkovich) Bisaha. A lifelong resident of the area, she spent her childhood with her 6 brothers and sisters on the family farm. Deaf from a young age, she triumphed over her handicap. She went on to graduate from Kearsley HS and shortly after, ventured across the country, ending up in California.

She returned to Flint and married John Kozloski on January 30th, 1964. They started their family, eventually building a home in Burton, where they raised 2 sons. Shirley retired from General Motors, having worked at various positions with Chevrolet and Parts and Warehousing. In addition to her career, she was a homemaker, chauffeur, entertainer and spoiler to her children, their friends and nieces and nephews.

Shirley was blessed with a quick wit and a side-splitting sense of humor. She had an infectious smile and was always the beacon of happiness in any gathering. Unrivaled in her ability to make friends wherever she went. She also spent her time involved in the Catholic deaf community, serving as mentor, catechist, treasurer and organizer. She was devoted to her faith and espoused peace and generosity. Shirley was also known to have many faults. Among them were her habits of being overly nice to those who didn’t deserve it and non-judgmental to those that did. She was always ensuring you had what you needed, even when you were too busy to care for yourself. Her heart was larger than life and she shared it along with a dose of kindness to everyone.

She eventually moved to Grand Blanc, where she was the center of attention in her new community, mostly because of her wicked Euchre playing skills, ability to paint and knowing how to complain without making anyone upset.

Shirley is survived by her sons Morgan, James and daughter-in-law Elyce and grandson Hunter, sister Barbara Snyder and many nieces and nephews.

Robert Deuker

DEUKER, Robert Calvert – of Burton, age 90, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2024 at Hurley Medical Center. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Inurnment, with Military Honors, will be 12:30 PM Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd., Holly, MI 48442. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Memorial Service, under the auspices of Davison Knights of Columbus Council 3rd Degree Council #4090 and 4th Degree Assembly #0523, will be held 12 PM Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus Council #4090, in Robert’s memory.

Robert was born in Chicago, IL on February 27, 1934, son of the late Fredrick and Yonne Deuker. He proudly served his country in the Michigan Army National Guard for 29 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He was a pioneer ski instructor, as the ninth person to earn the title “professional ski instructor” in the state of Michigan.  Recently he was awarded “Master Pilot” for a lifetime of aviation accomplishments.   

Robert is survived by his son, Eric (Denise) Deuker; grandchildren, Aidan and Caitlin Deuker; step-son, Larry Stevens; special friend, Loretta Thiry; and many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Johanna Deuker.

Please share your thoughts with the family at www.allenfuneralhomeinc.com.

William Henry

William Donald Nicholas Henry, 41, Davison was called Home to be with Jesus Thursday May 9, 2024. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 2:00 pm Thursday May 23, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski Celebrant. Family will receive friends 12:30 pm, with a parish rosary being prayed at 1:00 pm. Inurnment will be held at St. John Cemetery immediately following the Mass. Those desiring may make contributions in William’s memory to his children, care of William & Diane Henry.

Will was born in Flint Michigan on October 23, 1982 the son of William and Diane (Pokrak) Henry and has resided in the Davison area his entire life. He was a graduate of Davison High School Class of 2001. Will proudly continued his education graduating from the University of Michigan-Flint with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. Will was highly talented in all sports including skiing, swimming and football, however, loved baseball, a sport he excelled in as a high school pitcher for the Davison Cardinals and securing a partial college scholarship for his efforts. He also received high honors for his proficiency on NATEF Brake Systems and Suspension Systems. Will was an avid golfer and appreciated winning rounds together with his father on league days. Will was one of the youngest appointed Eucharistic Ministers at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Flint, while attending high school. Will was currently a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was grateful for receiving the sacraments and the relationships of strength and love they brought to him. Will was knowledgeable in most building trades, lawn care, and was a Michigan Certified Pesticide application agent as he repaired and flipped houses. He was especially proud to be a civilian Project Manager for Lapeer Industries working with the United States Government protecting our soldiers with quality equipment building during the Afghanistan War. He continued in his protection efforts as a security guard.

Will’s greatest creation on this earth was his children, as he believed “Love is the most beautiful gift we are given to share.” He is survived by them; Lilly Marie Henry, and his twins Alexander John Henry, and Isabella Denise Henry & their mother Cari Lyn Cassiday. He leaves his parents William and Diane Henry; siblings, Nicole Diane (Randall) Collick and Autumn Anne (Mark) Campbell; his loving nephews and nieces are, Nicholas Collick (also proudly, Will’s Godson); Brooke Collick; Dillon Collick; Sydney Collick and Asher Campbell. William is preceded in death by his grandparents. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

National Parks of America

Join Fr. Andrew as he travels the National Parks of America October 2-13, 2025! Highlights include Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, Old Faithful, Sheridan, Bighorn Mountains, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore. Click here to view the trip brochure!

To sign up for the trip, or for more information, please click here. 

George Snyder

SNYDER, George – of Davison, age 75, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2024, at McLaren – Flint. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. The family will welcome visitors from 12 PM until the time of the Mass on Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in George’s memory.

George was born in Flint, MI on September 5, 1948, son of the late Raymond Gustaf Snyder and Althea Elloise (Gocha) Snyder. He married Barbara Jean Bisaha on May 14, 1971. He spent his career in finance with the banks, car dealerships and retired after working in mortgage banking. George was an avid fly fisherman and member of Trout Unlimited. A talented wood worker demonstrating his craft with gifts that he created for his family and dear friends. It was common to find George practicing a new technique to finish a wood project, or his casts in the yard when he wasn’t in a river. He enjoyed bird watching and loved the Bird Buddy that his daughters bought him for Father’s Day – connecting him with bird watchers around the world. George was proud  and loved his daughters, their accomplishments were his pride and joy. He cherished his relationship with his two grandsons. George and Barbara loved to travel together, having a final adventure to Europe this past March adding to their memories. 

George is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; children, Amanda (Brad) Snyder-Keller and Sarah (David) Parker; grandchildren, Luke Turner, and Jackson Keller; and many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond; his mother, Althea; and brother, Michael Snyder.

Darlene Kuhn

KUHN, Darlene Valentina Alexy (Szczepanski) – of Sanford, NC, formerly of Davison, MI, went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at the age of 83 following a brief battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Thursday, May 9, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Entombment immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11:30 AM-1 PM Thursday, May 9, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church to have masses offered in Darlene’s memory.

A “Valentine baby”, she was born on February 14, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan. Darlene was known as “Bean” in her youth and “Pudge” by her children. She attended St. Anne’s Catholic Grade School and graduated from Warren High School in 1959. She was a cherished member of St. Thecla Catholic Church in Clinton Twp. and St. John’s the Evangelical in Davison, each for more than 20 years. At St John’s, she volunteered in the Resurrection Choir, served as a Eucharistic minister and also delivered communion to the homebound. She also volunteered for the Outreach East Emergency Resource Center. Since spending her winters in NC beginning in 2016 and eventually moving there, she attended St. Stephen’s in Sanford, NC. Darlene was a dedicated health professional with a special gift for providing compassionate care to the elderly. She served as an Admissions Director at Warren Memorial Hospital in the 1960s. After raising her family, she became a Social Worker and later a Leasing Director at various properties, retiring from Woodhaven Senior Community of Flint, MI in 2007. Darlene had impeccable style and an infectious laugh. She found joy in spending time with her family, tending to her many plants and flowers, playing cards, watching movies and theater performances, dancing, bowling, holiday decorating and baking. She liked to travel and spoke often of her exciting trips to Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Florida, London, Hawaii and also Poland where her father was born. But her favorite memories were of time spent at her lake home with family and friends in Caseville, MI. The annual Szczepanski family reunion was the highlight of her summers, which were held in honor of her mother’s birthday. Darlene was known for sending thoughtful greeting cards on all occasions to loved ones, and giving generously to the charities she supported.

She was a devoted mother and will be deeply missed by many, especially her two daughters, Pamela Gerke of Davison, MI and Susan Brisendine (Shawn) of Sanford, NC; her eight beloved grandchildren, Paul (Katie), Ashley, Kevin, Jonathan, Kenzie, Nina, Will and Brody; two precious great-grandchildren Hadley and Harper. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Agnes Szczepanski; seven brothers and sisters; several nieces and nephews; husbands, Russell Alexy and Jerome Kuhn. 

Her example of unconditional love and her wise advice to be kind and not worry are forever imprinted onto our hearts.

Current Job Opportunities

The Catholic Community of St. John and Blessed Sacrament currently has three employment positions available. Brief descriptions of the positions are provided below. Please follow the hyperlinks for more detailed information. A job application can be downloaded here. 

Full time Business Manager for the Catholic Community of St. John the Evangelist and Blessed Sacrament. A position description can be downloaded here. Applicants are asked to complete application form and submit with current resume and minimum of three professional references to C/O Business Manager Search Committee, St. John Parish Office, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI  48423. Deadline for applications – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

Part-time Coordinator of Cemetery Services for the Catholic Community of St. John the Evangelist and Blessed Sacrament. A position description can be downloaded here. Applicants are asked to complete application form and submit with current resume and minimum of three professional references to C/O Cemetery Services Search Committee, St. John Parish Office, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI  48423. Deadline for applications – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

Part-time Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Catholic Community of St. John the Evangelist and Blessed Sacrament. A position description can be downloaded here. Applicants are asked to complete application form and submit with current resume and minimum of three professional references to C/O Youth Minister Search Committee, St. John Parish Office, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI  48423. Deadline for applications – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

Judy Hogg

Beloved Wife, Mother, came home October 31st 2023. Born in Cheboygan, MI 10-22-44. Moved Royal Oak, MI with her mother and father, Leeland and Frances Kerre, along with siblings Richard Nancy, Robert and Jeffry. Judy graduated from St. Mary High School in 1962.

She found the love of her life, Bert Hogg, from Scotland, and were happily married for 58 years. They retired to Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Bert and Judy have three children, Beth Sinclair, Lisa Dallas, and Iain Hogg . Proud grandparents of 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Judy was full of life, love, and laughter to all who knew her. Family, friends meant everything to her.

Judy was a faithful Catholic and attended St. John’s Catholic Church, Davison, MI as well as St. Bernadette’s Church in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents, as well as sister Nancy Kerre.

There will be a Memorial Service for Judy at St. John’s Church in Davison in the Spring of 2024. Details will be made available when they are finalized.

Doris Stark

STARK, Doris J. (Morgan) – of Burton, MI, age 85, completed her earthly adventure on Saturday, March16, 2024. She and her departed husband, Donald A. Stark, who died on November 6, 2014, filled their lives with so many adventures shared with lots and lots of friends as well as their growing family. A Memorial Service will be held 1 PM Friday, May 10, 2024 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Private inurnment in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM – 1 PM Friday, May 10, 2024 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Anchored Heart Senior Living in Goodrich, MI.

Doris and Don were long time members of the Avion Club and the Michigan Buddie Kampers, as well as the Foresters in the Flint area. While in their late 60’s they personally built more than 50% of their new home in Hale themselves.

Doris retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1992 as a mail carrier and was a member of the Hale Quilters and Sit & Sew groups and she was Queen of her Red Hatters group. Doris was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church in Hale, MI and worked at the Hale Area Fish organization for many years.

In addition to her husband, Donald, Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Lottie Morgan; stepfather, George Tabaszewski; son, Terry Stark and 2 sisters, Judy Morgan, and Barbara Baxter. She is survived by daughters, Madonna (Jeff) Bennett, Joie (Doug) Hitchcock, Kristi (Brent) Garrett; brother, Tommy (Eunice) Morgan and sister, Marlene (LeRoy) Snyder of Missouri. She was also survived by her 9 grandchildren, Alexis (Mark) Liley, Trent (Shauna) Stark, Matthew Prusac, Adam (Jenny) McMurray, Luke (Mia) McMurray, Chloe Garcia, Taylor (David) Bainbridge, Sara (Brendan) Green, Morgan (Spencer) Blouw; 12 great grandchildren, Jamison Liley, Harrison McMurray, Landon and Harper McMurray, Laney Green, Kamryn and Kate Garcia, Myles James, Rozlyn and Wyatt Bainbridge, Jaxon Barden and Millie Blouw.

Doris was also survived by her sisters-in-law, Sally Felts of Gaines, MI and Jeri (Bob) Dickinson of Eugene, OR and her dear aunt, Zelma Dennis of California, a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews and so many dear friends she made over her 85 years of life.

The family would like to give special thanks to Joe & Jamie Davis and their staff at Anchored Heart Senior Living and Swan Hospice for taking such good care of our mother.

Andy’s Attic Sale

Andy’s Attic Sale
This year’s Andy’s Attic sale will take place on the following dates:

Thursday, May 16th and Friday May 17th 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18th 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday, May 19th & May 20th
Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 25th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Visit the webpage for Andy’s Attic for more detailed information here.

Therese Waterman

Therese Ellen Waterman of Arcadia, Florida, formerly of Davison, age 96, died Monday April 22, 2024 at Hampton Manor, Burton.  Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 1:00 pm Tuesday April 30, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant. Family will receive visitors at the church one hour prior to the Mass. Those desiring may make contributions in Therese’s memory to the Wounded Soldier Foundation or the family.

Therese was born in Kawkawlin, Michigan on August 27, 1927 the daughter of the late William and Marie (Salois) Doyle, and has resided in Florida since 1983, relocating from the Davison area. She was joined in marriage to Francis Michell in 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1970. She later married Frank Waterman in 1977 and he died in 1994. She is a member of San Antonio Catholic Church in Florida, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, and a member of the Elks Lodge in Port Charlotte, Florida. Therese enjoyed golfing and was a member of Sunny Breeze Golf Course and a former member of the Davison Country Club. At the age of eight Therese started sewing and making clothes a hobby that would become her career as seamstress. She also owned her own dress shop Togs by Therese and worked for several of Davison Men’s and Ladies Clothing Stores throughout her career.

She is survived by her children: Marcia Popernek, Sharon Molina, Randy Michell, Annette Niedzielski, and Kim (Steve) Harwood. She also leaves her loving seventeen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, and nine great great grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings: Irene Reynolds, Joanne Osborn, Jerome Doyle, sister-in-law Judy Doyle, many nieces and nephews, and a host of extended family and friends. Therese is preceded in death by sons: Christopher Michell, Micheal Michell, Gary Mallo, and her brothers: Dermot Doyle, and Timothy Doyle, sister-in-laws, Betty Doyle, and Marilyn Doyle. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net  

Cynthia Yenior

YENIOR, Cynthia Ann (Karczewski) – of Davison, MI, age 68, passed away peacefully and met her Lord Jesus on April 18, 2024, at Ascension Genesys Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Monday, April 22, 2024, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will take place following the Mass. The family will receive visitors 2-7 PM, Sunday, April 21, 2024, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, and a Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 PM. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Andy’s Attic. 

Cynthia was born in Hamtramck, MI on April 25, 1955, daughter of Henry and Joann Karczewski. She started high school at St. Florian in Hamtramck, then the family moved to Arenac County. Cindy finished at Standish-Sterling High School where she met her high school sweetheart and future husband, Keith Yenior. She earned an associate degree from Northwood Institute in Midland, and graduated Magna Sum Laude. Cindy worked in the accounting field, and her last job was in the Kearsley School District Administration Office. She married Keith Yenior on June 21, 1975, and they had three beautiful children: Angie, Kristin, and Brett.

After retirement, Cindy and Keith loved spending time with their grandchildren, and they loved to travel. Their travels took them to Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, St. Martin Island, Mexico, and Italy. They met many new friends along the way. In 2023, Cindy traveled to Poland with close friends, to the home of her ancestors, embracing the culture and polish food. 

Cindy was blessed with many talents, including sketching, painting, sewing, and crafting. She loved art. Cindy enjoyed going to the theater and Motown Music. After retirement she embraced volunteer work and spent many hours at St. John Catholic Church in Davison Andy’s Attic and Catholic Charities.

Cynthia is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Keith; her three children, Angela Kay (Eric) Brown, Kristin Leah Yenior (Ashley Robinson), and Brett Joseph (Leah) Yenior; grandchildren, Lucas, Lila, Mera; siblings, Karen (Kelly) King, David Karczewski, Lisa (David) Wanless; many nieces and nephews, and family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law, Renee Karczewski.   

James Mays

MAYS, James Ray – of Davison, MI, age 66, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2024. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held 1 PM Friday, April 19, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. To view the service please visit https://www.facebook.com/stjohndavison/. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Justice for Christy’s Girls, in Jim’s memory. 

Jim was born on July 16, 1957, in Flint, MI, son of the late William and Billie (Keirns) Mays. He spent his early years in the picturesque landscapes of Shady Valley, TN, before his family settled in Flint, MI, where he would later meet his future wife, Kathy Hooper, on Arizona Avenue. A proud graduate of Flint Central High School, Class of 1975, Jim embarked on a remarkable journey that took him across five states over the span of his 40-year career. He began his professional life at Blevins Screw Products and continued to excel, earning respect and admiration wherever he went. His career took him to Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Missouri, and back to his roots in Michigan, where he settled with his beloved family in Davison, MI in 1993. Jim was a lifelong learner, earning three degrees that reflected his commitment to knowledge and excellence. He obtained an Associate of Science from Mott Community College, where he later served as an Adjunct Professor at the Tech Center for an impressive 30 years. He furthered his education with a Bachelor of Science from Spring Arbor University and culminated his academic journey with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. Beyond his professional achievements, Jim was known for his adventurous spirit and zest for life. A self-proclaimed world traveler and aficionado of fine beers, he had an insatiable curiosity that led him to explore different cultures and cuisines. He had a gift for storytelling, often regaling friends and family with tales of his adventures. Jim had a passion for music, playing the harmonica, and was a connoisseur of various genres. He found solace in reading, cherished moments at the beach in OBX, NC, and treasured visits to Shady Valley, TN, especially during the Cranberry Festival. Jim was a devoted family man who found immense joy in supporting his children and grandchildren. He could often be found cheering enthusiastically from the sidelines at their sporting events or enjoying quality time with them during family gatherings. He had a love for golfing, biking, kite flying, and had a deep appreciation for military history.

Jim’s presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy of love, laughter, and boundless curiosity will continue to inspire those whose lives he touched.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Mays; 2 children, Katrina (Jason) Sharon and Patricia (Lee) Hutchinson; 4 grandchildren, Hailey James, Kaliann Jay, William Robert and Olivia Linn; sister, Robyn Campbell; brother-in-law, James Hooper; 2 nephews, Micheal and Hunter; 3 nieces, Amanda, Kayla and Malori; mother-in-law, Kathryn (Al Fogle) Hooper; uncle, Charles (Sandra) Keirns; many other loving family members and friends who are family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Billie Mays; daughter, Christina Ann-Thompson; father-in-law, Harold Hooper; beloved grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.   

Travis Carto

CARTO, Travis E. – of Clarkston, age 32, passed away on April 10, 2024. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will take place following the Mass. The family will receive visitors 2-7 PM Monday, April 15, 2024 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM on Monday at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Flint Junior Golf Association or the GFHA Youth Hockey Crystal Field House of Burton, in Travis’ memory.

Travis was born in Flint, MI on February 16, 1992, son of Bryan (Erica) Carto and Kimberly (Ryan) Kaufman. Travis dedicated his professional life to the automotive industry, where he excelled with a combination of skill, precision, and a tireless work ethic. Beyond the confines of the workplace, Travis found solace and joy in the beautiful games of hockey and golf. Whether gliding effortlessly across the ice or navigating the rolling greens, he reveled in the camaraderie of competition and the simple pleasures of being outdoors. As a proud member of both Davison Country Club and Flint Golf Club, Travis found a second home among fellow enthusiasts, where friendships flourished and memories were made on the fairways and rinks alike.

Travis is survived by his parents, Bryan (Erica) Carto and Kimberly (Ryan) Kaufman; sister, Kayla Carto; grandparents, Warren Carto, Ernest Lee and Melanie Masters; and many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandma, Mary Jane Carto.     

Travis will be deeply missed by his loving family and countless friends, who will forever remember his infectious laughter, unwavering kindness, and boundless passion for life.

Edward Burda

BURDA, Edward – Of Burton, age 67, died Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12Noon Thursday, April 4, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI.

Rev. Father Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating.

Visitation 3-8pm Wednesday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint. A Rosary will be prayed 7pm Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Visitation 11:00am Thursday at church until the time of the Mass.

Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St John the Evangelist Catholic Church Blessed Sacrament.

Edward was born in Flint, Michigan on September 23, 1956, the son of Frank and Adela (Cwieka) Burda. Edward worked and retired from Chevy Truck and Bus. He was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Edward was an active gardener and loved his dogs.

Surviving are his wife, Renee;

Step-daughter, Reanna Nalepa;

Brother and sisters, Richard Burda and wife Brenda, Barbara Kovacs and Theresa and husband Steve Burda-Whitener;

Niece and nephews, Stephanie Huff, Steven Kovacs, Danny Burda and Hadley Huff.

He was preceded in death by his nephew, Jeffery and parents, Frank and Adela.   

Anthony Lajewski

Anthony Paul Lajewski, age 76, of Lapeer, died Sunday March 24, 2024. He was born July 21, 1947 in Flint, to Anthony and Joann (Michailo) Lajewski.

Tony graduated in 1965 from Mt. Morris High School, he often enjoyed getting together for lunch with many of his fellow alumni. Mr. Lajewski proudly volunteered to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, during the Vietnam War. Tony was stationed in Vietnam for more than one year and earned the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. On May 20, 1972 he married the love of his life, Mary Jo Reuther, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Burton. Tony retired from GM Buick Motor Plant in Flint, he started out in the Foundry and was promoted to Quality Control. Mr. and Mrs. Lajewski were longtime members of Immaculate Conception Church in Lapeer and attended St. John the Evangelist Church in Davison.

Tony was an avid reader, he especially enjoyed Sci-Fi and Fantasy. He was an excellent amateur photographer and was computer savvy starting very early on in his life. Tony always liked to watch movies, whether at the movie theater or at home. He also enjoyed music of all genres (including Old Motown and Classic Rock-n-Roll), he had a great sense of humor and loved to vacation and go on cruises with Mary Jo. Tony was a great cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends, actually he loved food whether eating out or at home. Everyone was welcome at Mary Jo and Tony’s home, they just loved family! Tony was a loyal husband, father, son and brother!

Tony is survived by his son: Brad Lajewski of Lapeer; daughter-in-law: Theresa Lajewski of Lapeer; grandchildren: Anthony, Lydia, Thomas, Nicholas, Noah, Claire and John; siblings: Marcia Bobeda of DeWitt and Lynette (Bruce) Allen of Haslett; sister-in-law: Dawn Lajewski of Brown City; brothers and sisters-in-law: Donna Whalen of Flint, William Reuther of Manistee, Theresa (Donald) Simon of Davison, James (Sharon) Reuther of Davison, Sharon (Patrick) Hladik of Flushing and Karen (Matthew) Crown of Metamora; many many nieces & nephews; and his loyal dog who went with him everywhere: Buster. He was preceded in death by his wife: Mary Jo Lajewski; son: Todd Lajewski: granddaughter: Anna Lajewski; parents: Tony and Joann Lajewski; brother: Michael Lajewski; and in-laws: Donald and Colette Reuther.

Visitation will be 4-8PM Monday, April 1, 2024, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer. The rosary will be prayed 7PM Monday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held 1PM Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan 48423. Father Andrew Czajkowski will celebrate the Mass. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Tuesday. Final interment will be in Mt. Loretto Cemetery in Lapeer, followed by military honors under the auspices of American Legion Post #16 Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Condolences and memories may be left at www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com.

David Kita

KITA, David John – of Davison, age 73, passed away Friday, March 15, 2024 at Serene Garden Assisted Living. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held 1 PM Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423. Inurnment will be in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family will welcome visitors from 3-7 PM on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice, in David’s memory.

David was born in Flint, MI on June 27, 1950, son of the late Donald F. and Dorothy (Weisgerber) Kita. Celebrating a life well-lived, David embarked on his journey, graduating from the University of Michigan – Flint in 1972. He married Cynthia Grambush, and together they embarked on the beautiful journey of marriage on August 10, 1985. For 43 years, David dedicated himself to service, working for the Social Security Administration, leaving a mark of commitment and integrity. Beyond the confines of his profession, he found solace and enrichment in the pages of countless books, as an avid reader and history enthusiast. Most of all, David enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His warmth, laughter, and kindness enriched the lives of those around him, leaving a legacy of love.

David is survived by his loving wife, Cindy; daughter, Tracy (Josh) Larkin; siblings, Dottie (David Joseph) Boone, Danita (Tom) Riker and Deloris (John) Ervin; and many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by sons, David Kita Jr., and Blair Kita; brother and sister-in-law, Donald (Terry) Kita; and brother-in-law, Donald Boone.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Allison Boggess and the staff of Absolute Hospice for their care.

Donna Gallagher-Scholar

GALLAGHER-SCHOLAR, Donna Lee – of Burton, MI, age 71, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2024. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Friday, April 5, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. The family will receive visitors 12-1 PM Friday, April 5, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. 

Donna was born in San Angelo, TX on February 11, 1953, daughter of the late Richard and Dorothy Gallagher. She married Bob Scholar on April 5, 1975. Donna loved working with the children at Camp Tamarack, where she was a camp director for many years. She was known as a craft master, her talents were evident in her gardening and cooking skills. Donna was an avid reader, especially Scripture. She had a passion for animals. Her greatest joy was found in spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her husband, Bob Scholar; 2 daughters, Sheila (Jeffery) Fredette and Carollyn (Richard) Bearss; 2 grandchildren, Morgan and Hunter Koop; 2 brothers, Michael (Anne) Gallagher and Mark (Elba) Gallagher; 2 sisters, Patricia (Sean) Corcoran and Mary Beth (Jeff) Heath; many other loving family members and dear friends. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by an infant son, Daniel Duffy.  

Catherine Stohon

STOHON, Catherine Marie (Olsick) – of Prescott, MI, age 96, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 PM, Monday, March 25, 2024, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Dieudonne Ntakarutimana, celebrant. Interment in Meadowview Memorial Gardens will take place following the Mass. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Katie’s memory.

Catherine was born in Altoona, PA on January 12, 1928, daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Gides) Olsick. She married Peter A. Stohon on January 25, 1947, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Cambria County, PA and he preceded her in death on December 27, 2017. Katie was a phenomenal baker, especially Polish dishes.  She was also a talented home decorator, from design to flower arranging. Katie loved to visit the casino, especially when she won.  Her greatest joy was found in spending time with her family, who will miss her dearly.

Katie is survived by her children, Pete J. (Carol) Stohon and Susanne Chilner; daughter-in-law, Karen Stohon; grandchildren, John Paul (Marcy) Stohon, Jodi (Bob) Kietzman, Jenny (Jason) Dixon, Jacob (Sarah) Stohon, Donald Chilner, Luke Chilner, Mark Stohon, Peter M. Stohon and David Stohon; great-grandchildren, Kristina (Mike) Hibbard, Angela (Mike) Powell, Gary Stohon, Amanda Stohon, Olivia Stohon, Drew Stohon, Alex Stohon, Luke Chilner II, Aiden Chilner, Landon, Kyle Stohon, Jayden Stohon, Robert Kietzman, Andrew Kietzman, Kathryn Kietzman, Isaac Dixon, Isabella Dixon and; three great-great-grandchild, Elaina and Samuel Powell and Roman Stohon; many other loving family and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Katie was preceded in death by her son, John Stohon and granddaughter, Jill Stohon. 

Michael Reuther

REUTHER, Michael J. – Of Davison, age 73, died Friday, March 15, 2024.

Visitation 4-8pm Monday, March 18, 2024 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint. A memorial service by the Knights of Columbus, Father Louis Gauthier Council 10170 will be held at 6:30pm Monday followed by a Rosary that will be prayed at 7pm at the funeral home. Visitation 12pm Tuesday at church until the time of the Mass. 

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1pm Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, 

Father Dieudonne Ntakarutimina officiating.

Burial in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus Father Louis Gauthier Council 10170.         

Michael was born in Flint, Michigan on March 11, 1951 the son of the late Donald and Colette (Root) Reuther. Michael graduated from Holy Redeemer Catholic High School, Class of 1970. Michael was employed by General Motors and enjoyed drafting and design. He was an active member of the UAW. Michael was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison and Knights of Columbus Louis Gauthier Council 10170. Michael was an active Knights of Columbus member where he became a 3rd Degree member in April, 1997. Shortly thereafter in April 1999, he was admitted to the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and was faithfully active in the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard serving throughout the greater Diocese of Lansing and specifically the Genesee County region of the Diocese. Michael was a fixture at the Knights of Columbus Friday fish fries and the annual summer festival chicken dinners. He enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing, skiing, going up north to the family cabin, watching sports: basketball, football, especially U of M, attending baseball games and spending time with his family. 

Surviving are siblings, Donna M. Whalen (Reuther), William H. Reuther, Theresa C. (Donald) Simon, James B. (Sharon) Reuther, Sharon K. (Patrick) Hladik, Kevin (Reuther) Wilson, and Karen A. (Matthew) Crown;

Nieces and nephews, Brad Lajewski, Brian Reuther, Erin Lesner, Susan Whalen, Julie McAlister, Michael Whalen, Bridget Reuther, Olivia Reuther, Ryan Hladik, Joseph Hladik, Joseph Crown, Sarah Crown, Melissa Crown, Hannah Crown and Chad Simon.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jo Lajewski (Reuther), nephews, Todd M. Lajewski and Matthew F. Whalen.

The family would like to thank Michael J. Kotarski for the giving of his time and love and praying prayers of comfort with our brother, Michael. 

 

Betty O’Malley

O’MALLEY, Betty Ann (Robinson) – of Davison, MI, age 90, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at Symphony Linden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 PM Monday, March 18, 2024, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Dieudonne Ntakarutimana celebrant. Interment will take place following the Mass at St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM-1 PM on Monday, March 18, 2024, at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Burton Senior Priest Housing, checks payable to the Diocese of Lansing. 

Betty was born in Detroit, MI, daughter of Henry and Marguerite (Seelau) Robinson. She married William O’Malley on June 9, 1956, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter, MI, having met Christmas day on the local ice-skating pond. Betty was a loving wife and mother of five daughters.

Betty worked in medical records at both McLaren and Hurley hospitals before graduating from Mott Community College with degrees in gerontology and social work. She did pioneering research in the use of humor with the elderly, authoring two books, Medical Mirth and Levity for Longevity, and was instrumental in establishing a humor program at Gilda’s Club in Detroit. Betty frequented humor conferences as both a speaker and participant. She was a member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor since 1998.

Betty is survived by her husband, William; children; Kathleen (Tom) Iberle, Mary Lou O’Malley, Eileen (Joe) Terranova, Margaret “Peggy” (Ken) Ware, and Sharon Angel, nine grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her three sisters.     

Diocesan Services Appeal

DSA stands for the Diocesan Services Appeal. This once-a year-appeal is from Bishop Boyea inviting us to join with our fellow Catholics and do our share to support the many ministries, programs and services of our of diocese. DSA is a joint effort of all 72 parishes from ten counties in south central Michigan to pool our resources and to support what no one parish can do of itself. Though all 110 services are valuable, two of the services which DSA supports are at the top of the list:

  • To continue to provide quality formation and education for our future priests.
  • To continue critically needed support of Catholic Charities, especially in Flint and Genesee County

As the largest Catholic Community of Genesee and Shiawassee counties, we are called to do our share. Our 2022 DSA goal is $126,790.

If you can make a gift or pledge, I invite you to join Father Dieudonné and myself and make a gift or pledge to this once-a-year appeal. Remember: ”I ask not for equal gifts but for equal sacrifice.” If you haven’t received your letter in the mail yet, there are envelopes in the pews as well as in the special Faith Magazine Publication highlighting the features resulting from DSA.

Your gift or pledge may be returned by mail, placed in the offertory basket, or be brought to the parish office. You may also make a DSA gift via credit card or electronic funds transfer from a bank account. See the website: www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa.

Our gift to DSA is a great way to reflect our gratitude to God for all that he has entrusted to us.

Maria Gora

Maria was born on June 17, 1937, in Illerberg, Germany to her late parents Jacob and Gertrude Kaeppeler. She went on to marry the love of her life Ronald Gora on November 16th, 1963. They were married for 51 wonderful years. You may also know Maria as the “Quilting Queen” at St. John Catholic church. Maria had quilted many, many, many quilts and prayer shawls for the Church. Maria’s perfect day would find her outside in her garden tending to the rose bushes. Roses were her favorite and she was very proud of her rose bushes. Maria would always say she had a green thumb but only for her outside plants, not so much for house plants.

Maria is survived by her children Francis, Thomas, and Patricia Gora; grandsons Andrew and Jacob Gora; nephews Juergen and Klaus Kaeppeler.

Maria was preceded in death by her husband Ronald, and brothers Hans, Bernie, and Karl Kaeppeler

A visitation for Maria will be held Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Brown Funeral Home – 1480 E. Hill Road, Grand Blanc, MI, with a rosary service at 6:30 PM. A funeral mass will occur Monday, March 4, 2024 at 1:00 PM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church – 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI, with visitation one hour prior. Maria will be laid to rest at Goodrich Cemetery in Goodrich, MI.

Lynn Gray

Lynn Gray, 65, went to be with her Lord on February 15, 2024. She entered eternal rest at her home surrounded by her family after a short but hard-fought battle with cancer. Lynn is survived by her husband, Mark; her children, Sean (Christine and her only grandchild Harper), Erin Brown (Justin); her brother, Gary Steele (Colleen); niece Lisa Kamischke (Mick), and several other family members. Lynn was born in Flint, Michigan on February 21, 1958. She attended Flint Southwestern High School, and was a gymnast from a young age. After graduation she worked at GM where she met her husband, Mark. In the following years she worked as a registered respiratory therapist doing patient care, and then went on to attend the University of Michigan-Flint obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. She worked for over 30 years at Genesys in Grand Blanc Michigan as a multi-disciplinary regional director. She was a faithful servant of the Lord, doing his work and mentoring her many employees over the years. In 2018 she retired to care for her mother. In her free time, she loved spending time with her family. She and her husband Mark were Harley-Davidson riders and would often ride the Blue Ridge Parkway in Tennessee with friends. In 2021 Lynn and Mark moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to be with their children. She loved the abundant Tennessee sunshine, the beautiful landscape of the Smoky Mountains, and her loyal companion Kody. She had the most generous and kind soul. She will be missed dearly by all who loved her. Visitation will be at Mynatt Funeral Home Powell Chapel on Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 2-4PM and 6-8 PM. A Memorial Mass in her honor will be held at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville, TN on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 1:30 PM. A memorial service in her honor will be held in Davison, Michigan at a later date. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.mynattfh.com

Robert Hunter

Robert Carl Hunter, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2024 at the age of 81 surrounded by his family. Robert was born on July 4, 1942 in Flint to Thomas and Leota Hunter (Freese). After 34 years he retired from GM.

Robert was known for his unwavering dedication to his family and friends. He was a loving husband to Mary Hunter for 55 years, and a devoted father. He cherished spending time with his family, sharing stories around the dinner table, or attending his children’s and grandchildren’s events.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Mary Hunter; his children, Thomas (Bridget) Hunter, Andrea (Jassin) Yacks; his grandchildren, Hannah (Jesus) Medrano, Lilianna Hunter, Jaya Yacks and Logan Yacks; Great grandchildren, Everly Greenwood, Kinsley Hunter, Charlotte Medrano; his sibling, Jeannine Barker; and many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly. Robert was proceeded in death by his parents Thomas and Leota Hunter and brother Thomas (Butch) Hunter.

A celebration of Robert’s life will be held on March 1st at Blessed Sacrament Parish of Burton at 11:OOam. Burial following at Great Lakes cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation in Robert’s memory.

Natalie Carr

CARR, Natalie K. (Ullom) – of Burton, age 67, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Hampton Manor of Burton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Monday, February 12, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will welcome visitors from 1- 3:30 PM and 4:30-7 PM on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423.  There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 on Sunday at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Charity of one’s choice, in Natalie’s memory.

Natalie was born in Pontiac, MI on June 9, 1956, daughter of late George and Dolores (Burt) Ullom. She married Timothy Carr on July 29, 1978. Natalie was a Registered Nurse for 41 years. She loved to show her affection by cooking for others. Natalie enjoyed spending her time with her loved ones and reading.

Natalie is survived by her loving husband, Timothy; children, Erik Carr and Brian Carr; grandchildren, JohnRobert and Hunter Carr; siblings, George “Bill” (Mary Snyder) Ullom and Michael (Ida) Ullom; and many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by sister-in-law, Myra Ullom and sister-in-law, Bethany Carr.

Eric Schroeder

SCHROEDER, Eric – of Davison, MI, age 56, passed away on February 7, 2024.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Thursday, February 15, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will take place following the Mass. The family will receive visitors 12-3 and 4-8 PM Wednesday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. There will be two hours of visitation prior to the Mass on Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Davison-Richfield Fire Department Association, GFHA Youth Hockey Crystal Field House of Burton or plant a tree in memory of Eric, at a location of your choice. The family kindly asks that everyone attending the Mass on Thursday, February 15, 2024 to wear something that you associate with Eric. Hockey jerseys, camouflage and University of Michigan apparel are all welcome. Eric doesn’t care how you dress as he accepted and loved everybody.

Eric was born in Flint, MI on September 17, 1967, son of the late Allan Joseph and Sharon Lee (Morse) Schroeder. He married Andrea Kitchen on April 24, 1992, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison. Eric worked at Hank Graff Chevrolet from 1986 – 2006, working as a mechanic for 13 years, then sold cars for 7 years. He began his career at Mersino’s in 2006 as a Logistics Manager. Eric honorably worked for the Davison Fire Department for 30 years, retiring as a battalion chief on November 15, 2018. One of Eric’s many loves were playing hockey, hunting with his family and friends, camping, being outdoors and traveling. Eric loved people and was known for being the life of the party. He was dedicated, hardworking and never turned down a meal, as everyone knew he loved food!

Eric is survived by his wife, Andrea; children, Kyle and Emily; siblings, Celeste (Carl) Zipperer, Devin (Carrie) Schroeder, Mark (Chris) Schroeder; many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; and his favorite dog, Tess.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to everyone who loved and supported Eric during his courageous fight with cancer. He inspired many with his positive attitude and beautiful smile. #schroederstrong 

Dennis Gorbutt

GORBUTT, Dennis – of Turner, MI, age 70, passed away peacefully at his residence on February 6, 2024. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6340 Roberta Street, Burton, MI 48509; Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley celebrant. Cremation will take place following the Mass. The family will welcome visitors from 4-7 PM on Friday, February 9, 2024 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, attention Lori Burger, in Dennis’ memory.

Dennis was born in Flint, MI on December 12, 1953, son of late Ralph and Ruby (Payne) Gorbutt. He married Laurie Brown on April 25, 1975. Dennis attended Bentley High School. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament and a Boy Scout Master for several years. Dennis enjoyed everything outdoors with his family and friends. His greatest accomplishment was raising three Eagle Scouts, his sons. Dennis worked at General Motors Truck and bus for 35 years, retiring in 2007. 

Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Laurie; children, Jack (Tausha Koenders) Gorbutt, Mark Gorbutt and Adam (Rebecca) Gorbutt; grandchildren, Rachell (Bill), Andrew, Zachary and Hadley; sister, Deanna Gorbutt; mother-in-law, Joan Brown; and many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by sister, Sharon Bunker.

Raymond Brzezniak

BRZEZNIAK, Raymond John – of Burton, MI, age 92, passed away Friday, February 2, 2024. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held 1 PM Monday, February 19, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Inurnment, with Military Honors, immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 12-1 PM Monday, February 19, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Raymond’s memory. 

Raymond was born in Bay City, MI on February 14, 1931, son of the late Stephen and Anna (Kosnik) Brzezniak. His journey through life was marked by dedication, service, and a genuine passion for learning. A proud graduate of Bay City Central High School Class of 1949, he went on to serve his country with honor in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. Raymond continued to pursue knowledge, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging from Michigan State University in 1956. On June 7, 1958, Raymond found love and companionship with Gail Hinkley, and they embarked on a beautiful journey together in Bay City, MI. Raymond’s professional life was characterized by hard work and commitment, culminating in his retirement from General Motors in 1987 after 30.5 years of dedicated service. Raymond was not only a devoted husband, but also an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. His faith was a guiding force in his life, shaping his character and influencing his interactions with others. Outside of his professional and spiritual pursuits, Raymond embraced life’s simple pleasures. He had a green thumb and found joy in gardening, and he loved the soothing embrace of swimming. His faithful companion, Alice, a beloved Scottish Terrier, brought immeasurable joy to his days. Family was at the heart of Raymond’s world, and he cherished the moments spent with his grandchildren. His teaching extended beyond the classroom, as he imparted the beauty of the Polish language and a special secret handshake, creating lasting memories for generations to come. Raymond’s sense of adventure took him across the United States and beyond its borders. He had a keen interest in model cars and WWII airplanes, showcasing his appreciation for history and craftsmanship. Bird watching and bird feeding brought him solace and connected him to the natural world he so admired. In remembering Raymond, let us celebrate a life well-lived, filled with love, laughter, and a genuine zest for living. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, kindness, and the enduring bonds of family and friendship. May he rest in peace, forever remembered and deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gail Brzezniak; 3 children, Mary (Pastor Mark) Neumann, Raymond (Paula) Brzezniak and Ann (Khaled) El-Safty; 7 grandchildren, Robert (Patience) Neumann, Julie (Jason) Blystone, Rachael Brzezniak, Sarah Brzezniak, Omar El-Safty, Yousef El-Safty and Hassan El-Safty; 6 great-grandchildren, Logan Blystone, Tristan Blystone, Bryce Neumann, Alexander Neumann, Cedric Neumann and Seraphina Maryanne Neumann; many other loving family members and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Anna Brzezniak; great-grandson, Drake Neumann; 3 siblings, and Theodora “Dorothy” (John) Nagy, Florian “Floyd” (Priscilla) Brzezniak and Robert (Elizabeth “Betty”) Brzezniak.    

Dolores Bykowski

Dolores Helen (Wiencus) Bykowski of Lapeer, MI, formerly of Warren MI, age 89, peacefully joined her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday February 1, 2024.

Dolores was born in Detroit, MI on March 18,1934 to John and Antonina Wiencus. She graduated from St. Ladislaus High School and went on to attend post-high school classes in business administration. Dolores married her first love William Bykowski on May 5, 1962 in Hamtramck, MI and were happily married for 40 years until William’s passing in 2002. Dolores worked as an administrative assistant to various judges in the Detroit metropolitan area before becoming a homemaker for her husband Bill after their marriage. She loved helping others and joined the Ladies Sodality of the Catholic Church as well as the Council of Catholic Women of the Archdiocese of Detroit. She also devoted many countless hours as a volunteer at St. John Hospital Macomb. Dolores spent much of her days working in her garden, taking long walks or socializing with her neighbors. She will always be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit and positive attitude.

Dolores was preceded in death by her loving husband William Bykowski and her younger sister Irene Wiencus Barnes. She is survived by her youngest sister, Janet Wiencus Ferrari and brother-in-law Edward Ferrari. She was a cherished aunt to 5 nieces and 1 nephew: James (Lisa) Ferrari, Gina (Tom) Conlon, Nina (Charles) Yankee, Tina (Eric) Anderson, Christina (David) Evans, and Dina (Bradley) Harris. She was a great aunt to 16 nieces and nephews and a great-great-aunt to 4 nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423 at 12 PM; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Visitation will be held at the church from 11 AM-12 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Council of Catholic Women.

Tropical Costa Rica

Join Fr. Andrew on a trip to Tropical Costa Rica February 17-25, 2025! Trip highlights include San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Arenal Volcano, Cano Negro Refuge, Lake Arenal Cruise, Farm Tour and Lunch, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and Guanacaste. An optional 3-night Jungle Adventure Pre Tour Extension can also be added. Click here to view the trip brochure!

To sign up to attend the trip, or for more information, please click here!

Please register for a Tropical Costa Rica Zoom presentation being held on Tuesday February 20th at 6pm by clicking on this link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__collette.zoom.us_j_82730370732&d=DwIFAw&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=5o9iMR9nVjnHPj5vhBj4OyhGOzVrehIeHeRbXF-JrdA&m=idPtB4fN3sBkQWmlgWfwwvP5mE9hPWQGuH9Ce0WPd2_LPkAgLmliJsqQjBUEn6VC&s=Ktp1uWyII91mg5ZNJWjKDZzlDsVvgB-HmmfRcoiHx6A&e=

To view the Zoom meeting that was held, please follow this link:

https://collette.zoom.us/rec/play/RwgF4lxG3LNKodsuaxqWYNFVSszLA8HZq6yu67pvgOM1X5XvmLALiIQGt1FgujgyApbwcCr4kBaPCE5Y.XVdt1p1vTeW58akf?canPlayFromShare=true&from=share_recording_detail&continueMode=true&componentName=rec-play&originRequestUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fcollette.zoom.us%2Frec%2Fshare%2FALpYLB2IlGUzYw_B7ovz3YGj8O_UvkWAT8FgdGgQCEiGea92u4xk0asueXBr7Ddh.AaNOL7bJZtQENzmr

Open Pickleball

Join us for open pickleball at the St. John Family Center! The cost is free for Wellness Center Members and $5 for non-members. Exact payment is due prior to playing and you can sign in at the Wellness Center front desk. Please bring your own racket.

Daytime Hours
Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Evening and Weekend Hours for October
Wednesday, October 4, 11, and 25:
3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 13, 20, and 27:
12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 and 28:
8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

 

Shades of Ireland

July 25-August 6, 2024. Featuring Northern Ireland. Highlights: Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney Castle, Boat Tour, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Farm Visit, Galway, Donegal Town, Derry, Giant’s Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Belfast, “Titanic Experience.” For more information, please visit this link: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1166428

Price includes hometown transfer, round trip airfare from Detroit Metro Airport. For more information contact Veronica at vur@stjohndavison.org

To view the virtual presentation that was held on Wednesday August 23, 2023 at 6PM, click on this link: https://collette.zoom.us/rec/share/0p8nxOKkccbAq3VCX0Gpnb3Nkb894P_4EvZla03grmP3eiCDlouJ-Osbro2DH4en.eSyV0G7UTP5AvF0M

Magical Rhine and Moselle Rivers

Join Fr. Andrew on a trip down the magical Rhine and Moselle Rivers, September 19-27, 2024. Highlights include: Zurich, 7-Night River Cruise, Rhine River, Strasbourg, Speyer, Mannheim, Lorelei Passage, Cochem, Moselle River, Bernkastel, Wine Tasting, Cologne, and Amsterdam.

For more information about the trip, please visit: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1146076

To view the flyer, please click here.

To view the recording of the zoom presentation, please click here.

Online Giving Made Easy 4 Ways

Website · Text · Scan · App

We have exciting news! The Catholic Community of St. John and Blessed Sacrament is now offering online giving services through ParishSoft Giving to better serve our parishioners. We are providing this option in addition to cash or check donations. You can still give through traditional methods, but now you can make recurring or one-time gifts online with a credit/debit card or electronic check.

This program is beneficial to you, in that you do not need to worry about having cash or check on hand at Mass, and it benefits our Parish by reducing the time needed to process donations and run financial reports.

To give online through our new platform, visit our giving page on our website https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stj404263 or scan qrcode below.

You can also give through text message by texting “MyGift” to 810-652-5253.  Finally, you can stay engaged with our parish and give by downloading the myParish App to your phone.

Please contact Shelly Wallace at 810-653-2377 if you need assistance to make the switch from Eoffering to ParishSoft Giving.

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Seasons of Hope

Seasons of Hope: coping with our losses is a support group for the bereaved that is held in the St. John Family Center.

The support group for the bereaved will begin a 6 week session on Wednesday, April 3 and continue through Wednesday, May 8. Sessions are offered in the mornings from 10:45a.m.-12:45p.m. and the evenings from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. in the Family Center Small Activity Room. Anyone grieving the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and bring a friend.

Registration by calling Judy Plamondon at (810) 653-1706 or use the registration form below.

Seasons of Hope Registration

Contact information for those registering for the Seasons of Hope grief support group.

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Catholic Bishops in Michigan Statement Following Dobbs Decision

Nearly fifty years after the unjust decision in Roe v. Wade, our country draws closer to a society that recognizes the God-given right of life for all persons, at any stage or in any condition. While today’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturns Roe is a cause for joy, we must remember that life is and always will be a gift from our Creator; it cannot be given or taken by governmental structures, judges, or elected officials.

We are saddened by the fear and anger that has reverberated across our land since a draft of this opinion was leaked to the public. In light of these concerns, we wish to make clear that no woman should face pregnancy alone. With safe-delivery laws, adoption, pregnancy resource centers, and assistance from Catholic and other agencies that provide necessities for mom and baby, every pregnant woman should know there is a community of compassion and support waiting to help her and her unborn or infant child. We empathize with women who struggle with daily challenges that may affect their decision to carry their baby to term: financial insecurity, food insecurity, medical care, lack of relationship and/or family support, coercion, and homelessness, just to name a few.

The pro-life movement must redouble its efforts to ensure every woman has the support she needs throughout her pregnancy and beyond, whether she chooses to parent or create an adoption plan. We affirm that the Church must prioritize this work, through our Catholic Charities and parish-based support networks, to meet the physical needs of mothers and children as well as offer the emotional support and love new mothers need. We also implore men to be respectful of women and responsible when they father a child. We are all called to walk with moms in need, and we encourage all Michiganders to join us in this effort.

Today’s momentous decision would not have occurred without fifty years of prayer, action and witness from innumerable women and men who promote the sanctity of human life. These people of goodwill laid the foundation for a future of love, compassion, and support toward women and their unborn or newborn children. Though Roe is no longer relevant to abortion policy, we must remain vigilant against future attempts to promote abortion as help for women, which in reality are attacks on human life itself. Some of those attacks have already started here in Michigan through the legislative process, at the ballot box and in the court room, signaling that the work to build up a social order that respects human life is not finished.

Let us, as the Body of Christ here on Earth, pray for all pregnant women and continue to proclaim that human life is sacred from conception to natural death and at every point in between, and to commit ourselves to building a society grounded in that essential God-given right.

Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron Archbishop of Detroit

Most Reverend Earl A. Boyea Bishop of Lansing

Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss Bishop of Saginaw

Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak Bishop of Grand Rapids

Most Reverend Jose Arturo Cepeda Escobedo Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

Most Reverend Donald F. Hanchon Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley Bishop of Kalamazoo

Most Reverend John F. Doerfler Bishop of Marquette

Most Reverend Jeffrey J. Walsh Bishop of Gaylord

Most Reverend Gerard W. Battersby Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

Most Reverend Robert J. Fisher Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

The New St. John Book and Gift Shop

“The Most Holy Gift Shop” is located off the Gathering Space in St. John Catholic Church

New Books Have Arrived!! Our Early Christmas Sale begins Saturday, November 4th-Sunday, December 24th. Each Saturday from 3:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. and each Sun. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Come see all new great Advent and Christmas gifts available for friends and family!!

Hours:
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information call:  Sandy at (810) 240-7451 or Larry at (810) 252-7928

Acts of Spiritual Communion

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make and Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping him in his Body and Blood. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.

 

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that
You are present in the
Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all
things, and I desire to
receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at
this moment receive You
sacramentally, come at
least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as
if You were already
there and unite myself
Wholly to you.
Never permit me to be
separated from You.
Amen.

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Promise to Protect Pledge to Heal

If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church –

Please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing.  We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States now has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help make a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative if you desire.  The Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Lansing is:

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW
1-888-308-6252, or via email:
cwilliamshecksel@dioceseoflansing.org

In addition, you may also report through the law enforcement toll-free reporting hotline at (844) 324-3374  (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by email at aginvestigations@michigan.gov.

Bishop Earl Boyea’s Statement on the Current Sexual Abuse Crisis

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

           I am writing this to you due to the recent removal of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from ministry and the release of the grand jury report on clergy abuse in Pennsylvania. Once again, the sins of clergy have hurt victims, scandalized the faithful, raised anger in many hearts, and brought ill-repute upon the Catholic Church. Archbishop McCarrick’s abuse of minors, his homosexual activity and his abuse of seminarians and young priests are beyond the pale. The sins of anyone who sexually abuses children is abhorrent, most especially clergy. In addition, some knew about these crimes and did nothing to address this behavior. I am as shocked as you. So, first of all, I apologize for their behavior and the behavior of those who did nothing to stop it. It is incredibly wearying and demoralizing to hear yet again about these sexual sins and crimes. Let us hold each other in prayer.

As you may know, each bishop is ultimately responsible to the Holy Father, who is the only one who can remove a bishop. Still, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be discussing how we bishops might attempt to hold one another accountable, given this limitation. I can never give a guarantee that there will not be other clerics who violate their promise of celibacy and abuse their positions. We are all sinners. The Lord Jesus knew what these sinful clergy did just as he knows our sinful selves as well. Beyond what we can do as human beings to address the behavior of one another, we also commend ourselves and each other to the charity and justice of our God. We offer our prayers for the healing of victims of abuse but the time has come for us bishops to do more to hold one another accountable.

Christ is our hope in all things. May God have mercy on us all.

Bishop Earl Boyea, Diocese of Lansing

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appDid you know that we have a Parish App? If not, now’s the time to download it! The App includes Mass times, daily readings, bulletins, homilies, and more! Messages are sent out from Fr. Andrew and the Parish staff regarding important events or notices to help keep you informed of the goings-on at St. John and Blessed Sacrament.

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