The sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful way to help prepare ourselves for the Advent season. St. John will be holding two communal penance services during the Advent season: Wednesday, December 13 at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm Monday December 4, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at St. John Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 12:00 noon Monday until time of services at the church. Marian was a long-time member of St. John Catholic Church and loved singing in the choir. She sang at many funerals as well. Those desiring may make contributions in Marian’s memory to the St. John’s Choir.
Marian was born in Bay City, Michigan, the daughter of the late Thomas and Jennie Duley and had resided in the Davison area most of her life. She married the love of her life Ronald Lee Wilcox on January 9, 1960 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and he preceded her in death on May 10, 2015. Marian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a devout catholic and an active member of St. John Catholic Church. She retired as a registered nurse then became an avid golfer and even got a hole-in-one! Marian and Ron wintered in New Port Richey, Florida, enjoyed their summers at Higgins Lake and loved to travel. Marian will be remembered for her loving heart and kindness to others.
Marian leaves to cherish her memory, children: Ron (Beth) Wilcox, Tom (Debi) Wilcox, Debbie (David) Moore, and Suzan (Vic) Rosendale. She also leaves her loving grandchildren: Karey Wilcox, Allissa Schmitt, Jessica Moore, Sara Moore, Jonathon Rosendale, Collin Rosendale, Nic Rosendale, and great grandchildren; Madison Wilcox, Teagan and Abigail Niznik, Michael and Daniel Schmitt. She is also survived by her siblings: Jeannine (Leo) Persails, Jim (Jan) Duley, Cathy (Tony) Carobine, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by brother Tommie Duley. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net
KIDD, Robert George – of Caseville, MI, formerly of Davison, MI, age 83, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2023, with his loving family by his side. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Thursday, November 30, 2023 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 3-7 PM Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 PM Thursday, November 30, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Bob’s memory.
Bob was born in Flint, MI on August 19, 1940, son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Flood) Kidd. He was a graduate of St. Michael Catholic High School Class of 1958. On September 8, 1962, Bob married Bette Jayne Pearsall at St. Michael Catholic Church in Flint, MI. He retired from General Motors in 1995 after 31 years of service. A faithful member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Bob found solace and strength in his faith. He was a pillar of support for his family and friends, embodying the values of love, compassion, and kindness. Bob had a zest for life and pursued various interests that brought him immense joy. He had a passion for the outdoors, enjoying fishing and hunting, and spent cherished moments with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His love for the thrill of the casino, the camaraderie of card games (especially Euchre), and the satisfaction of gardening added rich layers to his vibrant personality. Known for his infectious sense of humor, Bob was a great joke teller, often engaging in playful banter and practical jokes with his twin brother. He was a sports enthusiast who excelled as a slow-pitch softball pitcher, demonstrated prowess on the hockey rink, and showed finesse on the bowling alley. His loyalty to Detroit sports was unwavering, and he could be found passionately cheering for the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers. Bob’s love for football and baseball was a constant source of joy and excitement for those who shared in his passion.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Bette Kidd; 3 children, Steven (Janice) Kidd, Mark Kidd and Michelle (Walt) Tear; 5 grandchildren, Nikki (Alex) Rieffel, Sarah (Joe) Cox, Kelsey (Jordy) Sayers, Kayla (Vincent) Mortillaro and Amanda Tear; 5 great-grandchildren, Noah, Callie, Charlie, Sammy and Monroe; twin brother, Norbert Kidd; sister-in-law, Barb Kidd; many other loving family members and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Josephine Kidd; 4 siblings, Lillian Kidd, Muriel McNicol, Edna Bissonette and Jerry Kidd.
Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24, 2023
4:00 p.m. Mass (St. John and Blessed Sacrament)
6:00 p.m. Mass (St. John, liturgy with children and Crystal Bells)
11:15pm Carols Begin (St. John)
12:00 Midnight Mass (St. John)
Christmas Day – Monday, December 25, 2023
9:00 a.m. Mass (Blessed Sacrament)
10:00 a.m. Mass (St. John)
12:00 p.m. Mass (St. John)
Feast of St. John the Evangelist – Wednesday, December 27, 2023
10:00 a.m. (St. John in the main church)
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – Sunday, December 31, 2023
Blessing of Families
7:30 a.m. Mass (St. John)
9:00 a.m. (Blessed Sacrament)
10:00 a.m. (St. John)
12:00 p.m. (St. John)
5:00 p.m. No Mass
New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1, 2024
8:00 a.m. Mass (St. John)
9:00 a.m. Mass (Blessed Sacrament)
10:00 a.m. Mass (St. John)
Epiphany Vigil – Saturday, January 7, 2024
Blessing of Chalk
4:30 p.m. Mass (St. John)
6:00 p.m. Mass (Blessed Sacrament)
Epiphany – Sunday, January 8, 2024
Blessing of Chalk
7:30 a.m. (St. John)
9:00 a.m. (Blessed Sacrament)
10:00 a.m. (St. John)
12:00 p.m. (St. John)
5:00 p.m. (St. John)
SHEPHERD, Candace – of Davison, age 76, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at The Oaks at Woodfield. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 2 PM Monday, November 20, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski officiating. Cremation will take place following the service. The family will receive visitors 12 Noon Monday until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Candace was born in West Branch, MI on July 13, 1947, daughter of the late Charles and Mabel (Olar) Thornton. She was a wonderful mom who loved her kids and grandkids. Candace loved cooking for all of them. She enjoyed lighthouses and spending time at the beach in Tawas.
Candace is survived by her sons, Troy (Kim) Shepherd and Brent Shepherd; grandchildren, Troy II (Paviana) Shepherd, Trianna Shepherd and Trent Shepherd; great granddaughter, Eliana Shepherd and one great grandson on the way and many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by siblings, Kenny Thornton and Beverly Hogaboam.
SEVO, Mary Theresa (LeClaire) – of Burton, MI, age 90, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Ascension Genesys Hospital, Grand Blanc, with her son and daughter at her side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Friday, November 10, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant and Rev. Fr. Zachary M. Mabee con-celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 2-7 PM Thursday, November 9, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 PM Friday, November 10, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Thursday, November 9, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home. In accordance with Mary’s wishes, contributions to an educational fund for her three great-grandsons will be accepted, in the care of Timothy Sevo. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Mary was born at St. Francis Hospital, Escanaba, Michigan, October 1, 1933, the daughter of the late Dona and Ada (Belanger) LeClaire. She was raised in Rock, Michigan, graduating from Rock High School, class of 1951. She was employed at St. Francis Hospital and Michigan Bell Telephone in Escanaba. Mary moved with her family to Flint, Michigan in November 1955. She worked at Michigan Bell, Central Wholesale Produce, and General Motors/Buick Motor Division as a switchboard operator. She also was a kindergarten teachers aide at St. Mary Catholic School in Flint from 1976-1984, and she ultimately retired from EDS/General Motors as a telephone operator on October 1, 1995. During retirement, she welcomed her beautiful granddaughters, Katie and Mary, whom she was so proud of. She was joined in marriage to Louis “Jim” Sevo at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Flint, Michigan, on November 27, 1965. Jim preceded her in death on January 17, 1984. Mary was a former longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Flint, and a current member of St. John the Evangelist, Davison. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mary was deeply devoted to her family and her Catholic faith. She was truly loved by all.
Mary is survived by son, Timothy (Ann); daughter, Teresa (Adam); 2 granddaughters, Kathleen (Michael) and Mary Elizabeth (Logan); 3 great-grandsons, Patrick, Theodore “Teddy” and Collin; sister, Eunice (Carroll “Kelly”) Elledge; 2 sisters-in-law, Brenda LeClaire and Barbara LeClaire; grand dog, Clarice; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dona and Ada LeClaire; husband, Louis “Jim” Sevo; 4 brothers, Lionel, Bernard, Gerald, and Ralph LeClaire; 3 sisters-in-law, Lois, Dorothy, and Leta LeClaire; 3 nephews, Thomas, Stephen, and John LeClaire; and grand dog, Daisy.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff of Ascension Genesys 2nd floor Telemetry who lovingly cared for our mother in her final days.
We love and miss you, Mom and Grandma.
It’s not goodbye…we’ll see you later…
Entering into the holiday season after a death in the family can often be particularly distressing and challenging. Oftentimes, even our closest support persons find themselves helpless in knowing how to support us. Please join us in a special session on creative ways to process and cope with grief and loss, facilitated by Dr. Laurel Hilliker who spoke previously at our parish. She will be accompanied by Judy Plamondon, St. John parishioner and Seasons of Hope grief support group facilitator.
Our speaker, Dr. Laurel Hilliker, received her doctorate in sociology from Michigan State University with a specialization in bereavement. She is the daughter of former parishioner, Anna Nutt, now deceased. Dr. Hilliker holds a Fellow in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Her current university affiliation is the University of Michigan-Flint, where she teaches public health coursework, including Wellness in the Face of Loss. She is published in scholarly journals and has written for Faith Catholic Magazine. She is the founder of Bearing Loss, Grief Education and Consulting, LLC, providing webinars and talks for the bereaved and for the professionals who work with them. She has recently published her first book, Grief-Stricken, Stories of Altered Loss in a Pandemic Haze through Covenant Books.
The talk will aim to provide coping strategies to help us bear our losses and will include a format that allows for a question-and-answer period. The session will be held on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 at 10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. We will meet in the Family Center.
The holiday season is fast approaching – time to order your Christmas wreaths from the youth group! Students are selling the beautiful wreaths, grave blankets, and other Christmas items through Thursday, November 9.
TUSCHER, Gertrude Rose (D’Ary) – of Burton, MI, age 79, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6336 Roberta Street, Burton, MI 48509; Rev. Fr. Dieudonné Ntakarutimana celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM-12 PM Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home.
Trudy was born in Flint, MI on December 13, 1943, daughter of the late Phillip and Rose (Fonzasin) D’Ary. She was a graduate of St. Michael High School in Flint, MI Class of 1961. On November 27, 1965, she married Joseph E. Tuscher in Flint, MI. Throughout her life, Trudy was a beacon of light in her community. She dedicated her time and talents to Bentley Schools and Vogt’s Flowers, leaving an indelible mark on those she served. Trudy’s faith was an integral part of her life, and she was a devoted member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Her unwavering faith brought comfort and inspiration to those around her. Trudy was not just a woman of work and faith, but she also embraced her unique passions. She was an amateur radio operator with the call sign KB8VUF, connecting with people across the airwaves and sharing her enthusiasm for communication. Her love for knitting was another of her many talents, creating warmth and comfort with every stitch. And her adventurous spirit led her to explore the world through her travels, creating memories that will forever live in the hearts of those who joined her on these journeys. Trudy’s kindness, grace, and zest for life were evident to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She leaves behind a legacy of love and a host of beautiful memories that will continue to inspire and comfort her family and friends.
Trudy is survived by her husband, Joseph Tuscher; 2 children, Joseph (Danette) Tuscher Jr. and Gregory (Kendra) Tuscher; 5 grandchildren, Ryan Tuscher, Sam Tuscher, Joel Tuscher, Brenden Tuscher and Ben (Erica) Hogendyk; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; 2 nieces; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Rose D’Ary.
Norman Arthur “Norm” Czap of Davison, age 92, died Tuesday October 24, 2023 at Charter Senior Living, Davison. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Monday October 30, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at St. John Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 2-5 pm Sunday at the funeral home. Norm will lie in state from 11:00 am Monday until time of services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in his memory to the Church Memorial Fund, Alzheimer’s Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of American, or Big Brother Big Sister Organization.
Norman was born in Michigan on October 9, 1931 the son of the late Michael and Amelia Czap and had resided in the Davison area most of his life. He was joined in marriage to Prakseda Helen Krupa on February 13, 1954 in Flint and she preceded him in death on February 25, 2016. Answering the call of his country Norm proudly served in the US Marine Corp during the Korean War. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison, and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4090 in Davison. Norm was an adventurous man who spent hours searching the hidden treasures of Freeman’s Auto Salvage and could be found daily at Leo’s Restaurant with his morning coffee, and the Apollo Restaurant for an evening dinner. Norm had been employed by General Motors AC Spark Plug Division until his retirement in 1987.
Surviving are children: Christine & Martin Herta, Joanne & Richard Saari, Raymond Czap, Kevin & Tena Czap, and James & Brenda Czap. He also leaves his loving nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Surviving also is brother Larry Czap, and a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by grandson Ryan Czap in 2022. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net
SERRA, Veronica Mary (Zaher) – of Grand Blanc, MI, age 94, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2023. SERRA, Joseph F., of Grand Blanc, MI, age 93, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Friday, November 3, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Entombment, with Military Honors, immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 PM Friday, November 3, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 PM Thursday, November 2, 2023, followed by a Memorial Service conducted under the auspices of the Davison Knights of Columbus Council #4090, followed by a Memorial Service conducted under the auspices of the Daughters of Isabella Regina Coeli #1095 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus Chorus, in Veronica and Joseph’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Veronica was born in Flint, MI, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Stimac) Zaher. She graduated from St. Mary School in Flint. On June 24, 1950, she and Joseph were married at St. Mary Catholic Church in Flint, MI. She devoted her life to God, Joseph and her family. Veronica was also a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella Regina Coeli #1095, working for 19 years, every Tuesday morning in the kitchen at the K of C Hall, Knights of Columbus Chorus Auxiliary, Altar Society, St. Patrick’s Guild and a 70-year member of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America. She especially loved holidays and time spent with family. Her joy was preparing meals, especially for the holidays and loving each and every one of her family while knowing her love was returned. God’s love flowed through Veronica with a gentle but powerful spirit that impacted everyone that knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Zaher; her brother, Joseph “Bud” (Charlene) Zaher and many other loving family and friends.
Joseph was born of Immigrant parents from Calabria, Italy; the son of Frank F. and Giovanna (Rossetti) Serra, in Flint, MI. He was a graduate of St. Mary School in Flint. He also attended the old Flint JC and G.M.I. Joseph worked as a Senior Designer for AC Spark Plug for 37 years. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, from October 1950 to November 1951. Joseph served in combat with the 1st Calvary Division and received the Combat Infantry Badge and two battle stars. Music was very important in his life, playing in a dance band and as a youngster, also the old Flint Groves Marching band and school orchestra at St. Mary’s. The interest in music led to his becoming a member of the Singing Knights. Joseph was a member of Davison Knights of Columbus Council #4090. He was a Past Grand Knight and later a District Deputy, overseeing five other K of C Councils in the Flint area. Joseph had many hobbies, such as his love of history, having many books of World War II and many other wars and their origins. The collection and study of lighthouses was another hobby, as well as woodworking and the making of furniture. The top hobby of course was golf, which he played for over 50 years. The computer was to take over his life in later years.
He was to do a lot of work, such as flyers and other promotions for the Singing Knights as well as newsletter editor for two K of C Councils and the Singing Knights. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Veronica Serra; parents, Frank and Giovanna Serra; brother, Fred Serra; 2 sisters, Mary (Paul) Burns and Minnie (Fred) Bussineau; many other loving family members and friends.
Veronica and Joseph are survived by their 6 children, Dennis (Deborah) Serra, Robert (Donna) Serra, Anne Marie (Wayne) Meekins, Carol (Tim) McBride, Michael (Tina) Serra and Frederick Serra; 16 grandchildren, Dominic (Ashley) Serra, Brian Serra, Mark Serra, Angela Benfield, Rachel Serra Glasstetter, Matthew (Molly) Meekins, Tony Serra, Sarah Meekins, Jesakkah (Alberto) Serrano, Kelsey-Ann (Alex) Zimmerman, Viktoriah (Justin) Slusher, Juliah (Anthony) Czarniak, Michael (Rebekah) Serra, Preston Serra, Joseph McBride and Anna McBride; 17 great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Benfield, Hannah Juliano, Evie Serra, Reagan Benfield, Sophia Benfield, Gabriel Serra, Samantha Glasstetter, Abel Serra, Daniel Serra, Sawyer Serra, Alberto Serrano, Eliana Zimmerman, Alonzo Serrano, Kate Zimmerman, Liam Serra, Alexander Serra and Rylee Zimmerman. Veronica and Joseph were also preceded in death by 4 grandchildren, Jeanette Serra, Jared Serra, Kathryn Serra and Rebekkah Rosado.
CAMPEAU, Robert L. – of Winter Haven, FL., formerly of Davison, MI, age 87, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2023. Cremation has taken place and a memorial celebration will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association at alz.org.
Robert (Bob) was born in Flint, MI on August 26, 1936, the son of Bill (Donna) Campeau and Jessie (Thompson) Campeau. He married Jacqueline M. Nero on April 12, 1958. Bob was a hard-working, loving husband and family man and together they raised four children. He enjoyed a lifelong career in the finance and insurance business. When they weren’t doting on their grandchildren, Bob and Jackie enjoyed spending their golden years in the Florida sunshine. Bob was beloved by his community and had a zest for life. He was a lover of the great outdoors, always finding time to golf, hunt, fish, camp, travel, or take a golf cart ride to say hello to the neighborhood. He was an amazing Papa to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always made time to support them throughout their lives. He was happiest when surrounded by those he loved. His kindness extended to anyone in need; he would give the shirt off his back and never knew a stranger.
Robert is survived by his children, Robert Campeau Jr., Jeff Campeau, Dawn Campeau Reyes, Daniel Campeau; sister, Marita Vasquez; sister-in-law Diana Nero Schaefer; eight grandchildren, Robert (Erica), Sarah (Michael), Andrew, Shannon, Anthony (Paige), Jacob, Lillie, Maggie; two great-grandchildren, Sawyer and William, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends, as well his loving partner for the last thirteen years, Sandy Probst. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Jacqueline Campeau, his beloved in-laws, Samuel and Marion Nero, and brothers-in-law Ruben Vasquez and Joseph Schaefer.
His lively spirit, witty charm, and warm, giving heart will be missed by many. “May the beer always be cold in heaven.”
SMITH, Dolores May (Inglot) – of Flint, MI, formerly of West Branch, MI, age 88, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2023. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Friday, October 27, 2023 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 3-7 PM Thursday, October 26, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 PM Friday, October 27, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Thursday, October 26, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, in Dolores’s memory.
Dolores was born in Flint, MI on April 16, 1935, daughter of the late Joseph and Joanna (Walijewski) Inglot. She was a graduate of St. Mary Catholic High School in Flint, MI. Dolores’s work in the medical field was a testament to her dedication to helping others. She had a heart that knew no bounds, and her love for people was evident to everyone who knew her. Dolores had an innate ability to connect with others, making friends wherever she went. Her warm and welcoming nature made her a cherished figure in the lives of many. In her free time, Dolores found solace and joy in gardening and sewing. Her green thumb transformed her garden into a colorful paradise, and her skillful hands created beautiful pieces of art through her sewing projects. Dolores was a woman of faith and a devoted member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where she found strength and solace in her spiritual community. She will be dearly missed, but her legacy of love, compassion, and kindness will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Dolores is survived by 4 children, Kathryn Dolan, Sandra (David) Josling, David Smith and Lori Miller; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Rosemary Slobodian; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Joanna Inglot; 2 husbands, David Smith and Otis Matteson; son, Joseph Smith; 3 siblings, Joseph “Sonny” Inglot, Arlene Manzardo and Lucille “Cookie” Beauchamp.
The family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to the nurses and staff of Cranberry Park Assisted Living for their compassionate and professional care.
Joseph was born in Mellieha, Malta on December 3, 1949, son of the late Michael and Victoria (DeGuara) Vella. He was a graduate of Holy Redeemer Catholic High School Class of 1968. His thirst for knowledge and commitment to excellence would later extend to his service in the U.S. Army, where he served his country with pride. On November 27, 1971, Joseph married the love of his life, Mary Lynn Kapanke, in Detroit, MI. Their union was a source of strength and joy throughout his life. Joseph’s professional journey led him to a career with General Motors, where he dedicated more than 15 years of service. Outside of his professional life, Joseph had a multitude of interests and passions. He enjoyed spending time on the bowling lanes, nurturing his garden, and actively participating in various volunteer initiatives. His heart was always open to helping those in need, evident through his involvement with Meals on Wheels in Houghton Lake, Hospitality House in Walled Lake, and his role as a 4th Degree Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. Joseph also served as a eucharistic minister for numerous churches, including St. Michael Catholic Church in Walled Lake, and was a valued member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, MI. Joseph’s spirit of giving extended far beyond his local community, as he volunteered at food pantries in both Mississippi and Michigan, starting in 1974. He was also known for his dedication to St. Michael Bingo events, where his contributions were greatly appreciated. Joseph Vella leaves behind a legacy of selflessness, dedication, and a commitment to making the world a better place. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched through his tireless service and warm heart. Joseph’s memory will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him, and his legacy of kindness and compassion will continue to inspire generations to come.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Mary L. Vella; 4 children, Anthony M. (Dori Wilcox) Vella, Victoria E. (Wayne) Kushmaul, Michele L. (Tony) Chavez and Joseph P. (Kristy) Vella; 14 grandchildren, Samantha (Jessie) Talbot, Lillian Vella-Whitman, Anthony Vella Jr., Matthew Vella, Joshua Baker, Andrew Baker, Emily-Rose Kushmaul, Brianna Vella, Katelyn Vella, Salina Chavez, Issac Chavez, Lucas Vella, Austin Vella and Janell Vella; 6 great-grandchildren, Aliyah Green, Andrew Krohn, Ariel Krohn, Gunner Talbot, Mary Talbot and Aurora Whitman; 3 siblings, Paula Bartolo, Charles (Shirley) Vella and Rita Vella; 2 very special nieces who lovingly referred to him as “Uncle Dad”, Jennifer Anderson and Heather (Phong) Nguyen; many nephews, nieces and loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Victoria Vella; grandson, Gabriel Kushmaul; 2 sisters, Carmen (George) Scicluna and Mary Bartolo; brother-in-law, Vince Bartolo.
The Youth Basketball Skills Camp and League is back for 2024! Please scroll to the bottom of this page for FAQ’s.
How do I register?
Registration forms and payment are available at the Family Center Welcome Desk and online at stjohndavison.org. Forms may be returned to the Welcome Desk or mailed to 505 N. Dayton St., Davison, 48423. Early registration ends November 30th.
Will my child’s coach contact me?
No, coach’s will not contact you. You will meet them on the day of camp. T-shirts will be distributed at camp.
How will I know who my child’s coach is?
Coaches will have their team assignments at camp.
What time should my child arrive at camp?
Kdg & 1st grade: 9am-11am
2nd & 3rd grade: 12pm-2pm
*These times are for the camp only.
When will my child be given their schedule?
The children will be given the league schedule at camp.
Are there practice days/times?
The children will practice 1/2 hr prior to their game time. It is shown on the schedule, which will be distributed at camp.
Can I request a coach and/or that my child be placed on a team with another child?
We will consider all requests and do our best to fill them but cannot guarantee placement. Please indicate your request on the registration form.
How are the coaches selected for the teams?
During registration, a space is provided to show interest in coaching. The coaches are subject to a individual background check. The decision of coaches are made by the St. John Sport council, dependent on availability and background checks.
CORNELL, Cecilia Ann – of Freeland, formerly Davison, MI, age 78, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2023. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 12 PM Friday, October 13, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Dieudonné Ntakarutimana celebrant. The family will receive visitors 11 AM-12 PM Friday, October 13, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) or the National Down Syndrome Society (www.ndss.org), in Cecilia’s memory.
Cecilia was born in Lapeer, MI on July 19, 1945, daughter of the late Bruce Duncan Cornell and Clara Alma (Morrison) Cornell. She was married to Ronald Lear, who preceded her in death. CeCe enjoyed a good game of Euchre, painting ceramics, crafts, reading books, writing short stories, singing, dancing, Elvis, Johnny Depp, traveling adventures, movies, crocheting and laughing with family and friends. She had many and varied jobs throughout her life. CeCe worked in automotive manufacturing, where she rose up to become a committee woman for the UAW. She was a teacher’s aide at the Tuscola County Intermediate School District, where she learned and taught sign language to her students. CeCe was a test driver at the GM proving grounds in Milford, MI (a job she was particularly proud of). She excelled through Michigan Corrections Officer training. CeCe also worked for large hardware stores like Lowe’s Home Improvement as a building materials specialist. She took cashier jobs and even worked for Darton Archery. Her family may recall that she worked as a park ranger at Round Lake Campground in National City, MI. CeCe invited family to come and camp, thus the beginning of the camping family reunion that continues 30+ years later. Everyone looked forward to visiting with and getting a good hug from Aunt CeCe.
Cecilia is survived by her daughters, Mary Margaret (Diener) Wideman and Michelle Marie (Diener) Jones (Troy), grandchildren, Sara (Wideman) Short (Ethan), Jeffrey Wideman (Miranda), Timothy David and Kemmer Jones, great granddaughter, Emily Wideman, brothers, Dennis (Iris) Cornell and Charles Cornell, sister, Edith Gorbett and many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, brothers, Robert, Patrick, Michael, David and Vincent, and sister, Therese.
MOLL, Joan – of Davison, MI, age 91, passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Charter Senior Living of Davison. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1 PM Thursday, October 5, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Dieudonne Ntakarutimana, celebrant. Interment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 W. Stevens Ave., Hawthorne, NY 10532, 2 PM Wednesday, October 11, 2023. The family will receive visitors 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423 and a Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 7 PM. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Right to Life of Michigan.
Joan was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on November 25, 1931, daughter of late William and Helen (Fahrenholtz) Sporer. She married John R. Moll on August 23, 1958. He preceded her in death on January 15, 1999. Joan was a devoted wife and mother, a very faith-filled person who did not fear returning home to God. Her center of attention was her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was always very involved in their lives, their biggest supporter and shaped each and every one by her example.
Joan is survived by children, Susan M. Bergmann, John W. (Natalie) Moll, Richard J. (Rebecca) Moll and William T. (Suzanne) Moll; grandchildren, Jeremy Bergmann, Christina (Jon) Nelson, Laura (Andrew) Whiteside, William (Kristin Fiehler) Moll, David (Audrey) Moll, Emily Moll, Sarah Moll, John (Avery Tillier) Moll and Julia (Garron Little) Moll; great grandchildren, Rhyan and Clara Joan; many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by daughter, Patricia Moll and son-in-law, Steven Bergmann.
The Powers Catholic Annual Raffle is running strong! A $20 ticket gives you the chance at 10 cash prizes.
Grand Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $5,000
3rd-10th Prizes: $500
The drawing is Saturday, December 2. Participants need not be present to win.
Please call the Powers Advancement Office to purchase tickets at (810) 591-0100. The raffle helps support classroom and facility needs as well as tuition assistance efforts that supplement the true cost to educate powers catholic students.
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.
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.
Bonna K. Conroy, 79, of Lapeer, Michigan passed away September 21, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family in the home that her and her husband built in 1974. Gabby, her nickname from her beloved husband, was born on December 13, 1943 in Alma, Michigan to Clifton “Buster” and Odeal Yanna McAllister. Gabby was the youngest of four children.
Bonna never met a stranger; to know her was to love her. She was active in the church and Daughters of Isabella. She was well known for her faith and devotion to God and her family. After Bonna and Bill met on a blind date set up by her brother Chuck, they entered holy matrimony on February 23, 1968 in St Louis, Michigan.
Bonna is survived by her husband of 55 years, Bill Conroy. She was a loving mother to Cathe (Phil) Kennedy, Tom (Wendy) Conroy, and Karen (Jess) Ihrke as well as her infant son, James “JP”, whom she and Bill lost in 1977. Many others called her ‘mom’ but a special bonus son is Gerry (Joyce Griffin) Martin. She is also survived by Patricia Guzman.
She was a doting grandma to Alyssa Bellant, Ashley (Katie Jones) Conroy, Taylor (Noah Spurlock) Williams, Mitchell Kennedy, Jesse Ihrke, and Margo Ihrke. Although she was also ‘grandma’ to many others over the years. She had the joy of being a great granny to Leah and Raegin Bellant.
Bonna is also survived by her sister, Sharon (Mike) Curtin, sisters-in-law Sally Conroy and Everill Conroy, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Bonna was welcomed into Heaven by her son, parents, siblings Beverly (John) Reynolds and Chuck (Judy) McAllister, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to McLaren hospice and especially RN Kristen who showed love and kindness to Bonna as if she’d been a lifelong friend.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 25 at Hill Funeral Home from 3pm-8pm. A rosary for Bonna will be at 6pm and Daughters of Isabella will hold a memorial at 7pm. Funeral mass will be Tuesday, September 26 at 1pm with a one hour visitation prior at 12pm at St John Catholic Church in Davison. Bonna will be laid to rest at St John Catholic Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities in memory of Bonna.
Morrison, Elizabeth Anne (Liz), age 69, of Grand Blanc, Michigan died Thursday, September 14, 2023. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St. Davison, Rev. Fr. Tony Smela celebrant. Cremation will take place after Mass. Visitation will be 4-8 PM on Monday, September 18, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. There will be one hour of visitation prior to Mass on Tuesday at the church. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Elizabeth was born in Flint, MI on July 19, 1954. She was the oldest daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Elizabeth (James) Morrison and loved her 8 brothers and sisters dearly. Liz was a devoted, selfless, and fun-loving mother and grandmother. Her children and granddaughters were the center of her world. She was their anchor and safe haven. “Sleepovers at Grandma’s” with the Cousin Crew were cherished memories. She was a hard worker, retiring from the State of Michigan as an Information Technology Analyst. Liz was proud of her Irish heritage and loved to research the family ancestry. Liz leaves a legacy of unconditional love for her family, unwavering faith, and the blessing of making memories. Her resilience, courage, and sense of humor are an inspiration. She always counted her blessings even during the most challenging times.
Left to cherish Elizabeth’s memory are her children, Jamie (Rob) Reitz, David (Amanda) Beaver, and Laura (Drew) Vargo. Six grandchildren; Kayla and Janelle Reitz, Reese, Avery, and Quinn Vargo, and Kennedy Beaver. Brothers and Sisters, John (Kate) Morrison, Mary Jeanne (Jim) DuBuc, Trish Morrison, Joe (Colleen) Morrison, Colleen (Jerry) Tomczak, and Helen (Mike) Alfaro. Sister-in-Law, Diane Morrison. Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Mary Morrison, son Lance, brothers, Jerry and Jim, and sister-in-law, Beth Morrison. Your thoughts and condolences may be shared with the family at www.allenfuneralhomeinc.com
A special, heart-felt and sincere thank you to Liz’s caretakers at Charter Senior Living in Davison for their love, compassion, and friendship.
Come and join us every other Friday starting on September 29 for a night of fun! We’ll be dancing along to the music of a great DJ and he will play your favorite songs to sing along. We will be meeting at the Davison VFW Hall on Court Street, a few feet East of the Irish Road intersection. The DJ starts at 5:00 p.m. and plays until 8:00 p.m. or later. The only cost will be drinks at an open bar.
RSVP to Cheryl Stevens at (810) 652-6362 or sign the singles book in the gathering space. No couples please.
EGNER, Charles “Chuck” – of Charlevoix, MI, age 87, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at Angel Manor in Clio, MI. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Monday, September 25, 2023, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Inurnment will immediately follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-7 PM on Sunday, September 24, 2023 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 Scripture Service will be held at 6 PM on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Chuck’s memory.
Chuck was born in Flint, MI on May 20, 1936, son of the late Carl and Mildred (Kelly) Egner. He married Antoinette Fratianni on May 21, 1955, and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2006. Together, they had four children, Sherie, Mark, Diane, and Michele. Chuck retired from General Motors in 1988. In 2012, he married Barbara Lundy. Chuck and Barb enjoyed their retirement years in Charlevoix. He enjoyed being outdoors; skiing, cycling, and sailing. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Sherie Sanders, Mark (Angela) Egner, Diane (Mark) Polovina, and Michele (Vince) Rodemsky; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Marvin (Karen) Egner; and many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by stepmother, Barbara Egner.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Angel Manor for their outstanding care of Chuck.
KIRKPATRICK, CECELIA ANN – Of Flint, formerly of Davison, age 73, died Sunday, August 13, 2023 at her sister’s home in Columbiaville.
Memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison.
Burial of cremains at Great Lakes National Cemetery.
Those desiring may make contributions to Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation.
Memorial Visitation 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road.
Cecelia was born in Flint, Michigan on May 28, 1950, the daughter of the late Paul and Irene (Cherba) Kreiner.
On February 16, 1974 she married Ronald Kirkpatrick in Davison and he preceded her in death.
She was a Catholic and was a lifelong member. She was a volunteer at Flint Community Schools.
Cecelia enjoyed working in her garden, spending time with family and volunteering for the school system.
Surviving are daughter, Sharon (Gayland) Simmons;
son, Aaron Kirkpatrick;
siblings, Karen (Dallas) LaCross, Karl (Paula) Kreiner, Fred (Karen) Kreiner, Martin Kreiner, Alex (Sue) Kreiner, Jane Nemitz, Rose Pilon, Patrick (Cindy)Kreiner and Vivian Curtis.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Roberts.
CISTULLI, Joseph – of Ocala, FL, age 66, passed away on August 29, 2023. A Memorial Mass will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison Michigan, 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski will be celebrating. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: To Write Love On Her Arms in Joe’s memory.
Joseph was born in New Britain, CT on June 20, 1957, son of the late Joseph and Rose Marie Cistulli. Joe learned to play many musical instruments from his parents while growing up. He graduated from Aquinas High School in 1976. He moved to California in the early 80’s where he sold cars and enjoyed his youth. He stopped in Michigan in 1998 on his way back to Connecticut where he met his wife and raised his two children. Joe stayed in Michigan for 25 years before moving to Florida. He continued to work in sales until he had multiple surgeries and retired early. This allowed Joe to spend more time with his family whom he loved deeply; putting together puzzles, playing Texas Holdom, cribbage, spades, euchre along with one of his favorite activities, golf. He loved the N.Y. Giants, Boston Red Sox, UCONN basketball and Frank Sinatra. The neighbors could hear him cheering or yelling at the TV depending on how his teams were performing. He was very proud of his Italian heritage; He had an old soul and a great appreciation for music.
Joseph is survived by his two children; Isabella (Brendan McGalliard) Cistulli and Dante Cistulli; his sister, Donna Cistulli, brother, Chris Cistulli and the mother of his children, Nancy Moore, along with many loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Rose Cistulli and his brother, Michael Cistulli.
HAGAN, Joseph – of Flint, age 58, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2023 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1PM, Thursday, September 14, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St. Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. There will be one hour of visitation prior to Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Special Olympics or the Berneda Home in Flint, in Joseph’s memory.
Joe was born in Flint, MI on February 5, 1965, son of the late William “Bill” and Agnes (McAuliffe) Hagan. He was a graduate of Kearsley High School Class of 1985.
Joe loved spending time with his family and taking pictures of family events. Joe liked trips to the Casino, movies, Walmart and Disney. He especially liked Disney Princesses, coloring and expanding his extensive movie collection. He enjoyed working at Ponderosa and McDonalds, there wasn’t a restaurant that he didn’t enjoy visiting.
Joe had a big heart and loved people, everyone that had the good fortune of meeting him loved him too.
Joseph is survived by his 3 loving sisters, Anne (Gary) Guidos, Kathleen (Jim) Slezak and Margaret (Terry) Kohler; 7 nieces, Amanda (Tim) Byron, Alyssa (Joel) Langton, Bridgette Slezak, Gabrielle Slezak, Abigail Guidos, Keeley Kohler and Kyra Kohler; nephew, Jack Slezak; great nieces, Payton and Avery Langton and Macy Byron; and many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Agnes Hagan, and sisters, Agnes and Theresa Hagan.
A special thank you to the staff at Farmtree and Berneda Homes, Freedom Work Opportunities of Genesee County and Compassus Hospice for all of their loving care and support.
FLORENCE (DIPZINSKI) CROSSEN, 94, passed away February 25, 2020. She was born in Pontiac, MI on December 16, 1925, the daughter of Anthony and Helen Dipzinski. She graduated from Davison High School in 1943. Florence married John Crossen in 1950 and had three children. She retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital after 28 years of employment. Florence enjoyed traveling and camping. She loved all the National Parks and South Higgins Lake State Park in Michigan. Her hobbies were playing golf, bowling, gardening and she was an avid sports fan. She loved rooting for her favorites in the PGA, as well as the Michigan State Spartans, and the Detroit Tigers. She was a lifelong Democrat and union supporter.
Florence is survived by her children, Victoria (Kevin), Toni (Cathy), and John (Colleen); six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Robert and Theodore, and one sister, Delores. She was preceded in death by parents, Anthony and Helen; husband, John; brothers, Casmer, Dennis, Joseph, and Gerald. Her death was followed by sister, Maxine.
A memorial Mass will take place at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison at 12 p.m. September 20, 2023. The family will receive visitors one hour before the service.
JOHNSON, Katherine Joanne (Pawloski) – of Davison, MI, age 71, passed away Friday, September 1, 2023 at Ascension Genesys Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Monday, September 11, 2023 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6340 Roberta Street, Burton, MI 48509; Rev. Fr. Carl Simon celebrant. Private interment in Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly, MI 48442. The family will receive visitors 2-7 PM Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home and 11 AM-12 PM Monday, September 11, 2023 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6:30 PM Sunday, September 10, 2023 followed by the Nightingale Tribute conducted under the auspices of the Nurses Honor Guard of Genesee County Michigan, honoring Katherine’s dedicated nursing service, at Allen Funeral Home.
Katherine was born in Flint, MI on February 24, 1952, daughter of the late Donald and Joanne (Graham) Pawloski. She was a graduate of Saint Matthew’s Catholic High School Class of 1970. Katherine furthered her education, earning a nursing degree from Mott Community College. She married Gerald (Jerry) Johnson on May 26th, 1972. Katherine was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She enjoyed camping, playing card games, watching football, and spending time with her family.
Katherine is survived by her loving husband, Gerald (Jerry) Johnson; children, Jennifer Williams (Richard), Jesseca Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Jamee Gatica; bonus daughter Camelle LiQuia; grandchildren Chauncey, Matthew, Chelsea, Corran, Marcus, Cassiana, Malaki, Kalib, Macaden, and Asher; bonus granddaughter Faith; great-grandson Vinnie; several brothers and sisters; special friends Roxanne Bruckler and Lynn Moore and many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Joanne Pawloski, her stepfather Alvin Phipps, and her sisters, Lyn Warren and Sandra Ketelhut.
FIELDER, Gail Elise (Scrima) – of Burton, MI, age 82, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Friday, September 8, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Joseph S. Kim celebrant and Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski con-celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Thursday, September 7, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 PM Friday, September 8, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A special ceremony honoring Gail’s dedicated nursing service will be conducted under the auspices of the Nurses Honor Guard of Genesee County Michigan at 7 PM Thursday, September 7, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Genesee County, in Gail’s memory.
Gail was born in Ossining, NY on November 11, 1940, daughter of the late Joseph and Jeanne (Lefebvre) Scrima. She was a graduate of Davison High School Class of 1958. She embarked on a beautiful journey of love, uniting with Ray Fielder in holy matrimony on November 30, 1963, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, MI. Her marriage to Ray was a cornerstone of her life, shaping her into the devoted wife, mother, and grandmother she became. After working at Chevrolet, Gail chose to dedicate her time to her most treasured role as a mother. She poured her heart into nurturing and raising her children with love, grace, and unwavering dedication. However, her ambition and thirst for knowledge led her back to the classroom, where she earned a nursing degree from Mott Community College. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Gail’s nurturing spirit found a new purpose as she embraced her role as a nurse on the oncology floor at McLaren – Flint. Her compassionate care touched the lives of countless patients and their families during their most vulnerable moments. Her legacy of kindness, empathy, and dedication will forever be imprinted on the hearts of those she served. Gail’s dedication to her spiritual journey was evident through her active involvement in faith formation. She lovingly worked with children, guiding them in their sacrament preparation journey at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and later at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Her commitment to instilling the values of faith in the younger generation was a testament to her devout spirit. Beyond her professional and spiritual pursuits, Gail reveled in the beauty of the natural world, finding solace and joy in the embrace of nature. Her love for animals mirrored her compassion for people, and she found great delight in the companionship they provided. Above all else, Gail’s heart swelled with love for her grandchildren. They were the light of her life, and her bond with them was a testament to the depth of her love and the legacy she leaves behind.
Gail is survived by her husband, Ray Fielder; 2 children, Mike (Sharon Allbee) Fielder and Courtney (Joe Bailey) Fielder; 5 grandchildren, Haley Fielder, Hannah Fielder, Sydney Fielder, Erik Bailey and Lindsey Bailey; 2 siblings, Glenn Scrima and Todd (Shirlene) Scrima; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Jeanne Scrima.
Age 76, of Flint, passed away on July 19, 2023. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A service will be held, on September 9, 2023, at St Johns Catholic Church in Davison. Donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the American Diabetes Association. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Ellis’ Tribute Wall at detroitcremationsociety.com.
Ellis Dawayne Cronkright was born on September 10, 1946, in Flint, Michigan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth and Dorothy (Loomis) Cronkright. Ellis graduated from Kearsley High School, class of 1965. He was hired by General Motors in 1965, but like most healthy young men at that time, he was promptly drafted. Ellis enlisted in the Coast Guard, serving from 1966-1970. Upon his discharge, Ellis resumed working at General Motors, transferred to the Grand Blanc plant, attended school, and became a die maker. He enjoyed his job and the many friends he made through the years. He retired in 1999.
While in the Coast Guard, Ellis married Mary Cecilia Ohlschmidt of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. His son, Eric, was born in Wisconsin, and later, he and Mary had twins, Todd and Tonya. The marriage ended in divorce in 1992. A few years later, Ellis met Rosemary Slama Halloran, and they married on January 26, 1998.
Ellis and Rosemary remodeled their home together and traveled the United States. Ellis loved golf and had 2 HOLE in ONES, which he was very proud of. He golfed in almost every state they visited. One of his biggest disappointments was that he wasn’t healthy enough to golf with his granddaughter Emma, who, two years prior, had taken up the game. He also missed Morgan’s dance recitals and many softball games for both girls. He loved to barbeque and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends. At one time, he knew all of the neighbors on our street and was quick to lend a hand to those who needed help. He also loved woodworking, his winter entertainment, if not in Florida. His children and grandchildren meant the world to Ellis. He always had a joke to tell and never met a stranger. Ellis belonged to St. Johns Catholic Church in Davison, in which he had the honor to be an Usher for many years.
Ellis had been ill for four years and fought hard to stay with his family. In the end, he was on dialysis. The family would like to thank many friends, neighbors, McLaren Hospice, and The Pines of Burton Assisted Living for their help, encouragement, and care over the past few years.
Ellis is survived by his beloved wife; Rosemary Cronkright, of 25 years. Son, Eric Cronkright, and wife, Tori Cloud, of Wheatridge, CO. Daughter, Tonya Cronkright, and husband, Karl Benedek, of Eugene, OR. Son, Todd Cronkright, and wife, Trina, granddaughters, Emma and Morgan Cronkright, of Burton, MI. Goddaughter Susan Fernandez, of Sturgeon Bay, WI. Brother, Dennis Cronkright, of Gladwin, MI. Aunt Phyllis Cronkright, of Midland. MI, Sister-in-Law Nancy Cronkright of Ottawa, IL, and Linda Prescott, of Grants Pass, OR. Brother-in-Law, Steve (Carol) Slama, of Montrose, MI, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbor friends, golf buddies, and lunch group that were very dear to him.
Ellis is preceded in death by his parents, Elsworth and Dorothy Fay, his brother Gene, cousin Chuck Nast, Brother-in-Law Ray Prescott, nephew Jason Cronkright, and friend Bob Garrison.
Ellis’ obituary was written by his loving family.
STARR, Barbara Jean (Allen) – of Davison, MI, age 74, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2023. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. The family will receive visitors 12-1 PM Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Barbara’s memory.
Barbara was born in Malden, Missouri on April 25, 1949, daughter of the late Samuel and Doris (Copeland/Gerow) Allen. She worked as an insurance agent during her professional career, and as a crossing guard for the Davison Community Schools during her retirement. Barb was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where she also volunteered at the Family Center. She loved most of all being with her family and friends, and was everyone’s “Grandma Barb”. Barbara was a strong woman, who didn’t let anything slow her down. Even though she was diagnosed with Polio at the age of 5 and had to spend a year at the Shriners Hospital, she went on to be a high school cheerleader and homecoming princess. Barb was known for always having a Coca-Cola and having something sweet to eat. Everyone was always welcomed at “grandma’s house.” Barbara was known for having strong faith and would wish everyone a “blessed day.” She loved reading her bible every morning and we know that she is now without pain and in the loving arms of Jesus.
Barbara is survived by her beloved daughter, Roxanne Starr (wonderful son-in-law, Michael Perry) and cherished granddaughter, Krystal; best friend of over 40 years, Judy Rawson; 2 special cousins, Judy Santie and Robbie Copeland. She was preceded in death by her parents Samuel Allen and Doris Gerow; sister, Suzanne Kolch and brother, Steven Allen.
MOORE, Mary Louise (Jaroh) – of Davison, MI, age 93, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Friday, August 11, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in Davison Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Thursday, August 10, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM-12 PM Friday, August 11, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 PM Thursday, August 10, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, in Mary’s memory.
Mary was born in Detroit, MI on May 1,1930, daughter of the late John and Lottie (Holly) Jaroh. She married Kenneth Moore on October 15, 1955 in Detroit, MI and he preceded her in death in 1986. Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Wayne University College (Wayne State University) in 1953. She started her teaching career in Detroit and Bendle Public Schools. Mary retired as a school teacher from Bentley Community Schools (Barhitte Elementary) after 31 years of service. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella Regina Coeli Circle Davison #1095, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and choir. Mary enjoyed sewing, quilting, knitting, bowling, fishing, gardening, music and family vacations.
Mary is survived by her 7 loving children, Denise (William) Sokolowski, John (Debra) Moore, Kathleen (David) Fitts, Jeannine (Joseph) Oliverei, Colleen (Bud) Roblyer, Cheryl (Paul) Granger and Dr. Jeffrey Moore; 21 grandchildren, Aaron (Thomas Richards) Sokolowski, Brandon Sokolowski, Cameron (Elizabeth) Sokolowski, Charron Sokolowski, Hamilton Moore, Marshall Moore, Ciana Moore, Jennifer (Naoum) Tavantzis, Tyler Fitts, Devin Fitts, Angelia (Carl) Dixon, Ryan Oliverei, Anthony Oliverei, Miles (Cassandra) Roblyer, Cody (Amanda) Roblyer, Samantha (Austin) Hunter, Carly Granger, Megan Moore, Katie Moore, Allison Moore and Kenneth Moore; 10 great-grandchildren, Nathan Sokolowski, Dustin Sokolowski, Morgan Sokolowski, Parker Sokolowski, Catherine Sokolowski, Lillian Sokolowski, Nicholas Tavantzis, Cassandra Tavantzis, Lucas Tavantzis and Jett Hunter; many other loving family and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lottie Jaroh; husband, Kenneth Moore and brother, Dennis (Connie) Jaroh.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of Courtyard Manor of Fenton and Swan Hospice Care for their compassionate and professional care of Mary.
Born in Tennessee and known as Faye to some, Patricia’s happiest moments were spent with dear friends and family on her music-filled back deck or “buying lightbulbs” at the casino (something she would say when the house won). Beyond that, she spent countless hours on her tractor maintaining her green acres, building bonfires, and tending to her beautiful flowers. Patricia loved to drive, watch NASCAR races, and laugh-out-loud to “mindless comedies”, especially with her grandchildren.
A strong and independent person, Patrica was a great entertainer and her door was flung wide open to family, friends, and guests, especially during the holidays. Patricia’s generous nature extended beyond her passing, making the decision to benefit the living by donating her body to medical research.
Patricia is survived by her loving daughters, Maria and Michele, as well as her grandsons, Sebastian and Alexander. She also leaves behind extended family and dear friends Anita & family, Barb L., Barb & Bev, Mouse, and Stefanie. Patricia was preceded in death by her father, George, mother Ruby, brother George, Aunt Clara, Babcia, Papa Jack, son-in-law Rudi, extended family, and too many dear, dear friends, including Helen, Maxine, and Jim.
Patricia’s dedication to caring for others extended beyond her personal life, and had a fulfilling career as an RN at Hurley Medical Center.
A memorial service to celebrate Patricia’s life will be held at a later date at St. John’s Catholic Church in Davison, MI. The details of the service will be announced in due course, providing an opportunity for loved ones to come together and honor Patricia’s memory.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12 Noon Friday, July 28, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison 404 North Dayton Street, Davison.
Rev. Father Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating.
Burial in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to McLaren Hospitality House or MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Visitation 3-8pm Thursday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint. A Rosary will be prayed 6pm Thursday evening at the funeral home. Visitation at church 11am Friday until the time of the Mass.
Roseanne was born in Flint on July 28, 1946, the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Kupres) Thomas.
She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and Flint Junior College. Her professional career was spent at the CS Mott Foundation from which she retired. Roseanne was a member of the Croatian Club and SNPJ Lodge 459/677. She was also a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Flint where she sang in the choir.
Roseanne’s passions in life were dance and music. She began her passion for dance with ballet and loved to dance a kola or polka. Roseanne’s Croatian heritage was an integral part of her life. She traveled to many Tamburitza Extravaganza’s with her mother and friends. Roseanne spent her retirement enjoying the cottage, thrifting, and caring for her mother. Neither one of them could resist a good bargain.
She is survived by her nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews who felt honored to care for her this past year. A special shout out to her little time-keeper Gavin. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Rose and brothers Charles and Robert. She also held a special place in her heart for her deceased pets Corky, Matchka and Sarafina.
Thank you to the caring professionals at Triumph Cancer Center and McLaren ICU.
Gregory Dennis Vaughn, Sr., 71, of North Branch, died Thursday July 20, 2023. He was born December 19, 1951 in Pontiac to parents Alfred and Maxine (Schooley) Vaughn. Greg graduated from Waterford Mott High School Class of 1970. He went on to marry Susan “Su” Humphreys on April 17, 1971 in Pontiac.
Mr. Vaughn worked as a tool and die machinist, retiring in 2021 after 55 years, his last several years was with Sharpe Tool, Almont. Greg was a long-term member of Immaculate Conception Church, more recently Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was known to have been a big fan of drag racing and formerly a participant. Mr. Vaughn truly enjoyed music, hunting, bowling, rustic camping, Pepsi and Oreos. In fact, it was well known NOT to drink the last Pepsi or eat the last sleeve of Oreos. Gathering around the tv for some science related, National Geographic programs, were classic for Greg. He was just a huge sports cheerleader and general supporter of his kids, grandkids and anyone on their teams. In fact, he was a father / grandfather figure offering words of wisdom to many outside the family. He enjoyed softball and coached for many years. Greg will be missed.
Greg is survived by his loving wife of 52 years: Su, children: Heather Vaughn, Brenda (Greg) Scott, Missy (Tim) Gajda, Liz Vaughn, Kim (Jeremy) Kinder, Garrett (Kristina) Vaughn, Gabe (Leah) Vaughn and Amy, grandchildren: Haley, Nolan, Hunter, Keegan, Cole, Griffin, Olivia, Delaney, Raven, Gavin, Grayson, Isaiah, Garrison, Gannon, Leighla, Luca, Ayla, M.J., Bree and Adrienne as well as great-granddaughter: Wilhelmina who always called him pop pop. He was preceded in death by his son: Greg, Jr. in 2019, brother: Larry as well as his afore mentioned parents.
Mr. Vaughn’s visitation will be 4:00-8:00pm Tuesday at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer with a 7:00pm rosary prayer. The family will receive friend from 12noon-1:00 – the funeral mass 1:00pm Wednesday July 26, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison. Cremation will follow services with interment eventually in Mt. Loretto Cemetery, Lapeer.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital. Condolences and memories may be left at MuirBrothersLapeer.com
Bill was born on September 11, 1944 in Carteret, New Jersey to Carl and Mary Marciniak (Molnar). He attended Holy Family School in Carteret. In an effort to get out of class during his senior year, Bill signed up to attend an informational meeting for General Motors Institute (GMI-now known as Kettering), resulting in Bill moving to Flint, Michigan and attending GMI, during which time he met and married his devoted wife of fifty-eight years, Carol Marciniak (Lackie).
He was a member of the Epsilon Iota chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Bill enjoyed a long career of over forty years at Machine Engineering in Clarkston.
He was a lifelong sports fanatic with a knack for sports trivia. In his free time, Bill was an avid golfer who could remember pretty much every hole he ever played, and he was a voracious reader.
Bill was a devoted family man and a model of unconditional love and patience. Words can’t describe how close we hold him in our hearts and how much he is loved and will be missed.
Bill is survived by his wife, Carol;
children, Steve (Jennifer) Marciniak, Colette (Brian) Majestic, Lisa (Rob) Long;
grandchildren, Richard, Cora, Monica, Nicholas, Samantha and Ian;
great-grandchildren, Richie, Alexandria, Lucia, and Nicole;
brother, Robert Marciniak;
dearest friends, Renate Bueche and Don Henderson.
Cremation has taken place; no public service will be held.
Ackley, Edward Lacey age 69, passed away June 28, 2023. He was born in Flint, Michigan on April 15, 1954, to Edward M. Ackley and Frances A. Lacey. A funeral mass will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, July 20, 2023, at St. John & Blessed Sacrament Church, 404 North Dayton St. Davison, MI. 48423.
HILGENDORF, Suzette Marie (McLane) – of Davison, MI, age 58, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2023, at Henry Ford Hospital – Detroit. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1PM Monday, July 17, 2023, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Outreach East, in Suzette’s memory.
Suzette Hilgendorf, beloved wife, daughter, and friend, was born in Flint, Michigan on May 19, 1965, daughter of Gerald and Lois (Carlos) McLane. Suzette had a fulfilling life and made countless memories with her loved ones. She graduated from Davison High School in 1983, where she laid the foundation for her future endeavors. On September 4, 1988, she married Mikel Hilgendorf, and together they embarked on a journey filled with love and companionship. Suzette was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where her faith provided her with strength and guidance throughout her life.
One of Suzette’s greatest joys in life was spending time with her friends and family. She had a warm and inviting personality, and her home was often filled with laughter and love. Suzette loved to host parties and gatherings, creating unforgettable moments and cherished memories for all those fortunate enough to attend.
In her leisure time, Suzette found peace and relaxation by floating in the pool. The water became her sanctuary, offering tranquility amidst the busyness of life. Her love for the pool reflected her vibrant spirit, as she always sought to find joy in the simplest of pleasures. She also loved spending time in Aruba on the beach.
Suzette will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. Her loving nature and generosity will forever be remembered and cherished.
Suzette is survived by her loving husband, Mike Hilgendorf; children, Lauren (Kody) Powell and Conner Hilgendorf; parents, Gerald and Lois McLane; sister, Annette (Scott Svoboda) McLane; nieces, Summer and Autumn McLane-Svoboda; mother-in-law, Hope Hilgendorf; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by mother-in-law, Suzanne (John Heald) Hilgendorf; father-in-law, Robert Hilgendorf.
Frank was born in Flint Michigan on May 19, 1941 the son of the late Henry and Anna (Wlazlo) Bouza and has resided in Davison most of his life. He was joined in marriage to Gwendolyn “Gwen” Gates on August 21, 1965 at the First Baptist Church, Davison and she preceded him in death on December 2, 2014. Frank was an avid fisherman and a lover of animals. He enjoyed listening to Country Music and especially the songs of the Grand Ole Opry era. Frank had been employed by General Motors until his retirement in 1975.
Surviving is daughter Denise and husband Michael Matusiewicz, and son Kenneth Bouza. He also leaves his loving grandchildren: Kylie, Kendall, and KJ. Surviving siblings are brothers: Jim and wife Diane Bouza, Joe and wife Kate Bouza, and a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law John and Janet Bouza. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net
KENNEDY, Theresa Marie – of Davison, Michigan, age 94, passed on to a much better place Monday, July 3, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Thursday, July 13, 2023, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment will take place following the Mass at St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM- 2 PM & 4-8 PM on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423 and one hour prior to the Mass on Thursday at church.
Theresa was born on September 11, 1928, in Davison, MI, the eldest daughter of Joseph Arthur and Rose Adelaide Grotto with two brothers and two sisters. Her early childhood was spent in Vassar, Millington, and North Branch, before settling back in the Davison area. She was a 1946 graduate of Davison High School where she sang in choir.
Theresa married John B. “Jack” Kennedy on June 2, 1951, in Davison, Michigan. She was the loving mother of 6 children: 2 girls and 4 boys. Theresa was always active in the public workplace, in the church, and volunteer positions, working through the years at AAA as a travel consultant, Welcome Wagon as one of the first ambassadors greeting new residents to the Davison Area, as salesclerk at Bill Farrow Uniforms, a family business, JC Penney, at Fernco and Allen Funeral Home. Theresa was also very involved with St. John church, as a member of several guilds and choir, served on the first parish council, and was an usher. She was a volunteer at the Davison Senior Center where she loved to organize the storage area and taught a class in life stories.
Her lifelong passions were her family, her gardens, travel, singing, crocheting, crafts- including painting, carving, sewing, and keeping scrapbooks for all the family members. She loved giving hugs to friends and strangers alike, and no baby within arms reach was safe from her embrace.
Theresa is survived and sadly missed by daughter, Denise Blondin; sons, Daniel (Maribeth), Robert (Valerie Blain), Michael (Sheryl); grandchildren, Jennifer (Jody) Cordell, Stephanie Blondin (Brian Visnovec), Melissa Punio (Jonathon), Kristina Zeman (Tyler), Courtney Kennedy, Kaylee Quihuis (Aaron), David (Megan) Kennedy, Joseph (Stephanie) Kennedy, and Karissa Kennedy; 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, former spouse Jack, and children Thomas Joseph and Kathleen Ann Johnson.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and residents of Charter Senior Living in Davison, who welcomed her into their family in her final months. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Outreach East.
Rosalie Kish, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at the age of 92 on July 3, surrounded by her devoted family. She was born to Eva (Novoth) and Louis Mandreky who immigrated from Hungary as children in the early 1900s. A lifelong resident of Flint, she attended St. Mary School and Northern High School, graduating in 1948. As a young girl, she played piano and later, the organ. As a teenager she worked in her parent’s restaurant, the Hungarian Village. In 1950 she married the love of her life, Joseph Kish of Detroit, Michigan and began their family of four children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Rose had a magnetic, vivacious personality. She made friends wherever she went. Her superpower was caring for those around her, making them feel included and loved. Her family was the primary focus of her life and she was the center of their universe. Home was wherever Rose was, especially at holidays. She excelled at cooking classic Hungarian dishes and baking Hungarian pastries and tortes. Nothing brought more joy to Rose than her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She was a regular volunteer at their schools in Lapeer and never missed a dance recital.
During her professional career, Rose served as a medical and dental assistant. She was an active member of several church clubs throughout her life, as a president of the Immaculata Club of St. Leo, a member of the Daughters of Isabella and secretary of the St. Joseph Hungarian Club of Blessed Sacrament, where she was blessed with many life-long friendships. She enjoyed her final years at Vicinia Gardens where she treasured her new friends and neighbors.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Joe, her parents, Eva and Louis and her brother, George Mandreky. She is survived by her children, Gina Kish of Scituate, MA, Joseph L. (Kathryn) Kish of Winnetka, IL, Valerie Kish, and Susan Wendel, both of Davison, MI; her grandchildren, Tony (Alyson) Wendel of Kentwood, MI, Autumn Coulter and her daughter Faith, of Burton, MI, Jay Kish of Missoula, MT and Nick Kish of Winnetka IL; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10AM Saturday, July 8, 2023 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6336 Roberta St., Burton, MI 48509, Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski, celebrant. Interment will take place following the Mass in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 3-7PM Friday, July 7, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423 and one hour prior to the Mass at church on Saturday. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 PM Friday at Allen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Smile Train.
Her family wishes to thank her team of compassionate caregivers at the hospital and at home for their many kindnesses to Rose and to our family.
GRIFFIN, Leonard – of Davison, Michigan, age 95, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey, MI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1PM Friday, July 7, 2023, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. A Private Entombment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-8 PM Thursday, July 6, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. There will be an hour of visitation prior to the Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hiland Cottage Hospice House, 1 Hiland Drive, Petoskey, Michigan 49770, or a charity of your choice in Leonard’s name.
Leonard was born in Detroit, MI on December 16, 1927, son of the late Elmer and Mary (Lapan) Griffin. He married Adeline Jagielnik on October 19, 1949, and she preceded him in death on July 11, 2012.
Leonard was a proud graduate of Flint St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1945, and also had a two-year business degree from Baker College.
He was a partner in Mac’s Lumber Yard, Flint Developers Lumber Yard, and The Goodie Barns in Flint, Michigan, for many years.
Leonard was a long-time member of Davison Country Club, where he enjoyed many hours of friendship and golf with family and friends.
Leonard is survived by his children, Karen (Tom) O’Connor, Kevin (Kim) Griffin and Kerry (Tom) Kievit; grandchildren, Kristopher (Brooke) Stenglein, Lauren Griffin, Kelly O’Connor, Cris O’Connor, Carrie Kievit and Kelsey (Nate) Douglas; his brother, Arnold (Jan) of San Antonio, Texas, and many loving nieces and nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Mary Griffin, brother, Gary Griffin, as well as many in-laws, a niece and three nephews.
Leonard’s family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Independence Village Senior Living Center and Hiland House Hospice for the exceptional care and love that he was shown.
ALBURTUS, Howard “Butch” Lewis – of Prudenville, MI, formerly of Davison, MI, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 12 PM Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Cremation will take place following the Liturgy. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Monday, June 26, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM-12 PM Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Howard’s memory.
Howard was born in Flint, MI on March 6, 1945, son of the late Howard “Red” and Viola Alburtus. He married Sheri Kay McNicol on May 2, 1970 in Davison, MI. Howard retired from Operating Engineers Local #324 in 2001 after 34 years of service. He enjoyed retirement at their home on Lake James in Prudenville, MI and winters in Gulf Shores, AL. Howard loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed his extended family at White Deer Golf Course in Prudenville, MI, golfing, hunting, fishing, telling jokes and was an amateur treasure hunter.
Howard is survived by his loving wife, Sheri; 2 children, Dawn and Ron (Debbie); 4 grandchildren, Allyssa (Jake), Kyle, Haleigh (Jon) and Kaitlyn (Travis); 3 great-grandchildren, London, Carson and Breck; sister, Frances; 2 sisters-in-law, Kathy and Debby; many other loving family members and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard “Red” and Viola Alburtus; 3 siblings, Harold, Mary and Sandi; several other loving family members.
The family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to Mike and Deb Kiesel, Bob and Carole Schuppe, and the nurses and staff of Heartland Home Health and King Nursing Center for their loving and compassionate care of Howard.
MOCHTY, Lori Ann – Age 51, of Grand Blanc, passed away Monday, June 19, 2023. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 3:00 PM Friday, June 23, 2023 at St. John Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czjkowski celebrant. Visitation will be held Thursday from 3-7 PM at Sharp Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 6063 Fenton Road, Grand Blanc and at church 2:00 PM Friday until the time of Mass.
Lori was born October 28, 1971 in Flint, the daughter of Richard and Rita (Haughton) Larson. She was a 1989 graduate of Holy Rosary Catholic High School and she received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Baker College. She had resided in Grand Blanc for the past 3 years coming from Davison and Flint. She was employed by Midwest Management Group, Inc. in Farmington Hills. Lori was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Davison. She enjoyed shopping, traveling, cooking, baking, cleaning and most of all spending time with her family.
Surviving are her: daughters, Madyson Mochty of Ann Arbor and Mckenzie Mochty of Grand Blanc; grand dog, Beckham; mother, Rita Larson of Lapeer; sister, Lindsay Measle of Davison; Nieces, Samara Measle and Kaelyn Larson; and nephews, Aiden Measle and Jordan Larson.
She was preceded in death by her: father, Richard Larson; sister, Kimberly Larson; and brother-in-law, Ryan Measle. Tributes may be shared at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.
Lillian Virginia Makarewicz of Davison, age 100, died Monday April 17, 2023 at her residence. Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian Burial and burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm Friday June 30, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant, inurnment to follow at New Calvary Cemetery. Family will receive visitors one hour prior to services with a Daughters of Isabella rosary at 12:15 pm at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in Lillian’s memory to St. John Church Memorial Fund.
Lillian was born on September 5, 1922 the daughter of Joseph and Theresa (Kozlowski) Hritz and has resided in the Davison area the last thirty years. She was joined in marriage to Roman Joseph “Mack” Makarewicz on January 20, 1945 and he preceded her in death on July 20, 1988. Lillian proudly served in the US Navy during WW II, and a member of WAVE National. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison and the Daughters of Isabella.
Surviving are children: David and wife Susan Makarewicz, Janis and husband Dan Greenlick, Cathleen and husband Phil Pingot, and Ellen Makarewicz. She also leaves her loving six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and a host of extended family and friends’ .She is preceded in death by sister Dorothy Agnes Major, and brothers Joseph Robert Hritz and Donald Raymond Hritz. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Father Andrew Czajkowski officiating.
Burial in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Wounded Warriors Project.
Visitation 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Visitation 11 a.m. Friday at church until the time of the Mass.
William was born in Flint, Michigan on June 10, 1935, the son of the late Basil and Myrle (Sibilsky) O’Leary. His family moved to Petoskey, Michigan where he lived for several years.
He was a graduate of Davison High School and attended Michigan State University and the University of Michigan-Flint. He served in the United States Army Reserves until May; 1963.
William was employed at General Motors Coldwater Road for 33 years retiring in 1994 as a staff assistant.
William spent downtime in the outdoors by enjoying his passion for golf at the Elks Golf Course. He was an active member of his parish, and has also enjoyed trimming lawn bushes for family and friends in his retirement years.
Surviving are niece, Kathleen Cook; many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by all of his siblings.
Connie was born in Flint, Michigan on March 20, 1940, to Donald and Ardis (Schiestel) Mathis. She graduated from Holy Redeemer High School in 1958 and went on to attend Flint Junior College, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She married her high school sweetheart and best friend, Michael Montpas on November 7, 1959.
She was a resident of Grand Blanc for most of her life. She lived in California while Mike was in the Navy, stationed in San Diego and San Francisco. Upon returning to Grand Blanc, she and Mike became the proud parents to Philip (Carolyn Herbruck) Montpas, and 2 daughters Lori (Roy) Miller and Vicki (Brian) Mullin. Her grandchildren Bryce (Ashley) Miller, Lexi Miller and Garrett Miller, Tyler (Samantha) and Mitchell (Kristen) Montpas, Brooke Mullin and Lance Mullin all meant the world to her. She really enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in any sport, rain or shine.
Connie retired from the Grand Blanc Community Schools as the Medical Records Coordinator. She volunteered for March of Dimes, Right to Life and for over 30 years worked out of the volunteer office for St. Joseph and Genesys Hospital. She enjoyed reading, bowling, Pinochle and Bunco. Connie’s Catholic faith was very strong and provided her with great strength to meet all challenges in her life. Her rosary was always with her.
Connie leaves behind 3 sisters, Barbara (Jim) Blanchard, Katherine Harris, Susie (Steven) Baroski and a brother Jim (Judy Lufcy) Mathis. Her loving in-laws Charlie (Jackie) Montpas, Carl Montpas and Dick (Judy) Montpas. There was always a special place for her German family Ralf (Maria) Winter who was a foreign exchange student sponsored in 1978-79. Close friends Clara McLeod, Mary and Pat Simmonds, Alice Sides and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Michael, parents Donald and Ardis Mathis, in-laws Joseph and Hazel Montpas, sister in-laws Mary Montpas and Frances Hurd. Her dear friends James McLeod II, Jack and Sue VanKuren as well as other close friends and relatives.
In-Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
A visitation for Connie will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2023 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Hill Funeral Home – 11723 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI with a rosary service at 7:30 PM. On Monday, June 19, 2023, there will be a funeral mass for Connie at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church – 6340 Roberta St., Burton, MI at 12:00 PM. She will be laid to rest at Crestwood Cemetery, Grand Blanc, MI.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hillfh.com for the Montpas family.
Gerald was born in Flint on June 9, 1940, to parents Orville & Leona (Lenhart) Boyer. He was 7th in-line of 12 siblings and his siblings all agree he was the kindest, most sweetest person and always there for his family. Gerald graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in 1958. He honorably served in the US Army from 1958-1962. Gerald met the love of his life Sandy through his sister Bonnie and that led to their marriage on February 9th, 1963. Together they shared 45 years of marriage and celebrated countless memories with their four children. Further, Gerald worked and retired from General Motors as a truck driver. He was an avid reader, enjoyed watching westerns, as well as camping, hunting, and snowmobiling. Above all, he loved to spend time with his family.
He is survived by his children: Lori (Scott) Luebbert, Lisa (Mike) Boyer, Leslie Boyer, Lynette (Bill) Scannell; grandchildren: Matt (Amber), Marc (Jessica), Kayla, Meredith, Scott, Ian, Samantha, Ryan (Tiffany), Aaron, Lauren, Sarah, and Cassidy; great-grandchildren: Alayna, Alexah, Alivia, Lucas, Matthew, River, Isaac, Lilyana, Casimir, Margot, Ayden, Leila, Wyatt, and Paislee; Siblings: Marie Pallagi, Nancy Boyer (Bob), Susie (Jerry) Hutto, Armand (Rosemary) Boyer, Leon (Joan) Boyer and Sharon Guza; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Gerald is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sandy; Parents: Orville and Leona Boyer, Siblings: Allen Boyer, Terry Boyer, Bonnie Stocker, Kathleen Boyer, and Theresa Walker; In-laws Alex Pallagi, Tony Walker, Burt Stocker, Sue Boyer, Joni Boyer; Nephew: Douglas Walker; Great friends Harvey and Sandy Furze.
Gerald’s memorial mass will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church; visitation at church from 12 p.m. until the time of mass. Immediately following, Gerald will be placed to rest at St. John Cemetery, next to his wife, Sandy. After the cemetery services, a luncheon will be hosted at the St. John Activity Center.In lieu of flowers: Those desiring, may direct donations to Covenant VNA Hospice 515 N. Michigan, Saginaw Mi. 48602 or Bentley Manor # 3 at 14461 N. Clio Rd. Clio, Mi. 48420.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bentley Manor #3 staff Shana, Felicia, Samantha, Noah (a.k.a. Scotty), Janet, Gwynn, and Amanda for their compassionate care of Gerald. As well as VNA hospice staff Odessa, Ashley, Lisa, Jerry, Amber, David, Carly, and Jennifer.
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NAZARKO, Joseph Antony – of Davison, MI, age 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at his residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 3 PM Friday, June 2, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Entombment, with Military Honors, immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 3-7 PM Thursday, June 1, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 2-3 PM Friday, June 2, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 5:30 PM Thursday, June 1, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or Outreach East, in Joe’s memory.
Joseph was born in Flint, Michigan on December 12, 1933, the only child of the late John Antony Nazarko and Mary C. (Fashoway) Nazarko. He was a graduate of Flint Northern High School, where he lettered in tennis all four years. After graduation, Joe attended Flint Junior College until he was drafted into the United States Army, proudly serving his country from 1956-1958. Following his discharge from the military, Joe joined his father, John, developing and building their family business the Maple Leaf Motel in Davison. Mom and dad’s love story began in Davison and three months later took them to Poland to marry. On January 21, 1968, Joe married Jozefa “Josephine” Tesarska in Przemkowa, Poland. Together, Joe and Josephine enjoyed 55 years of marriage and work life. Together they worked tirelessly and provided a wonderful life for their family.
Dad enjoyed classical music, playing the violin from the age of 6. He loved fishing trips Up North with his father, studying road atlases, and road trips through the western U.S and Canada. Dad enjoyed photography and created hundreds of slide shows from his photographs. Dad enjoyed tinkering in the garage and spent countless hours mowing on his tractor and working on his manicured property. He had a passion for flying, logging in many hours as a private pilot, flying his Piper Cub Cessna plane. Joe called the Davison community home for over 70 years and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
The loss of our father and Dziadek has left a tremendous void in our lives and hearts. Dad was a humble, selfless person, who devoted his life to caring for his beloved Jozia. Dad was a loyal son, devoted husband, dedicated father and grandfather who always prioritized his family. We miss you immensely, Dad.
Joseph is deeply missed by his loving wife, Jozefa “Josephine” Nazarko; 2 children, Natalia (Thomas) Schultz and John Nazarko; 5 grandchildren, Gunther and Gabrielle Schultz, Cameron, Shayna and Analise Nazarko; Grand-pup and special friend, Daisy; several cousins, extended family and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Antony and Mary C. Nazarko.
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
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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.
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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: 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, September 20th at 10:45 a.m. with a repeat session at 6:00 p.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 will take place after all Masses the weekend of August 26th or call 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.
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 Most Holy Gift Shop” is located off the Gathering Space in St. John Catholic Church
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
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.
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A little history on the celebration of St. Valentine’s day from Fr. Andrew!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Did 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.
To download the app search “myparish” in the App or Google Play store. Or, follow this link.