Susanne Salisbury

Age 85, of Holly, passed away on January 14, 2023. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12:00 pm, Friday, January 20, 2023, at St John Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison. Father Andrew Czajkowski will officiate. The family will receive visitors at the church on Friday, from 11:00 am until the funeral mass at 12:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be considered to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Paralyzed Veterans of America. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Susanne’s Tribute Wall at detroitcremationsociety.com.

Susanne Rita Salisbury was born on January 25, 1937, in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Teresa (Levasseur) Seymour. Susanne married the love of her life, Keith Salisbury, on May 12, 1978, and he preceded her in death on November 10, 2008. Susie loved lake life, gardening, reading, and playing cards. She devoted her later years to the Ministries of Emmaus House in Harlem, New York, Saint Francis Neighborhood Center in Baltimore, Maryland, Saint Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Misericordia in Chicago, Illinois.

Susanne is survived by five children; Cheri (John) Martin of Grand Blanc, Mark (Ann) Burnash of St. Johns, Camille (John) Kowalczyk of Lincoln Park, Joseph (Virginia) Burnash of Dothan AL, and Matthew (Kathy) Burnash of White Lake, stepchildren; Stephen (Vicky) Salisbury of Alma, Martin (Andrea) Salisbury of Mt. Pleasant, David (Dawn) Salisbury of Mt. Pleasant, Amy (Don) Martin of Shepherd, Christopher (Elyse) Salisbury of Midland, 30 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Eleanor Noe, Ardelle Seymour, Ellise Caron, and Karen Allen.

Susanne is preceded in death by her parents, infant son; John Agustine Burnash, son; Timothy Burnash, the father of her children; Milton Burnash, brothers; Gerald, Earl, Urban, Cletus, Daniel, and Marshall, sisters; Dolorosa Seymour and Mary Lou Eisenbeis.

James Migan

MIGAN, James – of Davison, age 86, passed away on January 16, 2023 at his residence. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Monday, January 23, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Inurnment will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery with military honors conducted by Davison American Legion Post #267. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Lawrence Seminary, 301 Church St., Mount Calvary, WI 53057.

James was born in Detroit, MI on April 23, 1936, son of the late Corneilius and Hazel (McCarty) Migan. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. James married Geraldine Kaminski on August 16, 1958, in Detroit, Michigan. Jim graduated from University of Detroit in 1959 and then taught English in his early professional years. From there he went on to a very successful career in business as a Credit Manager and as a Management Consultant. Notably, Jim never had to APPLY for a job. He was invited to take job positions with several colleagues throughout his professional career. Jim was very active with his church communities, he was an avid golfer, and enjoyed wood working projects [T McG]. He also enjoyed reading and puzzles. He always enjoyed any opportunity to gather with family, his grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

James is survived by his wife, Geri; children, Kathleen Migan, Colleen (Brian) Schiefer, Nicholas (Donna) Migan, Monica (Michael) Burel, Amy (Norman) Prange and Neal (Tamara) Migan; 19 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, many other loving family members, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Neil, and his sister, Margaret (Stoy). 

Baby Bottle Drive

On January 21 and 22 we will be sending you home with Baby Bottles. Please take them home with you and fill them with your loose change. Please return the bottles (hopefully full of change!) after all Masses on the weekend of February 4 and 5.

Your loose change helps fill the needs of many new mothers. Thank you for your continuous generosity!

Anne George

GEORGE, Anne Marie (Jarkowski) – of Durham, NC, formerly of Davison, MI, age 84,  passed away Friday, January 6, 2023 at DuBose Health Center in Chapel Hill, NC. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, January 28, 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 10-11 AM Saturday, January 28, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Anne will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Sabah, in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Davison, Michigan.

Anne Marie George, devoted wife and loving mother, was born on September 13, 1938, in Warsaw, Poland. She passed away peacefully in her sleep in Chapel Hill, NC on January 06, 2023. Her father Marion Jarkowski was a journalist, her mother Helena Jarkowski, a seamstress. When she was less than a year old, Germany invaded Poland.

As part of Hitler’s plan to colonize Poland, her family and hundreds of thousands of other Polish citizens were either murdered or forced off their land at gunpoint. German soldiers packed Anne’s family into an open train car with dozens of other displaced Poles in the dead of winter, their destination a concentration camp. Her mother’s extraordinary courage, quick wits and knowledge of the German language got them to the front of the train, where it was warm. When they disembarked, they saw that everyone who remained in their boxcar had frozen to death.

In 1945, American and Russian troops liberated the camps of Poland. Her family immigrated to America and worked for 7 years on a farm and furniture company in Martinsville, VA to repay the Hooker family who paid for their US voyage. Ellis Island, NY documents mark their arrival date as October 24, 1949. By then her little brother Christopher, who was born in Germany, was three years old.

Once in Virginia, her mother’s sewing skills became indispensable. Her father Marion, however, proved to be inept at milking cows and slopping pigs, for that topic was unfortunately glossed over at Polish journalism school, though he eventually proved to be trainable. Once their obligation was completed, they moved to a Polish community in Clawson, MI. Later in life, Anne was so grateful to the Hooker family for their freedom, she insisted on buying furniture from them.

Anne attended high school at St. Stanislaus in Detroit. After graduation, she studied to be a radiologist and got her first job at Henry Ford Hospital. There, she noticed a young handsome surgeon named Sabah George. He fell in love with the beautiful red-headed nurse with the Polish accent, horned-rimmed glasses and otherworldly cooking skills.

Their wedding in 1967 was an event filled with so much music, bellydancers, Polish and Arabic food, and adult beverages that for 50 years afterwards, all the guests said it was the best wedding they’ve ever attended.

After their honeymoon, they moved into an apartment that was so tiny, the living room and bedroom were the same room – depending on whether the folding bed was down. But they were in love and it didn’t matter. With the money they saved on living expenses, they bought new cars, because after all, that’s what people in the Motor City did in the 60s. Anne was quite a sight in her red ‘59 Thunderbird convertible, red hair wrapped up in a babushka.

In 1975, they moved to a bigger house in Davison, Michigan, where her husband’s siblings Victoria, Leila and later Namir lived close by. She loved them and their kids Harith, Zina, Issmat, Maha and Louie so much, she wanted to learn how to cook their favorite foods. Anne spent hours peeking over the shoulders of sisters-in-law / culinary geniuses Victoria and Leila. In a short while, redheaded Polish immigrant Anne was making Arabic food so legendary, to this day, her relatives’ children proudly text photos to each other saying, “Look! I made Auntie Anne’s rice!”

She even won 1st place in a chili contest with over 75 contestants. She had not one, but 3 secret ingredients: Jack Daniels, Pabst Blue Ribbon, chocolate, and no, she did not spike the judges’ bowls. Whenever the Georges had people over for dinner, Anne would cook enough food for, as her husband Sabah used to say, the entire Polish Army. She never forgot the camps in Poland and what it was like to be hungry and never wanted anyone around her to experience it. Not to mention the inadvertent effect of their only child Francis, born in 1970, having to eat leftovers for most of his childhood. Nevertheless, she spoiled him with generous love beyond measure.

Anne had such a joyous energy about her, a cheerful personality with an aura that radiated love. Her smile could start a brushfire. Family members often heard their phone ring, followed by her voice saying, “This is an ‘I love you’ phone call.”

Anne was a devoted wife and mother. She was active in the communities at St. Johns in Davison and Holy Rosary in Flint, where her son Francis attended school. A neighbor wrote, “Anne George was such a loving friend and neighbor during the time our children were growing up! If she knew you were sick, the doorbell would ring and there she would be with a huge, delicious pot of chicken soup and her wonderful smile presenting it to you!”

Anne and her husband Sabah lived an incredible life together in a loving marriage that endured for over 50 years. They traveled the world on their boats and planes. In 1987, when Sabah retired, they moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where their son Francis finished high school, attended UNC Chapel Hill and started his career. Anne enjoyed spending half the year in Florida, where she turned sunbathing into an extreme sport.

Anne’s love for her family knew no bounds. In 2012, while recovering from a stroke, her husband Sabah’s health took an even steeper dive, and she somehow summoned the strength to take care of him. She could negotiate everything except driving, which was happily managed by her grandnephew Anthony Awdish, who spent many afternoons driving her to doctor’s appointments and the drug store.

Anne is loved, celebrated and survived by her son, Francis George and his wife, JiNan; their children, Gaetano and Rosa; siblings-in-law, Leila Naaman and Namir (Faiza) George; paternal nieces and nephews, Zina (Clifford) Victor, Issmat (Halla) Awdish, Maha (Wail) Paulus, Louie (Patty) Naaman and Fran Awdish; paternal grandnieces and grandnephews, Kenny, Tanya, Chris, Kevin, Anthony, Vanessa, Alexa, Sami, Brandon, Patrick and Andrew; maternal nieces and nephews, Julie, Andrew, Ryan, Leigha, Jim, George and Brian; sister-in-law, Pat Jaron; along with family in Warsaw: Zdzislaw, Graiyna and Agata.

In 2012, Anne moved to a retirement community in Chapel Hill, NC, close to Francis and his family. She was able to attend her son’s wedding and reside in a wonderful community where they received visits from their son and his family almost every day.

David Doty

David Christopher Doty of Elba Township, age 76, died Friday December 30, 2022 at Lapeer County Medical Care Facility. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4:00 pm Thursday January 12, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant. Private inurnment at St. John Cemetery will be held at a later date. Family will receive visitors from 3:00 pm until time of services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in David’s memory to St. John Catholic Church or a Mass in his memory.

David was born in Flint Michigan on November 27, 1946 the son of the late: Carl L. and Evelyn M. (Martindale) Doty and had resided in the Davison-Lapeer area his entire life. He was a graduate of Davison High School Class of 1965, and proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was joined in marriage to Louise Brunsman on October 25, 1969, and in 2019 they spent their fifty year anniversary in Hawaii.  David loved to travel and camp, but his greatest love was spending time on his motorcycle with the wind at his back riding from sundown to sun up. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.  He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison, and had been employed by General Motors; Chevrolet Manufacturing and AC-Delphi until his retirement with thirty years of service.

Surviving is wife of over fifty-three years Louise, his daughter Jody and husband Terry Kosiara, son David John Doty and his grandchildren: Tadziu Kosiara and Edziu Kosiara. He also leaves brother Otis R. Doty, sister-in-law Lou Ellen Doty, brother-in-law Herman Leroy Meyer, and a host of extended family and friends. Surviving on his wife side: sister-in-laws:  Claudia (Randy) Vogel, Diane Noblet, and brother-in-law John (Marie) Brunsman. He is preceded in death by brother Carl L. Doty, sisters: Darlene Bleu, Linda Meyer, brother-in-law Robert Noblet, and nephew Mark Samson.

He will be missed by all that knew him. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Lapeer County Medical Care and Heart to Heart Hospice for their help and compassion during this time.  Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

Frank Perez

Funeral Mass will be at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church – 6340 Roberta Street, Burton, Michigan on Friday, January 6, 2023 at 12:00pm, with visitation and Rosary one hour prior to the Funeral Mass. Burial will take place at New Calvary Cemetery. Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers: Tirso, Peter, David and Manuel Perez; and his sisters: Josephine Dickie, Belen Dziwura, Martina Sargent, Tomasita Conroy and Louise Perez. Frank is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Deveson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Frank was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church where he volunteered for many years under the kind guidance of Kevin Dunkel. Frank enjoyed model trains, carving wood puzzles for his great nieces and nephews, and running in the Crim road races. He was a gentle and loving soul. Frank always looked forward to the many Perez family reunions, both large and small. A special thanks to the caring and compassionate staff at Medilodge of Grand Blanc. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6340 Roberta Street, Burton, Michigan 48509.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brownfh.com for the Perez family.

Duane Lange

Duane Albert Lange, 84, of Lapeer, passed away on December 26, 2022, in the comforts of his home, with his family by his side.  He was born in North Branch, MI on May 25, 1938, to John and Elizabeth Lange.  Duane was a devout Catholic and man of strong faith.  He loyally served his country in the United States Army from 1961-1963, as a military policeman stationed at Fort Benning.  He was employed by Foran Beverage in Lapeer and delivered beverages throughout the thumb area from age 18 until his retirement in 1998.  Duane married Phyllis Hartgrove on June 23, 1962, and shorty after they moved to Lapeer.  They were together for 54 years.

Duane loved spending time up north at the cabin, camping trips, deer hunting, and woodworking. He enjoyed bowling and was quite the card shark.  Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.  He will be deeply missed.

Duane is survived by his children Deborah (John) Sinka, Kelly (Kevin) Withey, Patricia (Ron) Schabel, Christian (Char) Lange, Timothy (Holly) Lange, Nicholas (Mayme) Lange; grandchildren; Mikala (Bill) Cook, Kyle (Rachel), Kole and Katie Sinka, Conner (Haley) Withey, Brooklyn (Keagan) James, Greggory, Jeffrey and Daniel Schabel, Carter, Calli and Carlie Lange, Nolan, Cooper, and Addisyn Lange, Oakley and Briggs Lange; great-grandchildren Bo, Luke and Navy Sinka, Leland and Gracen Cook; brother John Lange Jr.; sister Dolores Samul.

He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Lange in 2016, and his parents John and Elizabeth Lange; his siblings Lorraine Schaub, Marion Lange and Kenneth Lange.  

Friends may visit on Thursday, December 29th from 12-8 p.m. (6 p.m. Rosary Service) at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Lapeer.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 30th at 12:00 noon (in-state 11 a.m.) at St. John Catholic Church in Davison.  Fr. Andrew Czajkowski will officiate.  Duane will be laid to rest at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Davison.  Memorial donations may be made to St. John Catholic Church.

DoDee Klocko

Dolores A. “DoDee” Klocko of Davison, age 91, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 22, 2022. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Saturday, January 14, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant. A luncheon will be provided immediately following the Memorial Mass at Copper Ridge Golf Course 8475 E, Atherton Rd. Davison, MI 48423. Private inurnment will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. where she will rejoin her “one and only love”.  The family will receive visitors one hour prior to services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in DoDee’s memory to: Operation Injured Soldiers, 22645 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon, MI 48178

DoDee was born in Hubbard, Ohio on December 12, 1931, the daughter of the late Alex and Helen (Menhart) Kibash and has resided in Davison since 1999, spending most of her life in Flint.  She was a graduate of Flint Northern High School, Class of 1950. She was joined in marriage to her “one and only love” Henry “Hank” Klocko on January 24, 1953 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flint and he preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 2007. Upon their retirement in 1979, they began their passion of traveling in a fifth wheel while enjoying the United States for several years. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison and had been a active volunteer at St. John Welcome Center and gift store.

Surviving are children: David (Diana) Klocko of Flint, Bryan ( DeAnna) Klocko of Owosso, Daniel (Barbara) Klocko of Attica, Karen McLeod of Grand Blanc, Pamela (Richard) Adkins of Millington, and Sandra (Timothy) Rhyne of Swartz Creek. Her grandchildren: Andy, Bryan Jr., DeeAnne, Jessica, David, Vanessa, Mackenzie, Kurt, Corey, Kathleen, Tim Jr., Mindy, Sara, Lauren, and Alana.  Also loving great grandchildren; Tyler, Devon, Madeline, William, Berkeley, Olympia, Cayden, Cajetan, Harper, Trevor Jr., Evelyn, Samantha, Alexis, Olivia, Colton, Charlotte, and Freddie. Her sister-in-laws: Flo Kibash, Alice Klocko, and host of extended family and friends.  She is preceded in death by brother Robert “Bob” Kibash, and grandson Chris Adkins. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of Choice Hospice for their care and support during this time. Also thank you to her many friends at Taeckens Terrace. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

Candice Betts

Candice Jeanette “Candy” Betts of Davison age 69, died Wednesday December 21, 2022 at Hurley Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm Wednesday December 28, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant. Private Inurment will be held at St. John Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 12:00 noon Wednesday until time of services at the church. The family has requested NO FLOWERS and Facial Masks be worn; contributions may be made to Michigan Lupus Foundation, Michigan Diabetes Association, or Michigan Kidney Foundation in Candy’s memory.

Candice was born in Flint Michigan on February 22, 1953 the daughter of the late James and Ruth (Sylvester) DuCap and has resided in the Davison area her entire life. She was joined in marriage to Timothy Betts on May 25, 1974 at St. John Catholic Church, Davison. Candy attended St. John School and was a graduate of Davison High School Class of 1971; she later graduated from Ferris State College and was a member of the Zeta Tau Delta Sorority.  Candice loved to travel and had been to numerous states including Alaska, along with her traveling she enjoyed camping with family and friends. She loved to cross-stitch, and spent many hours scrapbooking, and could be found often reading a good book. She loved time with family and especially her grandchildren.  She was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison and was a Pharmacist at Lapeer Regional Hospital until her retirement.

She leaves to cherish her memory husband Tim, son Neal and wife Amy Betts, daughter Theresa Betts and husband Anthony Monastra, and loving grandchildren: Emma, Henry, and Conall. Also she leaves her siblings: Ken and wife Robin DuCap, Jozann and husband Donald Burgin, Nancy and husband Brian Kramer, Virginia Laguerre, Patricia and husband John Ackerly, Gabrielle and husband Augustine Zamarripa, Gerald DuCap, and Kelly DuCap. Surviving aunt Katherine and husband Richard Saunders, uncle Henry and wife Doloris Sylvester, brother-in-laws: Jeff and wife Elaine Betts, Dan and wife Lori Betts, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and special friends. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Hurley Medical Center. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net  

Mary Davidson

Mary passed away Friday, December 9, 2022 at her residence with her loving family by her side at the age of 70 years. She was born in Bay City on June 24, 1952 to the late Edwin and Joan (Kasprzyk) Kowalczyk. Mary worked and retired from the Bay County Boys and Girls Club for 25 years as a social worker. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a current member of St. John’s Evangelist Church in Davison. Mary loved her family and her dogs and is finally reunited with her dog Whiskey. In her spare time, she loved helping people, being a care giver and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her loving daughter who cared for her, Tracey (Richard) Buerge; son, Jeremy (fiancé Jennifer Guoan Levengood) Davidson; grandchildren, Savanna Davidson, Joseph Buerge and Jonah Buerge; brothers, Joseph (Joyce) Kowalczyk and James (Grace) Kowalczyk; sister, Judi Kowalczyk and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Michael (Terry) Kowalczyk.

Funeral Liturgy will be 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan 48423. The celebrant will be Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski with cremation to follow the mass. Friends and family may visit at the Gephart Funeral Home, 201 West Midland Street, Bay City, Michigan 48706 on Saturday, December 17, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Mary will be taken to the church on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 to lie in state from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the mass. Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. For online condolences visit www.gephartfuneralhome.com

Harry Baker

BAKER, Harry P. – of Flint, MI, age 91, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 3PM Thursday, December 15, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment will take place following the service in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors the hour prior to the Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Catholic Church or Outreach East.

Harry was born in Flint, MI on August 7, 1931, son of the late Hermon J. (Dora L. (Edwards) Baker). He attended St. Matthew Catholic School in Flint, MI and went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame. Harry joined the Congregation of Holy Cross and was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome, Italy. He taught at Notre Dame and was transferred to Texas. After many years with the Holy Cross Order, and with the permission of the Holy Father, Harry was laicized.

Harry began the study of Psychology at University of Texas, Austin where he met and married Valerie Gilbert. After he attained his PhD., he continued his career path in forensic psychology in the Dallas / Ft. Worth are for approximately 35 years.

Following Valerie’s death in 2003, Harry returned to Flint. He later married his longtime classmate at St Mathew Catholic School in Flint, Marlene Rabidoux and started his practice in the Flint area, retiring in 2011. He was a member of the Fatima Blue Army Prayer Group at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and enjoyed many members of his church family. Harry enjoyed listening to and helping those in need. He remained faithful to his religious beliefs and dearly loved his family. Harry was a kind and gentle man and was loved by all.

Harry is survived by his wife, Marlene; son, Christopher (Shannon Foxley) Baker; stepdaughter, Cathleen (Rob Meyers) Rehfeld; Stepson, Marty (Annette) Jarboe; grandsons, Forrest and Skye Foxley-Baker; brother, John F. (Helen) Baker; brother-in-law, Ray (Melissa) Rabidoux; sister-in-law, Anne Baker; several very special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hermon and Dora; first wife, Valerie; brothers, Robert E. (Rose) Baker, Hermon J. Baker, Charles H. Baker; brother-in-law, Ken Rabidoux.

Catherine Stock

Catherine Theresa Stock, 92, a lifelong resident of Elba Township, passed away on December 17, 2022. She was born on October 10, 1930 in Lapeer to parents Claude and Elinora (Sullivan) Stock.

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan, Catherine began teaching for Atherton Schools. She was the definition of an educator and eventually earned her Master’s Degree in teaching as well. Catherine retired from teaching after 40 years. Living her whole life on the family farm in Elba Twp., Catherine grew up to absolutely adore animals. There isn’t a photo from when she was young without some sort of farm animal or family pet in her arms. Most recently, her cat of 12 years was her closest companion. Catherine loved spending time with her nieces and nephews and she will be truly missed by many.

Catherine is survived by her nephew John (Kathy) Stock of Lapeer, niece Marypat (Craig) Johnson of Illinois; great nieces and nephews: John (jeri Lynn) Stock, Anna (Christopher) Deane, Amber (Jordan) Price and Katie (Shane) Liston; 7 great-great nieces and nephews as well. Catherine was preceded in death by her brother Paul (Pat) Stock and her aforementioned parents.

Visitation for Catherine will be held on December 28, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 PM at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer. Rosary will be held at 6:00 P.M. on December 28th at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be held the following day at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison at Noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul or the Holy Sacrifice of Mass. Please share memories and condolences at www.muirbrotherslapeer.com

Charles Treece

Charles David Treece, age 83, of Lapeer, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

Charles was born June 27, 1939, in Pontiac, Michigan to Daniel and Elsie (Duncan) Treece. He graduated from Pontiac Central High School, class of 1958. He married Bernadette Amman on March 11, 1971. Chuck was an industrial engineer with Pontiac Motors. His career spanned 30 years – he retired in 1988. Upon “retirement”, Chuck began his political career and served on many committees and boards. He became a Lapeer County Commissioner and eventually the Mayor.

Chuck and Bernadette were 45 year members of Immaculate Conception Church. He was instrumental in beginning the Word of Life Prayer Group and was a spiritual mentor to many. Chuck was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. He was known for his quick wit and infectious laughter. Those who knew him were fortunate to be touched by his faith and kindness.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Bernadette Treece; daughters: Debbie (Kevin) Daley of Attica, Vickie Kosinski of Lapeer, Kay (Kyle) Pettine of Fort Collins, CO, Marie Lyle of Lapeer, Jon (Erica) Treece of Darlington, SC, Jennifer (Tim) Clemens of Metamora, Rene Treece of Asheville, NC, Tim (Melissa) Treece of Venice, FL and Steven (Chelsea) Treece of Ortonville; fifteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; siblings: James (Sharon) Treece of Fort Pierce, FL, Joan Anderson of Albuquerque, NM, Floyd (Darnell) Treece of Evansville, IN and Linda Gerard of Waterford. Chuck is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his dear grandson, Thomas Daley; siblings: Marvin Treece, Anita Douglas and Paula Matthews as well as his aforementioned parents.

Visitation will be held from 1-4PM and 6-8PM Sunday, December 18, 2022, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. The rosary will be prayed at 3PM Sunday at Muir’s. Chuck’s funeral Mass will be held at 1:00PM Monday, December 19, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison. The family will receive friends from 12-1PM at church the day of the service. Father Andrew Czajkowski, celebrant. Chuck will be interred at Mt. Loretto Cemetery, Lapeer.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Research Foundation or the Thomas Daley Memorial Fund. Condolences and memories may be left at www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com.

Isabelle Eaton

Eaton, Isabelle Elizabeth of Clarkston, age 87 passed away on Nov. 12, 2022 with her children by her side. She was born in Flint, Michigan on February 21, 1935 to Gertrude and Daniel Bowman. Isabelle graduated from Cosmetology school and worked at her mother’s beauty salon. She married her high school sweetheart John C. Koszegi and together they had four children. Isabelle was a breathtaking beauty in her day. But her most captivating appeal to those who knew her was her playful nature and her kind and loving spirit. Isabelle loved shopping, dancing, home decorating, the sunshine and the beaches of Florida. Izzy’s main focus was always the happiness of everyone around her, especially her children and grandchildren. She will be forever missed and loved. She is survived by daughters Lisa Koszegi (Richard), Brenda Warburton (Mark), son Jeffrey P. Koszegi, Grandchildren Christopher Ehrke, Shauna Koszegi, Michael Koszegi and Great-grandson Eli Ehrke. She was preceded in death by the father of her children John C. Koszegi, husband Jack Eaton, Parents William and Gertrude Davison and Daniel Bowman and son Gregory Koszegi. The family gives a very special thank you to Kailey Hancock for her kindness, compassion and excellent care of Isabelle right to the end.

Retrouvaille Marriage Weekend

Put a spark back in your marriage this holiday season! The Retrouvaille Program is for Married Couples Struggling in their Relationship. The next Retrouvaille Marriage Weekend will take place on January 13-15, 2023. Please call (248) 382-8281 or email 3016@HelpOurMarriage.org if you have any questions!

This program is for couples with marital problems that want marriage help. Those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced are encouraged to consider the Retrouvaille Program. There is always hope of reviving your relationship.

Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of a marriage problem. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the program.

Many lawyers and judges send couples to Retrouvaille as a prerequisite to filing for a divorce or rendering final decisions. Many marriage counselors and family therapists send their clients to Retrouvaille as a prerequisite to counseling. These professionals know that the tools of communication in marriage taught in the program are often what couples need.

To view other Marriage Weekend dates or to learn more about the program, please visit: https://helpourmarriage.org/communities/upcoming_weekends.cfm?community=Detroit%5FMichigan

Rosa Schaeffer

SCHAEFFER, Rosa Mary (Sloan) – of Davison, MI, age 90, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022. Rosa was born in Flint, MI on August 18, 1932, daughter of the late Frank and Jennie (Darling) Sloan. She was a graduate of Grand Blanc High School Class of 1950. Rosa married Walter Schaeffer on June 22, 1957 in Davison, MI. She worked at AC Spark Plug until 1958 and enjoyed singing and dancing in their musical productions. She also worked as a cook in Davison schools, serving up kindness to all, particularly those who were hurting. Rosa was a member and volunteer of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where she sang in the choir for 32 years. She also volunteered for the Red Cross. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Rosa loved trips to the casino, playing cards, sewing, playing the piano and attending all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s numerous extracurricular activities. Many will remember the extraordinary Christmas candy and biscotti she made with love each year and shared generously.

Rosa is survived by her husband, Walter Schaeffer; 3 children, Denise (Mark) Nester, David (Kristine) Schaeffer and Jennie (Rob) Yelvington; 8 grandchildren, Analise (John) Atteo, Gabriel Nester, James Schaeffer, Kevin (Laura) Schaeffer, Forrest (Jen) Schaeffer, Harrison Schaeffer, Aaron Petrovich and Elena Petrovich; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Genevieve Howe; Brother, Jim Sloan; many other loving family members and dear friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Jennie Sloan; 3 siblings, Betty Shumaker, Joyce Dow and Joann Richardson; granddaughter, Natalia Rosa Nester.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 PM Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI.  Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. A luncheon will follow.  The family will receive visitors Monday, November 28, 2022 from 4-7 PM (Rosary prayed at 6 PM) at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI and Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 11 AM-12 PM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rosa’s memory to the St. John Church Choir or the American Red Cross.

Bonnie McNew

McNEW, Bonnie Jean (Hall) (Osmon) – of Davison, MI, age 92, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 2 PM Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Entombment immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 1-2 PM Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Outreach East or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Bonnie’s memory.

Bonnie was born in Flint, MI on July 10, 1930, daughter of the late Clarence and Garnett (Halloran) Osmon. She was a graduate of St. Mary Catholic High School Class of 1948. Bonnie retired from the Genesee County Clerk’s Office in 1988 after 15 years of service. After retirement, Bonnie worked part-time at Edward Jones for many years. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Bonnie enjoyed traveling, cooking, baking, playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren.

Bonnie is survived by 7 children, Cheryl (Charles) Ross, Wesley (Dorinda) Hall, Gregory (Carol) Hall, Katrina (Dave) Johnson, Matthew (Sonia) Hall, Kevin Hall and Steven Hall; 15 grandchildren, Coby, Chrisa, Richard, Shelly, Ashley, Alan, Courtney, Ashtyn, Marissa, Crystal, Jackie, Shane, Shannon, Josh and Joe; 9 great-grandchildren, Aaron, Derek, Isabella, Emily, Sydney, Jessica, Ethan, Tyler and Lyncoln; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Macy, Austin, Kyzer and Malachi; sister, Diane Soper; many other extended family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Garnett Osmon; husband, George McNew; brother, Gary Osmon; husband and father of her children, Norman Hall and brother-in-law, Gary Soper.

Timothy Shannon

Shannon, Timothy Gerard – of Davison, Michigan went to his eternal home on November 10, 2022 at the age of 69. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Monday, November 14, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church,  404 N. Dayton St., Davison. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski celebrant. Visitation will be held 4-8 PM Sunday, with a Rosary at 7 PM, November 13 at Sharp Funeral Home & Cremation Center 6063 Fenton Rd. Grand Blanc. Visitation will also be held 12 PM Monday until the time of the Mass. Those desiring may make contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

He is survived by “his girls”; wife of 41 years Mary (Botz) Shannon, his daughters, Sarah (David) Blight, and Elizabeth (Joseph) Lovelace, and his beloved grandchildren Charlie, and Alayna Blight, and Evelyn, Joseph, and Emelia Lovelace.

Tim was the quintessential salesman/optimist/“don’t sweat the small stuff” guy. He was always ready to pitch an idea, an opinion, or give advice (sometimes to the chagrin of his daughters) . A man of faith, love of country, and family, he truly was one of a kind.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Margaret (McGlinch) Shannon, his sister Maureen Burt, and his brother Thomas Shannon. Those also waiting for him are his father and mother in law Dr. Robert J. and Mattie Botz, and his brother in law, Thomas Botz.

Please keep his siblings Kathleen Shannon, Colleen (Gary)Townsend, Tricia Shannon, Eileen (Dana) Evans, Mike (Gay) Burt, Dr. Patrick (Jodi) Botz, Nancy Botz, and Elizabeth Uptegraff. His nieces and nephews, his grandchildren, his “girls”, and all those that love and respect him in your prayers as they navigate this new journey with Tim guiding them in a different way.

In lieu of flowers donations, in his name, can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Tributes may be shared on the obituaries page at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.

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James Moore

James was a World War II army veteran, the founder of General Optical in Flint, Michigan and a former choir member of St. John Catholic church, Holy Cross Catholic church in Florida and The Piney Point choirs.

James is survived by his children, Colleen Newfield (Steve Elliot), Frederic Moore (Jeannine), James Moore (Catherine), David Moore (Mary Ann), Theresa Fras (Wilfred), Daniel Moore (Elizabeth) and Susan Brown (James Bowers), 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to McLaren Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated.

Friday November, 11, 2022

Visitation and Funeral Location:
St. John Catholic Church
404 North Dayton Street
Davison, MI 48423

Visitation: 11:00am
Funeral: 12:00pm

Internment immediately following:
St. John Catholic Cemetery
Corner of Richfield and Oak Road
Davison, MI 48423

Judith Latzy

LATZY, Judith – of Davison, age 82, passed away Monday, October 31, 2022, at The Cottage of Davison. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Thursday, November 3, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Thursday at the church. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM Wednesday at the funeral home followed by a Memorial Service, conducted by the Daughters of Isabella – #1095 Regina Coeli Circle. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association, in Judith’s memory.

Judith was born in Flint, Michigan on January 5, 1940, daughter of the late Paul and Mary (Carney) Fuhst. She married Bernard Latzy on August 20, 1960. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella – #1095 Regina Coeli Circle and St. Patrick’s Guild. Judy enjoyed gardening and cooking. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and taking care of them.

Judith is survived by her loving husband, Bernard; children, Cheryl (Mike) Lynch and Paulette (Mike) Reif; daughter-in-law, Emma Latzy; 3 grandchildren, Megan (Zach) Musgraves, Tyler (Jessica) Lynch and Elizabeth (Dave) De Mand; 2 great-grandchildren, Jayden Ferguson and Copelan Lynch; great-great-granddaughter Rylie De Mand; and many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her sons, Michael and Bernie Latzy; brothers, Paul and Donald Fuhst.

Lana Miller

Lana L. Miller (Multhaupt), age 70, of Flint, passed peacefully in her sleep on Friday, October 28, 2022. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, at 12:00PM at St. John Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street in Davison. Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 2, 2022, starting at 4:00PM – 8:00PM and Thursday, November 3, 2022, starting at 3:00PM-8:00PM at Sharp Funeral Home, 8138 Miller Road in Swartz Creek. A Vigil service will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 7:00PM at Sharp Funeral Home, Swartz Creek. Lana will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Edward at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Davison. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.

Lana was born on September 28, 1952, in Manistique, Michigan to the late Leonard & Lyle Multhaupt. She graduated from St. Agnes Catholic School in 1970. On September 28, 1974, Lana married Eddie, the love of her life.   They were each other’s best friends and created their beautiful family with Michael and Matthew.  Lana and Eddie never missed anything that their boys were involved in growing up.   Lana’s pride and joy were her 3 grandsons.  She was so proud to share her love of fishing with them and to go watch them play at any of their games.

Lana had a special bond with all 7 of her sisters and loved spending time with all her nieces and nephews.  Family and friends were everything to Lana.  Lana maintained her close friendships with her high school girlfriends Luci, Connie, Debbie, and Lori.  They went on many girls’ weekend trips up north to Luci’s cabin and to many casinos.  These ladies meet every Thursday night for their weekly zoom call. Anyone that knew Lana knows that she loved her Coke, chocolate and Better Made BBQ Chips. She was a thoughtful person that would give of her heart to anyone that needed.  Years ago, she started gifting “Abby’s Angels” to those struggling with health issues.  Over the years she had gifted over 700 angels.

Lana leaves behind her two sons, Michael (Teresa) Miller and Matthew Miller; three grandsons, Maxwell, Michael and Murphy Miller; three sisters, Loretta (Gary) Kralik, Lorna (John) Tomczak and Lenette (Eddie) Tomak and brothers-in-law, Thomas Miller and John Kennedy, Tony Kleiber, and Carl McLain; sister-in-law, Sandy (Dennis) Kiegel; several special nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie; four sisters, Lynn Jackson, Leslie “Buffie” Multhaupt, Lisa McLain and LeeAnne Klieber; and niece, Heather Williamson.

Colette Reuther

REUTHER, Colette – Of Davison, age 94, died Thursday, October 13, 2022 at her residence.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 p.m. Monday, October 17, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Father Andrew Czajkowski officiating.

Burial in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, MI 48507.

A Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Reuther will be at the church from 11 a.m. Monday until the time of the Mass.

Colette was born in Flint, Michigan on March 9, 1928, the daughter of the late William and Catherine (Breen) Root. She graduated from St. Matthew Catholic High School in 1947. On August 28, 1948 she married Donald J. Reuther and he preceded her in death on June 26, 1992. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, former member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Colette was a member of the Klinker’s Club, with her girlfriends at St. Matthew’s School. Colette was a talented seamstress, baker and caregiver. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

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

son-in-law, Anthony P. Lajewski;

16 grandchildren, Brad Lajewski, Brian Reuther, Erin Lesner, Susan Whalen, Julie McAlister, Michael Whalen, Bridget Reuther, Olivia Reuther, Ryan Hladik, Joseph Hladik, Joseph Crown, Sarah Crown, Melissa Crown and Hannah Crown;

step-grandchildren, Heather Neu and Chad Simon;

14 great-grandchildren, Emma Reuther, Myah Reuther, Wyatt Reuther, Adelaide “Addie” McAlister, Ainsley McAlister, Amelia McAlister, Anna Lesner, Anthony Lajewski, Lydia Lajewski, Claire Lajewski, Thomas Lajewski, Jonathon Lajewski, Nichols Lajewski and Noah Lajewski;

sister, Julia Reardon and brother, Jerry Root.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Jo Lajewski(Reuther); grandchildren, Todd M. Lajewski and Matthew F. Whalen; brothers, Dallas Root, Erwin Root, John Root and Theodore Root and sister, Mary Mobley.

Coleen Sue Dowdall

COLEEN SUE DOWDALL, age 67 of Grand Blanc, died on Monday, October 10, 2022 at her residence. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Noon on October 20, 2022 at St. John Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423. The family will receive visitors from 11AM until the time of her service at the church. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Genesee County Humane Society, G3325 Dort Hwy Burton MI 48529. Coleen was born in Flint MI, on July 31, 1955 to Michael and Mary Dowdall. She excelled at sports and art and was an avid animal lover. Coleen loved gardening and had many plants. She seemed to be a very lucky person as she enjoyed playing Keno and gambling because she always seemed to come out ahead. Coleen was fond of excitement, and rarely sought out the quiet places in life- but when she did occupy such places, she filled them with laughter. Her family found her both vexing and lovely. She often joked that she was everyone’s favorite Aunt, unaware that in most cases this was true. She was a jovial spirit, and had an innate ability to make people feel welcome. She weaved through family gatherings, seeking audiences with each person as though she had been looking for them all day. Coleen was proud to be a Dowdall and regarded her family as her greatest mark of pride. Coleen will be missed tremendously but we take solace in knowing that she has shed her pain. Her spirit of love and passion for her family remains- and we will carry that with us forever. Coleen is survived by her daughter, Maggie (Nathan) St. Clair; siblings: Michael “Mickey” (Diane) Dowdall, Bridget (Brad) Perry, Denny (Michelle) Dowdall, and Susie Hemingway; her cat of 21 years, Ralphie; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kathleen Smith Dowdall.

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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.

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Elaine Buffa

BUFFA, Elaine – of Flint, MI, age 90, passed away on October 5, 2022 at The Pines of Burton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12 noon Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at St. John Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Dieudonne Ntakarutimana celebrant. Interment will take place following the Mass at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Monday, October 10, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Monday at the funeral home. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Replenish Community Foundation (fillthebag.org).

Elaine was born in Flint, MI on April 16, 1932, daughter of the late Wilfred and Evelyn (Potter) DeSerres. She married the love of her life, Joseph Buffa on April 7,1951 and he preceded her in death on May 26, 2012. Elaine loved camping, skiing, motorcycle trips and loved traveling. She was very active in her church and with prayer groups. Elaine loved being an Avon Sales Representative.

Elaine is survived by children, Joseph Buffa, Christine Branch, Denise (Tom Rusch) Maxwell, John Buffa, Robert Buffa, Tamara Buffa-Harbin and Dennis Buffa; grandchildren, Ryan and Joshua (Katie) Maxwell, Lisa (Erinn) Beckner, Bobby (Lisa) Buffa, Stacey (Adam) McEwen, Rachel (Jason) Pavlick, Jacob and Neil Harbin, Joshua and Kyle Buffa; great-grandchildren, Maria, Jack, Avery, Caitlyn, Sebastian, Olivia, Oscar, Holly and Luigi; sibilings; Mark Dragoy, Darlene Higgins and Martha (Joe)Collison; many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by sisters, Yvonne Harris, Louella Mason and Beverly Scholl. The family would like to give a special thank you to Kindred Hospice and The Pines Assisted Living of Burton.

Sharon Coger

Sharon (Handy) Coger of Lapeer, age 75, died Friday September 23, 2022 at Ascension-Genesys Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:00 pm Tuesday September 27, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant with burial to follow in St. John Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 2-6 pm Monday at the funeral home. Sharon will lie in state from 2:00 pm Tuesday until time of services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in Sharon’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Catholic Christian Services.

Sharon was born in Flint, Michigan on October 15, 1946 the daughter of Troy and Zelma (Zwerdorf) Handy and has resided in Lapeer County since 1979. She was a graduate of Flint Central High School Class of 1964. She was joined in marriage to Patrick Coger on October 26, 1967. Sharon loved helping people, spending many years in Home Health Care in Lapeer County, volunteering for Christian Services and was active member at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Sharon loved spending time with her grandchildren and devoted lots of time to her special son Tony.

She leaves her husband Patrick, sons: Curtis Coger and Tiffany, and Tony Coger. She also leaves her loving grandchildren Jada, Autumn, Olivia and was looking forward to becoming a great grandmother. Surviving also is brothers: Troy Handy, Donald and wife Stella Handy, sisters: Juanita Slater, Chris Handy, and Rebecca and husband Steve Weiler. She also is survived by special friend Rhu-Donna Cagle, and a host of extended family and friends. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

Kathleen Marie Gaspar

GASPAR, Kathleen Marie – Of Grand Blanc, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, age 76, went to be home with her Lord and Savior Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Ascension Genesys Hospital with her family by her side.

A Memorial Mass will be held 12pm Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison,

Reverend Father Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.

Visitation 11am Saturday at church until the time of the Mass.

Kathleen was born in Flint, Michigan on March 10, 1946, the daughter of the late George and Anne Bisaha. Kathleen married Edward Gaspar on December 15, 1981 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She graduated from Kearsley High School, Class of 1964. Kathleen was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and Catholic Charities. She enjoyed hosting parties, counseling her family and friends and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Kathleen was employed by IBM, and owner of Your Gal for Travel and Sundae Scoop and Delicatessen.

Surviving are husband, Edward;

children, Mathew (Dawn) Fleishans, Timothy (Angela) Fleishans, Brian (Crystal) Fleishans and Nicholas (Meghann) Gaspar;

grandchildren, Mathew, Alexa, Amaya, Alayna, Olivia and Zoe Fleishans;

great-grandchildren, Teddy and Marshall;

sisters, Shirley Kozloski and Barbara (George) Snyder;

mother-in-law, Barbara Glover-Lester;

sisters-in-law, Cynthia (David) Stevens, Lee Ann (Carol Bingham) Gaspar;

brother-in-law, Troy (Lisa) Gaspar;

and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by brothers, John Bisha, Bernard Bisaha, Gerald Bisaha and George Bisaha and father-in-law, Edward Gaspar.

Mildred Bleicher

BLEICHER, Mildred (Chema) – of Davison, MI, age 88, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Wednesday, September 28, 2022 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 St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM-12 PM Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church for Masses in Mildred’s memory or donations to Catholic Charities, 901 Chippewa Street, Flint, MI 48503.

Mildred was born in Flint, MI on March 3, 1934, daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Dobrinewski) Chema. She married William L. Bleicher on May 20, 1961 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Flint, MI and he preceded her in death on May 14, 2000. Mildred was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and also did volunteer work there. She was a sweet, caring and loving person who was very generous to the poor. Mildred also had a strong faith in God. She enjoyed pontoon boat rides and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who brought her uplifting joy. Mildred also enjoyed bowling, shopping, rummage sales, and playing cards.

Mildred is survived by 3 children, Karen Moffitt, Mark (Elizabeth) Bleicher and Diane (David) Benjamin; 7 grandchildren, Daniel (Kayla) Benjamin, Amanda (R.J.) Eighmey, Angela Benjamin (fiancé, Frank), Kenneth Moffitt, Kristen Moffitt, Sean Bleicher and Brenna Bleicher; 3 great-grandchildren, Mason Benjamin, Aubrey Joy Benjamin and Lorelei Eighmey; 2 brothers, Frank Chema and Robert (Diana) Chema; sister-in-law, Alice Chema; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Anna Chema; husband, William L. Bleicher; 3 siblings, Paul Chema, Daniel Chema and Helen Chema; sister-in-law, Grace Chema.

Bruce Ramberg

RAMBERG, Bruce Conrad Robert – of Lachine, MI, formerly of Davison and Swartz Creek, MI, age 69, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2022. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 1 PM Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Interment immediately following in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM – 2 PM and 4-7 PM Monday, September 19, 2022 and 12-1 PM Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home. A Rosary will be prayed 6:30 PM Monday, September 19, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in Bruce’s memory.

Bruce was born in Flint, MI on February 17, 1953, son of the late Conrad and Mae (Ferrier) Ramberg. He married Margaret Eileen Siwarga on March 25, 1986 in Davison, MI. Bruce retired from General Motors-Delphi in 2006 after 30 years of service. After retirement, he and Margaret moved to Beaver Lake. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, NASCAR, fishing and watching The Weather Channel.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Margaret Ramberg; 2 sons, Eric (Mandy) Ramberg and Perry Joseph; grandson, Gage Ramberg; 4 sisters, Loma Linda Price, Marleen Cannon, Connstance (Doyle) Blaisdell and Sharon (Johnny) Cole; many other loving family members and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Mae Ramberg and brother-in-law, Charles Price.

John Brooks

BROOKS, John Ward – of Davison, MI, age 72, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Thursday, September 15, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Entombment immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and one hour prior to the Mass on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 5 PM Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in John’s memory.

John was born in Flint, MI on May 6, 1950, son of the late Ward and Mary Louise “MaryLou” (Selzer) Brooks. John was a 1968 graduate of Davison High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 1972. He retired from General Motors in 2008. John was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, serving as an usher and working at Andy’s Attic. He was a classic car aficionado and member of the Classic Cruisers Car Club of Lapeer, MI.  John was a member of the Lion’s club and served on many boards in Richfield Township.  He enjoyed his morning coffee’s up at Heidi’s Market with his crew.

John is survived by his sister, Marilyn Swank; 2 nephews, Brian (Ashalay) Swank and Christopher (Emily) Swank; great-nieces, Zoe and Arianna Swank; many other loving family members and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ward and MaryLou Brooks.

David James Williams

Williams, David James – Age 81, of Davison, died September 3, 2022. Memorial service will be held 12 PM Tuesday, September 13 at Sharp Funeral Home & Cremation Center 6063 Fenton Rd. Grand Blanc. Burial will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Visitation will be held 10 AM Tuesday until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make contributions to Genesee County Humane Society. Dave was born September 26, 1940 in Flint, the son of Cliff and Jeanne (Barrett) Williams. He attended Flint Northern High School graduating in 1958. Dave served his Country in the United States Army from 1958-1961. He was employed at General Motors-SPO from 1961 until his retirement in 1994 with 30 years of supervision. Dave loved sports, music and working out at Davison Athletic Club. He also loved University of Michigan, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, and classic rock. Dave is survived by his daughters, Jeannette (son-in-law Rocky) Hawley of West Bloomfield, Erin Williams of Grand Blanc; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Dave Zyber of Metamora; grandchildren, Jakob, Joshua, Christina, Evan, and Madeline; nephew, Chip Underwood of Colorado Springs, CO.; several cousins, particularly Jack Barrett of Chesaning; close friends, Harold Payer, Heather Wark of Davison, Gorman Young of Clio, Pete Whitman of Gulf Shores, AL; mother of his children, Patricia Williams; last but not least his beloved dog, Bernard. He was preceded in death by his parents; friends, John Koszegi and Gorman Young. Tributes may be shared on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.

Merle Lobban

LOBBAN, Merle Delbert – age 76, of Davison, MI, went to be with his Savior on Saturday, September 3, 2022. Cremation has taken place. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated 12 Noon Friday, September 16, 2022 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 12-3 and 5-8 PM Thursday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and one hour prior to the service on Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Miracle Network one Hurley Plaza Flint, MI 48503 C/O Linda Stephens or the St. John Music Program, in Merle’s memory.

Merle was born in Goodrich, MI on April 7, 1946, son of the late Albert D. and Louella F. (Johnson) Lobban. He was a graduate of Grand Blanc High School Class of 1964. Merle served his country as a sergeant in the Air Force for four years beginning in January of 1966. Merle married Linda Kay Lighthiser, the love of his life, on August 7, 1976, at First Baptist Church in Davison. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Davison since 1972, but served his Lord faithfully through his talent of music over a 63 year period in many churches across multiple denominations. Beginning at only 13 years of age, Merle blessed many corporate worships, weddings, funerals, and concerts by playing the organ, piano, and leading choir first at Atlas Baptist Church, in the Air Force, at First Baptist Church of Davison, St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, Blessed Sacrament, and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Davison. He also worked for General Motors and EDS as a project manager for 30 years. Merle enjoyed teaching piano after retiring from GM and EDS, as well as camping all over the great state of Michigan with Linda, playing music, reading, and most of all being Papa to “The Lobban Boys”.

Merle is survived by his loving wife, Linda; son, Matthew (Jill) Lobban; grandsons, Camden, Jaxson, and Maverick; sister-in-law, Vicki (Wayne) Gates; brother-in-law Michael (Maureen) Lighthiser; nieces and nephews and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, David Paul Lobban (1951) and his parents, Albert Delevan (1954) and Louella Francis (2004) Lobban.

Special thanks to the Davison community and broader Church family for the prayers and support during Merle’s recent injury and illness.

Anita Rivas

RIVAS, Anita (Pacheco) – of Davison, MI, age 99, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Dieudonne Ntakarutimana celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM – 12 PM Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6:30 PM Tuesday at Allen Funeral Home.

Anita was born in Pleasanton, TX on May 16, 1923, daughter of the late Antonio and Ynes (Mejia) Pacheco. She married Louis M. Rivas on October 9,1954 and he preceded her in death on November 27, 1988. Anita was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.  She was the matriarch of the family and a devout Catholic. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, playing Bingo and going to the casino. Everyone was welcome in Anita’s home, and there would always be a plate of food and homemade tortillas waiting for you. Anita never met a stranger and befriended everyone she met! She was loved by all, had a zest for life, and nothing ever slowed her down.

Anita is survived by her daughter, Olga (Jim) Strahan; daughter-in-law, Dawn Rivas; 4 grandchildren, Louis (Jen) Rivas Jr., Michael (Jami) Strahan, Tony (Robin) Rivas and Jackie (Zach) McNiel; 4 great grandsons, Jaxson Rivas, Lane Strahan, Luke Rivas and Lucas McNiel; 2 great granddaughters, Madison Strahan and Adalyn Rivas; sisters, Trine Tijerina, Julia Rodriguez; brother, Joe Pacheco; and many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Ynes Pacheco; husband, Louis M. Rivas; son, Louis J. Rivas; brothers, Rafael, Wenceslao, Antonio, Celestino and Narciso Pacheco; sisters, Lydia Tenejuque, Elvira Rosales and Maria Cortez.

A special thank you for the care and compassion given from the staff at Briarwood/ProMedica Flint.

Margaret Kitchen

KITCHEN, Margaret “Marge” Jean (Butkovich) – of Davison, MI, age 89, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Tuesday, September 6, 2022 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 St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 1-4 PM Monday, September 5, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 PM Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A time for Sharing of Memories will be held 3:30 PM Monday, September 5, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests Masses to be prayed in Marge’s name at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Marge was born in Flint, MI on July 16, 1933, daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Simpson) Butkovich. She married Wesley Kitchen on July 11, 1953 and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2006. Marge was a faithful member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church for more than 50 years. She enjoyed walking, being outside, gardening, her American Eskimo dogs, spending time at her cabin on Lake Huron, long car rides, attending Mass and spending time with her family.

Marge is survived by 6 children, Valerie (Bob) Perry, Tim (Cheryl) Kitchen, Linda Frawley, Mike (Wanda) Kitchen, Andrea (Eric) Schroeder and Michelle Murphy; son-in-law, Homer Fenner; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren with 1 more on the way; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anna Butkovich; her husband of 53 years, Wesley Kitchen; daughter, Debbie Fenner; 3 siblings, Patricia Kuehling, Dorothy Herman and Donald Butkovich.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of Marge’s caregivers for their compassionate and professional care throughout her journey.

Michael Holko

HOLKO, Michael Robert – of Davison, MI, age 56, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12:30 PM Saturday, September 3, 2022 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 2-7 PM on Friday, September 2, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home Friday, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon on Saturday until the time of Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Mike was born in Flint, MI on August 17, 1966, son of Don and “Ma Joan” Korth-Holko. Mike enjoyed talking and listening to others and “never met a stranger.” Whenever there was a family or friend in need of anything, he would help them and always did it with a smile. Mike loved any gathering, especially spending time with family and friends. One of his favorite past times was cooking. He was a great Chef. Mike loved rock and roll and all music from the 60’s.

Mike is survived by his parents, Don (Joan) Holko; siblings, Tina Holko-Fajardo, Michele (Matt) Paulic, Sergio (Jordyn) Korth, Andrea (Jay) Flood and Liz Linton; daughter, Patricia; nieces, Miryea Fajardo, Madison (Harrison) Brode, Ella Paulic, Lillian and Charlotte Korth; other loving family members and good friends. He was preceded in death by his companion of more than 20 years, Kerrie Jean Estep; grandparents, Catherine and George Holko; Uncle Andy Holko; Uncle Jim Reid; and Aunt Barbara Colwell. A special thank you to Greg Williams, great friend, sponsor and mentor. Mike will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Karen Seeley

SEELEY, Karen – of Davison, age 77, passed away August 29, 2022, at her residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 PM Wednesday, September 7, 2022. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church; 404 North Dayton St, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley celebrant. Burial will follow in Crestwood Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-8 PM Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd. Davison, MI 48423, and before Mass starting at 11 AM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, in Karen’s memory.

Karen was born in Los Angeles, California on March 31, 1945, daughter of the late Charles and Mary Louise (Harman) Conrad. Karen was utterly devoted to her family. She was happiest while spending time with her children and grandchildren, and would endure any pain, spend every dollar, and stay up till the latest hour to see them all safe, happy and loved.

The birds in her backyard were her happy place and growing things in her garden gave her peace and contentment daily, but she relied upon her faith in Jesus to carry her through every adversity and kept herself going through it all knowing that she was going to an eternal reward beyond anything this world could conceive.

She will be loved, cherished and remembered always by those whose lives she has enriched with her selfless love

Karen is survived by 3 children, Kristine (Jonathan) Amey, Darren Seeley and Paula Henry; 5 grandchildren, Hannah (Alex) Bratschi, Madeline Amey, Leah (Fiancé Eric Schock) Amey, Nathan Amey and Emili Henry; sister, Regina Spindler; and many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Louise Conrad; brother, Dale Conrad.

Bruce Gepfrey

Bruce Edward Gepfrey, 58, of Attica, Michigan, passed away August 27, 2022, after sustaining injuries from a fall.

Bruce was born on July 2, 1964, in Detroit, Michigan to Willis H. and Patricia M. Gepfrey. He was the 6th of 9 children. In 1970, the family moved to Lapeer, Michigan. Bruce attended Bishop Kelley Memorial School and graduated from Lapeer West High School in 1982. In 1982, Bruce met and began dating Melissa Hicks. They were married on May 19, 2001, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Davison, Michigan. They welcomed, loved and raised two children together, Willis Henry II and Tennison Jean. His children were his world. Bruce was so proud of his “Marine Son”, and his very own “Daddy’s Little Girl”, who spent every waking hour she could with him. Bruce was employed at Wally Edgar Chevrolet in Lake Orion, Michigan for the past 15 years. No one could wheel and deal a new or used car like Bruce. He had a reputation for his outstanding work ethic and integrity, both at work, and in his personal life. He was known by all for his brutal honesty, quick wit and sarcasm.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Melissa Gepfrey, son, Willis Gepfrey II and daughter, Tennison Gepfrey, as well as his parents, Willis and Patricia Gepfrey, siblings, Michael (Robin) Gepfrey, Dennis (Camille) Gepfrey, Sheryl Johnson, Karen Peasley, Luann (Kevin) Magolan, Marianne (Chris) Bolton, and Pamela Gepfrey, brother-in-law, Craig Dahlke, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless lifelong friends. Bruce was preceded in death by his oldest sister, Christine Dahlke, nephew, Joshua Johnson, brothers-in-law, David Peasley and Ernie Johnson, as well as his father-in-law and mother-in law, Joe and Ethel Hicks.

Visitation will be from 4-8PM Wednesday, August 31, 2022, and 1-4/6-8PM Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. The Rosary will be prayed at 7PM Thursday evening. Bruce’s funeral Mass will be celebrated 12PM Friday, September 2, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison. Father Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Bruce’s family will receive friends from 11AM-12PM at church the morning of Mass.

Judy Lechman

Judy Dianna Lechman of Flint, age 69, died Sunday August 28, 2022 at Hurley Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am Saturday September 3, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison. Fr. Dieudonne Ntakarutimana, Celebrant, with private burial in New Calvary Cemetery.  Family will receive visitors from 4-7 pm Friday at Hansen Funeral Home, Downtown Davison, with a parish rosary being prayed at 7:00 pm. Judy will lie in state from 9:00 am Saturday until time of services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in Judy’s memory to the Genesee County Humane Society.

Judy was born in Flint Michigan on January 2, 1953 the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Turchon) Lechman and has resided in the Flint area her entire life. She was joined in marriage to Darrell Gillespie on June 22, 2004. Judy was a graduate of Kearsley High School Class of 1971, and was member of the UAW. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and also attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison. Judy was a true love of animals and enjoyed watching the old sitcom shows on TV. She had been employed by General Motors AC-Dephi Division until her retirement.

Surviving is husband Darrell, brothers: Wayne and wife Deb Lechman, Ron Lechman, and William Lechman, stepson Howard and wife Tiffany Gillispie and grandson Crue Gillispie. She also leaves her loving companion and dogs Anna & Charlie, and a host of extended family and friends. Judy is preceded in death by sister Elizabeth Lechman, and brother Donald Lechman.

Andrew Brissette

BRISSETTE, Andrew E. – of Davison, age 83, passed away on August 23, 2022. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12 Noon Friday, August 26, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will follow the Mass. Visitation will be 4-7PM Thursday, August 25, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. A Rosary will be prayed 6:30PM Thursday at the funeral home. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice and Home Care Foundation, Attn: Donations, 1515 Cal Drive, MI 48423, The Cottage of Davison, 1515 Cal Dr., Suite A, Davison, MI 48423 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation at michaeljfox.org.

Andrew was born in Norton, Vermont on October 8, 1938, son of the late Alphonse and Antoinnette (Devost) Brissette. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy and Reserves. Andrew married Kathryn on September 18, 1993. He was a passionate golfer and enjoyed playing in tournaments around the country. Andrew raised and showed Appaloosa horses and also took pleasure raising peacocks. He enjoyed hunting and received a certificate for the record whitetail buck in 1980 from the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan. In the early eighties, Andrew was a private pilot and co-owned a single-engine Cessna. He was a gifted carpenter, having built a large garage which housed Andy’s Small Engine Repair that he owned and operated for nine years in Ortonville. Andrew retired from General Motors in 1991 where he worked as a Manufacturing and Process Automotive Engineer. He returned to General Motors to work under contract for several years, officially retiring in 1999. Andrew and Kathryn enjoyed RVing together in Arizona and Florida for 5 years during the winter months.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Kathryn; children, Debbi (John) Myers, Cathy (David) Patterson, Andrew Jr., Christopher, and Patty (Robert) Kababik; stepdaughter, Amanda (William) Roche; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Pearl Brissette and Barbara Brissette; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Dolphis (Annette), Bernard, Rita (Holman) Cross, and Francis, along with several beloved four-legged friends.

Joni McKechnie

McKECHNIE, Margaret “Joni” Joanne (Stokes) – of Davison, MI, age 78, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2022. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 12 PM Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Private inurnment in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM-12 PM Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in Joni’s memory.

Joni was born in Detroit, MI on September 22, 1943, daughter of the late Wayne and Margaret (Spindelman) Stokes. She retired from the University of Michigan-Flint after more than 25 years of service. Joni was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Celebration Choir at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Daughters of Isabella Regina Coeli Circle Davison #1095. She enjoyed baking, gardening, singing in the choir, crafting, card making, knitting and crocheting.

Joni is survived by 2 children, Rae (David) Lustig and Gordon (Tina) McKechnie; 5 grandchildren, Holly (Mitch), Erika, Megan, Stephanie and Samantha; 3 great-grandchildren, Rhythm, DJ and Luna; brother, Al (Pat) Stokes; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Margaret Stokes.

The family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to the nurses and staff of the NICU at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw for their compassionate and professional care of Joni.

Catherine Jablonski

JABLONSKI, Catherine Ann – of Davison, MI, age 71, went home to Heaven on Thursday, August 11, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Dieudonné Ntakarutimana celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM-12 PM Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for Cathy’s great-niece’s college education.

Cathy was born in Flint, MI on August 2, 1951, daughter of the late George and Frances (Romanowski) Jablonski. She was a graduate of Flint Northwestern High School Class of 1969. Cathy was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She worked as an associate for the family business, Jablonski’s Bakers Corner. Cathy loved traveling, she went to Hawaii for vacation and stayed for 13 years! She was an animal lover and she enjoyed gardening. Cathy was a loving sister, aunt and great-aunt. She did all she could for her family. Cathy will be deeply missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Cathy is survived by 2 brothers, Rick Jablonski and Brian Jablonski; niece, Sara (Arlen Smith) Jablonski; great-niece, Brinley Smith; many other loving family members, including Cassie Baker and her family, and good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Frances Jablonski; 2 brothers, Mark Jablonski and Jim Jablonski.

The family would like to extend a very sincere thank you to Cathy’s cousin, Nancy Earley and Cathy’s neighbor, Shirley for their love, support and friendship.

Stanley Joseph Krupa

Stanley J. Krupa, Jr., Beloved husband, father, and grandfather of Williamston, MI (formerly of Burton, MI) died Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at McLaren Hospital in Lansing, MI. He was 100 years old. Stanley was born October 18, 1921, in Flint, MI, the son of Pelagia (Smolenska) and Stanley Krupa. Stanley graduated from Central High School in Flint, MI. After graduation, Stan traveled to the Upper Peninsula, where he planted trees as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp Raco. A WWII veteran, Stanley served the US Army in both North Africa and Europe. After retiring from AC Sparkplug in 1987, Stan stayed active on the golf course, in his tomato patch, and by caring for his granddaughters. Surviving are his daughter, Bronwyn Cobb (Richard Cobb); granddaughters Gillian Niemisto (Sean Niemisto) and Alexis Cobb (Neil DeSouza); brother-in-law, Norman Czap (Helen Krupa); and many cherished nieces and nephews. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Pelagia and Stanley; wife, Alice; sons, Stanley III (Joe) and Thomas; siblings and siblings’ spouses John Krupa (Marion), Frank Krupa (Catherine), Zigmund Krupa (Patricia), Maximillian Krupa, and Helen Czap; in-laws and in-laws’ spouses Joseph Goodall, Mary Gorton (Wesley), Dorothy Howay-Gratsch (Leon Howay, Bud Gratsch), Gertrude Gilbert (John), Francis Goodall (Correne Goodall-Butts), and Berniece Hovezak (George). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John Catholic Church (404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423) on Wednesday, August 17, at 12 pm. Visitation will take place one hour prior. A burial service will follow at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Seasons of Hope

Seasons of Hope: coping with our losses is a support group for the bereaved that is held in the St. John Family Center every Wednesday in the mornings (10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.) and evenings (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.). Any parishioner who is mourning the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and invited to bring a guest. There is a new topic each month and new participants are welcome at any time. Register to attend using the form below. For more details about the Seasons of Hope program, please read this brochure or contact Judy Plamondon at (810) 653-1706.

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    Paul Thomas Harmon

    Paul Thomas Harmon Sr. of Otisville, MI went to Heaven on August 7, 2022. His memorial service will be held at noon Thursday August 18, at St. John Catholic Church in Davison. He was born to Sherman and Hazel Harmon in Port Huron, MI on July 8, 1957.

    Paul’s childhood was filled with rambunctious love. Throughout his early years he lived in Flint and Davison while spending many summer days in Port Huron. Paul graduated from LakeVille High School in 1975, married his high school sweetheart in 1976 began their lives and family in 1977 while settling into their Otisville home in 1978.

    After high school, Paul began working with his father and later became co-owner and future owner of Fairway Discount Stores where he worked for 45 years. He with the help of employees, family and friends supported communities across 12 locations including Corunna, St. John’s, Otisville, Mt.Morris, Durand, North Branch, Vassar, Millington, Montrose, Cass City, Yale, and Byron. In 2012, Paul was an elected Otisville Village Council member. Paul served on the Otisville Village DDA as a member/council representative for 26 years. He led co-ed community Volleyball at LakeVille Community Schools for several years.

    When he wasn’t working at his stores or traveling for business, he enjoyed cooking his family breakfast on Sundays, he could make any type of egg to order, his specialties were sunny side up eggs and omelets, reading the “funnies”, camping in northern Michigan and visiting Indialantic Beach, Florida. He welcomed everyone to his home to play a game of sand volleyball. He could make you laugh until you cry, scare you with his ghost stories or his impression of a velociraptor.  He had a particular skill set in sarcasm, he was funny!

    He will be deeply and truly missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Elizabeth (Hillock) Harmon. They were best friends and shared and loved everything together in love and spirit.

    He loved his family with all his heart. Beloved children and grandchildren: Son, Paul Jr. of Alma, Son, Michael and wife Bridgitte of Fairgrove (Sophia, Jack, Michael Craig), Daughter, Marie and Husband Jonathan Koyl of Coldwater (Henry, Eliza, Jane), Daughter, Kimberly and Husband Derrick Banyas of Flushing (Christian, Lawson, Marian), Grand”daughter” Aurora Harmon of Otisville (Great-Granddaughter, Rosalee). Also surviving are his former Daughter in-law Michelle Woolworth, brothers Sherman Harmon, David (Jocelyn) Harmon, Sisters Vicki Wineland and Lauri Mathews, Brother-in-law John Hillock II, Sister-in-law Pam Hillock, Brother-in-law Don Jarema and all his many nieces and nephews.

    Paul is preceded in death by his Mother Hazel (Smiley) Harmon, Father Sherman Harmon Sr, Infant brother Michael, Father-in-law John Hillock, Mother-in-law Virginia (Zayac) Hillock, Brother-in-law David Hillock, Sister in-law Patricia (Hillock) Jarema, Brother-in-law Don Mathews, and Sister-in-law Cheryl Harmon.

    We will remember Paul as a wonderful man who was loved by many. Thank you to all the caregivers and for support at Ascension Genesys and Campassus Hospice care.

    Sara Anna St. Martin

    ST. MARTIN, Sara Anna (George) – of Burton, MI, age 82, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Friday, August 12, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in Assyrian Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 3-7 PM Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM-12 PM Friday, August 12, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 7 PM Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Domestic Shelters in Flint, in Sara’s memory.

    Sara was born in Flint, MI on October 2, 1939, daughter of the late Daniel and Alice (Isaac) George. She was raised in Flint’s Eastside community and was a proud graduate of Flint St. Mary’s Catholic High School Class of 1957. Sara married Thomas St. Martin on June 19, 1970 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Flint, MI. She furthered her education, earning a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan-Flint. Sara was a natural caregiver, helping others through her work with many organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters in Lapeer, the REACH program and domestic violence shelters in Flint. She was also a gifted and talented artist, especially in photography and jewelry making. Sara’s handmade silver jewelry was showcased at her Art at the Market Gallery booth in Flint for 12 years. She volunteered her time and talents as a photographer for the Special Olympics. Sara was a marathon runner, competing for many years in The Crim Race and the Detroit Free Press Marathon twice. She was an avid reader and member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Daughters of Isabella Regina Coeli Circle Davison #1095.

    Sara is survived by her husband, Thomas St. Martin; daughter, Vicki (Dave) Letcavage; brother-in-law, Richard (Lucinda) St. Martin; sister-in-law, Rita (George Dufresne) Kasper; niece, Lorri (John) Marx; great-niece, Sabrina Marx; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Alice George and her brother, James (Annette) George.

    Thomas Mullally

    MULLALLY, Thomas – of Davison, MI, age 90 – passed away on Monday, August 1, 2022, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Friday, August 5, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., 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 4-8 PM Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A Rosary will be prayed 7 PM Thursday at the funeral home. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Catholic Church to have Masses said in Thomas’ memory.

    Thomas was born in Flint, Michigan on February 7, 1932, son of the late John and Mary (Vermette) Mullally. He married Carol Hinterman on February 13, 1960 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Flint, MI. During their 62 years of marriage, they formed a legacy of family and a devout catholic faith. They viewed each of their 10 children as a “gift from God”, raised all 10 in a parochial school, then guided each one to a college education.

    Thomas started off from humble roots in Mount Morris on the family farm. He balanced a life of farm work and schooling. Hours of cutting wood, animal care, plowing fields and caring for his younger siblings allowed him to develop grit and determination that he carried throughout his life. Later in life he bought his own farm and passed this passion onto his children. He put his life skills and intelligence to use in the field of education. He taught in both parochial and public schools for 38 years. His passion was in special education helping the learning disabled with specific curriculums tailored to one’s social, psychological, and intellectual needs.

    Thomas had a devotion for his family. He spent years researching and documenting the genealogy of his family as it dated back to his Irish surname thousands of years ago. As he laid down his own family tree, each child knew their legacy for generations. Thomas preferred a simple life but ensured his family was “warm, had food and each other.”

    Thomas valued education and lifelong learning. His education included:  1950 High School St. Mary’s in Mount Morris; 1950-1953 Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit; 1960 Bachelors of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan; 1964 Masters of Arts in Education from Eastern Michigan University. He was an avid reader as one could tell from his large home library.  He was a source of endless knowledge to those who knew and asked him.

    Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Carol; 9 children, Dr. Thomas (Dr. Loretta), Mary Mullally, Christine Mullally, Dr. John (Beth), Mark (Victoria), Elizabeth (Mike) Gildner, Lisa Willard, Michelle Mullally and Dr. Timothy (Dr. Lisa); 33 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sister Ellen Mullally, Alice Manning, Joseph Mullally and Michael Mullally; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by son, Dr. Brian Mullally; siblings, John Joseph Mullally, Kathleen Mullally, Mary Margaret Poletti, Sister Agnes Mullally and James Mullally.

    Mary Sproule

    SPROULE, Mary – of Davison, age 79, passed away on July 31, 2022.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 PM Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will follow the Mass. The family will receive visitors 4-8 PM Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison; There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

    Mary was born in Mount Pleasant, MI on December 15, 1942, daughter of the late Clarence and Lena Mae (Olger) Theisen. She married Robert Sproule on June 17,1966 and he preceded her in death on February 25, 2014. Mary was a member of St. John Catholic Church. She worked for Davison Community Schools retiring in 2003 and during the last many years teaching the CAP program. Mary was a devout Catholic.  She loved traveling with her husband and going to their cottage. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and other family and friends.

    Mary is survived by her children, Robert Vance Sproule, Christina Mary (Michael) Crandall and Michael Theisen (Michelle) Sproule; grandchildren, Emma (Derek) Miller, Frank, Ellie, Jack, Ryan, Robert and Lily; great grandson, Colton; siblings, Phyllis Ahlers, Bill (Joyce) Theisen, Gene Theisen, Rita (Bruce) Cline, Pauline (Steve) Thomas and Pat (Sue) Theisen; sister-in-law, Brenda; many nieces, nephews, other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Jack (Nancy) and Tom Theisen.

    Paulette Theresa Arnold

    Paulette Theresa Arnold, 72, of Lapeer formerly of Troy, died Wednesday September 2, 2020. She was born July 11, 1948 in Pembroke, Ontario to parents Marcus and Claire (Boucher) Garland. Paulette married Johnny M. Arnold on January 12, 1968 in Ferndale.

    Mrs. Arnold was a paraprofessional for 18 years, in the Rochester Community School District, she loved the children. She’s a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison. Paulette was proud she legally became a U.S. Citizen in 1995. Her family explains she had a very artistic side, painting and knitting. Mrs. Arnold enjoyed games on her tablet and camping in the past. Her main love, was family time, especially her grandsons. She will be missed.

    Mrs. Arnold is survived by her husband of 52 years: Johnny, children: Marcus Arnold of St. Clair Shores, Jennifer (Tom) Trudell of Attica, grandsons: Bradon, Thomas, Kyle, siblings: Judy Moore of Royal Oak, Patrick Garland of Royal Oak, Mary (Paul) Lalonde of St. Joachim, Ontario, many nieces and nephews as well as her dog: Coco. She was preceded in death by her afore mentioned parents.

    The family has entrusted Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer with cremation. A memorial gathering was held 2:00-6:00pm Saturday September 5, 2020 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home. A funeral mass to celebrate both Mr. and Mrs. Arnold’s lives will be held 1PM Monday, August 1, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison.

    Johnny Martin Arnold

    Johnny Martin Arnold, age 75, of Lapeer/Imlay City, formerly of Troy and Huntsville, Kentucky, died Saturday, July 23, 2022. He was born December 28, 1946 in Greenville, Kentucky, to Prentice and Grace (Vaughn) Arnold.

    As a child, Johnny attended a one room school in Huntsville, Kentucky…he had wonderful memories of his time there. His family moved to Michigan when he was older and he attended Highland Park High School. Johnny married Paulette Garland, on January 12, 1968 in Ferndale, Michigan. Mr. Arnold was dedicated truck driver for Metalmite Corporation in Rochester for over 40 years. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison. Johnny enjoyed dancing, bowling and music in general. Johnny loved gospel music, country music and especially all Elvis Presley music. Mr. Arnold had a great voice and was always singing along to his favorite songs. He truly loved time spent with family, his grandsons were his pride and joy…he had a way of always making them laugh and smile. Johnny was always taking care of and worrying about others.

    Johnny is survived by his children: Marcus Arnold of St. Clair Shores and Jennifer (Tom) Trudell of Attica; grandsons: Bradon Arnold of St. Clair Shores, Thomas Trudell of Attica and Kyle Arnold of St. Clair Shores; brother: Gene (Carol) Arnold of Rochester Hills; former daughter-in-law: Anne Arnold of Macomb, MI and beloved dog: Coco. He was preceded in death by his wife: Paulette Arnold; parents: Prentice and Grace Arnold; and brothers: Gary and Alan Arnold.

    A memorial gathering will be 1-5PM Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer. A funeral mass to celebrate both Mr. and Mrs. Arnold’s lives will be held 1PM Monday, August 1, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison. The family has entrusted Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer with cremation. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Please share condolences and memories with the family at www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com.

    Fred Turkovics

    TURKOVICS, Fred Alvero – of Flint, MI, age 83, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12 PM Monday, July 25, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment in Flint Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 12-7 PM Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 11 AM-12 PM Monday, July 25, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Fred’s memory.

    Fred was born in Flint, MI on January 21, 1939, son of the late Julius and Wilma (Pierce) Turkovics. He married Rosalie Mary Whitcomb on August 25, 1956 in Flint, MI and she preceded him in death on January 7, 2022. Fred retired from General Motors after 30 years of service. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, MI. Fred enjoyed Detroit Tigers baseball, Nascar, fishing and going Up North.

    Fred is survived by 4 children, Ramona Turkovics, Katrina (Steve) Provost, Calvin (Julia) Turkovics and Mark (Paula) Turkovics; 7 grandchildren, Rebecca (Brent) Keeler, Katelyn (Scott Byrne) Boyer, Lauren Turkovics, Trent Turkovics, Dan (Jessica Cavanaugh) Provost, Tonya (Myke) Hawkins and Diego (Sara) Cuenca; 7 great-grandchildren, Shelbey Keeler, Aubrey Keeler, Riley Keeler, Edward Keeler, Ava Grace Hawkins, Maverick Byrne and Lorelai Provost; 4 siblings, Agnes Carsten, Louis (Diana) Turkovics, Juke Turkovics and Marlene (Bob) Olson; many other loving family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Wilma Turkovics; his wife, Rosalie Mary Turkovics; sister-in-law, Karon Turkovics and brother-in-law, Ron Carsten.

    Sunny Portugal with Fr. Andrew

    Join Fr. Andrew’s trip to Sunny Portugal: Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve, February 7-16, 2023! More details here.

    Highlights include: Portuguese Riviera, Lisbon, Belém, Obidos, Sintra, Choice on Tour, Arraiolos, Cork Factory, Evora, Winery Visit, Alentejo, Monsaraz, Lagos, Algarve, Faro, Tavira, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Azeitao

    An informational Zoom meeting was held on August 29, 2022 and a recording of that meeting can be watched here: https://collette.zoom.us/rec/share/ZhhYIKxV_BVxGlgcihdre7KdgYTwdr6-5dkVOr8HffZdAFzYYIHWd_SoLrXvugIJ.oI2atvYwjTb43eUz

    Catholic Bishops in Michigan Statement Following Dobbs Decision

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

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

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

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

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

    Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron Archbishop of Detroit

    Most Reverend Earl A. Boyea Bishop of Lansing

    Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss Bishop of Saginaw

    Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak Bishop of Grand Rapids

    Most Reverend Jose Arturo Cepeda Escobedo Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

    Most Reverend Donald F. Hanchon Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

    Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley Bishop of Kalamazoo

    Most Reverend John F. Doerfler Bishop of Marquette

    Most Reverend Jeffrey J. Walsh Bishop of Gaylord

    Most Reverend Gerard W. Battersby Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

    Most Reverend Robert J. Fisher Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

    The New St. John Book and Gift Shop

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

    Please visit us soon and make us your first stop for beautiful gifts and accessories that proudly reflect and celebrate our Catholic heritage and traditions.

    Great new books by famous Catholic authors have been added.  There are also children’s books.

    Come and see all that is new and check out the many gift items. Gift certificates are available. Check out our BOGO table (equal price or less). Cash or Check only, No debit or credit cards.

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

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

     

    Year-End Contribution Statements

    End of Year Contribution Statements

    We can now distribute end of year contribution statements through electronic mail.  If you would like to receive your statement in your electronic mail, please let us know your current email address.  Your contribution statement will then be sent directly from our church software.   Please send your e-mail address to our bookkeeper, Shelly Wallace, at her electronic mail address: swallace@stjohndavison.org

    Also 2021-year end statements will only be mailed out upon request.  Please contact Shelly Wallace, bookkeeper by phone 653-2377 x221.

    New Relaxed Mask Order

    Recent guidance from the CDC states that “Fully vaccinated people no longer  need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting. Masks/ facial coverings are still requested of those who are unvaccinated and/or those who are at risk  and  concerned about exposure. The two center sections of the church will have open seating while the surrounding  seating will continue to have rosaries every other row for seating. Daily mass will continue to be held in the main church to allow for plenty of space. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

    Return to Mass Guidelines

    Please see the latest from Bishop Boyea on the Diocese of Lansing will be handling the Coronavirus outbreak below:

    The Diocese of Lansing has today published guidelines aimed at assisting parishes to safely re-open public Masses by the end of the month.

    “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most “essential service” ever gifted to humanity,” said Jeremy Priest, Director of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing, May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

    “These new guidelines will help parishes take small but sure and certain steps in the coming days and weeks towards safely resuming public Masses in a prudent and sensible way and with a commitment to the highest standards of public health.”

    Beginning on Monday May 18, parishes across the Diocese of Lansing will be able to welcome a maximum of 5% of their church’s seating capacity for daily Masses, Monday to Saturday. Parishes are encouraged to be creative and apostolic in how they allocate these places at Holy Mass.

    Today’s guidelines set out the safety and hygiene expectations that will accompany that gradual return of Mass including the practicing of social distancing and rigorous sanitation measures including the wearing of face masks. Parishes are also highly encouraged to continue offering livestream Masses online.

    Then from Friday May 29, public Masses are due to return to the Diocese of Lansing with the number of those able to attend Holy Mass increasing from 5% to a maximum of 25% of a church’s seating capacity.

    The obligation upon all Catholics to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended across the Diocese of Lansing until, at least, July 31.

    The gradual reopening of Masses comes two months after the Diocese of Lansing suspended public liturgies in an attempt to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus which, so far, has stricken over 47,000 people across Michigan, killing at least 4,500. May they rest in peace.

    * To read the Diocese of Lansing Guidelines in full click here.

     

    Watch Mass Online!

    We have two options available for viewing Mass during this time: via live video on Facebook or recorded later on Youtube.

    Watch Mass take place LIVE on Facebook

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    Palm Sunday Mass will be live streamed on FaceBook on Sunday, April 5 at 9:00 a.m.

    Holy Week Masses will be live streamed on our Face Book page. Stay tuned for more information next week. So you can pray and celebrate with us, worship aids will be available for your personal use.

    Acts of Spiritual Communion

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

     

    Spiritual Communion Prayer

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

    Sign-Up for FORMED

    FORMED is an exciting new gateway to the best Catholic teaching videos, books, and audio talks to deepen your parishioners’ relationship with Christ and his Church.  All in one place. Accessible on most smart phone, tablets and computers. Please view the video below for an overview on FORMED and click the link below the video to register for FREE now!

    To register for FORMED follow this link and input the code 77XNVP to the ACCESS CODE box.  

     

     

     

    Promise to Protect Pledge to Heal

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

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

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

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

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

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

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

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

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

    Bishop Earl Boyea, Diocese of Lansing

    Get Our Parish App!

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

    To download the app search “myparish” in the App or Google Play store. Or, follow this link.