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

Andy’s Attic Book Sale

Calling all book lovers and people who like to read! Here is a chance to buy from over 2,000 plus titles of selections of great books at a low price. Bonus items for sale: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Dates
Thursday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where
Yellow Barn on the north-west side of the St. John Family Center, 505 N. Dayton Street, Davison, MI

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.

Door to Door Trainings to inform people about dangerous Proposal 3

GET INVOLVED! Door to Door Trainings to inform people about dangerous Proposal 3:

Where: The Four Diocesan High Schools
When: September 24: Flint Powers and Ann Arbor Fr. Gabriel Richard
September 25: Lansing Catholic Central and Jackson Lumen Christi
What time: 7-8pm
Needed: Volunteers who would be willing to be trained at one of the training sessions to go out two-by-two and canvass neighborhoods about this dangerous amendment.

Text “FightLikeHeaven” to 84576 and join the battle against the heinous Proposal 3! 

Click here to read Bishop Boyea’s Pastoral Letter in response to proposal 3.

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.

Men-on-Fire Catholic Men’s Night

Men-on-Fire Thursday, September 22. Women are welcome for this month’s special event! This month’s Speaker, Noelle Mering, is an acclaimed author and commentator on culture, politics, and religions, and fellow of the DC based Ethics and Public Policy Center. She is giving a talk titled “Awake, Not Woke! A Christian Response to the Cult of Progressive Ideology. Your faith, your family, your children are under attack! Why does tolerance seem to only go in one direction? How does the ideology create enemies, eroding friendship across the sexes and races? Why is violence the natural end of Woke ideology? Why are the Woke considered blameless? Why have politics become all-absorbing? Why is the corruption of children a logical outgrowth of Woke principles? How is the movement fundamentally a rejection of Christ?

The talk will take place at Holy Spirit Church, 9565 Musch Rd. Brighton 48116. The schedule is as follows:
Prayer: 5:45 p.m.
Mass: 6:15 p.m.
Speaker: 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments & Fellowship: 8:00 p.m.

No charge/Free-will offering. Open to all men. For more information contact Rory Clark: RkcLaw@msn.com.

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.

Windows to Heaven: A Morning of Reflection

Join us on Thursday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon in the St. John Family center for a Morning of Reflection on the Mystery of Icons. Wondering what an icon is? During this reflection we will discover the mystery and beauty of icons, the meaning of colors and symbols, and how icons inspire us to prayer. There will also be an opportunity to see 3 hand-painted icons. Please note: This reflection is rich in content and beauty and is a 3-hour presentation. If you usually attend 10:00 a.m. Mass please consider attending 8:00 a.m. Mass on that day and join us immediately after. We will feed your body and soul!

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.

Holiday Happenings Craft Show

Save the Date!

This year’s Holiday Happenings Craft Show will take place on Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Reserve Your Table!

For vendors interested in reserving a table, please take a look at our Information Packet and Vendor Application form. If you would like to participate as a vendor, we recommend you fill out an application as soon as possible as tables will fill quickly!

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.

Fabulous Fish Fry

Our annual Fish Fry is Friday, October 7 from 2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Express parking for take out ONLY will be on the curb opposite the church. We can’t wait to see you there!

Dinner is all you can eat and includes fish, baked potato, coleslaw, bread, and coffee. Priced as follows:
Adult: $12.00
Senior (65+): $11.00
Child (4-10): $7.00
Toddler (0-3): Free

There will also be a cash bar serving beer and wine.

Help Needed for the Fish Fry!
An event this big takes a lot of people to pull it all together – can you help us out? Many hands make light work! To sign up for a volunteer time slot, visit this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044eafa723a1f49-fabulous

 

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 on the first Wednesday of each month 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.

    Gratitude Day for Fr. Dieudonne

    Join us for a party in celebration of Fr. Dieudonné’s 50th birthday and new status as a Diocesan Priest for the Diocese of Lansing! The event will be held on Sunday, August 28th in the St. John Family Center from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

    Quiz Bowl

    The St. John Men’s Club presents Quiz Bowl on Saturday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m.!

    Ticket Information
    Tickets will be available after each weekend mass in the Gathering Space at St. John and at the Family Center Welcome Desk. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for an 8-person team. If you don’t have enough people to make a team, we will place you with other players to form a team.

    If unable to meet after mass for tickets, contact Dean Hagler at (810) 247-6461, Mitch Olejniczak (810) 338-0778, or Rick VanHaaften (810) 348-0733. Will Call tickets must be purchased at the time of registration but can be picked up at the event unless other arrangements are made.

    The last day to purchase tickets is Wednesday, September 21.

    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.

    Janet Praefke

    PRAEFKE, Janet Kaye – of Lapeer, MI, age 63, passed away Saturday, June 26, 2021, surrounded by her family and friends. She will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Jan’s Life and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated on a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) or Shelter of Flint, in Jan’s memory.

    Jan was born in Grand Rapids, MI on June 15, 1958. She married Joel Geda. Jan retired from the Genesee County Prosecutors’ Office. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Jan enjoyed spending time with her family and visiting her cottage.

    Jan is survived by her spouse, Joel Geda; son, Bryce (Brittany) Geda; granddaughter, Lillian; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Betty.

    Loleita Winans

    Age 73, of Burton, passed away on July 15, 2022. A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 pm, Thursday, July 21, 2022, at St. John Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton St. Davison, Michigan 48423. Father Bob McGraw to officiate and Deacon Mike Dear assisting, with cremation to follow. Loleita’s family will be present to receive friends for Visitation, Wednesday evening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Detroit Cremation Society, and again on Thursday from 11:00 am until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Loleita’s Tribute Wall at detroitcremationsociety.com.

    Loleita (Lee) Rose Winans was born on July 15, 1949, in Flint, Michigan the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James and Juanita (McGeathy) McLain. She was born a fighter and fought to the end. She attended Michigan School for the Blind where she made many lifelong friends. Lee was very active in many organizations bettering the lives of those with visual impairments. Lee was fiercely independent and could do anything a sighted person could do (except drive – she was still waiting on self-driving cars). She loved her husband of 51 ½ years and her family immensely. She was a loving mother, and a fun grandma who always played games with the grandkids (Grandma Lee rules apply, of course). Lee was very proud of her Catholic faith, but above all Lee was a good, wholesome, honest, and loving person.

    Surviving Loleita are her husband, Donald “Lucky” Winans Jr., her children Donald (Jenna), Sherry (Rich), Jason, Jamie (Tony), and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.fightcolorectalcancer.org or to the family.

    Phyllis Brown Jones

    JONES, Phyllis Brown – Age 100, of Swartz Creek, died Friday, July 1, 2022.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12:00 PM Friday, July 22, 2022 at St. John Catholic Church, 404 Dayton St., Davison.  Fr. Andrew Czajkowski celebrant.  Visitation will be held at the church from 11 AM Friday until the time of the Mass. Burial in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly 9:30 AM Monday, July 25, 2022.  Arrangements provided by Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Road Swartz Creek.  Those desiring may make contributions to the Old Newsboys of Flint or Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties.

    Phyllis was born May 13, 1922 in Bad Axe, the daughter of Earl William and Mabel Evelyn (Clements) Brown.  She married Leroy William Jones October 17, 1945 in Wilkes Barre, PA and he preceded her in death April 16, 2001.  She received her nursing degree from Mott Community College. For the past 6 years she was a resident of Swartz Creek and was a prior resident of Flint and Washington D.C. and was born and raised in Bad Axe.   Phyllis had been employed by Hudson Motor Company in Detroit during WWII working as a Rosie the Riveter. she also had worked for Bell Telephone and she retired from St. Joseph Hospital as a LPN. She was a former member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mt. Morris. She was a seamstress and enjoyed traveling, bingo, needlepoint, and quilting. Phyllis was a Detroit Tigers fan.

    Surviving are: her children, Sharon Lee (Daniel) Stainton of Swartz Creek, Jean Evelyn Ayers of New Port Richey, FL, Maurine Kay Summers of Flint, Delores Ann Sczepczenski of Swartz Creek, Tina Marie Millard of Houghton Lake, Drew Michael (Karen) Jones of Hudson, FL, and David Mark (Rhonda) Jones of Pleasant Prairie, WI; 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren; special family, Steve Derscha and Taylor Derscha; and several nieces and nephews.

    She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Sheldon Jones; grandson Robby Millard; sons-in-law, William Ayers and Edgar Summers; brothers, Charles, Doc, and Calvin Brown; and sisters, Doris Meyer, Jean Davis, and Peggy Champagne.  The family would like to especially thank the Medical Team Hospice- Claudia, Kim, Keisha and the entire team.  Tributes may be shared at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.

    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

    Robert Umlauf

    Robert Hayes Umlauf, 86, of Lapeer, (formerly of Almont), died Friday, January 28, 2022.

    Robert was born August 9, 1935, in Marine City to John and Margaret (Comment) Umlauf. He graduated from Holy Cross High School, class of 1953. He married Lorraine Josephine Ciaglowski on June 23, 1956, at St. Mary’s in St. Clair, Michigan. Bob went on to a very successful career spanning three decades as an engineer with Fisher Body GMC. Lorraine & Bob were devout members of St. John the Evangelist Church in Davison and St. Clement Catholic Church in Romeo. Bob was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time he loved golfing, bowling and euchre.

    Bob is survived by his children: Deborah (Mike) Aude of Washington, MI, Daniel (Sandy Reed) Umlauf of Midland, Kevin (Donna) Umlauf of Bellingham, MA and Keith (Meghan) Umlauf of Holliston, MA; ten grandchildren: Ashlee, Amanda, Kaleigh, Chelsea, Jenna, Connor, Corey, Erin, Madison and Ethan; ten great grandchildren: Joe, Blake, Brooklyn, Sara, Abbey, Chloe, Denver, Chloe, Silas and Jax. Bob is also survived by many nieces & nephews and extended family members. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lorraine Umlauf; siblings: Roy, Evelyn, Jack, Betty, MaryAnne, Doretha and Leo; and his aforementioned parents.

    In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe Chapel Fund #764705, 468 Cadieux Road, Grosse Pointe 48230.

    A memorial Mass celebrating the life of Robert will be held at 10:00AM Saturday, July 30, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan, 48423. Father Rich Bartosczk, celebrant. Bob’s family will receive friends the hour prior to Mass (at the church). Bob will be interred at Mt. Loretto Cemetery, Lapeer.

    Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Please visit MuirBrothersLapeer.com to leave a remembrance or condolence.

    Bethany Radeka

    Bethany Ann Radeka passed away on October 30, 2020 at the age of 97.

    Beth was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. She married Donald Quinn and together they raised their family in Davison, Michigan until his passing in 1969. Beth was lucky enough to find true love twice in her lifetime and married George Radeka in 1970. Together they shared many adventures and enjoyed retirement in Tarpon Springs, Florida and Savannah, Georgia until George’s Death in 2013.

    Beth was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend and had a real zest for life. She loved her beautiful antiques, enjoyed shopping, singing, dancing and loved to play Bingo and cards with her family and friends. She was always on the go, well in to her late 90’s, and lived an exceptionally full life surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed but she has left behind a beautiful legacy that her family will carry on for many generations.

    Beth is survived by her seven children and step-children. Mike (Sue) Quinn, Douglas (Diane) Quinn, Colleen Quinn, Brian (Denise) Quinn, George (Kathy) Radeka, Gene Radeka, Richard (Sharon) Radeka. She has over thirty grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and many more extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Forrest and Eleanor DeWitt, her brothers Bernard and Douglas DeWitt, her sister Delores Boris, and her granddaughter Shannon Bailey.

    Services will be held in Davison, Michigan at a later date.

    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

    James Ruhala

    James A. Ruhala of Flint, age 93, died Wednesday June 22, 2022 at Regency of Grand Blanc. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Thursday June 30, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison.  Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant with private burial in Crestwood Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 11:00 am Thursday until time of service at the church.

    James was born in Flint Michigan on May 13, 1929 the son of the late; Michael and Mary (Sekora) Ruhala and had resided in the Flint area most of his life. He was joined in marriage to Joann A. Oberley on September 24, 1949 and she preceded him in death on July 9, 2021. Jim was a graduate of Clio High School Class of 1947, and continued his education at GMI, Mott College and received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Detroit College of Law. He had been a life member of Fraternal Order of Police, the Flint Elks Club, and Knight of Columbus Council 8245. James was a charter member of St. Pius Catholic Church, Flint and a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison. He had been employed by Flint Police Department. He later entered private Law Practice with Draper, Daniel, Ruhala, & Seymore until his retirement. He was a recognized member of Genesee, Michigan, and American Bar Associations, and during his career he served the residents of Davison as their City Attorney from 1969-1997.

    James is survived by children; Judy Ruhala, Deborah Witt and husband Robert, Diana LeBlanc and husband Paul. He also leaves his loving six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, his sister Maryann Boike and a host of extended family. He is preceded in death by brothers: Mickey Ruhala, Gerald Ruhala, and Fred Ruhala. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net . Those desiring may make contribution in James’s memory to St. John Building Fund or Catholic Charities.

    Padre Pio Relics at St. Mary Star of the Sea

    On Wednesday, July 6 the holy relics of St. Padre Pio’s chalice and glove will be available for veneration at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church (120 East Wesley St., Jackson, MI 49201). There will be a mass at 6:00 p.m. followed by a talk at 6:45 p.m. by guest speaker Cindy Russo, TOF, a Padre Pio visionary. She will speak about her encounters with St. Pio and witness to God’s miraculous healings through his intercession. She was appointed in 2013 as the U.S. Representative for Disciples  of Padre Pio. Veneration of the relics and a reception will be held at 7:30 p.m. There will be no charge for this event. All are welcome!

    Henry Evans Miller

    MILLER, Henry Evans – of Davison, age 83 passed away on May 24, 2022. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held 1 PM Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home 9136 Davison Rd. Davison, 48423. Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski officiating. Visitation will be 11 AM until time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Catholic Church.

    Evans was born in Peck, MI on July 18, 1938, son of the late Henry and Jennette (Hamblin) Miller. He married Sharon Gillis on October 1, 1960 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Flint, MI. Evans retired from GM/SPO after 31 years of service. He loved to go fishing and golfing.

    Evans is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Randall (Lynette) Miller, Andrea (Ken) Peters and Cynthia (Bradley) Grimes; son-in-law, Dave Glassburn; grandchildren, Rory (Kara), Zach (Brie), Garrett (Hillary), Michael, Lauren, Kara, Luisa, Whitney and Ben; sister, Imogene (Wayne) Knowles; many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl Glassburn and sister, Rita (John) Wiltsie.

    Marabeth Baker

    BAKER, Marabeth – of Davison, MI, age 86, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2022 at McLaren Flint.  Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

    Marabeth was born in Petoskey, MI in 1935, daughter of the late Fred and Margaret Gervers.

    Marabeth is survived by her children, Kimberly Lee, Thomas Wallace, Peter (Linda) Wallace, Adrian (Kathy) Wallace and Mary (Jeff) Doran; grandchildren, Gabrielle, Andy, Melissa, Michaela, Nicholas, Justin and Jillian; many great-grandchildren; sibling, John Nadeau; and many other loving family members and friends.  She was preceded in death by her son Michael; sisters, Dorothy and Jackie.

    Nancy Mazur

    MAZUR, Nancy Elizabeth (Bach) – of Davison, MI, age 77, passed away Monday, June 6, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, June 11, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Carl Simon celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 1-3 and 5-8 PM Friday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and one hour prior to Mass on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Friday followed by a Memorial Service conducted under the auspices of the Daughters of Isabella Regina Coeli Circle Davison #1095 at Allen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Breast Cancer Society or Charity of one’s choice or Masses.

    Nancy was born in Flint, MI on April 15, 1945 daughter of the late Joseph and Florence (Clint) Bach. She was a graduate of St. Michael Catholic High School Class of 1964. Nancy married John Mazur on August 1, 1970 and he preceded her in death on December 29, 2017. She retired as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2004, after working at both Flint Osteopathic Hospital and Ascension Genesys Hospital. Nancy was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, St. John Altar Society, St. John Celebration Choir, St. John Resurrection Choir, St. John Fifty (50) and Over Club, Daughters of Isabella Regina Coeli Circle Davison #1095, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Women’s Guild and The Red Hat Society. She enjoyed camping, dancing and loved listening to Elvis. Nancy also enjoyed going to the Burton Senior Center to play Bingo and other activities.

    Nancy is survived by 2 children, Tammy (Mike) Moore and James Mazur; 3 grandchildren, Travis (DaviLee) Ames, Aaron and Allison Moore; 3 great grandchildren, Sarah Schieber, Carson and Mason Ames; 2 siblings, Marian Chron and John (Mary Alice) Bach; sister-in-law, Catherine Whitebread and brother-in-law, Edward Mazur; many nieces, nephews, other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Florence Bach; husband, John Mazur; 2 sisters-in-law, Donna Bach and Delores Mazur.

    Chris Anthony Wellman

    WELLMAN, Chris “Swell” Anthony – of Davison, MI, age 64, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2022. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 1 PM Monday, June 13, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Cremation will take place following the service. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Sunday, June 12, 2022 and 12-1 PM Monday, June 13, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Humane Society of Genesee County, in Chris’s memory.

    Chris was born in Flint, MI on July 11, 1957, son of the late Ron and Rosemarie (Williams) Wellman. He was a graduate of Kearsley High School Class of 1975. Chris married Patricia Towne on July 20, 2002 in Flushing, MI. He retired from General Motors in 2008 after more than 25 years of service. Chris was a natural athlete and enjoyed playing in numerous hockey leagues, well into his 60’s-a fact that always left people in awe! Chris was also a member of the Flint Elks Lodge #222, where he loved playing golf with his buddies. Being around his family and friends, relaxing, grilling/cooking, and seeing everyone have a good time was one of his favorite pastimes. Chris was also the best husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle often referred to as the “biggest kid” of them all, as you could always find him getting the best giggles, smiles, and happy screams.

    Chris is survived by his wife, Patricia Wellman; 3 daughters, Keri (Stephen) Leibfritz, Brooke (Ben) Pirmann and Chloe Wellman; beloved dog, Gordie Howe; 3 grandchildren, Kane Leibfritz, Lennon Leibfritz and Navi Pirmann; 3 siblings, Craig (Connie) Wellman, Julie Wellman and Todd Wellman; step-mother, Nancy Wellman; mother-in-law, Margaret Towne; 2 brothers-in-law, Dave Madden and Robert (Machelle) Towne; 2 sisters-in-law, Laura (Gary) Toth and Teresa Woolard; many other loving family members and good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ron and Rosemarie Wellman; step-mother, Joyce Wellman; father-in-law, Jesse Towne; 2 sisters, Debbie Madden and Lora Simoni.

    Thomas Shurter

    SHURTER, Thomas Brian – of Burton, MI, age 62, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2022. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 12 PM Friday, June 17, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Inurnment in St. John Catholic Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Genesee County Humane Society, in Tom’s memory.

    Tom was born in Flint, MI on November 21, 1959, son of Gertrude (Dolezych) Shurter and the late Richard Shurter. He was a graduate of Davison High School Class of 1977. Tom retired from General Motors after 30 years of service. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Tom enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and classic cars.

    Tom is survived by his mother, Gertrude Shurter; 4 siblings, Linda (Norman) DeBuck, Ross Shurter, Rick Shurter and Jeff Shurter; many other loving family members and good friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Shurter.

    Yvonne “Bonnie” LaClair

    Yvonne “Bonnie” LaClair, age 91 of Lapeer, passed away on May 31, 2022, in the comforts of home. She was born on March 17, 1931, in Arcadia, Iowa to Joe & Mary Noethe. She married Ed LaClair on November 22, 1952, in Fonda, Iowa.

    Bonnie was first and foremost a loving mother and homemaker raising her 6 children. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and had great devotion to our Blessed Mother. She was a huge asset to her church as an extraordinary minister, generous donor and friend to many. Bonnie was a very giving member to her community, helping those in need, donating new children’s winter coats for many years. She also supported her husband in his business, Ross Automotive, as payroll manager. She was an avid member and supporter of Suncrest Auxiliary, raising thousands in donations each year. She enjoyed golfing, walking every day, going out with friends, and people coming out to visit.

    Loving Mother of Kathy (Chuck) Smith, Jeanne (Dave) Wilson, Joe (Lynne Trulio) LaClair, Mike LaCLair, Lynn Brim, John (Geri) LaClair; Dear Grandmother of Matt Brim, Katey Smith, Thomas LaClair; Dear Sister of Mary Jane Collison, Joan Hogan, and Karon Ann Ludwig. Also survived by our special family angel Kathy Rappuhn and wonderful neighbor Linda.

    Bonnie was preceded in death by her beloved husband Ed LaClair; brothers Dutch Noethe and Dale Noethe; parents Joseph & Mary Noethe.

    Friends may visit on Wednesday, June 8th from 4-8 PM (7 PM Rosary) at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors Capstick Chapel in Lapeer. A Mass will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 12 PM at St. John Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton St, Davison, MI 48423. Rev. Andrew A. Czajkowski will officiate. Friends may visit from 11 AM until the time of Mass. A luncheon will immediately follow at the American Legion in Lapeer. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Suncrest Auxiliary or St. Vincent DePaul.

    Mary “Mickey” Hill

    HILL, Mary “Mickey” (McDiarmid) – of Davison, MI, age 76, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, June 4, 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 5-8 PM Friday, June 3, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and one hour prior Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Friday at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Whaley Children’s CenterNorth End Soup Kitchen or a charity of one’s choice, in Mickey’s memory.

    Mickey was born in Flint, MI on May 12, 1946, daughter of the late Leslie and Elma (Merrill) McDiarmid. She was a graduate of St. Agnes High School Class of 1964. Mickey married Dennis “Denny” Hill on December 6, 1999 and he preceded her in death on December 30, 2009. She retired from Ascension Genesys Hospital in 2012 after 45 years of service. Mickey was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and volunteered for any occasion needed. She enjoyed playing softball, gardening, dancing and volunteered numerous hours at the soup kitchen.

    Mickey is survived by sister, Sharon (Fred) Jeffers, brothers, Jim (Kay) McDiarmid and Mark (Mary) McDiarmid; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Elma McDiarmid and her husband, Dennis “Denny” Hill; sister, Tracey DuShane.

    Mary Jo Lajewski

    Mary Jo Lajewski, age 72, of Lapeer, died Tuesday, May 24, 2022. She was born June 19, 1949 in Flint, to Donald and Colette (Root) Reuther.

    Mary Jo graduated in 1967 from Holy Redeemer Catholic High School in Burton. She married Anthony Paul Lajewski on May 20, 1972, at Holy Redeemer Church. Mrs. Lajewski worked many years in banking, retiring from Lapeer Community Credit Union. She was a Loan Officer for many many years, processing mortgages, credit card applications and personal loans. For many years, Mrs. Lajewski sold Mary Kay products and Aflac Insurance. Most important of all for Mary Jo, though, was her family, her friends and her faith. Mary Jo was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Church in Lapeer and she attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison. She volunteered at the Love and Logic Mentoring Program here in Lapeer and also Suncrest Auxiliary. Mary Jo was a talented seamstress and she enjoyed making special gifts for family and friends.

    Mary Jo was one of those people who made others feel good about themselves. She “connected” with everyone, everyone was her friend, she listened, she loved and truly cared for everyone around her. Mrs. Lajewski was always doing something for family, friends and even those she did not know. Family said Mary Jo was an “Angel on Earth”. Mary Jo cherished time with family, spending many wonderful “Girls Weekends” at Higgins Lake with her Mom and sisters, attending events for all the children in the family and especially time spent with her beautiful grandchildren. “They were the world to her!” Mary Jo was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

    Mary Jo is survived by her husband: Anthony Paul Lajewski of Lapeer; son: Brad Lajewski of Lapeer; mother: Colette Reuther of Davison; daughter-in-law: Theresa Lajewski of Lapeer; grandchildren: Anthony, Lydia, Thomas, Nicholas, Noah, Claire and John; siblings: Michael Reuther of Davison, Donna Whalen of Flint, William Reuther of Manistee, Theresa (Donald) Simon of Davison, James (Sharon) Reuther of Davison, Sharon (Patrick) Hladik of Flushing and Karen (Matthew) Crown of Metamora; and many many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son: Todd Lajewski; father: Donald Reuther; and granddaughter: Anna Lajewski. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dawn Lajewski for her loving care of Mary Jo.

    Visitation will be 4-8PM Monday, May 30, 2022, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer. The rosary will be prayed 6PM Monday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be held 1PM Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan 48423. Father Andrew Czajkowski will celebrate the Mass. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Tuesday. Final interment will be in Mt. Loretto Cemetery in Lapeer. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences and memories may be left at www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com.

    Eva Neda Hempel

    HEMPEL, Eva Neda (Denason) – of Davison, MI, age 87, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Wednesday, June 1, 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 3-8 PM Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 PM Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Building Fund or St. Joseph Mercy Home Care and Hospice, in Eva’s memory.

    Eva was born in Flint, MI on October 14, 1934, daughter of the late Mate and Neda (Nicolac) Denason. She was a graduate of Bendle High School Class of 1951. During her time at Bendle, Eva was a multi-sport Varsity athlete, cheerleader, a student government representative, and a social leader. After graduation, she helped organize Class Reunions and a monthly classmate lunch at a local diner. She bowled for many years in various Flint area leagues, forming lifelong friendships. Eva was a longtime employee and partner of Genesee Cut Stone & Marble Co. During 43 years of employment at GCSM, Eva helped modernize and grow not only the Accounting Department, but all aspects of the company. She was influential in hiring many of the key employees and future partners. Eva was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. For many years, while her daughter was a student at St John grade school, she spearheaded the children’s games at the annual St. John Parish Festival.

    Eva is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Paul and her husband, Bob, who was like a son to Eva; 4 nieces, Diane (Dave) Brown, Lisa Houser, Monicka (Sam) Awad and Leslie Johnson; 5 nephews, Jack (Katherine) Hempel, David (Mari) Hempel, Dr. Christopher (Kris) Johnson, M.D., Erick (Marian) Hempel and Robert (Carol) Hempel; numerous great and great-great-nieces and nephews; special adopted family of Mary and Robert Paul, Jr., their children and grandchildren who were a bonus family to her; special friend, Marge Cardinal; many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mate and Neda Denason; sister, Mary Ellen Johnson; dearest friend and partner, Donald J. Terrian; niece, Karen Aurand; 2 nephews, Bill Hempel and Karl Hempel.

    Eva was a force of nature that will be greatly missed, but her influence and love will last forever.

    Anita Ashley

    ASHLEY, Anita Marie (Palma) – of Burton, MI, age 100, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Friday, May 27, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Private entombment in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM-12 PM Friday, May 27, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Anita’s memory.

    Anita was born in Aliquippa, PA on September 19, 1921, daughter of the late Ziffero “William” and Maria (Matia) Palma. She married James R. Ashley on September 26, 1946 and he preceded her in death on May 22, 1994. Anita was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

    Anita is survived by 3 children, Jomarie (Tibor) Debreczeny, Patty (Daniel) Crawford and James R. Ashley, II; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ziffero “William” and Maria Palma; husband, James R. Ashley and 6 siblings.

    Olga Morrison

    MORRISON, Olga (Szczerbacki) – of Hadley Township, age 94, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022 at McLaren Lapeer Region. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Wednesday, May 18, 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 Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, MI. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM on Tuesday at Allen Funeral Home. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, in Olga’s memory.

    Olga was born in Detroit, MI on August 22, 1927 daughter of the late John and Mary Szczerbacki. She married Charles Morrison on November 2, 1945. He preceded her in death on July 15, 2002. Olga was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She will always be remembered for her wonderful crocheting. Olga was a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren.

    Olga is survived by her children, Donna (Ralph) Burley, Cheryl Bingham, Sandra Morrison, Michele (David) Szalay, Marc (Connie) Morrison and George (Kim) Morrison; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by children, Dwayne Morrison, Richard Morrison, Kenneth Morrison and John Morrison.

    Michael Hamilton

    HAMILTON, Michael “Mickey” Lister – of Flint, age 80, passed away May 11, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 1-8 PM Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made out to Korie Hamilton to establish an annual scholarship fund for future Genesee County educators, in Michael’s name.

    Mickey was born in Flint, MI on June 29, 1941, son of the late Ferdenand and Mayme (Sullivan) Hamilton. He married Sandra Milliman on Nov. 20, 1965, and she preceded him in death on August 27, 2019.

    Mickey graduated from St. Mary’s Flint in 1959 where he was a three-sport athlete, he then went on to Flint Junior College, where he continued his baseball career and obtained an Associate degree in 1962. He continued his education obtaining a BS in education at Eastern Michigan University in 1964. His first teaching position was at Flint Holy Rosary, where he spent seven years as a teacher, counselor and coach. Mickey was the head coach of the 1975 football team that played in the first ever MHSAA football state championships. During his years at Holy Rosary, he progressed in his education to acquire a MA in Guidance and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University in 1968. In 1976, Mickey moved next door to Kearsley High School, where he was a counselor and coach for two years and athletic director for twenty-three years. In his tenure at Kearsley, Mickey was instrumental in developing one of the state’s most outstanding athletic programs that continues today.

    Mickey is survived by his sons, Darren (Jennifer) Hamilton and Lance (Korie) Hamilton; grandchildren, Ethan, Gavin, Olivia, Lauren, Griffin, Zachary (Savannah), Megan (Jay) and Daniel; great grandchildren, Desmond and Henry; sibling, Genora (Tom) Halligan, Eugene Hamilton, Lana (Michael) Zelley, Ellen (Gary) Root, Neil Hamilton, Rita (Tom) Rutter; sister-in-law, Marilyn Goyette; and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; family members, Sam (Rosie) Hamilton, Mary Agnes Hamilton, Gerard “Jerry” Hamilton; brother-in-law, Tom Goyette and sister-in-law, Mary Pat Hamilton.

    Janet Ronders

    RONDERS, Janet K. – age 80, of Fenton, passed away Wednesday May 11, 2022.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12 Noon Monday, May 16, 2022 at St. John Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton St., Davison. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski celebrant.  Visitation will be 3-8 PM Sunday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton where a Rosary Service will be held at 6 PM.  Visitation will also be held from 11 AM until the time of Mass Monday at the church.  Those desiring may make contributions to St. John Catholic Church, Davison.  Janet was born November 19, 1941 in Flint, the daughter of Omer Herman and Sophia Sylvia (Letavis) Erler.  She was a 1960 graduate of Flint Northern High School.  Janet worked for AC Spark Plug as a secretary in Labor Relations for 34 years, retiring in 1999. She married Edward Louis Ronders on June 1, 1984; he preceded her in death May 3, 2020.  Janet was a great partner when her husband participated in veteran organizations.  She loved quilting and was very active in St. John Catholic Church of Davison.  Surviving are: her daughter, Jennifer (Joseph) Swedorske of Fenton; nephews, Wes (Jeanie) Tallman, John (Cindy) Tallman; brother-in-law, Wes Tallman; and many cousins.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and sister, Joyce Tallman.  Tributes may be shared at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com

    Adela Burda

    BURDA, Adela – Of Flint, age 98, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at her home.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Reverend Father Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

    The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9th at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road. Visitation also 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday until the time of Mass at the church.

    Those desiring may make contributions to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

    Adela was born in Krasnk, Poland on October 19, 1923, the daughter of the late Joseph and Bernice (Slovinska) Cwieka.

    Surviving are children, Richard (Brenda) Burda, Barbara Kovacs, Theresa Burda (Steve) and Edward (Renee) Burda;

    grandchildren, Stephanie, Steven Matthew, Danny and Reanna;

    great-grandchildren, Hadley, Elizabeth and Kaitlyn.

    Adela was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Burda; grandson, Jeffrey and daughter-in-law, Sharon Kay.

    The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregivers, Edie, Brenda, Shannon and Christa.

    Harry Boris

    BORIS, Harry A. – of Davison, MI, age 93, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 Noon Friday, May 13, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski and Rev. Fr. Carl Simon con-celebrants. Interment with military honors will take place following the Mass at St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-8PM Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A Rosary will be prayed 7 PM Thursday at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors the hour prior to the Mass at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tunnels to Towers Foundation (t2t.org).

    Harry was born in Flint, MI on August 29, 1928, son of the late Harry and Agatha (Jacobs) Boris. He married Dolores Louise DeWitt on May 19, 1951, and she preceded him in death on October 19, 2017. Harry retired from AC Spark Plug in 1987 after 39 years of service. He was the original “car guy” and it was said that gasoline ran through his veins. He was a family man who worked multiple jobs to provide for his loving family. Harry was a devout Catholic and valued his parochial education from St Matthew’s and St Michael’s.

    Harry is survived by his 7 children, Cynthia (Victor) Lake, Gerald (Dru) Boris, Julia (David) Yakel, Vincent (Tricia) Boris, John Boris, Maria Chappell and Bethany (Danny) Boris; 15 grandchildren, Michael, Nathan, Stephanie, Brian, Lindsay, Christopher, Steven, Julianne, Jillian, Kenneth, Kyle, Hunter, Caleb, Mallory and Katelyn; 10 great-grandchildren, Miles, Elise, Jack, Tommy, Sloane, Bodhi, Riley, Wesley, Rylie and Samuel; brother, Victor ( Shelby) Boris; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Boris. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Celeste Marie; son-in-law, Kim Michael Lavalle; brothers, Thomas and Charles; sisters, Joan Beholz and Jane McAvinchey.

    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

     

    Ronald Murawski

    MURAWSKI, Ronald James.  – of The Villages, FL., age 87, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2022. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Noon on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery on Richfield / Oak Road immediately following.  The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the Mass on Thursday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Music Ministry or a charity of your choice.

    Ron was born in Bay City, MI on December 15, 1934, and the son of Isadore and Marie Murawski. He married Theresa, the love of his life on January 22,1955 in St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Saginaw, MI. Ron was a past member of St. John the Evangelist Church where he served as an usher, choir member and K of C member for over 25 years, moving to Florida in 1997. He spent the last 17 years in, The Villages, Fl. Ron continued to be active in his Catholic Faith and was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. He was very athletic and loved playing golf and softball. He truly enjoyed all kinds of music. He had a beautiful singing voice and self taught himself to play guitar. He was truly a wonderful man with never a unkind word.

    He leaves to cherish his loving memory, son, Dennis (Barbara) Murawski; son, Timothy (Karen) Murawski; daughter Lynann Parker; sister Geraldine Novak; 7 grandchildren Tony (Maggie); Todd (Kim); Kyle (Trina) Murawski; Allen and Andrew Murawski; Lindsay Byers and Lucas McCarney; 17 great-grandchildren, and other loving family and friends.

    “Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one. The chain will link again.”

    The family would like to thank all of our family and friends for their love and support.

    Gerald Finch

    FINCH, Gerald – of Davison, age 73, passed away Monday, May 2, 2022, at McLaren – Flint. A Funeral Service, with Military Honors, will be celebrated 1 PM Friday, May 6, 2022, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Cremation will take place following the Service. Visitation will be from 2-7 PM Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423. There will be visitation starting at 10 AM prior to the Service on Friday, May 6, 2022 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Jerry’s memory.

    Jerry was born in Flint, MI on December 10, 1948, son of the late Raymond and Wava Carlene (Bowerman) Finch. He married Joy (Cook) Antcliff on March 28, 1981. Jerry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. Jerry received a Purple Heart Medal for his service during the Vietnam War. He was known for his great sense of humor. Jerry was an avid sports lover, a big fan of U of M, Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. Jerry especially cherished the time that he spent with his grandchildren and loved watching them play sports. He was a very proud Papa and was thrilled to have recently became a great grandpa. Jerry enjoyed going to Florida every year since 1998 with his beloved wife, Joy, and spending time with special friends. Jerry would always have a great time during the holidays, playing cards and volleyball with the entire Finch family.

    Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Joy; son, Allan (Julie) Antcliff; grandchildren, Allan Antcliff Jr., Makayla (fiancé, Maveric Goschke) Antcliff, Dylan (girlfriend, Taylor Rice) Antcliff; great grandson, Mason Quade Goschke; siblings, Patricia (Richard) Mrozek, Diane (Ed) Fuller, Ronald Finch and David (Kathy) Finch; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Wava Carlene; in-laws, Virgil and Betty Cook; and special brother-in-law, Craig Cook.

    Connie Forsythe

    FORSYTHE, Connie Louise (Barry) – of Burton, MI, age 74, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6340 Roberta Street, Burton, MI 48509; Rev. Fr. Denis Spitzley and Fr. Andrew Czajkowski concelebrant. A private inurnment will be in Crestwood Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 10 AM until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, in Connie’s memory.

    Connie was born in Flint, MI on November 11, 1947, daughter of late John and Pauline (Hackney) Barry. She married Dan Forsythe on August 16, 1969 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Flint, MI. Connie was a devoted member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, serving as a eucharistic minister, lector, altar server, volunteer for funeral dinners and member of the Liturgical Commission. She loved camping and making arts and crafts. Connie was committed to family and Christmas parties were special.

    Connie is survived by her husband, Dan Forsythe; grandson, Christian G. Forsythe; sister, Paula (Dennis) Whipple of Mesick, MI; brother-in-law, Roy McDowell and friend Janice; many loving nieces, nephews, other family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Steven M. Forsythe; brother, David Barry; 2 sisters, Peggy McDowell and Nancy Glover.

    “Do Not Sign” Effort Against Pro-Abortion Signature Drive

    Catholic residents of Michigan may encounter in public locations petition gatherers asking for your signature on a form that begins “Constitutional Amendment to: establish new individual right to reproductive freedom…”

    Michigan’s bishops are encouraging Catholics not to sign this petition. It will overturn and likely prohibit policies that protect unborn children. Perhaps kindly respond “no thank you” and say a brief prayer for life as you continue with your day.

    Organizations in Michigan, including Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, have formed a ballot committee to raise funds and organizational support to pass this pro-abortion constitutional amendment. If passed, the amendment would go into effect whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court soon allows states to decide their own abortion policy.

    To oppose this petition, a coalition of organizations committed to protecting the lives of unborn children and supporting their mothers has formed. Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children includes Michigan Catholic Conference and Right to Life of Michigan.

    To place a question on the November statewide ballot the proponents of this abortion amendment must collect 425,059 valid signatures from Michigan voters and submit those signatures to the State by July 11, 2022.

    Please carefully consider the impact of this proposed policy on unborn children and the health and well-being of their mothers. Rather than abortion, women should be provided love, compassion and support through pregnancy and into each child’s early years.

    Visit supportmiwomenandchildren.org for more information.

    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.

    Fr. John sends greetings from Turkey!

    Greeting from Turkey!

    Well I hope everyone had an event filled summer, I know I certainly did.

    I wanted to thank all of you have been keeping my in your prayers it was certainly needed while at Officer Training School. It is hard to recap and explain to people what that two months was like. I like to tell people that each day felt like 3-5 days. It was certainly challenging. My roommate said “it was the most fun you never want to have again”. I think that explains it to some degree.

    I miss you all dearly and you have been in my thoughts often and my prayers always.

    As promised my address (All Mail should be addressed as Followed).

    John Machiorlatti
    PSC 94 BOX 1548
    APO AE 09824

    God Bless,
    Fr. John

    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. 

    Discovering Poland with Fr. Andrew

    Join Fr. Andrew’s trip to Discover Poland, August 6-17, 2022! More details here.

    A recording of the information Zoom meeting can be found here: https://collette.zoom.us/rec/share/ProMiCpVc0O1C3AJC6dBg8bWipz2JekWG4jWq4hD_nXn4pIVfkB07ap3mK3lNNZb.slw0muHoSVI9qWFR

    Highlights include: Warsaw, Choices on Tour, Malbork Castle, Gdansk, Solidarity Shipyards, Torun, Gingerbread Baking, Wroclaw, Jasna Góra Monastery, Black Madonna, Krakow, Auschwitz, Folklore Show & Dinner.

    Pilgrimage to Israel with Fr. Andrew

    New dates! Join Fr. Andrew’s Pilgrimage to Israel, October 22 – October 30, 2022! More details here. For a printable version, click here.

    A recording of the information Zoom meeting can be found here: https://collette.zoom.us/rec/share/nypcMPQYFK_I5tnLt8vKpGWwcN7rZ0LgZj_K3PKw8kSeLfiNyaqyRdVRsABOF8w.TGCa86hvI8rirB2O

    Highlights include: Caesarea, Church of the Transfiguration, Cana, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Celebrate Mass Daily.

    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.