Gregory Vaughn, Jr.

Gregory Dennis Vaughn, Jr., 41, of North Branch and Lapeer, died Monday, May 20, 2019.

Gregory was born December 17, 1977 in Pontiac to Gregory and Susan Marie (Humphreys) Vaughn. He graduated from Lapeer West High School, class of 1996. Greg was a proud member of the 1995 Lapeer West State Champion football team. He was a gifted musician throughout his entire life and enjoyed playing the guitar and had an excellent singing voice. Greg was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a gifted tattoo artist. Above all, Greg loved his three children.

Greg is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Vaughn; children:Griffin, Raven and Leighla Vaughn; parents, Susan and Gregory Sr. Vaughn of North Branch; grandmother, Dolores Humphreys of Waterford; siblings: Heather Vaughn of Dearborn, Brenda (Gregory) Scott of Westland, Melissa “Missy” (Timothy) Gajda of Fostoria, Kimberly (Jeremy) Kinder of Columbiaville, Garrett (Kristina) Vaughn of North Branch and Gabriel (Leah) Vaughn of Burton. Greg is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews. Greg was preceded in death by his grandparents: Alfred “Curly” and Maxine Vaughn and Gerald Humphreys Sr. and his grandfather-in-law, Ian Keith.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Golden Arrow – Lapeer or St. Vincent DePaul.

A gathering will be held from 1-8PM Friday, May 24, 2019 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. The Rosary will be prayed at 7PM Friday evening at Muir’s. A memorial Mass will be held at 10:00AM Saturday, May 25, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan 48423. Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Loretto Cemetery, Lapeer. Greg’s family will receive friends from 9-10AM at St. John’s the morning of Mass.

Albert Vroman

VROMAN, Albert Lovell – of Burton, age 87, passed away May 19, 2019. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 2 PM Friday, May 24, 2019 followed by Military Honors at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6340 Roberta St, Burton, MI 48509; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial of cremated remains will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Sacrament and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Albert was born in Flint, MI on May 24, 1931, son of the late Clarence Vroman and Florence (Ellison) Parks. He married Aileen Wangler on December 28, 1961, they enjoyed 60 years of marriage. Albert honorably served in the United States Armed Forces in both the Army and the Air Force. He retired after 40 years of work as a repairman in an auto body shop. Albert enjoyed fishing with his family, camping and snowmobiling.

Albert is survived by his loving wife, Aileen; children, Ron (Sue) Vroman and Albert Vroman; grandchildren, Alan (fiancée Cary Blankenship) Vroman and Rachel Vroman. He was preceded in death by his son, Alan Lovell Vroman in 1992; mother and step-father, Florence and John Parks; father, Clarence Vroman; brothers, Jack Vroman, Bill Vroman and Bobby Vroman.

Darlene Braden

Age 77, of Mt. Morris, passed away with her family by her side, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am, Friday, May 24, 2019, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison.  Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski will officiate, and cremation will follow.

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, family and friends will gather from 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm at Martin Funeral, Cremation, and Tribute Services in Mt. Morris, with the Rosary being prayed at 5:00 pm.  Darlene will be taken to church to lie in state from 10:00 am until the time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 am.  Memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home and church.

Darlene was born July 29, 1941, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore and Alice (Wallington) Koss.  As a busy homemaker, Darlene raised three daughters, her greatest accomplishment in life, and volunteered in countless ways with their activities.  She would go on to work for Citizens Bank as a Payroll Supervisor, where she worked for 22 years until her retirement in 2002. While raising her daughters, she met Frank Braden. The couple dated, fell in love and were united in marriage on April 21, 1985.  Together, they enjoyed traveling, nature, gardening and spending time with their family.  Darlene also enjoyed reading, crafting, sewing, and participating with the Red Hat Granny’s.

Left to cherish her memory are husband, Frank “Lou” Braden; three daughters: Angela Warren, Susan (William) Ledbetter, and Christina (Dale) Juhl; stepchildren: David (Pam) Braden, Pamela (William) Sarver; and Sean Braden; 16 grandchildren: Joshua, Samantha, Paula, Erica, Shauna, Ashlyn, Alexis, Elizabeth, Katie, Kristy, Logan, Shelby, Cade, Alexander, Austen, and Adrianna; 3 great-grandchildren: Blaze, Porter, and  Wixom; siblings: Ken (Diane), Judy (Terry), and Linda (Harvey); and many dear extended family members and friends.

Dolores Miller

MILLER, Dolores – of Davison, MI, age 81, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 at her residence. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held 12 PM Thursday,  May 23, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Kenneth Coughlin celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Dolores’ memory.

Dolores was born in Chicago, IL on October 28, 1937, daughter of the late Sophie Harbus. She married Roland “Ron” Miller on March 22, 1957 and he preceded her in death on February 15, 2019. Dolores spent her life caring for her family. She loved photography and animals. Dolores was a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound. She worked as a beautician, and then worked at Allen Funeral Home for many years.

Dolores is survived by her daughter, Melody Miller-Wasik; son, Loren “Scott” Miller; grandson, Joshua (Leslie) Wasik; 2 great-granddaughters, Brooke Wasik and Emma Wasik; many other loving family members and friends.

Marilyn Hope

Hope, Marilyn – Age 83, of Davison, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2019. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 at St. John Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton St, Davison. Marilyn’s family will be receiving visitors at 11am, until her 12:00 pm Funeral Service. Graveside Services will take place at Flint Memorial Park, immediately following services at St. John Church.

Marilyn is survived by her Children Russel, Terry, Cheryl, Michelle, Kevin, Lori, and Scott. She was preceded in death by her Daughter, Janice; Grandson, Casey; Grandson, Baby Phillip.

Online condolences may be posted on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Michael Stockman

STOCKMAN, Michael Joseph – of Lapeer, formerly of Davison, age 72, was called home to Heaven on May 15, 2019 at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, after a brave battle with heart disease. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2:30 PM Monday, May 20, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM Sunday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service on Monday.  Sincere appreciation to the ICU Staff, Beaumont Hospital.

Michael was born in Flint, MI on March 27, 1947, son of Joseph and Shirley (Thurston) Stockman. Michael graduated from Davison High School in 1965. He married Brenda Staley in 1966. Michael served in the US Army 1966-1968, including Korea. He retired from GM Chevrolet Motors Downtown Flint, where he was a fork truck driver and a skilled trade carpenter. Michael also worked his real love of farming since the first day he could walk until the last. He was active on the Elba Township Board and 4H Davison.

Michael leaves to cherish his memory, mother, Shirley Stockman, age 93; son, Paul Jonathon Stockman of Royal Oak; daughter, Bethany Michelle Wright of Otisville; grandchildren, Jay Michael (fiancé, Whitney) Stockman, Angelena (Tyler) Cheney, and Jayden Zinn; great-grandchildren, Nevaeha Rain Stockman, Haleigh Jay Stockman, Jaykob Cheney, and Scarlett Grace Cheney expected in June; brothers, William (Alice) Stockman, David Stockman and John Stockman, all of Lapeer; mother of his children and  lifetime friend, Brenda Stockman; cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved father, Joseph Michael Stockman.

Frances Wilson

Frances Claire Wilson, 89, of Davison, Michigan, passed away peacefully on March 5 th , 2019. She was born in Pratola Peligna, Italy in 1929, but emigrated with her family as a young girl, and subsequently settled in Michigan where she lived the predominance of her life with the exception of many years in which she and her husband spent winters in Port Charlotte, FL.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur R. Wilson who passed away in 2012. They were married in 1948. She is survived by four children, Judy Paull of Hilton Head Island, SC, Joyce Allen of Blairsville, GA; John (Sandy) Wilson; and Joanne (Peter) Hetzel of Greenville, SC; as well as 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, May 18 th at 10:00am at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, Michigan.

Donald A. Thomas

THOMAS, Donald A. – Of Burton, age 54, died Saturday, May 11, 2019 at his residence.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Reverend Father Andrew Czajkowski officiating.

Cremation will take place following the Mass.

Those desiring may make contributions to the Boy Scout Troop #111 or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison.

Visitation 4- 8 p.m. Tuesday and 12-3 and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road.

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

Donald will be at the church from 1 p.m. Thursday until the time of the Mass.

Donald was born in Cadillac, Michigan on February 3, 1965, the son of Arthur and Charlene (Sudia) Thomas.

He graduated from Powers Catholic High School and received his Bachelor’s from Central Michigan University.

He was a Boy Scout Staff Leader, Scout Master and Venture Scout Leader.

Donald was an Eagle Scout, Vice Chairman of the New Horizon District and was a District Award of Merit Recipient, Silver Beaver Recipient and a part of the Wood Badge staff.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hunt, fish and was a hunter safety instructor. Don also enjoyed golfing.

He was Chairman of Back to the Bricks-Pinewood Derby.

He was a member of the Elks BPOE and lifetime member of the Linden Sportsman Club.

Mr. Thomas was President and CEO of Thomas Appliance, fourth generation owner.

Surviving are daughter, Emily K. Thomas;

son, Brandon A. Thomas;

life partner, Tina M. Christensen;

mother, Charlene G. Thomas;

sister, Jennifer Thomas-Goering and husband Patrick Goering; brother, Kenneth W. Thomas;

granddaughters, Emma Gettings, Adalynn Gettings, Nora Gupton; grandson, Kaleb Gettings;

nephews, Kenneth and Christian Thomas, Dayton and Lachlan Goering.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur R. Thomas.

Memorial Day Outdoor Liturgy

Start Memorial Day off by celebrating Mass with us at a special outdoor liturgy at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27. The Mass will be held at the St. John Cemetery, on the corners of Richfield and Oak roads. Remember to bring your lawn chairs!

In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, Michigan.

St. John Catholic Cemetery is the site of the original church and dates back to 1871. An open house will follow, highlighting cemetery development. Mausoleum and Chapel tours will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

Andy’s Attic Sale

Sale Schedule
Thursday, May 16 – Saturday, May 25 (closed Sunday)

Thursday, May 16 – Friday, May 17
10am-6pm
Saturday, May 18, Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21
10am-4pm
Wednesday, May 22, Thursday, May 23, and Friday, May 24
10am – 6pm
Saturday, May 25
10am-4pm
Sunday
Closed
Volunteers
Can you give us some of your time to help get the sale set-up during donation dates or during the sale? If so it would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or need assistance with your pick up of heavy items, please contact Andy Coughlin at (810) 730-9892.

Gaetano Anselmo

ANSELMO, Gaetano – of Davison, age 92, our loving father passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 2 PM Monday, May 6, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Entombment will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 PM Saturday and Sunday, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Monday at the church. A Scripture Service will be held 7 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.

Gaetano was born in Monreale, Sicily, Italy on May 16, 1926, son of the late Salvatore and Benedetta (Attardo) Anselmo. He married Audrey Saunders and after 58 years of marriage, she preceded him in death on March 17, 2019. Gaetano was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He served with the Police Branch of Italy’s Military for 15 years as a Carabinieri for NATO in Naples, Italy. Gaetano retired in 1988 from General Motors V8 Engine Plant with 28 years of service.

Gaetano was very devoted to his family. He had unconditional love for his family. He will be remembered for his kind and generous ways. Sunday dinner was a tradition in the Anselmo household, with Gaetano sitting at the head of the table. He had a passion for cooking, making bread, and sharing it with his family and friends. Gaetano spent countless hours in his garden, and enjoyed spending time at his home in Houghton Lake.

Gaetano is survived by his devoted children, Marisa Jackson, Michelle Anselmo, Maria (Paul) Schubring and Guy (Joyce) Anselmo; grandchildren, Marisa Hughey, Gaetano (Kristin) Anselmo, Alexandrea Schubring, Aubrey (Steve) Ehrke and Hannah Schubring; great-grandchildren, Cruz Anselmo, Marisa Hughey, Cade Anselmo and Baby Ehrke; sisters, Vita Zuccaro, Nina Modica, Antonia (Ernesto) Spinnato, Giuseppa Badagliacca; sister-in-law, Barbara Allen; many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Messina Spinnato; brother, Isidoro Anselmo; sisters-in-law, Rosalia Anselmo, Nita Anselmo; brothers-in-law, Castrenze Zuccaro, Clarence Allen, Gaetano Badagliacca, Espano Spinnato, Pedro Modica.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hospice Care Team, and his caretaker, Heather

Vacation Bible School 2019

Join us for Vacation Bible School! ALL children entering grades preschool-6 are WELCOME!

Tuesday-Thursday, July 23-25, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

There are two options to register for Vacation Bible School. The first is to call Chris Maniaci, Interim Director of Religious Education, at (810) 658-4776 ext. 236 and leave a message. The second is to turn in a physical registration form. Just print off the form below and turn it in to the Family Center, Parish Office, or collection basket as Mass. We’re looking forward to a an exciting summer vacation!

 

 

Steven Payne

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved son, Steven Anthony Payne, 18 who died unexpectedly on Monday, April 22, 2019 at his home.

Steven was born on January 4, 2001 in North Carolina and later moved to Michigan in 2004. Steven was the son of Christine Payne of Davison and Ted and Sarah-Beth Payne of Goodrich. Steven is survived by his sister, Erica Payne; grandmother, Alyce Heldt; grandfather, Lawrence Hutchinson and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Steven was a senior at Davison High School, Class of 2019 where he ran Cross Country for two years and worked part-time at Bueche’s Grocery Store in Ortonville. He enjoyed working on his computer, shooting skeet with his Uncle Mark, being outdoors at the cabin and most of all spending time with his family. Steven had a laugh that would light up a room and a sense of humor that was enjoyed by all he came across. He brought so much love and joy into our lives and there are no words to express how much he will be missed.

Steven will be laid to rest at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan and a celebration of life will be held at a later time for family and close friends.

Marie Lecours

Marie M. Lecours of Lowell formerly of Waterford, age 61, died Monday April 15, 2019 at Spectrum Health Center, Grand Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Tuesday April 23, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St., Davison. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant. Private burial will be held at a later date in Ottawa Park Cemetery, Clarkston, Michigan. Family will received visitors from 11:00 am Tuesday until time of services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in Marie’s memory to St. John Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.

Marie was born in Highland Park, Michigan on September 8, 1957 the daughter of Robert Joseph & Mitzie Ann (Frye) Lecours and had spent her early years in Waterford and the Lowell area the last twenty years. She was a graduate of Waterford-Kettering High School and Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Marie was employed as Customer Account Manager for the Quad Co. in Greenville Michigan.

Surviving is mother Mitzie Lecours, brothers Russell Joseph Lecours, David John Lecours, sisters Karry (Mark) Secosky, and Melissa (Benny) Palazzolo. She also leaves her nephews Robert James Lecours, Joey Palazzolo, niece Tara (Nick) Vandaele, great niece Sadie Vandaele, and a host of extended family. She is preceded in death by father Robert Joseph Lecours in 2009, brothers, Robert Paul Lecours, and Mark Lawrence Lecours.

Venus Marie Langlois

LANGLOIS, Venus Marie (Wendt) – of Davison, MI, age 59, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019. A Funeral Liturgy will be held 1 PM Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Interment in Davison Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 1-8 PM Tuesday, April 16, 2019 and 12-1 PM Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home.

Venus was born in Flint, MI on February 25, 1960, daughter of the late Billy Edward and Elaine (Slater) Wendt. She married Bernie Langlois on December 3, 2004.

Venus is survived by her loving husband, Bernie; 4 children, Caroline (Jason) LaVene, Doug Shaffer, William (Theresa) Langlois and Christopher Langlois; 4 grandchildren, Leland, Kaylee, Seth and Casey; brother, Glen (Theresa) Wendt; sister, Robin Wendt; many other loving family members and friends.

Frances Kalocy

KALOCY, Frances – of Flint, age 90, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019. Cremation has taken place. Burial of cremated remains will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Frances’ name.

Frances was born in Flint on September 16, 1928, daughter of the late Michael P. and Anna (Sipka) Ribarchik. She graduated from Flint Northern High School in 1946. Frances married Lewis R. Kalocy, celebrating over 65 Anniversaries together before he preceded her in death. Together, they traveled to more than 30 states and Canada for polka festivals and dances. Frances wrote for the Polka Newspaper about these events. She was a writer for the column for 15 years and her husband Lewis contributed the photos for her column. Frances and Lewis were honored by the Polka News with a trophy for being Polka promoters, journalist and polka fans. She taught accordion to beginners for a couple of years at a studio in Flint, and played in an accordion band for two years. Frances enjoyed being with family and polka friends. She was a housewife, raising five children.

Frances is survived by sons, Robert L. (Shirley) of Elsie, Brian M. (Debra) of Flint, Kevin J. (Lisa Keith); daughter, Diane F. Kalocy (Martin “Marty” Doyle) of Flint; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mildred Ribarchik of Swartz Creek; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard A. Kalocy; two brothers, Michael and James Ribarchik; stepfather, Joseph Kravesik.

Michelle DeVee Cogar

COGAR, Michelle DeVee – of Davison, age 52, passed away April 3, 2019 at McLaren – Lapeer. Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Monday , April 8, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Visitation will be from 12 PM until time of service on Monday.

Michelle was born in Flint, MI on January 25, 1967, daughter of Larry Cunningham and Patricia (Barancik) Straley.  She loved reading, animals, and taking care of flowers. Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Michelle is survived by her children, Justyn Cogar, Haleigh (Ryan) Hadaway, Rhohen Cogar; grandchildren, Scarlet and Kaidyn; father, Larry Cunningham; stepmother and stepfather, Bill Straley and Linda Woodruff; brother, Eli Cunningham; and many other special family members. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Straley; and brother, Daniel Cunningham.

William Frederick Yehle

William Frederick Yehle of Flint, age 92, died Monday April 1, 2019 at McLaren Regional Medical Center Flint. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am Saturday April 6, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. David Lesniak, Celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at New Calvary Cemetery.  Family will receive visitors from 2 – 8 pm Friday with a 7:30 pm Memorial Services under the auspices of Knights of Columbus Council 4090. Mr. Yehle will lie in state from 9:00 am Saturday until time of services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association.

William was born in Lowell Massachusetts on May 1, 1926 the son of the late Ernest & Helen (Dziegiel) Yehle and has resided in the Flint area since 1952. He was joined in marriage to Casimira Lesniak on June 2, 1962 and she preceded him in death on February 21, 2012. Answering the call of his Country, William proudly served in the US Marine Corp during WWII. He was a member of the Davison Knights of Columbus Council #4090, UAW Local 599, and Dom Polski Post #8. He had been employed by General Motors Buick Division until his retirement in 1991.

Surviving are children; Anne Marie Yehle, William (Alicia) Yehle II, John (Joyce) Yehle and Valerie (Rick) Eisenman.  He also leaves sister Mary Brandt, his seven loving grandchildren, Nathaniel, Mark, Joseph, Jacob, Natalie, Thomas, Luke and a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his siblings; Agnes Gordon, Ernest Yehle Jr. and John Yehle.

Richard Yuhasz

Richard Yuhasz, age 79, of Fostoria, went home to the Lord with his family at his side on March 29, 2019 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Richard was born in Lincoln Park, MI. on August 23, 1939 to Paul Joseph and Adeline (Marchetti) Yuhasz.  He was the second of four children.  He graduated from Taylor High School. On January 23, 1962,  he married the love of his life, Nancy Whiting , after hearing her sing,  thinking she was an angel. The marriage took place at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lapeer.  Once they started their family, he continued his education and 11 years later graduated from the University of Michigan. Richard retired from the Federal Government where he worked as a programmer analyst. Richard enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, farming and music. His daughters and grandchildren were his pride and joy. Richard loved his grandchildren so much. He had such a giving heart in helping and supporting them in so many ways.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Nancy; his daughters, Mary (Ron Pratt) Yuhasz-Pratt and Katherine Ann (Ron) Zender; his grandchildren, Jon (Charlie Williams) YuhaszPratt, Megan YuhaszPratt, Carmen, Autumn, David and Kevin Zender; his sister Sister Marie Joy Yuhasz, OP,; his brother Don (Charlotte) Yuhasz and by several nieces, nephews and special friends. Richard was preceded in death by two infant sons, David and Michael; by  his parents; by his brother Robert Yuhasz, and by sister-in-law Beatrice Yuhasz.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the McLaren Hospitality House.

The family will be present for visitation on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Blackburn Chapel-Martin Funeral Home. On Thursday,             April 4, 2019, Richard will lie in state from 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton St., Davison.  Richard’s  Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:00 P.M. with Father Andrew Czajkowsi officiating. Burial will be at West Deerfield Cemetery.

Jeanne Marie Hodack

HODACK, Jeanne Marie – of Smith Creek, formerly of Flint, age 88, passed away March 28, 2019 at Hidden Lake Senior Living Community. Visitation will be held at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 3-8 PM with a Rosary being prayed at 6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:00 PM Friday, April 5, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison;   Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant with visitation at the church one hour prior to the Mass. Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Alzheimer’s Association.

Jeanne was born in Pontiac in 1931, daughter of the late George and Ellen (Fitzgibbon) Lilleyman. She graduated from St. Michael’s of Flint, Class of 1949, and married her high school sweetheart, Gerald E. Hodack, on April 26, 1952, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Flint. Jeanne was an involved parishioner and founding member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She retired from Bentley Community Schools in 1992 and enjoyed traveling, reading, snowmobiling and especially spending time at her Lake George cabin.

Jeanne is survived by her children, Steven (Judy) Hodack, Susan (Donald) Higgerson, Nancy (John) Borkovich, Lynda (Jeff) Hopkins and David Hodack; daughter-in-law, Rachel Hodack; grandchildren, Jocelyn (Jennifer) Hodack, Kegan Higgerson, Chelsea and Luke Borkovich, Katy (Jason) Weatherley, Kyle (Jennifer) Hopkins, Kameron, Kellen, and Konner Hopkins, Brenna and Evan Hodack, and Matthew (Mackenzie) Hodack; great-grandchildren, Patrick and Cecilia Hodack, Presley, Colton and Casen Weatherley, Layne and Cody Hopkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, and son, John.

Elmer Cox

COX, Elmer (A) of Davison, age 81, peacefully exchanged time with eternity on Friday, March 22 at home, with his wife and sister-in-law at his side. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Thursday, April 11, 2019, with Military Honors, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, Michigan 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Visitation will be from 1 – 4 PM & 5 – 8 PM Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, Michigan 48423. A Scripture Service will be held at 5:30 PM Wednesday. There will also be one hour visitation prior to the Funeral Mass at the church on Thursday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, because Elmer hated that any child would have to battle cancer.

Elmer was born in Amsterdam, Ohio on January 16, 1938, the ninth of twelve children of the late Thomas and Goldie (Whited) Cox. He married Louise McCoy in 1955 and they had four children, Bobby, Curt, Janet and Tommy. Elmer served in the U.S. Army for 11 years, stationed in Germany, Korea, Texas and Alaska. His “claim to fame” was that he was Platoon Sergeant to Elvis Presley while stationed in Germany and Texas. Elmer married Mary Ann Soulier (Dubbs) August 1, 1986. He retired from GM, was a member of UAW 659, The Oddfellows, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and St. John Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister for many years and served on various committees.

Elmer is survived by his four children; his wife of 32 years, Mary Ann; 2 step-sons, Todd (Lauren) Soulier and their children, Layna and Dominic; Eric Soulier and his daughter, Audrey; his favorite sister, Sally (Pete) Crowl of Salem, Ohio; sisters, Martha Drake of  Randolph, Ohio; Mary Roth of Fisher, Arkansas; brother, Kenny Cox of Collinsville; sister and brother- law, Martha and Leo Helms of New Port Richey, Florida; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Basil, Jim, Ray, Tommy and Cleo; sisters, Madeline Cox and Melvina Hazen; grandson, T.J. Cox; mother-in-law, Mary J. Dubbs; Brother-in-law, Jack (Darlene) Dubbs; sister-in-law, Carole Malloy Gray; brother-in-law, David Gray.

The family would like to thank the McLaren Home Hospice Team of Rob, Lindsay, Rod, Sara, Cecelia and many others for the warm, compassionate and loving care they showed to Elmer and Mary Ann on each and every visit these past 8 months.

John Polehna, Jr.

POLEHNA, John, Jr. – of Davison, MI, age 84, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 at Lapeer County Medical Care Facility-Suncrest. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow in Meadowview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors 2-4 PM & 6-8 PM Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 12-1 PM Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Scripture Service will be held 6 PM Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in John’s memory.

John was born in Detroit, MI on May 21, 1934, son of the late John and Kathryn (Panacek) Polehna, Sr. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960. John married Elaine Sedlak on July 15, 1961 and she preceded him in death on March 23, 2009. He retired from AC Sparkplug in 1980 after 26 years of service. John was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. John also held a special place in his heart for his longtime canine companions, Corkey and Ginger.

John is survived by 4 children, Richard (Kelli) Polehna, James (Gail) Polehna, David (Kelly) Polehna and Dennis (Cindy) Polehna; 5 grandchildren, Molly, Ben, Brie, Natalie and Nathan Polehna; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by 2 grandsons, Joshua and Noah Polehna; brother, Stanley Polehna and step-sister, Libby Hershon.

David Elizondo

ELIZONDO, David Lee “Eli” – of Davison, age 49, passed away March 17, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:30 PM Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. John Machiorlatti celebrant. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 12-3 and 5-8 PM Tuesday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. A Rosary will be prayed 5:30 PM Tuesday. There will one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Wednesday in the chapel at the church.

David was born in Flint, MI on December 11, 1969, son of the late Guadalupe and Bernadette (Palacios) Elizondo. He graduated from Davison High School in 1988. David loved his family very much. He worked at Country Fresh for 18 years.

David is survived by the love of his life, daughters, Raya and Mariesa; siblings, Robert (Cheryl), Daniel, Alicia (Jesus) Perez and Angie; many nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jeffery “J.D.” and Antonio “Tony” “Red”.

Nancy Schaenzer

SCHAENZER, Nancy  – of Davison, age 88, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 at her residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 AM Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 PM Thursday, 12-3 PM and 5-8 PM Friday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Friday. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. John’s Catholic Church.

Nancy was born in Peru, IL on November 14, 1930, daughter of the late Andrew and Helen (Hardebeck) Hebel. She married John Schaenzer on February 14, 1953. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2002. Nancy was an Army wife and loved her family. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church where she at one time was the Parish Council Secretary and worked Bingo. Nancy was a volunteer at the library. She loved to read, travel, play tennis, bowl and play bridge.

Nancy is survived by her children, Linda, John, James, Thomas, Rebecca, Marta (John Farber), Patricia; son-in-law, Rob Langdon; grandchildren, Catacy, Brendan, Daniel, Kyle, Jake, John, Hannah, Erin, Matthew, Zoe, Natali, Benjamin, Kendell, Jillian; great-grandchildren, Malachi, Leah, Addison, Jeremiah, Weston, Josephine, Leo, Rina, Noah, June; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, John; son, Peter; daughter, Julia; infant daughter, Margaret; parents and seven of her eight siblings.

Donna Kaczmarck

KACZMAREK, Donna Jean – Of Flint, age 62, died Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Maple Woods Manor.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11am Friday, March 15, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6340 Roberta St., Burton, MI.

Father Andrew Czajkowski officiating.

Burial in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Donna was born in Flint on May 12, 1956, the daughter of the late Adam and Victoria (Mushlock) Kaczmarek. She lived her whole life in the Flint area. Donna graduated from Bentley High School, Class of 1974. She attended Mott Community College and received an Associates Degree in Business Management, and word processing, and a one-year certificate in Business. Donna was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church. Ms. Kaczmarek worked for Fed-Ex, in child care and retail sales. Donna enjoyed doing interior design, craft projects and her beloved dogs.

Surviving are sisters, Jeanette (Max) Balotin of Augusta, GA, Kathy Sanders of Athens, GA and Mary Kaczmarek of Flint, MI;

Many nieces and nephews, cousins, especially Lyia, Lataysia and Desiree and friends.

She was preceded in death by brothers Gary Kaczmarek and Joseph Kaczmarek.

Donna will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dale Conn

Dale Paul Conn of Burton, age 80, passed away Sunday March 10, 2019 at Ascension-Genesys Hospital.   The mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Dale by Fr. John Machiorlatti at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 6340 Roberta St. in Burton, MI.  The family will receive visitors at the church from 1:00 pm until the beginning of mass. Those who wish to make contributions in Dale’s memory can direct contributions to either Blessed Sacrament Church or the Alzheimer Foundation.

Dale was born in Flint Michigan on May 23, 1938, the son of the late James Conn & Helen (Hittle) Conn.  Dale resided in the Burton area his entire life.   Answering the call of his country, Dale proudly served in the US Military.   He was joined in marriage to Carol Gierok on December 20, 1958.  Dale was a graduate of Bentley High School Class of 1958. He was a gifted athlete being named to several all-County Sports Teams.  Dale volunteered with the Handicap Boy Scouts Post 4.  He was a member at Blessed Sacrament Church, where he was a member of the Choir, Men’s Club and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.   Dale was an avid golfer, having learned when he was employed at Brookwood Golf Course.  He  cherish spending time with family and friends playing cards, hunting, fishing, and long walks outside with his dog.  Dale’s grandchildren were everything to him.   He was employed by the Al Serra Automotive Group in the Body Shop until his retirement.

Dale is survived by his wife of sixty years Carol, his children; Michael Conn and wife Marcey Clark-Conn, Mary Michelle (Shelly) Conn-Wallace and husband Daniel Wallace, Susan Conn-Thorpe and husband Bill Thorpe, and son James Conn.  He is also survived by his grandchildren; Matthew Conn, Monica Conn, Maria Conn, Erin Thorpe, Danielle (Wallace) Paul, Hayley Wallace, Joshua Wallace, and great granddaughter Shelby Conn. He is also survived by brother Gene Conn, sisters; Janet Mozader, and Lorraine Lince. Dale is preceded in death by two of his sisters, and one of his brothers.

Audrey Anselmo

ANSELMO, Audrey – of Davison, age 82, our earthly angel passed away peacefully at home on March 17, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12 PM Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 PM Tuesday, 12-3 and 5-8 PM Wednesday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Thursday at the church. A Scripture Service will be held 6 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Audrey was born in Flint, MI on January 25, 1937, daughter of the late Theodore and Alice (Keefer) Saunders. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Audrey was very devoted to her family. She was a homemaker who loved cooking, baking and finding new recipes. Audrey was a role model to many and gave unselfishly of herself to others.

Audrey is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Gaetano Anselmo; devoted children, Marisa Jackson, Michelle Anselmo, Maria (Paul) Schubring and Guy (Joyce) Anselmo; grandchildren, Marisa Hughey, Gaetano (Kristin) Anselmo, Alexandrea Schubring, Aubrey (Steve) Ehrke and Hannah Schubring; great-grandchildren, Cruz Anselmo, Marisa Hughey, Cade Anselmo and Baby Ehrke; sister, Barbara Allen; sisters-in-law, Vita Zuccaro, Nina Modica, Antonia (Ernesto) Spinnato and Giuseppa Badagliacca; many loving nieces and nephews; goddaughter, Rosa Gooch. She was preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Rosalia Anselmo, Messina Spinnato and Nita Anselmo; brothers-in-law, Clarence Allen and Isodoro Anselmo.

Cathy Jo Ramirez

RAMIREZ, Cathy Jo – of Flint, age 59, passed away March 9, 2019 at her residence. A Memorial Service, with a Rosary, will be held 4 PM Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Respecting Cathy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Cathy was born in Flint, MI on December 19, 1959, daughter of Ruben and Marita (Campeau) Vasquez. Cathy never knew a stranger and made new friends everywhere she went. She cherished spending time with her family and always brightened the room with stories, laughter and her cooking.

Cathy is survived by her children, Alan Eugene Trimue II, Jesse Alan Trimue, Richard William Trimue, Jasyn Michael Trimue and their father, Alan Trimue, Ulises Christopher (Amber Graves) Ramirez, Alexis Lauren (Mikell) West, Florentino Ruben (Anne) Ramirez, BriAna Elise (Reed) Ramirez and Cheyenne Perez; Grandchildren, Enrique, Jasyn Dane, Jesse, Aryana, Isabella, Christiano, Gabriel, Ethan Jacob, Demetrick, Jamarion, Carmelita, Ethan Francis, Mae, Gianna, Lincoln, and Ella Rose; life partner, Carlos Perez; siblings, Kimberly Vasquez, Keri Vasquez, Carmen (Daniel) Beaudoin, Candice (Mark Upchurch) Vasquez and Ruben (Teresa) Vasquez II; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Ulises Ramirez.

 

Robert and Jean Campbell

Jean Clare Campbell of Richfield Township, age 84, died Saturday March2, 2019 at her residence. Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated  at 12:00 noon Thursday March 14, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski,. Private interment will be held at St. John Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 11:00 am Thursday until time of services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in Jean’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Jean was born in Newberry Michigan on February 6, 1935 the daughter of the late Jack & Helen (Shelson) Phillips and has resided in the Davison area most of her life. She was joined in marriage to Robert C. Campbell on Nov. 14, 1953 and he preceded her in death on December 20, 2011. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison.

Surviving are children: Robert & Glenna Campbell, Mike & Dawn Campbell, and Cathy South. She also leaves her eight grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Also surviving is brother Pete & Josephine Phillips and many extended family members and friends. Jean is preceded in death by daughter Patty Elizondo, three brothers, and one sister.

 

Kristi Rosneck

ROSNECK, Kristi Lorraine (Sauve) – of Ypsilanti, age 60, was carried to heaven surrounded by her children on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Michigan Medicine (U of M). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, March 9, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Visitation will be 4-8 PM Friday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison and 10 – 11 AM Saturday at the church. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 PM Friday. Cremation will follow the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Kristi was born in Flint, MI on September 21, 1958, daughter of the late Richard and Geraldine (Lorang) Sauve. She was a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital and Genesys Regional Medical Center for 39 years, working in OB and loved spending time with the babies in the nursery. Kristi was a devout member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She enjoyed arts and crafts, making honey pots and traveling. Kristi especially loved her dog, Finn and spending time with her children, family and friends.

Kristi is survived by her children, Jacob, Nathaniel and Madison Rosneck; siblings, Antonette (Jon) Stoyak, Paula (Peter Hogan) Sauve, Mary Jo (Michael) Knox, Lori (Paul) Ripple, Richard (Teri) Sauve; former husband, Jim Rosneck; special niece, Lauren Robertstad; sisters-in-law, Theresa Cook and Catherine Robertstad; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her niece Mary Beth Knox.

Theresa Donajkowski

DONAJKOWSKI, Theresa R. “Terri” – a long-time resident of Davison, age 89, passed peacefully on February 25, 2019, under the care of Hospice in Howell, MI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Burial will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM on Friday. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass on Saturday at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison.

Theresa was born on April 3, 1929 in Posen, MI, the 10th of 12 children of John and Anna Pokorski. Theresa graduated from St. Casimir Catholic High School in Posen, MI. She married Louis Donajkowski on October 15, 1949 at St. Casimir Church. Theresa resided in Davison from 1950 to 2018. She was an active member of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church as Eucharistic Minister and Lector beginning in 1973.  Theresa held many other positions at St. John’s, including, bereavement meal coordinator, Pastoral Council President, Altar Society President, Vice-President, Secretary, Worship Commissioner and Chair of Art and Environment.  She was also active in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.  Theresa was employed by Regal Funeral Homes as a secretary, by Engravers Point as a manager and she retired after 15 years as a Legal Assistant.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Louis; daughter, Monica (Joe) Urban; 2 sons, Ken (Mimi) Donajkowski and Roland (Louanna) Donajkowski; son-in-law, Doug Hawker. Theresa will also be fondly remembered by her 17 grandchildren and her 17 great-grandchildren. Theresa was preceded in death by her daughter, Lois Hawker and 9 brothers and sisters.

Michael Wyatt

WYATT, Michael “Mike” Elmo – of Perry, MI, age 67, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Addington Place of Grand Blanc. A Funeral Liturgy will he held 1 PM Monday, March 4, 2019 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423;  Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Visitation will be 11 AM-1 PM prior to the service on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Mike was born in Flint, MI on September 18, 1951, son of the late Virgil and Ann (Gornicki) Wyatt. He retired from AC Spark Plug/Delphi as an electrician after 32 years of service.

Mike is survived by his sons, Nick Wyatt and Jason Wyatt; nephew, Mike Wyatt. He was preceded in death by brothers, Phil V. Wyatt and Charlie R. Wyatt.

Paul Schloff

SCHLOFF, Paul – of Davison, age 72, passed away February 23, 2019 at Victoria’s House Assisted Living. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Wednesday, February 27, 2019 followed by Military Honors at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will follow the Mass. Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM and  6 – 8 PM Tuesday at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. There will be visitation one hour prior to the Mass on Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Parkinson Foundation or The World Canine Freestyle Organization.

Paul was born in Detroit, MI on October 30, 1946, son of the late John and Margaret (Stephan) Schloff. He married Anna Maria Docherty on August 24, 1973. Paul served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam. He worked at Apex Broach and Machine as a machinist and later worked for Lake Orion Schools. Paul enjoyed golf, traveling, camping and going to the movies. Paul loved spending time with his wife helping her at dog shows and taking trips to Tawas. His grandchildren meant the world to him.

Paul is survived by his wife, Anna; sons, John Schloff, Brian (Deborah) Schloff and Patrick (Alexa) Schloff; grandchildren. Alison, Zakary, Delaney and Colin; sister, Patricia (Michael) Greenen. He is preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Kaufman.

Statement on Rev. Joseph Aubin

Rev Joseph Aubin, a Senior Priest of the Diocese of Lansing, has been removed from public ministry due to a credible allegation, dating to the 1960s, of instances of inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature involving a minor. Father Aubin served St John the Evangelist Parish, Davison, as Pastor from 1977-1983.

If you or someone you know has been harmed by someone representing the Church, call the police. 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

In cases of sexual abuse of a minor you may contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, 888-308-6252 or via e-mail to: cwilliamshecksel@dioceseoflansing.org

If you have experienced harassment or abuse as a church employee, you may contact the third-party reporting service, Lighthouse by calling the hotline at 844-446-0009.

You may also contact the diocesan Director of Human Resources, Lisa Kutas at 517-342-2511, or via e-mail to:  lkutas@dioceseoflansing.org

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.

Join us at the Welcome Desk!

Calling all fun and friendly people! Have you always wanted to volunteer at your parish but just weren’t sure where you fit in? Join us at the Family Center Welcome Desk! You can help out at almost any age and any time of day. Whether you can only volunteer periodically or on a set weekly schedule, we could use your help! Side-effects of volunteering at the welcome desk may include: making new friends, learning new things, and hearing all the latest and greatest stories from your community. There is an immediate need for all time slots. Please call Tina at 810-652-0304 ext.269 for more information.

Join the St. John Choir!

Have you ever thought about joining choir? Now’s the perfect time! St. John choirs began a new season in September and there are options for all ages and abilities. Take a look at all our opportunities and schedules to find the fit that’s perfect for you. All are welcome! Please contact Julie Richards at (810) 658-1135 to sign up.

St. John Resurrection Choir
-Availability for funeral liturgies (you do not have to be at every funeral)
-A kind and gentle spirit
-Willingness to take direction

St. John Kristal Bells (ages 5-9)
-Must know colors
-One rehearsal prior to a scheduled Liturgy (absolutely required)
-Register with the PREP office

St. John Celebration Brass Ensemble and Instrumentalists
-Do you play a musical instrument?
-St. John offers opportunities to enhance the Sunday Liturgy with various instruments

St. John Singing Angels Choir (grades 2 and beyond)
-Only requirement is a love of music!
-Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, October 9th from 4:15 p.m.-5:15pm
-Commitment to rehearsals and performances is a must!
-Register through the PREP office

St. John Faith Ringers (adult and high school age)
-This choir rings on an average of once per month
-Rehearsals on Monday evenings from 6:00-7:00 p.m. beginning on Monday, September 10
-Must be available on holidays
-If enough people are willing, a new hand bell choir will be formed

St. John Celebration Choir (adult and high school age)
-Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, September 5
-Sings at the 10:00 a.m. liturgy on Sunday

St. John Schola Cantorum
-Small group of vocalists who have studied music in high school, college, and beyond
-Members of the high school Schola are cantors or are being trained to cantor
-There are limited openings for this choir that performs difficult music with few rehearsals

Cantor
-We are always in need of a cantor and will provide training
-Rehearsals begin on Monday, November 5th from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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

Shop with SCRIP: Easy Fundraising

Easy Fundraising for our Church

Did you know that you can buy pre-paid cards (SCRIP) from our parish office? These cards are for you to purchase everything from gas to groceries to food at restaurants and clothes at your local retail store. Purchasing SCRIP costs you only what you want to spend. With SCRIP, you are paying face value and you are getting face value; however, a percentage goes to The Community of St. John and Blessed Sacrament – ultimately making a big difference with less effort all around. You choose the card limits. By using prepaid SCRIP cards you are helping our parish. Click the Order Form, to see the list of businesses in which you can buy a pre-paid card, call the parish office (810-653-2377 ) with questions or stop by to purchase the pre-paid cards.

 

St. John & Blessed Sacrament Best Kept Secret: ‘The Most Holy 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.
 

Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday: 3:30 
to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 to 1:30 pm

Or by appointment call:
Sandy at 810-240-7451 or
Larry at 810-280-1677

 

The Traveling ‘Our Lady of Fatima Statue’ is available to visit your home!

The Traveling ‘Our Lady of Fatima Statue’ is available to visit your home!
 
“Do not imagine that Mary, the most fruitful of creatures who gave birth to God, remains barren in a faithful soul. It will be she who makes the soul live incessantly for Jesus Christ, and will make Jesus live in the soul.” -St. Louis Montfort
 
If you are interested in having The Statue of Fatima visit your hoe, please contact Maria Pavelich by phone at 810-730-0703 or email: maria.pavelich@yahoo.com. It’s a great way to honor our Mother Mary and a real blessing to families to have this statue in your home for a week.
 
Sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima-Genesee County Chapter. For a calendar of our First Saturday masses, go to Facebook and search for the ‘World Apostolate of Fatima – Genesee County’ or contact aria Pavelich.

Catholic Charities

As you do your spring cleaning, please remember Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope Community Closet. We are in need of new or gently used towels, sheets, and comforters.  We will also gladly accept clothing, furniture, working appliances, household items, and personal hygiene items. For more information, please call 810-265-7025.

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.  

 

 

 

RADA Knife Sale

Help support the St. John Altar Society by placing an order during our RADA knife sale! You can order online anytime using this link: https://radafundraising.com?rfsn=845011.5df8b7 and the St. John Altar Society will get credit for the sale. If you prefer not to order online, please follow the instructions below:
Pick up a catalog at the entrance to church or at the Holiday Happenings Craft show. Return the orders at the craft show, to the parish office or in the collection basket in an envelop marked ‘Rada Knives’. You will have your order in plenty of time for Christmas. These make great Christmas gifts. Order now!

The Journey to Resurrection

Newly restored pipes being installed in the great chamber.

For the past nine months, the organ at St. John has been on a long journey. The instrument was in need of repair after many years of service. Repairing an organ, however, is no easy task. Many would have recommended scrapping the instrument and replacing it with something new. But we’re not into the easy way out.

About 25 years ago our community moved this beautiful instrument all the way from St. Thomas the Apostle in Detroit as part of the church expansion. It took a tremendous amount of time, money, and dedication to get the organ here so it seems fitting that we put forth the same amount of care in its restoration. With the help of two fantastic companies, Renaissance Pipe Organ Company in Ann Arbor and Casavant Freres in Quebec, every bit of this massive instrument was painstakingly restored by hand. No detail was ignored, even scratches that occurred during installation have since been refinished, meaning that the instrument from which we will be sounding God’s glory this Easter will be nothing short of flawless.

During the restoration process, we maintained the heritage of the instrument by saving as much of the original instrument as possible. But those original pieces have now been coupled with new digital technology that will allow the organist to play with even more pleasure. The console (what the organist actually plays the instrument from) will now be able to remember the settings for 50 different organists. It also has record and playback features so that while an organist is learning a piece they can hear what it sounds like anywhere in the sanctuary. It is also on a rolling platform so it can be played from anywhere in the sanctuary it needs to be for different services.

The organ is now finished and ready to play. And we couldn’t have picked a better time. We will be celebrating Jesus’ triumphant victory over death with a beautiful instrument that’s in the final days of its own journey to resurrection. We invite you to join us in our celebration as we hear this beautiful new instrument played at Easter Vigil Mass at 8:15 p.m. on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday Masses at 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 Noon.

We have lots of photos of the restoration process! Check out our albums with the links below.

Before Restoration

Field Trip to Renaissance Pipe Organ Company

Bringing it All Together

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.