Norma Bargiel

BARGIEL, Norma Maxine (Brennan) – of Davison, MI, age 84, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 after becoming ill with COVID-19. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 PM Friday, April 16, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will take place following the Mass. The family will receive visitors 5-7 PM Thursday, April 15, 2021 and 12-1 PM Friday, April 16, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM Thursday, April 15, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice, in Norma’s memory.

Norma was born in Capac, MI on January 25, 1937, the third daughter of the late Norman and Adelaide (Schoen) Brennan. She was a graduate of Capac High School Class of 1955. On April 30, 1955, Norma married her high school sweetheart, Henry August Bargiel. After the birth of their three children Deborah, Doug and Norma, the family moved to the Flint area and later settled in Davison, MI. While her children were in high school, Norma earned a BA in education from the University of Michigan-Flint and subsequently worked as substitute teacher. Her life was devoted to her family for whom she cooked, sewed and knitted for the next three generations. Norma was an ambitious seamstress and will be particularly remembered for making “GG’s gramma jammas” for the kids. She enjoyed spending time with kids, attending all their activities from sporting events to dance recitals, always relishing in their accomplishments. Norma attended and later joined St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison where she was a faithful member. She was extremely devoted to her family and friends. Norma always provided a nice home to visit, great food, a listening ear and good advice. She will always be remembered for her loving kindness, her generosity and her fun-loving spirit. Norma will continue watching over us from Heaven, looking forward to meeting us again someday.

Norma is survived by her husband of nearly 66 years, Henry “Hank” Bargiel; 3 children, Deborah Anne (Jim) Estes; Douglas Allen (Jean) Bargiel and Norma (Bill) Hays; 11 grandchildren, Irwin (Erin) Estes, Dawn (Darrin) Everett, Holly (Juston) Whitney, Claire (Jeff) Soukup, Jill (Ludo Carasco) Bargiel, Amy (Todd) Warnimont, John (Emily) Bargiel, Joanne Boisvert, Julie Hayes, David (Megan) Hayes and Andrea Hayes; 15 great-grandchildren, Lauren, Maren, Raeden, Trenton, Luke, Morgan, Taylor, Louise, Austin, Lina, Hannah, Bryce, Jacob, Isaac and 2 more on the way; 3 sisters, Doris Stuever, Joan (Bob) Pope and Marion Brennan; 12 nieces and nephews; 3 cousins who are all in their 90’s; many other loving family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Adelaide Brennan and her brother-in-law, Alfred Stuever.

Anthony Chaulklin

CHAULKLIN, Anthony L. “Tony” – of Davison, age 78, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in Flint. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12 PM Friday, April 9, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison. Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski, celebrant. Burial, with military honors, will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery. Family will receive visitors 4-7PM on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be considered to a charity of your choice.

Tony was born in Flint, Michigan on August 13, 1942, son of the late Leroy and Dora (Couture) Chaulklin. He married Jill O’Leary on April 20, 2008. Tony graduated from Sacred Heart High School and then served his country proudly in the United States Marines during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired from General Motors in 1998. Tony loved to garden and watch football.

Tony is survived by his wife, Jill; son, Brian O’Leary; 3 sisters, Mary Dickinson, Ronnie Hargrove and Cecilia Pitman; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his nephews, Kevin Dickinson and Bruce Pitman.

James George

GEORGE, James Emmanuel – of Flint, MI, age 86, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Thursday, April 15, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. John M. Machiorlatti celebrant. Interment, with Military Honors, immediately following the Mass in Assyrian Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Wednesday, April 14, 2021 and 11 AM-12 PM Thursday, April 15, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM Wednesday, April 14, 2021 followed by a Memorial Service conducted under the auspices of the Flint Knights of Columbus Msgr. Patrick R. Dunigan Council 695 and the Fourth Degree Assembly 510 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics of Genesee County, in Jim’s memory.

Jim was born in Flint, MI on August 21, 1934, son of the late Daniel and Alice (Isaac) George. He was a graduate of Flint St. Mary’s Catholic High School Class of 1954. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. He married Annette Lemieux in 1967 and she preceded him in death in 1969. Jim retired from General Motors where he worked as a Special Investigator in Quality Control for 47 years. He was a life-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Flint, MI. Jim was also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of Flint’s Msgr. Patrick R. Dunigan Council 695 and Fourth Degree Assembly 510. He was truly a free spirit who loved working with children, from golfing, skiing, roller skating and running track. Jim also was a volunteer with the Special Olympics for 50 years, including the Lois Craig Invitational Special Olympics Race of The Crim. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, reading and watching World War II movies and was particularly moved by the movie the Sands of Iwo Jima.

Jim is survived by 2 sisters, Sara (Tom) St. Martin and Mary Turner; 3 nieces, Vicki (Dave) Letcavage, Lorri (John) Marx and Kimmie Cox; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Alice George and his wife, Annette George.

Timothy McComb

McCOMB, Timothy Allen – of Burton, MI, age 60, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Ascension Genesys Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 PM Thursday, April 8, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI, 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment in St. John Catholic Cemetery will take place following the Mass. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the time of the Mass on Thursday at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Timothy McComb Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Tim was born in Flint, MI on August 10, 1960, son of the late Lawrence and Iris (Bergquist) McComb. He married Mary Jane Streit on June 11, 1983. Tim enjoyed camping, boating, cooking, euchre, coaching, watching sports and loved spending time with his family, especially his “buggies”. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Tim is survived by his wife, Mary “Janie” McComb; children, Jessica (Rocky) Gilbert, Courtney (Mario) Zamora, Nicholas (Caitlin) McComb and Ashley (Thomas McQueen) McComb; grandchildren, Braylyn, Jackson, Ellie, Grant, Brady, Mason and Baby Girl Zamora; brother, Tony (Pam) McComb and many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by brothers, Larry and Robert “Bobby” McComb; and father-in-law, Leon Streit.

Richard Gabera

GABERA, Richard “Pops” Frank – of Davison, MI, age 78, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 12 PM Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Bob McGraw celebrant. Cremation will take place following the Mass. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Tuesday, April 6, 2021 and 11 AM- 12 PM Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in Richard’s memory.

Richard was born in Flint, MI on March 9, 1943, son of the late Frank and Thelma Gabera. In 1958, Richard was the golf caddy for Julius Boros during the first Buick Open at Warwick Hills. He was a graduate of Grand Blanc High School Class of 1961. After graduation, Richard attended Kendall School of Art and Design. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963 stationed at Fort Knox. Richard was a member of St. Robert Catholic Church and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was a life-long union member of I.B.E.W., U.A.W. and U.F.C.W., retiring in 2005 after 42 years of service. After retirement, you could always find Pops on the golf course, at the local fishing hole or hiking through the woods. He was a gifted artist and also had a green belt in Karate. Pops was most well-known for his humor and his smile. He was everyone’s best friend and was well loved throughout the community.

Pops is survived by 2 children, Richard Gabera, Jr. and Cassandra Gabera; 2 grandchildren, Jozlen Gabera and Max Gabera; sister, Thelma Elaine Gabera; best friend, Roy Graham; special cat, Luka; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Thelma Gabera; 2 brothers, James Gabera and Donald Gabera; sister, Elizabeth “Sis” Crowley and special nephew, Raymond Gabera.

James Greiner

GREINER, James S. – of Davison, age 88, passed away on March 28, 2021 at his residence. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated, followed by Military Honors, 12 noon Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison; Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski celebrant. Cremation will follow the Mass. Visitation will be at church on Monday from 4-7 PM, April 5, 2021. There will be one hour visitation prior to the mass on Tuesday. A Rosary will be prayed at 6 PM Monday at the church. A private inurnment will take place at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Jim was born in Hart, MI on April 16, 1932, son of the late Severin and Helen Greiner. He graduated from Hart High School. Jim was an Air Force B26 Combat Aerial Gunner in Korea. Once home, he was hired at Buick Motor Division, completing his electrical apprenticeship and college degree, before retiring after 35 years. Jim married Marianne Medore on May 4, 1957 in Davison, MI. Life for him was an adventure. He loved his children and his work. Jim was a Cub Master of Pack #355, member of the Davison School Board, Davison Township planning board, VFW and Treasurer of St. John’s Men’s Club. His lifetime travels took him to 26 different countries. Things special were his family, camping, golfing, NASCAR, KOOKS, hunting and athlete club activities.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marianne; three children, Edward of Davison, William (Lisa) of Flushing and Kathryn (Keith) Payne of Davison; sister, Carol (Jim); brother, Robert (Marilyn); grandchildren, Brandon G. (Scott), Justin G. and Jamie Payne; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan; brothers, Donald and John Greiner.

Margaret Powers

POWERS, Margaret (Maggie) Helen – Age 46 of Burton, MI peacefully passed at home surrounded by her family on March 28, 2021 following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Maggie was born November 15,1974 in Flint, Michigan. Maggie married Jack Matthew Powers on August 21,1999 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Flint, MI.

Maggie graduated from Carman-Ainsworth High School and attended Mott Community College. She worked as a Senior Claims Adjuster for over 25 years, both with State Farm Insurance and Citizens Hanover Insurance. Maggie was a selfless person who was adored and loved by everyone who came into contact with her. She was extremely hard working and dedicated. Her positive attitude and personality was infectious. Maggie loved spending time with her family, playing games, bible study, shopping, and girl’s night with her cousins and aunts.

Maggie is survived by her husband, Jack; sons, Jack Harley Powers and Joseph Wesley Powers; mother, Catherine (Michael) West of Zephyr Hills, FL; brother, George Kheno (Shannon) of Swartz Creek; father and mother-in-law, Harley and Patricia Powers of Grand Blanc; sister-in-laws, Michelle (Kenneth) Merrow of Goodrich and Sherry (Dwight) Kemp of Winchester, VA; nieces, Alissa Kheno, Hannah and Sarah Merrow, and Paige and Patricia Kemp; nephews, Grant and Garrett Kheno, Christian Merrow, Parker and Preston Kemp; special Aunt Sandra Johnson of Midland; numerous cousins and friends, including special cousins Wendy and Sherri.

Maggie was preceded in death by her father George David Kheno; grandparents Joseph and Helen Kheno, Wesley Johnson and Margaret Dougherty; several aunts and uncles.

A funeral mass to celebrate Maggie’s life will be held 11:00 AM Thursday April 1, 2021 at St. John Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI. Interment to follow at Flint Memorial Park, Mount Morris. The family will welcome visitors on Wednesday March 31, 2021, from 2:00 – 8:00 PM at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek, Michigan, and 10:00 AM Thursday, until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations be made to establish a fund for the continued education for her children, Jack and Joseph. Tributes may be shared at sharpfuneralhomes.com

Nicole Lee Palmer

PALMER, Nicole “Nicky” Lee – of Davison, MI, age 50, passed away Monday, March 22, 2021. A Private Funeral Liturgy will be held at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Interment in St. John Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Nicole’s memory.

Nicole was born in Flint, MI on September 15, 1970, daughter of the late Suzanne (Allen) Kolch and David Palmer. She enjoyed attending the Flint City Derby Girls competitions with her Aunt Tammy, spending time with her dog, Allie and traveling with her mother, Suzanne. Nicky also loved country music frequently attending concerts.

Nicole is survived by her step-father, Gerald Kolch; father, David Palmer; many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Suzanne Kolch.

Maxine Smrekar

Frances Maxine Smrekar of Davison went home to be with the Lord on March 20, 2021 at age 89. She was born April 4, 1931 in Cadillac, Michigan to Thomas and Frances (Kobe) Holzman. She was named after her mother but went by Maxine. She had many fond childhood memories living on the farm in Cadillac. She enjoyed riding horses, roller skating and square dancing. She graduated from  Cadillac High School with the class of 1951. As a teenager she worked a counter at the H.L. Green store and later worked the switchboard at Mercy Hospital. She married Bernard Smrekar on July 9, 1960 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Cadillac. A resident of Davison since 1962, she was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where she was a greeter at the 8 A.M. mass. Maxine was a homemaker and as a babysitter she cared for many children over the years. In her adult years she traveled to many places she never thought she would see including the Holy Land and Alaska with her family. In her later years she made friends at Taeckens Terrace where she enjoyed playing WII Bowling, bingo, and card games.

Maxine is survived by her two children, Teresa (Ted) Ricksgers of Lapeer, and Tom (Gail) Smrekar of Davison; three grandchildren, Jacob (Jaymie) Ricksgers of Weidman, Sarah Ricksgers of Lapeer, and Adam Smrekar of Lansing; sister Eleanor Bartholomew of Cadillac, sister-in-law Barbara Holzman of Alpena and Marie Jo Scott of Niles; special friends Jim and JoAnn Morey of Davison; and many nieces, nephews, and good friends. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Frances Holzman; husband of 23 years Bernard Smrekar; brother Thomas Holzman; and brothers and sister-in-laws William Bartholomew, Dorothy and Dick Greig, Bob Scott, and Paul and Vivian Solomon.

Maxine’s family would like to thank the Villages of Lapeer and Heart to Heart Hospice for all of the care she received.

Maxine was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many and will be greatly missed. In her favorite parting farewell, hasta la vista!

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 12:30 pm Thursday March 25, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St., Davison. Fr. Denis Spitzley officiating: with burial to follow at St. John Catholic Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 1-5 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. Maxine will lie in state from 11:30 am Thursday until time of services at the church. Those desiring may make contributions in her memory to the Church Memorial Fund. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

Raymond Andrew Lewis

Lewis, Raymond Andrew – of Davison, age 86, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at his residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 noon Friday, March 26, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski celebrant. Private Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 am Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to charity of one’s choice.

Raymond was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 26, 1934 to Mary Bochenek Lewis and Oscar Samuel Lewis. He married Beverly Frances Sergent on August 10, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan.  Raymond was a mechanical engineer and later in life an engineering consultant.  Ray and Bev enjoyed traveling and spending time with each other and loved ones.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 63 years, Beverly; four children Deborah (James) Boyne, Julia (Paul) Will, Raymond Lewis, Jeffrey (Theresa) Lewis, 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jack Somers

Jack C. Somers of Davison, age 72, died Sunday March 7, 2021 at Willowbrook Manor. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Monday March 15, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 404 Dayton St. Davison, Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski, Celebrant, burial in Great Lakes National Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 1 – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Somers will lie in state at the church from 11:00 am Monday until time of service. CDC Guidelines will be followed during the visitation and funeral services. Those desiring may make contributions in Jack’s memory to the Davison-Richfield Fire Association.

Jack was born in Flint Michigan on March 28, 1948 the son of the late Gordon E. & Margaret E. (Nemeskal) Somers, and has resided in the Davison area since 1971.He was joined in marriage to Connie Newcombe on January 25, 1975 in Davison. Answering the call of his Country Jack proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a 1967 Graduate of Flint Northwestern High School, and member of Davison IOOF Lodge. Jack proudly served his community for over twenty-three years with the Davison-Richfield Fire Department and was Fire Chief from 1994 until 1999. Jack also was the EMS Manger for Raysin Funeral Home and Ambulance during the early 1970’s. His ability to serve those around him also was recognized in the funeral industry where he was employed by Brown Funeral Home, Raysin Funeral Home, Allen Funeral Home and Hansen Funeral Home during his life. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and had been employed by General Motors Chevrolet Division for over thirty years until his retirement.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of forty-six years Connie, his children; Todd and wife Kristina, and Corey and wife Helena Somers. He also leaves his loving grandchildren; Abbey, Blake, Kelsey, Keagen, Piper, Lilly, brother Gary and wife Jane Somers and a host of extended family. He is preceded in death by nephew Steven Somers. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

Leslie “Butch” Newton

Leslie (Les) Duane “Butch” Newton of Columbiaville, age 76, died peacefully with family on Monday March 1, 2021 at his residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Saturday March 6, 2021 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 6340 Roberta St. Burton. Fr. Denis Spitzley, Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 1 – 6 pm Friday at the funeral home. Due to CDC Guidelines of social distancing, limited amounts of gathering at one time and masks will be followed. The family understands those who may or may not want to join them at this time and respects their decisions. Mr. Newton will lie in state at the church from 10:00 am Saturday until time of services. Those desiring may make contributions in Butch’s memory to the charity of your choice.

Butch was born in Chesaning, Michigan on March 28, 1944 the son of the late: Ivan & Rebecca (Fletcher) Newton and has resided in the Columbiaville area for the last forty-nine years. He was joined in marriage to Eleanor Rose Wizynajtys on September 13, 1969 and she preceded him in death on June 1, 2020. He and his wife enjoyed dancing  and were members of the Square Stomper Dance Group. He enjoyed the outdoors where he loved to garden and maintain his lawn, and was an avid hunter also. He played several string instruments and especially loved the guitar. Les loved spending time with family and their numerous trips and time up North. Answering the call of his country he proudly served in the National Guard. Les was employed by the Pepsi Company for over forty years until his retirement.

He leaves to cherish his memory his children; Marie Emert, and Randy (Chris) Newton. He also leaves his loving grandchildren; Dagan, Kanen, Stephanie, and great grandson Lane. Also his siblings Michael (Diana) Newton, Arliss (Dan)Liddell, Beverly (Roger) Towne, sister-in-law Barbara Newton, brother-in-law David Flesher, and a host of extended family and friends. Les was preceded in death by brother Victor Newton, and sister Elaine Flesher. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

Bonnie Lee Stanley

STANLEY, Bonnie Lee – of New Lothrup, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at home.

Bonnie Lee Blindauer was the fourteenth child of John James and Helen Blindauer. She grew up on the Blindauer Farm in Mitchell, South Dakota, and moved to Michigan after marrying Gregory Stanley and had three daughters. Bonnie was a strong, stubborn woman, and also had the kindest and most loving heart – a great role model for her family. Everyone around her (friends, family, neighbors, friends of her grandchildren, strangers) felt and benefited from that kindness and love every day.

Bonnie loved spending time with friends, family, and especially her seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She instilled the importance of family in her children and grandchildren, and you could always find her playing games or doing puzzles with them. Bonnie loved to cook and bake and found joy in sending baked care packages to all of them. She also loved her football. On Saturdays, you could always hear her cheering for her beloved MSU Spartans, and on Sundays, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The grandkids would often call her during game time and razz her to keep it down.

Bonnie is survived by her children, Pam (Steve) Kehn, Trisha (Phil) Williamson, and Kellie (Mike) Stites; her grandchildren, Jessica Kinzel, Megan Bates, Katie Stites, Nathan Bates, Rachel Stites, Philip Stites, Mitchell Kehn, and Nolan Kehn; her great grandchildren, Jasmine, Gabriel Bates and Jackson Magyar;  siblings, four sisters and three brothers. She was preceded in death by six siblings. We also want to recognize her Ohio family. Thank you Byorth’s, for making our mom a part of your family. Please know she loved you all very much.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N Dayton Street, Davison MI at 12 PM Saturday, March 6, 2021; Rev. Fr. John Machiorlatti celebrant. The family will receive visitors from 10 AM – 12 PM prior to the mass at church.

Marceil D. Beaver

Marceil D. Beaver of Flint, age 68, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at her residence. Visitation will be held from 9:30am – 11:00am on February 25, 2021 at Brown Funeral Home – 1480 E. Hill Road, Grand Blanc, Michigan. A private family funeral service will be held with interment following at Flint Memorial Park, Mt. Morris, Michigan. Marceil was born on September 27, 1952 in Flint, Michigan to the late Bernard and Maxine (Hobson) Weigandt. Marceil married Daniel Beaver on January 22, 1977 and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving to cherish her memory are husband of 44 years, Daniel; children, Jennifer (Brian) Dawson and Danielle (Joe) Gallagher; treasured grandchildren: Abigail Dawson, Luke Dawson, Jackson Gallagher, Colton Gallagher; brothers: Robert (Gloria) Dobbs and Chris Weigandt; sisters, Karen Frick and Lisa (Timothy) Sinnott; brothers-in-law, Dave (Donna) Beaver and Dennis (Julie) Beaver; sister-in-law, Donna (Al) Kurmas; uncle, Charles (Peggy) Hobson; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. In compliance with the state and local mandates, we kindly ask all visitors to please practice social distancing, wear a facial covering, and follow gathering limitations while visiting the funeral home.

Gary Brownrigg

BROWNRIGG, Gary – of Davison, MI., age 65, passed away on Feb. 23, 2021 at McLaren – Flint Select Specialty Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A private Memorial Service will be held at Allen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Gary was born in Flint, Mich. on Dec. 3, 1955, son of the late Gerald and Norma (Flees) Brownrigg. He married Martha Bobbitt on Oct. 15, 1976 in Davison.

Gary is survived by his wife, Martha; children, Heather (Keith), Christopher, Karianne, Jeffrey; grandchildren, Zachary, Garrett, Arionna, Makenzie, Gavin, Alayna, August, Liam; great granddaughter, Oakleigh; siblings, Judie, Sheryl (Chuck), Theresa (Dave), Mark (Anne), Mary (Al); and sister-in-law, Shelly; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce.

Donald Jeffrey Voeks

Donald Jeffrey Voeks of Davison age 74, died Saturday February 20, 2021 at his residence. Private family graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon Friday February 26, 2021 at South Grand Blanc Cemetery (AKA: Halsey Cemetery), with Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating. Those desiring may make contributions in Donald’s memory to Arc, (thearc.org)

Donald was born in Goodrich Michigan on February 15, 1947 the son of the late: Donald & Coral (DuPraw) Voeks and had lived most of his life in the Davison and Lapeer area. Don loved music and watching musicals on the TV. He spent many hours coloring a hobby he truly enjoyed.  He loved children and family and they were an important part of his life. He will be truly missed by those who knew him and loved him.

Surviving are siblings: Kurt (Dale) Voeks, Keith (Mary Kay) Voeks,Ken (Helen) Voeks, Kris (Julie) Voeks, Kalvin (Barb) Voeks, Joyce Porritt, Diana (Bill) Scott, Dee & Tom Elliott, and sister-in-law Joy Voeks. He also leaves nineteen nieces and nephews, and numerous great and great great nieces, nephews and extended family. He is preceded in death by brother Kim Voeks and nephew Steve Tracey. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

Lauriejane “Laurie” Clare Smith

Lauriejane “Laurie” Clare Smith, 64, of Otisville, formerly of Davison, died unexpectedly on Monday, February 22, 2021, at her residence.

The daughter of Donald and Albertine (Saumier) Smith, Laurie was born in Flint on September 28, 1956, and lived in Davison for the majority of her life. She graduated from Davison High School in 1974 and the criminal justice program at Mott Community College in 1976. She began her career in law enforcement as a park ranger for Genesee County Parks before joining the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy and paramedic in 1983. After she retired in 2003, she worked as an EMT for several ambulance services in Genesee County.

It was during her career in public service that she met Patricia (Lawrence) Smith, a fellow EMT with whom she shared many happy years and married on October 13, 2015. The two enjoyed the Detroit Tigers, golf, casino trips, and spending time in northern Michigan.

Laurie was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She selflessly cared for her mother until her death in 2014. She had a generous spirit, a wicked sense of humor, and an infectious laugh that will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her brothers, Daryle and Jack (Barb) Smith; nieces and nephews, John (Mindy) Smith, Joel (Lana) Smith, Daren (Patti) Smith, Dolen Smith, Darci (Michael) Swisher, and Andrea (Patrick) Cahill; great-nieces and nephews; special cousins, including Gail Jackson and Betty Simonye; Patricia’s children and grandchildren; and countless friends, many of whom were like family, such as Bradley “Howdy” Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her wife and parents; sister-in-law, Barbara Smith; and nephew, Jeffery Smith.

In honor of her wishes, cremation has taken place and no public services will be held. A private burial will be held at St. John Catholic Cemetery on the family plot. Those desiring to make contributions in her memory may choose the charity of their choice.

Gary Keith Soper

SOPER, Gary Keith – of Fostoria, MI, age 83, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2021. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Thursday, February 25, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Entombment in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM-12 PM Thursday, February 25, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611, in Gary’s memory.

Gary was born in Flint, MI on January 4, 1938, son of the late Keith and Dorothy (Forth) Soper. Gary married the love of his life, Diane Osmon, on October 3, 1959, in Flint, MI. He proudly served his country in the U.S. National Guard. Gary worked as a Claims Director for Ryder until he retired at the age of 55. After he retired, Gary found a great passion working as Santa Claus for Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland for 21 years during the holiday season. Gary enjoyed spreading Christmas cheer to the thousands of visitors who came to see Santa Claus each year. Outside of his working life, Gary enjoyed spending time at his cottage during the summer season, collecting antiques and researching his family ancestry. He was also a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Gary is survived by his wife of 61 years, Diane Soper; son, Eric (Teresa) Soper of Mayville, MI; daughter, Dawn (Michael) Currie of Millington, MI; 2 grandsons, Justin Soper of Mayville, MI and Kyle (Samantha) Currie of Saginaw, MI; nephew, Matthew Soper of Davison, MI; many other loving family members and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Dorothy Soper; 2 brothers, Kurt Soper and James Soper and nephew, Michael Soper.

Richard Arnold O’Dell

Richard Arnold O’Dell of Davison, formerly of Ortonville, age 89, died Wednesday February 17, 2021 at McLaren-Lapeer Regional. Private family Funeral Liturgy will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday February 23, 2021 at Hansen Funeral Home Groves Chapel, Downtown Davison. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski officiating, burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery. Family will receive visitors from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm Monday at the funeral home. Due to CDC Guidelines social distancing, small groups at one time, and facial masks are required. The family would like you to join them, but you may or may not at this time and they respect your decision.

Richard was born in Ferndale Michigan on June 13, 1931 the son of the late Amenzo and Florence (Zern) O’Dell and had resided in the Davison the last twelve years, spending most of his life in the Ortonville area. Richard enjoyed attending his grandchildren sporting events. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt, and camp. He truly loved his truck, and his dogs. Richard appreciated birds, especially pheasants, pigeons, and even raised doves. Richard was the owner and operator of O’Dell Painting & Decorating for over fifty-five years.

Surviving are children: Richard and wife Robin O’Dell Jr. Jonathon O’Dell, Lorna and husband Kelly Taylor, and Lizabeth Grenfell. He also leaves grandchildren: Chad, Kristi, Ricky, Shannon, JJ, and twelve great grandchildren, sister Geraldine Horne and a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by son-in-law John Grenfell, brothers; Clarence O’Dell, Clayton O’Dell, Gordon O’Dell, and sister Leila Carter. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

Mary Lou Krish

Mary Lou Krish of Davison, age 86, died Tuesday February 16, 2021 at her residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Saturday February 20, 2021, which would have been her 67th wedding anniversary, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 6340 Roberta Dr. Burton. Fr. John Machiorlatti, Celebrant. Burial will follow at Meadowview Cemetery. Due to CDC Guidelines social distancing and mask will be enforced. Mary was a supporter of many charitable causes, so as a special memory to her; contributions are being made to American Cancer Society or Smile Train.org

Mary was born in Flint Michigan on December 5, 1934, the daughter of the late Max & Agnes (Murray) Burnash and has resided in the Davison area since 1960. She was joined in marriage to Robert L. Krish on February 20, 1954 and he preceded her in death on January 23.1992. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and served the church in many ways, her most important ministry was the serving of communion to the homebound. Mary loved adventure and travel having been to Italy, Hawaii, Mexico, and her latest trip to Thailand with the riding of the elephants. She also enjoyed her family fishing trips, trips to the Casinos, and a friendly game of poker where she took everyone’s money.  She was a member of UAW Local 581 and had been employed by General Motors, Fisher Body Division until her retirement in 1990.

She leaves to cherish her memory children: Robin and husband Kirk Gutzeit, Mickie and wife Beth Krish, Kenneth (Vicki Stevens) Krish, and Marie and husband Buzz Suuppi.  Also she leaves her loving nine grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Her siblings Michael Burnash, Ida Forsberg, brother-in-law Terry Timmons, special close friends Teri, and Carol, and a host of extended family and friends.  She is preceded in death by: daughter-in-law Leah Krish, siblings: Max Burnash Jr., Charles Burnash, Shirley Stanton, and Catherine Timmons. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

John Christopher Bartosz

BARTOSZ, John Christopher – of Manistee, Michigan, formerly of Flint, age 65, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 due to complications from Covid.  Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

John was born January 30, 1956, the son of the late Walter and LaVerne (Gilbert) Bartosz.  He graduated from Flint Holy Rosary High School in 1974.  He retired from Consumers Energy in July 2019 after 40 years of service. John married Laura (Borges) on June 2, 1979 and together they had 2 sons, Paul and Mark.  He later married Chris (Olen) on July 27, 2019. John loved spending time fishing and hunting in the U.P. with his nephew, Matt.  John enjoyed golf and especially loved spending time with his family.  He worshipped his two grandsons and travelled frequently to Iowa to spend time with them.  He was active at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Manistee and volunteered for many years at the Elks lodge even serving as Exalted Ruler for several years, and more recently joined the Moose lodge.  John was also a very active volunteer for many years at Manistee Catholic Central School which his boys attended.  He worked tirelessly with the athletic association as well as on their annual Harvest Autumn Fling fundraiser. He was a sensitive, loving, caring person to all who met him.  John will be remembered for his great memory.  He could recall moments from his childhood that the rest of us had forgotten.  He was always reading the obituaries from multiple sources and kept us all informed of acquaintances that had passed.

John is survived by his wife, Chris; sons, Paul and wife Angel Bartosz, and Mark Bartosz and girlfriend Krista Chipman as well as grandsons, Nicklas and Joseph; stepchildren, Amber England (Olen), Amanda Olen, John Olen and Melissa Schester. He is also survived by siblings, Therese and Jim Klipa, Martha and Dave Ploof, Bill and Vicki Bartosz, Peggy Scobie, Andrea and Lenny Sly, and Tony and Maureeen Bartosz.  In addition, he leaves behind nieces, Jennifer Bader, Beth Sanborn and Kayla Bartosz, and nephews, Matt, Brian, Jim and Joe Sly, and Dale Bartosz along with special uncle, Bob Gilbert; numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and LaVerne Bartosz, brother, Alan Bartosz and brother-in-law Bill Scobie.

Robert Lee Koop

KOOP, Robert Lee; of Davison formerly of Bellaire & Clarkston; passed away February 14, 2021; age 77; husband of Bobbie for 56 years; father of Brian Koop and Wendi (Bob) Halabicky; grandpa of Nicholas Halabicky, Caileigh (Nicholas) Fitzgerald, Graceyn Halabicky, Morgan Koop & Hunter Koop; great grandpa of Isla; brother of Gary Koop; preceded in death by his parents Dorothy & Winfield Koop. Bob retired as a transportation specialist and enjoyed boating, fishing, camping and hunting. He will be remembered for having a great sense of humor. Due to the governmental restrictions, private services will be held at Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Interment Lakeview Cemetery. Please leave a memory or condolence on Bob’s online guestbook below.

Rosetta Carbone

CARBONE, Rosetta – Of Grand Blanc, age 88, died Monday, February 8, 2021 at McLaren-Flint.

Private family only funeral service will be held.

Entombment at Flint Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pontificio Santuario, an orphanage in Naples, Italy – Rosetta’s favorite charity – a link to its website is below. The link will take you to the home page, then click on the “SWITCTH TO DESKTOP” bar at the bottom of the home page and the “information page” will then open. Since it is in Italian, you can hit the “translate” button on your screen, or swipe to translate on your smartphone. The donate field, titled “DONAZIONE” (yellow button with blue text) will be on the upper right side of that page. Clicking on that button will take you to PayPal and then you can follow those instructions.

Alternatively, you can make a donation to your favorite food bank.

Rosetta was born in Piane Crati, Calabria region of Italy on February 1, 1933, the daughter of the late Alfonso and Norina Mazzuca.

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church for many years.

Rosetta owned and operated Luigi’s Pizza and RC Sports in Flint, Michigan.

Surviving are children, Carmine Carbone and RoseAnna (Ivo) Tesija;

3 grandchildren, Anthony, Michael and Nicholas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luigi, in 2014.

The family will have a celebration of her life after the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Harold L. Ecker

ECKER, Harold L. – of Flint, MI, age 86, passed away Friday, February 5, 2021. A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment in St. John Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or a charity of one’s choice, in Harold’s memory.

Harold was born in Flint, MI on December 17, 1934, son of the late John and Marjorie Ecker. He married Marie Kusky on July 17, 1954. Harold retired from AC Rochester, Divisional Plant Engineering in 1991 after 38 years of service. He was an early member of Holy Rosary Parish and recently of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Harold was a volunteer firefighter for the Genesee Township II Fire Department from January 1965 until retiring in September 2010 attaining Battalion Chief. Harold was also a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of Davison’s Bishop Albers Council 4090 and the Ardon F. Dubie Fourth Degree Assembly 0523, Past Grand Knight and Financial Secretary, one of the original members of this council. He enjoyed active support of junior/senior athletics for the Holy Rosary Wolverines, driving various team’s buses, and basketball scorekeeper. He was an avid fan of Michigan professional sports teams as well as Notre Dame and Michigan football. Harold especially loved time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Vacation travel and dining out were also favored activities.

Harold is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marie; 5 children, Mark (Susan) Ecker, Lynda (Mark Clark) Ecker, Matthew Ecker, Valerie (Mark) Kelley and Harold Ecker; 6 grandchildren, Sarah, Mark and Amanda Ecker, Autumn Bell, Ann Cannon and Sean Kelley; 5 great-grandchildren, Molly, Talea, Colin, Camryn and Brynn; one great-great-grandchild, Phoenix and sister, Joyce Richardson. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marjorie Ecker; brother, Richard Ecker and sister, Karen Ecker.

John Arthur Charron

CHARRON, John Arthur – of Lapeer, MI, age 62, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30 AM Saturday, February 13, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Leroy White and Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski concelebrating. A Rosary will be prayed 5:30 PM Friday, February 12, 2021 followed by a Memorial Service conducted under the auspices of the Davison Knights of Columbus Bishop Albers Council 4090 and the Ardon F. Dubie Fourth Degree Assembly 0523. The family will receive visitors 6:30-8 PM February 12, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer Region, in John’s memory.

John was born in Flint, MI on October 15, 1958, son of Don and Theresa (White) Charron. He married Renee Charron on May 3, 1980. John retired from owning a business doing Home Inspections after 20 plus years of service. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. John was also a Third and Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of Davison’s Bishop Albers Council 4090 and the Ardon F. Dubie Fourth Degree Assembly 0523. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, dancing and spending time with his grandchildren. John looked forward to family gatherings, being by the water and making people smile as an active member in our community. His positive outlook on life will forever be instilled in everyone he met.

John is survived by his wife, Renee Charron; 2 children, Dan Charron and Chelsea (Brent) Korzecki; 2 grandchildren, Macie and Karston Korzecki; his parents, Don and Theresa Charron; many other loving family members and friends.

Joanne Puro

PURO, Joanne – of Burton, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Ascension Genesys Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 2 PM, Friday, February 5, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 404 N. Dayton Street, Davison, 48423. Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski, celebrant. A live-stream of the Mass can be viewed at facebook.com/stjohndavison/org. Burial of cremated remains will take place at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Family will receive visitors from 12 Noon until the time of the Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be considered to the St. John Music Ministry.

Joanne Marie McDermaid, was born in Flint, Michigan on August 2, 1933, to Roy and Agnes McDermaid (O’Neill). Joanne was the oldest of three daughters. During her childhood, she spent many summers on the O’Neill Family Farm in Downeyville, Ontario. Joanne attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School before graduating from St. Michael’s Catholic High School in 1951. Joanne graduated from Our Lady of Grace Mercy Nursing School in 1954 and started her career as a homecare nurse. Starting in the mid-60’s, she worked in a variety of positions at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Flint, before retiring, from her final position, as a surgical prep nurse for heart surgeries, in 1997. She considered her final position to be the most difficult yet rewarding position of her career. Joanne married Donald J. Puro on January 31, 1959 in Flint, MI. Together they raised six sons while living in Mt. Morris and Burton. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband Donald in May 1998, sister Patricia Landskroener (McDermaid) in May 2006, brother-in-law Thomas Landskroener in March 2001, brother-in-law Paul S. Puro in August 2008, and Daughter-in-law Janelle Puro (Vondrasek) in July 2013. Spirituality and family were always at the forefront of Joanne’s life. Joanne was a parishioner at Flint Holy Rosary and St. John’s in Davison. She also served as an organist for the church and choir. Joanne had a passion for classical music and was a regular attendee at concerts by the Flint Symphony Orchestra and Flint Festival Chorus of which Donald and son Michael were members. Joanne was well known for her sharp mind and listening skills. She was an avid bridge player and an enthusiastic, if not vindictive, Euchre player. Most of all, Joanne enjoyed spending time with her family, extended family in Canada, and close friends. Her warmth, love, and support will never be forgotten.

Joanne is survived by her sons Michael Puro, Paul (Carrie) Puro, James Puro and Barbara Keston, Daniel (Anne) Puro, John Puro and Shelly Dumler, Thomas (Marisa) Puro, Sister Fran Read (McDermaid) and husband Ron of Westland, MI. Joanne also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and numerous cousins, Nieces and Nephews in both the United States and Canada.  The family would also like to extend a special thank you to the nursing staff at Ascension Genesys, 2 South Acute Telemetry.  The care and compassion they provided Joanne, in her final days was greatly appreciated.

Rita Elizabeth Zochowski (Wickenheiser)

ZOCHOWSKI, Rita Elizabeth (Wickenheiser) – of Burton, MI, age 87, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 after a full life. Due to COVID restrictions, a Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, MI; Fr. David F. Howell celebrant. Rita will be laid to rest next to her husband, Jerome, in St. John Catholic Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be held on a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Living Joy of Flushing, 1525 E. Pierson Rd., Flushing, MI 48433 or the Hospice Center of your choice.

Rita began her life in Carleton, Michigan, the 9th and youngest child of August J. and Lena (Rivard) Wickenheiser. She was filled with life! Rita married Jerome H. Zochowski on August 1, 1953. When relocated to Flint, Michigan, Rita stayed connected to her family of origin by making regular road trips with her own 9 children, singing songs, praying the rosary, and playing games along the way. These trips created a lifelong bond between siblings and cousins. Rita was a special aunt to her many nieces and nephews and loved them as her own.

She was a woman of many interests. Rita loved nature and enjoyed gardening, birdwatching, playing cards and dominos and solving puzzles of all sorts. She had the amazing skill of identifying all things, from constellations to cacti, impressing both her children and grandchildren. Yet, she had a mischievous sense of humor, with funny family initiations to unexpected practical jokes, and jokes for friends, like trick-or-treating at the convent, dressed as a bum (without her kids)!

Rita was happiest when caring for other people. After raising her children, Rita found great joy and lifelong friendships through volunteering for the Women’s Auxiliary at St. Joseph Hospital and working as the Office Manager for H&R Block Executive Tax Service. The Catholic Faith guided Rita throughout her life. Her motto was “the family that prays together stays together”, and the connectedness of our extended family has proven that to be true.

Rita is survived by 8 children, Rochelle (Steven) House, Stanley (Linda) Zochowski, Helen (Cal) Leeke, Anthony Zochowski, Teresa Zochowski, Mary (Tom) Hudson, Stephen (Georgy) Zochowski and Susan (Ron) Colby; many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Lena Wickenheiser; her siblings; her loving husband, Jerome Zochowski and her daughter, Laura Rose Sanders.

Michael Marvin Spitzley

Life’s #1 Fan was reunited back home with his parents Leon and Mary (Schmitt) Spitzley on January 19, 2021.

Michael was born October 10, 1958, with the gift of being incapable of making a bad decision (with the possible exception of sneaking treats when out of Mom’s view). The rest of us are handicapped with poor choices, but he loved us all regardless.

Whether he was dancing, listening to music, cheering at sporting events, and of course making popcorn for all or anything else that struck his fancy, he was ALL in!

He loved his Mother above all, and if there was one person he respected and wanted to please, it was her. Rest assured, Michael, you never disappointed. Welcome home!

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Mary and brothers-in-law, Leon “Buddy” Pung and Eugene Gross. He is survived by his brothers and sisters: John, Mary Lee (Mark) Schafer, Marvin (Jeanette), Dorothy Pung, Ron (Teresa), Fr Denis, Geri Gross, Stella (Vern) Pung, Delbert (Sue), Francis (Linda), Br Bernie SVD, Mark (Sheryl), Rita (Mike) Owen, Luke (Shelly); MANY nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and his special bowling buddy, Markie Nurenberg.

On behalf of the entire Spitzley family, we want to thank all the caregivers that Michael had through this final journey. It started with Rainbow Homes, then Medilodge of Lansing and finally Carlisle Home and Sparrow Hospital and Hospice. All of you were Michael’s heroes, and for that we are truly grateful.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Michigan Special Olympics 160 68th St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548 or Rainbow Homes, 2111 Adelpha Ave., Apt. B, Holt, MI 48842

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Michael’s brother, Fr. Denis R. Spitzley and Fr. Eric Weber at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 25, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westphalia. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia St., Westphalia. The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the St. Mary’s Parish Facebook page. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.

*Masks must be worn by those attending the visitation and the funeral mass. It is also requested that social distancing guidelines are followed.

Erma Marie Esaak

Erma Marie Esaak of Burton formerly of Davison age 93 died Saturday January 16, 2021 at her residence. Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place. No public services are being held. Private inurnment will be held at St. John Cemetery at a later date.

Erma was born in Cape Girardeau Missouri on June 29, 1927 the daughter of the late Herman & Desda (Jones) Yates and has resided in the Davison area most of her life. She was a member of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Davison and had been employed by General Motor AC Spark Plug Division retiring in 1980.

Surviving are sons: David Hillier, Paul Esaak, granddaughter Shannon Hiller and many extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by grandson Jeffery Hillier in June 1980. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

Thomas James Peel

Thomas James Peel of Davison Township passed away on December 24th, 2020. Tom was born on October 22nd, 1949 in Flint, Michigan to Cornelius Joseph Peel and Helen Agnes (Carol) Peel. Tom was an independent truck driver for many years. He moved to Texas in the early 80’s and met the love of his life, Donna. They were married July 4th, 1986. They moved back to Flint, Michigan in 1990 where Tom worked as a truck driver for Martin Leasing until his retirement. Tom had a love for guns and playing cards including hearts, spades, cribbage and especially Texas Hold’em. But his deepest love was for his family. Tom is survived by his sisters Chris (Peel) McDonald of Davison, Marilyn (Peel) and Mark Sutton of Flint, his stepsons and their wives Stephen Turk and Corinne (Schmidt) Turk of Lapeer and Brian and Laura (Moss) Turk of New Boston and grandchildren Morgan, Mason, Colton, Garrett, Avery and Aubrey Turk and many nephews, nieces and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his wife Donna, mother and father Neil and Helen, brother Jerry, sister Pat (Peel) Cashin and brother-in-law John Cashin. Funeral services for Tom will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison on Wednesday, January 20th at 12:00 PM with limited capacity at 25%.

Anne Helen Lesniak

Anne Helen Lesniak, 89, of Bay City, formerly of Flushing, was born into eternal life on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Bay City. Anne was born in Flint on March 30, 1931, the daughter of the late Walenty and Waleria (Krempa) Lesniak. She was a graduate of All Saints High School in 1949 and went on to work in the purchasing department for the City of Flint, retiring in 1977. She was a lifetime member of All Saints Catholic Church in Flint, where she taught religious education classes and was an active member of the Rosary Society, choir, and the Blue Army of Fatima. She also enjoyed volunteering for the North End Soup Kitchen.

Anne leaves her sister-in-law, Lucille Lesniak of Redford; 12 nieces and nephews, 28 great-nieces and nephews, and six great-great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Rev. Fr. Marian Lesniak, Mence Lesniak, and John Lesniak; sisters, Casimira Yehle, Cecilia Lesniak, and Genevieve Lesniak, and her brother-in-law, William Yehle.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski and Anne’s nephew, Fr. David Lesniak will concelebrate with the Rite of Committal to be held privately in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Flint. Visitation will be held on Thursday at church from 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM. Memorial contributions may be directed to North End Soup Kitchen or Catholic Charities of Flint. Final arrangements are in the care of Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., Essexville, MI 48732. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.

Kathleen Hultquist

HULTQUIST, Kathleen – of Burton, age 97, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at McLaren-Flint. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30AM Monday, January 11, 2021 at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton St., Davison, MI 48423. Rev. Fr. Andrew Czajkowski celebrant. Interment at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Family will receive visitors one hour prior to the Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be considered to McLaren Hospice, Davison.

Kathleen was born in Syracuse, New York on October 27, 1923, daughter of the late John F. and Elizabeth (Cogswell) Kuss. She married Walter Hultquist on July 20, 1946 and he preceded her in death on April 14, 1999. Kathleen volunteered for the American Red Cross, McLaren Hospice in Davison and St. Mary Catholic Elementary School. She enjoyed reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles. However, the love of her life was her family.

Kathleen is survived by her children, Nancy (Darwin) Mondeau, John (Ginny) Hultquist and Mary Colvin; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jeanette Blankenship; The family would like to give a special “thank you” to Margaret Brown for the wonderful care she provided.

Robert George Boggs

Robert George Boggs of Davison age 88, died Thursday December 24, 2020 at Ascension-Genesys. Private graveside services were held at New Calvary Cemetery, Flint.

Bob was born in Davison Michigan and leaves to cherish his memory his wife Arlene, children: Dawn & Randy Cronover, Jeff & Lara Boggs, Timothy & Rebecca Boggs, and step-children: Jeannette & Mike Frincke, and Mike Malott. He also leaves his nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, his sister Margie & Butch Hardy and a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by wife Demerise Boggs in 1988 and three sisters. Please share your condolences at www.hansenfuneralhome.net

John F. Rawson

RAWSON, John F. – of Davison, age 76, passed away Friday, December 25, 2020 at Ascension Genesys Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Newsboys of Flint.

John was born in Saginaw, MI on August 3, 1944, son of the late John W. and Crystal (Swinehart) Rawson. John graduated from Farwell High School in 1962 and then he proudly served his country in the US Army from 1962-1965 and was stationed at Selfridge Air Force Base. John married Ethel Rashotte on April 24, 1965. He retired from Buick on January 1, 2004 after 32 years of service as a Tool and Die Maker. John was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Past President of the Flint Banjo Club, and enjoyed square and round dancing with the Lapeer Square Stompers. He also enjoyed woodworking and camping.

John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ethel; daughters, Kimberly (Eugene) Munsell and Krista K. Rawson; siblings, Evelyn and Louie. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Shane Andrew Munsell; siblings, Ann and James.

Kay Madden

MADDEN, KAY- of Burton, age 86, passed away on December 24, 2020 at Suncrest in Lapeer. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment will be held at a later date in St. John Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be considered to the Humane Society of Genesee County or Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Kay was born in Grand Rapids, MI on April 29, 1934, daughter of the late Harold and Vera (Horton) Colling. She was a 1952 graduate of Bentley High School and took art education classes at Montclair State University (NJ). Kay married Michael Madden on July 31, 1954 and he preceded her in death on November 16, 2005. She enjoyed art, painting, drawing, reading and her dogs. Kay co-owned with her husband, Kay’s Ceramics in Flint. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Kay his survived by her children, Michael Madden, Lisa (Kerry) Diehl, Scott (Mae) Madden, Mary Phillips and John Madden; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Wanda Ross. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael and son, Robert.

Thomas “Muskrat” Collick

COLLICK, Thomas “Muskrat” – of Davison, age 75, passed away December 23, 2020 at Mclaren-Flint. Family and Friends will assemble for procession 1:30 PM Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423. A procession to St. John Catholic Cemetery for committal services will take place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be considered to Kids Hunting Foundations, to take kids with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

Tom was born in Flint, MI on February 14, 1945, son of the late Gorden and Virginia Collick. He married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn (Demo) Collick on August 14, 1965. Tom loved to hunt, fish, attend NASCAR races, tinker on projects and traveling. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida. Tom worked at GM Fisher 1 and Buick City, retiring after 34.5 years of service. He also worked 10 years seasonal at Walt Disney World in Fantasyland. Tom was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Tom is survived by his wife, Kathryn; children, Thomas (Deneen), Chad (Jodee), Amy (Mark) Crane; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Dylan and Dawson Crane, Gabby, Lexi and Olivia Collick; six siblings; numerous nieces and nephews; special hunting friends, Paul and Evelyn Hendricks. He was preceded in death by in-laws, Lyle (Vibertha) Demo; grandson, Matthew Collick; and fishing buddy, Bill Colby.

Patricia Cashin

CASHIN, Patricia – of Flint, age 73, passed away December 14, 2020 at McLaren Medical Center, Flint. A Private Graveside Service will be held in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Daughters of Isabella (Regina Coeli Circle #1095) or Flint Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Patricia was born in Flint, Michigan on October 15, 1947, the daughter of the late Cornelius (Neil) and Helen (Carol) Peel. She graduated Sacred Heart Catholic School with the class of 1965. She married John James Cashin on April 15, 1966. They were married 54 years and had 6 daughters.

Patricia was a long-standing member of the Daughters of Isabella and was an avid bowler, a love and joy she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She dearly loved her family and took great pride in being both a grandma and great-grandma and would spend hours holding the babies. Although Pat worked at home raising her six daughters, she did spend a number of years working for Kmart Corporation after the children were all grown. Pat loved playing cards, reading books and watching movies, her favorites being science fiction and mysteries. Over the years many friends and family still remember the needlepoint and cross-stitch projects she produced as gifts.

Patricia is survived by daughters, Theresa (Cashin) and Murray Bolen, Sandra (Cashin-Windle) and Chad Stong, Diane (Cashin) and Clarence Gipson, Meredith (Cashin) and Geoff Dorow, Corinne (Cashin) and Sam Dworkin, Kimberly Cashin and Eric Campbell; grandchildren, Jennifer (Bolen) and Jason Torres, Nicole Bolen, Melissa and Abbey Windle, Bailey and Lindsay Gipson, Jacob and Hannah Dorow, Brady and Dylan Dworkin and Emerson and Jack Campbell; great-grandsons, Finn Szappon and Jaxon Pointer (Torres); brother, Thomas Peel; sisters, Marilyn (Peel) and Mark Sutton and Christine (Peel) McDonald; along with many other loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents and her brother Jerry.

Marcia A. (Uhlmeyer) Parsons

PARSONS,  Marcia A. (Uhlmeyer) – Age 78, died on December 15, 2020 at Melody Pines Care Home, Flint, Michigan. Private services will be held for family only and a memorial service will be held at a later date. The service will be live-streamed and can be viewed at 12PM Friday, December 18, 2020 on Marcia’s obituary page at www.sharpfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  (www.stjude.org) in memory of Marcia Parsons.

Mrs. Parsons was born on February 10, 1942, in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of the late Robert and Annabelle (Dunstan) Mooney. Marcia married Richard Parsons on February 10, 1990. Marcia was the inspiration of many around her. She was the kindest and gentlest of people; always loving and respecting everyone. Marcia spent many of her years working at GM and as owner of Papa Gino’s restaurant in Burton, Michigan. In her later years she became a nurse and continued her legacy of caring. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest source of pride.

Marcia leaves in her memory, husband, Richard Parsons; children, Kayanne (Daniel) Mynsberge and Michael (Debra) Uhlmeyer; step-children, Richard Parsons Jr. and Craig (Jody) Parsons; grandchildren, Jared Mynsberge, Brandon and Brittney Uhlmeyer, Caitlyn and Cooper Parsons.

Marcia was preceded in death by her late husband U. Jerome Uhlmeyer, her parents, and her sister Kaye.

Genevieve Courts

COURTS, Genevieve – of Burton, age 105, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at her home. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be celebrated at a later time, when it is safe to gather.

Genevieve J. Yaklin was born in New Lothrop, MI on March 19, 1915, daughter of the late Wenz and Theresia (Henige) Yaklin. She married William E. Courts on June 20, 1933. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1982. Genevieve was a very strong woman.  She was proud of being the oldest member at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison. Genevieve was a wonderful caretaker of her home, but her proudest accomplishment was that of being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Genevieve is survived by her four children, Beverly Robinson, Gale (Glenda Ruth) Courts, David (Mary Joyce) Courts, Diane Morrison; several grandchildren and many great and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Genevieve was preceded in death by all of her siblings as well as two sons-in-law William Robinson and Gerald Morrison.