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Babcock, Janice Marie (DeCorte), Port Orange, FL, Formerly of Alma and Saginaw, Michigan

Janice Marie (DeCorte) Babcock

  • Passed away peacefully on August 16, 2015 at her home in Saginaw, Michigan. Janice was born on October 9, 1938 in Saginaw and was the last of four children of Frank and Lillian DeCorte. Janice graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Saginaw. She married Kaye Babcock and raised her family in Alma Michigan. She was the loving mother of four children, Mark, Lisa, Susan, and Scott. Janice worked a variety of jobs in her life including Sherriff Deputy, legal secretary, postal worker, and lastly was employed by the State of Michigan before retiring. Upon retiring Janice moved to Port Orange, Florida where she spent her time working in her yard, visiting the beach, and sharing company with all her friends. Janice was preceded in death by her father, Frank DeCorte; mother, Lillian DeCorte, and brothers: Wayne, Frank, and Duane. A Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road. Rev. Fr. Andrew LaFramboise will officiate. Honoring Janice’s wishes cremation will follow the Service. Friends are welcome to visit at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Covenant VNA Hospice or the Humane Society of the Donor’s Choice. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.

Littlejohn, Mary Elaine, Saginaw, Michigan

Mary Elaine Littlejohn

  • Passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015 at Covenant Healthcare, age 80 years. Mary was born in Saginaw, Michigan March 2, 1935 the daughter of the late Albert, Sr. and Gertrude (Robinett) Hill. Mary enjoyed going to play bingo with her close friend, Peggy Smith. In her younger days, she enjoyed bowling. Mary was always involved with all the family gatherings and she especially loved spending time at her property up north and playing cards with her family. Mary is survived by her four sons, Jim (Sherry) Davis, Michael Littlejohn, Raymond Littlejohn and Steven Littlejohn; six grandchildren, Amber Brown, Heather (Kevin) O’Brien, Adam (Casie) Davis, James, Rebecca and Kaitlin Littlejohn; two great-grandchildren, Elias Brown and Collin O’Brien; her brother, Albert “Sonny”, Jr. (Carla) Hill; five sisters, Lois (Ron) Miller, Elizabeth Demand, Patricia (John) Kinasz, Sandra (Eddie) Robinett and Andy (Lee) Soule; nieces and nephews, Danny, Bobby and Kathy; Larry Hill, Lisa Slattery and Beth George; young Bill, David and Jeff Demand; Ron, Randy and Rusty Miller; Evelyn and Mary Ann Kinasz; Johnny Robinette; Rhonda and Lee Soule; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. She will also be missed greatly by her canine child, Max. In addition to her parents, Albert and Gertrude, Mary was predeceased by her sister, Kate Egbert. The funeral service will take place on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 12 p.m. at W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road. Friends may visit with the family at the chapel Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. and on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of the service. Mary was a Christian woman. She delighted in giving and receiving hugs from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She smiled easy (especially at Lee’s jokes). www.casefuneralhome.com

Wood, Nancy Jo, St. Louis, Michigan

Nancy Jo Wood

  • Passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Mid Michigan Medical Center, Midland, MI. Age 59 years. Nancy was born in Alma, Michigan on January 5, 1956, the daughter of Duane and Clara Mae (Hitchcock) Lane. She graduated from St. Louis High School with the class of 1974. Nancy married Michael Wood on April 5, 1974. They spent 44 years together. Nancy resided in St. Louis her entire life. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, and taking care of her home. She enjoyed writing poetry and was a published poet. Nancy was a very courageous woman and a very devoted mother. She loved spending time with her family and animals. Nancy was a parent advocate for neurodiverse individuals and those with physical disabilities as well; helping pave the way for those with life challenges. She is survived by her husband Michael Wood of St. Louis, MI, son Adam Wood of St. Louis, MI, father Duane Lane of Elk Rapids, MI, sister Jacqueline and Daniel Evey of Sumner, MI, nephew Ron Lytle of Breckendridge, MI, and niece Heather and Jason Poll of Kingsford, MI. She was preceded in death by her mother, infant son Douglas and infant daughter Sarah. A Private Family Graveside Services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Louis. Memorials may be made to D-Tails Grooming St. Louis or ASPCA. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Randall, Gary D., Midland, Michigan

Gary D. Randall

  • Beloved husband passed away suddenly Friday, August 14, 2015. Age 65 years. The son of the late Clyde and Bernice Randall, Gary was born August 30, 1949 in Big Rapids, Michigan. He was previously married to Margaret (Peggy) McCall who predeceased him. He married Lisa Williams, his loving wife of 11 years, on March 5, 2004. She survives him. Gary was employed as a C.N.A. (Certified Nurse’s Assistant) at Metron Health Service of Big Rapids for 12 years. He was then employed at HealthSource Saginaw for seven years as a C.N.A. and mental health worker. Gary served as a volunteer fire fighter and medical first responder for Mecosta County. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved time spent with his family. Surviving besides his wife Lisa are his father-in-law, Joseph Williams, Lake, Michigan; a sister-in-law, Sandra Misaras, Boon, Michigan; one niece, Ashley and Karl Minnich, Fort Wayne, Indiana; one nephew, Ben Misaras, Grand Rapids; two god-daughters, Thailor and Taelor Conley. Gary was preceded in death by his mothers-in-law, Nancy Williams and S. Jean Williams. Honoring Gary’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Humane Society. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Wilhelm, William D. “Bill”, Saginaw Township, Michigan

William D. "Bill" Wilhelm

  • Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Friday August 14, 2015 at St. Mary’s of Michigan Medical Center surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer. Age 84 years. Son of the late Bernard and Helen (Bertwell) Wilhelm, William was born July 8, 1931 in Defiance, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of American Legion Post #439. Bill married M. Joann Ashbacher, his loving wife of 61 years on August 21, 1954. She survives him. He was General Supervisor of Office Services for G.M. Central Foundry retiring in June of 1987 and started working for H & R Block for 26 years as a Tax Preparer. Bill was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church serving as an usher, lifetime member of Knights of Columbus Council #4232 and G.M. Retirees. He loved to garden, feed the birds, hunting, fishing, watching sports, spending time at Intermediate Lake and especially spending time with his grandchildren and extended lake family. Surviving besides his wife Joann are two daughters and one son, Debbie and Dave Badini, Saginaw; Bill and Cindy Wilhelm, East Lansing, Denise and Ron Crawford, Saginaw; eight grandchildren, Justin (Debbie), Lacey, Cara, Christopher (Diana), Andrew, Kaitlyn, Laryssa and Lucas; four great-granddaughters, Adelaide, Amelia, Sara and Zoey; his sister, Mary Ellen Doctor, Antwerp, Ohio; many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Diane Marie Shorter and his brother, Benjamin J. Wilhelm. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 5376 State St., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Alberto Vargas will officiate. Burial will take place in St. Andrew Cemetery with Military Services conducted by American Legion Post #439. Friends may visit at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Monday from 2-8 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3 p.m. Monday and Vigil Service will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Vietti, Dorothy Ann, St. Charles, Michigan

Dorothy Ann Vietti

  • Passed away Thursday, August 13, 2015. Age 75 years. She was born on May 10, 1940 to the late Steve and Irene (Stevens) Podoba. Dorothy loved to travel, read, cook, swim and study her bible. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Vietti, whom she married October 10, 1959. She also leaves two children, Scott (Kathy) Vietti and Deana (Steve) Kline; her grandchildren, Tara (Mike), Steven, Jason, Dylan and Sydney; two great-grandchildren, Grace and Faith; a brother, Steve Podoba; and a sister, Shirley Wilson. Along with her parents Dorothy was preceded in death by her grandson, Nick Vietti. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. at C.M. Humpula Funeral Home, 209 Entrepreneur Drive, St. Charles. Pastor Douglas Jackson will officiate with burial following at Brant Township Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 1-8 p.m. and again on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. www.humpulafuneralhome.com

Seidel, Laura M., Saginaw, Michigan

Laura M. Seidel

  • Passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Age 94 years. Laura May Scheffler was born November 21, 1920 to the late Adolph and Hattie (Kuhl) Scheffler. She married Henry A. Seidel June 11, 1948 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Saginaw. He predeceased her July 5, 1978. Laura was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Saginaw. She was also active with the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the Christian Women's Club, and Lutheran Via de Cristo. Laura enjoyed sharing God's love and message throughout the world and shared God's grace with many people. Surviving are her daughters, Ruth A. (Donald) Jelneck and their son, Cameron and Nancy M. (Raymond) Scott. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Alecia C. (Tim) DelCore, and Joshua R. (Sarah) Scott. Pastor Connie Sassanella will officiate the funeral service on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 2110 Brockway Road. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the Reitz Herzberg Funeral Home, 1550 Midland Road, on Sunday August 16, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and at the church on Monday one hour before the service. Memorial offerings are suggested to Resurrection Lutheran Church Music, or the Audio Visual Fund. Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.reitzherzberg.com.

Szabo Jr., Frank P., Freeland, Michigan

Frank P. Szabo Jr.

  • Beloved father and grandfather passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Age 74 years. The son of the late Frank P. Szabo Sr. and Anna (Chohany) Logue, Frank was born August 1, 1941 in Lorain, Ohio. He was previously married to Constance (Moore) Englund. Frank served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion Post #439. He was employed as a skilled tradesman at General Motors Corporation for 44 years until his retirement in 2008. Frank enjoyed wood working and was a licensed residential builder. Most of all, he love the time spent with his family and friends. Surviving are one son and one daughter, Jay Szabo and his wife Connie, Freeland; Jennifer LaBrash, Mattawan; four grandchildren, Kara and Brendan Szabo, Alyssa and Logan LaBrash; a sister, Jeanette (John) Lodge, Saginaw; several nieces and nephews; many special friends including Susie Harrigan. Honoring Mr. Szabo’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2565 N. River Road, Saginaw. Pastor Edward Meyer will officiate. Friends may call at St. Mark Lutheran Church where the family will receive friends on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Mark Lutheran Church. Arrangements entrusted to The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, Saginaw. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Penny, Edna Anna, Merrill, Michigan

Edna Anna Penny

  • Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Age 102 years. The daughter of the late William and Henrietta (Volkman) Gath was born July 22, 1913 in Saginaw County, Michigan. She married Ray F. Penny, October 14, 1931. He passed away May 26, 1984. Mr. and Mrs. Penny engaged in farming. Edna was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Marion Springs and enjoyed sewing and gardening. Surviving are two daughters and one son, Leona Winterstein; Donna Milbrandt, both of Hemlock, MI; Marvin (Mike) Penny and his wife, Marlene, Merrill, MI; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Dennis and Marlo Albaugh; Danny and Robin Albaugh; Connie and Scott McCullough; Susan and David Cole; Kenneth and Frances Albaugh; Jay and Irene Milbrandt; Debbie and Andrew Bailey; Todd Penny and his fiancé, Jackie; Shawn and Darin Griffore; Chad and Holli Penny; several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a dear family friend, Mary Lichtenfelt. She was predeceased by two sons-in-law, William Albaugh, Lester Winterstein; four brothers, Frank, Walter, Ed and Harry Gath, and two sisters, Rosie Bucholz and Hattie Keintz. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 1 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 12140 S. Merrill Road, Brant. Rev. Tim Behnke will officiate with burial in Lakefield Twp. Cemetery. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel in Merrill on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and then at the Church on Saturday from 12 p.m. until the time of the funeral service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. John Lutheran Church, Marion Springs. www.casefuneralhome.com

Rokita, Marian, Saginaw, Michigan

Marian Rokita

  • Beloved mother and grandmother passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at St. Mary’s of Michigan Medical Center. Age 85 years. The daughter of the late Sylvester and Eva (Palasty) DuFore, Marion was born February 25, 1930 in Saginaw, Michigan. She married Joseph Rokita on April 19, 1958. He predeceased her May 11, 2013. Marian was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. She enjoyed quilting, painting and puzzles. Most of all, she loved time spent with family and friends. Surviving are one daughter, three sons and their spouses, James Rokita, Mason; Suzanne and Mark Rouech, Freeland; Robert Rokita, Saginaw; Christopher and Yazmin Rokita, Saginaw; step-son, Greg and Janet Rokita, Hale; 10 grandchildren, Owen and Emma Rokita, Elizabeth Rokita, April and Samantha Jo Rouech, Daniel Eastman, Annie Simpson, Christopher, Erik and William Rokita; many nieces and nephews; her beloved dog, Bella. Marion was preceded in death by one son, Steven Rokita, and by one sister and three brothers, Lucille Marosi, Sylvester Jr., Raymond and Thomas DuFore. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Richard Bokinskie will officiate with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and a St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church from 12:30 p.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Beuthin Sr., Charles W. “Mike”, Hemlock, Michigan

Charles W. "Mike" Beuthin Sr.

  • Passed away Monday, August 10, 2015 at Covenant Healthcare, age 83 years. Charles was born August 17, 1932 in Bridgeport, Michigan the son of the late Raymond and Lillian (Miller) Beuthin. He married Donna McLeod January 8, 1955 and she survives him. Charles served in the United States Army during the Korean War and worked at Saginaw Steering Gear for 42 years. He was a 42 year member of UAW Local No. 699. In addition to his wife, Donna, Charles is survived by three sons, Charles (Laurie) Beuthin, II, Michael (Denise) Beuthin and Douglas (Theresa) Beuthin; six grandchildren, Donald Blodgett, David Blodgett, Douglas (Jacinda) Beuthin, Jr., Christopher (Jessica) Beuthin, Michael (Chandra) Beuthin, Jr. and Jeffery Beuthin; three great-grandchildren, Natilee, Trinity and Michael, III; a sister, Dorothy Huff and a brother, Rev. Raymond (Thea) Beuthin, Jr.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughter, Julie Marie Blodgett and his son, Steven Ray Beuthin. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 1 p.m. at W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road. Rev. Chester Webster will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, where military services will be conducted by VFW Post No. 1859, Carrollton. Friends may visit with the family at the chapel Monday from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 pm. and Tuesday from 12 p.m. until time of the service. www.casefuneralhome.com

Maczik, Edwin, Saginaw, Michigan

3/16/1926 - 8/08/2015

Edwin Maczik

  • With his family at his side, Ed passed away peacefully on August 8, 2015 in his lifelong hometown of Saginaw, Michigan. He lived a long and prosperous 89 years. Ed’s life is proof that American Dreams can come true. The youngest of twelve children, he was born to Slovakian immigrants in 1926 on a farm outside of Saginaw, Michigan. Growing up during the hardest years of the Great Depression, he spent hot days behind a plow horse and cold nights in a small farmhouse without electricity. Notwithstanding a difficult life, his family was always grateful for the blessing of being welcomed to the United States. During the Second World War, his parents George and Mary would send all six of their sons to war. Because of his youth, Ed was the last to join the war effort. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday, he volunteered for the United States Navy. Still just a kid, he traveled to Boston Harbor from the family farm and shortly thereafter sailed for the Pacific Ocean to fight the Japanese Empire. Following Japan’s surrender in 1945, it was with great pride that his naval flotilla sailed directly into Tokyo Bay, Japan as part of the American occupation force. In the months following the war, he remained with the Navy eventually being stationed in Shanghai, China. By mid-1946, Ed was finished with war and returned home to make good on a promise to marry his sweetheart, Miss Lois Wright. On October 16, 1946, Lois and her “Eddie” began a journey together that would last for 58 wonderful years. With a quickly growing family, he worked tirelessly to give them a more comfortable life. With a $500 loan, he formed with a partner the steel fabrication firm of Wiltse & Maczik in 1954. Finding quick success, he was able to incorporate Saginaw Steel & Iron Works, Inc. on his own in 1961. By the early 1970s, Saginaw Steel would employ over 100 people and was the region’s largest steel fabricator. Later, he also formed the Valley Steel Company that continues to be operated by his family today. He worked full days well past his eightieth birthday. Throughout his years in business and life, Ed became an active member of too many clubs and associations to list. However, he was particularly proud of his association with the Saginaw Country Club, the Fordney Club, the Saginaw Club, Honest John’s, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. He also was a strong financial supporter of numerous charitable organizations. Ed leaves behind a heartbroken but proud circle of family and friends. Cherishing his memory is an eldest son, Gary and wife Susan, his daughter Jean Gronda, son Thomas and wife Roxie, youngest son Kenneth and wife Kathy, and a special friend, Jeanine Collison. A long life also blessed him with nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Ed was predeceased by his wife, Lois, and together they lost a son in childhood, James. A showing for those whose life he touched will be held at Snow Funeral Home located at 3775 N. Center Road in Saginaw on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Funeral services will also take place at Snow Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2015 before he is laid to final rest at Roselawn Memorial Gardens with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #439. For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family would suggest the James E. Cartwright Care Center in Saginaw or the Covenant Foundation. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Seman, Sandra Rae, Saginaw, Michigan

Sandra Rae Seman

  • Loving mother, daughter, sister and special friend passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015 at her home. Age 56 years. Daughter of Albert and Helen (Weisheim) Bauer, Sandra was born April 24, 1959 in Saginaw, Michigan. She was married to Robert G. Seman which after their divorce remained close friends. Sandra enjoyed camping, NASCAR and watching Tiger Baseball. Surviving are her daughter, Cori and Alan Messing, Hemlock; her parents, Albert and Helen Bauer, Zilwaukee; two sisters and one brother, Susan and James Finkbeiner, Freeland; Diane and Bruce Finkbeiner, Saginaw; Michael and Ann Bauer, Zilwaukee; her fiancée, Mark Bluemlein, Saginaw; close friend, Robert Seman, Defiance, Ohio; many nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 11 a.m. at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road. Pastor Jeff Temple will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit at the funeral home where the family will be present on Tuesday from 3-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to American Lung Association or Victory Junction Gang Camp. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Wetzel, John E., Freeland, Michigan

John E. Wetzel

  • Passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Age 59 years. John Edwin Wetzel was born July 8, 1956 in Saginaw to John H. and Helen M. (Flewelling) Wetzel. They predeceased him. He married Eileen Bartek on August 12, 1978. She survives him. John was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Saginaw, and served as president of the church council. He had a deep love for his church. He received his Associates Degree at Delta College, and later received his Bachelors Degree at SVSU, and his Masters Degree at University of Phoenix. He became an adjunct professor at Delta College, and was a talented engineer in appliance, robotics and other engineering applications. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving besides his wife Eileen, he leaves his son John Adam (Jessica) Wetzel, his aunt Verna (Late Harold) Irish, and many other loving family members and friends. John was predeceased by two sisters; Jane Marie Wetzel and Kathleen Harris. Rev. Homer Mosley, Jr. will officiate the funeral service on Thursday August 13, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Gloria Del Lutheran Church, 5250 Mackinaw Road. Interment will take place at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the Reitz Herzberg Funeral Home, 1550 Midland Road in Saginaw, on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 12-8 p.m., and at the church on Thursday one hour before the funeral. Memorial offerings are suggested to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.reitzherzberg.com.

Hale, Margaret C., Wheeler, Michigan

  • Passed away Friday, August 7, 2015. Age 93 years. She was born February 2, 1922 in Alma the daughter of George and Anna (Richards) Switzer. She later married Harvey Hale. Margaret was a devoted wife and mother. She was a hard worker always there lend a helping hand to her husband. Margaret did every task on the farm proficiently. The only job she didn’t do was run the combine. She enjoyed most all animals but was especially fond of cows and watching birds. Margaret loved to sew, crochet, do embroidery, and work on puzzles. She is survived by her daughter Bonnie Dickerson of Wheeler, 5 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and husband Harvey. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Lux and Whiting Funeral Chapel, Breckenridge with Pastor Lee Rhodes officiating. Interment will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. www.luxfuneralhomes.com

Bernier, Rita M., Saginaw, Michigan

Rita M. Bernier

  • Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully with her family at her side, Thursday, August 6, 2015. Age 95 years. The daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Murphy, Rita was born December 9, 1919 in Tweed, Ontario, Canada. She married Paul F. Bernier on November 30, 1940. He predeceased her September 26, 1969. Rita was employed as an office secretary at Model Aluminum Foundry, later called Bernier Cast Metals. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, a charter member of the League of Catholic Women and the Legion of Mary. Rita was a stalwart defender of the Roman Catholic faith and was proud to be 100% Irish. Surviving are one son, seven daughters and their spouses, Mary and Ron Reimold, Freeland; David and Tammy Bernier, Saginaw; Sue Packer, Bay City; Janet and Robert Trainor, Virginia; Kathy and Jim Golden, Saginaw; Jeanne and Terry Shaw, Hemlock; Pamela Kreh and her husband Nick Veremis, Saginaw; Patricia Coven, Saginaw; 25 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and an angel on the way; many nieces and nephews. Rita was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew MacPhail, and by one sister and five brothers, Cecelia Reynolds, Stan, Frank, Michael, Harold and Msgr. William J. Murphy. The Bernier family would like to thank the Cartwright Hospice Residence and Edgewood Assisted Living for the love and support they have given. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Richard Bokinskie will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. There will be a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Abortion Alternatives or the charity of their choice. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Dobberstein, Daniel J., Saginaw Township, Michigan

Daniel J. Dobberstein

  • Beloved husband, father and brother passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Age 65 years. Son of the late Gerald and Jean (Card) Dobberstein, Daniel was born November 1, 1949 in Muskegon, Michigan. He married the love of his life, Joann I. Zechlinski on June 9, 1973. She survives him. Dan was a teacher and computer programmer. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church for over 40 years and served as a Eucharistic Minister, lector and member of the education committee. Dan was a member of Bay Area Runners Club and River Bend Striders in Flint. Running was his passion and he completed 76 marathons including The Boston Marathon. Dan loved going to concerts, movies, reading, playing cribbage, daily walks with his dog, umpiring softball, watching Michigan State Football and Basketball, being at SVSU Football Games and sporting events together with his wife. They enjoyed annual trips to Mackinaw Island for biking and carriage rides. Surviving besides his wife Joann are one son, Jason Dobberstein, St. Joseph; two brothers, Marc and Cheryl Dobberstein, Muskegon; Larry and Rhonda Dobberstein, South Haven; sisters-in- laws and brothers-in-law, Mary Ann Bergevin, Grand Rapids; Jim and Diane Zechlinski, Muskegon; John and Pam Zechlinski, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; Rick and Jeanette Thompson, Grand Haven; Ron Zechlinski, Gobles; many nieces and nephews. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Andrew Church site, 612 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Joseph Schabel will officiate with private burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may visit at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Monday from 4-8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to First Presbyterian Food Pantry or Saginaw Rescue Mission. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Justice, Mary D., Saginaw, Michigan

Mary D. Justice

  • Beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Cartwright Hospice Residence following a three-month battle with advanced stage cancer. She was born Mary Theresa Daileda in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on April 4, 1941. She is preceded in death by her parents, William Anthony Daileda and Anna Rose (Wierbowski) Daileda, from Exeter, PA, as well as her only sibling, her sister, Dolores Daileda Avers. Mary is survived by Fred Justice, her husband of nearly 52 years. She is also survived by her two children. Her son, Ted (Frederick Carlyle Justice III, 48), resides in Saginaw, MI. Her daughter, Kathleen Anne Justice Kirtek, M.D., 51, resides in Grand Blanc, MI. Mary is also survived by her son-in-law, J.R. Kirtek (Hugh A. Kirtek, Jr.), Ted’s significant other, Susan Denise Cooper; and her five beloved grandchildren, Timothy Joseph Kirtek (25), Katherine Elizabeth Kirtek (24), Andrew Christopher Kirtek (22), David James Kirtek (19), and Sarah Rose Kirtek (16), all from Grand Blanc. She also leaves behind countless friends and relatives, as well as "grandchildren-by-relationship," Ashley Kim (Drew Kirtek) and Andrew Freckelton (Katherine Kirtek). Mary attended St. Cecelia's in Exeter, PA, where she was the valedictorian of her high school class. She then graduated with honors from Marywood College in Scranton, PA, with her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. She married Frederick Carlyle Justice, Jr., on September 2, 1963. Mary's and Fred's life's path brought them to Saginaw, Michigan, where they pursued their career goals and raised their two children. Mary was a perfectionist in everything she did. She was a brilliant and dedicated supervising registered medical technologist for St. Luke's Hospital and the Saginaw Medical Center until her retirement. She was an active member of The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (MT-ASCP) throughout her career and even in retirement. She fulfilled her lifelong passion for classical music by studying piano and music at Saginaw Valley State University, taking piano and voice lessons at the University of Michigan, and participating in a chorale society in Ann Arbor. She and Fred traveled the globe together, having the opportunity to visit many countries around the world. Her most recent endeavor was immersing herself in her church, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, in Saginaw, where she served as Secretary of the Parish Council. While being a perfectionist at her career and her hobbies throughout the years, her greatest priority was her faith in God. Her most sincere passion in this world was her family, particularly her grandchildren. Her favorite thing in the world was being surrounded by her family. She was the perfect grandmother, not to mention the perfect wife, mother, daughter, and friend. Her smile lit up the room. No one had a kinder, gentler, more generous disposition than Mary. She truly touched the lives, hearts and souls of so many people. Her soothing voice and soft touch will be missed by all of us. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 6400 McCarty Road. Rev. Fr. William Rutkowski will officiate with burial to follow in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Monday from 4-8 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. A Vigil Service, led by Sr. Janet Pewoski CSJ, will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. John Vianney Catholic Church. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Riffel, Richard (Dick), Saginaw, Michigan

Richard (Dick) Riffel

  • Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather peacefully entered the Kingdom of God Monday, August 3, 2015 at the age of 84. The son of the late Charles and Bernice (Runkle) Riffel was born on December 13, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. Richard was a graduate of St. Andrews High School in 1949. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Navy. In August of 1956 he married his loving wife Marcia Kathryn MacLachlan and made their home in Saginaw, Michigan for 58 years. Richard (Dick) spent his entire working career at C. Riffel and Sons, Inc. as a Wholesale Beer and Wine Distributor. He retired in July 1997. Richard was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4232, Germania Club, American Legion Post 439, and Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. Richard enjoyed the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and boater. Best times were spent with his family, especially attending his grandchildren’s activities. Richard is survived by his wife Marcia, his sons Richard (Nancy) Jr., Steve (Tonette), daughters Patricia (Steve)Gray , Kaye Riffel, and Susan (Mark) Salasky; 13 grandchildren, Nicole (Jonathon) Feldotte, Craig (fiancé Amanda Mazur) Riffel, Charlie Riffel, Seth Gray, Ben (Madisyn) Gray , Luke Gray, Allie Ford, Kate Salasky, R.J. Salasky, Matt Salasky, Jaden Riffel, Jenssen Riffel, Jarett Riffel and great grandson, Henry Feldotte; three brothers George (Sharon) Riffel , Thomas (Sue) Riffel, Lawrence (Mary) Riffel; two sisters, Beverly (Jim) Honkanen, Mary Agnes (Robert) Green; a sister-in-law, Peggy Riffel; many nieces, nephews and friends. Richard was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Bernice Riffel and two brother’s James and Bruce Riffel. The family of Richard Riffel would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at St. Francis Home for their excellent compassion and care of our father and family. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 5376 State St., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Richard A. Bokinskie will officiate. Entombment will take place in St. Andrew Mausoleum with Military Services conducted by American Legion Post #439. Friends may visit at the Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council #4232 will pray the Rosary at 3 p.m. Wednesday and a Vigil Service will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider contributions to St. Francis Home, 915 N. River Road, Saginaw, MI 48609. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Pluta, Victoria “Vicki”, Saginaw, Michigan

Victoria "Vicki" Pluta

  • Passed away at her home peacefully on August 2, 2015 with her son by her side. She was 62 years old. Victoria Pluta was born on June 13, 1953 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to the late Steve and Ann (Toath) Pluta. She was a 1971 graduate of Buena Vista High School. Vicki worked for several local dry cleaning companies for over 40 years. She loved and cared for everyone close to her. Above all, Vicki had a kind and caring soul. She was both a wonderful and dedicated mother; as well as treasured and cherished spending time with her son, Michael. Surviving are a son, Michael Pluta of Saginaw; two sisters and one brother: Linda Bashans of Saginaw, Stephen “Sonny” Pluta of Saginaw, and Patricia (Sam) Olivarez. She was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Pluta. Honoring Vicki’s wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will take place on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road. Rev. Fr. Richard Bokinskie will officiate. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Pluta Family c/o Michael Pluta. Share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.

Schoenmeyer, Norma Jean, Saginaw Township, Michigan

Norma Jean Schoenmeyer

  • Passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. Age 66 years. The daughter of the late Norma Ruth (Graves) and Howard Frederick Elliot was born January 18, 1949 in Macon, Missouri. She married Donald B. Schoenmeyer, October 7, 1972. He passed away January 18, 2005. She was employed at Covenant Medical Center, retiring after several years of service. She loved to cook, but most of all, spend time with her grandchildren and family. Surviving are two daughters, one son and their spouses, Jacqueline and Joseph Stalsberg; Jeannette and Eric McConnell; Troy Schoenmeyer; four grandchildren, Jodi Stalsberg; Jenna Stalsberg; Madison McConnell; Mackenzie McConnell; three great grandchildren, Abram, Jaxson, and Sawyer. A granddaughter, Jessica and a sister, Jenny, have predeceased her. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 5 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 2110 Brockway Road, Saginaw. Rev. Bill Bodnar will officiate. Friends may call at the Church from 3 p.m. Wednesday until the time of the memorial service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the American Heart Assoc. or the American Lung Assoc. www.casefuneralhome.com

Wallace, Ann, Saginaw, Michigan

Ann Wallace

  • Passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Luther Manor, at the age of 77 years. Ann was born December 5, 1937, in Saginaw, the daughter of the late Wyllis H. and Marjorie (Herrig) Wallace. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Adult Health and Gerontology in 1967. She had been employed in Occupational Therapy and Services for the aging poor. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She enjoyed art. Surviving are her dear friends and caregivers, Irene and Jack Tarrant, Saginaw. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road, where friends may call from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until the time of service. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Holy Spirit Catholic Church. www.casefuneralhome.com

Bell, Florence E., Hemlock, Michigan

Florence E. Bell

  • Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother passed away peacefully Saturday, August 1, 2015 at her home with her family at her side. Age 86 years. The daughter of the late Fred and Frances (Bennett) Duma, Florence was born January 5, 1929 in Saginaw, Michigan. She married Francis E. (Chum) Bell, her loving husband of 63 years, on February 15, 1947. He predeceased her March 17, 2010. Florence was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hemlock where she served on numerous committees. She was a member of the P.T.A. during her children’s school years. Florence was a 4-H Leader for years passing on her love of sewing. She enjoyed baking and decorating numerous wedding and birthday cakes for the family. She owned The Side Door Craft Shop in Hemlock for several years. Florence worked as a baker for the Saginaw County Head Start and Finkbinder’s A.F.C. Home. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at home and at their cottage in Farwell. Florence also enjoyed traveling. Surviving are five sons, three daughters and their spouses, Arthur and Judy Bell, Colorado; Edward Bell, Hemlock; Leonard Bell, Freeland; Fred and Lois Bell, Freeland; Merricarol and John Mahoney, Pinconning; Lois Bell, Lake; Timothy and Renee Bell, Ypsilanti; Karen Mollohan, Breckenridge; 20 grandchildren, Bradley, Curtis, Travis, Brandon, Ronda, Chrisey, Dustin, Cheryl, Adam, Amie, Marcy, Marlene, Dana, Matthew, Elizabeth, Spencer, Jaime, Kailin, Kasey, Lyndsay; three step-grandchildren, Matthew, Shawn, Brittany; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Adolphia Cline; many nieces and nephews. Florence was preceded in death by a son, Harold Bell, two great-grandchildren, Katherine and Noah, and by seven brothers and one sister, Dale (Leona) Slusarski Helen (Walter) Wiederhold, Arthur (Vivian) Duma, Louis (Libby) Duma, Charles Duma, Paul Duma, Ralph Duma, Ira Duma, step-father, Melvin Wright, and by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alfred and Junella Bell. Florence’s family extends their gratitude and appreciation to Heartland Hospice, especially Gabby and Jodi, for their loving and compassionate care. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. John XXIII Parish-St. Mary’s Catholic Church Site, 151 St. Mary’s Drive, Hemlock. Rev. Fr. Dennis Kucharczyk will officiate with burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, where the family will be present on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hemlock on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Heartland Healthcare Memorial Fund. www.snowfuneralhome.net

Winslow, Delia M., Hemlock, Michigan

  • Was reunited with her husband and daughter on August 1, 2015, at the age of 94. Delia was born April 27, 1921, in Richland Township to the late Herman and Emma (Pretzer) Neuenfeldt. She was a life-long resident of Richland Township and attended Zion Lutheran Church. She is survived by her brothers, Duane Neuenfeldt and Roger (Shirley) Neuenfeldt; sister-in-law, Christina Neuenfeldt; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Lyle Winslow; daughter, Janice Winslow; and siblings, Marilda (Otto) Bauknecht, Myrtle (Delos) Munger, Gerhardt Neuenfeldt, and Robert (Betty) Neuenfeldt. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 12 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 17927 Dice Road, Hemlock. Rev. Paul Hauser will officiate with burial in Richland Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran church. www.casefuneralhome.com