Obituaries

Rosalie Richir

posted Aug 11, 2019, 1:32 PM by Angela Sielinski   [ updated Aug 12, 2019, 7:19 AM ]

Rosalie   Richir

Rosalie Ann Richir, 81, of Saginaw died Thursday August 8, 2019 at Samaritas Senior Living, formerly Luther Manor. Rosalie was born to parents Nansen J. and Grace M. (Favara) DiMercurio on April 2, 1938 in Saginaw. She was the middle child of three children. Rosalie attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School and graduated from St. Andrew Catholic High School, Saginaw. 

Rosalie was preceded in death by her parents and husband Leo L. Richir. She was also predeceased by her sisters in law Frances M. DiMercurio and Bonnie Richir Ruthig. She is survived by her brothers John J. DiMercurio (Sandy), Saginaw, MI and Col. Peter N. DiMercurio, U.S. Army (Ret) (Kathy), Traverse City, MI, brother in-law Win and sister in-law Mary “Pete” Richir Case, Saginaw as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Rosalie was affable, compassionate, caring, engaging, funny, generous, happy and kind. She had a signature loud and infectious laugh and was rarely a stranger in any environment. She was industrious and team oriented as she and her capable husband Leo operated her own jewelry business for many years. 

The staff at Samaritas literally embraced Rosalie during her tenure. Gregarious, impressionable and at times, an unofficial greeter, as she often welcomed daily visitors to Samaritas with a joyful “hello”. Rosalie enjoyed many activities and took on new challenges with energy.

Wherever Rosalie is she will have them singing and toe tapping before long.

A funeral liturgy will be held at 10:00 am Friday August 16, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Thomas Township, Saginaw. Rev. Father Marc Hopps. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 9:00 am until the time of the service at church. The family is grateful for condolences and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Saginaw County Humane Society, 123 S. Niagara Street, Saginaw, Michigan 48602.

Dennis Herbert Prevost

posted Jul 25, 2019, 11:41 AM by Angela Sielinski   [ updated Jul 25, 2019, 11:49 AM ]

Dennis  Herbert Prevost

Dennis Herbert Prevost of Thomas Twp., MI. Passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at home. He was 76 years old. Dennis was born September 20, 1942 in Saginaw, MI to the late Edgar Dennis and Gladys Veronica (Vernon) Prevost. He married the love of his life, Marcia Gardyszewski on September 12, 1964 in Saginaw, MI at St. Casimir’s Catholic Church. Dennis attended Arthur Hill Tech, where he studied pattern making. He was self-employed and owned Tri-City Pattern, retiring in 2004. Dennis was a faithful and active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church for 54 years. He was also a member of the Frankenmuth Conservation Club, Brant Sportsman’s Club, Fast Buck Club, Whisky Creek Hunt Club, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #497. He loved all forms of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Dennis also enjoyed being in the woods. But, what He really loved most was spending time with family. 

Surviving are his wife, Marcia; children, Michelle (Michael) Goad, Dennis J. Prevost, Kelly (Larry) Unrein, and Marc (Gen) Prevost; grandchildren, Amanda (John) Wade, Kayla Brock, Dakota Brock, Emilee Goad, Caroline Goad, Nicole Unrein, Krystle (Ryan) Rodriguez, and Danielle Unrein; great-grandchildren, Dominic, Emma, and Jessie Rodriguez; siblings, James (Marilyn) Prevost, Ronald (deceased) (Marjorie) Prevost, Janice (Jim) Vieau and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. 
Dennis was preceded in death by his father and mother in-law, Joseph (Lorraine) Gardyszewski; sister in-law, Ginny (Gardyszewski) Taylor; niece, Paula Gorney and great nephew, Brenden Gorney. 

FUNERAL SERVICE: A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road, Saginaw, MI 48609. Rev. Fr. James W. Bessert will officiate. Rite of Committal to follow at Owen Cemetery. 

VISITATION: Family and friends will gather at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road, Saginaw, MI 48609 on Monday, July 29, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A vigil service will be held on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Church. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the wishes of the Prevost Family. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the church or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.
 

Bonnie Jeanne Benemann

posted Jul 23, 2019, 8:10 AM by Angela Sielinski


Bonnie Jeanne Benemann

Passed away peacefully Monday, July 22, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. Age 71 years. The daughter of the late Kenneth and Lorraine (LaPorte) Haggerty, Bonnie was born September 2, 1947 in Saginaw, Michigan. She married DeVaughn Benemann on September 4, 1965. He survives her. Bonnie was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She was employed at St. Luke’s Hospital and the office of Dr. John Johnson. Bonnie returned to Covenant HealthCare (St. Luke’s) where she retired in 2007. Bonnie enjoyed her summers at Sandy Shores Resort where she was active in the Youth Committee because she loved children.

Surviving are one daughter and two sons, Lisa and Rick Lesnich, Saginaw; Todd Benemann and Jon and Stacey (Prezzato) Benemann, all of Saginaw; five grandchildren, Daisy, Jenna, Hannah, Joshua and Evan; dear friend, Kim Vaillancourt, with whom Bonnie made her home; one brother, Kenneth and Trina Haggerty, Hemlock; one brother-in-law, Steven Reid, Saginaw; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by her sister, Lenora (Haggerty) Reid, and by her niece, Amy Haggerty.

Bonnie’s family would like to thank The Care Team Hospice and Bonnie’s great friend, Sally (Frieda) Hornsby, for the wonderful care they provided for Bonnie. 

Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 5376 State Street in Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring Bonnie’s wishes, cremation will follow. Friends may visit at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. There will be a Vigil Service 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to The Care Team Hospice, Holy Spirit Catholic Church or the charity of their choice.
 

Christine A. "Chris" Benkert

posted Jul 18, 2019, 11:06 AM by Angela Sielinski

Christine A.

Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. She was 72 years old. Christine Ann Roesler was born on February 25, 1947, in Saginaw, Michigan to the late William F. and Goldie B. (Sulcer) Roesler. She was a proud 1965 graduate of SS. Peter & Paul High School. Chris met the love of her life, Joseph J. Benkert, while attending a wedding reception. They were united in marriage on October 26, 1968 in Saginaw; he survives her. She was a charter member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she volunteered making baked goods for funeral luncheons. Chris was also actively involved locally as an election worker, volunteering for Thomas Township elections. She enjoyed gardening, paying special attention to her flowers, playing various card games, going to the casino, fishing, and working on crossword puzzles. Chris also enjoyed canning, cooking, and baking. Above all, she loved and cherished her husband, children and grandchildren and always treasured the many trips up state to her cabin in Hale. Chris will forever be remembered for her loving, kind, caring, and generous spirit. 

Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Joseph Benkert of Freeland; two sons: Matt (Suzanne) Benkert of Chesaning; Jason (Rachel Todd) Benkert of Pinconning; five grandchildren: Dakota, Remington, Rebecca, Christina, and Clayton; two great-grandchildren: Zander and Xaine; many siblings. Also surviving are many sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. 

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Bergetta Benkert; and her siblings. 

A funeral liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring her wishes cremation has taken place. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Holy Spirit Catholic Church or to the wishes of the Benkert Family.

Richard "Beagle" Vitek

posted Jun 26, 2019, 5:30 AM by Angela Sielinski

Richard

Richard “Beagle” Vitek of Thomas Township 

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Henry Ford Hospital, following a lengthy illness. He was 79 years old. Richard Frank Vitek was born on December 14, 1939, the second twin son born to the late Joe and Marjorie (Spendlove) Vitek. He was a 1959 graduate of Arthur Hill High School. Following graduation, Dick attended Delta College, before proudly enlisting in the United States Army National Guard. He married his soul mate and the love of his life, Kay “Katie” Gilbertson on November 2, 1968 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Roger City; she survives him. Dick was employed by the Eaton Corporation; retiring on June 1, 1996 after 36 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Shields Lions Club and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Dick was a perfectionist and enjoyed meticulously working in his yard. He also loved classic cars. Above all, Dick loved and cherished his family and friends. He will forever be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his mellow disposition and his kindness to all in need. 

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Katie Ann Vitek of Thomas Township; son, Jason (Janis) Vitek of Saginaw; two grandsons: Torry Vitek of Saginaw; Michael Vlassis of Bay City; twin brother, Tom Vitek of Columbus; brother, Harry Vitek of Saginaw Twp. Also surviving are two special sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. 

A funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019, at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road. Pastoral Minister, Kathy Myles will officiate. Honoring Dick’s wishes cremation will follow the service. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the funeral chapel on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Shields Lions Club or Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Margaret Pietras

posted Jun 26, 2019, 5:28 AM by Angela Sielinski   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 9:52 AM ]

Margaret Pietras

Age 93 years. Margaret went to heaven on Sunday, June 23, 2019, surrounded by her family after a lengthy illness. She was born on June 13, 1926 to Clayton and Hazel (Smith) McKimmy in Gladwin County. 
She married Stanley Pietras on November 27, 1948. He preceded her in death on July 25, 2007. 

Margaret was crowned the Michigan Dairy Queen at age 20 at Michigan State University. She is remembered fondly by many as their favorite bus driver in Shields with the Swan Valley School District. She completed the nursing program at Midland Hospital in 1971. She worked as a nurse at Saginaw Community Hospital for many years prior to retirement. She later worked at St. Frances Home for several years. 
She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She enjoyed many trips to the casino with her family. She and Stanley enjoyed traveling, including trips to Colorado, Las Vegas, Ireland, and Italy. She was always cooking or baking, including the never-ending cookies in the freezer. Margaret also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and riding her bicycle.

She is survived by her children Cathy (Mark) Jacques, David (Carol) Pietras, Susan (Michael) Klopman, James (Lee Ann) Pietras, Joseph (Roxanne) Pietras, and Steven Pietras. She also leaves behind fifteen grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren whom she adored immensely. Along with her husband she was also preceded in death by her parents, seven sisters and six brothers.
The memorial liturgy will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Rev. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Friends may visit with family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial liturgy. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Alzheimer’s Association. www.casefuneralhome.com

Margaret E. Knowlton

posted Jun 18, 2019, 11:51 AM by Angela Sielinski

Margaret E. Knowlton

Passed away on June 10, 2019 at the age of 58 years.
The daughter of the late John and MaryAnne (Gambali) Bardoni on August 7, 1960 in Saginaw. She married Troy James Knowlton on January 23, 1981; he predeceased her on March 1, 2014. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Margaret was an avid outdoorswoman, enjoying fishing and camping. She also liked to play BINGO and go to the casino. Margaret most especially enjoyed time spent with family.
Surviving are two children: Christopher (Courtney Eberline) Knowlton, Mashell (James) Gawne, 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, her sister Patricia Bardoni and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 
Funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Rd. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate with burial at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday at the funeral chapel from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service.

Wallis J. Reid

posted May 28, 2019, 9:33 AM by Angela Sielinski

Wallis J. Reid

Beloved father and grandfather passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019 at Shields Comfort Care. Age 81 years. The son of the late Margaret M. (Schmidt) Reid, Wally was born on May 23, 1938 in Saginaw, Michigan. He married Mary Margaret Henkel on September 23, 1961. She predeceased him on March 12, 2015. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959 and then was in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1959 to 1961. Wally was employed as a Security and Safety Officer for Hemlock Semiconductor for 30 years. For more than 50 years Wally, alongside his wife Mary, entertained the Great Lakes Bay Region with magic. Wally was well known in the Magic Entertainment Business and performed at many local venues, children parties and retirement communities. He was a member of International Brotherhood of Magicians and Society of American Magicians for over 35 years. While still working for HSC, Wally was the inspiration of “Magic of Reading”, a program that was developed to help and promote school age children to read with the use of magic. Wally was the recipient of two time national award winner for best illusion through the Linking Ring Magazine and was featured as inventor of the year with MUM Magazine. Over many years, he wrote two books on illusions and stage magic and still had one unpublished manuscript.

Surviving are his children, Sherrie (Terry) Lich, Saginaw; James (Eric Singer) Singer- Reid, Greensboro, North Carolina; Christopher (Missy Weaver) Reid, Canton; two grandchildren, John Joseph Lich and London Reid; a niece, Debra Van Aelst. Wally was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald R. Reid.

Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery with Military Honors rendered. Friends may visit at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Saginaw City Rescue Mission.
 

Gerald A. Sieggreen MD

posted May 20, 2019, 11:30 AM by Angela Sielinski

Gerald Allen Sieggreen MD

SIEGGREEN, Gerald Allen of Saginaw, Michigan. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at his daughter’s home with his family at his side. He was 80 years old. Gerald Allen Sieggreen was born at his home on July 27, 1938 in Carrollton, Michigan to the late Emil and Anna (Wojcik) Sieggreen. He was raised in Carrollton and attended Arthur Hill High School, Bay City Junior College, and Wayne State University where he received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1963. He married Alice Marie Wolohan on August 19, 1961 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Birch Run. She passed away, April 20, 2011. Gerald devoted his life to his family, friends, and his medical profession. Gerald Sieggreen joined Women’s OB-GYN in 1970, where he worked until his retirement in 2012. After receiving his medical degree, he served as Captain in the Medical Corps U.S. Army, from 1964-1966, during the Vietnam War as a surgeon in a MASH unit. Gerald was an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University and was also a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. His patients, family, and friends remember his gentle smile, sense of humor, and calm nature. He especially enjoyed exercise, golfing, and playing cards. Surviving are his children: John Sieggreen, Anna Sieggreen-Beins, Angela O'Hare, Mary Alice (Stephen) Dombrowski and his 11 grandchildren: Alicia, Charlotte (Sam) Wells, Henry, Emily, Hunter, Helen, Isabelle, Walter, John, Allison, and Marilyn. FUNERAL: Gerry’s Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Rev. Fr. Robert Byrne will officiate. Rite of Committal will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Military honors under the auspices of V.F.W. Post #1859 at 2:00 p.m. VISITATION: Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Rd. Saginaw, on Wednesday evening 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A “Time of Remembrance” will take place on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. Gerald will lie in state at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Saginaw Valley Rail Trail or the Saginaw County Medical Society. www.casefuneralhome.com

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