Obituaries

Valentine John "V.J." Kwater

posted Oct 16, 2017, 10:36 AM by Laura Bush




Kwater, Valentine John “V.J.”
Saginaw, Ml

Passed away Monday, October 9, 2017, at the home of his brother, David, in Wayland, Michigan, at the age of 63 years. The son of Chester and Lucille Bott Kwater was born on April 1, 1954, in Saginaw. He had formerly worked for Wolgast Construction and Graham Construction. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, traveling, and going on cruises.
Surviving him are his mother Lucille, of Saginaw; son Adam (Teal) Kwater, of Longwood, FL, and daughter, Cassie (Tom) Kremer, of Bellingham, MA; grandchildren AJ. Kwater and Reynold Kremer; brother David (Mary) Kwater of Wayland, Ml, sisters Sandra (Jerry) Moser and Mary (Tom) Dierich, all of Saginaw, Ml; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester; granddaughter, Mya; and grandparents, Valentine and Mary Kwater and Valentine and Mary Bott.


Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2017, at W.L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Rd. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 9:00 a.m. Saturday until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donations for his grandchildren's college fund, in care of V.J.’s mother, Lucille Kwater. www.casefuneralhome.com

Jennifer L. Hafeli

posted Oct 15, 2017, 11:15 AM by Laura Bush

Jennifer L. Hafeli
Jennifer L. Hafeli
Loving wife, mother and daughter passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Age 31 years. Daughter of James and Teresa (Kelly) Martin, Jennifer was born November 9, 1985 in Saginaw, Michigan. She was a 2003 graduate of Hemlock High School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Michigan Technological University in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She was married to Andrew K. Hafeli on August 16, 2008. He survives her. Jennifer was a Product Engineer at Nexteer. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the Saginaw Area Concert Band. She enjoyed designing quilts, writing stories, camping and canoeing. Jennifer especially enjoyed spending time with her children, joking and teasing them; teaching them music, math and reading.


Surviving besides her husband Andrew are one son and one daughter, Matthew and Abigail; her parents, James and Teresa Martin; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ken and Josie Hafeli; sisters-in-law, Katherine (Jason) Cole and Amy (and the late Keith) Britt; nieces, Ellie Britt, Keira Britt and nephew, David Cole.


Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 16, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd., Saginaw, Michigan. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring Jennifer’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 Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service will take place 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Cancer Society.

MARCELYN M. VANDERBURG

posted Oct 12, 2017, 3:31 PM by Laura Bush   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 3:38 PM ]

Mrs. Marcelyn M. VanderburgVanderburg, Mrs. Marcelyn M. Thomas Twp., Michigan Marcelyn passed away at her home on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Age 98 years. She was born on March 31, 1919, in Saginaw, to the late Joseph D. and Nellie M. (LaPage) LaFleur. She was married to Robert Vanderburg on October 30, 1937, and he predeceased her on October 2, 2006, after 69 years of marriage. Prior to her retirement, Marcelyn had worked as a nurse's aide at St. Mary's Hospital. She enjoyed reading, baking, and for 20 years, she especially enjoyed the time she shared with her husband and family at their home on Higgins Lake. Surviving are her two daughters, Carol (Gene) Hummel and JoJean Ray; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, extended family and friends. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Louise Wagner, Nell Jean Call, Dorothy Bruns; and her sons, Eugene and Donald Vanderburg. In accordance with Marcelyn's wishes cremation has taken place. Funeral Liturgy will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 13, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd., in Thomas Twp. The Rev. Fr. Peter J Gaspeny will officiate. Rite of Committal to follow in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be considered to Emmaus House of Saginaw 733 S. 14th Street, Saginaw, MI 48601. Memories and sympathies of Marcelyn may be shared with the family on her memorial website at WakemanFuneralHome.com

Patrick Gerald Wolgast

posted Oct 7, 2017, 1:59 PM by Laura Bush


Patrick G. Wolgast

Wolgast, Patrick G. of Saginaw, Michigan formerly of Hemlock

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully at his home, with his family by his side on Friday, October 6, 2017. He was 65 years old. Patrick Gerald Wolgast was born on June 2, 1952 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late Gerald and Patricia (Naessens) Wolgast. He was a proud 1970 graduate of Hemlock High School. Following graduation he attended Ferris State University. Patrick married the love of his life, Gail Ann Erskine on October 1, 1977 in Hemlock, recently celebrating their 40th anniversary. He began working for the family business, the Wolgast Corporation in 1972. Patrick retired in 2009 after 37 years of service. After taking over the helm in the early 1980’s as president and COO, he was truly the heart and soul of the company. Patrick was the co-founder of Wolgast Development, founding member of 1st State Bank and River End Preserve and a prominent supporter of the Junior Achievement of Saginaw. Patrick was a charter member of the 100 Club. He was instrumental in forming the Saginaw Valley Area Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors in 1977. Patrick also funded and built the Saginaw County Veterans Memorial Plaza. He enjoyed his cottage on Higgin’s Lake and being outdoors.

Surviving are his wife Gail Ann Wolgast of Saginaw; one daughter, Linsie (Justin) Smith of Saginaw; one son, Nicholas Wolgast of Saginaw and his fiancée, Keisha Eckert of Gaylord; three grandchildren: Nicholas and Olivia Chasnis and Greyson Smith; two nephews he considered sons: Brent Wolgast of Birmingham and Kevin Wolgast of Saginaw; one brother and two sisters: Lynn (Bebe) Wolgast of Saginaw, Darla (Richard) Romano of San Francisco, CA and Ann Denise (Denny) Sabo of Spring Hill, FL; a sister-in-law, Karolyn (Craig) Wolgast-Goslin; a mother-in-law, Marie Erskine of Hemlock; three sisters-in-law: Christine Marcotte, Vicki (Tom) Ewald and Patricia Zimmerman; a special friend, cousin and caregiver, Charles Alcanter of Freeland; and special friend and colleague, Stephanie Graft-Goschka of Saginaw. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, extended family member and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Patricia Wolgast; a grandson, Ashton Smith; three brothers: Kevin Wolgast, Daniel Wolgast and Mark Wolgast; a nephew Matthew Wolgast; and father-in-law, Hersey Erskine.

FUNERAL: A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring Patrick’s wishes cremation has taken place.

VISITATION: Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State) on Sunday October 8, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday 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 Ronald McDonald House, Hidden Harvest and the Rescue Ministries of Saginaw. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home church or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.

Brenda S. Wenzel

posted Sep 6, 2017, 12:21 PM by Laura Bush

Brenda S. Wenzel
June 30, 1955 - September 6, 2017

Beloved mother, grandmother and daughter passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center Harrison. Age 62 years. The daughter of Adolphia (Dell) Cline and the late Harold Cline, Brenda was born June 30, 1955 in Saginaw, Michigan. She was employed at Cline Glass Company in Clare and the Saginaw Commission on Aging. Brenda enjoyed playing golf, bingo and going to the casino. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.


Surviving are two sons, one daughter and their spouses, Jeremy and Robin Wenzel, Merrill; Todd and Teresa Wenzel, Hemlock; Rachael and Bernard Sheard, Naples, Florida; 13 grandchildren, Tiffany, Stephanie (Adam), Dominic, Brittany, Nichole, Vincent, Kayla, Zachary (Rebecca), Austin, Serenity, Nevaeh, Neven and Nyah; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Kaiden; Brenda’s mother, Adolphia (Dell) Cline, Saginaw; two brothers, Howard (Patsy) Cline, Jerry Cline. Brenda was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and Bruce Cline, and by a sister-in-law, Sharon Cline.


Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road in Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring Brenda’s wishes, cremation will follow. Friends may call 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. to 8:00 p.m. and at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Holy Spirit Catholic Church or the charity of their choice.

Frances A. Eddy

posted Aug 14, 2017, 11:50 AM by Christina Eisengruber



Frances “Nana” Eddy (Brandel) died suddenly at Covenant Medical Center on August 9, 2017 in Saginaw, Michigan at the age of 81.

Frances is survived by her daughters Kathy Jackson (Jeff), Carol Glenn (Jeff), and Julie Williams; brothers Wayne Brandel, John Brandel, Lawrence Brandel; and sister Phyllis Kueffner. She is preceded in death by her parents William J. Brandel and Frances C RaBarge; brothers Edsel Brandel, William Brandel, Richard Brandel, James Brandel; sisters Mary Little, Cecilia Novak, Patricia Manial, Jenne Stevens; and husband/life-long friend Harold Eddy.

Frances was born on December 10,1935 in Saginaw, Michigan to William J Brandel and Frances C Brandel. She attended cosmetology school and worked in Atlanta, Georgia for L’Oreal. Frances and Harold were married for 25 years, after which they remained close friends. The pair enjoyed fishing and friendly competition in card games. Frances also enjoyed cooking, her church, trips to the casino, and playing Texas Hold ‘em with her family. Nana had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren -- Aaron Lovato (Ashley), Justin Jackson, Katie Nagy (Andrew), Luke Williams, Sydney Glenn, Ansley Williams, Ben Williams and great-grandchildren  Hayden Lovato, Jackson Nagy, and Claire Lovato.

A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 9:00am, a funeral mass at 10:00am, and a luncheon to follow, all at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N River Rd, Saginaw, Michigan with Father Pete Gaspeny officiating. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Frances’ life. Those considering an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Saginaw.  To sign online guest book visit www.cremationsocietymidmi.com.

Diane Kay Murphy

posted Aug 2, 2017, 11:00 AM by Laura Bush   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 1:49 PM ]

Diane K. Murphy, age 66, was born February 24, 1951, in Saginaw, Michigan, the second of five children, to Leon and Clara (Masica) Murphy. 

She died July 4, 2017, at Huron Medical Center, Bad Axe.

Diane leaves to cherish her memory three brothers and a sister and their spouses, James (Kathy), Robert (Lori), Marilyn (Scott) and Ronald (Yoshiko), also many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Her family wishes to thank her caregiver, Dawn Conley, who along with her family lovingly cared for Diane in their home for many years.

The family is also grateful for the care Diane received at Hereford Home, Bad Axe.

We mourn the loss of her but celebrate the life she led and are thankful for the many gifts that she gave us.

Diane had limitations that would stop most of us. She could not do many of the things that we take for granted,

such as talk or care for herself. But she inspired us to try harder.

Her perspective on life taught us to be grateful for what we have and to savor the sweet moments we have each day.

Diane's greatest gift to us was her gift of unconditional love - teaching us to love even when it is not easy- to love without words or limits.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road, Saginaw, with a 10:00 a.m. Mass, the Rev. Peter Gaspeny officiating. The family will be present at the church to greet family and friends from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be at St. Andrew Cemetery, 381 St. Andrews Road, Saginaw.

 

 



JANINA (NINA) KOLINKO

posted Jul 19, 2017, 2:48 PM by Laura Bush   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 2:22 PM ]

Janina (Nina) Kolinko was born in Monety, Poland on July 8, 1952.  She entered Heaven’s gates on June 26, 2017.

Janina was an excellent nurse and enjoyed working with patients.  Over the years, she traveled around the world on Church pilgrimages.  She also loved celebrating daily mass!

 

She dedicated much of her time and support to the community, including to the law enforcement and fire department.  Her passion was always helping others.

Janina is survived by her brother Mirek and his wife Rocio, sister Lidka, sister-in-law Marta, loving nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Two brothers, Jan and Czeslaw, parents Antoni and Regina predeceased her.

She will be always remembered as a caring aunt and sister..

Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring Janina’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
 
Burial of cremains will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery.

Janet Mary (Coty) Doepker

posted Jul 7, 2017, 11:19 AM by Laura Bush   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 11:23 AM ]

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Janet Mary Doepker

October 9, 1935 - May 10, 2017

Janet Mary (Coty) Doepker, 81 years old, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Duluth, Georgia of congestive heart & kidney failure.

Janet was born to the late William Coty and Theresa (Thom) Coty in Saginaw, MI on October 9, 1935. She married James (Jim) Doepker on November 1, 1951. They were married for 48 years.

Sadly, her husband Jim predeceased her on June 15, 2000. Janet was the mother of four surviving children; James Doepker and his wife Doris of Saginaw, MI, Judi Braun and her fiance Bill Foreman of Duluth GA, Jeanna Ray of Rock Hill, SC and Joel Doepker and his wife Lynda of Washington, MO. Janet was a grandma to Daniel Doepker, Susan Doepker, Rachel Doepker, Amy Doepker, Amanda Friedhoff, Tyler Braun and Samantha Doepker and will be sorely missed by all of them.

Janet was one of 16 children. She is survived by her siblings, Phyllis Baker and her deceased husband Bill, Arlene Holtman and her deceased husband Russ, Bob Coty and his wife Janice, Bev Ackerman and her deceased husband Bob, Jim Coty, Marge Jerome and her deceased husband Bob, Marilyn de la Osa and her husband Dan, Helen Weiss and her husband Terry Marcoux, Judith Christ and her deceased husband Howard, Ed Coty and his wife Joy, Thom Glaza & Barb Anthenet and her husband Bruce. She was predeceased by her siblings Mary Lipar, Shirley Meibeyer, and Joe Glaza. Janet was an aunt to 55 beloved nieces and nephews.

Janet was an adventurous woman and loved traveling, especially to the beaches of sunny Florida, and did so until she was 79 years old. She loved trying her luck at casinos (she sure did love those nickel slot machines), solving word puzzle, and playing games like Candy Crush.  Watching her friends’ and families’ stories on Facebook brought her great joy.

Among her friends and family, her reputation as a supreme Euchre player is legendary. As one family member noted; “Janet could win with the worst cards in the deck, with one eye closed and a hand tied behind her back”.

 Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 North River Road, Saginaw. Reverend Peter Gaspeny will preside.

A celebration of Janet’s life will be held the afternoon of Saturday, July 15, at Imerman Park in Saginaw, Michigan at 1 pm EDT. More details will be provided at a later date via this website and it will be posted on Facebook as well.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in her name to either of Janet’s favorite charities, Smile Train, New York, NY at https://www.smiletrain.org or the Omaha Home for Boys in Omaha, NE at http://omahahomeforboys.org.
We as a family feel she is up in heaven getting reacquainted with all those that passed before her. We want her to know that we love and miss our Mom, Grandma, and Sister and we know that you are in a better place now.

Robert A. Blasch

posted Jun 27, 2017, 8:31 AM by Laura Bush


Robert A. Blasch

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully Sunday, June 25, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Age 75 years. Son of the late Gustave and Lorraine (Tessier) Blasch, Robert was born January 27, 1942 in Saginaw, Michigan. He married Jacolyn D. Bluem on May 4, 1963. She survives him. Robert retired from General Motors in 2000 and was a member of U.A.W. Local #688. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the Bible Study at St. Stephen Catholic Church, Shields Lions Club, Field and Stream, NSRA and enjoyed automobiles.

Surviving besides his wife Jacolyn are three daughters and two sons, Kimberly (David) Novak, Westland; Kathryn (Maurice) Benoit, Rockford; Kristin (Robert) Koski, Rochester Hills; Kevin (Poppy Laine) Blasch, Saginaw; Kraig (Leigh) Blasch, San Antonio, Texas; 13 grandchildren, Stephen (Megan), Joshua, Amanda, Bailey, Haley, Austin, Natalie, Tanner, Morgan, Taylor, Christian, Cashion and Damian; two great-grandchildren, Natalee and Matthew; four brothers and one sister, Fredrick (Donna) Blasch, Eric Blasch, Dale (Loree) Blasch, Sandra (Tom) Schlatter and Gary Blasch; many nieces and nephews.


Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring Mr. Blasch’s wishes cremation will follow with burial of cremains in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may visit at the Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd. (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service will take place 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Beaumont Rose Cancer Center or Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
  

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