Obituaries

Carol J. Collison

posted Feb 5, 2019, 5:08 AM by Angela Sielinski

Carol J. Collison

Our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019, at New Hope Valley, at the age of 87. The daughter of the late Emily Agnes Morey and Kenneth Earl Morey, Carol was born on January 24, 1932, in Saginaw, Michigan. Carol graduated from St. Peter and Paul High School in 1950 where she met her late husband, Charles C. Collison. The high school sweethearts married on June 26, 1954, a union that lasted 62 years. Carol was a devoted wife and mother, talented artist who painted numerous works for family and friends, an accomplished seamstress, and a true friend to many. Carol loved to travel, work in her garden and was a longtime member of the Saginaw County Lawyers Auxiliary. After raising her children, Carol graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saginaw Valley State University.

Carol was always most proud of the family she raised with Charles and her unwavering faith in God. Carol leaves five sons, two daughters, and their spouses, Jeffrey and Cindy Collison, Saginaw; Joseph and Martha Collison, Saginaw; Daniel and Kimberley Collison, Saginaw; Lynn and David Charping, Alma; Patrick Collison (Dawn Brandon), Macomb Township; Christine and Gary Clements, Saginaw; Charles Collison, Freeland; a daughter-in-law, Janice Collison, Saginaw; 19 grandchildren, Nathan (Lauren), Kathryn (Derrick), Kevin (Emily), Korinne (Dillon), Maggie, Jennifer (Justin), Adam, Andrew, Justin (Rachel), Amanda, Jamie (Kiel), Kenny (Kacie Vanderband), Jason (Hannah), Garrett, Paige, Rebecca, Rachel, Emily and Grace; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, David Morey; two sisters, Mary Ellen Manelis and Ronnie Newman; many nieces and nephews; and all her dear friends at New Hope Valley. She was preceded in death by her brother James Morey, and her sister Lois Mrozinski. 

Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2019 at St. Dominic Parish, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 4735 W. Michigan, Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring Carol’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 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at the church on Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service will take place 4:00 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Timothy James Smith

posted Feb 1, 2019, 11:25 AM by Angela Sielinski   [ updated Feb 4, 2019, 10:18 AM ]

Timothy James Smith
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 01, 2019 at the age of 77 years.
The son of the late Charles James and Catherine (LaVigne) Smith was born on October 26, 1941 in Saginaw. He married Janet A. Pelkey on May 25, 1963; she survives him. Tim retired from General Motors in 1993 after 32 years of service, working in plant security. He later worked for W. L. Case and Company Funeral Directors, retiring in 2015 after 21 years of service. Tim was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, Saginaw Field and Stream, Moose Lodge #2235, and coached little league baseball for over 10 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball and spending time with his family at their cottage in Harrison.
Surviving besides his wife of 55 years, Janet, are their children: Timothy (Mary Kay) Smith Jr., Jeffrey (Mary) Smith, Jerrold (Tammy) Smith, grandchildren: Timothy J. (Jolynne) Smith III, Megan Smith, Daniel Smith, Mitchell Smith, Jenna Smith, great-grandsons: Timothy J. Smith IV, Benjamin R. Smith, his sister, Patricia Kostrzewa, brother Kevin (Christine) Smith, sister-in-law Donna Smith, two brothers-in-laws Kenneth (Kay) Pelkey, Dorrell (Jeanne) Pelkey and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends including his close lifelong friend William Yurcso. He was predeceased by his siblings: Lavonne Looby, Donald J. Smith, Noreen Smith, Thomas Smith and his close lifelong friend Sam Yurcso.
Funeral liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate with burial at St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Rd. on Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. where a vigil will take place at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also visit at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral liturgy. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Holy Spirit Catholic Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Joan L. Wellman

posted Jan 27, 2019, 6:24 AM by Angela Sielinski

Joan L. Wellman

Joan Lorraine Wellman
Saginaw, Michigan
Passed away with peace and grace on January 25, 2019. She was surrounded by her devoted children as she made her passage home to her heavenly Father. Joan was born January 31, 1934 in Saginaw. Michigan, the daughter of the late Clarence and Sophie Schramke. She married Leo Wellman in 1953. They shared 61 wonderful years together until his death in November of 2014. Joan was a long standing member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she and Leo raised their children. She was a devoted mother. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, listening to music, quilting, traveling, going to the casino and playing games and cards- especially with her grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed by her children, who have many great memories, Sue Ostrander; Anne (Scott) Gaeth; Sally (Craig) Tucker; Dennis (Kathy) Wellman; Amy Little; Jeff (Jill) Wellman; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, with a new great grandbaby coming in July. They will miss her in so many ways. She also leaves a sister, Ruth (Schramke) Gosen and a brother, Kenneth Schramke, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her baby, Daniel Leo, a grandson, Jonathan Little, a great granddaughter, Brooklyn Blasius; a brother, Clarence Schramke and a sister Lucille (Schramke) Hemker; her in-laws, Louis and Leatha Wellman, Harold Wellman, Nancy (Falkenburg) Wellman and Doris (Wellman) Gormley.
The funeral liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Saginaw. Rev. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate with burial in St. Andrews Cemetery. Friends may visit at the church from 10:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of the funeral liturgy. Joan’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of St. Francis Home for taking such good care of our mom and us. You were all so wonderful and caring.
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Donald Paul Seman

posted Jan 24, 2019, 12:10 PM by Angela Sielinski

Donald Paul Seman
August 7, 1950 - January 23, 2019
Freeland, Michigan

Beloved brother and uncle passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Covenant HealthCare-Cooper Campus. Age 68 years. The son of the late Paul and Leona (Michalski) Seman, Don was born on August 7, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1973. Don was employed for General Motors for more than 30 years. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing and riding his moped. Don was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #82 and Pulaski Club. 

Surviving are his sister, Patricia (Ken) Samuels, one niece and nephew, Farren (Justin) Kaczor; and Parker (Katie Hart) Samuels; a great-nephew, Dallas; aunts and uncle, Dorothy Weiss, James (Jean) Seman; many dear friends. 

Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Interment will take place in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with Military Honors rendered by V.F.W. Post #1566. Friends may call at the church where the family will be present on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to V.F.W. Post #1566. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd.
 

Dr. Leticia Ramirez Molter

posted Jan 18, 2019, 8:02 AM by Angela Sielinski

Dr. Leticia Ramirez Molter

July 15, 1925-January 14-2019

Dr. Leticia Ramirez Molter age 93, passed away peacefully with family at her side, Monday, January 14, 2019 at New Hope Valley Assisted Living, Saginaw, Michigan. Leticia was born in Cabanatuan, Philippines the daughter of Alfredo and Rufina (Santigo) Ramirez. 
In keeping with Dr. Molter’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private inurnment will take place at a later date in the Philippines.
Please share your thoughts and memories with the family throughwww.DeislerFuneralHome.com
 

Romaine Mikolaski

posted Jan 7, 2019, 5:17 AM by Angela Sielinski

Romaine Mikolaski

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019 at St. Francis Home. Age 90 years. The daughter of the late David and Martha (Kielpinski) Borowiak, Romaine was born July 25, 1928 in Saginaw, Michigan. She married Edward Mikolaski, her loving husband of 70 years, on May 15, 1948. He survives her. Romaine was employed as a group manager at Michigan Bell and AT&T for 44 years until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she helped in many ways including the funeral luncheon committee. Romaine enjoyed traveling to every state in the union, reading and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.


Surviving besides her husband Edward are two sons, one daughter and their spouses, Gregory and Diane Mikolaski, Palm Coast, Florida; Jeffrey and Sandra Mikolaski, Saginaw; Martha and Dean Anderson, Saginaw; eight grandchildren, Jason Mikolaski, Jenna (Major) Miller, Juanita McGilton, Mikala (Jeremy) DeVries, Grace (Patrick) Kille, Katrina, Natalie and Nicholas Anderson; three great-grandchildren, Bing, Sydney and Adelaide; a brother, Alan and Nancy Satkowiak, Saginaw; many nieces and nephews. Romaine was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Erin Mikolaski, and by five brothers and six sisters.


Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road in Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring Mrs. Mikolaski’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 Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
 

Frederick Lewis Thom

posted Dec 30, 2018, 6:19 PM by Angela Sielinski


Frederick Lewis  Thom

Passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Age 70 years.
He was born on July 4, 1948, son of the late Leo and Noni (Purchase) Thom, in Saginaw. Fred married Betty Wachowicz on June 19, 1976. She survives him. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Fred retired as a Truck Driver from Copco Paper Company after many years of service. After retirement he continued to work and had been employed at the Gratiot Road Meijer gas station. He enjoyed gardening, deer hunting, being outdoors and spending time with his family.
Fred will be missed by his loving wife of 42 years, Betty; their daughter, Jennifer Thom (Guadalupe Lopez); grandson, Alex; siblings, Jeanette Rutch, Ken (Nancy) Thom, Nancy Duranso, Jim (Charlotte) Thom and Barb (Dave) Resig; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat Hervert, Jerome and Georgia Wachowicz, Barry Bamberg, Gary and Karen Wachowicz, Carolyn and Dave Seely, Greg and Jill Wachowicz, Mary and Mitch Spring; also many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron Rutch, Al Duranso, Ed Hervert, Stanley and Sue Wachowicz and Dorothy and Frank Potts.
Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday at W. L. Case and Company. 201 N. Miller Road, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. where the family will be present for a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also visit at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Barbara G. Bullinger

posted Dec 29, 2018, 8:36 AM by Angela Sielinski

Barbara G. Bullinger

Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center Cooper. Age 84 years. The daughter of the late Walter and Victoria (Sny) Frost, Barbara was born September 28, 1934 in Saginaw, Michigan. Barb married LeRoy Schneidmiller on August 1, 1954. He predeceased her January 11, 1993. She then married Michael J. Bullinger on October 11, 2002. He predeceased her March 7, 2018. Barb was employed at Saginaw General Hospital in medical transcriptions for 25 years until her retirement. She was a member of Saginaw General Retiree’s, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #4232 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post #439 Auxiliary. She enjoyed golfing, traveling, camping and spending time with her family. 


Surviving are two children, Jeanne and Jeffrey Patrick, Anne Marie Lynch; step-children, Michael Bullinger; Christopher and Terrie Bullinger; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sue Plant, Cathy and Roy Rodammer and Karen Bronson; many nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by and infant daughter, Mary Jo, and by two brothers and one sister, Gary Frost, William Frost and Maureen Taylor.


Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road in Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate with burial 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 Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service will take place 6:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
 

Mary Louise (Donnelly) Birkham

posted Dec 21, 2018, 7:48 AM by Angela Sielinski

Mary Louise (Donnelly) Birkam

Beloved mother and grandmother passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Stone Crest Assisted Living. Age 92 years. The daughter of the late Peter and Florence (Stitt) Donnelly, Mary was born June 5, 1926 in Allen, Michigan. She earned her Degree in Journalism from Marygrove College in Detroit and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She married George A. Birkam, Jr., on April 28, 1951. He predeceased her February 6, 2013. Mary was employed at Detroit Catholic Central High School in Redford, Michigan until her retirement. She and George moved to Tawas in 1986. She served on the Iosco County Library Board, the Ladies Literary Guild and was a volunteer at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital. Mary was a past member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Tawas and a current member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, baking and playing cards. Most of all, Mary loved spending time with family and friends.


Surviving are two sons and two daughters, George A. Birkam III and his wife Dianne, Monroe; Anne Birkam, Saginaw; Fritz Birkam and his wife Diane, St. Clair Shores; Monica Birkam, Auburn Hills; a granddaughter, Erin Birkam and her husband Luis Varona, Clarksville, Tennessee; a great-grandson, Mitchell Davis; a sister, Helen Harig, Blaine, Washington; several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers, Irene Webster, Richard, Charles and William Donnelly.


Mary’s family extends their gratitude and appreciation to Stone Crest Assisted Living and V.N.A. Hospice for their loving and compassionate care. 


Honoring Mrs. Birkam’s wishes, her body was anatomically donated to Wayne State University. A Memorial Liturgy will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road in Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Friends may visit at Holy Spirit Catholic Church where the family will be present on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the East Tawas Public Library.
 

Anna O'Leary

posted Dec 12, 2018, 5:19 AM by Angela Sielinski

Anna M.  O'Leary

Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Saginaw Senior Care and Rehab Center. She was 91 years old. Anna M. Lundquist was a triplet born January 13, 1927 in Grand Marais, MI to the late Alfred and Mabel F. (Hatfield) Lundquist. Ann came to Saginaw when she was 26 years old. She married Robert O’Leary on December 5, 1975 in Saginaw, Michigan, he preceded her in death on November 4, 1999. Ann was a faithful member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Ann was a member of the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed working on puzzle books and loved watching the Detroit Tigers play. Ann also enjoyed many forms of entertainment. 

Ann is survived by her daughter, Josephine Nyman; grandson, William (fiancée Michelle Lemuel) Nyman; great-grandson, Chase Nyman; special friend, Frank Sternett and many nieces and nephews. 

Ann was preceded in death by her siblings: Frank, Bess, Glady and Al.

FUNERAL: A Funeral Liturgy for Anna will be held at 10:00 a.m., December 19, 2018 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road, Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. 

VISITATION: Family and friends will gather at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State) on December 18, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Deisler Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.

MEMORIALS: Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial contribution to the wishes of the family. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home, church or through www.DeislerFuneralHome.com
 

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