Obituaries

Richard "Beagle" Vitek

posted 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

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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

Robert M. Dunn

posted May 6, 2019, 9:58 AM by Angela Sielinski

Robert M. Dunn

Passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at the age of 77 years.

Bob was born June 25, 1941, in Saginaw, the son of the late Harold and Evelyn (Lang) Dunn. He married Ruth Ann Matuzak August 27, 1960; she survives him. He retired from General Motors in 2003, after many years of service. He was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where he was a member of the ushers group, the guitar group, the Befrienders ministry, and the Knights of Columbus Council #8808 He served on the Board of Directors of the Holy Spirit Parish Credit Union. Bob was a member of the Shields Men’s Club and was a blood donor for many years.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Ruth Ann; three children: Rev. Rebecca Dunn, Saginaw; Stephen (JoAnn) Dunn, Saginaw; Timothy Dunn, Bay City; two grandchildren, Alexandra and Wesley; one brother, Michael Dunn, Saginaw; two sisters, Kathy (Tom) Smith, Saginaw; Vickie Sochacki, Bay City; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Michael Matuzak, Pat (Paula) Matuzak, Jeffrey (Karla) Matuzak, Lisa (Robert) White; many nephews, nieces and friends. He was predeceased by a sister-in-law and brother-in—law, Diane and Edward Premo.

Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Rd., from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, where the Knights of Columbus Council #8808 will pray the Rosary at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and where a parish Vigil service will take place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Family and friends may then call at the church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of funeral Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Holy Spirit Parish or the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter, Midland Office. www.casefuneralhome.com

Dorothy Jean (Wurtzel) Murin

posted May 6, 2019, 5:17 AM by Angela Sielinski

Dorothy Jean   (Wurtzel) Murin

Beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at St. Francis Home of Saginaw. She was 92 years old. Dorothy Jean Wurtzel was born on March 30, 1927 in Thomas Township, to the late Edward and Anna (McInnis) Wurtzel. She was a proud graduate of Arthur Hill High School. Dorothy married the love of her life, Joseph Robert Murin, on July 16, 1949, in Saginaw; he preceded her in death on September 8, 1989. She was a faithful member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she volunteered with the altar society and funeral luncheons. Dorothy had a servant’s heart and would often volunteer at Covenant HealthCare. She enjoyed crocheting afghans making many beautiful ones for all her grandchildren. Above all, Dorothy loved and cherished her family, especially her grandchildren. She will forever be remembered for her kind, loving and gentle spirit. 

Surviving are three sons and two daughters: Theodore (Caleen) Murin of Saginaw Township; Anne (Gordon) Jankens of Bay City; Jane (Edward) Thom of Freeland; Joseph (Bonnie) Murin of Freeland; John (Stephanie) Murin of Freeland; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Catherine Wurtzel of Scotts; Irene Waier of Saginaw Township; Also surviving are many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph R. Murin; brothers and sisters: Mary Healander, Fred Wurtzel, Alice MacRae, Edmund Wurtzel, Arthur Wurtzel, Kathryn Kossak, twin brother, Donald Wurtzel, Joseph Wurtzel, and Philip Wurtzel; two brothers-in-law: John Murin and Steve Murin. 

A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate. Rite of Committal will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dorothy will lie in state at the church on Wednesday 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 Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Darcy Renee Schultz

posted Apr 16, 2019, 10:25 AM by Angela Sielinski


Darcy  Renee Schultz

Loving sister, aunt and friend passed away. Age 52 years. Daughter of the late Donald and Deanna (Clark) Schultz, Darcy was born June 12, 1966 in Saginaw, Michigan. She was a 1984 graduate of McArthur High School. She also attended SVSU for graphic design and was a self-employed freelance photographer. Growing up Darcy had a passion for pools working in the family business and this led her to her most recent position at Sunshine Pools. Darcy spent several years caring for her parents. She was an avid pet lover especially for Raven and TT. Whether in her cooking or her interest in health and beauty, she was very artistic and creative.

Surviving to cherish her memory are three brothers and one sister, Donald Schultz, Saginaw; David (Anne) Schultz, Saginaw; Dean Schultz, Saginaw; Daphne Kern (Stacey Wyman), Delton, Michigan; six nieces and four nephews which she called her own, Samantha Schultz and her son Conner, Jeremiah Schultz, Victoria (Jan) Mursak, David Schultz Jr., Taylor Finazzi, Zachary Wyman, Stephanie Wyman, Brandon Wyman, Jennifer Wyman, Ashley Wyman; her uncle and aunt, Howard and Ruth Clark; several cousins. Darcy was predeceased by two aunts, Geraldine Bordeaux and Valerie Harris.

Honoring Darcy’s wishes cremation has taken place. A Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate with burial of cremains in St. Andrew Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Monday. Friends may visit at the church where the family will be present on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Old Town Christian Outreach Center, Saginaw County Animal Shelter or Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
 

Eileen Phyllis McPhillips

posted Apr 3, 2019, 5:22 AM by Angela Sielinski



Eileen Phyllis McPhillips, 93, of Saginaw, our devoted mother and grandmother, was born into eternal life on the morning of Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Covenant Cooper. Eileen was born in Alpena on March 15, 1926, the daughter of the late Henry and Selma (Yockey) McDonald. She married Patrick McPhillips on February 3, 1945, in Alpena.  They were married for 56 years before Patrick passed away on October 10, 2001. Eileen retired from the City of Saginaw, where she worked as a clerk in the water department. She enjoyed winters spent in Florida, crocheting, and time spent with family. A devout Catholic, Eileen loved to pray, especially the Rosary. Most recently, Eileen was a resident of Edgewood Assisted Living, where she loved watching the birds and squirrels on the birdfeeders outside her window. Eileen leaves to carry on her legacy, her children: Dianne (Richard) Lichon of Saginaw, Kathleen (James) McCaslin of Estero, Florida, Mary Ann Schark of Saginaw, Barbara (David) Strickland of Glenpool, Oklahoma, and Colonel Dr. John (Lisa) McPhillips of Colleyville, Texas; eleven grandchildren: Linda Lichon, Dick (Michalene) Lichon, Jason (Christy) McCaslin, David (Mary) Schark, Carrie (Tim) Wilson, Kristen (Jeff) Platte, Rachael Strickland, Alyssa Strickland, Dustin (Brittany) McPhillips, Holden (Amanda) Hylander, and John Patrick “J.P.” (Roxanne) McPhillips, Jr.; fourteen great-grandchildren: Emily, John, Ann, Lauryn, Alexandra, David, Kellan, Mason, Camden, Sofia, Hayes, Evan, Olivia, and Ella; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Shirley McDonald and Joan McDonald, Lawrence (Sandra) McPhillips, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, Eileen was predeceased by an infant son, Richard; son-in-law David A. Schark; four brothers, James (Virginia) McDonald, Robert McDonald, Richard (Carol) McDonald, and David McDonald; her father and mother-in-law, Leo and Florence (Mason) McPhillips, and her brothers- and sisters-in-law: Leo McPhillips, Richard (Ruth) McPhillips, Betty (Ray) Tussing, James McPhillips, Peter “Marv” McPhillips, Sister Marie McPhillips, and Gertrude (Joseph) Allen. Eileen's family will be present to receive visitors on Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM with a 5:00 PM Vigil for Eileen at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services (formerly Reitz-Herzberg), 1550 Midland Rd., between State and Gratiot Roads. On Monday, April 8, 2019, Eileen will be taken to Holy Spirit Parish, 1035 N. River Rd., Thomas Twp., where visitation will continue from 10:00 AM until Eileen's 11:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate with the Rite of Committal to be held privately in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Holy Spirit Parish. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Edgewood Assisted Living, Hospice, and Covenant Cooper for taking such good care of Eileen. 

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