Obituaries

RONALD (DOC, MAYTAG) MARTIN

posted Nov 28, 2017, 1:01 PM by Laura Bush

Ronald (Doc, Maytag) Martin
April 25, 1939 - November 27, 2017

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Monday, November 27, 2017. Age 78 years. The son of the late Joseph and Hattie (Mielke) Martin, Ron was born April 25, 1939 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1957-1960 and served in the Reserves until 1963. He married Nancy Lincoln on June 3, 1994. She survives him. Ron was employed at General Motors for 50 years until his retirement in 2004 where he served as a Committee Man for over 20 years. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Knights of Columbus Council #4232 and U.A.W. Local #668. He enjoyed hunting, sports and loved time spent with his family.


Surviving besides his wife Nancy are two sons, one daughter and their spouses, Donald and Kathy Martin, Charlotte, North Carolina; Daniel Martin, Flatrock, Michigan; Diana Schmiegel, Saginaw; five grandchildren, Amanda Martin, Douglas Martin, Adam, Patrick and Grace Schmiegel; step-children, Tammy and Mark Hermansen, Harrisville, Michigan; Karen and Mark Vanderlin, Iron River, Michigan; Deborah and Mark Horswill, Coleman, Michigan; Brenda Moening, Las Vegas, Nevada; step-grandchildren, Noelle Lincoln, Robert Pitt, Ryan, Aaron and Michael Schalow, Mallery (Max) Campbell, Cameron Beck, Jessica Lincoln, Dylan (Jennifer) Mullikin; 10 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-step-granddaughter; two nephews and one niece, James (Joan) Martin, Joseph (Lisa) Martin Jr. and Arleen Martin. Ron was preceded in death by a son, Kurt Martin, three brothers, Joseph Jr., Donald and James Martin.


Funeral Liturgy will take place 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 1, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road in Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Interment will follow in Westside Cemetery where military honors will be presented by V.F.W. Post #1859. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Thursday from 2:00 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, led by Kathleen Myles, Pastoral Associate, will take place 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Kidney Foundation.

MICHAEL KERN

posted Nov 14, 2017, 1:28 PM by Laura Bush

Michael Kern

Michael Kern
St. Charles, Michigan
Formerly of Reese, Michigan

Mr. Kern 83 passed away suddenly at his residence on Thursday August 24, 2017. He was born in Reese on July 13, 1934 to the late Peter & Lena (Mandell) Kern. Mike married the former Mary Ebenhoeh on August 25, 1956 at sacred Heart Catholic Church, Saginaw. She survives him. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U. S. Army and worked at Presto-Lite for 29 years and 10 years at Greve Foundry in Reese.
Mike enjoyed fishing, puzzles, automobiles either collecting, caring for them or buying a new one but his greatest joy was his great grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years and their children Carol Wajer, James Kern, Dennis Kern, Duane Kern and Thomas & Debra Kern; a daughter in law Karo Kern; 11 grandchildren and 11 great grand children; sisters Barbara Cook and Dorothy Spiekermann and a sister in law Dolores Kern. He was preceded in death by a son Michael David Kern and eight brothers and sisters.
Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 am Friday, November 17, 2017. at Holy Spirit Parish, 1035 North River Road. Reverend Peter J Gaspeny will officiate. Inurnment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Rivertown Funeral Chapel.
 

Thelma F. Matuzak

posted Nov 4, 2017, 12:18 PM by Laura Bush


November 1, 1917 - November 2, 2017
Born in Midland, Michigan
Resided in Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and aunt, passed away early Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Hoyt Nursing and Rehab Centre at the age of 100 years and one day old.
Thelma F. Bass was born November 1, 1917, in Midland, Michigan, and was the last living child of 14 born to the late Charles James and Effie (Caughell) Bass. She was a long-time member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Thelma enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping, and word search puzzles. Most important of all, she loved time spent with her family and all her grandchildren.
She married Vincent Matuzak December 17, 1938; he predeceased her September 27, 1993. Two daughters, three sons and their spouses, Ruth and Robert Dunn, Michael Matuzak, Patrick and Paula Matuzak, Jeffrey and Karla Matuzak, Lisa and Robert White, all of Saginaw; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; many, many loving nieces, nephews and their families. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Edward Premo; a grandson, Justin Matuzak; a great-grandson, Corey Premo; and all of her 13 siblings.
Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 6, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road, Saginaw, MI 48609. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Her family will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road, from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, where a parish vigil will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Family and friends may then gather at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Holy Spirit Catholic Church or the Saginaw Rescue Mission. Thelma’s family would like to thank the staff at Hoyt Nursing and Rehab Centre for their love and tender care.

Anne Nicewicz

posted Oct 21, 2017, 10:16 AM by Laura Bush

Anne Nicewicz

 Anne Nicewicz

Beloved aunt, great-aunt and friend passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Edgewood Assisted Living. Age 93 years. The daughter of the late Frank and Julia (Lis) Nicewicz, Anne was born December 16, 1923 in Saginaw, Michigan. Her proudest moment was leaving Michigan to work at the U.S. Pentagon in Washington, D.C., during WW II. While there, she met and worked with many military and civilian personnel from all over the country and treasured her friendships. Anne was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and regularly visited veterans at the Walter Reed Hospital. Anne was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the League of Catholic Women. Anne enjoyed traveling and her adventures took her far including Europe and the Vatican. She loved the theatre, music and reading.


Anne is survived by several nieces and nephews. Anne was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers, Mary Witkorowski, Dorothy, Sophie, Cecelia, Stanley and Joseph Nicewicz. A special thank you to Anne’s niece, Sharen, and nephew, Tom, for their loving care, and to Bobbie Metiva for her regular visits.


Anne’s family extends their gratitude and appreciation to Edgewood Assisted Living and Covenant Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.


Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road in Saginaw. Anne’s nephew, Rev. Fr. Stephen Fillion, will officiate with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friend may call at Holy Spirit Catholic Church where the family will be present on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, please take a special aunt, mother or grandmother to lunch.

Gerald M. Sauve

posted Oct 19, 2017, 1:02 PM by Laura Bush

Sauve, Gerald M.

Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away early Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the age of 87 years.

He was born April 2, 1930, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the son of the late Joseph and Clara (Fauteux) Sauve. He married Delores Slyziuk on July 30, 1950; she survives him. They made their home in Livonia until moving to Saginaw 15 years ago. While in the Detroit area, he owned a Marathon Service Station in Farmington. He had been a member of St. Kenneth Catholic Church, in Plymouth and the Knights of Columbus in Livonia. He was currently a member at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and its Knights of Columbus Council. He was an avid bowler and golfer, belonging to various leagues, and enjoyed fishing. He was a dedicated sports fan, especially enjoying hockey and baseball. Gerald was a very talented woodcarver, especially of waterfowl, and enjoyed painting and other artistic endeavors.

Surviving besides his wife, Delores, are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Karen Sauve, Chicago, IL; David and Anne Marie Sauve, Saginaw; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Christin and her husband Mike Gray, and their children, Cailyn, Logan and Caroline; Ryan Sauve; Emily, Angela and Olivia Sauve; two step-granddaughters, Alex (Jones) and her husband, Brad Kirschenbaum, and Sam Jones; three sisters and one brother, Mary Groulx, Doris Fox, Henry and his wife Shirley Sauve, and Carol and her husband Arthur Bartlett; one sister-in-law, Stella Kukhahn; many nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by one sister and her husband, Helen and Fred Verstick; and by four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Ray Groulx, George Fox, Ernie and Rose Slyziuk and Mike and Rose Slyziuk.

Funeral Liturgy will take place at ­­­­10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Gerald’s 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 Monday, where a parish vigil will take place at 7:00 p.m. Monday. The Knights of Columbus will pray the Rosary at 4:00 p.m. Monday. Family and friends may then gather at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday until the time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Holy Spirit Catholic Church or Saginaw County Right to Life. 

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.

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