Family and friends of Romanda Ellen Grodi gathered to celebrate her earthly life as well as her new life in Christ. Romanda entered the Catholic Church as an adult prior to the marriage to Ray Grodi on November 16, 1946.
A Memorial Mass for Peter Severino Centa was celebrated at St. Mary Church with his family and friends in attendance on July 9, 2021. In his formative years, Pete attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Discerning that God was calling him to another way of serving him, Pete enlisted in the United States Army from 1961-1964. He was a dedicated husband and father.
Family and friends of Dominic John Charles gathered on Friday, June 18th to remember God’s goodness and mercy throughout Dominic’s long life. Dominic and his wife, Evelyn (d. 2011), were blessed with fifty-seven years of marriage. A veteran on the Korean War, the discipline of the military prepared him to be a longtime and successful baseball coach. He was honored for his coaching dedication by being inducted into the Monroe Sports Hall of Fame.
Family and friends of Dr. Christopher Kelly gathered on Thursday, June 10th to remember God’s goodness, console one another and strengthen our belief that we are a people of hope. A gifted surgeon, Chris set high standards for himself; a trait reflected in his work. A native of Iowa, Chris joined the Catholic Church through RCIA, after witnessing the faith of his wife, Lisa’s family. Chris also had a “funny” sense of humor and was described by his staff as one who taught them many things.
Family and friends gathered on Monday, June 7th to give thanks to God for His goodness and pray for the peaceful repose of Mary Kathryn Carpenter. She was a woman who lovingly devoted herself to the needs of her family and guided and assisted others through her work as a librarian at various school and community libraries. Through her active service on community boards, Mary shared her wisdom and time in making the world a better place in which to live.
Joan Marie Raymond served as an obstetrics nurse, welcoming newborns into the world. Her love of children animated her life. Her daughters shared that she loved being a mother and took joy in nurturing her children by frequently holding them and hugging them often. Through her example her children were taught compassion, how to be a listener and how to reverence and cherish her husband, Tom (d. 2010). Joan was faithful to her “prayer time” each day.
Described as a generous woman, not hesitant to lend a hand of support to many charitable causes, who extended warm hospitality to those who entered the doors of “Danny’s Fine Foods”, Lucille Angela (Leonard) Vuich was commended to the love and mercy of God when her family and friends gathered on April 21 to prayerfully return her to the God who created her. With her husband of 46 years (Daniel M. Vuich; d. 1998), Lucille owned and operated the well- known family business of “Danny’s Fine Foods” on West Elm Ave. for many years.
On Monday, April 19th, the family and friends of Cecile Mary Prusaitis gathered in thanksgiving and praise of God for the gift of Cecile’s life. She was married to her “soul mate”, Bill for more than 67 years. Blessed with four children, William (Amy); Cindy, Mark (Valerie) and Gregory (Cynthia) and ten grandchildren, Cecile generously shared her dedication and commitment to her Catholic faith in many ways; teaching the faith to children through “CCD”, making prayer shawls and serving as a member of the Rosary Makers. It is estimated that she made over 16,000 rosaries!
A Memorial Mass celebrating the life of William Norbert Masson took place on April 16, 2021. Family, friends and co-workers gathered to grieve and remember the many gifts that Bill so generously shared with them and others. Bill was a devoted husband to Susan, a faithful son to his widowed mother, Ruby Montri, a loving father to his children, Joe and Christine and a life-long friend to his sister, Dorothy Ciacelli.
The Mass of the Resurrection celebrating the life of Paula Jo Smeltzer took place on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Family, childhood neighbors and numerous colleagues and friends from Saginaw, MI gathered to grieve and remember the many gifts that Paula so generously shared with others.
The Mass of the Resurrection celebrating the life of Jean Ann Hoffman Waybright on Monday, January 18, 2021 was an opportunity for her family and friends to give thanks for her full and generous witness to living Gospel values. Her life in Christ began with her baptism at St. Mary, where she also was welcomed into full communion with the church through the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
The life of Gerald Patrick Gallagher, a man with diverse talents and interests, was remembered when family and friends gathered for a Memorial Mass on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. His wife, Joyce, chose to place his photo near a wreath, as a symbol of immortality; that, like the wreath, which has no beginning and no end, so too is our life with God.
Catherine (Kit) Susan Maxwell began her life in Christ through baptism as an infant in St. Mary Church. She completed her initiation through the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at St. Mary and later married her beloved husband, George Maxwell at St. Mary on August 18, 1956.
A small gathering of family gathered to celebrate the Eucharist on Saturday, December 19, 2020, giving thanks to God for the life of Ann Helen Krause. It was Ann’s desire that her memorial mass be a time of happiness and joy. The music and scripture readings she chose in advance, set the tone for celebration: “When the Saints Come Marching In”; “Be Not Afraid”; “Here I Am, Lord”; and “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”!
A joyful celebration of the life of Michael James Yaeger took place on Saturday, December 12, 2020, as his family and friends gathered for the Mass of the Resurrection. Many family members took an active role as lectors, pallbearers, and processional attendants. Family friend Fr. Brian Chabala concelebrated with Fr. David Burgard.
The family of Joyce Ann Eby gathered to celebrate her long and faith-filled life on Wednesday, November 16, 2020. Her great-nephew and newly ordained priest, Fr. Mark Tibai presided at the Mass of the Resurrection celebrating God’s goodness and mercy made evident in her life. Along with her husband, Bill (d. May 17, 2020), and her brother, Ronald Yensch, Joyce enjoyed traveling to the Smokey Mountains, Toronto, and on the Algona Snow Train in Sault Ste. Marie. Weekend jaunts saw the trio visiting Michigan festivals and fairs.
Family and friends from near and far gathered to celebrate the long and faith-filled life of Jeanne Catherine Byron. Jeanne valued her Catholic education, and along with her husband (Albert d. 2003) ensured that each of their seven children would have the same opportunity and blessings afforded by Catholic education. She was a frequent cheerleader at all events that her children and grandchildren participated in.
The immediate family of Gay Jean Criscio gathered on Friday, December 4, 2020, to celebrate God’s faithful love and her new and eternal life. Baptized in the Lutheran faith, Gay entered the Catholic Church through the process of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). She took seriously the command of Jesus: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. . . . . teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 18:19-20).
Family and friends of Daniel George Toro gathered to celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection and entrust his soul to the love and mercy of God. One of seven children, Dan enlisted in the US Marine Corps at the age of eighteen. He served during the Vietnam conflict and was honorably discharged in 1967, earning the Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, as well as the National Defense Service Medal.