Funerals

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DEATH NOTICES

David Regis Mente, 92 years, died Thursday, October 27, 2022. He was born July 8, 1930, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the son of David A. and Mary (Group) Mente. On October 22, 1966, he married Jacqueline Forbes at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan and she survives.  From 1952 until 1954, David served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp., receiving an Honorable Discharge. He was employed with United Airlines as an A&P Mechanic retiring in 1992 after 38 years of service. As a child, David was raised on a farm so when it was time to butcher the animals, he ran for the woods as he could not stand the thought of killing any creature. He was an active volunteer with the Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels retiring in 2001. David also was a member of the Ypsilanti Twp. Senior Center and  Yankee Air Museum where he volunteered many hours as a Super Grunt during the Yankee Air Shows at Willow Run Airport. His family and friends will always remember his love of travel, especially travelling around the United States. Surviving besides his loving wife include one sister, Carol Jean  Froehlick; one sister-in-law, Carol Mente ; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews and his cat Zackary. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Mary Lou Nelson, Zella Dellano,  Rita Kyle and Paul D. Mente. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.  at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Fr. Dan Westermann as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to FMAR, Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue, Belleville, MI or Yankee Air Museum. Envelopes will be available at the Janowiak Funeral Home, Geer-Logan Chapel, Ypsilanti where the family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. and at the Church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Presentation of the Flag under the auspices of the Veterans Honor Guard of Washtenaw County will take place immediately following the Mass. 

Nancy Kaye (Hawes) Wagner, 88 years, died Monday, August 29, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona. She was born on April 22, 1934, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to William Kenneth and Cora Elizabeth (Tibble) Hawes. Nancy was raised in Ypsilanti, where she met and married Richard M. Wagner, the father of her children. Nancy enjoyed her involvement in the community, as a business owner and volunteer in many organizations. Nancy attended both the University of Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan with her MA in Speech Communication in 1983. Nancy was a vibrant member of St John the Baptist Catholic Church, giving service to God as a cantor, lector, extraordinary minister and lay Dominican. Her greatest gift was giving to others. Soon after moving to Arizona in 1986, to be closer to her children, Nancy began her career as an adjunct teacher at Scottsdale Community College, sharing her passion for speech communication, until retiring in 2013. Nancy continued to serve God throughout the Valley of the Sun. Nancy is survived by her daughter, Cindy Marie (Robert) Fried and her son, William Jay Wagner, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, many Godchildren, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Elizabeth, her parents and brother, cherished family members and friends. A memorial funeral Mass will be held at St John the Baptist Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 26th at 11 AM with visitation at 10 AM, followed by burial at St John's cemetery. 

Lauren Marie Hughes, 39 years, died Friday, September 16, 2022, from a private affliction with cancer for eight years.  She was born February 14, 1983, in Wyandotte, Michigan the daughter of Timothy and Jeanette Hughes. Lauren has been an artist since childhood, beginning by crafting in the Girl Scout program. Lauren used her love for God and her art to create a portfolio where she later applied and was accepted to the University of Michigan College of Art and Design. While attending U of M, Lauren pursued a degree in Graphic Design while maintaining her passion for clay artwork. Lauren studied abroad in Italy, where she observed art in many of the world renowned cities from the renaissance that inspired her religious works. After graduating college, Lauren worked as a graphic designer at Identity PR and later at the Miles Christi Religious Order.  Over the years, she continued her clay artwork at the Ann Arbor Art Center, pursuing other mediums like wood and cork engraving created at Maker Works of Ann Arbor. She was an active member of many Catholic communities in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and participated in many community organizations that include Catholic Creatives, Deo Gratias, Generation Christ at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with St. Paul Street Evangelization and volunteered with the Family Life Services Center of Ypsilanti. Lauren is survived by her loving Parents: Timothy and Jeanette Hughes; Brother, Clinton (Nichole) Hughes and niece/Goddaughter, Courtney and nephew and niece, Sean and Emily Hughes; Sister, Christa (Samuel) Andrews and nephew/Godson, Logan and niece, Charlotte Andrews; Godfather, Robert Bugnacki; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from both Hughes and Bugnacki families.  She was preceded in death by her Grandparents, William & Bertha Jean Hughes and Jerome & Lorraine Bugnacki; Great Grams, Bernice Schotter; Godmother, Edna Gondor; Aunt Rose Baxter, Uncle Jim Baxter, Uncle Frank Cernak, Uncle Cal Schotter and cousin Karen Cernak.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 410 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197  with Fr. Daniel Westermann officiating.  Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery, Ypsilanti, MI.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Janowiak Funeral Home, Geer-Logan Chapel from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. with a Time of Sharing to follow, and visitation at the Church on Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass.   In lieu of flowers, please bring a memory picture or note for the family to keep.