JOHN MITAS HONOR GUARD COMMANDER POST 439
Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Covenant HealthCare-Cooper Campus. Age 74 years. The son of the late John and Gloria (Wager) Mitas Sr., John was born on June 25, 1948 in Saginaw, Michigan. John graduated from Buena Vista High School class of 1967. John was drafted into the United States Army from 1968 until 1970 during the Vietnam Era. He was employed for General Motors for 38 years retiring in 2006. He also served on the Buena Vista Township and Carrollton Township Fire Departments. John married Marcia (Baase) Brenske on June 18, 2022. She survives him. For many years, John volunteered as the Honor Guard Captain for American Legion Post #439 and also volunteered on the honor guard for V.F.W. Post #1566. He enjoyed bowling and grilling out.
Surviving besides his wife Marcia are two sons, Jason A. (Donna) Mitas, Saginaw; John C. Mitas III, Saginaw; five grandchildren, Austin A. Mitas, Skylar J. (fiancé, Zachary) Mitas, Brady A. Mitas, Kaitlyn C. Mitas, Nala M. Mitas; one great-grandchild, Jade E. Mitas; two step-children, Michelle Loeffler and Brian Gillman, Jr. ; step-grandchildren, Logan Brown, Corey Loeffler and Layla Cook; four sisters, Carol (Barry) Nelson, Columbia, Maryland; Sharon Abler, Hagerstown, Maryland, Rosie Peters, Bay City; Mary (Eric) Wiskoff, Portland, Oregon; many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Edward Abler and Bob Peters.
JAMES R. CURRAN U.S. NAVY
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. Age 77 years. Son of the late Robert and Arline (Diechman) Curran, James was born December 3, 1944 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1969 and a member of American Legion Post #439. James married Ann L. Raymaker, his loving wife of 57 years, on February 6, 1965. She survives him. Jim was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 50 years working at Nelson Electric for 30 years. Jim was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Shields Lions Club, Knights of Columbus Council #4232, and the Moose. He enjoyed family outings, attending the grandchildren’s sporting events, spending time at the cabin, vacationing with his wife on the cruises, hunting, and playing golf with family and friends.
Surviving besides his wife Ann are three sons, Todd and Rebecca Curran, Grand Rapids; Troy and Jennifer Curran, Rochester Hills; Tony Curran, Saginaw; five grandchildren, Alyssa, Andrew, Emma, Riley and Nolan Curran; his sister, Connie Douglass, Saginaw; his brother, Dennis and Sue Curran, Parowan, Utah; sister-in-law, Carolyn and Tom Ballien, Saginaw; brother-in-law, William and Janice Raymaker Jr., Owosso; several nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Louise Raymaker Sr. and a brother-in-law, David Douglass.
A special thank you to Stephanie, Lisa, Rachelle and especially Jennifer Soule for the in house love and care they have given to Mr. Curran and his family and care given by Promedica Hospice.
Funeral Liturgy will take place 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Rd., Saginaw, Michigan. Rev. Fr. Peter J. Gaspeny will officiate. Entombment will take place at Chapel Hill Mausoleum with Military Services conducted by American Legion Post #439. 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 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to American Legion Post #439 or the Shields Lions Club.
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