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Gary Bark, 68

  Gary Bark, formerly of Saginaw, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Covenant Cooper at the age of 68 years.  Gary was born on April 25, 1946 in Saginaw, MI, to the late Gerald and Fern Bark.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1966 on the USS Newport News.  On August 3, 1968, Gary married Sharon Schultz.  She survives him.  Gary worked for GM and Delphi for 30 years.  He was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.

  Gary is survived by his wife Sharon, a son, Craig (Pam) Bark of Macomb, MI; two granddaughters:  Erica and Lauren Bark; two sisters and a brother: Kay Bark of Saginaw, Mike (Karen) Bark of Freeland and Laurel Budd of Saginaw.  Gary was preceded in death by two brothers: Gerald Bark Jr. and Brent Bark.

  Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10am at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 958 E. Tuscola St., Frankenmuth, MI.  Fr. Robert Byrne officiated with burial in Great Lakes Cemetery, Holly, MI.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Heart Association.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

Joseph Wydra, 74

  Joseph Wydra of  Frankenmuth, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at his home. Age 74 years. The son of the late Joseph and Cassie (Straty) Wydra, Joseph was born March 9, 1940 in Saginaw, Michigan. He married Shirley A. Iseler, his loving wife of 52 years, on June 23, 1962. She survives him. Joe was employed at General Motors Division for 30 years until his retirement in 1989 and was a member of U.A.W. Retirees Local #699. He was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, its Men’s Club and Usher’s Group and Knights of Columbus Council #4232. He was a life member of the Pulaski Club, Frankenmuth Conservation Club and Falcon’s Nest #124. Joseph enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing, polka dancing and playing cards.

  Surviving besides his wife Shirley are three daughters and one son, Annette (Brett) Blegen, Frankenmuth; Joseph E. Wydra, Vassar; Carolyn (Jeff) Mikulak, Frankenmuth; Janel (Jeff) Dankert, Saginaw; five grandchildren, Andrew, Jacob, Joshua, Justin and Katelin; two sisters, Helen Kubiak, Saginaw; Mary (John) Ankoviak, Saginaw; several nieces and nephews. Joseph was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Richard Kubiak.

  Fr. Robert Byrne officiated. Honoring Mr. Wydra’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.


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