Mary Elizabeth Britko

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Mary Elizabeth Britko, 95, of Essexville, our generous, helpful, and devoted mother and grandmother was born into eternal life on the morning of Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at New Hope Bay. Mary was born in Bay City on February 10, 1923, the daughter of the late Albert Sr. and Petronella "Nellie" (Huiskens) VanGaal. She graduated from St. John's High School in 1941 and went on to meet and marry Peter J. Britko on September 23, 1950. Peter preceded Mary on December 15, 1995. Mary retired from the former Peoples National Bank (now PNC) where she was the head bookkeeper. During World War II she worked in the Bay City Chevrolet plant. A devout Catholic and lifelong parishioner of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, Mary will forever be remembered for her unwavering love of her family. She was an avid Tigers baseball fan and enjoyed playing Bingo on Friday's at the V.F.W. In her younger years, she enjoyed gardening and was known to be mowing her own lawn well into her 80's. She leaves to cherish her memory, her four children, Mary Susan (Tom) Brady of Bay City, Peter John Britko of Pinconning, Michael James (Nancy) Britko of Essexville, and David Joseph (fiancé Teresa Hartwick) Britko of Saginaw; grandchildren, Scott (Kelly) Drzewicki, Jeffrey (Rachel) Drzewicki, Megan Britko (Calvin Bagley), Travis Britko; step-grandkids, Jeremy (Christine) DeCaire, Jessica and Hogan Kooinega, along with her great-grandchildren, Olivia Drzewicki and Trinity Decaire, along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was welcomed home to heaven by her brother, Albert (Shirley) VanGaal; father and mother-in-law, Gabriel & Suzanna Britko, and her sisters-in-law, Mary (Joseph) Ezakovich, Rose (William) Verduyn, Anna (Frank) Spegel, Katie Welborn, and Irene Patrick. Mary's family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil for Mary at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Saturday, August 18, 2018, Mary will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until Mary's 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with the Rite of Committal to be held privately in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

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  1. Dear family, I am writing this for you but mostly to Mary herself:
    Dear Mary, I worked with you at the bank for many many years. I always admired you! You were such a fine lady, always kind and with not a word of dismay for anyone. You were excellent at your job, always dependable, and always your work was accurate. You had good advice for anyone who sought your counsel. You set a high standard of example for our younger employees, including me. You made a lasting impression on me of what it means to be a woman of kindness, of smiles, of warmth, of integrity, of faith in our Lord, and love for those whose lives crossed your path. I will never forget you, Mary. May we meet again one day!

    Hugs, Carol (Ratfisch) Garnaat

  2. I am very sorry for your loss . Losing a loved one in death is such a difficult thing to experience . Please be comforted by the promises in the Bible . Jesus tells us at John 5 : 28 , 29 that all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out . What a loving provision put in place by the God of all comfort so we can have the assured hope of seeing our dead loved ones live again one day . Meanwhile as I pray for that day to come I ask Jehovah God to bless your family and give each of you the strength to endure this most trying time . For more Bible promises please visit .

  3. Mary, Pete, Mike and Dave and all your family, We have been friends for 62 years and even though we went our separate ways we always come back as friends. Love all our memories with you, your Mom and Dad and even Grandma. So sorry about your Mom. Such a hard person to lose because you will be left with a hole in your heart. So sorry again and will be praying for you all. Love ya. June and Ken

  4. Dear Mike and family: Deepest sympathy and prayers for strength for the upcoming days and months. May your Mom Rest In Peace. How blessed you all were to have her for so many years. God Bless. Ann Keyes

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