Mary Ellen Gorzenski

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Mary Ellen Gorzenski, 90, of Bay City, our courageous, loving, smart, tenacious and strong-willed mother, wife, sister, grandmother, and friend passed peacefully into the arms of God on June 30, 2019, at Bay County Medical Care Facility, surrounded by her loving family. Mary Ellen was born in Linwood on August 23, 1928, the daughter of the late Theodore and Ruth (Gies) Moore. She attended school in Linwood until 8th grade and went on to graduate from Bay City Central High School in 1946. On August 26, 1950, Mary Ellen married Virgil C. Gorzenski at St. Ann’s Church in Linwood. Sadly, Virgil preceded Mary Ellen in death in 1957. She courageously raised her four children on her own. Mary Ellen had a passion for caring for others that lead her to LPN Nursing School, graduating president of her class in 1969. Those who knew Mary Ellen know how passionate she was about her career, even receiving a bouquet of roses from the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery after 20 years of dedicated nursing at Bay Medical Center (now McLaren Bay Region.) In her free time, Mary Ellen enjoyed camping with her children, reading, traveling, crossword puzzles, board games, crocheting, and baking delicious treats for her family and friends. Mary Ellen will be dearly missed but lovingly remembered for generations to come. Mary Ellen leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Linda (Gregory) Hernden of Farwell, Michigan, Suzanne (Michael) Molyneaux of Whitehall, Montana, Cheryl (Kevin) Steen of Traverse City, Michigan, and Peter (Tomoko) Gorzenski of Bay City, Michigan; grandchildren, Christopher (Betty) Hernden of Farwell, Thomas (Angela) Hernden of Midland, Carrie (Chad) Robbins of Bay City, Marcus Fuller of Bozeman, Montana, Meghan (Tim) Gervais of Homer, Alaska, Alison (Kristian) Richardson of Bozeman, Montana, Emily Fuller of Helena, Montana, Cara (Kellen) Schuh of San Diego, California, Andrew (Jennifer) Steen of Mandeville, Louisiana, Sachi Gorzenski of Lansing, Mari Gorzenski of Lansing, and Miki (Kevin) Hendrick of Highland; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Hazel (Frank) Pashak of Linwood; in-law, Barb Kerkau of Bay City and Thomas Gorzenski of Fenton, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mary Ellen was welcomed to heaven by her brothers, Glen (Maxine) Moore, Robert (Nancy) Moore, and Theodore (Nancy) Moore Jr. Mary Ellen’s family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of her 1:00 p.m. Life Celebration at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Fr. Richard Filary will officiate with inurnment to be held privately at St. Patrick Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow in The Wesley Room at Skorupski’s. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of Bay County Medical Care Facility who lovingly cared for their mother. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Golden Horizons Adult Daycare Center. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at   

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  1. Dear Family of Mary Gorzenski,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s promise bring you comfort. There will be “a new earth… and He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore… I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:1-5

  2. Hi Chucky and Peter,
    I was sad to hear of your Mother’s passing.
    I knew you when we were all so young. Who ever would have thought that our Mothers would ever get older, then we thought that they were then, or for that matter, that we would also get older. Not that I thought we were going to die, but that age and that time seemed so precious, present, and so permanent.
    I’ve often thought how your lives were turning out, and cherished the time that we shared at, and outside of the restaurant.
    Your Mother helped to establish, what I can only believe to be, wonderful personalities and characters, and I can’t help but believe that she must have been so proud of you.
    Sue, thank you for introducing the music to Chucky, that she introduced to me, and that I have enjoyed through the rest of my life.
    I hope that your lives are blessed with happy and loving memories of your Mother and of your family.
    Jim Stickle

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