Kwater, William "Matt", Bridgeport, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away early Friday, February 12, 2010, at St. Mary’s of Michigan. Age 82 years. He was born May 19, 1927, in Unionville, the eighth of nine children born to the late Valentine and Mary (Niezgocke) Kwater. He served with the US Marine Corps during World War II. He had been employed at the Bancroft Hotel, was a co-owner of the Poplar Inn, worked as an estimator at Delta Acoustical, and last as a carpenter at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, retiring in 1990. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. He was also a member of American Legion Post #439, the Bay City Eagles Club, Aerie #1010, and the Pulaski Hall. He enjoyed working with wood and also making Polish sausage. He built two homes and two cottages, and loved going up north. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandson. He married Gertrude Barry on September 4, 1948; she survives him. He also leaves one son and three daughters, Richard (Janice) Kwater, Bridgeport Township, Terrie (Dale) Rivett, Wolverine Lake, Michigan, Lori and Bill Hurles, Milford, Michigan, and Peggy Kwater, Bridgeport; six grandchildren, Bryan (Brandi) Kwater, Michael Kwater, Adam (Jessica) Rivett, Steven, Bo and Rob Hurles; one great-grandson, Marek Kwater; many nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by a son, William Kwater, a granddaughter, Katie Kwater, and by one sister and seven brothers, Virginia Rychwa, Edward, Harry, Daniel, Frank, Chester, Emil and Richard Kwater. Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 3680 S. Washington Road. Rev. Fr. Frank Voris, O.F.M., Cap., will officiate. Burial will take place in Pinegrove Cemetery, Bridgeport, with military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post #439. His family will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 5700 Dixie Highway, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, where a Parish Vigil service will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday. Friends and family may then call at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post #439.