Wegner, Michael John, Shields, Michigan

Michael John Wegner passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by the love of his family on Monday, July 16, 2012, at the age of 71 due to Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia. Michael was born in Chicago, Illinois on 5 August 1940, the son of the late Frederick T. Wegner and Margaret A. (Rabie) Wegner. His family was involved in government, farming, business and civic affairs for more than a century. Mike worked on the farm, Wegner’s Grocery Store and the Saginaw Gun Club during his childhood years. He was a graduate of Graham-St. Mary’s School, Hemlock before graduating from St. Andrew’s High School, Saginaw. Mike then served in the U.S. NAVY and Reserves from 1957-63. In Norfolk, VA, he was attached to the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic – Flag Office as a court-martial yeoman, Plans Division (Top Secret) and later a station keeper. He earned the rate of YN2 (E-5). Mike married Janice A. Andrzejewski at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Bay City on 7 June 1974. He attended Bay City Junior College – Delta College and graduated with Honors at Central Michigan University with a Bachelors and Masters of Arts and studied extensively in the field of education. His work experience included industrial relations and real estate along with being a Master Certified teacher and counselor. His teaching included Detroit, Highland Park, Webber, Jr., Saginaw High and Arthur Hill High School plus adult education for Delphi GED. Mike was very involved in politics serving on Swan Valley and the Intermediate School Boards, Township Boards and the Saginaw County Commissioners. Mike was a founding member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Spirit – First Area Credit Union and the Fr. Davey, KC #8808. He also played a part in the early development of Swan Valley Schools in the 1960’s. Mike’s awards include: Honor Roll CMU; runner-up Honor Man service award CMU (40 years or more of service); Distinguished Service Award Michigan School Board Association; 2 Distinguished Service Awards as a Special Deputy both as SGT and LT for the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department; President Bay City Consistory Class of 1975; co-chair 150th anniversary of Saginaw County; 4 Michigan Credit Union Awards. He was elected to the following positions: Treasurer Swan Valley School Board; Chairman Saginaw-Bay Substance Abuse Commission; Chairman Saginaw Economic Development Corp.; Thomas Township Clerk; Saginaw Area Growth Alliance; CETA-JTPA job training; Vice Chair Saginaw Solid Waste Committee; Treasure Region VII Area Agency on Aging; Treasure East Central Michigan Planning. He served on many of these boards for decades. Mike served as Chaplain, Finance and E-board of American Legion Post #439. At Holy Spirit, he served on 21 different activities such as the 50th anniversary committee; Lay Minister; Lector; Eucharistic minister; credit union; administration; fund raising and his favorite being an Usher. For the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, he served on the Marriage Tribunal Procurator and the Cemetery Commission. Besides his involvement in various organizations, his hobbies were work and serving as a consultant for many, many political campaigns both judicial and legislative. He loved to read and write, exercise, weight-lifting and biking. Favorite teams were Notre Dame, Boston Celtics, the New York Yankees and the Detroit Red Wings. Organizations of interest were the Shields Eagles, Fr. Davey KC, Shrine Club, Consistory, American Legion Post #439, Sons of St. Patrick, Fr. Solanus Casey AOH and the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his wife Jan, he is survived by his daughter Michele J. Wegner of Saginaw, MI; a son Mark J. Wegner and his wife Elizabeth of Alexandria, VA; his granddaughter Celeste; his mother Margaret Wegner; a brother Patrick J. Wegner and his wife Imelda of Dallas, TX; a brother-in-law Gary Mathieu of Sutton, MA; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous life-long friends. He was predeceased by his brother Timothy J. Wegner and his sister Mary Margaret Forde-Mathieu. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all of the physicians here in Saginaw for their years of Mike’s care, to the Covenant VNA for their support; to the University of Michigan Oncology Department and especially to Dr. John Byrd and his staff of the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University. A Funeral Liturgy will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road, Saginaw. Rev. Fr. David L. Parsch will officiate with the assistance of Rev. Fr., William Taylor, and Rev. Fr. Harold Sikorski. Burial will follow with military honors at St. Andrew Cemetery, Saginaw. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty) where the family will be present on Friday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. The American Legion Post #439 will honor him with a walk thru at 6:45 p.m. and a Vigil Service will follow at 7 p.m. on Friday. Memorial contributions can be made in Mike’s name to the American Legion #439 or to Holy Spirit Catholic Church. www.snowfuneralhome.net