Mrs. Geraldine F. Szymkowiak, Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved mother and grandmother passed away Saturday, December 19, 2009 at St. Mary’s of Michigan Medical Center. Age 76 years. The daughter of the late Frank and Katherine (Filipiak) Grondzik, Gerrie was born July 9, 1933 in Saginaw, Michigan. She married William Szymkowiak on November 7, 1953. He predeceased her February 15, 1994. Gerrie was a member of Mt. Zion Catholic Church in Flushing, Michigan. She enjoyed crocheting, the Detroit Pistions, spending time with her pets but most of all being with family and friends.  Surviving are two daughters, one son and their spouses, Dr. Tina Roggenbeck and her husband Charlie, Bridgeport; Mary Szymkowiak, Saginaw; Michael and Diana Szymkowiak, Reese; six grandchildren, Kevin and Ryan Kelly, David and Rachael Johnson, Evan and Aaron Szymkowiak; a brother, Don (Junior) and Moni Grondzik, Florida; many nieces and nephews; best friends and niece, Joanne, and nephew Howard Beauch, Frankenmuth; special family friend, Julie Bank, Bridgeport; Gerrie’s loving companion animals, Gigi, Tommy and Kikki. Gerrie was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Geri and Dr. Gary Johnson, a grandson, Adam Szymkowiak, and by four sisters and four brothers.  Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at St. Christopher Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Dennis Howard will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service, led by Sister Ellen Rinke, I.H.M., will take place 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Heartland Hospice or Friends of the Animal Shelter.