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An Account of Walter and Rose Galgoczi in Rosebush, Michigan

Nadine’s Scrapbook

 

Walter and Rose Galgoczi and Their Children  in Isabella County, Michigan

by Nadine Hardin, granddaughter to Walter and Rose Galgoczi.

 

My heartfelt gratitude is conveyed to family, friends, universities, and genealogy sites and searchers who helped make this family collection possible.  A special note of appreciation is given to my mother, Irma Grace Galgoczi, who has a terrific memory for numbers, places, and events. Please send corrections or additions to me at hardin3942@juno.com.

 

There is a large collection of photos at www.ancientfaces.com under Photos, then the surnames, Galgoczi, Szabo.  Some Salcherts from Isabella county are also in the pictures.  My mother's wedding picture, a lot of Walter "Balint" Galgoczi and his wife, Rosa (Fejes) Galgoczi and their family.  Also, a historical picture of the DX gas station my Galgoczi grandpa used to have (in Rosebush, MI). 

 

Family notes state that Walter Galgoczi came to America on Dec. 23, 1906 from Koronco, Hungary (date correlates closely to the ship manifesto); he sent for his bride, Rose Fejes, from Sopron, Hungary, in 1911.  They traveled from the coalmine industry, either in Pennsylvania or Virginia, to East Chicago, Indiana.  At East Chicago, Walter became a fireman at a fire station located on McCook Avenue. As they began their life together, they became members of the Hungarian Holy Trinity Church, also on McCook Avenue.

 

Three daughters and one son to this marriage were born in East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana, but when they moved to Rosebush, Isabella County, Michigan, they buried their infant son, Walter, in a cemetery near Hammond, Indiana.  In Rosebush, Michigan, their family grew with the birth of three more sons and another daughter, Elizabeth, who died at the age of four.   Walter made the headstone for his daughter, which is still standing today in the cemetery at St. Henry's Church in Rosebush, Isabella, Michigan.

 

Walter farmed on land owned by Mr. Crawford within walking distance to St. Henry's Parish.  Later, with the help of his brother, Andrew Galgoczi, he laid the foundation for the family home on his own land and started a small DX gas station.  Today, 2002, that small gas station has passed on to four generations of Galgoczis, known as the Galgoci Oil Transport Company.

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Ship Manifesto:

Balint Galgoczi, at age 25, single, sailed on the S.S.Barcelona, departing from Hamburg, Germany on 04 December, 1906, and arriving at the New York Port on 20 December, 1906.  He was about 25 years old and was going to join his brother, Andrew Galgoczi, residing in East Chicago, Indiana.  He had $18 dollars on his person, listed himself as a farm laborer, and his birthplace as Koronco, Hungary.  He appeared to be traveling by himself.

About the Ship:

Built by Harlan & Wolff Limited, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1896. 5,456 gross tons; 398 (bp) feet long; 49 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw.  Service speed 13 knots.  1,120 passengers (20 first class, 1,100 third class).

Built for Hamburg-American Line, German flag, in 1896 and named Arabia. Hamburg-New York service. Sold to Sloman Line, German flag, in 1899 and renamed Barcelona. Also Hamburg-New York service. Seized by Italian Government, Italian flag, in 1915 and renamed Ancona. Scrapped in Italy in 1924.

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Saint Henry’s Historical Account:

An excerpt from Saint Henry's Centennial History, Rosebush - Vernon, Michigan 1874-1974, p.21:

"About 1908, a specialized type of agriculture, recently undertaken in central Michigan, began to effect St. Henry's Parish - bringing new parishioners, and new national groups who would add new life and vigor to the parish community.  Large scale sugar beet farming, introduced into Michigan in the early days of the century, required large groups of workers to cultivate and harvest the crop. Central Europeans had had considerable experience in this type of farming in their own countries, moreover, the first decade of the 1900's saw a new wave of immigration from the Austro-Hungarian Empire - Slovaks, Czechs, and Hungarians.  Large sugar beet companies went to the metropolitan areas and there enlisted the services of whole families who were brought to the Vernon area to work.

 

Thus the years 1908-1912 saw the arrival of many new families in St. Henry's Parish.  The first few parish reports gave little indication of this - in the years immediately after their arrival.  Soon, however, they had bought farms, built homes, and made themselves a thrifty, hard-working part of the community. One of the earliest newcomers was Steve Black, a native of Hungary, who came to Isabella County from East Chicago, settling in Rosebush. Mrs. John Varga, Sr. is Mr. Black's daughter.  Another Hungarian Family, that of Steve Horvath, was for many years in St. Henry's Parish.  The John Fabian family, the Walter Galgoczi's, and the family of Julius Foldesi are all Hungarian in origin."

 

Note:  The reference to the surname, Black, is translated Fekete in the Hungarian (Magyar) language, while the reference to Steve (Stephanus) Horvath infers a direct maternal descendency to Walter Galgoczi's mother, Rosalia Horvath.  Confirmation is pending.

 

Name variations:  Walter Galgoczi's name variations:  The given name, Walter is also known as Balint and Valentine in the native land of Hungary.  Various surname variations found in church documents include:  Galgoczi,  Galgoci, Galgoizi, Galgoioi, and Galgotzi.

 

Family Obituaries and Retirement Clippings

 

Daily Time News, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Obituaries; October 8, 1962, p. 2, col. 6.

Funeral Services Wednesday for Walter Galgoci

Walter Galgoci of Route 4, Clare, died Sunday, October 7 in Central Michigan Community Hospital.  Mr. Galgoci was born August 15, 1885 in Hungary and was a retired service station operator in Rosebush, where he had been a resident for 42 years (may be 43 years).

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from St. Henry's church in Rosebush with interment in the church's cemetery.  Rev. Fr. John McGee will officiate.

Rosary services will be held Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at the J. J. Rush Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Rose Salchert of Rosebush, Mrs. Margaret Graham of AuGres, Mrs. Erma Szabo of South Bend, Indiana and Mrs. Helen Warren of Mt. Pleasant; three sons, Steve of Mt. Pleasant, Rudolph of Niles, Ohio and Emery of Rosebush; 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

 

Daily Times News, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Obituaries; March 14, 1962, p.2, column 3.

Funeral Services Thursday for Rose Galgoci

Funeral services for Rose Galgoci of Route 4, Clare, who died Monday, March 13 at Central Michigan Community Hospital, will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Henry's Church in Rosebush.

Rosary services will be held this evening at 8:30 p.m. at the J. J. Rush Funeral Home.

Surviving are he husband, Walter, four daughters, Mrs. Rose Salchert of Rosebush, Mrs. Margaret Graham of AuGres, Mrs. Erma Szabo of South Bend, Indiana, Mrs. Helen Warren of Mt. Pleasant; three sons, Rudolph of Niles, Ohio, Steve of Mt. Pleasant, Emery of Rosebush; 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren.

 

(Family notes found state Rose Fejes Galgoczi came to America in January 06, 1911. I suspect it may have been the year before, 1910.)

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Rose Galgoczi born August 02, 1911 in East Chicago, Indiana, and first born daughter to Walter and Rose Galgozi, married a long-time Isabella resident, Norbert Salchert.  Her retirement, her husband, and three of her children’s obituaries follow.

 

The Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, est.  date Sept, 1985:

MCF Will Miss Rose

by Mike Warner, Sun Staff Writer

Mount Pleasant - The Isabella County Medical Care Facility will be losing one top-notch director of housekeeping and a terrific sugar cookie baker come Sept. 1.

 

That is the day when mandatory retirement forces Rose Salchert out of her position as the head of housekeeping at the Medical Care Facility.

 

As part of her duties the past 13 years Rose has supervised purchasing, taken care of scheduling and been a friend to everyone associated with the MCF.

 

Fellow workers aren't sure what they will miss most when Rose is gone -- the efficient method in which she took care of her duties or the "legendary" cookies that earned Rose her reputation as an outstanding baker.

 

"She makes a great molasses cookie," testified Medical Care Facility Administrator John Verwey.

"Anything good that can be said about a person you can say Rose," Verwey addes.  "She has been very loyal and a pleasure to be around."

 

Salchert began working at MCF 15 years ago, just a few months after building was opened.  She spent the first two years working on the floor before being promoted to head of housekeeping.

 

"I was a widow with two children to raise and after they were old enough that they lost their Social Security benefits, I needed a full-time job," explained the outgoing senior citizen.

 

She applied at several places before being accepted at her present job. And she hasn't regretted a moment of the past 15 years.

 

"I have loved it here," she said.  "I like the people and I enjoy working with the elderly.  I feel I've come here, put in a good eight hours work and known I've done a good job when I left."

 

Rose has kept abreast on the latest of housekeeping procedures by taking more than 160 credit hours at Delta College and is certified as a executive housekeeper.

 

"Rose is very sharp on housekeeping duties," explained Jo Jennings, director of Inservice Education at the MCF and Rose's biggest sugar cookie admirer. "She has a sharp awareness of patient needs and why cleanliness is important."

 

"It is extremely important to have someone like Rose to keep things Cleland and comfortable," echoed Director of Nursing Jan Henning.  "We will go a long ways to find someone to replace her."

 

Salchert is sure the facility does everything possible for its patients.

 

"This place has really advanced in its rehabilitation programs and equipment since I first started working here," she recalled.  "I even told my kids if someday I can't take care of myself not to hesitate to put me in this facility."

 

That is about the best testimonial an employee can give their job.

 

Tears came quickly to Rose when she reminisces and talks about leaving.

 

"Sure I'll miss it here," she says sadly. "I'm a little afraid of how I will handle it. After 15 years of coming in here every morning and greeting people we have become a family.  And now it is almost time to say good bye."

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Daily Times News, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Tuesday, August 02, 1960; p.1, col. 6.

Funeral Services Friday

Rosebush Farmer Attacked and Fatally Injured by Dairy Bull

A well-known Rosebush farmer was fatally injured yesterday after being attacked by a bull.  Norbert M. Salchert, 54, of rural Rosebush was found in the barn in critical condition and was rushed to  Community Hospital where he died two hours later.

 

Dr. Leo Wickert said that Salchert suffered a crushed chest, punctured lung, bruised heart and other internal injuries after being attacked by the bull.  Salchert had been released from the hospital only a couple of weeks ago for a coronary.

 

Salchert died at approximately 10:00 yesterday morning.

 

State police are still investigating the accident.

 

Norbert M. Salchert was born June 06, 1906 in Livingston County.  He is survived by his wife, Rose, three sons, Michael of Clare, Robert of Reno, Nevada, Thomas of Rosebush; one daughter, JoAnn of Rosebush; one brother, William of Rosebush, seven sisters, Marie McDonald of Mt. Pleasant, Edna McDonald of Mt. Pleasant, Agnes Marcers of Mt. Pleasant, Dorothy Kasten of Detroit, Helen Slider of Ann Arbor, Alice Feltman and Lelia Williams of Pasadena, California.

 

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Henry's Church in Rosebush.  Father John McGee will officiate.  Burial will be in the St. Henry's Cemetery.

 

Friends may call at the family residence in Vernon township until time of services.  The Rush Funeral home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

 

Note:  Norbert's parents are Michael Salchert and Margaret (Mae) Perry Salchert, his grandparents are Mathias Salchert and Catherine Steffes Salchert.  The Salcherts are listed in the 1925 and 1930 rural and city directories at this site.

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Daily Times News, Obituaries, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, August 02, 1976; p.3, col. 4-5.

Michael Salchert

Michael Salchert, 44, died Saturday, July 31, in St. Mary's Hospital, Saginaw, as a result of injuries received Monday, July 26 in a farming accident.

 

Mr. Salchert was a lifelong resident of Vernon Township.  He was a farmer and salesman of farm supplies, and lived at 2612 E. Herrick road, Clare.  He was born April 22, 1932, the son of Norbert and Rose Salchert.  On September 22, 1951, he married Janette Becker.

 

Surviving are his wife, Janette, two sons, Mark and Michael, three daughters, Janine, Nina, and Margaret, all at home, his mother, Rose, Rosebush, and brothers Robert, Las Vegas and Thomas, Shepherd.

 

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Aug. 03, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Calre, with Pastor Ronald L. Waterstradt.  Friends may call today at the Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Cherry Grove.

 

Daily Times News, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, December 26, 1963; p.1, col. 6-7.

Student Nurse Joanne Salchert.

Rosebush Girl Killed in Toboggan Accident.

Death came to student nurse, Joanne Marie Salchert, on Christmas Day following injuries she sustained in a tobogganing accident at Little Mountain, six miles west of Rosebush.

 

Joanne, daughter of Mrs. Rose Salchert of 4111 Mission Road in Rosebush, was in nurses training at St. Lawrence School of Nursing in Lansing and was to have been capped in February after finishing the first phase of her training.  She was one of the first girls from this area to receive a scholarship from the Foundation for Career Advancement.

 

Joanne was born in Mt. Pleasant on December 21, 1945 and went to grade school at St. Henry's in Rosebush, graduating in June of 1963 from Sacred Heart Academy.  She had been a "Candy Striper" on the co-op plan at Central Michigan Community Hospital during high school.  She had worked just last Friday and Monday as a nurses aide at the hospital during her Christmas vacation and had also made plans to work as a relief aide during her summer vacation.

 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 28 at 11 a.m. in St. Henry's Catholic Church in Rosebush with Father John McGee officiating.  Interment will be in the St. Henry's Cemetery.

 

Rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 27 at the J. J. Rush Funeral Home.

Joanne is survived by her mother Rose; three brothers, Michael Salchert of Clare; Robert of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Thomas at home in Rosebush and several aunts and uncles.

Robert W. Salchert, second born son to Norbert and Rose Galgoczi Salchert, was born on  October 04, 1934 in Rosebush, Michigan.  He went to schools in Rosebush and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, at one time considered priesthood, then changed his occupation to the educational school systems in Nevada. He died on March 31, 1996, in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada.  He devoted many kind years to his widowed mother.

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Margaret Galgoczi, second daughter to Walter and Rose Galgoczi, born November 10, 1913 in East Chicago, Indiana attended schools in Rosebush and Mt. Pleasant, like her sister, Rose.  She married Jake C. Graham in Michigan.

 

1966 Newspaper Clipping, exact newpaper and date is missing.

Jake C. Graham

Jack C. Graham, 50, AuGres, died at his home in AuGres of a heart attack. He was a farmer. Survivors: Widow, Margaret, three brothers and two sisters.  Services: Forshee Funeral Home in Twining with burial in the Whitney-Sims Cemetery.

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Irma Grace Galgoczi, third daughter to Walter and Rose Galgoczi, born May 11, 1915 in East Chicago, Indiana, like her sisters, attended schools in Rosebush and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  She spent many years at the Ann Arbor Hospital in Michigan for polio.  She married Anton T. Szabo on May 05, 1934 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, who died after 37 years of marriage.  She next married Robert Lee Tatum, Jr. on January 16, 1973 in Bartow, Polk, Florida, who died on November 13, 2001 after 27 years of marriage.

 

Anton Tony Szabo, born July 04, 1910, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Anton Szabo and Anna Farkas Szabo, died February 03, 1972 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana.  He is interred at Highland Cemetery, Calvery Cross, #275; South Bend, Indiana.

 

Emery Walter Szabo, first born son to Anton and Irma Galgoczi Szabo, and name sake of his grandfather, Walter Galgoczi and uncle, Emery Galgoczi, died on May 04, 1935, one day old, from an automobile accident.  He is interred at Sacred Heart Cemetery, South Bend, Indiana.

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Walter Galgoczi, born February 12, 1917 in East Chicago, Indiana, and first born son to

Walter Galgoczi and Rose Fejes Galgoczi, died on March 06, 1918.  He is interred at St. John’s cemetery, near the Hammond, Indiana border.

 

Helen Galgoci, born on October 16, 1918 in East Chicago, Indiana to Walter Galgoczi and Rose Fejes Galgoczi, like her older sisters, spent her childhood in Rosebush and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  She first married Lawrence Warren, residing in Mt. Pleasant Michigan.  Mr. Warren died on May 01, 1977 in Mt. Pleasant.  He is interred at St. Henry’s Cemetery in Rosebush, Michigan.  She next married Andrew “Andy”Horvath.  Mr. Horvath died in 1985 in Florida and is interred at Highland Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana.  After Andrew died, Helen moved back to Mt. Pleasant and became active with the Sacred Heart Church.  She took numerous trips to Hungary to visit her Hungarian family and is currently retired.

Rudolph P. Galgoczi, second born son to Walter and Rose Galgoczi, was born and raised in the Rosebush and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan areas.  He eloped with his bride, June Walton, to South Bend, Indiana, where his married sister, Irma Galgoczi Szabo, lived.

 

Newton Falls, Ohio Newspaper, Obituaries, January 25, 1993.

Rudolph P. Galgoczi

Newton Falls - Rudolph P. Galgoci, 74, of 1001 Milton Blvd., died of cancer at 7:20 p.m. Thursday at his home.

He was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Rosebush, Mich., a son of Walter B. and Rose Sejes (should be Fejes) Galgoci.  He had lived in the Newton Falls area since 1980 and was formerly of Niles.

He served with the U.S. Army in World War II.  He was an assistant superintendent of utilities for Niles for 27 years and superintendent of utilities for Newton Falls for three years, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of Newton Falls First Church of God, where he was a member of the Men's Fellowship, Fishermans and Church Council and served on the board of trustees for the church ushers staff.

In 1985, he was one of three men chosen to head the restoration of the church after the tornado.

His first wife, the former June R. Walton, whom he married on March 1, 1941, died Jan 3, 1991.

He is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn Smith, whom he married Jan 11, 1992; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Cheryl) Mick of Newton Falls, a stepdaughter, Mrs. Shirley Wright of Youngstown; a stepson, Richard Smith of Youngstown; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Graham, Mrs. Helen Horvath, and Mrs. Rose Salchert, all of Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Mrs. Robert Tatum of Plant City, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

The funeral will be at the church at 10 a.m. Monday.  Friends may call Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at James Funeral Home.

 Burial will be in Kerr County in Mineral Ridge.

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Newton Falls, Ohio Newspaper, January 24, 1993

Rudolph P. Galgoci

NEWTON FALLS - Rudolph P. Galgoci, 74, of 1001 Milton Blvd., died of cancer Thursday evening at his home.

Mr. Galgoci was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Rosebush, Mich., a son of Walter B. and Rose Sejes (Fejes) Galgoci, coming to Newton Falls in 1980 from Niles.

He was assistant superintendent of utilities for the city of Niles for 27 years and superintendent of utilities for Newton Falls for three years, before retiring in 1982.

He was a member of the Newton Falls First Church of God, the church council, and Men's Fellowship and Fishermans of the church.  He was a member of the borad of trustees of the church and its ushers staff.  In 1985, he was one of three men chosen to head the restoration of the church after the tornado.  He was an Army veteran of World War II.

His first wife, the former June R. Walton, whom he married March 1, 1941, died Jan 3, 1991.

He leaves his second wife, the former Evelyn Smith, whom he married January 11, 1992; a daughter, Mrs Cheryl Mick of Newton Falls; a stepdaughter, Ms. Shirley Wright of Youngstown; a stepson, Richard Smith of Youngstown; four sisters, Mrs. Rose Salchert, Mrs. Margaret Graham and Mrs. Helen Horvath, all of Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Mrs. Erma Tatum of Plant City, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the church.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at James Funeral Home.

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Newton Falls, Ohio Newspaper (date abt. 1982), By Betty Hewitt, Vindicator Newton Falls Correspondent.

Rudy Galgoci Retires in Newton Falls After Long Public Service in Utilities.

Newton Falls - Residents of Newton Falls will remember forever the blizzard of 1978.

The 54 mile-per-hour winds that swept through Ohio created up to 15 foot snow drifts and temperatures plumented to 13 below zero.

Newton Falls utilities customers were without electric service for three days.

Rudy Galgoci retired this month, three years after the crisis in the city as utilities superintendent, and looks back at his job here as a challenge he wanted to face before retirement.

Galgoci began his career in municipal power in 1948, as a lineman for the city of Niles.  Two years later, he was named substation manager of utilities in Niles.  He held that position until his resignation in 1978 to come to Newton Falls.

At a retirement dinner party last week, the Ohio Edison trademark Ready Kilowatt was fashioned into a Rudy Kilowatt, and Mayor Lester Irwin credited Galgoci for upgrading the municipal electric system to a reliable one.

"We owe Mr. Galgoci a vote of thanks for making our electric system reliable," the mayor said.  "The city appreciates his expertise and experience in making our utility sound once again."

City Manager William Watkins considered Galgoci's contributions to the city in terms of all three of the utilities.  "While Rudy spent much of his time in the electric utility, he also spent many hours in our water, wastewater, and sewer department," Watkins said.

"The department heads and all city employees have been wonderful to me," Rudy declared. "Their cooperation made my job a lot easier, I see the city as having a progressive, productive future and I leave the city in good hands."

Watkins said the city would not continue the position of utility superintendent.  In all city departments, Galgoci's responsibility will be divided between supervisors and department heads.

"I think it is important, however," Watkins pointed out, "that the city consider having a field coordinator limited to one or two days a week."

By splitting Galgoci's responsibilities, 60 percent of his responsbilities will be given to a field supervisor and Watkins will handle any day to day problems that arise out of the general routine.

Since that fateful Saturday in 1978, city officials believe municipal power in Newton Falls have never been better. With Galgoci's retirement, he will now turn to his favorite hobbies:  fishing and gardening, but his electric troubleshooting days may just be beginning.

He says, "You know, I'm only a phone call away."

Newton Falls, Ohio Newspaper. January 4, 1991

June R. Galgoczi, 72; Nurse at Shenango Valley Medical Center

Newton Falls - Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the first Church of God for Mrs. June R. Galgoci, 72, of 1001 Milton blvd., who died of cancer Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic.

Mrs. Galgoci was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Niles, a daughter of Ralph E. and Hazel Trimbur Walton, and came to Newton Falls seven years ago from Niles.  She was a nurse at the Shenango Valley Medical Center for 23 years.  She was a member of the church, and was past president of it's Women's Association and a treasurer of its board of missions.  She attended Grove City College.

Besides her husband, Rudolph P., whom she married March 1, 1941, she leaves a daughter, Mrs. Cheryl Mick of Newton Falls; two brothers, Paul and Lemoin T. Walton, both of Niles; and four grandchildren.

Two brothers, Ralph T. and Donald E. Walton, are deceased.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the James Funeral Home.

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Newton Falls, Ohio; Obituaries, January 5, 1991

Newton Falls - The funeral for Mrs. June R. Galgoci, 72, 1001 Milton Blvd., who died of cancer Wednesday, will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in First Church of God.  Burial will be in Kerr Cemetery, Mineral Ridge.

Friends may call at James Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Mrs. Galgoci was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Niles, the daughter of Ralph E. and Hazel Trimbur Walton.

She attended Gove City College and had worked as a nurse at Shenango Valley Medical Center, Farrell, Pa., for 23 years.

A resident here seven years, coming from Niles, Mrs. Galgoci was a member of First Church of God, where she was past president of the Women's Association and treasurer of the Board of Missions.  She enjoyed cooking.

Survivors include her husband, Rudolph P. Galgoci, whom she married March 1, 1941; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Cheryl) Mick of Newton Falls; two brothers, Paul and Lemoin T. Walton of Niles, and four grandchildren.  Two brothers, Ralph T. and Donald E. Walton preceded her in death.

Elizabeth Galgoczi, born on October 04, 1920, in Rosebush, Michigan, to Walter and Rose Fejes Galgoczi, died on June 12, 1924 from diphtheria.  She was baptized, given the last rites, and is interred at St. Henry’s Church in Rosebush.  Her brothers and sisters remember her curly dark hair and beautiful smiles.  Her father, Walter, made her headstone, and it is still standing today, in the year 2002, next to her parents.

 

Morning Sun News, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; Obituaries, June 01, 1983; p. 2, col. 1.

Steve Galgoczi

Steve Galgoczi, 59, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, May 30, 1983, at his home.

Services are scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. Steve Fillion officiating.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetary in Mt. Pleasant.

Friends may call at the Lux-Rush Funeral Home after 1 p.m. today.

There will be a Pilgrim Degree Moose service at 7 o'clock tonight and a Scripture service at 8 o'clock tonight at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions to the Sacred Heart school and church of the Sacred Heart Foundation would be appreciated.

Mr. Galgoczi was born Aug. 2, 1923 in Rosebush to Walter and Rose (Feyes) Galgoczi.  He married Ismerie Ball in 1946 at Sacred Heart Church.

A lifelong resident of the area, Mr. Galgoczi was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Moose Lodge for 19 years. He was governor of the lodge in 1966-67, received a Fellowship Degree in 1968, the Pilgrim Degree in 1976, was a past state president of the Michigan Moose Association, a member of the national board of Moosehart Officers in Illinois, was serving as Herder of East Michigan Moose Legion No.107, was a prelate and vice president to the Michigan Moose Association, was a 25 Club member of the 100 Division, and served three years as district president of the Moose Association.

He is survived by his wife, Ismerie; one son, Steve of Mt. Pleasant; three daughters, Janice Knowlton of Shephered, Barbara Taylor of Mt. Pleasant and Connie Lirones of California; two brothers, Rudy Galgoczi of Niles and Ohio and Emery Galgoczi of Rosebush; four sisters, Rose Salchert of Rosebush, Margaret Graham of Mt. Pleasant, and Helen Horvath and Erma Tatum, both of Florida; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Baptismal Record, Registration of baptism:

Place:  Sacret Heart Church, Mount Pleasant, Isabella, Michigan

Christian Name:  Stephanus Galgoczi

Residence:  Rosebush, Isabella, Michigan

Parents:  Guallerius Galgoczi and Rosa Fejes (Hungaraia)

Grandparents Name:  Stephanus Horvath and Rosa Grgecg (or Grgecz)

Minister:  Geo W. Flanagan

 

Morning Sun News, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, December 11, 1986; p.2, col. 1-2.

Ismerie Galgoczi

Ismerie Galgoczi, 69, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, December 10, 1986, at her home.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. Richard Jozwiak officiating.  Burial will be at Calvery Cemetary.

Friends may call at the Lux Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant today from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Saturday until time of services.

A Moose service is scheduled for 8 p.m. today and a prayer service is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Academy Foundation.

Mrs. Galgoczi was born July 7, 1917, in Detroit to Edward and Agnes (Gleason) Ball. She married Ralph Freer in 1937, and he preceded her in death in 1940. In 1946, she married Steve Galgoczi, who preceded her in death on May 30, 1983.

A resident of the Mt. Pleasant area for 59 years, Mrs. Galgoczi moved there from Detroit. She was on the Moosettes Bowling Team.  She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church.

She is survived by a son, Steve of Mt. Pleasant, three daughters, Janice Knowlton of Shepherd, Barbara Taylor of Mt. Pleasant, and Connie Lironer of California; three sisters, Glenore Moss of Mt. Pleasant, Virgilene Van Ommeren of Mt. Pleasant, and Lina Ruth Teeter of Clare; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

She was also preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

 

Note:  Ismerie's first husband,  Ralph Freer and son, Alan both died in 1940 from drowing in a boating accident in Michigan.  The exact location is unknown at this time.  Ismerie Freer was seven months pregnant with Barbara at the time and Connie was about one or two years old.

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Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, September 22, 1986, Death Notices; p. 2, col. 1-2

Emery W. Galgoci

Emery W. Galgoci, 59, of Rosebush died Sunday, September 21, 1986, at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. 

Arrangements are pending at the Stinson-Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, September 23, 1986.

Emery W. Galgoci, 59, of Rosebush died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1986 at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Rosebush with the Rev. Ron Wagner officiating.  Burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

A prayer service is scheduled today at 7 p.m. at the Stinson-Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.  Friends may call at the funeral home today from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Henry's Catholic Church School fund.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Mr. Galgoci was born on Oct. 13, 1926, in Rosebush to Walter and Rose (Fejes) Galgoczi.  He married Betty Hagon on June 17, 1950 in Mt. Pleasant.

A lifelong resident of the area, Mr. Galgoci was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in Europe.  He was a member of the American Legion Post in Rosebush, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Mt. Pleasant.

Mr. Galgoci is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, Wendell of Coleman, Larry of Rosebush; a brother, Rudy Galgoci of Newton Falls, Ohio; four sisters, Rose Salchert of Rosebush, Margaret Graham and Helen Horvath, both of Mt. Pleasant, and Erma Szabo-Tatum of Plant City, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Galgoci.

 

Margaret Galgoczi, second born daughter to Walter and Rose (Fejes) Galgoczi, was raised in Rosebush, Michigan.  Margaret was about five or six years old when her parents moved to Rosebush.  She resided with her husband, Jake Graham in Augres, Michigan.  After the death of her husband, Margaret returned to Isabella County and spent her remaining years in Rosebush and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

 

Mt. Pleasant Michigan, Clark Funeral Chapel Obituaries, June 8, 2002

(also posted in The Morning Sun Newspaper, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan).

Graham, Margaret T. 

November 10, 1913 - June 7, 2002

 

Margaret T. Graham, age 88, of Mt. Pleasant passed away Friday, June 7th, at Central Michigan Community Hospital.

 

Funeral Services for Margaret will be held on Tuesday, June 11th, at 11 a.m. from Clark Funeral Chapel. Sister Jane Eschweiler will officiate, with interment in the Sims-Whitney Cemetery in Au Gres, Michigan.

 

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 11th, from 10 a.m. until time of service at Clark Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Central Michigan Community Hospital I.C.U. or the Isabella Co. Medical Care Facility. Envelopes will be available at Clark Funeral Chapel.

 

Margaret was born November 10, 1913, in East Chicago, Indiana, the daughter of Walter and Rose (Fejes) Galgoci. She married Jake Graham in Indiana in 1956 and lived in Au Gres before moving to Rosebush in 1973. Margaret and her husband Jake owned and operated a large potato farm in Au Gres. Margaret had also worked as a L.P.N. for Mt. Pleasant and Au Gres area hospitals. Margaret tended bar at the Bear Track Inn in Au Gres in the 1960’s and the White Wagon Lounge in Rosebush in the early 1970’s. She enjoyed spending time with her great nephews and their families.

 

Margaret is survived by several nieces and nephews; three sisters Rose Salchert of Rosebush, Helen Horvath of Mt. Pleasant, and Irma Tatum of Florida. She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Steve, Rudy, and Emery Galgoci; and an infant sister.

 

Nadine’s note:  a brother, Walter Galgoczi, who passed away at the tender age of one year, also preceded Margaret in death.

In loving memory of my precious mother, two obituaries and a death notice follow:

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; Morning Sun, Obituaries, December 1, 2002.
Irma Grace Szabo-Tatum, May 11, 1915 - Nov. 29, 2002.
Irma Grace Szabo-Tatum, 87, former resident of Rosebush, MI, passed away in a nursing home at Altamonte Springs, FL.  Irma was born to Walter "Balint" and Rose (Fejes) Galgoczi on May 11, 1915 in East Chicago, IN and moved to Rosebush, MI with her family when she was four years old.  At the age of 17, she moved to South Bend, IN and met her future husband.

 

On May 5, 1934, she married Anton "Tony" Szabo at St. Stephen's RC Church in South Bend.  Mr. Szabo preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1972 after 37 years of marriage.  On Jan. 16, 1973, as Irma Szabo, she married Robert Lee Tatum and they made their home in Plant City, FL.  Mr. Tatum preceded her in death on Nov 13, 2001 after 27 years of marriage.  Irma was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, Walter Emery Szabo; sisters Elizabeth Galgoczi, Margaret Graham; brothers Walter, Rudolph, Steven, and Emery Galgoczi.

 

Irma was a member of St. Henry's Church (Rosebush) when she lived in Rosebush and spent her younger years and early teens being treated for polio at the Ann Arbor Hospital, coming home to replenish her health and spirit on her parent's farmland.  As a homemaker, she loved to grow flowers, bake delicious Hungarian meals, and decorate her home.  She was a loving caretaker for all her family members and made frequent trips to Michigan to visit her family.

 

Survivors include her children, Monica (Clarence) Bright (AZ), Nadine (David) Love-Hardin (FL), Anthony (Janet) Szabo (IN); six grandchildren, Edward (Ruth) Love, Dean (Shannon) Love, Renee (Gary) Stone, Shawn (Heather) Love, Tony (Debra) Szabo, Jason Szabo, granddaughter-in-law, Cindy Love; ten great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are sisters, Rose Salchert, Helen Horvath; sister-in-law, Betty Galgoci; nephews, Thomas (Janet) Salchert, Larry (Janet) Galgoczi, Wendell (Sandra) Galgoci, Steve (Debra) Galgoczi; neices Cheryl (Thomas) Mick, Janice Knowlton and Kathleen Davis.

 

Irma will be interred at Highland Cemetery in South Bend, IN, arrangements are pending with Palmer Funeral Home in Osceola, IN.

 

Note:  Age calculated at time of death:  87 years, 6 months, 18 days.

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South Bend, Indiana; South Bend Tribune, Obituaries, December 3, 2002.
Irma Grace Szabo-Tatum,  May 11, 1915-Nov. 29, 2002.
Irma Grace Tatum, 87, former resident of South Bend, passed away in a nursing home at Altamonte Springs, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 29, 2002. Irma was born to Walter and Rose (Fejes) Galgoczi on May 11, 1915, in East Chicago, Ind., and moved to Rosebush, Mich., with her family when she  was four years old. At the age of 17, she came to South Bend and met her future husband.

 

On May 5, 1934, she married Anton "Tony" Szabo at St. Stephens RC Church. Mr. Szabo preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1972, after 37 years of marriage. On Jan. 16, 1973, as Irma Szabo, she married Robert Lee Tatum and they made their home in Plant City, FL. Mr. Tatum preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 2001, after 27 years of marriage. Irma was also preceded in death by an infant son, Walter Emery Szabo; sisters, Elizabeth Galgoczi, Margaret Graham; brothers, Walter, Rudolph, Steven and Emery Galgoczi.

 

Irma was an employee at Associates, Inc., South Bend, for 10 years. As a homemaker, she loved to grow flowers, bake delicious Hungarian meals, decorate her home, and host family gatherings. She was a loving caretaker for all her family members.

 

Survivors include her children; Monica (Clarence) Bright of Arizona, Nadine (David) Love-Hardin of Florida, Anthony (Janet) Szabo of Osceola; six grandchildren, Edward (Ruth) Love, Dean (Shannon) Love, Renee (Gary) Stone, Shawn (Heather) Love, Tony (Debra) Szabo, Jason Szabo; granddaughter-in-law, Cindy Love; ten great-grandchildren, Joshua, Jessica, Jennifer and Josiah Love, Megan and Emily Szabo, Cynthia and Aaron Stone, Kaileen Reed-Rand Love, and Kodi Love; stepsons, Robert Leon and Randal Tatum and their families; sisters, Rose Salchert and Helen Horvath, both of Michigan, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at the Highland Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, South Bend. Rev. Robert Yast will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 at the Palmer Funeral Home, 1109 Lincoln Way West, Osceola. Contributions in memory of Irma may be donated to Vitas North Team 195 (Hospice), 5151 Adanson Street, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32804.

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Orlando, Florida; Orlando Sentinel, Deaths in Central Florida, Saturday, November 30, 2002.
IRMA G. TATUM, 87, Orlando, died Friday. Woodlawn Carey Hand Funeral Home, Longwood. (interrment in South Bend, Indiana).

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In loving memory of my dear father, so missed even after all these years:

IndianaSouth Bend Tribune, Local Obituaries; Friday, February 4, 1972.
Anton T. Szabo, 61, of 1505 N. Brookfield St., died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday in South Bend after an eight-month illness.  He was a Railway Express Co. driver.
Born July 4, 1910, in Milwaukee, Wis., he had resided in South Bend 57 years coming from Milwaukee.  He married May 5, 1934, in South Bend.  In addition to his widow, Irma <Galgoczi>, he is survived by a son, Anthony Walter Szabo, South Bend; two daughters, Mrs. Clarence Bright, of Winter Park, Fla., and Mrs. William Love, South Bend; five grandchildren; a brother, Julius, in Bulgaria, and a sister, Mrs. Michael Tschida, Salem, Ore.
Friends may call after 7 p.m. Saturday in the Nemeth Funeral Home.  Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Rev. Robert A. Yast, assistant pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

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IndianaSouth Bend Tribune, Funeral Notes; Sunday, February 6, 1972.
SZABO - Services for Anton T. Szabo, 61, of 1505 N. Brookfield St., who died Thursday, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, Rev. Robert A. Yast, assistant pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Nemeth Funeral Home.  A wake service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home.

 

Age caculated at time of death:  61 years, 6 months, 29 days.

 

Nadine's notes:  During the post-depression era, my father was also a taxi-cab driver and a milkman.  Father Yast, who officiated at Anton Szabo's funeral, also officiated at Irma (Galgoczi) Szabo's funeral.  He also gave communion to three of their grandchildren.
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Walter Galgoczi first born son to Walter "Balint" and Rosa (Fejes) Galgoczi, was born February 12, 1917 in East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana and died March 6, 1918 In East Chicago.  He is buried at St. John's Cemetery at Hammond, Lake County, IndianaAge at time of death, One year, 22 days.  He died from influenza.  There was no obituary written.

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Marriage applications reveal the parentage to Walter "Balint" Galgoczi and Rosa (Fejes) Galgoczi:

Indiana:  Lake County Court House, 2293 North Main, Crown Point, Indiana 46307; Marriage Licenses misspelled their surnames, but they both signed their names correctly.

 

Name:  Balim Galgocsi
When born:  August 15, 1885
Address:  East Chicago, Indiana
Occupation:  Copper Works.
Father:  Steve Galgocsi; birthplace, Hungary; residence in Hungary; occupation, laborer
Mother:  Rosa Horvath; birthplace, Hungary; residence in Hungary; no occupation listed.
First marriage:  Yes.
Signed:  "Balim Galgoczi" January 16, 1911

 

Marriage License:
Name:  Roza Fyes
When born:  December, 1889
Address:  East Chicago, Indiana
Occupation:  none.
Father:  James(Janus?) Fyes; birthplace, Hungary; residence Hungary; occupation, farmer.
Mother:  Roza Duskacz; birthplace, Hungary; residence Hungary; no occupation listed.
First marriage:  Yes.
Signed:  "Roza Fejes" January 16, 1911.

 

Note:  Duskacz could be spelled Duakacz; according to the marriage index, they were married January 17, 1911.

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Daily Times News, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1973 (newspaper source of article is uncertain).
Rose & Walter Galgoci.
In loving memory of our Dear Mother and Dad who passed away eleven years ago, seven months apart.  God only picks the best flowers in his garden.  Prayer:  Lord make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is injury, pardon; where there (is) hatred, let me sow love; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.  O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Your Children:  Rose Salchert, Margaret Graham, Erma Tatum, Rudolph Galgoci, Helen Horvath, Steve Galgoci, Emery Galgoci.

 

Note:  In all probability, the daughters who lived in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan thoughtfully and lovingly published this memorial.

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Andrew Galgoczi (October 22, 1880 - February 2, 1948) elected to stay in East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana, but traveled to Michigan to see his brother.  His obituary follows, please note his surname was spelled differently.

Northwest Indiana News, The Hammond Times, Wednesday, February 4, 1948.
Death Notices - Hammond.
GALGECZI - Andrew Galgeczi, age 68, of 501 E. 150th St., East Chicago <Indiana>, passed away Monday, Feb. 2nd.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Fifi Funeral Home, 706 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago.  Rev. Joseph Sipos will officiate.  Burial <will be at> St. Joseph's cemetery, Hammond.  Surviving are one brother, Walter of Rosebush, Michigan; one daughter, Mrs. Rose McCormick of Brooklyn, New York; nephews and neices.

 

Age calculated at time of death:  67 years, 3 months, 11 days.  Age in obituary conflicts with the actual birth year written by Andrew on his marriage application to Kedi Serman.

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Marriage Applications, please note the surname is now listed as Galgocy:

Indiana: Clerk of the Court, 2293 North Main, Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana, Marriage License:

 

Name:  Andrew Galgocy
When born:  October 22, 1880
Address:  East Chicago, Indiana
Occupation:  Laborer
Father:  Steve Galgocy; birthplace, Austria; residence in Austria; occupation, laborer
Mother:  Rosalia Horvath; birthplace, Austria; residence in Austria; no occupation listed.
First marriage:  No.
How often married before:  once.
Previous marriage dissolved:  yes; How and when:  divorced, two years ago.
Signed:  "Andar Galgocy" February 10, 1917.

 

Clerk of the Court, Crown Point, Lake County, Marriage License:
Name:  Kedi Nemeth Serman
When born:  October 10, 1880
Address:  East Chicago, Indiana
Occupation:  none.
Father:  Anton Nemeth; birthplace, Hungary; residence Hungary; occupation, carpenter.
Mother:  Annie (no surname listed); birthplace, Hungary; residence Hungary; no occupation listed.
First marriage:  no
How often married before:  once.
Previous marriage dissolved:  yes; How and when:  death, 10 years ago.
Signed:  "Kedi Nimeth Serman" February 10, 1917.

 

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The Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant Michigan, December 22, 2003).

Rose Salchert (August 3, 1911 - December 21, 2003).

Rose Salchert, 92, of Rosebush died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003 at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at St. Henry Catholic Church with Father Jeff Donner presiding. Burial will be in St. Henry Cemetery.

Friends may call at Lux Funeral Home on Monday from 4-8 p.m. with a vigil service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues at the church on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Henry Church or the Isabella County Medical Care Facility. Envelopes are available at Lux Funeral Home.

Rose was born Aug. 3, 1911, in East Chicago, IN, the daughter of Walter and Rose (Feyes) Galgoci. She married Norbert Salchert.

A life resident of Isabella County, Rose was an executive housekeeper at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility from 1965 until her retirement in 1981. She was also a cook at St. Henry School cafeteria for 10 years. She was a member of St. Henry Parish, the Catholic Daughters and the Altar Society.

Rose is survived by one son, Thomas (Janice) Salchert of Blanchard; five grandchildren, Mark (Betty) Salchert of Clare, Janinne (David) Kredell of Lexington, Nina (Dave) Andrews of Battle Creek, Meg (Russ) Miller of Farwell, and Michael (Tammy) Salchert of Bay City; two step-grandchildren, Aaron (Jennifer) Leonard of Comstock Park and Joseph Leonard of Shepherd; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Helen Horvath of Mt. Pleasant; and a daughter-in-law, Janette Salchert of Coleman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norbert in 1960; daughter, Joanne in 1963; two sons, Michael in 1976 and Robert in 1999; three brothers; and three sisters.