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Vernon N. Burkitt, 82

Vernon N. Burkitt passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Bavarian Comfort Care of Bridgeport at the age of 82 years.  Vernon was born in Flint, MI on June 26, 1934 to the late Norris and Viola Burkitt.  Vernon served in the US Army from 1957 to 1959.  Vernon was employed by Chevrolet Metal Fabricating as an electrician until his retirement in 1992. He married Diana Billmeier at Our Savior Lutheran Church on May 16, 1959; she predeceased him on April 22, 2014. He was a member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.
  Vernon is survived by a son Mark (Kathy) Burkitt, Reese, MI; a daughter Beth (Jeff) Kribs, Frankenmuth, MI; grandchildren Adam and Joshua Burkitt and Emma Kribs; sister Marion Graves; sister-in-law Marlene (Bill) Lippard, and nieces and nephews.
  Vernon’s family wishes to express a special thank you to the staff of Bavarian Comfort Care and Hospice caregiver Carleen who treated him like family.
  Funeral services took place on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Joel Kaiser officiated with burial in Flint Memorial Park.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Beautification Committee, Alzheimer’s Association, or charity of donor’s choice. Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at


Thomas James Schultz, 50

  Thomas James Schultz passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Covenant Medical Center, after a brief illness; age 50 years. Thomas was born on January 12, 1966, to the late Philip and Elaine Schultz.  He graduated from M.G. Millet Learning Center. Tom was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, its Men’s Club and a lifetime member of SPRED (Special Religious Education Development).  Tom enjoyed camping with his parents. He was employed at Frankenmuth Kroger for 24 years. He was a medal winner in the Winter and Summer Special Olympics, enjoyed bowling, and playing guitar with his brother-in-law. Tom was a true Elvis fan and an inveterate searcher for Bigfoot, enjoyed WWE and was an avid traveler.
  Surviving are four brothers and one sister, Tony (Connie) Schultz, Frankenmuth, Stephen Schultz, Frankenmuth, Linda (Bruce) Matthews, Lowell, Paul (Lorrie) Schultz, Sarasota, FL, David (Marie) Schultz, Birch Run; 10 nieces and nephews:  Jacob, Caresse (Tyler), Aubrey (Jonathan), Daniel, Katie (Jacob), Arielle (Robert), Hannah, Heather, Johnathan, and Gabrielle; two great nieces and one great nephew. Tom was especially close to his cousin, Mickey Bronner.
  Tom was preceded in death by a sister Christine Schultz.
  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday July 21, 2016 at 11am at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 958 E. Tuscola St., Frankenmuth, MI.  Fr. Robert Byrne will officiate with burial in Eastlawn Cemetery.  Tom’s family will receive visitors at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. on Wednesday, from 2-8pm and at church on Thursday from 10am until the time of service.  There will be a Vigil Service on Wednesday at 7pm.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the SPRED Program.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at


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