Margaret “Mags” J. Grzyb

Resided in Bark River, Michigan
Died December 31st, 2018

Margaret J. “Mags” Grzyb, 94, of 2028 8th Road, Bark River, went to her heavenly rest on Monday morning, December 31, 2018.

She was born on January 24, 1924 in Schaffer, the daughter of Leonard and Rose (Seymour) Richer.  Margaret was raised and lived all her life in the Schaffer and Bark River areas.  She attended the Schaffer School.

On June 23, 1945, the former Margaret Richer married Louis Grzyb at Sacred Heart Church in Schaffer. Louis preceded her in death on September 2, 2004.  Together they owned and operated a dairy farm and later they had beef cattle for many years.  She also held jobs with Halstead’s Motel and Teals Evergreen.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, former member of Daughters of Isabella and the Harnischfeger Retires Club, and the Bark River Senior Citizens Center.

She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, working puzzles and being with her family, grandchildren and friends.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Survivors include a son, Richard Grzyb of Escanaba; two daughters, Patricia (Bob) Dufresne of Escanaba and Donna (Ken) Knauf of Bark River; six grandchildren, Kevin (Katie) Dufresne of Eaton Rapids, MI, Sarah (Steve) Clark of Escanaba, Chad Grzyb of Escanaba, Lisa (Johnny) Jorasz of Bark River, Laura (Bob) Demars of Bark River, Kenny (Amber) Knauf Jr. of Fort Gratiot, MI; step grandson, Jason (Donna) Carlson of Rapid River; great grandchildren Emerson and Liam Dufresne, Zoey, Kenzie and Lexie Jorasz, Carson Schwalbach, Cooper Demars and Parker Knauf; and three step great grandchildren, Storm, Alex and Abby Carlson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis; infant son, James in 1948; daughter in law, Bonnie Grzyb; sisters, Gladys (Earl) St. John Sr. and Lorraine (Pat) Briere; brothers, Art, Joseph, Lawrence and Frank.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4th from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church with Rev. Darryl Pepin officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

Burial will take place in Bark River Twp. Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family and a memorial will be established at a later date.

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4 Tributes to “Margaret “Mags” J. Grzyb”

  1. Rich, sorry for your loss. Sending you and Chad some good energy. Best, Heather

  2. What a wonderful Write up! Great aunt Mag was my grandpa Joseph Richers’ younger Sister. I only met her a few times, once being while Grandma Carmel Richer (her sister in law) was in the nursing home on her birthday. May God Rest your soul and you be reunited with those you loved and cared for on this earth. Tell Grandma Carmel and Auntie Mary I said Hello! ~Michelle Richer (daughter to Michael and Pam Richer) Roanoke, Virginia

  3. Rich, Pat & Donna,
    I’m so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. I’ll always remember how nice she treated us “kids” back in our school days! In later years, she would always greet me with a big hug at the park after the July 4th parade. Bark River will not be the same without her, but those fond memories of her will live on! My condolences … -David Bugay

  4. Dear Donna and family,

    So sorry to hear of your great loss of your dear Mom. It’s hard to believe Bark River can really go on without her. Bless her heart! She’s in a better place now. God Bless all of you as God grows you past this big change in your lives.

    Sincerely, Lynn Hansen

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