John Robert Boyle

John Robert Boyle

1930 - 2018

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Obituary of John Robert Boyle

John “Jack” Robert, 87, and Joanne “Jo” Kathleen Boyle, 85, of Essexville, our loving, fun, and devoted parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, brother, and sister were born into eternal life in February. Jack passed on February 11, 2018, just three days after Joanne’s passing on February 8, 2018.

Jack was born on April 30, 1930 in St. Charles, the son of the late William Boyle and Virginia (Milano) Boyle Hearn. Jack graduated from Bay City Central High School, Class of 1948. After high school, Jack joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Mediterranean with the Sixth Fleet on the U.S.S. Macon and on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea, reaching the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. Jack went on to work at Dow Chemical before making his career at Tri-City Tool & Die in Bay City as a journeyman Tool & Die Maker. He belonged to the Essexville Knights of Columbus. Throughout life, Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and bowling.

Joanne was born on February 7, 1933 in Bay City, the daughter of the late Edward and Wanda (Dominowski) Bruzewski. Joanne graduated from St. Joseph High School, Class of 1950. After high school, Joanne went on to work at Aladdin Homes before becoming a devoted homemaker. As a child, Joanne met Father Solanus Casey and was blessed by him. Throughout life, she enjoyed cooking, sewing, and reading – especially authors, James Patterson and John Grisham.

Jack and Joanne met at her cousin’s Polish wedding and were united in marriage on May 8, 1954. Together they shared over 65 years, three children, and countless memories. They were always known for their strong Catholic faith and were parishioners of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish. In their early years, they enjoyed dancing and drive-in movies. Some favorite hobbies included cooking, baking, fudge-making, canning, Tiger baseball, and visits up north to Rush Lake. Having all the family together were cherished moments for Jack and Joanne, especially sharing an Italian meal with a good glass of California wine and a homemade pie – a family tradition. They will be missed dearly.

Jack and Joanne leave to cherish their memory, their three children, Kathy (Tom) Vance, Bill (Pam) Boyle, and Jim Boyle; grandchildren, Kelly (Rob) Vance Knecht, Jack Boyle, and Nina Boyle; great-grandchildren, Elsa, Eden, and Emilia Knecht; Jack’s sister, Betty Kuhl; Joanne’s brother, Roy Bruzewski, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to their parents, Jack and Joanne were welcomed home to heaven by Jack’s brother, Fred Boyle, and Joanne’s sister, Rosemary Mitas.

Jack and Joanne’s family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9:00 AM until the time of their 10:00 AM Memorial Liturgy at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at