Virgilene Bigard

Virgilene Marie Bigard

Thursday, May 27th, 1954 - Monday, June 15th, 2020
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Virgilene Marie Bigard, 66, passed away on Monday, June 15th, 2020. Virgie was born on May 27th, 1954 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of the late Leonard Koslowski and Rosemary (Torzewski) Ulrich. She graduated from Montrose High School in 1972. While working at Jennings Petroleum in 1982, she met the love of her life, Steve, at a Michigan Oil and Gas Association picnic. They married on July 21st, 1984 in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Upon relocating to Mount Pleasant, she began working at Firstbank where her warm smile greeted customers for over 23 years. Most recently, she worked alongside Steve at Bigard and Huggard Drilling, where she enjoyed spending time with the office crew, as well as the guys in the shop who fondly called her “shop mom”. Her cheerful caring attitude will be sadly missed by all.

Of all her accomplishments in life, she was most proud of her daughter, Ashley. Being a mother was what Virgie enjoyed the most. Her selfless love and generous spirit extended to all who knew her. She enjoyed sewing, decorating, HGTV, shopping in Bay City, taking care of her cat “Kitty,” and making frequent trips to Frankenmuth with her family. She knew how to make everything beautiful and brought life and color to everything she touched. She will be deeply and profoundly missed.

Virgie is survived by her adoring husband, Steven Bigard; loving daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and Adam Gaertner; “surrogate” daughter, Sarah (Daniel) Kapala; sister, Jacqueline McInnes; brothers, John (Annie) Koslowski and Louis (Teresa) Koslowski; sister-in-law, Jeana Falsetta; brothers-in-law, Allen (Gail) Bigard, Bruce (Amanda) Bigard, John (Jean) Bigard, and Paul (Michelle) Bigard; numerous nieces and nephews; and her life-long friend, Debora Klunzinger. Virgie was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, James and Lucille Bigard; sister, Paulette Cheney; and brother-in-law, Rick Falsetta.

A public funeral service for Virgie will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Donald Henkes officiating. The family will receive guests from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 19th at Clark Family Funeral Chapel. In keeping with the current restrictions, those attending are required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing during visitation and the funeral service. Rite of Committal of cremains will occur in Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Academy Foundation.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, June 19th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Clark Family Funeral Chapel
    114 South Bradley Street
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, June 19th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, June 19th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Clark Family Funeral Chapel
    114 South Bradley Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 10:00am
    Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    302 South Kinney Avenue
    mount pleasant, MI 48858
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Dave Kunc

Posted at 08:58am
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Roberta Sulecki

Posted at 08:20am
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Virgie. My deepest sympathy to your family.
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William Stelzer

Posted at 11:19am
Dear Steve family- we are so sorry for your loss and you are in our prayers both now and in the coming weeks. May the Lord console you in this difficult time. The many beautiful flower bouquets were a wonderful testimony to the verse on Virgie's prayer card asking for happy memories and the beautiful photos of her and her family and friends spoke of those many happy memories over the years. Her untimely passing is a reminder to all of us that life is a gift from God to be enjoyed and treasured. God bless you always. Bill and Sue Stelzer

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Posted at 08:04am
Our deepest condolences, Jim & Michele Van Wagoner
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Vonda Abbott

Posted at 10:38pm
So sorry for your loss Steve and family. Jr and I will keep you in our hearts and prayers.

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