SAGINAW - Father Charles L. Ganley, 82, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, died Thursday, December 11, 2008 at the St. Francis Home in Shields.
Father Ganley was born on February 6. 1926 in Harbor Beach, son of Abigail E. (Wagner) and Charley H. Ganley. He was baptized at St. Patrick Parish in Croswell and attended Lexington public schools.
He studied for the priesthood at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md., and St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth. He was ordained on June 7, 1952 by Bishop Stephen S. Woznicki at St. Denis Parish in Lexington.
During his priesthood, Father Ganley served as assistant pastor at St. Mary Parish in Alpena and St. Mary Parish in Alma; and as pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Ithaca, St. Martin de Porres Parish in Perrinton, Holy Family Parish in Saginaw, Sacred Heart Parish in Merrill, St. Patrick Parish in Ryan, and St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Bay City. He was granted senior priest status (retired) in 1996.
He is survived by two brothers and a sister: James Ganley, Thomas (Annie) Ganley, and Abbie (Mike) Newhouse; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are four very dear friends: Father Max Frego, Father William Rutkowski and Mike and Helen Woods. He preceded in death by three brothers and one sister: Gene Ganley, Frank Ganley, Bob Ganley, and Julie Suda.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday December 16, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Bay City with a private burial to follow at St. Denis Cemetery in Lexington.
Visitation will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the Squires Funeral Home, 211 N. Henry St., in Bay City and from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. A vigil liturgy will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday at the church.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Vincent de Paul Society – St. Mary.