Obituaries

Baker Joy Busby

Published on December 12, 2018

Joy Busby Baker (Pekarek), 79, resident of the Lakeshore Senior Living Community in St. Clair Shores passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at LakePointe Senior Care & Rehab Center, Clinton Township. Born Sept. 4, 1939, in Bainbridge, Ga., to Verlin W. and Bernice Gay Busby, Joy graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1957. She attended North Georgia College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1961. On April 13, 1961 Joy married Bert Edward Baker (Pekarek). Bert and Joy raised three children while moving around the United States as an Air Force family. In 1978 they settled in Grosse Pointe Shores. Joy furthered her education at Wayne State University, earning a Master of Arts degree in secondary education in 1986 and Master of Social Work degree in 1988. After four years as an outpatient therapist, Joy opened a private psychotherapy practice, Shores Counseling in St. Clair Shores in 1992. She was predeceased by her husband, Bert and great-granddaughter, Milan Richmond. Joy is survived by her children and their families; Bert E. Baker Jr. (Lisa) - Michelle, Samantha, Adam (Lauren and Lincoln) and Brandon; Jonathon S. Baker - Brooke and Nicolas; Kerry G. Baker-Relf (Graham) - Oliver and Caroline. A celebration of Joy’s life will be noon Friday, Dec. 14, at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church, 211 Moross, Grosse Pointe Farms. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 11 a.m. Share a memory at cremationmichigan.com.

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Betty Ritchie

Published on December 12, 2018

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Wilkenson; Colin Norman

Published on December 12, 2018

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Colin Norman Wilkinson, loving husband, father of three daughters and two stepsons passed away at the age of 92. Colin was born on December 23, 1925 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England to Norman and Lena Wilkinson. He served in Her Majesty’s Royal Marines from 1943-1945, and attained the rank of Captain at the age of 19. His unit took the Japanese surrender in Hong Kong. He also served in India and Burma. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce in 1947 from Durham University, England. He emigrated from England to Canada in 1951 and worked for several corporations, including Chrysler and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He eventually moved his family to Michigan to be closer to work. Colin had a passion for life. In his prime, he was an excellent golfer, a world traveler, a successful business executive and entrepreneur, a gardener and a chef. In retirement, he took up boating, hiking and most recently, writing. He published his first novel, A Taste of Evil, a mystery, at 90 and had just finished his sequel, The Devil’s Apprentice a month before his death. With all of these unique gifts, Colin will most be remembered by his family for his love, kindness and zest for life. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Jacqueline, his daughters Anne Wilkinson-Burke (Preston), Victoria Birk Hill (Howard) and Pamela Kelly (James), his sister Maureen Barlow (Michael), his stepsons Daniel Doletzky (Rose) and Steven Doletzky (Davina), 11 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Visitation is Friday, December 14, 2018 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Chas. Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard at 10:30 AM. Lunch will follow. Donations may be sent to Christ Church, Habitat for Humanity or Boys & Girls Club of Detroit. Share a memory at www.verheyden.org

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Thornton L. Ellen

Published on December 5, 2018

Ellen L. Thornton, 66 of Washington Ct, died at home on Nov. 26, 2018, after suffering from a long illness. She was born in Mount Kisco NY on Aug. 9, 1952, daughter of the late Henry A. Lockwood and Jane Kent Lockwood. Ellen graduated from Rippowam High School in Stamford CT in 1970 and from Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati Ohio. Ellen was a registered nurse for over forty years and worked in hospitals in Ohio, Virginia, Texas, Washington and Nevada. Ellen was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister and wife. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and watching baseball. Most of all, Ellen enjoyed spending time with her family. Ellen is survived by her husband Thomas of forty three years, daughter Katherine Hirni and husband Wes of Las Vegas NV, son Doug and wife Torri of Livonia Michigan and son Michael and wife Tiffanie, of Irvine CA. Ellen is also survived by grandchildren Cole Hirni, Evelyn Hirni, Parker Thornton, Jack Thornton, Casey Thornton, and Elizabeth Thornton. Ellen is also survived by sisters Laura Hull and Betty Mahoney. Ellen was predeceased by her parents and a brother Henry A. Lockwood III. A funeral mass will be held on Dec. 4, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 34 Green Hill Rd Washington Depot CT at 10:00 AM. in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ellen's name can be made to the ALS Association of Ct Chapter 4 Oxford Rd Milford Ct 06460 or to Parkinson's disease research. Munson Lovetere Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements. To leave an online condolence please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com

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Jermstad Jr, Robert James

Published on December 5, 2018

Robert James Jermstad Jr. Born in Florence, South Carolina September 8th, 1931. Entered eternal life on November 27th, 2018. Loving Husband, Dad, Papa, and Hero. Beloved husband of Barbara (“Bird”) for more than 63 years. Passed into eternal life peacefully on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 in his home surrounded by loved ones. Robert was born in South Carolina on September 8th, 1931 to the late Dr. Robert James and Lorene Jermstad. Mr. Jermstad attended the University of Michigan at the age of 16 before ultimately graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1954. After graduation he was set up on a blind date with Barbara Ross from Flint, Michigan. That night he decided he had met the love of his life. Shortly after, the two were married in 1955. Mr. Jermstad was a Korean war veteran and carrier based Naval Aviator and flight instructor. In later years, his love of flying led to a career as a private pilot in the metro Detroit area. He also enjoyed work in the transportation and real estate industries. Papa Jermstad has a deep love for family, flying, sailing, and Higgins Lake, Michigan. There he and his father built a family cottage that was enjoyed for many years. He was a charter member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan for 55 years where he once served as president of the parish council and was an active member of the community. His life long deep faith was an example to many. He is preceded in death by his parents Dr. Robert and Lorene Jermstad, his brother Glen Lynch Jermstad (Kitty) and his nephew Glen Jermstad Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara and his seven children; Robert III (Elizabeth), Michael, David (Sharon), Catharine (Greg), John (Carrie), Deborah (James) and Suzanne. Nephews George (Maggie) and Curtis (Susan). He was proud to be called PAPA by his 14 grand children; Michael Ross Jr, Matthew William, Daniel Robert (Mary Elizabeth), Emerson Hayes, Grace Anne, Jacob David, James Davis Jr (Nikki), Megan Davis, Michael Davis, Daniel Davis, Mary Hervey Burns (Bobby), Joseph Hervey (Chelsea), Macaulay John Glen (Lauren), Hayden Hayes and his 2 great grandchildren; Charlotte Rae, and Maxine Olivia. A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday November 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St Thomas More Catholic Church, 4580 N. Adams Road Troy. Burial at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

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Smith, Eileen Loretta (Coleman)

Published on November 28, 2018

Smith, Eileen Loretta (Coleman) It is with great sadness that the family of Eileen Loretta Coleman announces her passing, on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Eileen will be lovingly remembered by her family, brother Ronald Coleman and his wife Paula Coleman (Pauline Hermann). Eileen will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews and friends that cared for her. Eileen was pre-deceased by her loving husband Paul Smith and brother Edward Coleman. At the request of Eileen, no services will be held, instead the family will hold a private service on Cape Cod.

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OLIVETO; (SALVATORE) SAM

Published on November 21, 2018

Sam (Salvatore) Oliveto, age 98 died peacefully on October 5th. Sam was a 28 year resident of Southfield. Sam was the son of John and Barbara Oliveto, formerly of San Giovanni, Italy. Sam is survived by his Wife Michelle, his Daughter Gina Burke, his son Larry Oliveto, his step daughters Annette Grossi and Christine McNamara, and his Step Grandchildren: Sarah , Leanne, Laura and Daniel. He is preceded in death by his Wife Theresa Oliveto and his son James Oliveto. He is the last of all his 6 siblings (Thomas, Rose, Judy, Mary, Philomena, and "Buddy") to pass. Sam was born on December 18, 1919. He was a WWII veteran, member of the 28th Infantry Division in WWII 110th Infantry Regiment, receiving the Bronze Star, Army Medal of Honor, and a medal for each of the four Campaigns he fought in. He received the French Legion Of Honor La Legion D'Honneur for the liberation of France. Born in Clarksburg West Virginia, he raised his family in Southfield Michigan before retiring to Florida. He worked for Excello Corporation as a tool and die maker in Highland Park, Michigan Sam was know for his warm friendly outgoing personality, his writing of poetry. He and Michelle were passionate about dancing, as members of the Space Trackers Dance Club they regularly performed ballroom, square dancing, Line dancing, Rumba, Waltz, Salsa, and Cha Cha. . . Sam was always ready tell a clean joke and a story, and he and Michelle loved to travel and go on cruises. Sam often volunteered to help people, he was kind, thoughtful, generous, always ready to lend a hand. He was an active and dedicated member of the Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Dana Farber Jimmy Fund Nearfield Rangers Sarcoma Erradicators Jimmy Fund P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. Funeral Services were held on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 3PM at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims, FL. Condolences may be shared at www.northbrevardfuneralhome.com

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Boggs, Mary Ann

Published on October 24, 2018

Mary Ann Boggs, 85, Houghton Lake, passed away on October 15, 2018. Mary was born December 25, 1932 in Ypsilanti to Albert and Dora (Willoughby) Owens. April 15, 1949 in Dundee Mary married Louis Gene Boggs. The couple moved to Utica where Louis was a teacher. Mary was an excellent Seamstress and made Soft Luggage Bags she named Bogg's Baggs which she sold at Arts and Crafts Fairs. Surviving are Mary's husband of 69 years, Louis Gene Boggs of Houghton Lake; daughter, Luann Boggs of Plano, TX; son, Dr. Louis (Jenny) Boggs of Prudenville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Marilyn) Owens. Family Services will be held for Mrs. Boggs in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Memorial's in memory of Mary may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences can be sent to family online at www.christler-holdship.com

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Roemer, Peter

Published on October 24, 2018

Peter Roemer, age 88, of Metamora, passed away October 16, 2018. He was born in Witmarsum, Netherlands. Peter immigrated to the United States and became a proud citizen of the country he loved. He fulfilled his “American Dream.” Peter owned and operated a nursery and garden center in Lake Orion, Michigan with his wife Alberta, for over 52 years. He loved fishing, golfing, and Marco Island and of course his faith in the Lord. Peter is survived by his 6 children and their spouses, along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 10 AM, with gathering beginning at 9:30 AM until time of service, at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester, MI. www.pixleyfuneral.com

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Budd, Christine E.

Published on September 26, 2018

Christine “Chris” Evelyn (Trimble) Budd, born on January 25, 1947 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to the late Margaret and James Trimble, passed away on September 10, 2018 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Christine worked as an engineer retiring from Ford and also worked for Saturn, Visteon, and Chrysler. Her life was dedicated to her family and golf. Christine is survived by her daughters and grandchildren, Tami (Richard) Carr (Stefan (Melissa), Gaelen and Aaron) and Nicolle Carrion (Madeleine “Maddie”); and her siblings,; her brother, Steve Trimble; and her sisters, Diana Siefkes, Sue Pedersen, Barb Post Vicki Oetken, Cheryl Blaha, Marlene Griswold, and Angela Aguirre, their spouses, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She also leaves behind countless friends and extended family. Friends and family can pay their respects at the memorial service, officiated by Pastor Paul Gateman & Pastor Matthew Bode, on Friday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m.at Zion Lutheran Church, 143 Albany, Ferndale, Michigan, 48220. Luncheon to follow service directly.

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Kraut, Norman and Anna

Published on August 29, 2018

In Memory of… Norman (95) and Anna (91) Kraut, long-time residents of St. Clair Shores, died June and April 2018. The couple raised 7 children on Winton Street all graduating from Lakeview High and active patrons of St. Angela Church of Roseville. Survived by 10 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Norman loved big band music, camping, hunting and having a beer. Anna followed along with her kids favorite rock groups of the day and loved watching TV or looking out to see what the neighbors were up to. Both tirelessly supported their neighbors and schools any way they could even if it was only to tell a story or share a laugh or two. They will be missed more than they will ever know♥

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Verdezoto, Anibal

Published on August 22, 2018

In Memory of Anibal "Pa" Verdezoto Warren -- Anibal "Pa" Verdezoto passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Friday, August 10th at age 89. Beloved husband of the late Teresa and the late Helena. Loving father of Marek Jach; Michael (Peggy), Benjamin (Diane), and the late David Verdezoto; Kasia (Adam) Zagaja; Basia, Leszek, & Władysław (Ela) Naja. Loving Grandfather of 13, and Great Grandfather of 9. VISITATION, Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home, 2396 Caniff St, Hamtramck on Monday, August 20th from 1-9pm; Rosary starting at 7pm. VIGIL SERVICE & INTERNMENT, Mount Olivet Cemetery, 17100 Van Dyke, Detroit on Tuesday, August 21st at noon. In place of flowers, please direct any contributions to a charity of your own choosing.

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Wojcik

Published on August 1, 2018

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Moore, Mary "Kay"

Published on July 25, 2018

KAY MOORE Mary "Kay" (Leuckel) Moore, age 78, passed away July 3, 2018. Kay is survived by her children Paul (Francys), Phillip, Deborah French (John), and grandchildren Patrick and Benjamin French. Born and raised in Missouri, Kay lived in the Detroit area over 50 years. Kay’s varied career includes 30 years as a Mary Kay Consultant and retirement from the Solanus Casey Center. Kay is remembered for great devotion to Blessed Mother and many acts of kindness.

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Wojcik, Carol Anne

Published on July 25, 2018

Carol A. Wojcik (Kraimer), 61, of Shelby Township, passed away on Tuesday, July 17. She is survived by her loving husband Daniel and her children, Sarah and Mark. Carol is finally at peace after a long battle with chronic pain. She dearly loved her family and cats, gardening, and using her artistic gifts to beautify her church and home. Her funeral Mass will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at St. Blase Parish, 12151 15 Mile Road, in Sterling Heights.

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Marcotte Steiner Shaw, Elizabeth

Published on July 25, 2018

Elizabeth Louise Marcotte Steiner Shaw, age 79, most recently of Redding, CT, died peacefully on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at her home. Born in Detroit, MI on March 24, 1939, she was the first daughter of the late Dr. Oliver J. and Marcia Putnam Marcotte. After growing up in Southfield, MI, she attended the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University graduating with a bachelor's degree. She began her career teaching at Lake Forest High School in Illinois. In later years, she received her master's degree in linguistics from Birkbeck, University of London, and taught English at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Elizabeth was an avid reader, writer, chef, traveler, and gardener with an engaging personality and boundless energy. In her retirement years, she lived in Wellesley, MA where she cultivated exquisite gardens which were a delight to all of those lucky enough to visit. She was most proud of her three loving children: Charles Steiner of Cleveland, OH (married to Maria H. Steiner), Kimberly Cameron, of Wilton, CT (married to Eric G. Cameron), and Kathryn Givans, of Boston, MA (married to Duncan C. Givans). She also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren: Sean and Nora Steiner, Elizabeth, Alexander, and James Cameron, and Francesca and Peter Givans. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Elizabeth will be forever remembered by her beloved brother and sister, Dr. Oliver P. Marcotte of Novi, MI and Marcia M. Burkart of Los Angeles, CA, as well as her numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be held on July 28th at The Church of the Transfiguration in Southfield, MI at 10:00am. A private family burial will follow.

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McClew; Pauline E

Published on July 11, 2018

ATHENS- E. Pauline McClew, age 99, of Athens, OH formerly of Bloomfield, died Tuesday morning, July 3, 2018 in Athens, OH. Born Aug. 22, 1918 in Flint, she was the daughter of the late John Lewis Hodgson and Edith Mary Fitzgerald Hodgson. A graduate of Flint Central High School, she attended Flint Junior College. Pauline was a homemaker and had been a resident of Bloomfield for over 50 years. She was a resident of Athens for the past seven years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church (62 years), the United Methodist Women and the Senior Women’s Club all of Birmingham. Pauline is survived by a daughter & son in law, Martha & Steve Sloan of Athens, OH; a son, Edward Clifton “Ted” McClew, Jr. of Bloomfield; two granddaughters, Melissa Sloan of Atlanta, GA and Amy (David) Brandenstein of Pascagoula, MS; two great granddaughters, Abby & Emma Brandenstein; a niece, Mary Kaye Donigan of Grand Blanc. Besides her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Clifton McClew, Sr.; a sister, Kathleen Brooks: and a brother, Stan Hodgson. A memorial service will be held in Athens, OH at a later date. Arrangements are with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens. Following cremation, her ashes will be placed in a niche at the 1st United Methodist Church of Birmingham, MI Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kimes Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 75 Kimes Lane, Athens, OH 45701. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.

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Bommarito, Marie Stella

Published on July 4, 2018

BOMMARITO, Marie "Stella" (nee: Castiglione). June 24, 2018. Age 86. Beloved wife of the late Sam. Loving mother of Michael Bommarito (MaryJo), Joseph Bommarito, Salvatore Bommarito, John Bommarito (Denise), William Bommarito (Kathryn) and Diane Mercurio (Carlo). Proud and loving grandmother of 14 and great-grandmother of 5. Dear sister of Joe Castiglione. Mrs. Bommarito was unselfish, self-sacrificing and generous; she found her life's greatest joy in loving her family unconditionally and being with them whenever possible. Visitation: Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., Funeral Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church in Mt. Clemens. Entombment, Resurection Cemetery, Clinton Township. Memorial contributions to the Capuchins are appreciated. Please share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" at WujekCalcaterra.com

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Miller; Robert, John "Bob"

Published on June 27, 2018

Robert John “Bob” Miller, 64, passed away on June 17 surrounded by his loving wife of 45 years, Linda (nee: Rogers) and daughters: Jessica Kammer (Daniel), Shannon King (Christopher) and Colleen Campbell (Kevin). Proud Papa of Veronica and Hunter. Dear son of Robert and Ruth Miller and brother of the late Joanne Thompson (Joe). Memorial visitation from 3-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Celebration of Life on Thursday, June 28 at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, 36900 Schoenherr

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Roemer, Alberta S

Published on June 20, 2018

ROEMER, Alberta S., age 89, of Metamora, passed away June 12, 2018. She was born in Royal Oak on June 8, 1929. Alberta graduated from Ferndale High and went on to attend the University of Michigan. She was married to Peter Roemer on January 15, 1955. Alberta and Peter owned Roemer’s Nursery in Lake Orion for 52 years. She is survived by her husband; her 6 children and their spouses; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11 AM at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake

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Kaiser, Joseph Peter III

Published on June 20, 2018

Joseph Peter Kaiser III, 97, of Naples, Florida (formerly of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan), passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife Marguerite, his children Jacqueline (John Sauselen), Joseph IV (Maureen) and Robert. Cherished grandfather of 12, greatgrandfather of 8. Joseph was born in Detroit, Michigan, on August 8, 1920, to Joseph II and Katherine. He was an avid rower and won the National Championship for the Detroit Boat Club in 1940. Joseph attended the University of Michigan and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He served in World War II from 1942-1946 as a Captain in the Army Air Corps, spending two and a half years in the South Pacific. In 1952 Mr. Kaiser founded Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation; the company recently celebrated its 66th anniversary. After retiring, Joseph and Marguerite moved to Naples where they enjoyed playing golf and visits from their children and grandchildren. Joe Sr., as he was affectionately known, was an active member of the Detroit Rotary Club, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Country Club of Detroit, the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club and the Old Club before retiring to Naples. In Naples he was a member of the Pelican Bay Club and the Royal Poinciana Golf Club. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and family; he and Marguerite recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. Mr. Kaiser was a beloved, well respected man who will be greatly missed by his family and by everyone whose lives he touched. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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Spakoff, Helen

Published on May 30, 2018

Spakoff, Helen (age 97) May 21, 2018. Widow of the late Samuel, mother of Steven (Deanna) and Randy, and grandmother of Steve Jr and Margie. Sister in law of Al Spakoff. Visitation Thursday May 24, 2018 from 2 - 8 PM at Bagnasco and Calcaterra Funeral Home 28500 Harper, St Clair Shores, MI 48081. In state 8 AM Friday May 25, 2018 until time of funeral service at 9 Am at Holy Trinity Old Believers Church, 2315 Carpenter at Goddard, Detroit MI 48212. Interment at Church cemetery following service. Funeral Arrangements handled by: Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home

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GUINDON; LUELLA, MARIE

Published on May 23, 2018

Luella died peacefully with her family at her side on May 11, 2018 in her home in Zephyrhills, Fl. Luella was born on July 9, 1940 in Leavenworth, KS to her parents Ernest and Etta Loar. Preceded in death by her sister Dorothy and brother in-law Larry Matzeder. Survived by her siblings James and Suzie Loar, Mary and Leroy Seifert, & Shirley Matzeder. On December 8, 1957 she married Donald Verne Guindon who she spent 60 loving years with until her death. Luella was a wonderful mother to four daughters Leanna, Terri, Alayna, and Kelly. Luella was a loving grandmother to her five grandchildren Erin, Joel, Alexis, Jena, and Lara. Luella is also survived by six great grandchildren Austin, Noah, Jada, Troy, Kira, and Colton.

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Lanier, Michael D.

Published on May 2, 2018

Michael D. Lanier, age 48, a lifelong Troy area resident, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Michigan. Michael was born November 27, 1969 in Royal Oak, Michigan, the son of the late Emil and Connie (Levulis) Lanier. After graduating from Brother Rice High School, Mike accepted a basketball scholarship at UCLA where he earned a Bachelor's Degree. Upon graduation, Mike started work for GM at its Power Train Division as a Senior Designer. Mike had many and varied interests from acting in independent films in the Michigan area, swimming, doing claymation films, cooking, being very artistic, and even designed his current home. Along with his twin brother Jim, they were in the Guinness Book of records as the tallest identical twins in the world. Michael is survived by his wife Janet “Battani” Lanier of Troy and her children Christopher Campbell of Jackson & Kathryn Campbell of Troy, siblings: Jennifer (Michael) Toomajian of Troy, James (Michele) Lanier of Greenwood, Indiana, Gary (Traci) Lanier of Plymouth, MI., Also survived by nieces & nephews: Hunter, Jared, & Jessica Toomajian, Daniel & Sarah Lanier, and Kaden, Katherine, & Karl Lanier. Memorial visitation took place on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home. (11280 32 Mile Road, Romeo Michigan 48065) A Memorial Mass took place on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 11 AM at St Clement Catholic Church. (343 S. Main, Romeo Michigan 48065). Donations to Acromegaly Research would be appreciated .https://acromegaly.org/en/patient-quest/27-pna-fundraising-campaign.

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Gregory, Terrie Ann (VanDyke)

Published on April 11, 2018

Gregory, Terrie Ann (VanDyke), 66, passed away Tuesday, March 13 2018, after a tough battle with cancer. She was born July 31, 1951 in Punxsutawney PA and was raised in Clawson, Michigan from a very young age. Over the years she worked as a lunch mom, florist and was the coach for many years of the girls cheerleading team at Royal Oak Dondero High School. She liked watching sports, going to the casino with her husband and spending as much time as possible talking about and being around her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Daniel Gregory; two children Eric (Monica) Gregory and Erin (William) Hickey; and four grand children; Sydney, Braylin, William and Emery. At Terrie's request, she was cremated and no service was held.

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Gillette, Leslie Ann

Published on April 11, 2018

Leslie Ann Gillette, 39, of Novi, MI died after an unexpected sudden illness on Thursday, March 29th, 2018. She was born 09/09/1978 in Madison Heights, MI. The daughter of Joseph Zalmezak and Laura (Duchene) Zalmezak. Leslie graduated from Madison High School in Madison Heights, MI with the class of 1996. On 02/28/2014 she was united in marriage to Mathew Dwayne Gillette in Novi, MI. Leslie worked at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI for 18 years. Leslie was a beautiful and wonderful person. Her greatest joy was raising her five children. Words can not express how much she cared, loved, and adored her kids. She also enjoyed going to parks, shopping for bargains, and Tiger baseball. Leslie is survived by her husband Mathew Dwayne Gillette of Novi, MI, (formerly of Linesville, PA); five children, Cody Grimes (16), Cameron Ilich (11), Keira Ilich (7), Kassidy Gillette (3), and Caden Gillette (2); her parents, Joseph and Laura Zalmezak of New Baltimore, MI; a brother Paul (Lara) Zalmezak of Evanston, IL; two sisters Colleen (Glenn) Rocha of Point Verda, FL and Renee Zalmezak of Apple Valley, MN; several nieces and nephews; and an “adopted sister” Sarah Moberg of Apple Valley, MN. Leslie was a giving person right to the end, sharing herself with the Gift of Life Michigan Foundation. Heaven’s gain was our loss. Memorial services will be private.

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Burton (Heemer) Maureen Kay

Published on April 4, 2018

Maureen Kay (Heemer) Burton December 21, 1943 – March 14, 2018. Maureen died peacefully from a long struggle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Jim Burton, her three Children, James (Shelly) Burton, Monique (Earl) Reese, Aaron (Jen) Burton, grandson Max Reese and three siblings Debbie (Bob) Rydzon, Diane (Dan) Glace & Bill (Barb) Heemer. She is preceded in death by her parents, Annie & Bill Heemer, her young granddaughter Nicole Burton and Sister Veronica Hicks. Maureen worked with special needs children in the Rochester Schools. A Memorial in her honor will be held at Rochester Church of Christ, 250 W. Avon Road, Rochester, on Saturday April 14, at 12 noon.

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Daggett Gilbert - Dorothy Szparaga

Published on March 28, 2018

Dorothy M. Szparaga, age 88, formerly of Warren, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Big Rapids. She was born September 1, 1929 in Dearborn the daughter of Hugh and Nellie (McPeak) O’Hara. She married Arnold Szparaga and they made their home in the Warren area. Dorothy moved to the Big Rapids area in 2012 to be near family. She is survived by four children, Karen (David) Johnson of Burtchville Twp., MI, Sharon L. Blum of Big Rapids, Rosemary Taylor of Chesterfield Twp., MI, Michael (Louise) Szparaga of Roseville; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a sister Patricia Bloom of Florida. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arnold in 1995 and a daughter, Barbarann Grayewski in 2011. Dorothy will be laid to rest with her husband at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Roseville later this spring. Share a memory or condolence at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com

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Aston, Jack E.

Published on March 7, 2018

Jack E. Aston, 81, passed away Feb 28, 2018, born in Detroit on June 8, 1936. Survived by wife, Reida and six children; Scott Aston, Shelly (Dennis) Sarti, Steven Aston, Sharlyn (Marty) Chapman, Sandy (Brent) Jansen, Susie (Greg) Green and five grandchildren. Niece and nephew George (Tiffany) Pomaville, Helene (Robert) Griffus. Jack owned Clinton River Marina Inc. for 42 years on Lake St. Clair. He vacationed in the Torch Lake area since 1966 and built his retirement home in 1982. In his retirement years he snowmobiled in the winter, fished in the summer and traveled with his wife, Reida. His charisma, friendship, and leadership will be missed however, our family is rejoicing that he is at peace with our Lord. Memorial Service March 10, 2018, 1pm, at Alden United Methodist Church, Alden MI. Memorials in lieu of flowers, may be made to Salvation Army, Cowell Family Cancer Center, Alden United Methodist Church. Arrangements have been handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

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Farrell, Dan

Published on February 28, 2018

ROCHESTER, MI – Dan Farrell, 57, a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, following a brief illness. A long-time resident of Rochester and a familiar presence in the community, Dan was born in Albany, New York, graduated from Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School and earned his Associates Degree from Oakland Community College. His passions were sports, particularly football and boxing, as well as stimulating conversations on current affairs. Son of Jeremiah E. Farrell, former president of Chrysler Financial, and the late Joan (Cregan) Farrell. Beloved brother of Mary Kathleen (Farrell) Villamil, Margaret F. (James) Behrman and deceased siblings Michael J. Farrell and Maura Elizabeth Farrell. Favorite uncle of nephews Matthew Villamil, Kevin D. Farrell, Joseph and Colin Behrman and niece Morgan Miller. Also survived by sister-in-law Anne Doyle. Grandson of Joseph Farrell (deceased), a former senior executive with the state of New York, and John Cregan (deceased), former Deputy Director for New York state’s Income Tax Division. An engaged citizen with a quick wit, Dan suffered from a degenerative muscular disease that confined him to a wheel chair for over a decade. He never let that stop him. Skilled in negotiating Rochester’s sidewalks, streets and parks in his motorized chair, Dan was a fixture at community events and an observant, helpful citizen who often alerted city officials to downtown issues to be addressed. Rochester Police Chief Steven Schettenhelm commented, “Dan overcame so much adversity but never seemed to be having a bad day. He will be missed around town, that’s for sure.” The Farrell family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the many volunteers of the Rochester Fire Department who helped Dan on multiple occasions, sometimes in the middle of the night when he needed assistance. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28th at St. Hugo Stone Chapel on Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral mass and burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Southfield. Obituary and condolences at A.J. Desmond.com.

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Palazzolo; Thomas Peter

Published on January 24, 2018

Thomas Peter Palazzolo, Suddenly, October 18th. Loving father of Elisavet, dear brother of Ronald (Judy), Ann (William) Capitan, and the late, Douglas. Tom devoted his life to painting, sculpture and creative design. He was selected by internationally known sculptor Marshall Fredericks as principle artist and restorer of The Cross in the Woods, Indian River, MI. Tom's work is represented in a number of private and industrial collections. Past member of the Players and Scarab Clubs. Tom had a zest for life and will be deeply missed by all.

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Piggott; Elizabeth Jane

Published on January 24, 2018

A celebration of the life of Elizabeth ‘Jane’ Piggott, 98, of Birmingham was held Thursday, January 11th at Christ Church Cranbrook. Jane died after suffering complications from pneumonia. A much beloved wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, and tireless lover of animals and her community, Jane brought her infectious smile and generosity to anyone she crossed paths with. Born in Canada in 1919 as a twin, Jane moved to Birmingham when she married David S. Piggott in 1940. They had three children, James (Jim), John, and Elizabeth (Liz). She spent decades as a loyal parishioner to Christ Church Cranbrook, an avid tennis player, an equestrian rider, and a community volunteer. She was a known fixture on Dorchester Road in Birmingham and was always making friends, even into her late nineties. In addition to her children, Jane is survived by her five grandchildren Erin Streeter, David Streeter, Bryan Piggott, Todd Piggott and Susan Macomber as well as eight great-grandchildren including one that carries her name. After 33 years as a widow, she is finally reunited with her husband and many friends. For those wishing to honor Jane’s memory, you can do so by contributing to Christ Church Cranbrook or the Michigan Humane Society.

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Warner, Lewis Albert Jr.

Published on January 17, 2018

Obituary for Mr. Lewis Albert Warner Jr. Lewis A. Warner, Jr., age 67, of Cottrellville Township, passed away on January 5, 2018, in St. John River District Hospital, with his family by his side. He was born on January 20, 1950, Detroit, to the late Edward and Doris Modrzejewski. He married Janice G. Sonntag on November 12, 1971, in Roseville. Lewis served honorably in the U.S. Army and was a proud Vietnam veteran. He was in the construction business, most of his life. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren and attending their sporting events. Lewis also enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his wife, Janice of Cottrellville, son, Lewis (Martha) Warner III, of Chesterfield, daughter, Wendy (Joseph) DeFilippi of St. Clair Shores, and son, Scott (Lynette) Warner of Dawsonville, Georgia, 8 grandchildren; Joseph, Scott Jr., Brendan, Lewis IV, Matthew, Steven, Lyllian and Samuel, 3 sisters; Cheryl, Marilyn and Doreen, along with several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward. A memorial service will be announced shortly. Arrangements in care of Jowett Funeral Home – 1634 Lapeer Ave., Port Huron. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. Lewis Albert Warner Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Sicheneder, Catherine E.

Published on January 17, 2018

Catherine E. Sicheneder, age 63, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8th surrounded by family. She was born June 22nd, 1954 in Royal Oak, Michigan to David and Mary McDonald . A graduate of Royal Oak Kimball High School, she met Donald, who would eventually become her husband for nearly 30 years and moved to Romeo where they raised four children; Rebecca (David) of Washington Township, Donald Jr. of Ohio, Thomas (Denise) of Shelby Township and William (Melissa) of Washington Township. Known affectionately as "Cathie", she enjoyed the company of her pets, had an insatiable wit, impeccable penmanship, and an artistic knack with a steady hand for all things creative. Painting, crochet, gardening and even haircuts for her sons were some of the many venues in which she let her talent shine. She touched the lives she graced with her uncanny ability to reach people in a positive way, striking up quick, lasting friendships almost immediately. She was predeceased by her mother and survived by her four children, eight grandchildren, a sister, brother and many friends. A celebration of Life was held Sunday, January 13th in Macomb Township. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Humane Society in Cathie’s name.

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Von Valtier; Cheryl Lane

Published on January 17, 2018

Cheryl von Valtier, born Cheryl Lane Cummings August 2, 1935 in Royal Oak, Michigan, to Bernice and Truman Cummings. The youngest of three siblings, she spent her childhood in Ohio, and graduated from Albion College in 1957 with B.S. in biology. Cheryl attended Wayne State University School of Medicine from 1957-61, receiving the degree Doctor of Medicine, one of two women in her class. Upon graduation, she married fellow classmate William Franz von Valtier of Detroit, Michigan. They trained together as family physicians, and then in July 1963 they assumed the medical practice of Drs. Eve and Carl Schlecte, in Rochester, Michigan. Four years later, when her husband was called into military service, and now with two toddlers, Cheryl maintained their medical practice alone until his return. Known to her patients as “Dr. Cheryl”, she was beloved for her thoughtfulness and warmth. She and her husband established what is still today a prominent group of family physicians in the Rochester area. Dr. Cheryl retired from office practice in 1997. In addition to her devotion to medical practice, Cheryl became an adventurous and accomplished cook, she enjoyed intricate needlework of all kinds, was a potter and gardener, and played a number of stringed instruments. After retiring, she followed her lifelong interest in animals by serving as a docent at the Detroit Zoo. Whether as Dr. Cheryl at the office or Mom at home, she carried both roles with quiet good humor and a generosity of spirit. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Dr. William von Valtier and their two sons, Karl and Frederick (Fritz) von Valtier. There will be a memorial service for Cheryl von Valtier at 12:00 p.m. (visitation 11:00 a.m.) on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Street in Rochester. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Detroit Zoo in Cheryl’s name: mail to The Detroit Zoological Society, Attn: Development, 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067. Donations may also be made at the memorial service.

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Budnick, Janis L.

Published on January 3, 2018

Janis L. Budnick, 80, of Center Line, died December 17, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel W. Budnick. Loving mother of Todd Budnick of Center Line, Lisa Plum of Shelby Township, Lori Prochowski of Warren and Bill Budnick of Memphis. She was also the grandmother of Joshua Plum, Jeremy Plum, Kaley Misiuk, Chad Budnick and Amy Prochowski and four great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed, we all shall cherish the precious memories of our beloved mother. A private family service will be held.

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Zurawski, Rock Walter

Published on December 27, 2017

Rock Walter Zurawski, age 54, of Mount Clemens, Michigan died unexpectedly in his home on December 14, 2017. He was born April 24, 1963 to the late Edward and Joyce (Jocks) Zurawski. Rock leaves behind a loving family and many friends. Mr. Zurawski is survived by his children Joshua Zurawski and Magen Grabowski, Granddaughter Estelle Zurawski (Joshua Zurawski) and sisters Tina and Ann. Memorial in Spring of 2018

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PULK MAJORIE "MARGE"

Published on December 13, 2017

Marjorie “Marge” Pulk (1925-2017). Died peacefully at home on December 3 at the age of 92. Preceded in death by her husband Donald James Pulk (1997) and daughter Jennifer Lee (1976). Survived by children Nancy McTyre (Robert), Susan Cohoon (Steven), Donald Pulk (Juliana), Mary Lenanhan, and Sandra Pulk. Also survived by two sisters Marybeth Beck (Earl) and Nora Trybus (Conrad). Marge was born on November 4 in Detroit to Charles T Berg and Mary Eleanor Kenny. In addition to raising her six children, Marge worked for Michigan State University Continuing Education and its College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was an active member of the Meadowbrook Woman’s Club and the Rochester Farm & Garden Club. Marge was a supporter of both the Meadowbrook Theatre and Avon Players for many years as well as an avid bridge player and an active member of the OPC of Rochester Hills. It is with heavy hearts that her family says goodbye. A memorial mass is being planned for this coming February at St Mary of the Hills church.

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Harris, Christian Michael

Published on October 25, 2017

Christian Michael Harris, age 21, of Royal Oak, passed away on September 29, 2017. He was born in Royal Oak on March 26, 1996. Beloved son of Carol Harris and Michael Camp. Brother of Chayanne Harris. Grandson to Vicki Jones. He was close to his Great Aunt Patty Lusk and Aunt Katie Aren. He is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Christian had a big heart, pure smile and lived life full of love.

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Pilorget, Nancy J.

Published on October 25, 2017

Pilorget, Nancy J., age 70, of Grosse Pointe Park and formerly Huntington Woods, October 22, 2017. Beloved wife of Michel for 46 years. Loving mother of Elise (Michael) Hindelang. Treasured Nana of Robert, John, Joseph, and Michael, Jr. Also survived by Barbara (Karl) Sjolander, Ellen Johnston, George Johnston, Janet (Mark) Walters, Betsy (Kirk) Allen, Gav (Debbie), Dillon (Sara) and Zach Pilorget, as well as many caring nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and dear friends. Visitation Wednesday 5-9PM and Thursday 1-9PM at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods. A service will be held on Friday 11AM at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms. Memorial contributions may be made to the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology – Friends of Vision or the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Music Fund. ahpeters.com

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Dickey, Cecil Humphries

Published on October 18, 2017

Cecil Humphries Dickey age 80, died Sunday October 8, 2017 at the Waltonwood at Lakeside Assisted Living Facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Cecil was born June 19, 1937 in Tampa, Florida the son of the late Enos Izear Dickey and the late Mary Elizabeth (nee: Humphries) Dickey. Cecil was raised in Sylvania Georgia and attended Screven County High School. At the young age of 17 Cecil joined the United States Marine Corps where he would serve with distinction for over 21 years. Cecil joined the USMC in June of 1954 and was Honorably discharged from active duty September of 1975 achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. During his initial deployments with the Marine Corps in 1956 as part of Admiral Eckstrom's security detail for NATO, a young Cecil would meet and fall in love with a young Italian girl. Her name was Mafalda who could not speak English, also Cecil could not speak Italian... however during the USO dance in Naples, Italy the two danced and fell in love letting the language barrier work itself out. The couple married in December of 1957 and with Cecil's military traveling to different posts around the world and country the couple began a journey through life together. As a young Marine Cecil played football for the All Marine Football team and even tried out with the Baltimore Colts Professional Football team. Cecil was a physical specimen who was known for his true strength and muscle mass. While in Vietnam he assembled a workout gym and was the director for intramural sports. Cecil athleticism continued into his senior years as he re-found body building and put many hours lifting at the gym. Cecil served during the Vietnam War as a Crew Chief with the Marine Helicopter CH-46A Squadron 265 based in Da Nang. It was while serving as a crew chief that Sergeant Dickey was awarded the Gold Star in lieu of his seventh Air Medal, (he would earn 2 more). An Air Medal is awarded for 20 flights into a combat zone, therefore Sergeant Dickey attained more than 180 missions into a combat zone. During his combat service Sergeant Dickey would receive many recognitions, accolades, and awards including, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation signed by President Johnson, a Combat Action Ribbon, the Meritorious Mast, and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered while in flight over the DMZ. Following his military service Cecil retired from the Naval Air Station in Millington Tennessee. He became the manager of the Olive Branch Country Club in Mississippi, a short lived position before joining Cadillac Guage. Eventually with the help of a friend returned to the Department of Defense working within TACOM. Cecil was the Branch Chief in the maintenance department achieving a level GS-13 position before retiring in 1997. Retirement was never a word Cecil really cared for, he lived his life filled with activity and excitement. To say Cecil lived a colorful life would be an understatement. He cherished his 1969 Chevy Nova with a big block engine, and went on to drag race it at the Lapeer Dragway. He also found time to return to the workforce as a truck driver hauling steel locally. He was truly a selfless man who consistently put others before himself. Following the death of his wife, Cecil tried to give of himself daily by way of his time, money, or efforts helping others. He donated time to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and Capuchin Fathers, he also helped within his Catholic Church, St. Lucy, with assistance during the MCREST shelter program. Cecil loved big red trucks and eventually bought one with a car hauler. Over time he assisted many folks with moving their vehicles and goods from one location to another. During his lifetime Cecil was a member of the Moose Lodge 901 in Raleigh, Tennessee and also a lifetime member of the Masons, lastly the Utica-Macomb Masonic Lodge #64. Cecil enjoyed the company of others, sharing a drink and a good story, however no story could match his own of the times spent with his fellow Marines. Cecil loved his country and fellow patriots. He believed God, Country, Corps and family, as his paramount guide and foundation in life... Semper Fidelis! Cecil Humphries Dickey was the beloved husband of the late Mafalda Dickey, and the loving father of Patricia O'Blenes (Ken Kane). He was predeceased by al his siblings, the late Albert Dickey, Myrtice Pinckney, James Curtis Dickey, William Ward Dickey, and Enos Douglas Dickey. Cecil is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, family members, and dear friends including his Marine Corps Comrades. Visitation for Cecil will be Wednesday from 3:30-9 ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Road). Mr. Dickey will lie in state Thursday 9:30am at St. Lucy Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores, until the time of the Funeral Mass 10am. Celebrating the Funeral Liturgy will be Reverend Fr. Michael Loyson. Entombment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations are appreciated to Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org or Wounded Warriors Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org Please share memories of Cecil at his memory book above.

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Green, Michael Robert

Published on August 30, 2017

59 year old Michael Robert Green of St. Clair Shores, MI, made his final journey on this Earth to meet the Lord on August 18, 2017. Michael had been battling cancer for over a year with an incredible will to live each day to the fullest. The last while was spent remembering and reflecting on his full life with his beautiful wife of 28 years, Colleen, and his three children, Corinne, Christopher and Clayton. Michael was first a son to his wonderful parents, Robert and Donna (Grandma Duck Duck) Green. As Michael grew in his parents’ image, he also lost his father to cancer. His mother was a care giver of both Michael and his father to the end. As a close family, Michael’s brother, Dan, and two sisters, Jane and Ginger, always spent time together hunting, fishing, cooking, and celebrating with each other. Michael was passionate about his loves – good food, good friends, good family, and good times, especially at Houghton Lake. He spent his life giving as a teacher, mentor, scout, uncle, father and husband. One of his most incredible talents was to make beautiful culinary art, wood carvings, and ice carvings out of the simplest of resources. He travelled the world competing as a culinary artist, yet still found time to share his talents with everyone around him on all occasions. Regardless of the capacity in which you knew Michael, he was always serious about making the world a better place so his children would be safe and loved in his arms. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Mike Green Memorial at Cole Canoe Base (Checks to MCC please), 1356 East Greenwood Rd., Alger, MI or Michigan Crossroads Council Great Lakes Field Service Center, 1776 W. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI, in Michael's honor. Michael’s memorial will be held: September 16, 2017 Drop in anytime between 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm The Pier Park 350 Lake Shore Rd. Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236 Dress is business casual. Upon arrival at the park, please inform the guard that you are there for Michael Green's memorial. We have reserved both the boathouse and the pavilion for an informal memorial reception to honor Michael. Hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Please RSVP to Corinne Brandner by September 6, 2017 if possible. Either call/text 763-710-0918 or email ckgreen@mtu.edu. Please reference Michael's Caring Bridge site for updates on his memorial (www.caringbridge.org/visit/michaelgreen3). If you would like to contribute memories to be shared at the memorial, please post them on the caring bridge site.

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DiPace, Mary (Cricchio)

Published on August 9, 2017

DiPace, Mary E. (nee Cricchio), Born on January 15, 1927, passed away at the age of 90 on July 31, 2017. Mary loved being with her children and had many happy memories watching them grow up into fine adults. She had many fun times with dear relatives and friends. Mary enjoyed bus trips from the Italian American Cultural Center and several other groups to casinos, luncheons, other entertainments and especially operas. She also enjoyed walking, trivia, travel, watching Jeopardy and all the old movies from the earlier years. Beloved wife of the late Richard. Dear mother of Diane (Michael) Grajewski, David (Mary), Darryl (Susan) and the late Ricky. Loving grandmother of four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Therese Rocheleau, the late Mary Anne (Don) Davidson, the late Angela (Joe) Tringali, the late Carmen (Albert) Paolantonio and the late Joe (Grace) Cricchio. Also survived by many beloved nieces and a nephew. Cremation has taken place. Memorial Visitation 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Gendernalik Funeral Home, 35259 23 Mile, New Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Mary's name. gendernalikfh.com

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SPITZER, JO-ED

Published on July 12, 2017

SPITZER, Jo-Ed, 76, of Auburn Hills, Michigan, passed away June 28, 2017. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 28, 1941. Jo graduated from college to receive his masters in teaching. He was married to Arleen Spitzer in April of 1996 and they were happily married for over 20 years until her passing in 2016. Jo-Ed was a teacher in the Rochester School District for 36 years and loved teaching every one of his students until he retired in 2006. After his retirement, he continued teaching art and jewelry classes at West Middle School in the evenings thru the Rochester community programs. He also was a part of the Arts and Apples event in Rochester for many years and his students won many awards in jewelry making and art. Jo was a lifetime member of the Rochester Hills Lions Club and held many positions on the board. He was very active in the community with this Club and worked with the Leader Dogs for the Blind, White Cane Week and was always helping so many people in the community through the Lions Club. Jo had a passion for his family, friends, animals, reading, art and history. He was a very creative, intelligent and kind man who would do anything for anyone. Jo-Ed is survived by his children Lynette Rose (Kurt) Douglas, Jon Scott (Kelly) Spitzer, John (Laura) Riley and Mike (Mary) Riley; his grandchildren Jessica, Brandon, Scotty, Nikki, Shannon, Michael, Brooke, Erin, Grace, and Katie; his siblings Dwight (Anne) Spitzer and Dean Spitzer; his brother in law Kenneth Novack; and his niece Lanie Novack. A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, July 14th, from 5:30-7 PM with a Memorial Service beginning at 7 PM at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 5000, Rochester, MI. www.pixleyfuneral.com

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Diederich, Darwin

Published on July 5, 2017

Diederich, Darwin Donald April 23, 1934- November 6, 2017 Darwin Donald Diederich, a loving husband, and caring dad passed away on November 6, 2016. He is survived by his wife Norma and his four children, Jeff, Jennifer, Janine and Greg. He is loved and missed by all. He was known for his competitive spirit, his fun-loving nature, and his feisty personality. Darwin retired from General Motors after a long career. He lived most of his life in Michigan, with his final days spent in Las Vegas. At his passing, Darwin was grandfather to eight, great-grandfather to seven. A Memorial Service will be held: July 7, 2017 10:00 am at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly, MI 48442 (248) 328-0612 with a lunch following at 11:00 am at the Blackthorn Pub, 105 S. Saginaw St., Holly, MI 48422 (248) 369-8714

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Forbes, Ralph E.

Published on June 28, 2017

Forbes, Ralph E., of Royal Oak, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, at the age of 79. He was born on February 26, 1938, in Windsor, Ontario, to Kenneth and Helen Forbes. Beloved husband of Rita. Dearest father of Katie (Joe) Premo, Ruth (Bob) Dannels, Dee (Dave) Miller, Randy (Yvonne) Forbes, Arthur (Bonnie) Hennessey, Kathleen (Jason) Miller, and Daniel (Edward) Carter. Loving grandfather of 20 and great grandfather of 16. Dear brother of Ruth (Arthur) Hammerschmidt, Ron Forbes, and Rick (Jodie) Forbes. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by his grandson, Jesse Dannels and his brother Ross Forbes. Friends and family will gather Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 12 p.m. until the 1:30 p.m. Memorial Service at the Wasik Funeral Home Inc., 11470 Thirteen Mile Road (West of Hoover) Warren. Memorial Donations may be made to: The Ralph E. Forbes Memorial Fund-https://www.gofundme.com/ralph-e-forbes-memorial-fund. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.wasikfuneralhome.com

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DUPREE; BETTY SUE

Published on June 7, 2017

Betty Sue McLemore Dupree, 85, of Spartanburg, SC and formerly of West Bloomfield, MI, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017, at Eden Terrace-Spartanburg. Born November 5, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John Bundy McLemore and Ina Waters McLemore and widow of Robert Bertram Dupree. A native of Duncan, SC, she and Robert lived in Michigan for 34 years and retired to Spartanburg in 1988. While in Michigan, Sue attended classes at Oakland University, Farmington Hills, MI, and Michigan State University. Sue was elected and served as West Bloomfield Township Clerk from 1968-1988 and was a member of the Board of Directors of Henry Ford Hospital-West Bloomfield. She was the honored recipient of the Michigan Minute Man Award from Governor William Milliken for the Survival Guide she wrote which was subsequently distributed by the local newspaper to every household after a tornado struck her community. She also helped organize and was president of the West Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra. While in Spartanburg she was appointed to the Mary Black Foundation Board of Directors and the Museum of Arts Board of Directors and was a faithful member of Bethel United Methodist Church. Survivors include her grandson, Alex Robert Dupree of Royal Oak, MI; and sister, Josephine Ramsey of Lexington, SC. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Michael Robert Dupree; and sisters, Clara Hernandez, Jennifer Trotta and Bernice Bennett. A memorial service will be conducted at 4:30 PM Friday, July 7, 2017, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307, by Associate Minister, Tod Alexander. Private burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307. Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Hospice at www.lutheranhospice.org; or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate. An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel

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Wilson, Virginia

Published on May 17, 2017

Wilson, Virginia, age 87; a long time resident of the Southfield area, passed away Wednesday, the 26th of April, at an adult extended care home. Virginia was born July 11, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Northern High School and furthered her education at Wayne State University, earning college credits in the field of Accounting. Virginia was employed by the Internal Revenue Service for over 35 years, where she received numerous promotions and awards. Virginia was employed as the Chief of the Payroll Division for both In-House and Overseas Operations, where she worked until her retirement in 1993. Virginia loved tending to her garden, socializing, singing, playing keno, curling up with a good book, had an award winning smile and a compassion for helping others. She is survived by her son, David Wilson (Yvonne); daughters Valerie Wilson-Rayford and Vanessa Gray (Norman); several grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to go towards research to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Gifts in memory of Virginia’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, Michigan, 48033. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Squires, Gary Michael

Published on April 26, 2017

Gary Michael Squires, age 66, passed away suddenly, April 2,2017, at his home in Hayward, California. Formally from Ferndale, he graduated from Ferndale High in 1968. He went onto Oakland University where he graduated with a Masters degree in teaching. He moved out to the San Francisco Bay area 30 years ago. He was the loving son of Elridge M. and Lois Jean Squires (Koppelman). Both deceased. He is survived by his loving husband Jacob Monte of Hayward, California. He also leaves behind two loving brothers Steven R. Squires of Ferndale and Jeffrey B. Squires(Kerrie) of Rochester Hills, formally from Ferndale. Gary will be cremated at the Holly Angels Sorenson Chapel in Hayward, California.

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STITH; MARLENE LEE

Published on April 26, 2017

Marlene "Ma" Lee Stith died at age 72 in her home in Utica, Michigan on April 17, 2017. Her memories will live on through her son, Brian and his friend Kim and her sons; her daughter Amy and her husband, Darren and their two children Amber and Austin and close family friend, Bobby. Marlene has three great-grand children Aliana, Annaliese and Mason; her brother Bob and his two daughters and their families. Marlene retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years of dedicated service. Her genuine kindness and unflinching honesty earned her the nickname "Ma." Marlene's energetic presence and love of life and laughter will be sorely missed by all those blessed enough to have known her. She had so many different passions but the one that always filled her heart was her love for her children, grand-children and great-grand children. Her life is one worthy of celebration. Marlene will be forever loved and missed.

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