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Patsy S. Benson

July 8, 1934 - November 5, 2013

Patsy S. Benson, a 14 year resident of Sterling Heights, died November 5, 2013 at age 79. She was born Patsy Marks on July 8, 1934 to her loving parents, Wilfred and Evelyn Marks. Patsy graduated with a Master's degree in nursing from Wayne State University and enjoyed a successful career as a Pedeatric Registered Nurse at Children's Hospital in Detroit. After her time at the hospital, she...
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Dorothy M. Graebner

March 27, 1930 - November 3, 2013

Dorothy was born in Detroit, March 27, 1930 to Ezra and Era (nee:Greenwell) McElmurry. She graduated from Redford High School in 1948 and then went on to attend Highland Park Jr. College. Dorothy met Herbert Graebner on a blind date and they married in 1954. They moved to Birmingham in 1956. Together they were blessed with three children; Steven, David and Susan McQueen, and six grand-children...
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Litsa Elaine Andrews

May 16, 1962 - November 2, 2013

This obituary will be finalized soon. LITSA ELAINE ANDREWS, (nee: Hatsios), November 2, 2013, Age 51. Wife of Richard for 13 years. Mother of Nicolas. Daughter of Katina Hatsios (the late Demetrios). Sister of Stacy Book-Coles (Rick Coles), Thomai Hatsios and James Hatsios (Nicole). The family will receive friends Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road (Between...
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Richard Janes

April 3, 1925 - November 2, 2013

Dick was born on April 3rd, 1925, the son of John and Frances. He grew up with his brother Joe and sister Winifred in Manistee, Michigan. He was Valedictorian and 1943 Class President at Manistee High School, later receiving his MBA from the University of Michigan in August of 1950. Dick served in the European Theater of the Second World War in the 87th Infantry Division of General Patton's...
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Dale Edward Garrett

August 7, 1964 - November 1, 2013

Dale Edward Garrett, age 49 of Berkley, Michigan died tragically in a plane crash in Minnesota on November 1, 2013. He survived by his loving wife, Nathalie, his daughter, Grace (9), his son, Colin (8), his mother, Janet, his sister, Ann Sobey and his faithful dog, Bacchus. Dale's father, Joel, also died in the plane crash. Dale was a graduate of Detroit Country Day School class of 1982,...
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Joel Alan Garrett

June 15, 1934 - November 1, 2013

Joel A. Garrett, November 1, 2013, age 79 of Troy, died tragically in a plane crash in Minnesota. He was the beloved husband of Janet (nee Robertson) for 58 years. He was the dear father of Ann Sobey (Daniel) and the late Dale (Nathalie). He was the proud Grandpa of Jace, Grace and Colin. He was the brother of Joyce Cooper and the late Roy and Richard. He is also survived by many loving nieces...
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John P. Bergeron

August 19, 1963 - November 1, 2013

John P. Bergeron, age 50, died Nov. 1, tragically, in a plane crash in Minnesota. John was born August 19, 1963 in Detroit to Helen and Jean. Johnny, as he was known, grew up in Troy, and graduated from Athens High School. He lived in Troy as a young man, and has been a resident of Lake Orion, MI for many years. John had his own finish carpentry business, and worked alongside his brother, Gil,...
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Rose M. Ferrara

June 1, 1920 - November 1, 2013

Rose M. Ferrara was born in Loeber, Pennsylvania, on June 1, 1920, to the late James and Elizabeth Moretton, but was raised in Irwin, PA. Rose was married to Guido Ferrara who passed away in 1956. She worked at K Mart in sales before her retirement. Rose died on November 1, 2013, at the Boulevard Nursing Center in Rochester Hills, MI. She was 93 years old. Rose is survived by her two sons;...
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Amalia Koestler

April 1, 1929 - November 1, 2013

Amalia was a resident of Royal Oak for 51 years, formerly of Windsor, Ontario. She immigrated to the United States from Europe in 1950 and became a citizen on July 4, 1976 during the bi-centennial celebrations. A devoted mother and grandmother, Amalia enjoyed oil painting, sewing, cooking, baking, camping and fishing. Beloved wife of Reinhold for 58 years. Loving mother of Ron (Susan). ...
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Jeanne Edith Pachal Pfeifer

March 1, 1931 - October 31, 2013

Jeanne Edith Pachal Pfeifer, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully in her family's presence on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Jeanne was a bright light throughout her life, teaching us faith, dignity, grace, compassion, and unconditional love. Jeanne was born on March 1, 1931, in the small, Canadian prairie town of Yorkton, Saskatchewan,...
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Barbara Lynn Sollose

October 17, 1937 - October 31, 2013

Barbara L. Sollose died October 31, 2013. She was 76 years old. Barbara was born October 17, 1937 to Andrew and Elizabeth. She grew up in Hazel Park, MI, and lived there her entire life. Barbara was a loyal employee of Holiday Market in Royal Oak for 33 years. Barbara was a great athlete in her younger years. She excelled as a softball pitcher, and even threw some no-hitters. She was also a very...
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Joseph F. Ryder

January 28, 1921 - October 31, 2013

Rev. Joseph F. Ryder was born on January 28, 1921, to the union of Joseph and Isabelle Ryder, the youngest of 7 siblings that have preceded him in death - the late James, Bill, Isabelle, Sister Leorita Ryder SSJ, Jack, and Tommy. He is the loving uncle of Patrick Ryder (Lucy), Bruce Schulte (the late Kathleen), Howard McDonough, John Ryder (Ann), Thomas Ryder (Joann), the late Michael Ryder ...
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C. Edward Morton

July 21, 1937 - October 31, 2013

C. EDWARD MORTON, October 31, 2013, age 76 of Rochester Hills. Ed was born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 21, 1937, to the late Charles and Lois Morton. He grew up in Hazel Park, Michigan, and graduated from Hazel Park High School. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy (March 26, 1957 - January 17, 1962). Ed had worked for over 30 years at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, MI, as a...
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Patricia Nell McDermott

July 24, 1943 - October 30, 2013

PATRICIA N. McDERMOTT, October 30, 2013, age 70 of Canton, formerly of Troy. Born July 24, 1943 in Macon, Georgia to the late Grady and Elvie McElheney. Patricia graduated from Fort Knox (Kentucky) High School. An "Army Brat", she worked at Ft. Knox as a secretary and this is where she met her future husband. She was also a former Detroit News & Free Press delivery person. Patricia...
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Bessie Loridas

January 2, 1935 - October 29, 2013

BESSIE LORIDAS, October 29, 2013. Beloved wife of John G. Dear sister of Anna Karas (Dennis). The family will receive friends Friday, November 1, 2013, from 2-8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy (between Maple & Big Beaver), 248-362-2500 with Trisagion at 7 p.m. The Funeral Service will be Saturday, November 2 - 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 760...
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Karen M. Tieman

July 12, 1943 - October 29, 2013

Karen M. Tieman was born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 12, 1943, to the late John and Arbutus Schmalzel. She was raised in Clawson, Michigan, and had graduated from Clawson High School. After attending business school, she had worked as an office manager and bookkeepper for Scott Shuptrine Furniture in Novi, MI, the Judson Center in Royal Oak, MI, and at Special Fabricators, Inc. of Madison...
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Jim DiMeglio

April 16, 1942 - October 28, 2013

Jim "James" DiMeglio passed away October 28, 2013 in the presence of his loving wife of 20 years, Aggie Monfette. He was born April 16, 1942 in Detroit. Jim fought a courageous battle for his life against multiple health issues for years. He finally succumbed to a blood clot. He did not have an enemy in the world, but was loved by all who knew him. Jim was a dedicated animal rescuer and...
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James B. McDonald

April 20, 1939 - October 28, 2013

James B. McDonald died in his home on October 28, 2013. Jim was born in Detroit to H. Gertrude and Thomas Joseph McDonald in 1939, the younger brother of Joe (deceased 2003) Dr. Henry L and Marjorie Smith, Jim's much loved aunt and uncle, played a prominent role . He married Tlanda, the love of his life, in 1985. Jim attended Precious Blood Catholic grade school in Detroit. He graduated...
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Hailey Marie Brouillet

April 30, 1993 - October 28, 2013

Anyone who knew Hailey would say she had such an incredible zest for life and always put others before herself. She was able to do more in her life than someone three or four times her age. Her true passion was traveling. Through Oakland University, where she attended and was studying for a degree in Health Sciences, Hailey joined the C.I.E.E. Study Abroad Program and studied in London and...
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Jo Anne Redmond

May 9, 1952 - October 27, 2013

Jo Anne Redmond died Sunday October 27, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Jo loved others, seeing the best in people and helping them see it, too. Momma Jo loved her family more than anything. She was the loving wife of 31 years to Gary, Devoted mother of Dawn Kuszmaul (Jeff), Ken Ottino (Khrystyn), Jason Ottino, Nichelle Szalla, Mandy Maurer (Chris), Adam Redmond (Nicole), Victor Redmond,...
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Ramesh Seth

September 4, 1938 - October 27, 2013

Ramesh Lal Seth P.E. - Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather and Friend Ramesh Seth cherished his family and friends. Above anything else, family was always his first priority. There wasn't a year that would go by where he wouldn't rally all family members together for a big family reunion in a different exotic location each year. As a retiree of 11 years, he enjoyed living life to its...
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Susan Frances Kendall

September 22, 1947 - October 25, 2013

Susan "Susie" Frances Kendall (nee Danforth) passed away peacefully on October 25, 2013. Born September 22, 1947, in Detroit, Susie led her life to the fullest. From the day she was born to her last breath, each day had purpose. She had a beautiful way of connecting with others – letting them know they were thought of and important. A teacher by profession, Susie loved to learn....
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Gabrielle Garzoni

January 12, 1995 - October 24, 2013

Gabrielle "Gabby" Garzoni, October 24, 2013, age 18 of Bloomfield Hills. Loving daughter of Michael Garzoni and Leslie Logan. Dear sister of Nick, and also survived by special nanny Jane Tranter. Gabby was witty and bright with an incredible sense of humor. She will be sadly missed by those she touched. Gabby was a recent graduate of Bloomfield Hills Andover High School. She loved...
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Margaret Louise Schubering

May 10, 1924 - October 23, 2013

Margaret Louise Netzorg was born on May 10, 1924 in Traverse City, Michigan. Her parents were David and Sarah (nee Stoddard) Netzorg. She died on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, peacefully at home. Margaret was 89 years of age. Margaret was a real people person and she enjoyed her many friendships. Like her father who was "The Memory Man of Michigan", she never forgot a name or a face. She would...
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Olene Ridgway

May 1, 1912 - October 23, 2013

Olene was a resident of Dearborn for 18 years, formerly of Detroit. She was a graduate of Highland Park High School. She enjoyed cooking, horses and equestrian activities. She was also an avid reader and a volunteer for Service with Love, a Catholic charity that helped residents that could not get out. Wife of the late Dines L. Dear mother of Peggy Harrison (the late Richard) and the late...
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Robert C. Dressman S.J.

June 11, 1922 - October 22, 2013

Rev. ROBERT C. DRESSMAN, S.J., age 91, October 22, 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. Father Bob was born on June 11, 1922, in Covington, Kentucky. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 1, 1942, at Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on June 15, 1955, at West Baden College in southern Indiana, and took final vows on February 2, 1960. Father attended Xavier University for two years before he joined...
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Shirley Ann Lowell

July 15, 1935 - October 22, 2013

Shirley Ann Lowell was someone who made Christmas her entire families' favorite holiday, not only because she loved it so much herself, but pretty much celebrated and planned it twelve months of the year, but because she passed on the values that it represented to her family, which is something that they will hold tight for generations to come. Shirley was born in Detroit, Michigan 78 years ago...
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Girish Throvagunta

July 20, 1969 - October 20, 2013

Girish Throvagunta, son of Lakshmi Narasaiah Throvagunta and Sumathi Throvagunta of Nellore, India was born on July 20, 1969 in Nellore. He passed away on October 20th, 2013 in William Beaumont Hospital in Troy, MI. He attended Kalpataru Institute of Technology, India and was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Electronics engineering. After completing his bachelors, he also spent a couple of years...
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Alvira M. Reddy

May 31, 1927 - October 20, 2013

Alvira M. Reddy, the daughter of Fidelis and Justina de Mello of Goa, India, was born on May 31st, 1927 in Mombasa, Kenya. She passed away on October 20th, 2013 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, following a stroke. She grew up and was educated in India and the US. She attended St. Xavier's College of the University of Bombay and was awarded a Bachelor's of Chemistry degree with...
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Michael T. Barry

December 13, 1936 - October 18, 2013

Michael T. Barry was someone who was very well versed in talking to anyone, and always had a story to tell. Sadly the stories that Michael told will be left as memories and the following is the story of his life. Michael Thomas Barry was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Michael T. Barry and Anna Quinn. He remained in Detroit and attended St. Anthony High School where he played Football,...
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Genevieve Gralewski

March 21, 1913 - October 15, 2013

GENEVIEVE GRALEWSKI, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away from our midst....the dear Lord took her on October 15, 2013 in Fredericksburg, VA. Genevieve and her deceased husband Felix (Phil) were co-owners of Nortown Bakery for many years. She was a member of the Polish Business Women's Organization and Polish Aid Society. The Society ladies sent a monthly...
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Stanley Joseph Wink

November 28, 1921 - October 15, 2013

Stanley was born on November 28, 1921 to Joseph and Helen Winckowski in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Stanley would move to Detroit and graduate from Hamtramck High School. On June 1, 1946 Stanley married Wanda Wyroba at St. Cunegunda Church in Detroit. They settled in East Detroit and began to raise their family. Together they had three children; Barbara Holdan (Walter), Joseph, and Ted ...
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Caroline Theresa Matti

September 17, 1945 - October 14, 2013

CAROLINE THERESA MATTI September 17, 1945 – October 14, 2013 Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter and Sister. Caroline Theresa Lossia was born on September 17, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents were Zia "Mickey" and Nora (nee Francis) Lossia, who were of Chaldean descent. She died on Monday, October 14, 2013, peacefully at her home in Keego Harbor, Michigan. Caroline was 68...
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Paul Steven Buchinski

March 17, 1964 - October 11, 2013

Paul Steven Buchinski died on October 11, 2013. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 17, 1964. A resident of Redford Twp., Paul had attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While there, he developed an affinity to the classics and had a large personal library so he could persue his love of reading. Paul was an accomplished organ player, and had played at church services beginning...
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Alexis Olena Figacz

October 4, 1979 - October 10, 2013

Alexis Olena Figacz - Loving daughter, beloved sister, cousin, niece, aunt, friend and confidant. Alexis was born in Munich, Germany on October 4th, 1979, daughter of George and Romana Figacz. She attended Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Grade School in Warren, Michigan. She was elected the very first Little Miss Ukraine in 1988, an experience which nourished an enduring love of...
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Robyn Lynn Adel-Hollandsworth

September 5, 1972 - October 10, 2013

ROBYN LYNN ADEL-HOLLANDSWORTH September 5, 1972 – October 10, 2013 Robyn Lynn Adel was born on September 5, 1972 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Her parents are Richard Lars and Barbara Gale (nee Zaitz) Adel and they are of Swedish, Finnish and Czechoslovakian descent. She died on Thursday, October 10, 2013, suddenly at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. Robyn was 41 years of age. Robyn was a...
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Elaine M. Lockwood

February 24, 1940 - October 10, 2013

Elaine M. Lockwood was born February 24, 1940 to John and Estelle Szurpicki. Mom you were a very passionate and strong woman who fought a remarkable and inspirational battle with cancer for nearly 14 years which was amazing to witness. To say goodbye to you is an experience like no other pain as "the ties of a child and mother run deep" as you once wisely said. We will miss your sweet voice,...
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Willis B. Manchester

March 24, 1931 - October 10, 2013

WILLIS B. MANCHESTER, JR. "BILL", age 82 of Royal Oak, died October 10, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Shirley A. Manchester. Bill was a proud to have served as a Korean War Veteran with the U.S. Navy Seabees. He was a devoted employee of the George A. Bass Construction Company. Survived by a sister, Mary Tonnies, brother and sister-in-law Alvin W. and Patricia Angove, nephews Alvin C.,...
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Herbert J. Raterman S.J.

July 6, 1924 - October 9, 2013

Rev. HERBERT J. RATERMAN, S.J., age 89, died on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. May he rest in peace. Father Raterman was born on July 6, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 1, 1942, at Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on June 15, 1955, at West Baden College in southern Indiana, and took final vows on August 15, 1959. ...
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Richard Lewis Tull

October 5, 1924 - October 9, 2013

Richard Lewis Tull, son of Arthur and Margaret Tull, died October 9 in Waterford, Michigan. He was 89 years old. He attended Detroit public schools, Duke University and Northwestern University where he received a business degree. He was drafted into the army in 1943 at nineteen years of age. He served in the armored infantry in France and Germany, including in the Battle of the Bulge. In...
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Mary Jo Tomsick

November 16, 1964 - October 9, 2013

Mary Jo Tomsick, 48, was surrounded by family as she slipped away to meet Jesus wearing a peaceful smile, succumbing to her yearlong courageous battle with Cancer. Born November 16, 1964 in Southfield to Mary Ann (Kozlowski) and James Flynn, Mary Jo was the angelic sister of five brothers in a large, faithful family. Mary's kindness and grace served as a beacon to those around her even in her...
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Jane Knight

December 22, 1928 - October 8, 2013

Jane travelled the world extensively to collect art objects and also made many of her own in order to create a beautiful art gallery in her home. Before doing so, Jane was the Art Director for Hudson's. She was a longtime fiber artist after having graduated college with a Bachelor's degree In Fine Arts. Her interests in life also involved her love of the fine arts, such as the performance and...
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Nobuyuki Shimokochi

November 13, 1928 - October 8, 2013

Nob Shimokochi, age 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 8, 2013 after battling heart disease. His family was at his side all day and night to comfort him during his last days with us. It is so painful to lose him, but now he is at peace with the Lord. Nob was born in Los Angeles, California, where he lived until Executive Order 9066 forced all people of Japanese ancestry,...
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Delores Marie Metcalf

September 27, 1935 - October 7, 2013

DELORES MARIE METCALF - DEVOTED AND LOVING MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND FRIEND TO MANY Delores (Dee, Dutch) Metcalf touched many people with her kindness and heartfelt generosity. She passed away peacefully with her children at her side after complications from surgery in William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI. She believed in the essential goodness of all whom she met. She was the surrogate...
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Vijay Kumar Narula

October 21, 1942 - October 7, 2013

Vijay Kumar Narula was born on October 21, 1942 to the late Dr. G. L. Narula and Mrs. Daman Datta. He lived in India and graduated from St. Columbus High School. After high school he went to B.I.T. where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. Education was very important to Vijay and he furthered it by receiving his Master's Degree in Engineering from Wayne State University. His love...
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Edward D.J. Orsini

April 16, 1943 - October 6, 2013

Edward Orsini was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 16, 1943, to the late Louis and Clara (nee Minano) Orsini. Raised in Detroit, Ed graduated from De LaSalle High School in 1961. He went on to the University of Notre Dame where he obtained his degree in Business Administration and continued on to the University of Michigan where he earned his MBA. Ed then entered the United States Army for...
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Barbara Porter

August 4, 1925 - October 5, 2013

Barbara Porter, 88, dear wife of the late William, beloved mother of Peter Wilkin, Mark (Marlene) Porter and Scott (Drue) Porter died October 5, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born in Schenectady, NY on August 4, 1925 to Dr. Elman and Dorothy (Knowlton) Vandewater. Leaving New York with a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, and after a brief stint working as a hospital...
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Beatrice DiVito

September 15, 1946 - October 5, 2013

Beatrice (Baccini) DiVito, 67, passed away on October 5, 2013 with her family by her side. Beatrice grew up in a small town in northern Italy where she was the oldest of three children. She excelled in school, and that is when her love of fine arts began. She earned a degree in education while also studying literature. Once she met her future husband, Ken, it was love at first sight. She was...
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Maggie McEntee

March 6, 1914 - October 4, 2013

Maggie was born in County Cavan, Ireland the fourth of twelve children born to Katie Hannigan and Ned McDonald of Pottle East. She attended Lisboduff National School in Bunnoe and immigrated to the United States in 1964. She visited Ireland annually until her last visit in 2002. She enjoyed singing, dancing and cooking. Wife of the late Patrick Joseph, deceased in 1978. Beloved mother of...
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Joan A. Elwert

December 16, 1928 - October 4, 2013

Joan Elwert (nee: Hildebrandt), age 84 of Clinton Township was called home to heaven on Friday, October 4, 2013 after courageously battling a lengthy illness. Joan is preceded in death by her beloved husband Harry (1992) and infant son Mark (1954) and is survived by six children who treasured her and will miss her deeply: Donna Walters (Bob), Brian (Linda), Laura Carnaghi (Don), Carol Manns ...
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Frederick W. Lamson

January 15, 1927 - October 4, 2013

A private memorial will be hosted by his family for close friends & extended family. FREDERICK WILLIAM LAMSON LOVING HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER AND FRIEND Frederick William Lamson, "Fritz", cherished his family & friends, and was a resident of Birmingham for 51 years. He was a naval veteran of World War II, University of Michigan Alumnus, an engineer, inventor, business owner and entrepreneur...
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Beulah Alice Cox

July 19, 1915 - October 4, 2013

BEULAH A. COX (nee: Hoy), age 98, died on Friday, October 4, 2013 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She was born on July 19, 1915 in Rose City, Michigan to the late Harmon and Mary Ellen (Butler) Hoy. Wife of the late Roy J. Beloved mother of Thomas M.(Janet) and Dean (Donna). Loving grandmother of four grandsons and great-grandmother of three great-granddaughters. The Funeral Service will be...
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Leonard W. Horton II

August 25, 1932 - October 3, 2013

Leonard W. "Len" Horton, 81, of Beverly Hills, Michigan and husband of Joyce for 38 years, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013. President of Universal Container Corporation, in Ferndale, Michigan, Len was a man committed to his work. He was a salesman at heart and had a passion for people and great service. He was an excellent business man, who humbly obtained his Masters from Yale...
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Mary E. Grover

May 17, 1919 - October 2, 2013

Mary Elizabeth Grover, 94, of Rochester Hills, Michigan and wife of the late Lynn Grover for 55 years, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. A true volunteer. Mary Elizabeth was always giving of her free time. Her involvements included a devotion to the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #140, the Woman's City Club of Detroit, of which both she served as past president, as well as her...
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Virgil John Blaszyk

September 11, 1927 - October 2, 2013

Virgil John Blaszyk Born in Columbus, Mich., on September 11, 1927 Departed on Oct. 2, 2013, and resided in Royal Oak, Mich. Surrounded by his family, Virgil John Blaszyk, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, joined his son, Christopher Paul Blaszyk, in Heaven on Oct. 2, 2013. Virgil was born on Sept. 11, 1927, in Columbus, Mich., to Anthony Joseph Blaszyk and Angeline ...
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Helen E. Wujek

August 30, 1917 - October 1, 2013

Helen E. Wujek died October 1, 2013 at Autumn Ridge Assisted Living in Clarkston, MI. She was 96 years old, and a former resident of Birmingham for almost 60 years. Helen was born August 30, 1917 in Detroit, MI to Ignatz and Magdalena Rynkowski. Helen was a very family oriented person. She was the youngest, and last surviving, of 10 siblings. She was very close to all of her siblings throughout...
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Shirley Ann Brown

July 28, 1935 - September 30, 2013

Shirley Ann Brown July 28, 1935 ~ September 30, 2013 Shirley Ann Brown (nee O'Dowd) died September 30, 2013 at age 78. She was born July 28, 1935 to Eugene and Edna O'Dowd (nee Cutts). Shirley worked as a Dental Assistant. She was also a volunteer at South Macomb Hospital. Shirley was the former spouse of Bob Miller. Loving mother of Duane, Gary, Steve (Anna), and the late Valerie. Dear...
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Eugene F. Boura

July 22, 1929 - September 29, 2013

This Obituary will be updated Husband of the late Elinor. Dear father of Loura Ketelsen (Martin), Daniel, Eugene (Sandy), Elinora Stringer (David), Annette Toncci (Rob), Michael (Brenda) and Lisa Lindlbauer (David). Also 17 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Brother of Robert (Sharon), Jeanette (Jack) and Patty Teague. Funeral Service Monday 2p.m. at Chapel of The Flowers, White...
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Doris Louise Jackson

November 27, 1925 - September 29, 2013

DORIS LOUISE JACKSON, age 87 of Fort Myers, Florida, and previously of Waterford, MI, died peacefully on September 29, 2013. She was born in Florence, Alabama to the late Samuel and Rosella (nee Pounders) Holt. She and her husband Bryant recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. She was a devoted member of Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Ft. Myers, Florida, and had retired...
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Robbienell Gerard

May 7, 1931 - September 29, 2013

Robbienell Gerard, affectionately known as "Rocky" to her family and friends, passed away peacefully with her children at her side on Sunday, September 29th in Traverse City, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Richard, and her beloved son, Jerry. Rocky was born in Hazel Park, MI on May 7th, 1931 to Homer and Freeda Chism. Her siblings are James Chism and the late...
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Ralph Paul Fichtner

February 6, 1945 - September 27, 2013

Ralph was born February 6, 1945 to the late Harry and Hildegarde Fichtner in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Ralph grew up in the city of Detroit and attended Cass Tech High School. He graduated from there and attended the University of Michigan for both Undergraduate and Graduate studies. Of course, being a student at the University of Michigan tends to make someone a Wolverine football fan, which...
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Stanley Ronald Roberto D.O.

May 19, 1933 - September 26, 2013

STANLEY RONALD ROBERTO, D.O. May 19, 1933 – September 26, 2013 Stanislaus Ronald Roberto was born on May 19, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Alphonso and Marguerite (nee Waltman) Roberto and they were of Italian & Irish descent. He died on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Stanley was 80 years of age. Stanley was a...
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Maude C. Rice

February 10, 1925 - September 25, 2013

MAUDE C. RICE, passed away peacefully at her home September 25, 2013, age 88. She had been a resident of Birmingham, Michigan since 1965. She married Joseph Rice in 1950, and they started their family. During this very busy time in her life, Maude found time to run a successful yarn and knitting store in Birmingham, worked for the Community Mental Health Department in Grayling, Michigan, as...
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William Arthur Meade

October 6, 1943 - September 25, 2013

WILLIAM ARTHUR MEADE October 6, 1943 – September 25, 2013 William Arthur Meade was born on October 6, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. His parents were Kenneth and Adelaide (nee Busse) Meade and they were of English and German descent. He died on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 peacefully at his home in Franklin, Michigan. Bill was 69 years of age. Bill was a resident of Franklin for 62 years. At...
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Roland W. Kittendorf

June 14, 1928 - September 25, 2013

Paul W. Kittendorf, a longtime Bloomfield Hills resident, died on September 25, 2013, at the age of 85. Roland was born in Detroit, to the late John and Clara (Gottschalk) Kittendorf. Following a 44 year career with General Motors, he pursued one of many interests by entering into the travel industry. He spent many happy years in the travel department at The Community House in Birmingham, where...
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Barbara J. Rowe

June 3, 1932 - September 25, 2013

Barbara J. Rowe died September 25, 2013. She was 81 years old. Barbara was born in Oak Park, MI to Clarence and Ethel Mandeville. She grew up in Highland Park, and then lived in Royal Oak, MI for 45 years. Barbara was a very classy lady, and her appearance reflected that. She was always well dressed and looked very nice. This also led into her passion of shopping. Barbara was also a great reader...
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Savo Basta

May 16, 1935 - September 24, 2013

SAVO BASTA, Age 78, September 24, 2013. Loving father of Zelimir (Marta). Dear grandfather of Marc and Sonia. Brother of Andjelka Kolaric. Uncle of Zorka and Zvonko Kolaric.
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Wayne M. Backus

August 28, 1939 - September 23, 2013

Please copy and paste the link below and into your web address to view the live broadcast of the funeral service: http://app.eventbywire.com/viewevent/?id=487-721 Wayne M. Backus September 23, 2013. Age 74, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, peacefully at home in Bloomfield Hills, surrounded by his loving family. Wayne was born August 28, 1939 in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania to the late...
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Lucille Lois Jorgensen

September 23, 2013

LUCILLE "LUCY" JORGENSEN, age 92. She is survived by four sons, Ron, Galen (Sue), Randall and Daryl. Grandmother of Matthew and Stefan. Lucy was active in civic affairs including Parents Without Partners and the Michigan Humane Society. She was a member of the Royal Oak Republican Women's Club and the Red Hat Society. She traveled extensively. Lucy was a secretary for the Oakland YWCA for 20...
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Robert Nunzio Cicciarelli

March 24, 1923 - September 21, 2013

ROBERT NUNZIO CICCIARELLI March 24, 1923 – September 21, 2013 Robert Nunzio Cicciarelli was born March 24, 1923 in Gray, Pennsylvania. His parents were Nicola and Maria (nee Antonacci) Cicciarelli and they came to the United States from Calascio, Italy. He died on Saturday, September 21, 2013 peacefully at his home. Bob was 90 years of age. Robert was an accomplished entrepreneur ...
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Gary Lynn Phillippi

April 5, 1940 - September 18, 2013

Gary Lynn Phillippi passed away September 18, 2013. He was born to Lou and Margaret Phillippi in Detroit, Michigan on April 5, 1940. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in business and worked in the field of real estate for many years. Gary will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Lisa, and his many friends and neighbors. Gary was a sports enthusiast. He participated...
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Dorothy Hughes Young Schmelz

May 29, 1921 - September 17, 2013

Dorothy Hughes Young Schmelz was born on May 29, 1921 in Detroit Michigan, the only child of Blanche Valeta Hughes and Otis Bernard Young, both originally of Defiance Ohio. She grew up at 19171 Charleston in Detroit near John R and 7 Mile. Growing up during the Depression, Dorothy spent her summers with her cousins at her Aunt Cora Block's farm in Defiance Ohio. Her favorite babysitting jobs...
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Todd D. Horuczi

May 14, 1971 - September 17, 2013

Todd was a true family man. He gave the gift of love to many and he was loved dearly by a large circle of family, friends and colleagues. Todd was all about his family. He adored his wife and best friend, Jenny. Their two young boys were the center of his universe. Todd was born on May 14, 1971. He grew up in East Lansing and earned his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University. He...
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Dorothy Melva Wills

July 3, 1920 - September 16, 2013

Dorothy Melva Wills July 3, 1920 ~ September 16, 2013 Dorothy was born July 3, 1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Walter and Emma (nee:Ford) Gray. Dorothy would eventually meet and marry Edward Wills and settle in Detroit; and after 33 years, they moved to Rochester Hills. Dorothy worked for Kroger as a cashier for twenty-seven years. Dorothy loved old movies. Many a Sunday afternoon she...
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Suya Zhang

January 17, 1931 - September 15, 2013

Suya Zhang, 82, of Madison Heights, Michigan passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013 surrounded by her family. A true gardener at heart. She took great pride in her roses and her vegetables. She was also very talented on the piano. But it was her love of the garden that brought her joy. Suya was born in Fuzhou, China on January 17, 1931 to the late Wei Min Zhang and Gui Yuan Su. She was...
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Robert K. Ulman

December 19, 1935 - September 15, 2013

ROBERT K. "KIRK" ULMAN, died on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at age 77. He was a long-time resident of West Bloomfield, MI, and a loyal employee of General Motors for 40 years. Kirk graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1964. Kirk earned an aircraft and engine license, and later instrument and multi...
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Genevieve Alice Schearer Binson

May 2, 1920 - September 14, 2013

Genevieve Scheele was born on May 2, 1920 in West Branch, MI to Ethel Eggleston and Edward Scheele. After moving to Highland Park, MI she attended St. Benedict's Grade School and High School where her future husband, Chris Schearer, coached her basketball team. They were married in August of 1941 and raised seven children together. They moved to Birmingham in 1950, and she was a devoted...
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D. Douglas McGaw

June 27, 1949 - September 13, 2013

D. DOUGLAS McGAW, a very devoted family member & friend, died September 13, 2013 at his Rochester Hills residence. He was 64 years old. Doug received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He enjoyed a long and successful career as an attorney and was a longtime senior partner with his law firm, Poling,...
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Joyce Elizabeth Ulicny

October 25, 1952 - September 10, 2013

This obituary will be updated soon JOYCE E. ULICNY September 10, 2013 Age 60 of Rochester Hills. Longtime accountant for James Carnegie C.P.A. Beloved wife of Thomas A. for 40 years. Loving mother of Colleen Armstrong (Jason), Sarah Ulicny and Kate Pinkham (Steven). Proud grandmother of Jackson Armstrong. Dear sister of Margaret Keenan (the late Patrick), Doris Foley and the late John...
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Stella Cecelia Jurica

July 11, 1921 - September 9, 2013

Stella Cecelia Jurica July 11, 1921 ~ September 9, 2013 Loving mother of Karen Daniels (Joseph), Joseph (Brenda), Kerry and Kenneth (Linda). Dear grandmother of Melissa Williams (Pat). The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 2-8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy (Between Maple & Big Beaver), 248-362-2500, with Rosary at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will...
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Edward S. Carpenter

September 9, 2013

This obituary will be finalized soon. EDWARD S. CARPENTER, September 9, 2013, Age 79. Beloved husband of Mary. Loving father of Catherine M. Kelly (Timothy), Edward S., III (Michelle), Charles M. (Sara), Christopher F., M.D. (Shelley), Thomas K. (Julianne) and his late son and hero, Richard J. Adored grandfather of T.J., Mary, Sean, Reagan, Eddie, Andy, Ali, Christie, Charlie, Joey, Abby, Nick,...
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Aref Y. Gharzeddine

July 28, 1930 - September 7, 2013

Aref Y. Gharzeddine was born on July 28, 1930 in Baawerta, Lebanon to the late Youssef and Hasiba Gharzeddine. He was a self employed businessman who worked hard to provide for his family. In 1983, Aref made the decision to move his family to the United States because of the war in Lebanon at the time. He, his wife and family have lived here since. Sadly on September 7, 2013 Aref passed away. He...
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Douglas Allan Jones

April 17, 1945 - September 7, 2013

Douglas Allan Jones, an over 10 year resident of the Traverse City & Suttons Bay area, died suddenly on September 7, 2013 at the age of 68. Doug worked for many years as an accountant for League Insurance Companies, and in his free time he enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball & football. In his younger years, he was an Eagle Scout and was a pretty good bowler. He proudly served overseas...
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Robert Roy Willig

July 27, 1930 - September 6, 2013

Robert Roy Willig died at William Beaumont Hospital in Troy on September 6, 2013 at the age of 83. He was a longtime resident of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Sarasota, Florida. Bob was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on July 27, 1930 and spent much of his childhood and young adult life there. He graduated St. Lawrence University in nearby New York, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi...
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Lee Hodgins

January 14, 1926 - September 5, 2013

This obituary will be updated LEE HODGINS, age 87, September 5, 2013 in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was born January 14, 1926 in Highland Park to Michael and Maria Peros. Beloved wife of the late Jordan, deceased January 25, 2013. Loving mother of Mary Lynn Stapula (Bob) and Greg (Alexa). Sister of Catherine Finazzo. The Family will receive friends on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 11 a...
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Gertrude Rose Clark

January 14, 1927 - September 4, 2013

GERTRUDE ROSE CLARK January 14, 1927 – September 4, 2013 Devoted Wife, Mother and Grandmother Gertrude Rose Jaskulke was born on January 14, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents were George and Lucille (nee Kuptz) Jaskulke and they were of Polish descent. She died on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at her home in Southfield, Michigan. Gertrude was 86 years of age. Over...
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Badieh Zakaria Messieha

October 14, 1942 - September 3, 2013

Badieh Zakaria Messieha, age 70, died on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. He was born in Cairo, Egypt on October 14, 1942. Badieh was a Psychologist for the State of Michigan. He is survived by wife Violet; his children Nancy, Cindy and Mark Messieha; his granddaughter Alysse; his brother Magdey Messieha; and his sister Mimi Abdelsayed. The Family will receive friends on...
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Generoso J. DiPirro II

September 22, 1931 - September 3, 2013

GENEROSO J. DiPIRRO II, 81, of Marquette died early Tuesday morning at the Mather Nursing Center in Ishpeming in the presence of his loving wife, Martha. Dear father of Theresa Alice Weber and Generoso DiPirro III. Grandfather of Jason Weber (Maria), and great-grandfather of Alice Weber and Dexter Weber. The Funeral Service will be Saturday 10 a.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600...
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Florence Conner

April 4, 1926 - September 3, 2013

Florence Conner September 3, 2013 Age 87 Wife of the late Russell. Sister of Bob Louis, and the late John J. Louis (Delia), Helen Louis, Evelyn Louis Campbell (the late James) and Ramona Louis. Loving aunt of Helene. Services will be held privately. Memorial tributes to the American Heart Association.
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Robert Walter Stirnemann

August 12, 1936 - September 2, 2013

ROBERT WALTER STIRNEMANN journeyed from this life to his eternal home on Monday, September 2, 2013 after a brief illness. He was 77. Robert was one of 6 boys born to Jacob and Lotti (Jezierski) Stirnemann. He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1936, grew up in Clawson, Michigan and graduated from Troy High School in 1954. Robert married his sweetheart Nancy Jane Gazowsky in June of 1955. ...
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Darrel Ray Turner

August 29, 1964 - August 31, 2013

Darrel Ray Turner – loving son, father, friend and brother. Darrel cherished his family, friends and the simple life. He had a love for writing poems and drawing roses. Such a romantic heart that he wanted to share with everyone. Recently, Darrel visited TN with his children visiting his mother. He was very much like his Father. sitting where his dad sat, had the same routines and...
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John Francis Butler, Jr.

November 13, 1956 - August 30, 2013

JOHN FRANCIS BUTLER JR. November 13, 1956 – August 30, 2013 John Francis Butler was born on November 13, 1956 in Buffalo, New York. His parents were John F. and Norma Jean (nee Babcock) Butler and they were of Irish descent. John died suddenly of natural causes on Friday, August 30, 2013. He was 56 years of age. John was a "Beach Boy at Heart" enjoying his sailboat "the Sloop...
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Jean H. York

November 3, 1940 - August 29, 2013

Jean York was known for many things. Most notably, her love for her family and friends. Blessed with a terrific sense of humor, she found fun in everything and was truly the Queen of the one-liners. She loved anything chocolate, especially chocolate ice cream with cherry pie and any variety of nuts covered in chocolate. A life long resident of the Detroit area, and its biggest supporter, Jean...
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Raymond E. Obrecht

February 19, 1918 - August 28, 2013

Raymond E. Obrecht August 28, 2013 in Pompano Beach, FL formerly of West Bloomfield. Husband of the late Margaret M. Survived by brother Al & sister Lue Pierce. Dear Father of Robert E., Karen L. Maynard (the late Dick), Carole E. DeCeglie (Bart), Brian R. (Lisa) and James J. (Shanna C). Cherished grandfather of Doug and Dave Obrecht, Cathy Goodman, Dawn Kuehl, Tom and Russ Hermans, Tommy...
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Kathleen Ann Neustadt

March 13, 1964 - August 27, 2013

KATHLEEN ANN NEUSTADT (nee: Preston), August 27, 2013, age 49. Beloved wife of Eric. Loving mother of Eric II and Elizabeth. Cherished daughter of Dennis James Preston (the late Joanne). Sister of Dennis Preston. The Memorial Mass will be Friday 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church, 4580 N. Adams Road, Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to: Rose Cancer Center, 3577 W. Thirteen Mile Road,...
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Charleen Stella Biebel

June 23, 1942 - August 27, 2013

CHARLEEN STELLA BIEBEL June 23, 1942 – August 27, 2013 "Devoted Mother & Grandmother" Charleen Stella Wild was born on June 23, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents were Michael and Stella (nee Buzuvis) Wild and they were of German and Greek descent. She died on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, peacefully at her home in Royal Oak, Michigan. Charleen was 71 years of age...
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Fred C. Emery

November 1, 1945 - August 25, 2013

Fred C. Emery, an over 40 year resident of Warren, died on August 25, 2013 at age 67 following a brief illness. Fred was born and raised in Ferndale and graduated from Hazel Park H.S. He then went on to receive an Associate's Degree in Climate Control Technology from Macomb Community College. For the last eight years, Fred and his wife owned & operated Energy Resource Solutions, an energy...
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Stanley Martinez

January 24, 1933 - August 25, 2013

Stanley Martinez, age 80, of Ann Arbor, MI, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Ypsilanti, MI. He is survived by his wife Kathy; children Ronda Martinez (Craig Hilborn) of Birmingham, MI; Michael Martinez (Meta) of Marblehead, MA; beloved grandchildren Katie, Max, Allison, and Charlotte; and companion and caregiver, Wilma Jackman. Stan was born on the south side...
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Frances Dahlke

April 23, 1931 - August 23, 2013

Following a lengthy illness, Frances Dahlke died on August 23, 2013, in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. She was 82 years old. Frances was a long-time resident of Royal Oak, Michigan, and active member of the Woodside Bible Church in Troy, Michigan. She was married to the late Alvin L. Dahlke, who died in 1999. She also had been a past long time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Hazel Park Michigan. ...
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Vincent Vittorelli

August 4, 1927 - August 23, 2013

Vincent Vittorelli was known for a lot of things in his life. He loved to bowl, hunt & fish, animals and being an avid sports fan. He also worked tirelessy and faithfully for 41 years as a tool & die maker with Hercules Machine Tool & Die. Most importantly, however, Vince will always be remembered as a devoted husband, father & grandfather. Vince died peacefully on August 23, 2013 at his...
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