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Detroit Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes

A Commitment to Personal Service for 3 Generations

The first Martenson Funeral Home, established in 1934 in Detroit, has been serving the families of the Downriver area for nearly 70 years. Over the years, the entire family and staff have looked for better ways to serve families who have come to trust and depend on The Martenson Family. Offering choices in funeral arrangements, maintaining comfortable surroundings, and providing assistance after the funeral are just a few ways we can help. All of the Martenson/Allore Funeral Homes are family-owned and offer a warm, home-like atmosphere, a bright, welcoming feeling, and staff members whose caring and compassion will greet you the moment you enter.
What sets Martenson apart?

Why do so many people trust The Martenson Family in their time of need? Because for the past 70 years, Martenson has developed a commitment to the highest quality of service, and a sincere desire to help local families through the changes and transitions of life.

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  • Aftercare resources and referrals

  • Personalize & customize the service through memorialization

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  • Flexibility in services and prices

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Our Obituaries

Christine M. Cecil

September 19, 1964 - January 5, 2015

Cecil, Christine M. Age 50, of Detroit. January 5, 2015. Beloved wife of Dan. Loving mother of Angela and Santana. Dear sister of Vicky and Nicki. Preceded in death by her parents Kevin and Joan Lawson. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
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Charles M. Misakian

September 30, 1930 - October 23, 2014

Misakian, Charles M. Age 84 of Detroit. Loving brother of Martin and the late George. Dear friend of Angelica, Debby and many others.
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Mabel Helen Ewald

May 28, 1907 - October 5, 2014

Survived by her special caregivers, who she thought of as daughters, Theresa (Frederick) Weaver and Gabriela (Ignacio) Lozano. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; John and Caroline Ewald, her sisters; Bessie, Hilda, Grace and her brothers; George, Marvin and John.
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Donald R. Lucas

September 2, 1958 - July 24, 2014

Lucas, Donald R., age 55 of Detroit, passed away July 24, 2014. Dear father of Carolyn Lucas. Proud grandfather of Vivian. Loving brother of Judy, Tony, and Candy. Donald is also survived by many other loving family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the family.
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Cesar Ybarra

August 28, 1920 - July 15, 2014

Ybarra, Cesar. Age 93. July 14, 2014 of Taylor and formerly of Detroit. Dearest dad of Rachel Gonzalez. Beloved grandpa of Reynaldo, Sonya, Henry, Arturo great grandpa of Sylvanna, Diego, Jelicia, Harley, Dominic and Brianna. Great great grandpa of Alexis, Johnny and Brisas. Also survived by 1 sister Mona Castillo and 1 brother Pal Ybarra as well as other loving family and friends. ...
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Robert "Big Bob" Singleton

August 14, 1949 - July 12, 2014

Singleton, Robert "Big Bob". Age 64 of Detroit. Born August 14, 1949 and died July 12, 2014. Beloved dad of Kim, Patrick, Roy (Eve), Sue, Bobby (Christine), Cassie and Jamie. Proud papa to his 21 very dear grandchildren and great grandpa to 2. Also survived by his brothers Mike and Danny as well as his best friend "brother" Jan and other loving family and friends. Preceded in death by his...
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Michael C. McAbee

May 5, 1947 - June 27, 2014

McAbee, Michael, age 67, June 27, 2014 of Detroit. He is survived by his children, Micheal McAbee, Katherine Swaw, Michael McAbee and James McAbee
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Bernardo R. Cortez

August 20, 1934 - June 25, 2014

Beloved husband of the late Roxie. Loving father of Roxanne (Douglas) Cortez-Ford, Rita, Linda (Tom), the late Ron and the late Richard. Dearest grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 10. Also survived by many other loving family members and friends. Donations in memory of Bernardo may be made to the donor's charity of choice.
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Judith A. Bokota

June 7, 1941 - May 10, 2014

Beloved wife of the late Stanley. Loving mother of Julie Wheeler and Larry Bokota. Dearest grandma of James White. Dear sister of Suzanne Bujold and the late Margaret Giza. Aunt of Timothy, Suzanne, Kathy, Matthew and Bud.
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Shirley M. Stevens

January 11, 1948 - March 11, 2014

Stevens, Shirley M. Age 66 of Clinton Township, formerly of Detroit. Loving mother of Vicky (Jimmy) Armstrong, Michelle (Ted) Jones and Kenneth Pomeroy (Rita Miles). Proud grandmother of Vicky Ann, Saveria, Chad, Daniel and Christopher. Great grandmother of Lillyanna, Jaden, Jerremy, Aubrey and Ellie. Dear sister of Dolores Harris and Patricia (Jim) Hammock. Preceded in death by parents Robert...
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Dorothy Jean Trudell

May 2, 1928 - December 17, 2013

Dorothy Jean Trudell, age 85 of Detroit, passed away December 17, 2013. Loving wife of the late Clarence Trudell. Dear mother of Linda (Bill) Nichilo, Daniel (Leah) Trudell, and Mark Ternyak. Preceded in death by a son David Trudell and daughter Diane Armstrong. Dorothy was a proud grandmother of 15 and great grandmother of 15. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Michigan...
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Raymond E. Schefsky

June 5, 1929 - November 27, 2013

Schefsky, Raymond E., age 84 of Detroit, passed away November 27, 2013. Loving husband of Mary. Dear father of David (Cheryl), Chris, Kathy, and Mike (Michelle). Proud grandfather of 11, great grandfather of 10, and great-great grandfather of 1. Raymond was preceded in death by a daughter Diane.
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Michael C. Dwojak

May 18, 1971 - October 6, 2013

Beloved son of Patricia and the late Edward. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
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Doris Jeannette Gilmore

May 9, 1932 - September 20, 2013

Gilmore, Doris Jeannette. Age 81. September 20, 2013 of Detroit. Beloved wife of the late Robert. Loving mom of the late Karen (the late Bill) Whitledge, Cheryl (Mike) Kilburg, the late Deborah Gilmore, Raymond (Linda), Jennifer (Michael) Miracle-Edgerton. Proud grandma of 17. Also survived by her numerous great grandchildren; 1 sister Lorene McFarland; many nieces and nephews as well as...
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Earl "Bird" Roab

July 25, 1943 - August 9, 2013

Roab, Earl "Bird". Age 70. August 9, 2013 of Detroit. Beloved husband of the late Esther Acosta. Loving dad of Sonia Acosta (Joe McGeogh). Proud papa of Marissa McGeogh. Also survived by other loving family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Mae and Kidwell and 1 brother Leslie Kratz. Earl loved listening to Doo-Wop music and watching old westerns. He was a dedicated hard...
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Hal Sandusky

June 9, 1978 - June 28, 2013

Sandusky, Hal. Age 35. June 28, 2013 of Detroit. Loving dad of PFC Thomas, II. Cherished son of Kathleen Dunlap and the late Thomas. Dearest brother of Debra Swallie, Thomas (Debra) and David (Lori). Also survived by his nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends. Hal was employed with the American Fireworks Company. He loved fireworks, ice fishing, cooking and he was an excellent...
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Charles E. Miller

June 19, 1925 - May 16, 2013

Beloved husband of the late Juanita. Loving father of Timothy (Patricia) and Billie. Dearest grandpa of Tonya, Timmy, Charles, April, Cathandra, Andrew, Daniel and great-grandpa of many. Dear brother of Zelma. Donations in memory of Charles may be made to the family or the donor's charity of choice.
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Mary Attard

June 9, 1932 - April 13, 2013

Attard, Mary, age 80, April 13, 2013 of Detroit. Beloved wife of the late Joseph. Loving mother of Joseph (Kristy) Attard. Also survived by her granddaughters Jessica and Teri Smith; her sister Jane Bugelli.
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Margaret A. Farkas

July 25, 1919 - April 11, 2013

Farkas, Margaret A. Age 93, of Detroit, MI. April 11, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
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Laura L. DiCicco

January 17, 1958 - March 3, 2013

Beloved sister of Michael (Pat), Tony, Eddie (Sally), Raymond, Irene (Roy), the late Rose and the late James. Also preceded in death by her parents John and Mavis. Dear sister-in-law of Amy DiCicco and J.R. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
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Timothy John Burke

February 9, 1933 - December 10, 2012

Burke, Timothy John. Age 79, of Allen Park, formerly of Detroit. December 10, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Suzanne. Loving father of Theresa Jensen, Loretta Burke, Suzanne Thomas, Norien Conti, Kathleen Burke, Timothy Burke and Anthony Burke. Proud grandfather of Ricky, Lorien, Andy, Timmy, Nora, Dominic, Joe, Michael and Hannah. Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army
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Sue Shime Blanton

April 22, 1936 - December 6, 2012

Blanton, Sue Shime, age 76, December 6, 2012 of Detroit. Beloved mother of James and Nicole Blanton.
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Ileana Elisa Cuevas

May 5, 1997 - September 22, 2012

Cuevas, Ileana Elisa. Age 15. September 22, 2012 of Detroit. Beloved daughter of Susan Cuevas. Loving sister of Rosalind Barley and Jamarr Williams, Jr. Dearest granddaughter of Marta Cuevas and Herbert Cuevas. Also survived by her aunts, uncles, cousins, other loving family and friends. Memorial contributions to honor Ileana's life may be made to the donor's choice.
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Charles E. Stevens

August 8, 1976 - September 12, 2012

Stevens, Charles E. Age 36, September 12, 2012. Charles is survived by his loving family and friends.
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James Andrew Coleman

November 8, 1960 - September 6, 2012

Coleman, James A. Age 51, of Detroit. September 6, 2012. Loving brother of Carolyn (Paul) Vella. Dear uncle of Richard (Christine) Spears, Angie Cronkright, Jesse Mercado, Angel Mercado and Curtis Wilson. Great uncle of Mandy Kenney, Kevin Kenney, Adam Spears, Amanda Spears, Melinda Spears and Curtis Spears. Great great uncle of Shaun Patrick Kenney. Preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Ogan,...
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Richard Cortez

May 15, 1958 - August 29, 2012

Cortez, Richard. Age 54, of Detroit. August 29, 2012. Loving father of Richard Jr. and Christina. Beloved son of Bernardo Cortez. Dear brother of Roxanne (Doug) Ford, Rita Cortez and Linda Cortez. Survived also by many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his mother Roxanne and brother Ron Cortez. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
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Vernetta "Verne" I. Guertin

June 11, 1923 - August 15, 2012

Guertin, Verne I. Age 89. August 15, 2012 of Detroit. Beloved mother of Rochelle Zuccaro & David (Susan) Gerard. Loving grandmother of Matt (Betty) Gerard, Ron and Keith Zuccaro (Ashley Binion). Great grandma of Joshua and Austin. Dearest sister of Marvin (Lottie) Prosser. Also survived by her sister-in-law Irene Prosser. Preceded in death by her parents Albert and Irene Prosser and 1...
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Keith E. Workman

April 8, 1961 - July 14, 2012

Workman, Keith E. Age 51, of Lincoln Park, formerly of Detroit. July 14, 2012. Beloved husband of Frances for 32 years. Loving father of Michael, Marc and Angela. Also survived by many other loving family and friends.
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Thelma Hope Esch

July 14, 1920 - June 26, 2012

Beloved wife of the late Earl. Loving mother of Marcia (Patrick) McHugh and Earl. Also survived by many relatives and friends. Donations in memory of Thelma may be made to the donor's charity of choice.
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John Francis Patino

May 7, 1963 - June 13, 2012

Patino, John Francis. Age 49, of Detroit. June 13, 2012. Beloved son of Guadalupe Patino. Loving father of Steven and John. Proud grandfather of Olivia and Casey. Dear brother of Janet (John) McCowan, Michael (Patty) Patino and Manuel Patino. Survived also by many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Manuel Patino and a sister Rachel Patino-Brock. Memorial contributions may be made...
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Maria Santos Flood

April 25, 1925 - May 1, 2012

Beloved wife of the late Paul. Loving mother of Maxine (Lawrence) Buell, Gloria Rodriguez, Phillip Rodriguez , the late Maximino Rodriguez and mother-in-law of Rose Rodriguez. Dearest grandmother of 11, great-grandmother of 23 and great-great grandmother of 2. Dear sister of Ernestina. Donations in memory of Maria may be made to the donor's charity of choice.
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Christian Guadalupe De Luna Strickland

April 8, 2012 - April 27, 2012

Strickland, Christian. 19 days old, of Detroit. April 27, 2012. Beloved son of Crystal and Luis. Loving brother of Luis and Amelia Strickland. Dear grandson of Ted (Ginger) Freels and Jose Guadalupe De Luna Ibarra and Amelia Flores. Memorial contributions may be made directly to the family.
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Tony Lee "T-Bone" Cagle

November 20, 1994 - April 9, 2012

Cagle, Tony Lee "T-Bone". Age 17. April 9, 2012 of Detroit. Beloved son of Tim (Kim) Cagle and Matilda (Chuck) Hopkins. Dearest brother of Ashley, Timothy, Jr., Crystal, Scott, Angel, Jessica, Christopher, Zoe and Lillian. He also has 5 step-brothers and 3 step-sisters. Dearest grandson of Sylvia Cusamano. Also survived by his aunts, uncles, cousins, other loving family and friends. Tony...
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Francisco Nuno

June 23, 1923 - April 9, 2012

Beloved husband of Juana. Loving father of Elena, Teresa (Rennie) Vega and the late Francisco II. Dearest grandpa of Tatianna Vega. Also survived by 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
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George M. Misakian

October 31, 1934 - April 6, 2012

Misakian, George M. Age 77, of Detroit. April 6, 2012. Loving brother of Charles and Martin.
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Harold G. Fair

January 24, 1931 - March 25, 2012

Harold is survived by special friends Gene Lamb and family, Rex Stanley and family and many, many friends from the Southwest Detroit area where he resided.
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Cathy L. Copley

March 11, 1965 - March 24, 2012

Copley, Cathy L. Age 47. March 24, 2012 of Detroit. Beloved mom of James (Lisa) Barnett, Brian Barnett (Heather Bellew), Danny Cecil and Andrew Cecil ( Tabitha WhiteEagle). Proud memaw of Lisa, James, Jr., Justin, Leanda, Brian, Jr., Janelle, Zachary, Isabella, Jasmine, Danny, Jr., Sirena and Hailey. Dearest sister of 9. Memorial contributions to honor Cathy's life may be made to the family.
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Patricia Ann Seledon

December 29, 1938 - March 9, 2012

Seledon, Patricia A. Age 73. March 9, 2012 of Detroit. Beloved sister of Marie Pasha. Dear aunt of Deborah Pasha and Benjamin Pasha, Jr. Proud godmother of Salutan (Shameera) Potts. Grandma of Taeshawn Dexter. Close friend of Hattie "Pearl" Lewis and family and of Johnnie. Preceded in death by her parents William and Tess Dreher and her brother-in-law Benjamin Pasha, Sr. Memorial...
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Teddy McClellan

July 7, 1956 - December 13, 2011

Beloved husband of Anna. Loving father of Teddy (Celeste) and Geneva (Jose). Dearest pap of Ricky, Alex and Teddy Jr. Also survived by 3 brothers, 5 sisters, many nieces, nephews and loving friends.
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Mae Marcum

March 19, 1917 - November 26, 2011

there will be no viewing or services in Michigan. Please contact Evans Funeral Home, Chapmanville, West Virginia. Phone 304-855-3232
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Clarence E. Reynolds

August 6, 1942 - September 13, 2011

Reynolds, Clarence E., age 69, September 13, 2011 of Detroit. Beloved husband of Trudy. Loving father of Scott (Ann) Reynolds, David (Andrea) Reynolds and Daniel (the late April) Reynolds. Also survived by his grandchildren Jacob, D.J., Cody, Dan and Rachael; 2 brothers Edwin Johnson and Carl Reynolds. Contributions in memory of Clarence's life may be made directly to the family.
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Marilyn L. Henson

July 10, 1941 - September 1, 2011

Henson, Marilyn L. Age 70, of Wayne. September 1, 2011. Loving mother of Marjorie Hill, Rodney Hill Jr., John (Judy) Hill, David (Lisa) Hill, Kenneth "Rusty" Hill, Dawn Baker and Laudie "Gene" Henson. Proud grandmother of 8. Great grandmother of 2. Dear sister of Florine (Bill) Kucharski. Preceded in death by her parents Russell and Marjorie Clark, husband Laudie Sr. and siblings. Memorial...
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Margret Skarjune

August 13, 1915 - August 31, 2011

Skarjune, Margret. Age 96, of Wyandotte. August 31, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Fred. Loving mother of Dianna (Louis) Nagy and the late Sandra. Proud grandmother of 8. Great grandmother of 16. Dear sister of Mary Nagy and Irene (Bart) Haydu. Survived also by many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
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Zella Jewell Wynn-Crawley

March 16, 1939 - August 28, 2011

Loving mother of Douglas Railey, Pamela King, Patsy (Richard) Gilbert and Darren Railey. Dearest grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 14. Dear sister of Vernon Wynn, Pauline Jones and Calvin (Alice) Wynn, Jr. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
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Kathy Hill

February 18, 1950 - July 3, 2011

Hill, Kathy. Age 61. July 3, 2011 of Dearborn Heights. Beloved wife of the late Raul Hill. Loving mom of Rudy (Christy) Hill, Kathy Hill (David Royce) and John (Kelly) Hill. Also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, 1 sister Judy (Sam) Markham and 1 brother Charles (Cathy) Gill. Preceded in death by her parents Charles and Betty. Memorial contributions to honor Kathy's...
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Bert E. Smith

June 1, 1922 - June 17, 2011

Father of Eugene. Dear uncle of Ronnie (Debbie), Gary and Billy (Debbie).
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Reba Fern Hopper

June 25, 1924 - June 11, 2011

Hopper, Reba Fern, age 86, June 11, 2001 of Detroit. Beloved wife of the later Walter. Dear mother of Brenda
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Junior Floyd Killion

June 5, 1957 - May 23, 2011

Beloved son of Mary and the late John. Dearest brother of Ada Gibbs, Benny (Pam), Betty (Jay) Williams and Mark (Yvonne). Also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
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Fred Lee

April 13, 1934 - April 30, 2011

Lee, Fred. Age 77, of Detroit. April 30, 2011. Beloved husband of Annetta for 51yrs. Loving father of Diane (Rick) Hampton, Jeff Lee, Barbara Lee, James Lee and John Lee. Proud grandfather of Ricky Hampton, Tabitha Lee, Crystal Hampton, Jennifer Kalles, Katie Medley and Martin Kalles. Great grandfather of Natalya Hampton, Xavier Kalles and Iyana Kalles. Dear brother of Patty (Richard) Kolb....
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Michael J. Dye

September 24, 1958 - April 20, 2011

Dye, Michael J., age 52, April 20, 2011 of Trenton. Beloved husband of Cheryl. Loving father of Michaelene. Also survived by his mother Mary Jane Dye; his father Ronald Dye; his sister Caryne (Sal) DeMatteo; his niece Abrianna and many other family and friends. Contributions in memory of Mike’s life may be made to The University of Michigan Transplant Center
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Rosemarie Stafford

November 24, 1956 - March 14, 2011

Stafford, Rosemarie. Age 54. March 14, 2011 of Detroit. Beloved mother of Kristie (Jose) Tapia, Rochelle Stafford, Joan Ann Stafford, Jeanette Mavis Stafford and Erica Malavae. Dearest grandmother of 18. Rosemarie is also survived by 2 sisters and 5 brothers.
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Bernhard J. Callies

October 27, 1928 - January 28, 2011

Callies, Bernhard J. Age 82, of Detroit, January 28, 2011. Loving father of David, Steven, Laurie (Mark) Steinke and John. Proud grandfather of Matthew, Eric, Sarah (Derek) Augustynowicz, Timothy Steinke, and Brandon. Preceded in death by wife Lillian Ida, parents Edward and Agnes, brother Reuben and sister Videll. Memorials may be made to the Family of God Mission Church, Detroit. Bernhard...
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Barbara Ann Ford

June 23, 1954 - December 30, 2010

Ford, Barbara Ann. Age 56. December 30, 2010 of Detroit. Life partner of Donald Jennings. Beloved mom of Kimberly (Fred) Cox and Douglas Ferguson (Dawn). Mother-In-Heart of Hal (Janet) Sandusky, Rachel Burke and Frank (Tiffany) Smith. Loving grandma of Freddie (Heather), Devin, Aliya, Dougie, Dylan, Angel, Thomas, Katie, Jon, Carl,Joseph, Frankie, Mikey, and Kaylee. Proud great grandma of...
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Elena Luciano Delbrey

March 3, 1947 - November 17, 2010


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Jennifer Kaye Webb

October 6, 1982 - November 11, 2010


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Jesus Zamora, Sr.

April 1, 1952 - October 15, 2010

Zamora, Jesus, Sr. Age 58. October 15, 2010. Beloved dad of Jesus, Jr. Dearest grandpa of Angelic and Christina. Also survived by 4 sisters Amelia Ramos, Minnie Williams, Ofelia Blevins, Oralia Zamora and his loving companion of 16 years Shelly Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents Casimiro and Guadalupe and 3 brothers Santiago, Casimiro, Jr. and Andres.
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