Chevrolet Engineering Retirees Club
2014 Death Notices  cont.
Oct. 30, 1936 - Jun. 22, 2014

Steven Major of Venice, FL and Elk Rapids passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014 at
Munson Hospice House. A memorial gathering will be held Friday, June 27, 2014 at the
Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids from 4-6pm.
Memorial contributions in Steve's name may be directed to Munson Hospice House or the
Plantation Community Foundation, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice FL 34293.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk
Published in Herald Tribune from June 25 to June 26, 2014
Steve Major
Hildenbrand, Howard J.
Webster, NY: February 2, 2014. Predeceased by his sisters, Ruth Cannon of
Grand Rapids, MI, Mary Carter of Strongsville, OH and Faith Hildenbrand. He is
survived by his wife, Barbara Hildenbrand; son, Bruce (Susan) Hildenbrand;
grandchildren, Jack and Megan  Hildenbrand.
Howard was a WWII Navy Veteran and an engineer at General Motors for over 30
Friends may call Thursday, 5-7 PM at the funeral chapel (1031 Ridge Rd.,
Webster), where a service will be held at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to a charity of choice.
To share a memory of Howard or send a condolence to the family,
Arrangements were handled by Anthony Funeral Chapel, Webster,
Howard Hildenbrand
Donald N. Stempniewski
Stempniewski, Donald N., age 75, died August 16, 2014. Beloved husband of
Beverly. Dear father of Corinne (Dave) Ziemba, and Greg (Kathleen). Loving
grandfather of Zachary (Amber Doublin), Hannah, Olivia, Ryan, Noah, and Collin.
Visitation Tuesday 3-9 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Rosary Service, at the D.S.
Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile
Road) in Warren. In State Wednesday 9:30 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass
at 10 a.m. at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church – St.
Dorothy Campus. Please share memories at:
DURNFORD, DAVID J. age 84 August 25, 2014Beloved husband of Evelyn for 63 wonderful
years. Loving father of Charlie (Pam), Barbara McKolay, Diane (Mike) Lowes and Carol
(Ted) Toloff. Loving grandfather of Kelly, Jodi, Michelle, Erica, Dylan, Alex, Andrew,
Madison and Katelyn. Proud great grandfather of David, Kendall and Jackson. Dave retired
from Chevrolet Engineering in 1990 after 34 years. He enjoyed 24 years of retirement
wintering in Florida with his wife and was an avid golfer. He will be deeply missed and
lovingly remembered by all of his many friends. A celebration of Dave's life will be held on
Saturday, September 6th from 11:30am - 2:30pm at the American-Polish Century Club,
33204 Maple Lane (14 Mile & Hoover) in Sterling Hts. Lunch begins at 12:30. In lieu of
flowers, donations are preferred to the American Heart Association. Please share memories
with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" at
Dave Durnford
Don Stempniewski
Burns, Donald Louis, 83, Beloved husband for 60 years of Ann M. Loving father of Beth
(Tim) O’Brien, Julie (Dan) McKinley, Kathy , Maureen (Jeff) Bolus. Cherished grandfather
of Kerry, Thomas and Sean O’Brien and Teo McKinley. Predeceased by son, Kevin M.
Memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 467 Fairford Rd. Grosse Pointe Woods,
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 11:30 in state, 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott St. Detroit, MI 48207 or St.
Paul Educational Trust, 114 Moran Rd., Grosse Pointe, MI 48236. Light a candle and
share a memory at
Don Burns
On November 13, 2014, Kathleen Ellen ( Sheehan ) Sheean passed away at McLaren
Northern Michigan Hospital She was born in Los Angeles, CA on August 28, 1937 and grew
up in Grosse Pointe Michigan graduating from St. Paul’s High School in 1955. After
attending Michigan State University she studied Art at the Collage For Creative Studies and
then joined the Commercial Art Group at GM Photographic.
In 1960 she married Michael Sheean and they have two sons, Michael Jr. and Timothy
Patrick. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and involved in here community. In
1998 they retired in Boyne City where she was active in the Eta Nu Woman’s Charity,
Boyne Valley Garden Club, Saint Mathew’s Parish, Boyne City Yacht Club and other local
Her family and friends will celebrate her life with a visitation on Sunday, November 16, 2014
from 3 to 6 PM at the Stackus Funeral Home in Boyne City.  A Funeral Mass will be
celebrated   at St. Mathew’s Church in Boyne City on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11
AM with visitation being held at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.  Fr.
Denny Stillwell will be serving as the celebrant.
Donations may be made to the Eta Nu Endowment Fund. P.O. 133 Boyne City, MI 49712
Family and friends wishing to share a thought or memory of Kathleen are encouraged to do
so at:
Kathleen Ellen Sheean
George J. Miotke, Jr.
Age 82. November 23, 2014. Co-founder and past President, along with his wife Patricia, of
the Chevrolet Engineering Retirees Club (CERC). He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughter
Jill (Paul Garfield), sister Suzanne B.A. Staats, nephew Gary Staats, nieces Laura (Grant
Zobel), Jennifer Staats, and Brenda Staats (Mike Smith), as well as numerous cousins.
George died at his home of cancer after years of being high risk heart patient. He was born in
Detroit, served in the U.S. Navy, lived in Sterling Heights and finally in Bloomfield Hills. In
addition to CERC, he and his wife Pat were also very active in the Bloomfield Township Public
Library and Cranbrook Gardens.

Mr. Miotke and Patricia A. Nelson were married on May 6th, 1953 at St. David's Church in  
Detroit when he was home on leave from the Navy. George and Pat then moved to Oakland,
California to make their home before returning to Michigan. He retired from Chevrolet
Engineering Center at the Warren Technical Center after 31 years of service in the Research
and Development Department as a Senior Transmission Designer. He worked on vehicles five
to eight years in the future, as well as on the design and build of the Jim Hall and Hap Sharp
2-Series Chaparral Group 7 race cars and the Mark Donahue race cars. He also worked on
the Corvair litigation court room displays. The Research and Development Department was
profiles in the book "Chevrolet=Racing...?", by Paul VanValkenburg.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please share your memories of George
with the family at

A Celebration of Life luncheon will be held at a later date.
George J. Miotke, Jr.