Jim Premo

Jim Premo (E.J. Premo), former Chevrolet Chief Engineer, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2010, at Stuart, Florida, after a long battle with health issues.

Al Kron

Al Kron, age 74, died February 21, 2010, at his home surrounded by his family and friends. Al was a retired General Motors mechanical engineer of 35 years. After retirement, he became a successful entrepreneur starting Party Tops and owning two car washes. He enjoyed his many friends and family and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jeanette (Crump); children, Kevin (Patricia), Keith (Laura), Karen (Jeff) Yanssens; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey, Janelle, Emily, Jessica, Rachel, Elena, Allison, and Michael. He is also survived by his brother Walter. Al was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and most of all, mentor. He will be missed by all. Funeral Mass was held at St. Germaine Church in St. Clair Shores, February 26, 2010, at 10 a.m. followed by a luncheon. 

James Bederka

BEDERKA, JAMES A .Died February 22, 2010 age 51. Beloved husband of Lori (Tirpik). Loving father of Katie and cherished son of Albert and Ruth. Dearest brother of Bob (Penny), John, Cheryl (David) Zablocki, Nancy (Troy) Cooprider and the late Chris. Visitation: Thursday and Friday 3-9p.m. with Rosary at 7p.m. Friday at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile, Livonia 48152. Funeral Mass: Saturday 1p.m., in state 12:30p.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 581 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, 48017.

Arnie Stenzel

Arnie Stenzel died at age 84 on April 23, 2010. Arnie had 43 years with GM. Arnie had endured several years of Parkinson’s disease with complications from injuries sustained in a fall. At Chevrolet, Arnie served as Supervisor of the Heating and Air Conditioning Design Group, then Engineer of the Corvette. Away from CEC, he especially enjoyed golfing trips to Florida.

Frank Andrews

Frank Andrews passed away on May 16, 2010 at the age of 86. Frank’s WWII US Army service (initially in the Cavalry) was featured in previous issues of the Companion. He served with valor in the South Pacific campaign. His 50-plus years with GM were primarily spent in CEC’s Test Laboratory – Instrumentation Department.

Earle Stepp

Earle Stepp passed away on August 3, 2010. Earle has held several executive positions at GM. At one point he was Director of Electrical & Chassis Systems. He was a member of CERC for many years.

Joe Ruhala

 Joe Ruhala – longtime CEC employee and CERC member passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2010. Funeral was at St Daniel Catholic Church in Clarkston.

Denise McKellar

Denise McKellar died at the age of 78 on August 8 2010. Denise was survived by his wife Anna, and two sons, Kevin(Jerri) and Mark. His funeral was at St Mark Orthodox Church. Denise worked many years in the transmission group at CEC.

Elsie Mize

Elsie Mize of Sterling Heights, passed away on August 15, 2010. Elsie retired from General Motors in 1987, having served over 27 years of dedicated service. She loved to travel and was an active volunteer at the Troy Public Library. Funeral Services were at the Gramer Funeral Home in Clawson. 

Jim Carlisle

James L. Carlisle, age 86, of Rochester Hills, died October 18, 2010. An U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Purple Heart, he was a Design Engineer with General Motors ; Chevrolet Division and was very involved with designing the Corvette. He retired in 1981 after 27 years of service to General Motors. A member of the SAE and the CERC, he served on the Harper Woods City Council for many years and was past mayor pro tem. He was also actively involved with the Avon Players for many years and was a former president of the organization. A celebration of James’ life was held at the Rochester Community House on Friday October 22 at 12:30 PM. Interment was at the Great Lakes National Cemetery.

Bill Pronovich

Bill Pronovich passed away on Saturday, December 11. His family received friends Tuesday 2-8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons,2600 Crooks Rd. (between Maple &Big Beaver). Funeral Mass was Wednesday 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More, 4580 N. Adams (between Wattles and Long Lake). Prayers at funeral home at 9:15 a.m. followed by procession to church. 

Carl Jarema

Carl Jarema passed away on Tuesday DEC. 21-2010 at Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc MI. Carl was 86 and suffered with Parkinson for 17 years. Carl was a design engineer and worked at CEC for 41 years. He is survived by his wife, Aileen.

William Smith

William Smith From Tatjana Smith. Her husband, William, passed away in December after a long illness.
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