2011

IN MEMORIAM

Vicky Kordel

KORDEL, Victoria E., January 29, 2011, at age 60. She had retired in 2008, following 36 years of GM-Chevy service.

Shirley Green

GREEN, Shirley, wife of Ray; died 30JA11 at age 86. A Cooley HS grad., she attended Grace Hosp. and Wayne State ( BS Deg) nursing schools. From Army Cadet Nurse at WWII’s end to pediatric and OB locally, then to Detroit and Wayne County Health Departments, Shirley taught a final ten years at Groves HS in Birmingham. (Reported by Fran Parker).

Bob Keslin

Bob Keslin, my husband, passed away quite suddenly on Feb. 5th. Please advise any CERC members who may have known Bob when he worked at CEC and retired in 1988. Thank you. Marge Keslin

Robert Price

Robert T. Price, age 73, died February 28, 2011 in Florida. Loving husband of 50 years to Swetlana ‘Lana’, Dear father of Phillip, Jennifer, and Claudine, Proud Grandfather of eight. Beloved brother of Rita Hahne, Dorothy Boyle, and Paul. Visitation is Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p. m. with a parish lead rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Road (3 blks east of Van Dyke) Utica. Monday in state at 10:30 a.m. until time of funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. at St Kieran Catholic Church, 53600 Mound Road (btwn 24 & 25 Mile Rds) Shelby Twp. Burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.

Charles Dellofano

Charles Louis Dellofano, Jr., age 68, of Clinton Township, died March 18, 2011 in Clinton Township. Born February 18, 1943. He retired from General Motors after over 30 years. Survived by his wife, Theresa (nee Carabelli); children, Michelle (Olin) VanPelt, Michael (Margie) Dellofano, Angela (Todd) Schommer, Noel Dellofano, Jennifer (Daniel) Dellofano-Cecil; three grandchildren, Lexi, Jason, Anastasia; mother, Ida; siblings, Mary (James) Smith (nee Dellofano). Predeceased by his father, Charles. Visitation Monday 2-8 p.m. at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township. Instate 10:30 a.m., funeral 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church, 41300 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township. Burial Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township. 

Bob Dorn

Dorn Robert L. ‘Bob’ April 5, 2011 Chief Engineer for General Motors Corp., Chevrolet, Pontiac & Cadillac Division for 40 years. Beloved husband of Joanne for 42 years. Loving father of Mark and Erich. Dear brother of Kirk (Marilee) and Sharon Alspach (John). Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Memorial service Saturday 11a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1669 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham, MI 48009.

John Paulina

John Anthony Paulina, 72, of Washington Twp since 1977 died April 24, 2011 at Home. He was born March 5, 1939 in Highland Park, MI to John and Flora Paulina. A graduate of Warren High School he worked as a designer for Chevrolet engineering division for 45 years until his retirement in 2002. John was a member of the East Side A’s Club, Model T Club, CERC Club, a life time member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the AMA – Academy of Model Aeronautics. He married his wife Lois on July 18, 1964 in Detroit, MI. He is surived by his wife Lois, Children John B (Kristin Paulina-Hamill), Ann Marie (Jorgen) Paulina-Lyngso, Grandchildren; Gabrielle and Karsten, sister-in-law Darlene and many nieces and nephews. Preceded by his parents John and Flora and brother Michael. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 until 9 at Gramer Funeral Home, Diener Chapel48271 Van Dyke AvenueShelby Twp., Michigan 48317586-731-4150Funeral Services will be held at; Thursday 11:00 AM a tSt. John Lutheran Church246 Benjamin Street Romeo, Michigan 48065http://www.stjohnromeo.org/

Lou Lowran

Louis S Lowran, December 28,1937 – May 11, 2011 Loving husband, father, grandfather, and faithful US Marine. At the time of his death Lou was married to Alice for 45 years. He is also survived by his son Brad (Kathy Slusser) and daughter Janet (Jim Giszczak). He was ‘Poppi’ to his beloved grand children Libby, Sydney, Anna, Jack and Casey Anne. Lou had one older brother, John, Jr. who was ten years his senior. Lou always said he had two dads. John passed away in 1998 and Lou has been ‘grandpa’ to his niece and nephews and their children since. He went to public schools in Detroit and “walked miles and miles to school in wind, sleet, snow and hail uphill.” While growing up he earned money tuning cars, selling women’s shoes and working at Chick’s Deli at State Fair and John R. He played football for Cass Tech and graduated in 1955. He was a really good football player; just ask classmates Don Courtley, Ted Lanfranki and Al Benson. Lou grew up hunting, fishing and camping with his dad and brother. He loved playing sports, especially football, baseball and golf. In fact, he was so good, that he always had advice for Sparky Anderson, Wayne Fontes and Scotty Bowman. After graduating from Cass Tech, Lou won a drafting competition sponsored by Chevrolet Engineering and began his career there as a Drafting Apprentice in 1955. Following in his brother John’s and cousin Freddy’s footsteps, Lou took a military leave from General Motors and joined the Marine Corps in 1957. He attended boot camp at MCRD San Diego and trained to be an Aircraft Radio Technician. He served his tour at MCAS, El Toro, and was honorably discharged in 1960. He returned home to Michigan and resumed his career at Chevrolet. The years between 1960 and 1965 were Lou’s ‘bachelor years.’ He worked at Chevrolet Engineering as a Body Designer, was an avid skier, played softball, hockey, drank beer and chased skirts. He lived in Royal Oak in a house on Northwood Blvd. with his buddies Steve, Rex, Ed and Jim. Because these were hot young men, the fathers in the neighborhood would not permit their daughters to walk in front of the house. They had to cross the street and would cross back when they were past the house. It was during this time that the mantra “you lie to and I’ll swear to it” was born. While away on a ski club weekend in January of 1965, Lou met Alice. He was introduced to her as ‘Big John’ because someone thought he looked like John Wayne. She didn’t learn his real name until their first date. Alice said “He had shoulders that wouldn’t quit.” He said he saw her for the first time at a party two weeks before that and her slip was showing. They were married in October of 1965. Lou and Alice bought their first home in Royal Oak in March of 1967. Their son, Bradley, was born in August of 1967 and their daughter, Janet, followed in May of 1969. They moved to Sterling Heights in 1973. In 1975, Lou’s health challenges began. Fibrous tumors were growing in his feet. One surgery lead to another, followed by yet more surgeries. The physical and emotional strain he endured was exceptional. Tragically, he would have his hopes for an end to his torment dashed, time and again. The tumors kept coming back; each procedure failed to give him relief. From his mid-thirties to his death, Lou endured over 30 surgeries and suffered significant pain as a result of the damage inflicted by the tumors, nerve damage and scar tissue. All of this was complicated by a severe neuropathy. In 1983, after 22 years of service and at the age of 46, Lou received a medical retirement from General Motors. Despite the pain he pursued his interests and hobbies including sailing, power boating, archery, and golfing at Burning Tree Golf and Country Club where he and Alice were members for 16 years. As the saying goes, “When one door closes, another one opens.” While he was retired, the Lord gave Lou the opportunity to serve as caretaker for both his parents and Alice’s for thirteen years. He was able to take them to doctor appointments, sooth them when they needed solace and make them laugh when they were down. He continued to help whomever he could whenever they needed help. Reading this, his family realizes that there aren’t words to describe his value to all of us. Lou was diagnosed in December, 2010 as having Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This disease paralyzed him and made him a painful prisoner in his own body. Eventually, he was unable to move, eat or speak yet his mind remained sharp and alert. We know he is in Heaven, probably has already made tee times and spoke with St. Peter about improving the method for registering newcomers. Rest in peace, Poppi.~~~~~Visitation: Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 4-8 PM, and Sunday, May 15, from 2-8 PM at A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy, MI 48084 (between Maple and Big Beaver Roads), with an evening Rosary Sunday at 7 PMFuneral Mass: Monday, May 16, 2011 – 11 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 3400 S. Adams Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan with Rev. Msgr. Michael C. LeFevre officiating. Visitation at church begins Monday at 10:30 AM

Art Bloodworth

Bloodworth Arthur L. June 25, 2011. Age 82. Beloved husband of Doris (nee Mallette). Dear brother of Donald Bloodworth, Richard (Wanda) Bloodworth, Stanley (Ruth Ann) Bloodworth, and Beverly (Ronald) Rottman. Survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation Tuesday 3-9 p.m. Funeral Wednesday 10 a.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. (Shelby Township), 54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile Rd. Interment White Chapel Cemetery. 

Jack Golding

Per Roy Midgley, Jack Golding, age 85, passed away on Monday October 3 in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Jack was born in Kokomo, Indiana on May 10, 1926 and is survived by his wife Cherryl and a son and a daughter. There will be no funeral as Jack wanted his body donated to science. He had been suffering from dementia. Jack served in World War II as an Aviation Machinist Mate. He worked for 38 years at Chevrolet as a design engineer on engines and engine cooling and retired in 1982. He worked on the Corvette and Astro/Safari vans. After retiring, he worked as a contract engineer at Truck & Bus for 5 years. Jack participated in all the sports at Chevrolet Engineering; softball, bowling and golf. He had also been co-owner of the Rochester Hills Tennis Club, with three other people.

Jim Landis

James Richard Landis, born March 6, 1927 to mother Mary Lloyd Landis and father Kenneth Landis, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He grew up in Highland Park and has three brothers; Kenneth, Dave and John. He attended Highland Park High School, graduated from Lawrence Technological Institute with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1948. He also attended the University of Illinois in 1944-45 while serving in the Army Student Training Program. He was a design engineer for GM from 1948 to 1987. He then became a manufacturing rep. for Zollner Pistons for three years. He was a member of the Rochester Elks Club, SAE, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and attended GM retiree functions of the Chevrolet Engineering Retiree Club. He was proud to be a direct descendant of William Brewster of the Mayflower Society via the lineage of Brewster’s daughter, Mehitabell Hinckley on his mother’s side. He is survived by his loving wife Kay (Catherine), daughters Sheila Catherine Landis, Jocelyn Mary Langlois and Rebecca Ann MacKenzie. He also had a son Raymond James Landis who passed away at the age of 20. He is also survived by five grand children and two great grand children. James passed away on Oct. 27, 2011 and was laid to rest at White Chapel Cemetery and will be deeply missed. He had recently been suffering from a fall in August, pneumonia and Alzeheimer’s disease. Per Catherine Landis on December 6, 2011

Gene Gramzay

Eugene ‘Gene’  Gramzay, age 84, went to be with Our Lord on December 24, 2011. Loving husband of Joene (nee Connelly). Loving father of Steven (Marsi) Gramzay, Janet (Mike) Bires, Gerald (Toni) Gramzay, Kathleen Gramzay, Rob Gramzay, Lori (Steve) Vuljaj. Cherished grandfather of seven. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Dear brother of Joan Benson. Gene was born in Detroit, Mich on December 3, 1927 to Henry and Stella Gramzay. He graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for three years. He married Joene Connelly in 1950 and they enjoyed a loving and fruitful marriage that lasted for almost 62 years and produced six children. Gene graduated from the University of Detroit in 1963. He worked at Chevrolet Engineering for 49 years and was Director of Administrative Services when he retired in 1990. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and was a church usher for 40 years. He enjoyed golfing, playing pool, listening to music and dancing. He also had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke. Visitation at S.K. Schultz Funeral Home, 43300 Garfield (N. of 19 Mile) Clinton Township on Wednesday, 2-9 p.m. with an evening Rosary service. Additional visitation Thursday, 9 a.m. until funeral Mass 9:30 a.m at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church, 41300 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township with Fr. Ron Essman officiating. 
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