2012

IN MEMORIAM

Patricia Kendro

Kendro Patricia (NEE Oberliesen) Age 84. Passed away February 3, 2012. Beloved wife of George for 54 years. Loving mother of Mike, Anne (Frank) Greco, Bill, Kate, Tom (Colleen). Dearest grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of two. Dear sister of James, Mary Smith, Tom, Peter, and Kate. Visitation Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the E.J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Directors Inc., 3801 18 Mile (NW corner of Ryan) Scripture Service at 7 p.m. Funeral Service Wednesday, in state 9:30 for a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Jane Frances deChantal Catholic Church, 38750 Ryan Road. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Marv Haps

HAPS MARVIN Beloved husband of the late Patricia. Dearest father of Alice (Al) Innes, Barbara (Craig) Hodge, Larry (Cynthia), Bill (Cindy), Marvin (Dawn) and the late John Haps. Brother of Bill (Jill) Haps, Jackie (Chuck) Whitman and Lorraine (Ed) Cast. Loving grandfather of Tressa, Lindsey, Sarah, Katherine, Kasha and Aneshka; great-grandfather of Hailey and Allison. Visitation 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-9 p.m. Thursday at Ford Funeral Home, 26560 Van Dyke with a 6:30 p.m. Scripture Service on Thursday. In state 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Clement Church until 10 a.m. time of Mass. Burial St. Clement Cemetery.

Archie McKeown

Archie S. McKeown Age 87. Died February 16, 2012. Beloved husband of Clara for 64 years. Loving father of Anne (Tony) Farrah, the late John, the late Bryan, Bradley (Lisa) McKeown, the late Curtis, and the late Brennan. Father-in-law of Fred (Kay) Taylor and brother-in-law of John Keller. Loving grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 11. He retired from General Motors after 28 years of dedicated service. He was devoted to his family above all and will be truly missed by all who loved him. Visitation Monday 3-9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield, Clinton Township. In state Tuesday 11 a.m. until the time of Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 95 Market St., Mt. Clemens. Interment at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Carl Rust

Carl Wm. Rust Age 86 died Monday, February 20th, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 16th, 1925, as the son of Karl and Hilda (nee Listh). He graduated from Denby High School with the Class of 1944. On September 14th, 1946 Carl married the love of his life Marilyn (nee Edlund) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Detroit.Carl was employed at the GM Tech Center for 24 years retiring in 1964 as a Process Engineer. He was totally devoted to his family and his grandchildren. Carl loved sports, especially hockey. He had a natural knack for wood-working, building and just being a real handyman. His other hobbies included hunting and fishing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years Marilyn, loving children Carl (Karen), Steven (Betsy) and Pam (Bob) Audette and his grandchildren Kristoffer (Sara), Erika, Alex, Matthew, Andrew, Bryan and Erik. Visitation at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Avenue (at Vernier), Grosse Pointe Woods, Wednesday 3pm until 9pm. Funeral Service First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier Road, Grosse Pointe Woods on Thursday, Instate at 11am until time of Service 12 Noon. This Memorial Obituary provided by A. H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe

Dick Marshall

Richard E. Marshall, 83, of Fort Myers, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2012. He was born July 29, 1928 in Lakewood, OH. ‘Dick’ worked for General Motors for 37 years, retiring in 1986 from the Color and Trim Department of the Chevrolet Division. He served for 12 years as a School Board member for the Warren Consolidated Schools in Macomb County Michigan. In 1993 he relocated to Fort Myers, FL from Troy, MI where he began to enjoy an active lifestyle participating in golf, tennis, table tennis, and swimming. His competitive nature and outgoing personality was a delight to his friends and family. Mr. Marshall leaves to cherish his memory, his children: Richard J. Marshall (Becki) of Newtown Square, PA, David P. Marshall (Ruann) of Chesterfield, MI, Brenda J. Millage (Mark) of Fort Myers, FL and Michael A. Marshall (Annie) of Anthem, AZ; his grandchildren: Heather Burling, Jessica Archer, Eric Marshall, Allison Loveland, Gloria Hsu, Brenda White, Andrea Penner, Kelly Johnson, Emily Millage, Elizabeth Millage, Stephen Millage, Emma Marshall, Michael Marshall and Abbey Marshall and fifteen great grandchildren. Memorial services celebrating his life will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida, 33907 

Thomas Montgomery

January 01, 1926 – February 25, 2012 Thomas G. Montgomery of Troy died peacefully on February 25, 2012 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 86 years old. Thomas was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Mary (McComish) and Thomas Montgomery. Thomas was born at home and when he was only three months old his mother and father left by boat to start their own company in the United States. Thomas stayed behind with his older sister Rita in the care of his grandmother McComish and her sister & Aunt Meg. His parents came to Detroit, Michigan in 1926 with his older brothers Robert and Hugh. When he was six years old his parents sent for him and his older sister Rita (13) to cross the Atlantic alone. On the voyage his sister became seasick and unable to watch him. He remembers running all over the ship having a great time until he came face to face with the captain of the ship. From then on it was his duty to keep track of the captain and follow him where ever he went. He remembered every night he had to wear a tie which the captain tied and he sat at the captain’s table next to the captain for dinner. From then on he had a love for the sea. Thomas went to Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. He came from a very religious family and wanted to become a priest. On April 24, 1944 at the age of 18 he joined the US Navy and drove PT boats in the South Pacific during WWII. He often told the story about one day being on the deck of a submarine, loading bombs by passing them one by one to the next man when all of a sudden one man dropped one of the bombs and everyone froze. He remembers an officer next to him running and grabbing the bomb throwing it overboard. Thomas was honorably discharged on July 24, 1946. On May 28, 1949 Thomas married Mary June (Clancy) at St David’s Church in Detroit. During those years dad had purchased a 34ft Cabin cruiser where Tom and Mary would often vacation with all 11 children. They were married for 62 years. They spent 26 of their retirement years in Fort Myers, Florida on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico doing what he loved the most, golfing. Thomas is survived by his children, Patricia (Thomas) Maxwell, Peg (Thomas) Sokolnicki, Thomas Montgomery, Jr., Cathy Briton, James (Judy) Montgomery, John (Denise) Montgomery, Michael (Michelle) Montgomery, Ed Montgomery, Paul Montgomery, and Rob (Stacey) Montgomery. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Mr. Montgomery is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary June Montgomery and daughter, Mary (Dennis) Hrischuk. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Wednesday 5-8pm and Thursday 3-8pm. Rosary, Thursday 7pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke, Bloomfield Hills, Friday 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10:30am. Interment in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

Gerry Weber

Gerry Weber, age 80, died March 18, 2012 (wife of Bill Weber, residence Fairfield Glade, TN). She had suffered from Alzheimer’s for 4 years. Submitted by Ed Verduin BILL SPENT HIS DAYS FROM 8 A.M. TO 2 P.M. WITH GERRY IN A NURSING HOME ALL THOSE YEARS. FEEDING HER AND REMINDING HER OF YEARS GONE BY. GERRY WOULD HAVE BEEN 82 ON JULY 29 TH. OF THIS YEAR. SHE WAS THE SISTER OF BILL’S BEST FRIEND WHEN HE WAS A TEEN-AGER. SHE WAS THE ONLY LOVE OF BILL’S LIFE. GERRY WAS 18 WHEN THEY GOT MARRIED IN 1950 ON SEPT.16 TH. GERRY AND I WERE CONFIRMED TOGETHER AND WENT STEADY WITH AND MARRIED BROTHERS. WE ALL WENT TO THE SAME CHURCH AS NORM AND ALICE WILKE, WHO ARE OUR BEST FRIENDS STILL TO THIS DAY. JEAN WEBER

Dick Putansu

11/22/1927 – 03/23/2012 Putansu, Richard, J. March 23, 2012 Age 84 Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Lieb). Loving father of Richard (the late Joyce) (Sylvia), Mary (Philip) Martens, Julie (Antoine) Boyd, James (Dawn), Lisa (Jeff) Cartwright, Anne (Bill) Schanta and Steven (Kerry). Loving grandfather of 12 and 1 great grandson. Dearest brother of Elaine (the late Bill) Parducci, Lorraine (the late Harry) King, Ida (the late Jim) Heron and Virginia (Jerry) Vairus. Visitation Sun. 3-9 pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc. 36900 Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Rosary Sun. 7:00 pm. Instate Mon. 10:00 am until 10:30 am time of mass at St. Rene Goupil Church 35955 Ryan Rd. (Bet. 15 & 16 Mile Rd.). Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 

Bob Vogelei

Vogelei Robert A. passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 29, 2012. He was 85 years old. He is survived by his wife of 61-years, Janet; his children, Kirk (Joan) Vogelei of Troy, MI, Richard (Barbara) Vogelei of Scottsdale, AZ, Nancy Lesinski of Troy, MI, Jon Vogelei of Royal Oak, MI; grandchildren, Robert (Gretchen) Vogelei, Caroline (Todd) Sepp, Drew (Kristin) Vogelei, Kathryn (Bradford) Rahn, Matthew (Sarah) Vogelei, Sarah Lesinski, Brendan Lesinski, Christopher Burguess; great-grandchildren, Connell Vogelei, Regan Sepp, Grace Vogelei; and other extended family members. A Memorial service will be held at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Birmingham, MI on Friday, May 11.

Bill Lawless

Bob Herominski and Ed Rzepecki reported that Bill Lawless passed away yesterday. It seems that Bill fell off a step ladder in his garage and couldn’t be revived. William (Bill) Richard Lawless passed away on April 11. Services will be held at St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee Saturday April 14 at 10:00 AM. Bill is survived by his wife Alice, sons-William, Robert, and Richard, daughters-Catherine Bromley and Patricia Hoover. Bill did attend some meetings of our Club and set up the dinner reservations at a Fairfield Glade Country Club after the GM Club attended a play at the Cumberland County Playhouse a number of years ago. Alice’s address is 43 Kingboro Lane, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee 38558

Joseph Miskulin

Joseph Michael Miskulin (March 17, 1925 – May 17, 2012)Mr. Miskulin was 87 years old when he passed away. He was a beloved husband to the late Helen, who passed away on September 16, 2008. Joseph and Helen were married on January 29, 1949. Joseph Miskulin was a loving father to Gloria Miskulin and Gordon (Susan) Miskulin. He was also a cherished grandfather to Alexandra and Jack.Mr. Miskulin retired after 30 plus years from General Motors Tech Center. Visitation will take place Sunday (May 20, 2012) from 2:00PM to 9:00PM at S.K. Schultz Funeral Home 43300 Garfield, (North of 19 Mile) in Clinton Township, Michigan 48038. The Funeral Service will be Monday (May 21, 2012)10:30AM at the funeral home with Fr. Jerry Slowinski officiating. 

Sandra Peters

05/20/1934 – 06/19/2012 PETERS, SANDRA ‘Sandy’ age 78 June 19, 2012 Beloved wife of William ‘Bill’ Loving mother of Sharon (Leroy) Cadwalder, Barbara (Dan) Rathka, Thomas Peters and Carol Ann (Craig) Whitmore. Proud grandmother of Kevin, Caitlin, Taylor, Olivia, Violet and Rex. Dear sister of Carol Mary (Suhail) Shaya. Dear sister-in-law of Frederick S. Peters. Member of LOTA (Bishop Kelley Assembly). Visitation Thursday 4-9pm and Friday 4-9pm with a 7pm Rosary at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Pkwy. (16 Mile). Lying in repose Saturday 9:30am at St. Hubert Catholic Church 38775 Prentiss in Harrison Twp. until 10:00am Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 

Cherryl Golding

Golding Cherryl Mae, of Fountain Hills, Arizona, left us peacefully on June 29, 2012. Cherryl Mae Stevens was born in Detroit, on May 23, 1927, a few years after her parents and two sisters emigrated from England. As a child, Cherryl read every book that she could get her hands on (including the dictionary) and remained an avid reader throughout her life. In 1943 Cherryl met Jack Golding while singing in their church choir together, and the two of them sang as a pair, in barbershop quartets, and with family and friends for most of their 67 year marriage. Cherryl and Jack raised their three children, Steven, Rebecca, and Nancy in Rochester, MI. Cherryl was a great cook, created beautiful gardens, and seemed to master every craft that she put her hands to, including the clothing that she sewed and knitted for her family. Cherryl ran a women’s bowling league for 25 years, and she and Jack partnered with three other couples to build Rochester’s first tennis club in 1971. Cherryl was also a very talented writer, with several published articles. Cherryl and Jack enjoyed many life-long friends, from barbershop, General Motors, and tennis, in Rochester, as well as in their retirement to their Fountain Hills ‘dream home’ in 1987. Their annual New Years, Halloween, Christmas, and pool parties were celebrations of music, fun and friendship, and Cherryl’s special combination of talent, kindness and sense of humor made her the life of many party! The Phoenix Coyotes and Diamondbacks will miss one of their biggest fans. The rest of us will miss her beauty, her talent, her great story-telling, and the way that she always made us feel special. Cherryl is survived by son Steve Golding, granddaughter Lisa Golding, and daughter Nancy Kautz. A celebration in honor of Cherryl and Jack (who preceded her in October 2011) will take place in Michigan.

Joe Kucharski

Joseph Edward Kucharski, 83, died July 7, 2012, at his home. He was born in Detroit, and was a resident of Palm City since 1989, coming from Fort Lauderdale. He was a member of Polish Century Club in Michigan. Survivors include his son, Joseph Edward Kucharski Jr. of Hobe Sound; daughters, Krystine Quick of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Karen Wilkerson of Ann Arbor, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Kucharski. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 p.m. July 14 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Palm City. Arrangements are by All County Funeral Home & Crematory, Treasure Coast Chapel.Published in the TC Palm on July 10, 2012

Jake Jacobson

Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Wendell L. ‘Jake’ Jacobson, 78, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012. Many in the area may remember him as the tall, bearded man wearing the Detroit Tigers or University of Michigan cap, ready at a moment’s notice to discuss his 36 years with Chevrolet. He was born Aug. 6, 1933, in Muskegon to M. Helen Jacobson (nee Ashcraft) and A. Russell Jacobson. He graduated in 1956 from General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, with a degree in mechanical engineering, after rejecting scholarships to the University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his career with Chevrolet, he and two friends started Automotive Systems Technology, providing design services and acting as manufacturers’ representatives to the automotive industry. Over the years, Mr. Jacobson patented several of his designs. He was active in clubs and organizations relating to the automotive industry, acting as chairman of several. His high school years were filled with football and music, both of which remained passions his entire life. He loved football games be they high school, college or professional. He belonged to several music societies in his lifetime, the last being Gentleman Songsters in Michigan and his choir work with both St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms and Bay Indies Covenant Church in Venice, Fla., where he wintered the last few years. He also was active in the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. As a senior citizen, he embraced theater acting in Brigadoon, being a member of Encore Players, Grosse Pointe Theatre’s Reading Theatre and Bay Indies Players. He also enjoyed singing with the Wayne State Performers during a recent opera. Mr. Jacobson was married to Mary W. Ziemski from 1968 until her death in 2005. They enjoyed years of traveling with his family and Mary’s sister, Joann Eloff, and her husband, Mike. Mr. Jacobson is lovingly survived by his children, Lynne Jacobson, Wendell Jacobson (Julie), Laurie Jeszke (Jim) and Nancy Ziemski (Greg Gluck); grandchildren, Erin, Rachel and Lindsay Jacobson, Christian and Natalie Jeszke, and Lauren Gluck; brother, Curtis Russel Jacobson, and a large extended family including his friend and companion, Betty Morris, and her family. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 375 Lothrop, Grosse Pointe Farms. Visitation begins at 11 a.m. the church.

Dwight Olson

Dwight T. ‘Swede’ Olson, age 70, passed away August 6, 2012. Beloved husband of Rochel (nee: Czenkus). Dear father of Michelle (Jeremy) Bileti and Sonya Barr. Proud grandfather of Julian Bileti and Easton Barr. Dear brother of Sonja Marotta. Survived by several nieces and nephews. Retired senior analyst from GM. Volunteer Harrison Twp. fireman for 26 years. Member of Oddfellows, F of E Aerie 1269, Mt. Clemens, Red Wing Motor Cycle Club, and Mariners. Funeral service with military honors by his nephew U.S. Navy Lt. Jamey Allen Hall at Lakeside Community Church, 33701 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48082 on Wednesday August 8, at 7 p.m. (gathering at 5:30 p.m.). 

Paul Perry

 Perry, Paul Allen. August 31, 2012. Age 66 of Taylor. Beloved husband of Marilyn. Loving father of Melissa (Chris) Van Fleet, Heather Perry and Marilyn (Earl) Stewart. Dear son of the late Clarence and Hilda. Dearest brother of the late Michael Clinton (Nancy) Perry. Also survived by grandchildren Jacquelyn, Alexis, Elric, Garion and Sylena. Paul will be deeply missed by family and friends. Memorial service will be held Saturday September 8, 2012 at Friendship Baptist Church 2071 Porter Lincoln Park, MI. Funeral service at 3pm, Repast (light fare) at 5pm and visitation with family at 6pm. 

Arv Mueller

Arvin F. Mueller, Age 71, of East Tawas, MI and formerly of Bloomfield Hills and Oxford, MI, died on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at his home. He was born on July 23, 1941 in Little Falls, NY to the late William and Sophie Mueller (nee Wagner) who were German immigrants. He spent his formative years growing up on a livestock farm in that community. Arv later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1965. He was a General Motors Corporation officer and the group Vice President responsible for GM Powertrain. He retired in 2001 with over 41 years of service. During his impressive career, Arv served on GM’s Automotive Strategy Board, North American Strategy Board, the board of directors of Saturn Corporation, the board of directors of the Fiat-GM Powertrain Joint Venture and that of Isuzu Motors Limited in Japan. He was also a founding member of the governing council of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. and the Board of Trustees for Kingsbury School in Oxford, MI. In addition, he served as GM’s key executive for Michigan State University. After retiring from General Motors, Arv served on the boards of the Questor Private Equity Fund and of Teksid Aluminum. He also provided management consulting services to Brunswick Corporation and 3M, in addition to advising PRTM, a leading management consulting firm. More recently, Arv served as Chairman of the Board at Bopp-Busch Manufacturing Company, where he was also a mentor. In September 2010, he was named the recipient of SAE International’s prestigious Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation. Finally, Arv was a founding member of the Board of Shared Solutions, a non-profit whose mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of our national public policy dialogues. He was an intellectual leader of the Board and a powerful mentor to its management team. Arv had numerous hobbies and a true zest for life and learning. He loved to restore old cars, trucks, jeeps, boats and canvas canoes. Arv was also an avid sportsman, often with his favorite black lab by his side. He especially enjoyed hunting, shooting sports and fly fishing. In addition to his many other interests, his creative talents also led him to become a skilled woodworker. Aside from East Tawas, Arv had two very special places in his life, the Turtle Lake Club in Hillman, MI and Brays Island Plantation in Sheldon, SC. Arv adored and was devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife Annette, whom he married on December 27, 1969 at Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas, MI, his sons Kyle (Erica) and Jay (Claudia), granddaughter Corinna, sisters-in-law, Phyllis Mueller and Martha Mueller and many nieces and nephews. To celebrate his indomitable spirit, amazing determination, remarkable kindness and passion for life, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 3:00 p.m. at Tawas United Methodist Church in Tawas City. 

George Bartz

 George Donald Bartz, age 78, of Clinton Township, Mich., and Apache Junction, Ariz. died September 12th 2012, in his home. Survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol (Kindt) Bartz. George was father to Brian (Vicki), Scott (Leslie), and Julie Day (Aki); grandfather to Heather Denman (Derek), Heidi, Lauren, Kaylee and Sean Patrick; great-grandfather to Aubree and Brantley. Upon George’s wishes, private services will be held.

Alvin Kaflik

Alvin Frank Kaflik, age 85, of Sterling Heights, died September 14, 2012. Loving husband of Gloria for 59 years. Dear father of David (Denise) and Kathy (Dan) Gauthier. Loving grandfather of Edward Freiwald, Lisa (Jeff) Scott, Eric Gauthier, Chris Kaflik and Carolyn Kaflik. Mr. Kaflik was retired from General Motors after 34 years of service. Alvin served in the United States Navy during World War ll. 

Norm Wilke

Wilke, Norman E., age 85, Sept. 19, 2012, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., and Fraser, Mich. Husband of Alice (Schmelzer), father of Carol (Jim) Crawford, and Steven (Sharon LeMieux). Grandfather of Jaclyn and Sean Wilke. Predeceased by son Michael (1975).A graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, he enlisted in the Navy at age 17 (1945). A 35-year employee of General Motors/Chevrolet Engineering, he also sang in various church and civic choruses, including the General Motors Employee’s Chorus and the Cumberland County Community Chorus. He enjoyed golf, bowling, square dancing, travel, and watching hockey. Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 28, from 4-9 p.m. at:Faulmann & Walsh Funeral Home 32814 Utica Rd, Fraser, Mich. Private internment at Cadillac Memorial Gardens. Memorial service at Christ Lutheran Church in Fairfield Glade, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m.

Joe Burke

Joseph Edward Burke of Macomb Township formerly of Roseville, died at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the age of 80 years. Joe was born on November 15, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of Joseph Chester and Agnes (nee Andrezejski) Burke. Joe proudly served his country in the United States Navy Reserves. On May 4, 1957, Joe married Marilyn Dembek at Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Detroit. He was a GM Superintendent at C.P.C. Engineering for 32 years before retiring on August 1, 1993. Joe volunteered for the Macomb Family Services for 11 years; McCrest Program for several years; and Macomb Ostomy Association. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church, Macomb and also taught 6th grade Catechism for 6 years. Joe was a Eucharistic Minister for Home Bound Seniors for 2 years and a member of CPC Men’s Club. He was a former member of John F. Kennedy  K of C Council; bowling leagues and golf leagues. Joe enjoyed fishing, golfing and bowling. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marilyn; son, Steven (Andra) Burke of Fort Gratiot; daughter, Sandra Burke of Roseville; grandsons, Ryan, Chad and Tyler; and great-grandson, Isiah. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Chester and Agnes (nee Andrezejski) Burke. A Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 18201 23 Mile Rd., Macomb with the Rev. Fr. Muma as celebrant. Inurnment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery at a later date. Visitation is on Tuesday, November 6 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hauss Funeral Home, 47477 Romeo Plank, Macomb (North of 21 Mile Road) with a 7 p.m. Rosary.

Fred Schaafsma

Fred Schaafsma He was not alone and he was very peaceful. On Monday, he conveyed that he just wanted to ‘slip away quietly’ And today, he did just that. This has been an incredibly long year for our family and we are relieved that the fight is over, that there is peace. We will continue to use CaringBridge as a means to communicate Memorial Service plans and details as we develop them. Finally, I can’t tell you that we have ‘lost’ an amazing man because, in truth, he is not at all lost. He will continue in each of our stories, thoughts, ideas and endeavors. There are no words to thank you for all your support on this journey. We have found, and will continue to find, strength in your words. Hugs, Adriane. A Memorial service will be held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Rd on Saturday, November 17 at 3 pm. Arrangements for a second service downstate are pending. We will post more details about both services as we confirm them.

John Vicary

John D. Vicary, 91, of Traverse City passed away Nov. 23, 2012 at Orchard Creek Skilled Nursing. Jack was born on Aug. 23, 1921 in Detroit to the late John and Mary Belle (Mills) Vicary. On April 5, 1947 Jack married Edna May McMillan in Windsor, Ontario. Together they have shared 65 years of marriage. Jack served honorably as a member of the United States Navy from 1944 to 1964. He served in the Battle of Okinawa and retired as lieutenant commander. Concurrent with his time in the service he was an engineer for Chevrolet. Jack retired in 1983 when he and Edna moved to Traverse City. In his spare time he loved fishing and boating. He enjoyed travelling to Canada for fishing trips and vacationing across the United States. He journeyed to all 50 states with the exception of Alaska. Jack is survived by his wife Edna; three daughters, Janis (Michael) Fitzgerald of Port Orchard, Wash., Marilynn Flynn of Alamogordo, N.M., Patricia (Todd Nelson) Vicary of Pleasanton, Calif.; brother Donald Vicary of Burlington, Ontario; grandson Tyler (Michelle) Martin of Kirkland, Wash., grandson Derek Nelson of Pleasanton, Calif., and great granddaughter Cecelia Martin of Kirkland, Wash. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert, son-in-law Michael Flynn and sister-in-law Shirley Vicary. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. with Rev. Becky Chamberlain leading the service of remembrance and military honors provided by Cherryland VFW Post #2780. Interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery.

Len Jones

JONES RICHARD LEONARD ‘LEN’ 88, of Farmington Hills, died suddenly December 5, 2012. Len is the beloved husband of 66 wonderful years to Joyce; devoted father of Rick (Kathy); grand-father of Keely (Ryan) Green, Lauren (Jason) Dinsmore and Beth Jones; and great- grandfather of Logan and Cullen. Sadly, Len was preceded in death by a son, Roger (Janet Johnson), in 1989; grandson, David; and brothers, Roy and Barry. Visitation Friday, December 7, 1-9 p.m. at the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Rd., (btw. 9-10 Mile Rds., just n. of Grand River), downtown Farmington (248-474-5200). Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. (in state 10 a.m.) at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, 29887 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Private interment Glen Eden, Livonia. Memorial gifts suggested to Nardin Park Church or North Farmington High School, 32900 W. 13 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, 48334, Attn: Cheryl Berling. heeney-sundquist.com

Hank Mitchell

Henry T. Mitchell, age 81 of Shelby Township, previously of Royal Oak and Troy, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012 at his winter home in Jensen Beach, Florida. He was born August 6, 1931 in Detroit to Henry Sr. and Anne Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell served our country proudly during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the GMI receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. He worked for General Motors for 30 years. After he retired, he enjoyed golfing 2-4 times a week. He also was a member of the Troy Elks Lodge. Most of all, he loved his family and spending time with them. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcia (1991) and his parents. Surviving him are his children, Thomas (Clare) Mitchell of Carbondale, Illinois, Larry Mitchell of East Lansing, and Linda (Rod) Phelps of Swansboro, NC; his sister Dolores (Ted) Bratta of Berkley; and grandchildren, Jennifer Mitchell, Grace Mitchell, Stacey Mitchell, Nathaniel Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell, Caitlin Phelps, and Ronald Phelps. The family will receive friends Friday 2-9 PM at the Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home, 2125 12 Mile Rd., Berkley (2 Blks. W. of Woodward). Funeral service will be Saturday 11:00 AM at the funeral home.
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