2019

IN MEMORIAM

Fred Turek

TUREK, Fred, Jr.Age 77. Passed away January 21, 2019 after losing his short battle with cancer. Fred was born in Clarkston, MI to Fred Sr. and Hazel (Allen) Turek. Fred is survived by his loving wife, Carol, of nearly 52 years along with his daughter Melissa (Scott) Pinar, Son Rick (Jody) Turek, his grandchildren; Ethan, Ava, and Will along with his siblings; Susan Peterson & Mike Turek. After his retirement from General Motors, Fred Spent his time as an avid golfer and wood-smith. A celebration of life ceremony will be held in the springtime. In lieu of flowers or donations, please practice Fred’s motto, “Be a helpful neighbor and friend to those around you”. 

Bill Peters

PETERS, William. J., (Bill) March 9, 2019 Age 88. Beloved husband of the late Sandra (2012). Loving father of Sharon (Leroy) Cadwalder, Barbara (Dan) Rathka, Thomas Peters, and Carol Ann (Craig) Whitmore. Proud grandfather of Kevin, Caitlin, Taylor, Olivia, Violet, and Rex. Also survived by his dear brother of Frederick. Visitation Wednesday 3-9pm with a 7pm Rosary service at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile Rd). Funeral Thursday instate 9:30am at St. Hubert Catholic Church 38775 Prentiss (Btw Jefferson & Crocker) until time of Mass 10am. Inurnment Great Lakes National Cemetery. 

Pat Suhy

SUHY, Patrick Joseph Sr. &(Pat). April 1, 2019. Age 85. Beloved husband of Diane (nee: Haas) for 61 years. Loving father of Patrick (Pat) Suhy Jr. (Debbie), Sloan Bayer (Greg), Brian Suhy (Carrie) and the late Jean Suhy. Proud and loving grandfather of Michael, Sarah, Caleb, Erin, Cole, Evan and Drew. Predeceased by 1 brother and 3 sisters. Pat proudly served in the United States Army and retired from General Motors in 1998 after 42 years of service. He enjoyed working at Romeo Golf Course after retirement and liked to boat, fish, golf, play cards and bowl. Visitation Saturday 12:30pm until time of 5pm memorial service at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Memorial contributions to the COPD Foundation are appreciated. 

Dick Gray

Dick Gray passed away May 31, 2019 at the age of 79. Dick worked for Chevrolet Engineering for 39 years. Loving husband of Kathy for 39 years. Beloved father Wendy Raskin (Larry), Leslie Gray and Steve Gray (Marina). Devoted grandfather of Joseph, Samantha, Trevor, Adam, Chloe, Chase, and Aiden. Family will receive friends from 3-8pm on Friday, June 7, at A.J. Desmond and Sons Price Chapel, 3725 Rochester Rd., Troy (between Big Beaver and Wattles). Funeral Service Saturday 10am in the Funeral Home. Visitation on Saturday, June 8, begins at 9:30am. Family prefers memorial tributes to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

Chuck Nusser

Charles M. Nusser of Wolverine Lake was born August 12, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. He died May 16, 2019 at the age of 88.Mr. Nusser is the beloved husband of 63 years to the late Gloria A. Nusser (d. 2016). Loving father of David Nusser and Donna (Andrew) Blevins.Mr. Nusser attended St. Vincent grade school and graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1948. He joined the Navy after high school and served on the USS Shannon and had maneuvers with the Battleship Missouri. He was able to visit England, France and Cuba. After his discharge he joined the Air National Guard where his he maintained fighter jets. Upon the start of the Korean War his group was sent to Luke Air Force Base in Tempe, Arizona. When his term was over he returned to Detroit and lived in his mother’s rooming house where he met the love of his life, Gloria. They dated and married in 1953. They lived in apartments at first and then bought a house in Wolverine Lake where they went on to live for 44 years. Chuck worked at the Chevrolet Division of GM for 30 years as a body draftsman and was promoted to Senior Design Engineer. After his retirement in 1987 he worked for Saturn for 4 years and was head of his engineering group. He retired a second time in 1991.The family spent winters at their condo in Naples, Florida. They also visited New England and took a cruise to the Bahamas. He and his wife loved to entertain and had many family gatherings. Funeral mass from St. William Catholic Church, 531 Common Street Walled Lake, Tuesday 10 AM (In State 9:30 AM). Friends may visit Lynch and Sons Funeral Home, 340 North Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, (3 Blocks South of Maple Rd.) Monday 4-9 PM. Memorials to Angela Hospice appreciated.

Leon VanEden

Leon F. VanEden died September 2, 2019. He was 82 years old. Leon was born on October 15, 1936 in Detroit to parents, Martha DeLeeuw and Frank VanEden Leon married the love of his life, JoAnn Groth on April 14, 1956; a marriage that would span 63 years. Leon worked as a project engineer for General Motors and retired after 63 years. He received the Boss Kettering Award, helped design the GM Avalanche, and was a part of four different patents. Aside from work, Leon enjoyed hunting, traveling, and spending summers up north at his family cottage. He will be greatly missed. Leon is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, JoAnn and his loving children, Lee (April) VanEden and David VanEden. He is also survived by his cherished grandson, Garrett, his dear sister, Mary Louise (Richard) Polanecki, his niece, Lynn (Tom) Crowell, and his cousin, Ed (Helen) VanRossen.Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 1368 N. Crooks Road, Clawson, Michigan (Between 14-15 Mile Roads) on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 4-8pm.

Al Bederka

Albert Paul Bederka, age 89, of Madison Heights, passed away September 5, 2019. Beloved husband of Mary Ruth (née Scanlon). Loving father of the late Christopher, the late James (Lori), Robert (Penny), John, Cheryl (David) Zablocki, and Nancy (Troy) Cooprider. Dear grandfather to eleven and great-grandfather to eight. Visitation Friday, September 13, 2 – 8 p.m. (Scripture Service 7:00) at Wm. Sullivan and Son Funeral Home, 705 W. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak (4 blocks E. of Woodward). Funeral Mass Saturday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. (9:30 in-state) at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 581 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson. Interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

Osh Torosian

I wanted to inform the retiree club that my father Ashod (Osh) Torosian passed away on October 13. He was 97 years old. While he wasn’t able to attend any of the luncheons this year, I can say that he thoroughly enjoyed the luncheons in the past and would always look forward to seeing his former Chevrolet Engineering co-workers. He would recount stories of his time at Chevy as if they had just happened, and had wonderful memories of his time there. In sorting out some of my dad’s belongings I have come across some pictures of my dad and others from Chevrolet. When I get a minute I will forward as they might be of interest to others in the group and could possibly go in the newsletter Janice Torosian

Larry Lang

LANG, LAWRENCE W. of Ortonville, Michigan; died on October 20, 2019. He was 82. Born on August 26, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Wallace and Josephine (nee: Gottlieb) Lang. He married the former Trina Madsen on August 20, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Trina Lang; five children, Catherine Lang, Gregory (Terrie) Lang, Laura (David) Lang Coogle, Kenneth (Michelle) Lang and Karen (Dianne) Lang; two sisters, Jean (Robert) Rooyakker and Marilyn (Albert) Schaller; also survived by eight grandchildren. Larry retired as an engineer from General Motor in 1999. He was one of the founding members of the Brandon Wood Club and a member of the Christian Life Community. After retirement he volunteered his time as a mentor for Detroit Cristo Rey High School in Southwest Detroit. Mass of the Resurrection will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2019 at St. Anne Catholic Church 825 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville. Fr. Gerard Frawley-Celebrant. Final resting place will be Ortonville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE 135 South Street, Ortonville or after 10:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Focus Hope or Detroit Cristo Rey High School. 

Jim Herbold

Jim Herbold
James Henry Herbold, son of the late Edward Herbold and Mary Ellen Woods Herbold, was born October 11, 1951 in Thayer, Missouri and departed this life on Nov 9, 2019 in Shelby Township, Michigan at the age of 68 years. He is survived by one sister, Mary Ellen Rucker and her husband, Jerry, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and two brothers, August Herbold and his wife, Dorothy, of Thayer, Missouri, and John Herbold and his wife, Penny, of Jacksonville, Arkansas. A niece Martha Washam and husband Mike, two nephews John Herbold Jr and wife Kim, and Jason Herbold and wife Micki, along with many great-nephews, great-nieces, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Herbold and Ellen Herbold. He was a graduate of Thayer High School and University of Missouri, Rolla. He was a dedicated employee of General Motors as a design engineer for around 35 years. After retirement from General Motors, he stayed in Michigan. His hobbies included Corvettes and classic cars, car shows, and model car clubs. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Thayer with Father Shoby officiating. The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Friday evening, November 22nd from 6-8 PM. Interment will be in Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

Jack Turner

Jack Wellington Turner Jr., age 81, of Commerce Township, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 28, 1938 in Fort Riley, Kansas and grew up in the Adirondacks with a love of downhill skiing. He has now finished his time with us, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife of nearly 60 years and his family as he departed this life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Col. Jack Wellington Turner Sr. and Jean (Raymond), and his sister, Shirley (Robert) Stomierowski. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca (Pryor) Turner, whom he married on December 25, 1959. In addition, he is survived by his daughter, Dawn (Thomas) Pfaff, and son, Lance (Melissa) Turner. He was also blessed with his grandchildren Adam (Samantha) Pfaff, Emily (Matthew) Blanford, Sydney Gene Turner and Cameron Wellington Turner, as well as his great granddaughter, Mona Mara Pfaff. He is also survived by his sister, Brooke (Michael) Watson of San Diego, California. He retired from General Motors as Technical Director Development & Test NAO MCD, but continued to be available via his Nextel, as most know. With his wife, Becky, and many supporting friends, he cultivated an equestrian estate into Wellington Acres, which acts as the Commerce Proving Grounds for backhoes, tractors, and past/present GM products. He was an audiophile and loved target shooting, corn roasts, feeding the birds, and all things Apple and Amazon. His true joy was spending time with his great and grand children and their parents. He was a phenomenal role model to many and always found the best friends and neighbors to share in his life. At his request, there will be a private memorial service in late December. His burial will take place at Milford Memorial Cemetery, Milford, MI. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 / 1-800-805-5856.

Patty Jo Dahmen

Patty Jo Dahmen, age 67, passed away December 23, 2019.Patty was the loving daughter of Rita and the late Joseph Dahmen; dear sister of the late Jerry Dahmen, Kathy (Frank) Brabenec, and Michael (Denise) Dahmen; devoted aunt of Mark, Paul, Julie, Sheri (Joseph), Stacey (Kevin), Christopher, and the late Joseph William; and proud great-aunt of Samantha, Jessica, Jason, Joseph, Matthew, Nico, Arielle, Aidan, Amelia, and Alayna. Patty was a graduate of the Detroit College of Business, fulfilling a dream of hers. She was also a hard worker. She was an executive secretary for General Motors. She retired from the Warren Tech Center after working for about 25 years at GM. Patty would help anyone, if she could. Her specialty was in communication with others. She gave good council, was a great listener, she never judged you, and was generous and giving with her time and energy. Patty loved the joy of playing music, she played the organ for many years. She had an affinity for music and collected music boxes. Above all she just loved talking to other people. Having people in her life that she could talk to gave her a purpose and brought her a distinct kind of joy. A memorial service will be held for Patty on Saturday, January 18, family and friends are welcome to gather starting at 10:00 a.m. with the service starting at 11:00 a.m. at David Wysocki Funeral Home, 29440 Ryan Road in Warren, Michigan. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to a charity of your choice.
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