Mark B Williamson, 79, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Waltonwood Assisted Living Center in Rochester Hills. Mark was the beloved husband of Susan (Bitzer) for 55 years; devoted father of Sheryl (Jim) Knoll, Jill (Michael) Edwards, and Chris (Amber) Williamson; loving grandfather to Michael, Allison, Andrea, Sarah, and Jasmine; caring brother of John (Cindy) Williamson, and Anne Williamson; supportive uncle, cousin, coworker, and friend to many. Mark was preceded in death by his parents. Mark was born the son of Stanley William and Merle Blackmar Williamson on May 15, 1940, and grew up in Huntington Woods, MI. Mark spent his time cruising Woodward or working on his personally customized 1950 Ford Club Coupe, before graduating from Berkley High School in 1958. He went on to General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) where he earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and later his M.B.A. from Wayne State University. Throughout his 41-year career with General Motors Mark worked as an engineer in many different capacities before assuming the position of Engineering Group Manager in 1991. Outside of work, Mark loved spending time with family, taking many trips or working on projects at home. He had a passion for golf and was a member of a golf league for many years. He especially enjoyed the last years when he and his son were partners. When it wasn’t golf season, Mark bowled on a bowling league. Mark also liked pickleball, playing the piano, classic cars, and model trains. As an active member of University Presbyterian Church, he served as an Elder along with many other roles. Further, he was the lifetime president of the Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity. After retiring in 1999, Mark and Sue traveled with the Nomads to Scotland, Germany, Alaska, and Colorado.
The family will welcome friends for a memorial gathering on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 1385 S. Adams Rd in Rochester Hills with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made in Mark’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association or University Presbyterian Church.
William I. Mittel, 92, of Stuart, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Treasure Coast Hospice Hay-Madeira House, Stuart. He was born November 8, 1927, in Detroit, MI, the son of the late James L. and Caroline (Geschke) Mittel. He was a long time resident of the Detroit area, moving to Stuart over 30 years ago. Mr. Mittel was a Navy veteran, having served during WWII in the Pacific Theatre and the Korean Crisis. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a Senior Designer for General Motors. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jean (Wagner) Mittel of Stuart and a daughter, Susan. Service will be announced at a later date. Aycock Funeral Home Young and Prill Chapel, 6801 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, is assisting the family. Donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997
Paul E. Hitch, 103, passed away March 7, 2020 at home after a short illness. He was born March 2, 1917 in Indianapolis, IN, the son of Lulu and Otis Hitch. He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred Creamer Hitch, after 69 happy years and his sister, Clarice Hitch Main. He is survived by his son, Douglas Hitch and his wife, Jill Hitch of St. Petersburg, FL; two nieces and two nephews, Marcia (David) Wasserman, Lynn (Ponny) Manuel, Stan (Doris Manek) Main and George “Buddy” (Bobbie) Blake Jr. He graduated from General Motors Institute in 1939 and attended the Harvard Advanced Management program in 1964. He continued with General Motors until 1978 where he retired as the Director of Engineering for Vauxhall Motors in Luton, England after having been the Chief Engineer of Chevrolet Truck for many years. Paul and Mildred moved to The Landings in 1978 and then to The Marshes in 2007. They were charter members of the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church. He was a WW II veteran having served in the Navy from 1943 until 1946.His family thanks his friend, Ruth Knutson and dear friends, Rod and Ann Walker for their friendship and support the last few years. Also, want to thank the staff at The Marshes and Oaks for their support. The funeral service will be private. Remembrances: Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411.
Ronald J. King Age 83. April 7, 2020.Beloved husband of Mary for 32 years. Father of Laura Wolf, Ron King Jr., Steven Davis and the late David Davis. Grandfather of Ryan Davis, Steven King, Dylan King, Janice Nicole, Sarah, Jena and Jared. Brother of the late Edward King Jr. and the late Beverly (Jack) Coburn. Uncle of Maryanne, Danny and John Coburn. Also survived by many cousins and many many friends. Interment was in Resurrection Cemetery. A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Ron can be made to: SHIRLEY GIVES BACK (A charity to help families with expenses when a loved one is terminally ill) C/O Jessica Oliver. 27768 Starling Lane, Flat Rock , MI 48134
Donald R. Whiteside, 92, a long-time resident of Warren, Michigan, passed away on April 14, 2020. He was born in Gary, Indiana to Paul and Dorothy Whiteside, and was married for 56 years to his loving wife, Judy. Don worked for the GM Chevrolet Motor Division in Warren and retired after 39+ years of dedicated service. He was a WWII veteran serving in the US Army at age 18. Don enjoyed volunteering and offered his time to many different organizations. He was a life member of Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club and coached their junior rifle team for many years, traveling around the country for competitions. As a life member at Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress, he also contributed years of service to teaching youth as the DNR Hunters Education Chairman and Instructor. One of Don’s proudest achievements for 20+ years was volunteering and bringing junior shooting teams to represent Michigan at the annual National Marksmanship Championships at Camp Perry in Ohio. He was also involved with Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Chevrolet Engineering Retirees Club, DSC Campground, and together with his family fostered and raised puppies for the Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Don was a huge sports fan from hunting and fishing to football, baseball and basketball. Whether he was participating in them, reading about them in magazines, or watching them on television, he enjoyed them all. He is survived by his wife, Judy, children – Debbie (Keith) Stough, Nancy (Ronnie) Mastrogiovanni and Ron Whiteside, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is predeceased by his sister Karen (Spencer) Decker and his granddaughter. Don will be laid to rest at a later date in the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.
James (Bud) Budzynowski passed away on May 29, 2020 at the age of 79 in Troy, Michigan. He was born on June 16, 1940 to Ned and Sophie Louise (Czaczkowski) in Hamtramck. Loving husband of Christina (Swieczkowski). Dear father of Julie (William) Merkle, James N. Budzynowski, Kristina (Timothy) Palmer and Jeffrey (Lalainia) Budzynowski. Dear grandfather of Matthew, Sara, Emily, Michael, Kyle, Andrew, Jessica and Sophie. Dear brother of the late Mitchell (Marcie) Budzynowski and brother in law of the late Shirley Ann (the late Richard) Helmick. He was a devoted family man and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting up-north. He attended all family events and had an infectious and loud laugh. He was an active member of St. Isidore Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He was a Navy veteran. Visitation on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Wasik Funeral Home, Inc., 49150 Schoenherr Rd. (N. of 22 Mile Rd.) Shelby Twp. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 10 a.m at St. Isidore Catholic Church at 18201 23 Mile Rd. (Corner of 23 Mile Rd. and Romeo Plank) Macomb Township. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Isidore Knights of Columbus, council #7200.
John A. Juriga will always be remembered for his wonderful spirit, energy and his devotion to his family. John died May 31, 2020. He was 90 years old, born April 15, 1930 in Detroit, MI to John and Theresa Juriga. He attended Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic School and Denby High School before completing his education at Wayne State University. John then served admirably in the United States Navy before being honorably discharged in 1959.John loved music. In his younger years, he played a Cordovox accordion in a band for Polka weddings. He loved life, and could be just as boisterous and enthusiastic as his music. John enjoyed a loyal 44-year career as an automotive engineer at General Motors. He loved being on the cutting edge of technology and was known for the first implementation of CAD (Computer Aided Design) which revolutionized the Automotive industry. He retired as a Chief Designer. He was an inspiration and mentor to many. John was an avid investor but without a doubt, the most important investment and legacy was his family, which would grow to include five children and ten grandchildren. Everything he worked for and accomplished was for them and their benefit. He loved spending time with his family at their cottage in West Branch, MI. Always busy with a project, he spent many an hour building, repairing and creating. He was a jack of all trades and was handy at many things. When he wasn’t pursuing his latest project, he enjoyed time with his children and grandkids. He loved boat rides, sunsets and conversations with family. He loved being outdoors and could often be found planting and gardening, and working outside. Faith was a central aspect of John’s life. He was an active parishioner at St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church for almost 50 years. John will dearly be missed. He was the beloved husband of Elaine for 61 years. Loving father of Susan Merner (John), John (Lisa), James, Duane (Kathleen), and Dean (Anita). Devoted Grandfather of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Michael, Robert, Emily, Grace, Stephanie, and Nicholas. Dear brother of Martha Menzie. Family will receive friends Thursday 5-8pm at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Rd. (btw Maple & Big Beaver), Troy, 248-362-2500. Funeral mass Friday 10am at St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church, 2215 Opdyke Rd., Bloomfield Hills. Memorial tributes to Lifespan and St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church.
Thebert Alan Wilbert, P.E., age 84 of Rochester Hills, passed away July 4, 2020. Loving husband of Elizabeth Ann Thebert, dear father of Timothy Thebert and William (Jamie Crump) Thebert. Cherished grandfather of Emily (Chris) Clarke. Great grandfather of Claire, Declan, and Liam Clarke. Brother of the late Mary Elizabeth Thebert, the late James (the late Virginia) Thebert, the late Glenn (the late Jarriette) Thebert, the late Robert (the late Anne) Thebert, the late Hoylande Ann (Stanley) Sokalski, the late Constance (the late Roy) Sutherland, Linda (the late Lawrence Czajka) Anthony Marchio, Margaret (Charles) Sahlin and the late Laurence (Frances) Thebert. Alan graduated from Cass Tech High School and GMI (Kettering). He was a Professional Engineer. Funeral Mass, Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:00 am with an instate time of 10:30 am at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Inurnment Guardian Angel Cemetery. Memorials in Alan’s name may be made to the Alan Thebert Scholarship Endowment at Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) in Flint, MI. Online guest book at www.modetzfuneralhomes.com
Jonas, John Martin October 14, 2020 Age 80. Beloved husband of the late Mary Ann (nee Kaczmarek). Loving father of Kevin Jonas, the late Kim (Mark) Skarvi and Kelly (Todd) Vierk. Proud grandfather of Samantha, Brittany, Melissa (Mark), Travis (Connie) and great grandfather of Vince, Hudson and Scarlett. Memorial Visitation Tues. 3-8 pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc. (Shelby Twp.) 54880 Van Dyke @ 25 Mile Rd. K of C Rosary Tues. 7:00 pm. Memorial Gathering Wed. 10:30 am until 11;00 am time of Memorial Mass at St. Kieran Church 53600 Mound Rd. (Bet. 24 & 25 Mile Rd.) Memorials to. Private inurnment at Guardian Angel Cemetery, Oakland Twp.