It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph E. Heck, Jr. of Rochester Hills, MI (formerly of Warren, MI), announces his peaceful passing at the age of 99.
Joe will be lovingly remembered as an outstanding father to his seven children â€“ Darlene (Phil) Goy, Kathy (Gary) Seraphinoff, Linda (Rich) Squire, Joseph (Brenda), Janice (Scott) Seidell, Larry (Carla), and Leslie.Â He was a devoted grandfather of fifteen and great grandfather of fourteen.Â He will also be missed by his dear sister, Marie, and his many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends.Â Joe is preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley, and his brother Paul. Â Joe was born in 1921 in Detroit, MI, to Joseph and Caroline Heck.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines during World War II.Â In 1950 he married Shirley and had a 30-year career at General Motors in vehicle engineering.Â He enjoyed 33 years in retirement, keeping active and volunteering his time and talents at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church and Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital.Â He was known in his neighborhood for his daily walks, regardless of inclement weather.Â Joe was active in a Warren senior tennis group and continued his daily workouts at the Warren Community Center until the age of 96.
He will always be remembered for his devout Catholic faith, beaming smile, easy laugh, and hearty appetite on display at the large family gatherings he presided over.Â His encouraging words and sincere expression of love for his family will be felt and cherished forever.
Instate Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:30 am until time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 31555 Hoover Road, Warren, MI.
Vito (Bill) Messina, age 82 of Sterling Heights, passed peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, January 17, 2021. He was born January 16, 1939 in Detroit, son of the late Andrea and Maria Messina.
Beloved husband of Josie (nee Gerardi) and the late Josephine (nee Maiorana). Loving father of Andrew Messina and Marisa (John) Baginski. Dearest grandfather of Debbie (David) DeCoster and Alyssa Baginski, and great grandfather of Benjamin and Reagan. Brother of Tony (Joyce) Messina; preceded in death by his siblings, Jack (Lori) Messina. Brother-in-law of Marian Taylor and Daniela (Joe) Luna. Son-in-law of Pina (late Nino) Gerardi. Beloved uncle to many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Vito graduated from Denby High School and in 1962, married the late Josephine Maiorana, and moved to Ft. Benning, Georgia to serve in the United States Army.
After serving in the Army, Vito returned to Michigan and started working for General Motors (GM) in 1965, where he worked as an engineer and enjoyed solving problems. He spent much of his free time working at home in his garage as a mechanic, fixing cars for many family members and friends.
In 1997, Josephine passed away from her battle with cancer. He found love again and married Josie Gerardi in 2000. In 2002, he retired from GM after 37 years of dedicated service.
He enjoyed cars, photography, ice cream, the Detroit Tigers, bowling, golfing, doing word searches, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, and being outdoors. His eyes lit up at the sight of his great-grandchildren, and he adored their interest in the stories of his life. He also loved spending time at the cottage he built in Lake George, where he could be found grooming his property on his John Deere tractor or tinkering with his precious 1986 Monte Carlo SS.
The longevity of Vito’s life is credited to his loving wife, Josie, who tirelessly cared for him throughout their marriage and especially throughout his battle with kidney disease. Josie was his cheerleader and his constant caregiver, many times at the expense of her own health.
Private family visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass on Friday, January 22 at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church, 4571 John R., Troy, Michigan. He will lie in state at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.
HAHN, Charles. January 28, 2021. Age 86. Beloved husband of the late Jane. Dearest father of Sally (Norm) Bristow, Steven (Rose), and Stuart. Loving grandfather of Kyle, and Matthew (Nicole). Proud and loving great grandfather of Catherine. Cherished brother of Bill, Rita, and Pauline. Adored son of the late William and the late Elsie. Instate 9:45am at St Louis Parish, 24415 Crocker Blvd, Clinton Twp. until time of 10am Mass. In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are appreciated. Please share memories with the family at their “On-Line Guestbook” @ WujekCalcaterra.com
Verne Siegfried of Grand Blanc, formerly of Royal Oak, passed away on February 19, 2021, at the age of 95. Verne was the beloved husband of
Barbara (Hemmen) and father of Gale LeDuc, Mark Siegfried, Kurt Siegfried, Karl (Kathy) Siegfried, Eric Siegfried and grandfather to Lisa
(John) Bennett & 2 great-granddaughters. Cremation has taken place
Ed Floyd had died, at age 89. Ed was a Specification Analyst. He started at Chevrolet Engineering and retired (after 40 years) from Truck Engineering. He was still living in Texas since his GM retirement.
He was a former Navy Submarine Torpedo Mate, avid Photographer and strong supporter of GM
John (“Jack”) Metevier, age 89 of Troy, Michigan passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in his home with his family by his side.
John is survived by wife Ruth Metevier, daughter Sharron (Wayne “Kip”) Webster and son Gregory Metevier; also survived by his four grandchildren Kira Webster, Blossom Metevier, Andre Webster, and Samantha Metevier, two sisters Mary (the late Roland) Antil and Anne (Steve) Hunnicutt, and nephews, nieces, step-family members and friends.
John was preceded in death by his beloved son Lawrence Metevier. He was also preceded in death by his parents Francis J. and Lucille Metevier, and his brothers James, Thomas, and Michael. John graduated from Mackenzie High School (Detroit) and was a veteran of the Korean War. He attended the Lawrence Institute of Technology and the Chrysler Institute of Engineering preparing for a lifelong career in automotive industry.
John started his career with body drafting in various job shops prior to joining General Motors. After moving into Design Engineering, John went to Australia to be a Lead Engineer. At the conclusion of the program, he returned to the Chevrolet Engineering as a Design Supervisor. Afterward, John managed the new Corvette body program with Detroit Industrial Engineering. He retired after 30 years at General Motors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).
Kenneth Eugene (Gene)Hewitt was born on February 26, 1927 in the town of Richmond, Indiana to Donald and Mary Hewitt. He was the first of five children. He has always been proud to be a Hoosier.
He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific. He attained the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the American Legion.
Ken (as he was known to friends and coworkers) worked for General Motors at the Tech Center for 28 years. He worked his way up the ladder to 8th level Systems Analyst. He retired at age 55.
Gene (as he was known to family) had his bride Virginia by his side for 73 years. Amazing. They had two children Melodie (Lyle) Conley and Merrie Anne (Wayne) Kassab. He was a doting grandpa to Tracy, Michele, Nicole and Stefanie. He was also a great-grandfather to Zoey, Zane, Emilia and Luke Kenneth.
Gene loved playing golf, but never quite forgave Virginia for getting that hole-in-one. Together they played more than 100 golf courses. He also enjoyed playing cards and was still playing euchre until six weeks ago. He loved reading mysteries, music (Johnny Cash was his favorite along with Leonard Cohen). He instilled the love of musicals in his daughters who in turn passed it down to his grandkids. He was a pool shark and liked to bowl.
Gene attributed his longevity to a glass of Merlot wine and a piece of dark chocolate each evening.
George Wayne Oliver; age 78 of Rochester Hills, formerly of Mesick and raised in Hazel Park. Passed on March 16, 2021. Beloved husband of Margaret Metcalf Oliver and the late Barbara S. Oliver; brother of Gail (Joel) Ozment, the late Sue Kuck, and the late Shirley Pitlock; loving father of Matthew Oliver, Charlotte Oliver, Guy Oliver, Denise (Dale) LePage, Daniel Metcalf, and the late Lehia Byrne; proud papa of Elizabeth (Ryan) Byrne-Porterfield, Hope Lawrence, Ashley Lawrence, Daniel (Lindsay) Oliver, Tim MacLean, Garrett (Shayna) Metcalf, Drew Metcalf and the late Samantha Byrne; great-grandpa of Damion Byrne, Dolan Byrne, Landon Metcalf and Liam Metcalf; brother-in-law of Gary Durham and Mark (Debbie) Durham; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
George was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an engineer at the GM Tech Center and retired after 35 years. George was a terrific storyteller, and no challenge was too big, even single handily building his own log home. He loved to bowl and the outdoors.
A public visitation will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2021 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. A private funeral and burial will take place. Interment White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. Suggested memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, The Wounded Warrior Project, or charity of donor’s choice.
Born on Jan 27, 1929 in Detroit, MI. Departed on April 7, 2021 and resided in Rochester Hills, MI. Frederick John Kneisler was a man of principle and commitment. With these characteristics, he led his family, fulfilled numerous challenging job assignments at General Motors, counseled cherished friends, and served in a variety of charitable organizations. All who knew Fred also knew he was a “straight shooter” — calling it like it was. You always knew where you stood with him! Fred died peacefully at Beaumont Troy Hospital on April 7, 2021, with his son, David, at his side. Fred was born on January 27, 1929 in Detroit, MI to Frederick and Lena Kneisler. He graduated from Cass Technical High School and then went on to receive a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University. Fred met Carol Elliott in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. While driving down a wet street one afternoon, Fred drove through a puddle, splashing Carol. He stopped to apologize, and the rest is history! Fred and Carol went on to get married on March 24, 1951, and they just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at their home in Rochester Hills where Carol still resides. Fred was father to four children. Together with Carol, they raised Patricia, David, Karen, and Robert. Fred was grandfather to Allison and Steven, and he and his brother Bill shared a special bond their entire lives. Fred had multiple career opportunities after graduating from Michigan Tech. He chose General Motors where he went to work as an engineer in Chevrolet’s Aviation Engine group with a starting salary of $300 per month (which he shrewdly negotiated up from an offer of $275!) Through his 36 years with the company, he served in many capacities with increasing responsibilities. He retired in 1987, and then enjoyed a retirement nearly as long as his career. Golfing, tennis, motorcycling, and skiing were all pursuits Fred enjoyed throughout his life, but fishing on Lake St. Helen was a life-long passion. Fred also derived great satisfaction for many years by assisting other senior citizens with taxes and Medicare enrollments and questions. Fred and Carol have planned to hold a joint memorial service after they both have passed, so there will not be a memorial service at this time. Memorial donations may be sent to the Michigan Technological University General Fund, or to the Beaumont Health Foundation. A.J. Desmond & Sons, (248) 549-0500.
Allen Farner lost his long battle with cancer and died Monday April 12. He was 80 years old. Allen and I started work at Chevrolet Engineering Center, in the early 1960’s, as Messengers in the Specification Department. Allen working in all aspects of Specification for 37 years. He then transferred to Chevrolet Sales/Advertisement for 13 years, the department he retired from. After retirement Allen moved to South Carolina.
Allen was an ardent Hot Rod builder and enthusiast for his entire life. One of his last comments to me was ‘this is the first Detroit Autorama Hot Rod Show he would miss since it started’!!!
Attached is a photo of Allen in 1989 in front of a protype ZR1 Corvette.
Obituary for Antonina Leach
Antonia was called home to heaven on May 7, 2021. She was born on October 18, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan to Italian immigrant parents, Michele and Giovanna Isca. She was the first of her sisters, Marcella, Rose, and Margaret to graduate High School, Northeastern High class of 1942. From there she began working at General Motors in the Fisher Building until her marriage in October 1943. In later years, she resumed he career with GM at the Tech Center in Warren, for a total of 21 years of service. She remained active in the retirees club, organizing numerous functions.
Antonia became a member at Trinity Lutheran after moving to Sterling Heights in 1995 and attended faithfully when her health permitted. She lead a very active lifestyle, traveling frequently with friends and family. Her interests included ballroom dancing, bowling, golf, and cooking! She loved entertaining, hosting many dinners for neighbors, friends, and holidays.
In addition to her husband John, she was preceded in death by her son Richard (Debby). She leaves behind her son Gary and daughter Janet (Bill) Daniels, six grandchildren; John (Kristen) Leach, Raelene Parker, Andy (Alicia) Leach, Jody (Zaven) Altounian, Cory (Nicole) Leach and Kara (Matt) Powers and 12 great-grandchildren; Natalie Leach, Darien Parker, Ethan Leach, Daniel Leach, Adeline Leach, Stepan Altounian, Alex Altounian, Emineh Altounian, Owen Leach, Hailey Leach, Ella Powers and Nora Powers, and one great-great-grandchild; Violet Parker.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021 with paying of respects at 10:30 a.m., service begins at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 45160 Van Dyke (NE corner of Hall Road/M59 and Van Dyke), Utica, Michigan 48317. Those desiring may make a contribution to the Make a Wish Foundation or Feeding America. Due to Covid concerns, socially distanced seating will be observed and masks are required. Please share a memory at www.SullivanFuneralDirectors.com
I am sad to report the passing of Sam Cline on Thursday July 8, 2021. Sam had returned from U of M Hospital for a treatment and passed in his sleep. His sister was with him.
A viewing is scheduled for Monday at 11:30 AM at Wujek Calcaterra Funeral Home at 25 Mile and Van Dyke with a memorial service to follow.
Obituary for Ronald Joyce
Ronald Joyce, age 84, resident of Shelby Township, passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Troy, Michigan
Born December 22, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan. Ron spent over 35 years with General Motors as an Automotive Designer. He loved to camp, fishing, and most of all skeet shooting at the North Macomb Sportsman Club.
Beloved husband of 56 years to Joyceann Joyce (nee Thompson). Loving father of Timothy (Teri) Joyce, and Pam (Gary) Turner. Proud grandfather of Megan Joyce, Shannon Joyce, Maddie Turner, and Emma Turner. Ron will be deeply missed by his loving pets- Mandy, Snickers, and, Sammy.
Visitation at the Wm Sullivan and Son Funeral Home 8459 Hall Road (3 Blks E. of Van Dyke) Utica Tuesday, July 20 from 2-8 pm.
Instate 10 am Wednesday, July 21 at Utica United Methodist Church 8650 Canal Rd. Sterling Heights, until time of service 11 am.
Interment Cadillac Memorial Gardens East Cemetery Clinton Township, Michigan
Family request donations to National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Inc. 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Or, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.stjude.org/tribute
Please share a memory at www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com
Raymond (Ray)Thomas Miller, 87, of Holly, passed away on July 14, 2021. Raymond was born in Detroit, Michigan to Arthur and Elizabeth (Lennert) Miller on November 13, 1933, the eldest of 5 siblings. Ray worked for 30 years at General Motors. After retirement he worked for Saturn, then Pontiac Truck and Bus.
Ray is survived by his wife Elizabeth “Betty” (Kuczmarski) Miller; his children: Cynthia (Eugene) Andrews, Yvonne Rockman, and Thomas (Laura) Miller; his brother Arthur Miller, sister Elaine (Dale) Jorden, and sisters-in-law Bess Miller and Pat Miller. He was preceded in death by his twin brothers James and Ronald.
Ray is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Aaron Rockman, Justin (Katie) Andrews, Emily Andrews, Nathan Andrews, and Thomas Joseph (TJ) Miller; 2 great-grandsons: Bentley and Oliver Andrews, as well as many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Ray served in the US Army and was stationed in Hawaii in the mid 1950’s. Upon returning home, he married his beautiful wife Betty on April 19, 1958. They enjoyed 63 years together. Ray was a loving husband and father who enjoyed family trips, family get-togethers and many hobbies. He especially enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren every summer when they came to visit.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Wed. July 21, 2021 at St. Rita Catholic Church of Holly with Father David Blazek, Celebrant. Military Honors and burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Visitation will be from 3-9 PM Tues. at the Dryer Funeral Home, Holly.
Obituary for Chester Sych
Chester Thomas Sych, 89, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully from congestive heart failure on Sunday, June 20, 2021, surrounded by his children at his home on Old Mission Peninsula.
Chester was born on July 8, 1931, in Detroit, MI, to the late Chester Jacob and Irene Catherine (Zagacki) Sych. He graduated from St. Stanislaus High School in 1950 and served honorably in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War.
Chester married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Judith Olejniczak, on November 6, 1954 at St. Louis the King Catholic Church.
Chester and Mary Ann raised their family of five children in Clawson, MI and later in Rochester Hills, MI. Chester earned his BBA degree from Detroit Institute of Technology in 1963. He worked as a build manager for new vehicle prototypes and was employed at General Motors for 35 years from 1956 to 1991.
After retirement and moving to Old Mission Peninsula in 1997, Chester dedicated his time to his faith community in many ways, including the St. Joseph Catholic Church choir and Father Fred Foundation.
Chester is survived by sons Lawrence (Susan) Sych, Thomas (Doreen) Sych, Terence (Constance) Sych, John (Heidi) Sych; and daughter Katherine (Levent) Tugrul; grandchildren, Maria Sych, Benjamin Sych, Hannah (Jeffrey) Kirkman, Kenan Tugrul, Conor Sych, and Jordan Tugrul; nieces and nephews, Kenneth (Mary) Scislowicz, Francis (Nancy) Scislowicz, Judy Zettle and Susan (Paul) Conger.
Chester was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Robert Hudson; wife of 65 years, Mary Ann, sister Barbara Kent and nephew Stanley Scislowicz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, June 25, 11 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 12675 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686 (www.stjosephtc.org). Visitation will take place one hour prior to Mass, as well as from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 24, at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. The holy rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Chester will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery following Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to a Catholic charity of one’s choosing.
This is Cary Kelly, Ralph’s son, Ralph Kelly passed away September 3 2021
Passed from stage 4 colon cancer. He did not suffer the Good Lord to him quickly. He was a hunter and fisherman .He was a great dad and grand father to my son. His ashes will be spread in the Colorado Rockies per his wishes.
Phillip “Phil” Turner, Jr., 72, of Palm Coast, entered the sunset of life on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at AdventHealth, Palm Coast. Phil was born on August 14, 1949 in Macon Georgia, the only child to the union of Phillip Turner, Sr., and Mattie Lee (Barnes) Turner. Phil was educated in the Macon Georgia Public School system and graduated from Peter G. Appling High School in 1967. After graduation, he attended Macon Area Technical School and in 1969 received a Diploma in Electronics Technology.
In 1970, Phil relocated to Detroit, Michigan and furthered his education at General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan. He completed his studies at Wayne State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1983.
Phil began his career at General Motors as a Lead Electrical Component Validation Engineer for General Motors Midsize Luxury Vehicles until his retirement in 2005. He was especially proud to be a part of the Validation Team that validated the airbags for their midsize cars.
In 1971, Phil met and married Deborah Swan and they became the proud parents of two children, Kezia and Jonathan. In 1994, love entered his heart once again and he met his soul mate, a devoted and loving wife, Linda D. Dillard. In 1995, they were united in holy matrimony and fulfilled their vows for 26 years until his demise.
Phil accepted Christ at an early age. He was an active member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of Pontiac, Michigan and served on the Usher Ministry. Phil and Linda relocated to Palm Coast, Florida in 2006. They joined the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast, where Pastor Edwin Coffie is the Pastor. Phil was a member of the Men’s Ministry and Men’s Sunday School. He enjoyed participating in the annual ‘Journey to the Cross’ presentation on Good Friday with the Simeon Tribe.
Phil loved spending time with his family, which included traveling, by land and sea. He enjoyed playing golf, and making golf clubs for his friends. Phil had many hobbies and interests, such as landscaping, computers, fishing for Big Mouth Bass, reading and setting up Home Theatre Systems.
Phil was preceded in eternal rest by his parents, Phillip, Sr., and Mattie Lee Turner.
Loving memories will be cherished by his wife, Linda D. Turner; daughter, Kezia Turner; son, Jonathan Turner; granddaughter, Elyse Turner; sisters-in-law, Deborah Dillard, Pamela Britton (Peter); and LaDonna Dean (Michael); nephews, Kordae Dillard (Genise), Charles Hill (Raishawn); niece, Brittany; great-nephew, Dametrius Dillard; special cousin, Joyce Tina Ryder (Marvin) and a host of extended Family and Friends who loved Phil and will forever hold fond memories of his life.
(Mandatory CDC guidelines for social distancing and masks required): Visitation of family and friends will be 10:30-11 a.m. with Celebration of Life commencing at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 2, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 75 Pine Lakes Parkway South, Palm Coast. Reverend Edwin Coffie, Pastor, is the eulogist. Interment will be in Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery East, Warren, MI.
Closing words from wife, Linda Turner-
Phil was a God-fearing man, a loving husband, a great father, and a good friend. He was a man of few words and could always make me laugh. I will miss my Gentle Giant!
James (Jim) F. McKenna, 89, of Interlochen, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.
He was born April 15, 1932, in Toledo, Ohio, to John E. McKenna and Letha E. (Foreman) McKenna.
Jim grew up in Saginaw and, starting at the age of seven, spent his summers up at Green Lake in Interlochen.
Jim graduated from Arthur Hill High School, class of 1950, after which he served in the US Air Force. After being honorably discharged, Jim earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1958. He went on to a successful career and proudly worked for General Motors for 26 years.
On June 7, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Barbara L. (Wolcott) McKenna. They raised a family of three boys in Troy, where Jim proudly served two terms as councilman for the City of Troy.
After his retirement from General Motors, Jim and Barb relocated, full time, to Interlochen. Settling in the area they both loved and spending time around their home, just enjoying the great outdoors. Jim was an avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed hunting, fishing and working outdoors.
Jim is survived by his wife of 69 years, Barbara; and his sons, John, Michael (Pamela) and Scott. He was blessed to have many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“Forever remembered, Forever missed.”
A private service will be held later.
Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, Covell-Traverse City Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.