BAUMGARTEN MAY Beloved wife of the late Martin Jacob Baumgarten. Cherished mother of Gary Baumgarten and Pat Meredith. Loving grandmother of Lena and Daniel Baumgarten, Jay Meredith and Julie Baumgarten. Dear sister of the late Isadore Binder. Also survived by many other loving relatives and friends. SERVICES 2:30 P.M. SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL, 248-569-0020. INTERMENT AT MACHPELAH CEMETERY. www.irakaufman.com
BELTOWSKI MAGDALENE M. (NEE MYERS) January 23, 2013. Age 88. Beloved wife of the late Henry. Dearest mother of Maureen Baetens, Denise (Edward) Perrault and Robin (David) Walsh. Survived by 10 loving grandchildren and four loving great grandchildren. Dear sister of Theresa (the late Bernard) Paydock, Albert (Rose) Mayoros and Gilbert (Andrea) Myers. Predeceased by five sisters and one brother. Visitation Sunday 3-9 pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Rosary Sunday 7pm. In state Monday 9:30 am until 10:00 am time of Mass at St. Louis Church (Clinton Twp.) 24415 Crocker Blvd and Harper. Interment White Chapel Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at WujekCalcaterra.com.
BUCCI ALFRED A. 81, of Columbiaville, Michigan passed away January 23, 2013. Born October 10, 1931 in Detroit, MI, son of the late Claudio and Mariarchangela Bucci. Beloved husband of Leonora of 21 years. Loving father of Alfred A. Bucci Jr., Diane (Gary) Tedder, Paula (Donald) Fucinari, Gina (Patrick) Keitz and Kristen (James) Mlocek; Father-in-law of Kris Bucci; Grandpa of 12; Great-grandpa of 12 with two on the way. Preceded in death by wife, Marletta of 39 years, grandson, Brian Tedder; brothers, Angelo and Americo and sister, Silvia Costa. Al was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and a devoted family man. He retired in 1994 from Chrysler Corp. and UAW. He was a well respected man and was loved by many family members and friends. Funeral Mass on Monday, January 28, 2013, 12:00 noon (in-state at 11:30 am) from National Shrine of the Little Flower (2100 W. 12 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI). Interment White Chapel Cemetery. Friends may visit Saturday 4-8 pm at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home Capstick Chapel, 542 Liberty Park Lapeer, MI and Sunday 2-8 pm with a 6 pm Scripture Service at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, (1368 North Crooks Rd., Clawson, MI). Memorials to Great Lakes Caring Hospice (900 Cooper St., Jackson, MI 49202) are greatly appreciated. To place an online condolence please visit www.LynchFamilyFuneralDirectors.com
CAM RICHARD D. January 24, 2013. Age 81. Beloved husband of Grace. Survived by one daughter. Survived by numerous brothers. Visitation at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 East Fifteen Mile Road (at Schoenherr), Sunday 2-9 p.m. with funeral service at 5:00 p.m. Burial will be private. Memories shared at www.bcfh.com
CHIARAMONTE DENISE KATHERINE GRACE also professionally known as "Lady D," died quietly in her home in Detroit, Michigan on January 12, 2013. Denise was born on October 11, 1954 to Kenneth and Nadene (O'Moore) Martin at Brent Hospital in Detroit. She began her life-long career as a recording artist, composer, producer, author and publisher in 1967, when she moved to New York City to record her first studio album with Mercury Records, following her studies at The Interlochen Center for the Arts. She became a member of ASCAP (The American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers) in 1971. Denise toured the United States extensively, living and working in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C. and Detroit. She performed at notable venues, such as The Fillmore and The Grande Ballroom, on several television programs and on numerous radio stations. In 1985, Denise formed Olive Branch Productions, which later became Pulsar Records and Productions and whose creed was, "Better music for the world." She was also the founder of Blue Dove Publishing, a company formed under which she promoted the visual and literary arts. A truly spiritual person, Denise was a member of the Integral Yoga Institute, studying under Sri Swami Satchidananda and Yogi Bhajan, for decades. She was also a long-time parishioner of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Anglican Episcopal) of Detroit. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 4800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48201, or by visiting their website at http://www.detroitcathedral.org/. Condolences may be made to her family by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Denise's interment was at White Chapel Memorial Park, 621 Long Lake Rd,Troy, MI
FAULS MARY JANE 86, of Sterling Heights, went to her heavenly home Wednesday, January 23, 2013, after a long and full life. Born to William and Antoinette Aust on March 13, 1926, Mary Jane grew up in Detroit. She worked as a secretary at Heber Fuger Wendin in downtown Detroit for several years. In 1949, she married Joseph Fauls and together they raised three wonderful children. Mary Jane had many interests, including painting and stained glass work, and she enjoyed selling her wares at area craft fairs for several years. She had an affinity for jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and never stopped her pursuit of lifelong learning. She loved gardening, and had an extensive knowledge of plants and flowers. Coupled with her artistic gifts, she always had beautiful living things around her in her yard and home. Mary Jane's first love was her family. She was a trusted confidant, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and she will be absolutely missed every single day. She was the treasured matriarch of the family and took great pride in the successes of her children and grandchildren and was delighted to become a great-grandmother one year ago. She showed great tenacity and strength to those around her, living through the Great Depression as a child and later through World War II. She was a living example to her loved ones of how to overcome great struggles with dignity and grace and a stubborn resolve to persevere. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bill Aust, in 1952; her husband, Joe, in 1994; and her daughter, Anne Leach, in 1993. Surviving are her daughter, Julie Miller, of Washington Township; son, Tom (and Kathy) Fauls, of Troy; grandchildren, Sarah (and Zachary) Dahlman, of Grand Haven; Joe Fauls, of Howell, and Michelle Fauls, of Troy; and great-grandson Benjamin Dahlman, of Grand Haven. She also is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Copeland, brother-in-law Jack Ahr, many cousins, nieces, nephews and her special four-legged friend, Boomer. A funeral celebrating Mary Jane's life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mandziuk & Sons Funeral Home, 3801 18 Mile Road (at the northwest corner of 18 Mile Road and Ryan), Sterling Heights. A luncheon will follow at the Olive Garden, 13835 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights. Visitation for family will 1-2 p.m. Sunday and for friends and family 2-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
GILLIS JOHN PATRICK Age 94 of Livonia, Michigan. Passed away peacefully at Angela Hospice surrounded by family on January 23, 2013. Beloved husband of Margaret (deceased 2003) for 57 years. Loving father of seven children: Patricia, Louise, Daniel (Laura), Laura (Nathan Butler), Marian, James, and Andrew (Marlene). Born to Mary Ann MacDonald and Daniel Gillis in New Victoria, Nova Scotia on March 17, 1918. John was a Royal Canadian Air Force WWII veteran and an owner of Gillis Electric since 1955. He had 15 grandchildren. His four sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. His love is a never ending circle. All our love (Beannachd Leibh). Visitation will take place at Fred Wood Funeral Home, 36100 Five Mile Road (E. of Levan) Livonia, Monday, January 28th 3-9pm, Tuesday, January 29th 2-9pm. A Scripture Service will take place on Tuesday at 7pm. Funeral Services will take place at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center, 23333 Schoolcraft, Detroit, MI 48223, Wednesday, January 30th, Instate 9:30am, Mass 10:30am. In lieu of flowers please donate to Angela Hospice, www.angelahospice.org/donate or St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center. www.stpaulretreat.org/giving. fredwoodfuneralhome.com
KEANE MARILYN O'CONNOR A life long resident of Grosse Pointe who loved her seven children and adored her 12 grandchildren, died with her family and dearest friends Betz Johnson and Mary Sullivan Roezelle by her side on Thursday, January 24, 2013. She was 87. Marilyn was born on July 7, 1925 to T. Edward and Clara M. O'Connor in Detroit. She is survived by her children, William E. (Diana) Keane III, Marilyn K. Sutton, Meagan M. Keane, Anne C. Keane, Patricia K. (Robert) Carden, Thomas E. (Allison) Keane, and Michael J. (June) Keane; 12 grandchildren; sisters-in law, Leontine K. Cadieaux and Anne C. Boyle; a niece and four nephews. She was predeceased by her husband William E. Keane, Jr. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, 157 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. There will be visitation at the church beginning at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Capuchin Soup Kitchen. www.verheyden.org
KRAATZ BERNICE January 24, 2013, age 86. Devoted wife of Raymond for 70 years. Loving mother of Judy Kempton (Jack), Susan Gardner (the late Kenneth), Geri Milliron (Ronald), and Kathy Marx. Also survived by six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Dear sister of Ilene Robson (the late George) and Ruth Romp (Wilbert). Funeral Service Monday 10 a.m. at A. J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (between 13-14 Mile Rds.). Family will receive friends Sunday 12-7 p.m. Memorial tributes to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Hospice of Michigan. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com.
LaPORTE GEORGE January 23, 2013. Age 83. Beloved husband of the late Donna. Dear father of Dennis (Michele), Keith (Dorene), Renee (Joe) Hauzie, Karen (Robert) Pfeiffer and Greg (Julie). Proud grandfather of 10 and great- grandfather of one. Dear brother of Sr. Alexia LaPorte O.P., Eleanor Souder, Pat Krapp, and the late Elmer and Marie. Visitation at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. Fifteen Mile Road (@ Schoenherr) Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with evening rosary 7:00 p.m. Funeral Monday at Sacred Heart of the Hills Catholic Church, 3400 S. Adams Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. In state 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass 10:00 a.m. Donations to Capuchins & Salvation Army appreciated by family. Share a memory at www.bcfh.com
Van KIRK WYVA A. January 23, 2013. Age 84. Beloved wife of Donald. Dear mother of Cheryl (David) Cyrus. Loving grandmother of Samantha. Sister of the late Clinton Moore. Memorial service 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the Dearborn Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Ave. Gathering from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Bears of the World, P.O. Box 13097; Toledo, Ohio 43613 or Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc., 907 Monroe; Dearborn, MI 48124 www.howepeterson.com
WIITALA JOHN WESLEY January 23, 2013, Age 80. Dear brother of June DeTamble. Loving uncle of Gloria Dinkins, Michael Shewell, David Mann and Cheryl Mann. Brother in law of Donald Mann. Also survived by several cousins. John served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 1955. Memorial contributions to the American Lung Association or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. The family has entrusted care and services to the L. J. Griffin Funeral Home, (734) 522-9400. Share a "Memorial Tribute" with the family at griffinfuneralhome.com.