NORTON AYLWARD SHELDON Born April 1, 1920 in Detroit to Charles Raymond and Edna Engels Norton. With Christ June 17, 2012. Decendent of hotel proprietors. Reared in the halls of Detroit's Norton Hotel at Jefferson & Griswold and Windsor's Norton-Palmer, Aylward was a devotee of gracious hospitality. Attended Angell Primary School, Detroit and Northwestern High School (1938) and Wayne University. Married Kathleen Elizabeth Davis, January 9, 1942, at St. Joseph's Episcopal, Detroit. U.S. Army Air Corps, 1944-46 (Chicago, Madison, Boca Raton, Indiana, Wichita Falls and Merced CA). General Motors (35 years), Detroit Diesel-Coordinator of Materials Handling. Longtime residents of Farmington Hills and members of Church of the Redeemer (Southfield) and then Trinity, Newport. Retired to Newport, Rhode Island in 1984 where a world travel hobby transformed into second careers for both Aylward and "Kaye" as proprietors of Norton's Oriental Gallery (1985-2006). "NOG's" conservation framing of dynastic China embroidery became renowned to collectors worldwide. An Episcopal memorial service was held on June 25, 2012 at Village House residence, Newport. Interred at Grand Lawn, Detroit. Survivors are wife of 70 years Kathleen Davis Norton of Newport, son Raymond Davis Norton (Judy) of Conway, SC, daughter Patricia Kaye Norton Maegawa, Phoenix, granddaughter Motoko Maegawa of Evanston, IL (Chad and great-grandson Tyler), grandson Scott Aylward Norton of Pompano Beach (great-granddaughter Emma Kaye Norton), grandson Philip Charles Norton of South Dartmouth, MA (great-grandson Braiden), grandson Bradley Raymond Norton of Fort Lauderdale (Karee and great-granddaughter Charlee Rose) Aylward loved his family near and far and, particularly at Christmas time, loved reflecting God's grace with gift giving and warm hospitality. Until He comes, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo."
BLUMBERG JANE BLUMBERG November 29, 2012. Wife and Mother, Trailblazer, Mentor, Cherished Friend Jane Blumberg, began life as little Janie Hartman, in Detroit, Michigan, on October 27, 1926. Graduating early from high school, she earned her BA in Pre-Professional Social Work from the University of Michigan at the age of twenty. Soon thereafter she married the love of her life Herbert Blumberg and was happily married for over forty years until his death in 1989. Mrs. Blumberg was a trailblazer for women, earning her masters degree in social work in the 1950's, while raising a growing family of four young children. She began her professional career as a psychiatric social worker at the Children's Center of Detroit. Always a contributing member of her community, Mrs. Blumberg volunteered at Sinai Hospital for many years, becoming the president of their volunteer guild and serving on various boards at the hospital. Among her many other volunteer positions, Mrs. Blumberg served as a board president for the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan. At the age of sixty she was installed as the Visiting Nurse Association's first Chief Executive Officer. An avid golfer and card player, Mrs. Blumberg excelled at both, often to the chagrin of the close friends with whom she played. In her seventies, she developed a program to mentor a new generation of women golfers, at Franklin Hills Country Club where she herself had learned to play many years earlier. A lifelong learner, in her eighties she continued to serve her community by volunteering as an English tutor for immigrant women. Mrs. Blumberg is survived by her beloved siblings, Jay Hartman and Shirley Gruber; her loving children Patricia Blumberg, Penny Wolf, Gary Blumberg and Marcie Maxfield; and sons-in-law Tom Wolf and Richard Maxfield; her cherished grandchildren Jayme Mattler, Lauren Wolf, Jade Maxfield, Jordan Maxfield, Andrew Blumberg, Mindy Hess and Lorrie Slater; and great-grandchildren Skylar Hess and Eric Slater; and her treasured cat Taz. Her loss is profound to all those whose lives she touched. Donations in her memory may be sent to: The Children's Center of Detroit, The Birmingham Temple, Michigan Humane Society.
BURNETT SHIRLEY Beloved wife of the late Hal Burnett. Cherished mother of Mark (Beverly) Burnett and Julie Burnett. Loving grandmother of Jacqlyn Burnett, Alexander Burnett, and Tracy Nikolas. GRAVESIDE SERVICE 12 NOON WEDNESDAY AT BETH EL MEMORIAL PARK. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL, 248-569-0020. www.irakaufman.com
CERVENAK DR. VICTOR J. December 20, 2012. Age 94. Beloved husband of Katherine (nee Belicka). Dearest father of Lori (Sabino) Renteria, Marla Cervenak, Suzanne (Colin) Forbes and Mark Cervenak. Survived by eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one brother. Visitation Thursday 3-9 p.m. Friday 1-9 p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). In state Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. time of service at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church (Grosse Pointe Farms) 375 Lothrop. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at WujekCalcaterra.com
CHEBIB PATRICIA "PATSY" Age 73. Beloved mother of Michelle (Jeff) Mehay and Stacy Chebib. Loving grandmother of Jessica and Jeffrey Mehay, and Justin and Justice Long. Dear sister of Lorraine (Mike) Wilson, Marlene Bellenir, Robert, Leo, and Michael (Blanche) Stanek, and the late Richard, Kip, and Thomas Stanek. Daughter of the late Adella and Edward Stanek. Visitation Saturday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Service at Charles R. Step Funeral Home, 18425 Beech Daly (between 6 and 7 Mile). Condolences to CharlesStepFuneralHome.com.
DELL ROBERT L. age 81, of Cadillac, died December 23, 2012. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 28, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church in Cadillac. Friends may meet the family Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.petersonfh.com.
GORDON LUCILLE Beloved wife of Maynard M. Gordon. Dear mother of Julian Gordon, Adam Gordon, and Beth (Jim) Holmes. Devoted sister of Sharon Bond (Harvey Stewart), Tony Bond, and the late Doris (the late Harold) Levin. Loving grandmother of Anna Leah Holmes and Isabel Gordon Holmes. Also remembered by many loving nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. SERVICES WEDNESDAY 10 A.M. AT THE DORFMAN CHAPEL, FARMINGTON HILLS, 248-406-6000. INTERMENT TO FOLLOW AT MACHPELAH CEMETERY, FERNDALE, or visit www.thedorfmanchapel.com.
GRITTINI FRANK J. Age 88. December 22, 2012. Beloved husband of Louise (nee: Fantini). Loving father of Gary (Mary), Mary Lynn (Greg) Filar, Robert (Carolyn) and Tim (Linda). Devoted grandfather of Andrea, Maria, Melissa, Kristina, Lisa, Anthony, Katie, Michael, and Stephanie. Pre-deceased by brother Joseph and sister Mary Grittini. Visitation Wednesday 3-9 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Scripture Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road). In state Thursday 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Sylvester Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers memorial donations appreciated to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Please share memories at www.Temrowski.com.
GUGALA IRENE CLARA 94, December 22, 2012. Beloved aunt of Diane (Clyde) Scoles, Jane Komasara, Sally (Scott) Edwards, and Joseph (Jane) Komasara. Dear sister of the late Christine Komasara and the late Josephine Horan. Survived by many great, and great-great-nieces and nephews. Irene served in the Women's Army Corps in WWII. She worked for Westinghouse, The Chancery in Detroit and retired from the Army Corps of Engineers. Visitation Thursday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a 3 p.m. Rosary Service, at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the E.J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Directors, Inc., 3801 18 Mile Rd. (NW corner of Ryan). Mass of Christian Burial Friday 10:30 a.m. at SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Irene will lie in state from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment at St. Clement Cemetery. Please share memories at www.mandziukfuneralhome.com.
HICKS CATHERINE 90 of Groton, (formerly of Detroit, Michigan) passed away on December 20, 2012, at the Groton Regency Retirement Home. She was born on November 18, 1922, in Jefferson City, Florida, the daughter of the late Hayes Alexander and Hattie James Alexander. She was raised in the Methodist Church and was married to the late Harold Hicks for 64 years. Mrs. Hicks and her husband resided in Detroit, Michigan for 60 years of their life until her move to Connecticut in 2006. Mrs. Hicks work for many years in the restaurant business in Detroit. She loved to play cards, travel, and entertain family and friends. She was blessed to be able to enjoy her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren while residing in Connecticut. She is survived by her daughter Gwendolyn Jones, of Groton; her sisters Annie Mae Williams, of Jacksonville, Florida, Edith Williams of Detroit Michigan, and Alease Clemson of Greenville, Florida and her husband Simp Clemson; her grandchildren Kieran Jones of New London Connecticut, Glynis Blanker of Norwich, Connecticut and her husband Walter, Monica Jenkins of Uncasville, Connecticut and her husband Clifford; her great-grandchildren Noah and Olivia Jenkins. Her God daughter, Linda McMillian of Detroit, Michigan and she leaves numerous nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers. She was predeceased by her brothers Acie Alexander and Hayes Alexander. A chapel service will be held Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Woodmere Cemetery 9400 West Fort Street Detroit, MI 48209 (313) 841-0188. Stinson Funeral Home 1939 S. Fort St. Detroit, MI 48217 (313)-386-8200 will be handling arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.fultontherouxnewlondon.com. A memorial service will be held at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London Connecticut. Details are incomplete at this time.
KOZLOW ROBERT A. Beloved husband of Carol Kozlow. Cherished father of Daniel Kozlow and Jody (David) Gardner. Proud grandfather of Zack Kozlow, Jamie Kozlow, Griffin Kozlow, Jade Gardner, Grant Gardner and Bo Gardner. Loving uncle of Abby (Avi) Gruber, Amy (Eddie) Elkaim, Jenny Rodriquiz and Rabbi Julie Kozlow Poyo. Dear brother of the late Richard (the late Lois) Kozlow. SERVICES 10:00 A.M. WEDNESDAY MORNING THE DAVIDSON/HERMELIN CHAPEL AT CLOVER HILL PARK CEMETERY. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL, (248) 569-0020. www.irakaufman.com
LUPOVITCH JOSEPH Beloved husband for 74 years to Sophie Lupovitch. Devoted father of Adrienne Nye, Karen Bango and Leslie (Lu) Lubpvich. Loving grandfather of James (Kim) Nye and David (Megan) Bango. Proud great-grandfather of Matthew Nye and Adam Bango. Cherished brother of the late Nellie (late Sidney) Kraft, the late Abraham (late Edith) Lupovitch, the late Sam (late Bertha) Lupovitch, the late Benny (late Irene) Lupovitch and the late Charles (Bernice) Israel. GRAVESIDE SERVICES WEDNESDAY 11:00 A.M. AT HEBREW MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY. ARRANGEMENTS WITH HEBREW MEMORIAL CHAPEL (248) 543-1622. www.hebrewmemorial.org
MARX DR. STANLEY Beloved husband of Ellen Marx. Dear father of Jason (Michelle) Marx and Mindy (Michael) Fleck. Dearest brother of Stewart (Nancy) Marx. Brother-in-law of Howard and Susan Wasserman, Alan Wasserman and Kathryn Parcells. Loving grandfather of Brandon and Elyssa Marx, Taylor and Carly Fleck. Also remembered by many loving nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends. SERVICES WEDNESDAY 2 P.M. AT THE DORFMAN CHAPEL, FARMINGTON HILLS, 248-406-6000. INTERMENT TO FOLLOW AT ADAT SHALOM CEMETERY, LIVONIA, or visit www.thedorfmanchapel.com.
PROFESSOR LADISLAV MATEJKA Age 93, passed away peacefully on September 29th at his home in West Newton, Massachusetts as a result of congestive heart failure. Matejka was born on May 30, 1919 in Suché Vrbné near Ceské Budejovice in what is now the Czech Republic. As a youth he relocated with his family to Prague where he received his grammar and secondary schooling. Prior to the closing of the universities during the Nazi occupation and then again after their reopening in 1945, Matejka pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies at Charles University, Prague, where he was awarded his D. Phil degree in Slavic Literature in 1948. Beginning in 1945, Matejka also served as the cultural editor of the Prague daily newspaper, Lidové Noviny (People’s News), a popular periodical with a liberal tradition, which was immediately shuttered with the Communist coup d’état in 1948. Regarded with suspicion by the totalitarian regime for his activities as an editor, Matejka was forced into exile. He fled to Sweden where he worked briefly as laborer on an assembly line before becoming a lecturer at Lund University. From 1949-1953, Matejka coedited an independent revue Skutecnost in Paris, Geneva, London and Munich to which such prominent writers as Pavel Tigrid and Ferdinand Peroutka contributed. He worked with Radio Free Europe from its inception, first as an editor and later as a correspondent in Munich and New York. In 1954 Matejka emigrated to the United States. After a year at the Radio Free Europe desk in New York, he enrolled at Harvard University where he earned a second doctorate in linguistics in cooperation with the late Roman Jakobson. In 1957, he married Gudrun Ebenfelt of Borås, Sweden. Matejka then went on to join the University of Michigan faculty in Ann Arbor in 1959 as assistant professor, rising to professor by 1965 and was named Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 1987. During a period of political reform known as “Prague Spring”, Matejka – a naturalized U.S. citizen – returned to his native Czechoslovakia with his wife and two young children in order to attend the International Congress of Slavists in Prague. They stayed on after the close of the congress to visit with Matejka’s parents, and were still there when Russian and other Soviet bloc armies invaded in August of 1968. Missing the departing convoys of the American and Swedish Embassies, Matejka and family soon found themselves on an unplanned escape. With the help of family and friends, they were ultimately able to walk across the border to Austria. During his 30-years at the University of Michigan, Matejka taught a vast array of courses in Slavic linguistics and literary theory. As the Faculty History Project at the University of Michigan notes: “He also carried an active career in research, gaining international recognition for publications in fields ranging from historical and descriptive linguistics to semiotics and literary theory, including numerous books and scores of articles, which he authored or edited. Professor Matejka is widely recognized for establishing Michigan Slavic Publications, a scholarly publishing program sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. With very little funding, but with an enormous sacrifice of time and energy, he built Michigan Slavic Publications into a leading publisher of scholarly works in Slavic languages, literatures, and culture.” Significant works of Michigan Slavic Publications included the writings of three Nobel laureates, Czeslaw Milosz, Jaroslav Seifert and Joseph Brodsky. Matejka founded Cross Currents in 1982, a yearbook of Central European civilization, history, literature and politics, in which the advisory board included among others, Milan Kundera, Czeslaw Milosz and Josef Skvorecky. Hailed by The Times Literary Supplement as “the leading English language forum for literature and criticism from central Europe”, the primary intent of the annual was to, as Matejka writes, “focus on the cultural underpinnings of Central Europe in spite of stubborn communist attempts to absorb it into a vast, undifferentiated Eurasia under Soviet domination.” During the infancy of Cross Currents, Matejka developed an interest in the writings of Vaclav Havel, an imprisoned political dissident (who would eventually go on to become the freely elected president of Czechoslovakia in 1989). Matejka realized that the two men shared mutual friends. As he explains, “I tried to keep contacts with Havel with the help of his friends but never met him personally. It was easier for him to contact them than me because of political obstacles.” In 1983 Matejka published Havel’s testimonial “The Power of Powerless” which was printed along with a monologue of solidarity by Arthur Miller. “People became aware that we were publishing Havel, so I began to get contributions from other people. Without forming any formal agreement, we became Havel’s promoters in this country. I felt like he became kind of a hope for a change.” Cross Currents, in turn, had become an internationally renowned platform for dissident writers. Matejka was the recipient of several honors and awards throughout his long life, including the Fullbright, Ford Foundation and Guggenheim Fellowships. In 1989 Lund University awarded Matejka an honorary doctoral degree “for his research in Slavic philology and literary theory and also for his very extensive activity as a publisher and commentator of East and Central European works concerning semiotics, belles lettres, art and culture. Through his organizational work and his publication activity, Matejka has made the University of Michigan one of the world’s foremost centers for semiotics.” A year later, the Assembly of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts elected Matejka as its corresponding member for his outstanding contribution to the development of science. To those who knew Ladislav Matejka, he never stopped giving back to the country he loved. In collaboration with the Jan and Meda Mladek foundation and Akropolis publishing house, Matejka prepared and edited the otherwise unpublished correspondence of the spirited Czech actors Jirí Voskovec and Jan Werich from the years 1945 to 1980. In 2007, the second book in this three-volume series was named “Book of the Year” in Prague. Two years later, the Minister of Foreign Affairs awarded Matejka the prestigious Gratias Agit Award for his “promotion of the good name of the Czech Republic abroad”. Professor Matejka is survived by his wife, Gudrun; a son Jan and daughter-in-law Rosemary of Wellesley, Mass.; a daughter Elizabeth Grossman and son-in-law Seth of Ridgewood, NJ; and seven grandchildren.
PAWLOWSKI IRENE L. Age 84. December 22, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Thaddeus (Ted). Loving Mother of Linda (Gary) Thompson, Robert (Elaine) Pawlowski, Suzanne (Michael) Schauer and Stephen (Rae Lynn) Pawlowski. Proud grandmother of Scott (Stephanie) Schauer, Abby Schauer, Kyle (Katie) Pawlowski, Jennifer, Andrea and Michael Thompson and Samantha Pawlowski. Great-grandma of Ainsley, Thaddeus "Teddy", Lydia, Emrie and Hope. Dearest sister of Lillian (the late Douglas) White. Dearest sister-in-law of Dorothy and Stanley Turowski. Family will receive friends Wednesday 1-8 p.m. at Stanley Turowski Funeral Home 25509 West Warren (three blocks east of Beech Daly) Dearborn Heights. In state Thursday 10:30 a.m. at St Gerald Church, 21300 Farmington Rd. until time of mass at 11 a.m. Family suggest memorial donations to Hospice of Michigan.
PORTER KENNETH Age 77 passed December 23rd 2012. Resident of Westland and employee of Awrey Bakeries for 40 years. Survived by two sisters Sylvia Schroeder and Delores Jarrard and four brothers Douglas Porter, James Porter, Russell Porter and Victor Porter.
SLOCUM CHARLES THOMAS (known as TOM) 83, of Cedar Park, Texas, passed away the morning of September 26, 2012. He was born August 7, 1929 in Kalamazoo, MI to parents Charles Theron and Loretta Slocum. Married to Nancy Hoogacker on January 31, 1953 in Kalamazoo, MI. He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He had a passion for theater and films, which led to a career as an account executive at various television stations and rep agencies, most notably WKZO in Kalamazoo and WDIV in Detroit. He enjoyed playing and watching golf, Texas college and pro football and basketball. Mostly, he loved being with his family. He was survived by his wife Nancy, sons Scott (and Dana) and Mark (and Kathryn), and daughter Susan Beecher (and Howard); grandchildren Gray, Page and Key, Kaleigh and Duncan, and Logan and Dylan. Preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Jerry "Jack", William "Bill" and Dick. Service will be at Coastal Bend State Cemetery in Corpus Christi, TX, on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. He will have full military honors. Dad, you always gave us your best and we will never forget.
STEELE MARGARET "MICKEY" M. 72, peacefully completed her earthly journey December 22 in Titusville, Florida with her husband and children at her side. She was born November 10, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan. Mickey worked in oncology nursing and was a member of the Parrish Medical Center Auxiliary, Titusville, Florida. Beloved wife of Samuel. Devoted mother of Charles (Patricia), Christopher (Mary Beth), Kathleen (Craig Evans), and Matthew. Loving grandmother of Danielle, Margaret, Jessica, Emma, Samuel, and Jacob. Dear sister of Daniel, Dennis, Kathleen, Patricia, Maureen, and Timothy. Visitation Wednesday 4-7 p.m. at North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville, FL. Services Saturday 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church, 4580 N. Adams Rd. in Troy, MI. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Angels of Hope, a family cancer foundation (www.angelsofhope.org).
STUDZINSKI CASIMIR, age 90, December 22, 2012 of Allen Park, Ml. Beloved husband of the late Eleanor. Loving father of Linda (Dan) Grant. Dearest grandfather of Breeane (Sean) Houston and Daniel (Stacey) Grant. Dzia Dziu of Adelyn, Grant, Joseph and Jillian. Also survived by his nieces and nephews. Funeral prayers from The Allen Park Chapel -Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 10195 Allen Rd. (corner of Goddard), Thursday 11:15 AM to Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church for Mass at 12 Noon. Interment Our Lady of Hope Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday 2:30-9 PM and Father Saylor Knights of Columbus Rosary, Wednesday 7 PM at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Cass' life may be made to the charity of the donor's choice or for Mass intentions. Visit his tribute at www.martenson.com
VON STEEG EUGENE Died December 23, 2012. A resident of Oxford for over 35 years, Eugene worked many of those years at Chrysler Corp. in a variety of positions, ending in product planning for Dodge Truck. He earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Detroit Institute of Technology and an MS degree in administration from Central Michigan University. Upon retirement, he dedicated himself to ministries at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lake Orion, and to volunteer work with Oxford Orion FISH food bank where he served on the board of directors. Eugene is survived by his widow Margaret; son, James; daughter, Lesley Larson; and grandchildren, Addison Von Steeg and Berit and Foster Larson. A Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion, on Thursday, December 27, at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eugene's memory may be made to Oxford Orion FISH. Arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Oxford.