ASH ROSEMARIE B. age 89, December 12, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Lester David Ash. Dearest mother of Leslie Thompson, Victoria Bichalski, and the late Gary. Also survived by six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and two sisters. A memorial gathering to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of your choice.
AXELROD ZELMA SHOOB Free-Verse Poem for Zelma, December 16, 1918 November 15, 2012. Is it any wonder you were born on Beethoven's birthday? Okay, that explains your nimble fingers on the keyboard, your Turkish March, but what explains your kindness? Your lack of pettiness? Did your social conscience sprout from the warmth of spoken Yiddish in an immigrant Detroit home? Did you learn humility from your beautiful older sisters, who celebrated you at age 10 as you helped keep the Detroit News Spelling Bee championship in the Shoob family for yet another year? Maybe that's why at 90 you could beat us at Boggle with 7-letter words without gloating, always gracious. ~You married Morrie, waited through the liberation of Paris, then made us; fed us imagination from home and world kitchens; dressed us as angels, hobos and pumpkins; liberally gave us Leonard Bernstein and the Beatles. Along the way taught us to care about humanity as a whole while discretely helping a homeless man that touched your heart, thinking no one saw. And about that heart: it was for the kids (always toys in the cupboard); it was for Halibut Point, for the sage and palo verde in the front yard, for the birds the towhees, hummingbirds, cardinals, especially those robins, drunk on pyracantha berries, and it was for the enduring friendships carried from Ann Arbor through Boston to the Arizona desert (you added more along the way); it was for us, just as we were. ~ Obituaries celebrate life, yet your dying was instructive, too: asked at 90 if you had any regrets, "I remember a time I judged so-and-so" you replied with deep remorse. Asked a few months ago if you were afraid of dying, you said, "There's nothing to be afraid of. It is just going from a place of the unknown to a place of the known". (Was that your dry humor?) When that stroke put you in bed three weeks before death, you told hospice, "I played a farewell song this morning". You knew! (wisdom behind humility). You gave love. When it was time, you let go into love. When the bust of Beethoven fell, broke in pieces, you didn't mourn. You knew that though things break, the music doesn't - it goes on. We think you'd say (like Tennyson), "And let there be no sadness of farewell when I embark." Still, let there be a rest between the notes today, while we remember you with love. It is your birthday. ~ Zelma is survived by daughters Beatrice, Miriam, Karen (Bob Adams) and grandchildren Rose and Neal. Donations in Zelma's memory can be made to your local symphony, to the ACLU, the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Zoo, Hospice of the Valley (AZ) or charity of your choice. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
BALMER JAMES G. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Died peacefully December 13th with family at his side. Born July 29, 1922, he was the son of James G. Balmer, Sr. and Grace Cuddy Balmer of Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a BA in industrial design. He served proudly in the Army Air Corps in the Philippines and Japan during WWII. On August 12, 1950 he married Helen Harris Howick, who survives him after 62 years of marriage. Following military service, he worked as a lead designer for automotive icon Harley Earl at General Motors. In the mid-1950's he co- founded Armstrong Balmer & Associates, an internationally-recognized industrial design firm in Michigan. Among his many accomplishments, he had numerous design patents, including the 1959 original design of the Xerox 914, the first plain paper copier in the world. He was the recipient of a number of professional awards, but he considered his family his greatest accomplishment. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Janet Quiring (John), James Balmer III (Martha) and Lindsay Hinz (Randy); beloved grandchildren Carrie, Alison, Adam, Nick, Gretchen, Grace, Benjamin, Clara, Mallory and Jamie; and ten great-grandchildren. He instilled in his children a creative spirit and an ambition to do good. A military graveside service will be held at 11:00am, Friday, December 21st at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. Memorial contributions can be made to the Variety Club, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 445 Los Angeles, CA 90036 http://www.usvariety.org/. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com
BEAVER DR. HARVEY ALLEN Beloved husband of Anne Beaver. Cherished father of Shari (Kenneth) Stein, Brad (Rachel) Beaver, Kim (Jeff) Sakwa, Sherry (Rob) Jones, and Jeff (Vicki) Herman. Proud grandfather of Mara and Hannah Stein, Lindsey, Marley, Sophie, and Jessica Beaver, Ian and Blair Sakwa and Whitney Ballew. Loving brother of Bernice (Mike) Ross. Dear uncle of Barry, David and Glen Ross. Also survived by many loving friends. Devoted son of the late Mortimer (Manny) and the late Rose Beaver. SERVICES 1:30 P.M. MONDAY AFTERNOON AT THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL, 248-569-0020. INTERMENT AT CLOVER HILL PARK CEMETERY. www.irakaufman.com
BODROZICH NICK December 13, 2012 of heart failure at age 94. Predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Mildred (Delich) Bodrozich in 2007. Survived by his beloved son Gordon, daughter Mary, son-in-law Robert DiPaolo, and granddaughter Nicole. Also survived by sister-in-law Mary (Delich) Trbovich and husband Branko. Donations in Nick's name may be made to the Michigan Abolitionist Project online at www.michiganabolitionistproject.org
BOLOGNA GERALDINE "GERRI" A. (NEE CAROLLO) Age 56 December 14, 2012. Beloved wife of Dominic. Loving mother of Stefanie Satchik, Michael (Wei) Satchik, Sam Bologna, Joanna Bologna, Christina (Thomas) Bologna-LaBranche and Dominic Bologna. Proud grandmother of Ashley and T.J. Dearest daughter of Josephine (the late Sebastiano) Carollo. Dear sister of Rosemarie (John) Castrataro and Joseph (Pam) Carollo. Gerri was a prayer minister with the Servants of the Divine Mercy. Visitation Monday 3-9pm with 7:30 pm Rosary at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Funeral Tuesday Instate 12:30pm at St. Ronald Church 17701 15 Mile (between Garfield & Groesbeck) until time of Mass at 1:00 pm. Donations are welcome to the Servants of the Divine Mercy. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book" @ WujekCalcaterra.com
BOMMARITO JAMES V. On December 13, 2012 at the age of 95, James went to join his loving wife and daughter in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Beloved husband of the late Pauline. Loving father of Ida (James) Daugherty, John, Joseph (Carol) and the late Josephine (Andy) Wenturine. Proud grandfather of 18 and great grandfather of 53 and great great grandfather of eight. Dearest brother of Rose Zappa, Sam (Ann) Cucinella, Peter Cucinella and was predeceased by Angelo Bommarito, John Bommarito, Gasper Cucinella, Tony Cucinella and Joe Cucinella. James was the longtime president of AFSCME Local 116 and was a retired Wayne County Sheriff. Visitation Saturday 3-9pm, Sunday 1-9pm and Monday 10:00am until time of 11:00am Funeral Service at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book" at WujekCalcaterra.com
BONDAR JEAN ROSEMARY (NEE DLUBALA) Age 78, December 13, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Ronald. Loving mother of Ronnie (Deanna), Sandy (Tim) Decker, Cindy (Kurt) Chetosky, and Randy (Donna). Proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Marge Benzo and the late Leo Dlubala. Visitation at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Road (3 Blocks E. of Van Dyke) Utica, Monday 2-9pm with prayers 7pm. In state Tuesday 9am at St. Anastasia Church, 4571 John R. Road (between Wattles and Long Lake) Troy until time of Mass 9:30am. Interment Great Lakes National Cemetey. Family request donations to McLaren Hospice. Please share a memory at www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com
BORZI REYNALD "REY" Age 82, passed to the fullness of life on December 14, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Rey was survived by Virginia, his beloved wife of 59 years; his cherished daughters, Cynthia Borzi (Peter Holcomb) and Lisa Pape (Michael); devoted grandchildren, Amye Smereka (Tony), Alisia Hall (Michael), Kelsey Pape, 19, and Kyle Pape, 16; four great-grandchildren and his aunt. Memorial Mass Monday, December 17, 10:30 a.m. (in state 10 a.m.) at the Servant Church of St. Alexander, 27835 Shiawassee, Farmington Hills. Memorial gifts suggested the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements entrusted to the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, downtown Farmington, (248-474-5200). heeney-sundquist.com
BRISEBOIS ALFRED H. age 90 of Rochester Hills, passed away December 11, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Grace, Dear father of Suzanne (Thomas) Cassidy, Penelope (Gordon) Burke and Robert (Carolyn) Brisebois. Loving grandfather of Joseph, Thomas M., David, Mitchell, Jaclyn and Alexander. Brother of John P. Brisebois and the late Florence Jean Otwell. Alfred served in the US Coast Guard during WWII. He was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge and a lifelong fan of the Detroit Tigers. A private family gathering will take place. Share memories at temrowskifamilyfuneralhome.com