AVAKIAN ARDAVASTE Age 96. Mr. Avakian was a former designer of auto-mobiles in the automobile industry and was a true patriot of the United States as well as a loyal son of his ancestral country of Armenia. Beloved husband of Shirley. Dearest father of Gareen Avakian, Loreen (Jeff) Garza and the late Maral Avakian. Dear grandfather of Rachael Garza. Also many other relatives and friends. Visitation Thursday from 6-9 p.m. with Dan Gark Prayers at 7:30 p.m. in SIMON JAVIZIAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS Wessels and Wilk Funeral Home, 23690 Woodward Ave., Pleasant Ridge, MI (btwn. 9 Mile Rd. and I-696). In state Friday 10 a.m. in St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 19300 Ford Rd., Dearborn, MI until time of service 11 a.m. Interment Woodlawn. Memorial tributes to St. Sarkis Armenian Church. Internet condolences for the family may be sent to: SJavizian@att.net
BIRR DONALD W. Age 84, October 20, 2014. Korean War Veteran. Beloved husband of Vincenza "Esther". Loving father of Donald (Ann), David, and Bill (Dorothy). Cherished grandfather of Donald (Jessica), Bryan (Lynn), Jim (Ann) Carra, Bob (Christine), John (Krista), and Anne (Dave) Barringer. Great-grandfather of 12. Funeral Friday 10 a.m. at the A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr Rd. at Masonic, Warren. Visitation Thursday 2-9 p.m. www.ahpeters.com
BOUDREAU, IDA MAE Age 85 of Howell, passed away at her home Monday, October 20, 2014. She was born August 5, 1929 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Shirley and Lillie (Woodson) Barrow. Beloved wife of the late Henry Boudreau (1963) and the late William Farris (2000). Dear mother of David (Rosanne) Boudreau of Brighton, Karen (Dave) DeVries of Howell and Greg (Lily) Boudreau of California; step-mother of Erica "Ricki" Farris. Grandmother of Shawn, David, Paul, Stacy, Steven, Andrea, several step-grandchildren; great-grandmother of Alanna, Kolton, Trevor and Brady. Ida was preceded in death by her son, James Boudreau and brother,Thomas Barrow . Ida enjoyed crocheting, attending church and bible study and going to movies. She always dreamed of taking flying lessons and piloting airplanes. Ida was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Howell where memorial services will be held Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston County Animal Control or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA.org). Arrangements by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Please visit the family's on line guest book at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
HARRIS, JAMES W. Age 67, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, died Sunday afternoon, October 19, 2014. He was born October 15, 1947 in Mount Clemens, Michigan; the son of Charles and Mary Ellen (Reilly) Harris. He married Pamela Grant and she survives. James was a Field Engineer for the State of Michigan Highway Department. Survivors include four daughters, Jennifer Martino of Brighton, Kimberly Blight of Fowlerville, Christa Townsend of Johannesburg Michigan, Emily Ellis of Milford; step-son, Liam Donohue of California; nine grandchildren; brother, John Harris of West Bloomfield; two sisters, Ellen Braden of White Lake and Sue Meldrum of New Baltimore; preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Harris. Funeral service will be held 11 AM Friday, October 24th at Shelters Funeral Home 250 N Mill St. Pinckney, Michigan. Family will receive friends 4-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are asked to the National Kidney Foundation.
HELMS FRANKIE CANADA Age 90, October 19, 2014. Beloved wife of the late William R. Canada and John Helms. Loving mother of Chari (Richard) Fish, William R. (Linda) Canada, Jr., Linda (Brian) Johnson, and Dennis (Mary Jane) Canada. Step-mother of Margie (Jim) Veach, Colleen (Chris) Nobrega, and Gayle Engquist. Dear grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of 17. Sister of Norman Cole and the late Margaret Green and Nathan Cole. Mom went to be with the Lord after blessing us with 90 years of her love, quick wit and great cooking. We are humbly thankful for the lessons she taught us and will rejoice in her memory as we look forward to seeing her again. Visitation at the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, 15451 Farmington Rd., Livonia, Thursday from 12 p.m. until Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Please share a memory at www.rggrharris.com.
KAUFMAN STEPHEN I. Age 72, of Farmington Hills, died October 21st. Beloved husband to Marlene Kaufman. Loving father of Jeffrey Kaufman and Elaine (Paul) Cohen. Proud grandfather of Samantha Cohen and Jaclyn Cohen. Dear brother of Kerri (Sandy) Litinsky. Cherished brother-in-law of Robert and Joanne Kraft. Services 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at HEBREW MEMORIAL CHAPEL (248) 543-1622. Interment Clover Hill Park. www.hebrewmemorial.org.
LIPAR NORMA ROSE Age 80 of Beverly Hills. Beloved mama of Anna (Jim) Leslie and Jack (Lisa) Lipar. Loving Nona of Marissa and Kendra Lipar and Jamie Leslie. Norma Rose joined her siblings, Fred and Dennis Julian October 20, 2014 in the Heaven we are promised. She also leaves behind her many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.), Thursday 3-8 p.m.. Rosary and sharing of memory service Thursday 7 p.m. Funeral Mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 32340 Pierce St., Beverly Hills, Friday 10 a.m. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:15 a.m. Memorials appreciated to the FAR Conservatory for Special Needs, in the name of Jamie Leslie, her grandson, 1669 West Maple Rd., Birmingham. Obituary and condolences at lynchfuneraldirectors.com.
McNAUGHT DAVID J. Age 47. October 19, 2014. Dear son of Olivia Ramirez and the late Ronald. Loving brother of Jessica (Charles) Schott. Dear uncle of Samantha and Sophie. Dearest nephew of Elvera and Joseph (Maureen). Visitation Thursday 2-7 p.m. at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 N. Inkster Rd., Garden City (between Ford Rd. and Cherry Hill). www.santeiufuneralhome.com
NIXON, ROBERT J. "BOB" Age 91, longtime Howell area resident, passed away at his home Tuesday, October 21, 2014. He was born December 3, 1922 in Birmingham, MI, the son of Clark D. and Hattie May (Church) Nixon. Beloved wife of Joyce, dear father of Sue (Fred) Lang of Brighton and the late James R. Nixon (May 13, 1994); step-father of Nancy (Mike) Coffey of Brighton, Cheryl (Eric) Miller of Georgia and John DiBianca of Florida; grandfather of Chad, Tina, Betsy, Jamie, Michaela, Ashley, James and Amanda; great-grandfather of seven; brother of Gordon (Gail) Nixon, Mel Nixon and Virginia Ganton, all of Howell. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Bob was a longtime Howell area dairy and orchard farmer. He especially enjoyed horse racing, his retirement job at VG's Store in Howell, exercise and was a former runner. Private graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville. Memorial contributions may be made to the James R. Nixon Scholarship Fund, c/o Joan Blair, 1200 W. Grand River, Howell, 48843 or ALS of Michigan. Arrangements by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Please sign the family's online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome
PAGENETTE DONALD JAMES, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, passed away October 12, 2014 while on vacation with his family. He was the beloved husband of Karen for 48 years and dear father and father-in-law of Christine (Ramon) Santos and Dawn (Christopher) Brinkmeier. He was the loving grandpa of Cole and Bailey. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Jane Bentley, and his brother, Michael Thomas Pagenette. Don was a loving and loyal brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in Chemistry, he was employed by Mobil Oil Corporation. He later attended Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State) where he received a Juris Doctor degree. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and practiced law for 40 years in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. He taught public law at Henry Ford Community College and did pro bono legal services for Parents Without Partners for several years in Macomb County. He loved the water and boating and co-owned the South Channel Yacht Club on Harsen's Island since 1984. Appropriately, he passed away on a yacht in Barcelona, Spain, surrounded by his family. Donald was always there for a friend in need whether it was a trip to the doctor or free legal advice. He will leave a large hole in many hearts. Those interested in memorial arrangements may contact a family member.
PETZ JAMES G. October 19, 2014. Age 60. Beloved husband of Karen Petz (nee Hitchings) for 41 wonderful years. Loving father of April (Mark) De Mara, Thomas (Christina), Casey (Lauren) and Heidi (Michael) Koch. Proud and adored grandfather of Madeleine, Aidan, Katie and Nolen. Dearest brother of Mary (Dennis), Donna (Don), Susan (Jeff), Jan (Tom), Julie (Mark), Mark, Joyce, Terry (Matt), Joe (Mary) and brother in law of Linda (Ron), Kerry (Mary Jo) and Janet (Rob). James is also survived by his mother in law; Maxine Hitchings, his step mother; Evelyn (Jerry) Miller, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday 3-9p.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc., 36900 Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). In state Friday 9:30a.m. until time of 10a.m. Funeral at Kensington Community Church Chapel, 1825 E. Square Lake Rd., (Square Lake west of John R.). Please share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" at WujekCalcaterra.com
POWERS ROSE (STRISAR) LOTTIE October 20, 2014. Age 92. Formerly of Harper Woods, Michigan. Beloved wife of late John Powers for 50 years. Loving mother of John (Joann) Powers, Bette Rose (Jerry) Lepouttre, Mike (Darlene) Powers, and deceased Barbara Matheson. Cherished grandmother - great grandmother. Funeral will be in Clearwater, Florida. Memorials can be sent to Alzheimer's or Capuchin's.
ROBINSON JOEL D. October 19, 2014. Age 71. Retired Vice Chairman of American Axle & Manufacturing. Loving husband of Carol for 14 years. Dear father of Deborah Molter (Marc), Tony (Jaclyn), and Christopher. Proud grandfather of Casey, Katelyn, Anthony, and Brandon. Brother of Nancy Hendrickson (Steve), Mary White (William), Mark, Jim (fiancée Cathy), Matt (Sue), and Ann Ferrara (Terry). Brother-in-law of the late Arlene. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Thursday 4-8 p.m. and Friday 12-8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (between 13-14 Mile), 248-549-0500. Funeral Service Saturday 11 a.m. at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 W. Long Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills. Visitation at church begins at 10 a.m. Memorial tributes to the Joel D. Robinson Memorial Fund at Colon Cancer Alliance, 1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 1066, Washington, DC 20005 or the Joel D. Robinson Memorial Fund at Good Life Health Care, 135 W Franklin St, Monterey, CA 93940. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com.
SCHROEDER GARY BERT Age 70, of Taylor. October 17, 2014. Beloved husband of Rose Marie for 48 years. Loving father of Charlotte, Jeanette (Hobie), and Jarrett. Proud Papa of Marie and Jessica. Dear brother of Judy and Nan. Loving son-in-law of Leokadia Dagostini. Survived also by many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Preceded in death by parents Bert and Donna Schroeder; brother David; and aunt Mildred. Visitation Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Friday 2-9 p.m. at The Allen Park Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 10915 Allen Rd. (corner of Goddard). Rosary Thursday 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In state Saturday 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Mass at St. Alfred Catholic Church, Taylor. www.martenson.com
BARBAS SIDNEY L., Beloved husband of the late Elaine Barbas; Cherished father of Andrew (Lisa) Barbas and Dr. Nancy Barbas (Dr. Jonathan Sugar); Loving Papa of Adrienne Barbas (Ben Croft), Matthew Barbas, Brian Barbas, Abby Sugar (Sylvie Lardeux) and Leigh Sugar; brother of Mollie (the late Harry) Lipsitz, Lottie (the late Aaron) Gellerman, the late Nathan (the late Marion) Barbas, the late Sarah (the late William) Gutman, and the late Dora (the late Jack) Kaplan; brother-in-law of the late Morris (the late Anne) Werney, the late Sam Werney, the late Ida (the late Allen) Kramer, the late Bess (the late Barney) Mills, the late Violet (the late Harry) Bayer and the late Rose (the late Harry) Perlman. Also survived by his loving caregiver Cynthanee Green and his beloved Peepers. SERVICES 2:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY IN THE DAVID OPPENHEIM MEMORIAL CHAPEL AT MACHPELAH CEMETERY. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL 248-569-0020. www.irakaufman.com
VASICH MARY Age 91, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2014. Dear wife of the late Adam. Beloved mother of Helen (David), Adam, Michael (Jennifer) and the late Vincent and Louis. Dear sister of Petronnilla, Virginia and the late Cecelia, Laura and Vera. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Memorial Service 11 a.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, MI. www.kaulfuneralhome.com.
WATTERS, SR., JACKIE DUANE Age 72 of Fowlerville, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Born June 6, 1942, he had been a lifelong resident of the Fowlerville/Howell area. Jackie was a proud Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and retired truck driver. Beloved husband of the late Charlotte (Drayton) Watters who preceded him in death on June 18, 1998. Loving father of Jackie Watters, Jr. Also survived by his twin brother, Jerry (Lena) Watters of Perrysburg and brother Clarence (Martha) Watters of Prudenville; several nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Funeral services for Jackie will be held Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene, 8040 Country Corner Drive, Fowlerville. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Howell. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. Please visit the family's on line guest book at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
WEDDING ROD Memorial Service Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:30 p.m. at St. Clare of Montefalco Church, 1401 Whittier Rd., Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48230.
WEGLARZ FRANCIS D., Age 80, of Battle Creek, died Monday, October 13, 2014, at Bronson Battle Creek. Francis was born August 23, 1934, in Detroit, MI, the son of Francis J. and Eleanor (Hayes) Weglarz. He was a 1954 graduate of Cass Technical High School and then attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA. He had been an area resident since 1971. On June 19, 1965, he was united in marriage to the former Mona B. Farmakis who survives. Francis worked as a Stylist at the Chrysler Corporation in Highland Park, an Exhibit Designer at George P. Johnson Company in Warren, MI, a Design and Illustration Chief in advertising at LesStrang Adversting in Ann Arbor, Creative Director for Doty, Phillips and Laing, Inc., in Battle Creek and an Illustrator for the U.S. Army TACOM in Warren, MI. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Francis liked all kinds of music especially jazz. Surviving is a daughter, Jennifer (Peter) Weglarz-Fergus; a sister, Kathleen Nancy Lucas; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Patricia Zinkosky and Frances Rollins. In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 27, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Christopher Derda officiating. Inurnment with full military honors will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. www.henryfuneralhome.org
WESOLOWSKI IRENE R. October 19, 2014. Age 90. Beloved daughter of the late Louis and Margaret. Loving sister of Eleanor (the late Joseph) Kamensack, Louis (the late Gail) Weston, and the late Raymond (the late Pearl) Wesolowski. Dear aunt of Gary, Patricia, Jeffrey (Terri) and Anthony Kamensack, and Dennis Corey. Visitation 3-9 p.m., with Scripture Service 7:00 p.m. Friday, and Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Saturday at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. Light a candle and share a memory at www.verheyden.org.