FERRISS, MICHAEL JAMES Age 24, of Farmington and East Lansing, died suddenly Sunday, March 22, 2015. Michael is survived by his devoted parents, Michael and Andrea; his loving sister, Elizabeth; and his grandmother, Mary Jordan. Sadly, Michael was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond Jordan, Harold Ferriss and Jane Ferriss. Visitation Sunday, March 29, 2-7 p.m. at the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23270 Farmington Rd., (btw. 9-10 Mile Rds., just N of Grand River), downtown Farmington (248-474-5200). Funeral mass Monday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. (in state at 9:30 a.m.) at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 23615 Power Rd., Farmington. Memorial gifts suggested to Young Life, younglife.org, or Starfish Family Services, starfishonline.org. heeney-sundquist.com
HUNT, VIRGINIA Of Ann Arbor, Michigan Age 95, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015. She was born March 27, 1919 in Dayton, Ohio, to Anthony R. and Margaret G. (Mardis) Adams. In June of 1943, she married George Sylvester. He preceded her in death March 29, 1971. She received a Bachelor's Degree from Miami University, Ohio and a Master's Degree in music and education from the University of Michigan. A passionate music lover, Virginia taught piano for 75 years, first in Dayton and then in Ann Arbor. She took up the Hammered Dulcimer in her mid-70s, and continued playing piano until just before her death. Virginia was a teacher at Meadowview School in Pittsfield Township, then at Isbister Elementary School in Plymouth, MI for fifteen years. She also taught nursery school at the First United Methodist Church and the First Presbyterian Church, both of Ann Arbor. She sang in the choir at the First Methodist Church for many years as well as accompanying them on the piano. She was socially active, and was a member of many clubs, including the Ann Arbor City Club and the University of Michigan Faculty Wives' Club. Survivors include: three children, George (Diana) Hunt of Chelsea, Lynn (Nancy) Hunt of Ypsilanti and Merrily (Len) Smeenk of Monroe, WA; three granddaughters, Carolyn Hunt of AZ, Elizabeth Melton of Seattle, WA and Katherine Hunt of CA; two sisters-in-law, Pat Adams of OH and Imogene Adams of Hale, MI; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Lena Schmidt and three brothers, Ralph Adams, Ray Adams and Roy Adams. Per Virginia's wishes, her body has been donated to the University of Michigan Department of Anatomy. A celebration of her life will take place 2 pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 120 S. State Street. A tea will be held afterward. Those wishing to offer a memorial may donate to the Joseph Brinkman Piano Scholarship at the University of Michigan School of Music, the Faculty Women's Club Endowment Fund #57-1074 at the U of M or the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor. Please sign her guest book at www.starkfuneral.com.
KEITH, BETTY JEAN (AYCOCK) Passed away on February 26, 2015. Beloved mother of Cherie (Keith) Haller, Rex (Vinka) Keith, grandsons Ben Haller and Steven Keith, sister Virginia Brumley, many cousins, nieces, nephews and family.
KUEHN, JANICE ELLEN Age 85, March 25, 2015. Born September 8, 1929. Beloved wife of 62 years to Rev. Dr. Vernon Kuehn. They were married May 24, 1952 at Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Janice is a graduate of Denison University, a member of Alpha Omiron Pi Sorority, member of Cherry Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Kuehn was raised on Long Island, New York. She is the dearest mother of Deborah Dondzila, Stephen Kuehn, Teri Twist, and Jeffrey (Kathy) Kuehn. Loving grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of four. Dear sister of Paul Carter Jr. Memorial service scheduled Saturday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. at The Cherry Hill Baptist Church, 1045 N. Gulley Rd., Dearborn Heights. Memorial contributions suggested to the church or Arbor Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to The Fisher Funeral Home of Redford Township. www.Fisherfuneral.net
QUINN, NELDEN BICKEL Birmingham, Michigan 3/12/1914-3/3/2015 Nelden B. Quinn, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Henry Ford Village in Dearborn, Michigan where she has resided since the death of her husband, Edward L. Quinn, MD in 2003. She was born in Lockwood, Missouri on March 12, 1914, the eldest daughter of William Alfred Bickel and Mary (Kurtz) Bickel. Nelden received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from University of Missouri. She married Edward L. Quinn, MD in 1942 in Newport, Kentucky. They both worked at Henry Ford Hospital before a daughter was born and Edward entered the Navy, serving as a physician in the Aleutian Islands while Nelden returned to her family in Lockwood, Missouri. They eventually returned to Michigan and Henry Ford Hospital living first in Dearborn, then moving to Birmingham, Michigan. She was active in the Henry Ford Wives Club, Birmingham First Methodist Church, as a scout leader and neighborhood nurse. Among our favorite memories was her ability to tell engaging stories, cook delicious meals and spend family time with us at the cottage on Crystal Lake. She is survived by three children, Patricia (Dennis) Ritchie of Ann Arbor, MI, Michael L. (Patricia Scheel) Quinn of Ann Arbor, MI and Jane (Dale) Paccamonti of Baton Rouge, LA; six grandchildren, Kelly (Eric) Dreyer of Littleton, CO, Kirsten Ritchie of Ann Arbor, MI, Sara Paccamonti of Hanover, NH, David Quinn of Ann Arbor, MI, Samuel Quinn of Washington, DC, and Hannah Quinn of San Francisco, CA; two great-granddaughters, Cameron and Hayden Dreyer; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and their spouses, brother Robert (Gerry) Bickel, sisters Ruth (Howard) McNeil, Maxine (William) Stonecipher, nephew Daniel Stonecipher and niece Natalie (McNeil) Aschen. A celebration of Nelden's life will be at a later date.
SCHOENFELD, ROBERT J., M.D. March 21, 2015 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Age 86. Beloved husband of Franziska, D.D.S. for 61 years. Dear father of Eric Schoenfeld, Lisa Tousley, and Peter Schoenfeld (MaryLiz). Loving grandfather of Claire Tousley, Nathanael Tousley (Beth), Aaron Tousley, and Jonathan Tousley. Also survived by Melinda and Paul Johnson, Peter Johnson, Kristen Johnson, Susan Schoenfeld, and Maya Kempff. Memorial service Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1800 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham. Memorial tributes to Wayne State School of Medicine, Development and Alumni Affairs, 540 Canfield, Room 1369, Attention: Leigh Trerice, Detroit, Michigan 48201. A.J. Desmond & Sons, (248) 549-0500. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com.
STIMAC, LAWRENCE To the family of Fran (Stimac) Nordstrom: Her brother Larry Stimac passed away in Hibbing Minnesota on August 11, 2014. Survived by his son Dan, 918-408-1272 (Oklahoma).
BURR, DONNA L. Age 64, passed away March 21, 2015. She is survived by her husband Dave, children: Kevin and Laura, brother Bob Pirie and Rochelle Pirie. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Jacqueline Pirie and brothers: Paul, John and Joe. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 27th from 2:00-8:00pm at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St. www.phillipsfuneral.com
FOURNIER, DAVID R. Age 54, of Waterford, passed March 18, 2015. Lynch & Sons, Milford, 248-684-6645.
FRANZ, WILLIAM November 15, 1922 - March 23, 2015. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
GARIEPY, ROBERT Of South Lyon, March 25, 1935 - March 19, 2015. Services by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, Northrop-Sassaman Chapel.
KOTELES, SANDOR JOZSEF "ALEX" Age 75, of Westland, passed away on March 21, 2015. Beloved husband of Delores, who preceded him in death. Dear father of Kathleen Toma, Jennifer MacEwen, Maria Smith, and Sandor, Jr. (Fiona) Koteles. Proud grandfather of Aaron Toma, Rianna Koteles, Marli Koteles, Caleb Smith; caring brother of Barbara. Sandor was preceded in death by his siblings Yolan, Maria, Frank, and Steve. He loved his Hungarian heritage as well as spending time with his family. He will be remembered for being a great cook, especially for his chicken paprikas, stuffed cabbage, as well as his homemade chicken vegetable soup. He enjoyed being outside in the sun keeping busy. Sandor retired from GM as a tool and die maker. The visitation and service will be Saturday, March 28th from 1pm until the time of service, which begins, at 3pm at Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, 46401 W. Ann Arbor Rd. (btwn. Sheldon and Beck) Plymouth. Contributions suggested to American Diabetes Association or American Kidney Foundation. Visit: ww.vermeulenfh.com and leave a tribute for the family
KURNICK, E. RUTH Age 86, passed away March 18, 2015. She was born on June 14, 1928 in Detroit, daughter of the late Leonard & Margaret Hoffman. Eleanor is survived by her loving children: David (Deborah), Paul (Laurie), Corinne (Dave) Kroll, and Brian; five grandchildren: Aaron, Kelly, Matthew, Jeffrey and Zachary; and two great-grandchildren: Easton and Jase. She was preceded in death by one sister. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 21 at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pink Ribbon Riders, 5420 Beckley Rd., Suite 334, Battle Creek, MI 49015. www.phillipsfuneral.com
LITTLE, JOHN July 31 1934 - March 22, 2015. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
LUCAS, SHIRLEY J. Age 66, longtime resident of South Lyon, passed away peacefully Saturday March 21, 2015 surrounded by family and friends after suffering a massive heart attack one week prior. She was born in Detroit, MI daughter of William and Phyllis (nee Callahan) Potter. She was united in marriage to Kirk L. Lucas on September 29, 1979. Shirley worked at Bartlett Elementary School for 20 years and was known by many in the community as "Miss Shirley". The most important aspect of her life was her children; she was like a second mother to many. Shirley touched the life of everyone she met with her outgoing personality and sense of humor. She made special and brightened the life of everyone she touched. Shirley is survived by her loving husband Kirk; her children Sean (Celeste Short) Lucas and Emmy (Donny) Lucas; her sister Mary Jane (Manly) Hyde; her nieces Elizabeth and Mary Cate Hyde; and her grandchildren Raygina and Caezar. A memorial gathering will be held Thursday, March 26 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church of South Lyon, 205 East Lake Street, South Lyon. Contributions would be appreciated to the family of Shirley Lucas for a proper memorial at Bartlett Elementary. Share condolences at casterlinefuneralhome.com
MASON, GORDON 91, passed away on March 15, 2015 in Cheboygan. He had lived in Northville for many years and just recently moved to the northern Michigan area. Gordy was born in Detroit, the son of John E. and Mabel (Howard) Mason. In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served primarily in the South Pacific on Ulithi. After discharge he was employed by Sun Oil Company until his retirement in 1981. Gordy was an active member of the Northville, MI VFW Post 4012 and over the years served as Trustee, Jr. Vice Commander, Sr. Vice Commander, and Commander (1994-1995). He also was a member of the Honor Guard as its bugler and participated in honoring many fallen soldiers. Those who knew Gordy will remember him as a loyal friend, a loving husband, a great Dad and fantastic Grandpa. He was always one who could be counted on when help was needed. They will also remember his love of the Big Band Era music - Glen Miller, Guy Lombardo, Tommy Dorsey, Spike Jones, and others. When that music was playing his foot was tapping, his hand was swaying, and a smile was always on his face. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Janet L. (Hollister) Mason; daughter Susan (Pat) Allor; son Thomas Mason; grandchildren Lindsay (Phil) Babian, Brian (Beth) Allor, Caitlan (Bob) Mistele, Shannon Mason, and Mitchel Mason. He also leaves behind great-granddaughter Natalie Allor. A memorial in honor of Gordy will take place at the Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord on Saturday, March 28 with visitation at 11:00 a.m. and the service beginning at noon. Interment will take place at a later date at The Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Straits or the Northville VFW Post 4012 through Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com.
McCANN, HAZEN DUNN April 2, 1928 - March 21, 2015 L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, Northrop Sassaman Chapel.
MILLER, MALINDA E. Age 81, of Northville passed away March 15, 2015. Share condolences at casterlinefuneralhome.com
O'ROURKE, FRANCES RITA Frances Rita O'Rourke, age 81, of South Lyon, passed away March 21, 2015. She was a woman of faith and trust in God. Loving and caring for others were her trademark. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bill; three children and five grandchildren. Visitation was held on Tuesday at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon and A funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Lyon. www.phillipsfuneral.com
PIERSON, ROBERT E. Age 93, longtime resident of Northville, passed away March 20, 2015. Full obituary at casterlinefuneralhome.com
SPAGNUOLO, JOSEPH Of South Lyon. Age 94. Passed away on March 22, 2015 in Novi, Michigan. He was born in Northville, Michigan to James and Mary (Spadafor) Spagnuolo on November 4, 1920. He owned and operated The Liquor Shop and was a property owner in Northville. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Irene (DeRose) Spagnuolo. He is survived by his son, James Spagnuolo; daughter, Mary Joann (Spagnuolo) Geddes; grandchildren, Anthony and Joseph Spagnuolo; great-grandchildren, Giavanna, Grayson and James Spagnuolo; and sister, Theresa Falsetta. Funeral Mass is 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow, Lansing, with Fr. John P. Klein officiating. Visitation will be at the church just prior to the Mass from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. at the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may visit the guest book at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com.
SPRAGUE, NORMA J. Age 96, of Middleville, formerly of South Lyon, passed away March 20, 2015. Full obituary at casterlinefuneralhome.com
TOUSSAINT, CHARLES H.W. Age 84, lifelong resident of Northville, passed away March 16, 2015. Share condolences at: casterlinefuneralhome.com
WANGEMAN, ROSEMARY Age 82, longtime resident of Northville, passed away March 18, 2015. Full obit at casterlinefuneralhome.com
WHEATON, MARGARET PATRICIA Age 76, of Key Colony Beach, formerly of Milford passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015 under Heartland Hospice care. A Memorial Gathering for Margaret will be held at her son's house, 17 Liddy, Brighton, MI 48114, on Saturday, June 6, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel and the home during the services. Margaret was born on December 2, 1938 in Pontiac, the daughter of Earl and Gladas (Mastick) Rice. Margaret enjoyed flower gardening and entertaining family and friends. Margaret is survived by her husband, Harry Wheaton; sons, Carl (Monica) Wheaton, Donald (Nena) Wheaton, and Paul (Emmalyn) Wheaton; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Mary (Richard) Reuther; and many nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her sister, Martha and parents. You may view Margaret's obituary online and send a condolence to the family, light a memorial candle, or place a memorial donation at www.clarkfuneralchapel.com