BRECKELS, MARK WILLIAM Formerly from Birmingham, died November 13, 2014. Born in Detroit March 14, 1956. He is survived by his mother Frances, siblings Mike, Jon (Charlene), Ann Marie (Ron), Chris (Elena), and Suzy (Marty). He loved Heinz Ketchup, Miracle Whip and baseball.
BREWER, DEBORAH LOU December 19, 2014 Age 65. Beloved mother of Jonas (Shannon) and Wyatt. Loving grandmother of Gunnar and Riley Wallgren and Waylon and Eamon Brewer. Dear sister of Sandra Perry (Lou) and Roberta Stewart. Aunt of Gunnar and Gannan Dudlar. Daughter of the late Bob and Betty Hickson. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (btwn 13-14 Mile), 248-549-0500, Saturday, January 10th at 1:00p.m. until memorial service 2p.m. Memorial tributes to Wounded Warrior Project or Pets For Vets. A.J. Desmond & Sons 248-549-0500. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com
HACKETT, JEANNE P. December 13, 2014. Age 95. Beloved wife of the late Robert V. Hackett. Loving mother of Hilary Small and Amy Palmer (David). Beloved grandmother of Garrett Small (Tara), Stephanie Young (Erron), Jeffrey Small (Amber), Drew Palmer (Sarah), and Amanda Palmer. Great-grandmother of Hudson, Turner, Beckham, Aiden, and Mackenzie. Jeanne was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Hillsdale School for girls in Cincinnati and went on to study Art at both the Cincinnati Art Academy and Chicago's Ray Vogue School of Design. After her marriage, she moved to Birmingham and became involved in the community, working for 26 years as a volunteer in the Emergency Department of Beaumont Hospital. She was a great supporter of The Community House and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center, as well as a member of The Village Club for 54 years. Her interest turned to creating jewelry and she enjoyed what she always said was a modest success. Memorial Service Saturday, January 17, at Christ Church Cranbrook (Lone Pine, West of Woodward), Bloomfield Hills. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial tributes to The Village Club Foundation, 190 E. Long Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, or Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, or The Community House, 380 Bates St., Birmingham, MI 48009. A.J. Desmond & Sons, (248) 549-0500. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com.
HURT, LEON STANLEY Age 91, December 25, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Cora Ann and Rose Marie. Loving father of Felix, Theresa "Teri" Friedman, Raymond and David. Dear grandfather of Amanda, Raymond Jr., Jason, Jonathan, Kaysee and Sarah. Great-grandfather of Leo. Funeral Service at the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, 15451 Farmington Rd., Livonia, Tuesday at 11 a.m. Visitation Monday from 1 8 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Please share a memory at www.rggrharris.com.
KERT, HARRY Died December 23, 2014, age 81. Beloved husband of Corrine. Dear father of Caroline Kert of Boulder, Colorado, Kevin (Donna) Kert of Hartland, Michigan, and Brian (Rebecca) Kert of Livonia, MI. Grandfather of Dylan, Donna Lee, Owain, Mackenzie, Reagan. Brother of Friedell Wolson and Glorine Katanick. Visitation Tuesday, December 30 9:30 until time of services at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, 30900 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harry's memory to the organization of your choice. Share a memory: mannsfuneralhome.com
LANPHEAR, BETTY JO It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of our dear sweet mother and grandmother. On the evening of December 21st, Betty lost her battle with cancer, while surrounded by her loving family. Born in Sparks, Oklahoma, on September 14th, 1935, she moved to Plymouth, Michigan, with her mother and father in 1937. She resided in Plymouth until 1979, when she purchased her home in Northville, MI, where she spent 30 years celebrating Christmas, birthdays, Thanksgiving and family parties. She is survived by her sister, Jayna Eckler; her children, Duane (Kathy) Lanphear, Mary Ellen (Jimmy) Hover, Diane (Glenn) Keen, and Suzie (Chris) Dominique; and grandchildren, John and Kristine Lanphear, Jamie Hover, Haden, Haley and Victoria Keen, Nathan, Austin and Logan Dominique. Preceded by her father, Leo Wilson Arnold; mother, Ellen Lenora Moody; brother, Jimmy Arnold; and former husband and dear friend, Neal Lanphear. A memorial celebration will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth on December 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.
OLSEN, SHIRLEY IRENE Age 79 of Monroe, formerly of Garden City, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 13, 2014 in her home. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 3, 2015, 12 noon until a memorial service celebrating Shirley's Life at 2 p.m. from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2275 S. Custer Rd. Rev. Katherine Kolodziejczyk, pastor of the Church will officiate. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Shirley's honor are asked to consider the Humane Society of Monroe County. For more information, to send a floral arrangement or leave an online condolence, please visit www.allore.com
STEWART, MARY L. "MARY LOU" Of Dexter, Michigan, age 77, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at St. Joseph Village Church, 3430 Dover, Dexter. Visitation at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Friday., January 23, from 6-8 p.m. with Scripture service at 7:30 p.m., and at church on Sunday from 10-11 a.m. Obituary at www.mitchellfuneral.com
BOWERS, JR., HARRY F. 88, passed away December 18, 2014, with his wife Audrey by his side in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Harry was born July 20, 1926, in Toledo, Ohio to Harry and Helen Bowers. Harry's mother Helen raised him until her untimely death in 1945. Harry was a graduate of Redford Union High, served in WWII and was honorably discharged from the army in 1946. In addition, Harry served in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1953 and was a graduate of Western Michigan College. He was an accountant with Consumer's Power Company for nearly 31 years, retiring in 1985 as accounting controller at their Traverse City branch. Harry was blessed to have married Doris Wendland of Novi, Michigan in 1954 and together they had three children, Greg Bowers, Harry Bowers, and Lynn Moody. After the untimely death of Doris in 1985, Harry was fortunate to have met and later marry Audrey Dowen of Traverse City, Michigan. Harry and Audrey have spent the past 30 years entertaining, golfing, traveling and enjoying life. Mr. Bowers is survived by his wife, Audrey Bowers; children, Greg Bowers, Harry Bowers, and Lynn Moody; step-children, Sybil Poage, Terri Wolfe, Cherri Ballantine, and Scott Dowen; and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond Bowers and Warren Bowers. A Memorial Service was held Monday, December 22 at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. www.phillipsfuneral.com.
BURNS, RITA September 2, 1951- December 10, 2014. www. obriensullivanfuneralhome.com.
CLARK, IDA H. May 1, 1920 -December 16, 2014. L.J. Griffin Funeral Home-Northrop Sassaman Chapel.
FELTER, RUTH S. June 30, 1921 - December 18, 2014 L. J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop Sassaman Chapel
FIX, ROBERT March 18, 1936- December 9, 2014. www. obriensullivanfuneralhome.com.
HENRY, LISA MARIE Of Milford, passed away peacefully at her home in the loving care of her family on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 43 years old. She leaves her husband, Darrick Henry; their children, Megan and Clay Henry; her parents, Rick and Jeanne Seymour; her brother, Kevin (Melissa) Seymour and many extended family and dear friends. A Funeral Service was held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Walled Lake on Saturday, December 20th, 2014. Rev. Paul M. Moldenhauer officiated. Burial Milford Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Girl Scouts of America. For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645 or visit LynchFuneralDirectors.com
McMILLAN, GERALD March 11, 1925- December 11, 2014. www. obriensullivanfuneralhome.com.
PASTERNACKI, GARY August 31, 1955 -December 17, 2014. Phillips Funeral Home. www.phillipsfuneralhome.com
PAULK, ADAM April 21, 1992- December 7, 2014. www. obriensullivanfuneralhome.com.
SCALCO, ROBERT V. November 29, 1981- December 14, 2014. www. obriensullivanfuneralhome.com.
SMITH, JEANETTE July 27, 1924 - December 18, 2014. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
TERRANA, CHARLES April 22, 1920- December 9, 2014. www. obriensullivanfuneralhome.com.
WILSON, DANIEL November 28, 1980- December 11, 2014. www. obriensullivanfuneralhome.com.
BRANDON, CLARENCE G. December 18, 2014, age 94. He was a great man of character, honesty and dependability. His word was his bond. Beloved husband of the late Rachel. Dear father of Bob (Pat) Brandon, Donna (Jimmie) Gribble, and Tonya Willette. Dear grandfather of Chris (Lauren) Brandon, Rachel Leann (Steven) Jones, Dr. Timothy (Milayna) Brandon, Michelle (Ken) Lindberg, Susan (Thomas) Strey, and Dirk Willette. Great-grandfather of Angela, Joshua, Kara, Allison, Benjamin, Calvin, Ian, and Molly. Brother of William, L.D., Clyce, and the late Melvin Brandon. Visitation Monday 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 South Main Street, Plymouth, where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday 11 a.m.
BRITTON, SIDNEY Of Venice, Florida, formerly of Beverly Hill, MI, died on December 14, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, JoAnn Britton. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
HEILMANN, GERHARD MAX Died peacefully in his sleep on December 11, 2014 surrounded by his family in Gardendale Alabama. Max as he was known to his friends and family was born on January 29, 2014 in Berlin Germany and immigrated to the United States in December 1960 making his home in Livonia MI with his wife Ruth. He enjoyed the outdoors,camping and his beloved garden. Max and Ruth traveled the world after his retirement from Detroit Diesel making trips to Europe, the Panama Canal and the Carribean. He is survived by his wife, his children Michael (Maureen), Andrew (Annette) and Dorothy Obara. He was very proud of his six grandchildren Lindsay, Dana, Hans, "The Girl" Tori, Grace and Grant who called him "Opa". Max is at rest and his family will have a memorial service in Hollywood, Florida on December 27, 2014. Donations may be made in his honor at the National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org on his honor page.
HILL, JOHN N. Age 57, of Farmington Hills, owner of Chem-Dry of Oak Hills, died unexpectedly December 15, 2014. John was preceded in death his beloved parents William and Naomi Hill. He is survived by his loving wife Beth and his dear children Nevin (Jennifer) Hill, Justin (Angela) Hill, Brian (Katie) Hill, Emily (James) Morris, Alysse (Joshua) Hill, and Austin Hill; his siblings Larry (Barb) Hill and Janice (Greg) Exner; and cherished grandchildren Kelsey and Owen Hill, and Gavin Hill. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 20th, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Bloomfield Hills. Interment at Parkview Memorial Park, Livonia. Memorial gifts suggested to Autism Speaks, Lighthouse of Oakland County, or Little Hearts. heeney-sundquist.com
LITKE, MELVIN H. Age 93, passed away on December 16, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Dorothea. Loving father of Cheryl (Peter) Prsavage, Sue (Jim) Kaunisto, and Kathy (Bill) Knox. Devoted grandfather of Nikki, Scott (Danielle), Samantha, and Josh. Proud great-grandfather of Jonny, Joey, Ben, Téa, and Aidan. Brother of the late Norman, Leonard, Wilbert, Victor Litke, and Lenore DeVos. Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Melvin Litke served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the Eighth Air Force, 96th bombardment group as a waist gunner in a B-17, flying 50 missions over Europe. He was a senior designer at General Motors for 42 years retiring in 1982. He was an active member of VFW Post 6695 in Plymouth. Memorial Service to be held January 10, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, 45201 N. Territorial Rd., Plymouth, MI. Family visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., with a luncheon following. Internment at Glen Eden Memorial Park. Memorials to the American Cancer Society.
PIERCE, ROSS 94, of Tryon, North Carolina, joined our Lord Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in St. Luke's Hospital, Columbus, NC. Born in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late Charles D. and Mary Elizabeth Brewer Pierce. He started little league baseball in Birmingham, MI. Mr. Pierce was a graduate of Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee before entering WWII serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Naval Air Force. Mr. Pierce was an avid sportsman. He was a member of the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills Chamber of Commerce, an electrical contractor, and donated the lighting at Shain Park. He moved to Tryon, NC in 1980. His family had a horse farm in Tryon and they visited often. He and his wife spent a lot of time in Key Biscayne, Florida. Mr. Pierce was loved by all and will be dearly missed. Surviving is his wife of sixty-nine years, Carolyn Watkins Pierce; three sons, Ross Pierce of Las Vegas, Nevada, Brian Pierce of Rutherfordton, NC, and Carl Pierce of Tryon, NC; two daughters, Cathie Lossiah of Cherokee, NC, and Denise Pierce of Columbus, NC. Also surviving are four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Pierce. No services are planned. An online guest register is available at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com.