ASHLEY, DOROTHEA ELLEN August 24, 1934 - August 19, 2015. L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop-Sassaman Chapel.
CAREY, JIM of South Lyon, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the age of 70. He was a long time resident and local business owner, he was a CPA for over 30 years. Survived by his wife Camille, daughters Mandy (Reed) Heitman and Christy Cody as well as five grandchildren: Logan (9), Emerson (7), Mackenzie (6), Grayson (5) and Lawson (4 months). Also survived by his brothers: Ed Carey and Tom (Sheila) Carey as well as his "adopted brother" John (Jeanette) Gulbernat. Jim is preceded in death by his parents Ann and Joseph Carey and sister Dolly Basharrah. Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 25th, 3-9p.m. and Wednesday, August 26th 2-9p.m. with a funeral service on Thursday, August 27th at 11:00a.m., visiting starting at 10:15a.m.. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. www.phillipsfuneral.com
COPPOLA, KATHLEEN Age 60, passed away August 19, 2015. She was born on February 14, 1955 in Hamilton Air Force Base, California. She was the loving wife of Ugo for over 41 blessed years; the loving mother to Vincent and Erik and the loving daughter to George and Phyllis Wardrip. She is also survived by two grandchildren Ryan and Gianna. Remember Kathy surrounded by her animals. Visitation was held on Monday, August 24 at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, August 25 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 6805 Mast Road, Dexter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michigan Humane Society or Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. www.phillipsfuneral.com
DEFINA, SR., FRANKIE J. Age 88, passed away August 19, 2015. He was born on September 30, 1926 in Northville, son of the late Nicholas and Frances Defina. He is survived by his children, Daniel (Jacqueline) Bishop, Kathy (Don) Foster, Patricia Gordon, Kristine (Lenn) White, Bonnie Rathburn, Theresa (Chris) Mertoian, and Frankie Jr. (Terri) Defina. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Frankie was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara in 1968; his second wife, Margaret in 2010; his daughter, Kathy (Jon) Raville; his son, Joseph Bishop; and one brother and two sisters. Visitation was held on Friday, August 21 from 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Lyon. He will be laid to rest in Rural Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Hospice of Michigan. www.phillipsfuneral.com
KOVACS, MATILDA June 1, 1921-August 23, 2015. Arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home, www.philipsfuneral.com
LITTLE, KATHERINE Age 94 of Canton, August 24, 2015. Beloved mother of Wilma (James) Stoops, Kenneth (Nancy) Little. Also survived by five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation Wednesday, 3p.m. to 8p.m. at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth. Funeral Thursday, 11a.m. at Schrader-Howell. Share memories at www.schrader-howell.com
MAYER, ROBERT "BOB" H. Died peacefully at home on August 24, 2015, just days before his 82nd birthday. Bob was born in Flint, Michigan to Robert and Martha Mayer. The family relocated to Grand Rapids. Bob graduated from East Grand Rapids High School with the class of 1951. A 1955 graduate of Michigan State University he was affiliated with R.O.T.C. and Sigma Nu fraternity. He spent the next two years serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Chaumont, France. Upon return to Grand Rapids, he married Shirley Anne Taylor in 1959. Bob enjoyed a career of over 40 years in sales and management in the aluminum industry, primarily with Kaiser Aluminum in the Detroit area. Making their home in Birmingham, MI, they raised their three children; Martha, Rob and John. Bob is survived by Shirley, his wife of 56 years, daughter Martha (Richard) Walsh, sons Robert III (Bridget) Mayer and John (Kimberly) Mayer, seven grandchildren, sisters Janet (Randall) Peacock and Julie (Gamal) Elashhab. A memorial service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Mayflower Congregational Church. The family will greet friends on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Arizona Autism United, 5025 E. Washington St., Suite 212, Phoenix, AZ 85034. The family is being served by Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service Grand Rapids, MI 616-940-7333. www.metcalfandjonkhoff.com
NEWSTEAD, MAXINE ANN 80, died after a long struggle with Dementia/Alzheimer's on Friday, August 7, 2015 in St. Joseph, Michigan. She was born on February 19, 1935 in Saginaw, Michigan to Charles and Gretta (Seymour) Worthington. In 1956 she married William Newstead Jr. they were married for 36 years until his passing in 1993. Maxine worked at Ford Motor Company for 30 years retiring in 1990. Maxine was survived by her son Gordy, his wife Theresa and their children Jyl and Justin and her son Paul, his wife Laura and their children Madeline, Cullen, Carmen, and John. Memorial service will be held in the summer of 2016. Memorial donations may be made in Maxine's name to your local Humane Society.
PICHE, LILLIE August 10, 1932 - August 17, 2015. L. J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop-Sassaman Chapel. griffinfuneralhome.com
PURDY, LILLIAN MARY Age 90. Beloved mother of Raymond, the late Ronald, Susan DeBord, and Janet Ogden. Loving grandmother of Miranda and Travis. She also leaves behind many other loving family and friends. Visitation Wednesday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fred Wood Funeral Home Rice Chapel 36100 5 Mile Rd. (E. of Levan) Livonia. Funeral Service 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, gathering 12 p.m. Share condolences at: fredwoodfuneralhome.com
ROMANIK M.D., DR. JOHN H. Dr. John H. Romanik, M.D. Born on October 20, 1935 in Cheboygan, Michigan. Died on August 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Married Carol (Hierholzer) on May 28th, 1960. Graduated from Pellston High School and he then went on to graduate from University of Detroit. Graduated from St. Louis University Medical School. He served his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He was Director of the Children's Ward at Maybury Sanatorium. Private Practice as a Pediatrician in Farmington and then later moved his practice to Novi. He was Chairman of Department of Pediatrics at Providence Hospital and retired in 1991. He is predeceased by sons Matthew and Peter Romanik and two brothers and three sisters. Survived by his wife Carol and four children: Dr Elizabeth (Paul) Kinzie, Andrew Romanik, David (Kristine) Romanik and Dr. Anne-Marie (Paul) Patenaude. Grandfather of Abigail, Jack, Ben, Caitlyn, Alex, Liberty, Emma, Victor, Noah and Spencer. Brother of Irene (Romanik) Pakala and Chester Romanik. Dr. Romanik was a member of American Academy of Pediatrics, Old Timers of Northville, Lector at Our Lady of Victory Church and Salvation Army organizer of Bell Ringers. His hobbies were his grandchildren, wood working, camping, traveling, cruising and playing cards. Special thanks to the Dr. Chester Hoyt family for his Gift of Life 20 years ago. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Gift of Life Michigan. Visitation Friday, August 28, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at O'Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, 41555 Grand River, Novi (248) 348-1800. Instate Saturday 9 a.m. until funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, 133 Orchard St., Northville. On line condolences www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
SAFFELL, ROBERT L. 85, of Leland, died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on Monday, August 17, 2015. He was born in Bloomington, Indiana on March 9, 1930; the son of Herbert and Lillian (Smallwood) Saffell. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Saffell. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Joanne Olson Saffell, and their children and grandchildren. Bob attended Birmingham High School, where he met Joanne and established many lifelong friendships that continue to this day. He went on to attend Miami of Ohio University, followed by service in the U.S. Army, during the Korean war. Bob and Joanne married in 1951 and started a family that would grow to include 8 children (Cynie, Susan, Steve, Jim, Annie, Peggy, John and Jane). Those children would give him 17 adored grandchildren and one great-grandchild. To them, he was affectionately known as Bumpa. He enjoyed a long and successful career in the advertising business and worked for many prestigious firms, including J Walter Thompson and Doyle Dane Bernbach. His specialty was automotive accounts and he was known as one of the best "car guys" in the industry. He was loved and respected by everyone that worked with him. Those friends/colleagues remember him for always bringing humor, integrity, hard work and a keen mind to the job. Bob and Joanne left Birmingham in 1971 and eventually landed in Los Angeles, where they lived for roughly 25 years, and raised their younger children. But they never lost their love for Leland. So, when it came time to retire, they settled "up north". In Leland his favorite days were spent playing golf or tennis, enjoying time with his wife and children, their spouses, the grandchildren, and many of their old friends from high school and college. Bob lived a long, full, and incredibly good life. He leaves behind a family and a community that will remember with great fondness: his uncanny ability to charm everyone he met, his hilarious sense of humor and storytelling skills, his kindness and integrity, his interest in politics and fairness for all people, and especially his devotion to his family and friends. He was loved. He will be missed. No services are planned at this time. Memorials may be directed to Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org. Please share memories and condolences with the Saffell family online at www.martinson.info. Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
BARNHART PATRICIA JOYCE Age 82, of Birmingham, died August 12, 2015. Patricia was born on September 28, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Cecil and Erma (nee Hall) Johnson. Patricia spent her early years growing up on Prairie Street in Detroit. The family later moved to Ferndale where she graduated from Ferndale High School in 1950. She formerly worked for S.S. Kresge and later, as a customer service representative Consumers Power Company of Royal Oak. In 1954 Patricia married Robert Durant Barnhart. She dedicated her life to her husband and children and her proudest moments were raising and caring for her husband and five children. She is survived by children Jerry (Evie) Barnhart, Keith (Melissa) Barnhart, Glenn Barnhart, and Craig (Karen) Barnhart. Also survived by four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a brother, Richard Johnson. In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by husband Robert in 1994, daughter Joyce Ann Rutt, sister Mary Ellen Losey and a brother, Cecil Johnson. Funeral services were held August 18, 2015, St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Rochester. Interment at Van Hoosen Jones Stoney Creek Cemetery. Visitation was held on August 17, 2015 at the Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester. Memorials may be made in the name of Patricia Joyce Barnhart to the American Cancer Society Condolences may be shared online at www.pixleyfuneral.com.
CALLAM, DOROTHY J. Of Franklin; age 80; August 20, 2015. Dorothy was the beloved wife of Richard for 63 years; loving mother of Diane (Don) Wright, Denise (John) Swanson, Debbie (Ray) Wilson and Rebecca (George) Ghazal; dear grandmother of Christy, Bradley, Jeremiah, Jennifer, Ashley, Jonathan, Jon, George and Charlie; and great grandmother of nine. Dorothy is also survived by her sisters Burnette and Judy (Robert); and many nieces and nephews. Her home is what she did. She was a wonderful wife and a devoted mother and grandmother. Dorothy was a master gardener, shopping extraordinaire and she loved her wonderful friends. Memorial services will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12 noon at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, Lake Orion. The family will receive friends from 10am until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Judson Center, 4410 W. 13 Mile, Royal Oak, 48073. sparksgriffin.com.
EVANS, PAULINE KEIGHTLEY Age 92, August 17, 2015 Beloved mother of Laura (James) McClain and Nancy Meagher. Cherished grandmother of Brian and Alan McClain. Pauline stressed education and self-sufficiency for her two daughters, and both daughters earned graduate degrees in technical fields. She is also survived by her sister Annabel Neil, and many nieces and nephews. Pauline is the widow of the late Harold A. Evans (September 8, 1920-March 8, 2005) who was a decorated fighter pilot in the Pacific theater in WWII. Mr. Evans flew 115 combat missions, and was awarded two air medals and a purple heart for his service to our country. After the war, among other positions, Mr. Evans was the manager of a Good Housekeeping Appliance store at Seven Mile and Gratiot in Detroit for more than 30 years. Harold and Pauline were married for 47 years. No services are planned. Please share a memory of Pauline at www.rggrharris.com
FISCHER, STEPHEN "STEVE" K. Age 63, passed away July 25, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Rita; children, Melanie Fischer, Michele Martinez (Danny), and Matthew Fischer; three grandchildren; brother, Gerry Fischer (Fran); brother-in-law, John Miller; and nieces, nephews and many friends. His funeral Mass was held July 28 at his church, St. Louis Bertrand. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.
GAYNOR, NORMAN of Livonia. August 20, 1927- August 19, 2015. Beloved father of Gloria Florin (Jack), Peggy Gaynor, Judy Jackson (Scott), Mary Jardine (the late Dan) and their mother Josephine Gaynor, brother of Mary Diaz, nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Memorial service at Holy Innocents Catholic Church, Roseville at 11 a.m. Saturday August 29, 2015. Contributions to Angela Hospice.
HOGAN, KATHERINE ROSE Age 81, passed away August 8, 2015. She is survived by her cherished children - Steve (Laura) Hogan, Deb (Lou) Engerer, Linda (John) Hogan-Wilson, Laura Jean Hogan, Cynthia (Crispin) Taylor, Tom (Iris) Hogan-Schmidt, Theresa (Sam) LaMonica, and Martie (Jeff) Lickteig; her adored grandchildren - Katelin Engerer, Keelan (Claire) Hogan, Sam (Wendi) LaMonica, Adam Engerer, Kaela Hogan, Dan (Maggie) LaMonica, Emma (Andy) Auffarth, Hailie Hogan-Wilson, Dylan Taylor, Julia Lickteig, Beverly Lickteig, Devon Hogan-Schmidt, and Zaza Hogan-Schmidt; and her sixprecious great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a beloved extended family. A memorial service and luncheon will be held at Unity Church of Livonia on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to SOS Children's Villages.
HOSTETTER, DENISE Age 85 of Livonia. Cherished wife of the late Richard. Loving mother of David (Sue) and Mark (Kim). Proud grandma of Matthew, Michelle, Daniel, Sean, Jacob, Lindsay, Eric and great-grandma of Carli, Gavin and Gabby. Also survived by many other loving family and friends. Visitation will be held at Fred Wood Funeral Home-Rice Chapel 36100 Five Mile Rd. Livonia (E. of Levan) Tuesday 3-9p.m. Funeral Wednesday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 39020 5 Mile Rd, Livonia. Gathering 12:30p.m. with Service at 1p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society. Please visit online guestbook Fredwoodfuneralhome.com.
DR. HILLS HOWARD JR. MD Was born March 12, 1946 to the late Hills and Mildred Howard. He is third of 11 children. Dr. Howard earned Bachelor degree of Chemistry in 1969 and Medical Doctorate degree in 1975 from Wayne State University. He joined Alpha Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. in 1966. Dr. Howard cared deeply for his patients. He served as medical director at OmniCare Health Systems and The Wellness Plan. He was owner of Howard Medical Service PC and on staff at Detroit Medical Center (DMC) for many years. He recently retired. He was called to be with the Lord on August 16, 2015. He leaves behind a daughter and two sons. Visitation Friday, August 21 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Swanson Funeral Home 14751 West McNichols 48235. Funeral Saturday, August 22 at 11 a.m. People's Community Church 8601 Woodward Avenue 48202.
JOHNSON, THERESA ANN Age 60 August 20, 2015. Beloved wife of Steve. Loving mother of Lisa Ingram and Amy Young. Dear grandmother of Cammy, Dawson, Alaina, Brianna and Jackson. Sister of Matt Vogler and Pam Black. Daughter of Betty and the late William Vogler. Visitation Saturday 2-8p.m. and Sunday 12-8p.m. with a 7p.m. Rosary. Funeral Service Monday 11:30a.m. at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 N. Inkster Rd., Garden City (Between Ford Rd. and Cherry Hill). Family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association. www.santeiufuneralhome.com
KINGSTON, NANCY VIRGINIA Age 80. Passed away July 26, 2015, following a long battle with kidney disease and other ailments. Beloved wife of the late Charles and loving mother of Sarah. Nancy was a long-time resident of Southfield and taught kindergarten in Birmingham Public Schools for 39 years. Memorial Service: August 29, 2015, 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham. Donations are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan or to the Joan Rose Foundation.
PETERSON, KATHY LYNN Age 54. June 27, 2015. Daughter James and Norma Peterson. Sister of Karen L. Peterson, Kim M. Dunn, and Kirk J. Peterson. Graduate of John Glen High School. Resident of Fort Meyers, Florida since 1995. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Moose Lodge 782, 5506 Stoney Creek Road, Ypsilanti, MI on August 29, 2015 from 5-10 p.m.
ROGERS, THOMAS J. Of Dearborn, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2015. Thomas was born in Detroit on January 16, 1940. He is survived by sons Andrew (Christina), and Paul (Karyn), daughters JoAnn (Rob) McCray, Sarah (Brian) Riley and wife, Judith. He is also survived by grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Aaron Rogers, Reign Rogers, Shane, Kyle and Gabrielle McCray and Phoebe, Emmett and Vera Riley. He was loving uncle to John, BethAnn, Matthew, Michael, James and Mark Tabor. Thomas was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Comerica Bank in 1995 after over thirty years of service. He then founded Rogers Painting Company and included his hobby of woodworking into the business. His favorite hobby was golf; he was proud to be a member of The Hole-In-One Club. Per his wishes, his body has been donated to Wayne State University School of Medicine. He will be honored with a Plaque at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St.Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org