DOWDEN, JOHN W. Age 86, April 28, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth. Loving father of William (Suzanne) Dowden and Kathy (Troy) Jenkins. Dear grandfather of Timothy, David, Alexandria, Victoria, Nicholas and Brooke. Great grandfather of Arianna. Visitation at the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, 15451 Farmington Rd., Livonia, Monday from 5 p.m. until his Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to Angela Hospice. Please share a memory at www.rggrharris.com.
HEATLIE, KENNETH SCOTT April 2, 1930 - April 28, 2015 Kenneth (Ken) S. Heatlie of Westland, was born April 2, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to James S. and Helen C. (nee Short) Heatlie. He died at approximately 4 a.m. on April 28 at age 85 under Angela Hospice care. As husband, dad, uncle, papa and papa II the things in life he loved and enjoyed were making those around him laugh which he did until he could no longer speak; teasing and playing with all the grand and great-grandkids; building and flying radio-controlled airplanes; fixing anything, especially his cars; his coffee made just right; squeezing your fingers in a firm hand shake; a wee bit of beer; most things Scottish; fishing; the birds and squirrels outside his window; casinos; and the Red Wings. He especially loved his family who he was so proud of and who was with him in his passing. Mostly, he cherished his beloved wife Shirley of 61 years, and his last act was to pucker up for one last kiss from her. Ken is the loving father of Terry Scott Heatlie, Vicky Lynn (Brian) Howard, and Misty Dee (Mike) Mitchell. Grandfather of Stacey (Todd) Miekstyn, Mathew Howard, Harmony (Richard) Watson, Ashley Mitchell, Molly (Josh) Bonno, Melissa and Alex Heatlie. Great-grandfather of Lily, Henry, Navy, Remy, and Daisy Ozella. A memorial gathering of family and close friends will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given through (www.gofundme.com/daisyozella) to support his sweet great-grandchild born with Apert Syndrome. In his parting words when leaving a family event, "four o'clock comes early, ta ta".
KOSHY, CAROL December 29, 1943 - March 25, 2015. Carol is survived by her Children: Suman Koshy, Shields Curkendall, and her Grandchildren: Kerala Curkendall and Kre Curkendall. She was predeceased by her loving husband John Koshy. Donations to Leader Dogs for the Blind.
ROOT, SAMUEL EDWARD known by Sam to all, lost his battle with Leukemia at the age of 70 on April 11, 2015 with his partner, best friend and caretaker through the very end by his side, Patricia Allen. Sam was from Livonia, the first born to the late Gloria and Charles Root and the dear brother of Gene (deceased), Daniel (wife Teri) and Terry (wife Kathy). Sam is survived by his four wonderful children, Rick Root (wife Tammy), Jamie Root (best half Kerri), Angelena (Angel) Root and Nicole Paulsen (husband Bradley), and their mother and his wife of 34 years, Patty Root. Before Sam waged his courageous and arduous battle with AML in Houston, Texas, he had been living happily in Canada with Patricia Allen, her daughter Shannon (husband Chris), and his super pup Phoenix. He will also be remembered and missed by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends, both in the United States and in Canada, especially his dearest childhood friend, Ronnie Latimer. Sam will always be fondly remembered for his smile and huge heart; willingness to help others; love of traveling, laughter and having a good time; and his easy going, loving, and gentle nature. His life will be honored in celebration on May 9, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the home of Rick.
KELLEY, HARRIETTE M. Long time resident of Livonia. Age 76, April 26, 2015. Preceded in death by son Patrick (Beverly). Survived by daughter Elizabeth (James), sons Gregory (Blake) and Kendall (Dipti), Grandchildren Karlee, Anshul and Kalina, sister Drusilla (George) and family and several step-grandchildren and great-step-grandchildren. Harriette's cremains will be laid to rest near her late father. The family will host an open house remembrance on May 16. In honor of Harriette's kind spirit, please consider a memorial gift to: Suncoast Hospice: thehospicefoundation.org
LIETZAU, GEORGE VERNON 89 years old, passed away peacefully on April 17th in Novi Michigan. George is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years Nelda (Farrell) Lietzau and sister Shirley (Lietzau) Adam. Loving father of Diane Lietzau Nadolni, Steve Lietzau (Barbara), Christine Lietzau Franklin (Duane) and Jeff Lietzau (Diane). He is preceded in death by his son Roger Paul Lietzau. Cherished grandfather to ten grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. George proudly served his country as a lieutenant in the U. S. Army Air Corp during WWII. Memorial service will be held Saturday May 2nd 2015 at Crosspoint Church ~ 1850 S. Commerce Rd. ~ Walled Lake, MI (248)624-1821. Visitation at 10:15 service at 11:00am. Luncheon to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be sent to VFW Post 1519 ~ 19801 Farmington Rd. ~ Livonia, MI 48152.
MERCER, GLENN EDGAR Passed away on April 12, 2015 at the age of 89. A resident of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida for the past 25 years, Glenn died in his sleep at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Born 1926 to Esle Mercer and Blanche Morgan in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, he grew up in Walled Lake and attended Walled Lake High School prior to joining the Marines in 1944 and serving in the Pacific during the final years of World War II. After returning from the war, Glenn owned a cabinet making business before moving to Brighton in 1970 to build luxury homes and develop the subdivision on Glenway Drive. Glenn's hobbies included motor homing and travel, skiing, flying, and working in his shop. In 1996 Glenn received a patent for his Ceiling Closet Storage design. He took up golf again at the age of 80 and enjoyed the sport during the later years of his life. Glenn is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy Ann Mercer, and his five children. Contributions are suggested to ACTIVE AGAINST ALS, http://www.activeagainstals.org/glenn-edgar-mercer-tribute/.
POGARCH, MARY E. Age 90, passed away April 27, 2015. She was born on October 27, 1924, in Detroit, to the late Roy and Myrle (Wise) McNames. Mary is survived by her children, Kathleen (Bernard) Sulisz, Kenneth (Carole) Pogarch, Dennis (Emma) Pogarch, Patrica (James) Wadkins, Mary Pogarch, Keith (Valerie) Pogarch, Barbara (Jim) Irwin, and Michael (Kathleen) SPogarch; her sister, Jane Woolverton; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael in 2003 and her granddaughter, Lisa. Visitation was held on April 29, Wednesday, from 2:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home, 122 West Lake Street, South Lyon. A Funeral Service will be held on April 30, Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. with final visitation at 10:15 a.m. at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 24155 Griswold, South Lyon.
SAMPSON, ERNEST Age 80, joined Jesus on April 22, 2015. Ernest was born April 1, 1935 in Mount Clemens to his parents, Raymond and Caroline Sampson. Ernest retired from Eaton Corporation as a Design Engineer and later Arvin Meritor. He holds multiple patents in the automotive field. He loved fishing and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. Ernest is survived by Betty, his loving wife of 60 years; his children, Joan (John) Freeman, Fr. Ernest (Deb) Sampson, and Sherrie (Greg) Savela; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was the loving brother to Carl Sampson, Leone Retko, Carol Hinshaw, Susan Sampson, Wallace Sampson and Edward Sampson. Ernest was preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond Sampson and Richard Sampson. Per Ernest's request, no funeral is planned. The family ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made to either Henry Ford Hospital call Tina 586-263-2968 or Bentoya Fund call Shelby Veterinary Hospital at 586-781-8888, in Ernest's memory.
KIRK, KENNETH ALLEN Died April 19, 2015 Kenny was born on January 24, 1943 to Elda and Olin Kirk. Survived by wife Barbara and children Heidi Kirk Tillman, Michael Kirk and Metchelle Bootsma. Brother Jon Kirk, sisters Elin Cherry, Andrea Casteel, Margaret Kirk and Mary Raphael. Also surviving are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Love of the Lord and all these children were the most important things in his life. Services by Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, 30895 Huron River Rd., Flat Rock, MI. Visitation Sunday, April 26 1-8 p.m. Memorial Service Monday, April 27 11 a.m. Reception following at Grace Church, 7215 Pelham Rd., Taylor. Memorial contributions to Grace Church.
SCHAAF ARTHUR LYMAN Age 96, of Royal Oak, passed away peacefully April 20, 2015 at his home. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and spent his career at Ford Motor Company in the Purchasing Department. Arthur married Frances Borgo on June 20, 1946. He quickly learned to appreciate his wife's passion for dance and was committed to the success of the Borgo Sisters Dance Studio. Lymie and Francee spent many a happy summer traveling the world and having great adventures, while Lyman captured his love of nature through his photos. Lyman was an avid tennis player and a lifetime member of Red Run Golf Club. He enjoyed learning about architecture and doing woodworking. He also had a special place in his heart for animals, especially dogs and horses. Arthur was the beloved husband of the late Frances. Dear uncle of Leanne Schaaf-Jagtiani. Great uncle of Jayden, Jacalyn, Daniel (Rebecca) and Cara (Rob Darbyshire) Jagtiani. He is also survived by many loving friends and neighbors. Services were held. Memorials to the Leader Dogs for the Blind are appreciated. Arrangements by Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, Royal Oak, sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.
SUNDBERG, JEAN L. Age 92. April 17, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Glen. Loving mother of Lisa Green and Jan (Dave) Dewar. Cherished grandmother of three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery and interment with her husband. Family suggests donations to the Michigan Humane Society, Honorariums and Memorials, 30300 Telegraph Road, Ste. 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025-4507. Arrangements by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, 33603 Grand River Ave, (1 blk W. of Farmington Rd.), downtown Farmington. www.thayer-rock.com