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ALBERS, HENRY L.

2015-01-29

ALBERS, HENRY L. Age 83, passed away January 24, 2015. He was born on August 5, 1931 in Lansing, son of the late Grant Bertha Albers. Henry was a proud Air Force veteran serving in the Korean War. He was known for his larger than life personality and his big hearted, generous nature. Henry was a very young 83 year old. He loved life and most of all, loved spending time with his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed snowmobiling. He is survived by his loving daughters: Vicky (Bill) Finn and Kelly (Mike) Kuzma. Henry is also survived by his grandson, Sam; his sister, Sally Nichols; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Albers and his nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 30 from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service on Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. www.phillipsfuneral.com

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BEDARD JAMES RAYMOND Age 72, of New Hudson, Michigan, died on January 25, 2015 in Apollo Beach, Florida. Born on May 14, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, James is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carole F. Bedard and daughter Jacqueline Good (Scott), brothers Bradford (Shirley), Duane (Jo Ann), and Gary (Ruthy) and six step-children, 12 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. James was the owner of Bedard Shade Tree Co. since 1969 and always loved the tree and landscape business. His wish was that the business continue on and will now be run by his family members. He was a faithful member of the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and an avid Classic Car enthusiast. Funeral Service will be held from Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 24155 Griswold Rd., South Lyon, on Monday, February 2nd, at 10 AM. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty Street, Milford on Sunday, February 1st, from 1:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church. For further information, please call 248-684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com.

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BRAUN, SUSAN

2015-01-29

BRAUN, SUSAN Passed away January 21, 2015. She was born November 5, 1955. She lived in Plymouth most of her life. She is survived by her mother, two sisters, a half brother, four nieces and nephews, and four great-nieces and nephews. Memorial will be Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Livonia, MI at 11 a.m. We will miss her very much.

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BRINKEL, LOIS

2015-01-29

BRINKEL, LOIS January 30, 1930 -January 18, 2015. Arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home, www.phillipsfuneral.com.

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COPPOCK, MARGARET J. February 11, 1929-January 22, 2015 L. J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop Sassaman Chapel

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DENEWETH, RONALD EDWARD January 24, 2015, age 66 of Westland. Beloved husband of Rebecca Deneweth. Loving father of David and Angela. Proud grandfather of Breanna Steckel, Gage Deneweth and Natalie Smolar. Dear brother of Diane (Ron) Engles. A private prayer service to be held at a later date. Arrangements respectfully made with Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, 980 N. Newburgh Road, Westland. To share a memory, please visit vermeulenfh.com

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HARRISON, ALVIN W. passed away on January 14, 2015 after a 6-month fight with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer. Al was born on February 22, 1929, the son of Beryl and Lillian Harrison and younger brother of Jean Kaner. He grew up on the north side of Detroit and attended Cass Technical High School. Al enlisted in the Marine Corps. and served for three years, being honorably discharged in 1949 as a Corporal. He worked as a manufacturer's representative for companies such as Norelco and Body Glove, sold sporting equipment, boats and windsurfers, and had an arcade game business with longtime friend and business partner, Bob Seeley. Al loved following Detroit Tigers' baseball on television and radio and rarely missed a game. Al's passion was bowling and he actively bowled in Metro Detroit leagues until the few months before his death. For many years he wrote "Ten Pin Alley", a weekly column published in the Observer & Eccentric newspapers. In 2007, he was inducted into the Detroit Bowling Hall of Fame. Al is survived by his life partner, Phyllis Mahlin and her children, Judith (Craig) Carter and Steve Mahlin, his sister Jean Kaner, sons Rick (Adrienne) Harrison and Donald Harrison, daughters Linda (Leon) Buchzeiger and Deborah (Ron) Steenhagen, grandchildren Jason and Adam (Jill) Harrison, Scott and Greg Buchzeiger, Abigail, Hannah and Rebecca Steenhagen, great-grandchildren Jacob and Joshua Harrison, nephews Robert (Ken Green) and Jonathan (Karen) Kaner, nieces Susan (Peter Raskin) Kaner and Audrey (Howard) Schemer, and great-nieces and nephews.

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JACKSON, DOUGLAS B.

2015-01-29

JACKSON, DOUGLAS B. Age 89, of Alma, MI, formerly of Hazel Park, Detroit, and South Lyon, passed away at Masonic Pathways in Alma on Jan. 22, 2015. A Masonic and Church Memorial Service for Douglas will be held on Sun., Feb.1 at Doig Chapel, Masonic Pathways in Alma at 2:00 P.M. Douglas was born on August 13, 1925 in Highland Park, MI to Claude and Blossom A. (Sayre) Jackson. He owned a Mobil gas station, sold insurance, was a car salesman and was the office manager for Colonial Acres in South Lyon. Douglas was a Staff Sgt. in the 8th Air Corps during WWII. He belonged to the Presbyteran Church, the Masons where he was a Past Master of Archive Lodge #546 and the V.F.W. Surviving Douglas are his two son, John A. "Andy" (Donna) Jackson of Westland, MI and Bradley D. (Leslie) Jackson of Bellingham WA; three grandsons, Robert (Lauren) and Jeffrey (Tiffany) Jackson, Jason (Ines) Johnston, three great granddaughters and two great grandsons. Preceding Douglas in death are his wife Martha "Pat" and a brother, Sidney Jackson of Traverse City. A Commandry Memorial Service will be held for Douglas on Saturday, Feb 7 at 11:00 a.m. at White Chapel Cemetery in the Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Pathways, 1200 Wright Ave., Alma, MI 48801. The family is being served by the Dewey Funeral Home of Alma.

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JISKRA, JUSTINE "JUTY" Age 95, of Livonia, formerly of Cadillac, passed away January 23, 2015. Share condolences at casterlinefuneralhome.com

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JISKRA, JUSTINE "JUTY" Age 95, of Livonia, formerly of Cadillac, passed away January 23, 2015. Share condolences at casterlinefuneralhome.com

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ROGERS, KRISTINA M.

2015-01-29

ROGERS, KRISTINA M. Age 39, passed away January 22, 2015. She was born on June 18, 1975 in Detroit, daughter of Rachel and the late Douglas Heikkinen. She is survived by her beloved husband, Jeff; her loving children: Brandon, and Marissa, her step-children: Jeffrey and Jody and her step-grandchildren: Jayden and Blake. Kristina is also survived by her mother, Rachel Heikkinen; her siblings: John (Jackie) Heikkinen and Julie (William) Lazzaro and her loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and many friends. Visitation was held on Sunday and a funeral service was held on Monday at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. She was laid to rest in South Lyon Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Rogers Family. www.phillipsfuneral.com

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SMITH, ROBERT C.

2015-01-29

SMITH, ROBERT C. December 25, 1942-January 16, 2015 L. J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop Sassaman Chapel

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SMITH, LEIGH P.

2015-01-29

SMITH, LEIGH P. Age 91, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 in his home on Singer Island, Florida after a long illness. Leigh was born in Royal Oak, Michigan on February 14, 1923. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan where he belonged to the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart, a life member of the Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, MI and President of Dependable Tool and Gage Company in Oak Park. He is preceded in death by Rosemary Smith. Survived by his wife, Norma Cline Smith; and children, Leigh P. Smith Jr. (Janice), Jeffry Smith (Jody), Lorinda (Ken) Phillips; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta.

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ELIZABETH E.  SMYKOWSKI

SMYKOWSKI ELIZABETH E. Age 91, January 24, 2015. Beloved Mother of James and Janet (James) Janicki. Dear Grandmother of Jason. Elizabeth enjoyed dancing and playing Pinochle. A Memory Mass will be held. Please share a memory at www.rggrharris.com

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STEPHENSON, MARVIN "CARL" January 22, 2015. Age 68. Care and services entrusted to L.J. Griffin Funeral Home-Northrop-Sassaman Chapel.

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VanNOORD, GERALD L. Age 68, longtime resident of Northville, passed away 1/26/15. Casterlinefuneralhome.com

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WANTUCK, JOHN N.

2015-01-29

WANTUCK, JOHN N. May 26, 1944-January 20, 2015 L. J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop Sassaman Chapel

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MATTHEW THOMAS  WOOMER

WOOMER, MATTHEW THOMAS 58, husband of Patti Saligman Woomer, and a former resident of Birmingham, Michigan, died December 17, 2014 at his Lexington, Kentucky home with his family by his side. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Matt was the son of Anthony (deceased) and Catherine Woomer of Lexington, KY. Survivors include Patti, his wife of 32 years, and his seven sons: Ryan (Lauren), Keith, Anthony (Karen) of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Adam, Joseph, Samuel and Bryan. Matt is also survived by his mother Catherine Woomer and his seven siblings: Judith Woomer Keating of Lexington, KY, John (Christine) Woomer of East Grand Rapids, MI, Katie (John) Guido of Rocky River, Ohio, Joseph Woomer of Nesbit, Mississippi, Nancy (Kevin) Sidow of Piedmont, California, Susan (Robert) Schneid of Birmingham, Alabama, and Andrew (Cindy) Woomer of Rocky River, OH. Raised in Birmingham, MI, Matt graduated from Birmingham Seaholm High School in 1974. Matt attended West Virginia University and earned a degree in Mining Engineering and later earned his MBA from The Ohio State University. After college, Matt worked throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia in the coal mining industry. In 1989, Matt and his family moved to Lexington, KY where he owned and operated Spartan Rock Products of Boonesboro, KY. Matt served as President of the company until his death. An avid learner, Matt was a member of The Alternate Board where he met many close friends who shared in his passion for business. Matt's life was centered around his family, he enjoyed the outdoors, ice hockey and boating. Funeral services and interment have already taken place. Memorial contributions in Matt's name are suggested to Camp Hayo-Went-Ha – Campership Program 919 N. East Torch Lake Dr. Central Lake, MI 49622.

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NANCY ELIZABETH DAESCHNER

DAESCHNER, NANCY ELIZABETH Lost her two year battle with cancer on November 20, 2014. She was always positive during her illness and refused to give up. Nancy resided in Henderson, Nevada and was a daughter of William H. and Mary K. Daeschner. She was the youngest of four children and a graduate of Seaholm High School and Northwood Institute. Nancy loved her nieces and nephews and was always proud of their accomplishments. She is survived by her husband, William Gault; siblings, Mary and Doug Warren, William Daeschner, Sally and Doug Houck; and two nieces and two nephews, Jeffrey and Kathryn Warren, Emerson and Hanna Houck. Nancy's Funeral will be held June 13, 2015, 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, Birmingham, MI. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Nathan Adelson Hospice located in Las Vegas, NV.

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CHARLOTTE ROSE PACHLA

PACHLA, CHARLOTTE ROSE Charlotte Rose Pachla, daughter of Emily and Steven Pachla, was stillborn on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan. Though she was born without a heartbeat, she was a beloved member of our family, and was a joy to her parents, brothers, and grandparents, who could not have loved her more. Now she is in heaven where she can be held and cuddled and loved by God, but she will live on in our hearts forever. Survivors include her parents, Emily and Steven (Troy); her brothers, Carter Schultz (Sterling Heights) and Jonathan Pachla (Troy); aunts and uncles, Martin and Carol Pachla (Troy) and Andrew and Megan Stewart (Clawson); grandma, Ellen Guenther (Bloomfield Hills); grandpa, James Stewart (Troy); grandparents, Louise and Robert Pachla (Hamtramck); and the many aunts, uncles, and cousins of Emily and Steven. A private memorial service was officiated by Father Stanley Pachla at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Eastpointe, MI on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Donations in Charlotte's memory can be made to "Charlotte's Wings" at: www.charlottes-wings.com

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TRAWICK, JAMES LEON

2015-01-25
JAMES LEON TRAWICK

TRAWICK, JAMES LEON Formerly of Farmington Hills, Michigan, passed away on January 21, 2015. He was born in Repton, Alabama on October 7, 1925 to Lucy Mae (Fendley) and William Edward Trawick. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Willingham Trawick, and his brother, Ramsey Leroy Trawick. He is survived by his four children, Mary Lynn Trawick Freeman, Leslie (Bill) Clark, Allison Trawick (Rick Rothermel), and Steven (Alicia) Trawick; seven grandchildren, Shannon Fink, Nicholas and Steven Clark, Zachary and Jacob Rothermel, and Alexandra and James Willingham Trawick; sister, Keeble Poellnitz; brother, Roy Keith Trawick, and a number of nieces and nephews. Jim served overseas in the Coast Guard as a signalman on LST 831 during WWII before attending Marion Institute and Duquesne University, where he received his B.S. in accounting. A certified public accountant, he worked for General Motors for 30 years, rising to the position of Assistant Divisional Comptroller, Fisher Body. Contributions in Jim's name may be made to the American Heart Association.

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MATTHEW THOMAS  WOOMER

WOOMER, MATTHEW THOMAS 58, husband of Patti Saligman Woomer, and a former resident of Birmingham, Michigan, died December 17, 2014 at his Lexington, Kentucky home with his family by his side. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Matt was the son of Anthony (deceased) and Catherine Woomer of Lexington, KY. Survivors include Patti, his wife of 32 years, and his seven sons: Ryan (Lauren), Keith, Anthony (Karen) of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Adam, Joseph, Samuel and Bryan. Matt is also survived by his mother Catherine Woomer and his seven siblings: Judith Woomer Keating of Lexington, KY, John (Christine) Woomer of East Grand Rapids, MI, Katie (John) Guido of Rocky River, Ohio, Joseph Woomer of Nesbit, Mississippi, Nancy (Kevin) Sidow of Piedmont, California, Susan (Robert) Schneid of Birmingham, Alabama, and Andrew (Cindy) Woomer of Rocky River, OH. Raised in Birmingham, MI, Matt graduated from Birmingham Seaholm High School in 1974. Matt attended West Virginia University and earned a degree in Mining Engineering and later earned his MBA from The Ohio State University. After college, Matt worked throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia in the coal mining industry. In 1989, Matt and his family moved to Lexington, KY where he owned and operated Spartan Rock Products of Boonesboro, KY. Matt served as President of the company until his death. An avid learner, Matt was a member of The Alternate Board where he met many close friends who shared in his passion for business. Matt's life was centered around his family, he enjoyed the outdoors, ice hockey and boating. Funeral services and interment have already taken place. Memorial contributions in Matt's name are suggested to Camp Hayo-Went-Ha – Campership Program 919 N. East Torch Lake Dr. Central Lake, MI 49622.

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