ANGELOSANTO, LOUISE Nov. 22, 1928-March 1, 2015 Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME www.phillipsfuneral.com
BROWN, ROBERT June 8, 1922 - February 10, 2015 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
BROWN, JANE INGRID ERICKSON Age 72, March 1, 2015. Retired school teacher of Birmingham Public Schools. Until recently, active member and flutist of Birmingham Concert Band. Ms. Brown, a graduate of Dondero High School, class of 1960. She then graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in 1964, then later there she received her Master's of Education in 1979. Also held a Master's of Music from U of M. She is the granddaughter of Wm. O. Hullinger, former owner of what originally was The Royal Oak Weekly Tribune, now The Royal Oak Daily Tribune. Both of Jane's parents were former Royal Oak School District teachers. Beloved mother of Ingrid L. (Ray Andresen), Richard A., and Toby S. (Brooks) Hopkins. Dear sister of John A. (Martena) and James W. (Evelyn) Erickson. Loving step-grandmother of; Samantha Jo and James M. Andresen. Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, March 7th from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. memorial service and a dinner served thereafter at Royal Oak Elks Lodge, 2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak. Memorials suggested to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Home, Redford Twp. (313) 535-3030.
FONDE, DR. KAREN RHEA At 40, Karen Rhea Fonde achieved a longtime ambition: She walked across the stage at Hill Auditorium to receive her diploma as a medical doctor from the University of Michigan. Dr. Fonde loved teaching. She was mother, humanitarian, healer, scientist, feminist, Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, and teacher in a juvenile home before she became a family medicine physician and assistant professor at UM. Dr. Fonde died March 1 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 65. Dr. Fonde was valedictorian of her 1967 Ann Arbor High School class. She was a presidential scholar and shook hands with President Lyndon Johnson at the White House. She was high school editor of the Ann Arbor News and while studying at UM was an intern reporter at that newspaper. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UM in Russian Studies and served as a health educator with the Peace Corps in northern Togo. Dr. Fonde and Joel Thurtell were married in 1974. For three years, she taught at the Berrien County Juvenile Center. After the couple's first son, Adam, was born in 1980, she decided to attend medical school. But first, she and Joel had a second son, Abe, in 1983. While studying science at Western Michigan University, she won the Freshman Chemistry Prize at age 32. At UM Medical School, she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. She received her MD from UM in 1990, and graduated from the UM Family Medicine residency program in 1993. She helped open a new UM family medicine clinic in Ypsilanti, where she treated patients and taught until 2008. Dr. Fonde was dedicated to helping new physicians cope with the pressures of medicine and presented a research paper on "The Resident in Difficulty." By 2008, she herself was a physician in difficulty, with memory and cognitive problems that eventually were diagnosed as Alzheimer's disease. In a family gathering, one could always locate Dr. Fonde by the sound of her infectious laughter. Long after she lost the power of speech, Dr. Fonde could still find things to make her smile. She loved her sons, her husband, her parents and siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She loved to swim and ski, and enjoyed sailing around the family's island in McGregor Bay, Canada. In addition to her husband and sons, Dr. Fonde is survived by two sisters, Julia Davis (Max), of Howell and Anne Potter (William), of Dayton, Ohio; and a brother, Charles Fonde (Linda), of Carmel, Indiana; a second brother, Mark Fonde (Stacey), of Ann Arbor, died a week earlier, on February 22. Memorial visitation Friday 6-9 p.m. at Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, 46401 W. Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth. Friends are also invited to gather with the family Saturday 10 a.m. until the Saturday 11 a.m. Memorial Service to be held at Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor. Memorials may be made to Arbor Hospice or Planned Parenthood. To share a memory, please visit vermeulenfh.com
GUSTAF, U'DELLA P. (SCHULTZ) "TUTTIE" Born June 17, 1919, died peacefully on February 24, 2015 at her home in North Platte, Nebraska. She is survived by her Daughter Cynthia Gulbrandson, Son, John; Sisters Marie (Kamosis) Kaczowrowski, Lois (Kamosis) McKean, and Brothers Frank and Phillip Kams.
JAMES, MARY April 13, 1929 - February 17, 2015 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
JONES, PATRICIA G. Age 72, February 28, 2015. Beloved mother of Jennifer Jones. Loving grandmother of Lily. Dear sister of Dale (Diane) and the late Gary Shomo. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 21300 Farmington Rd., Farmington, Saturday, March 7, at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Gerald-St. Vincent de Paul. Please share a memory at www.rggrharris.com
KIDDER, RENA M. Age 87, of Northville, passed away 2-24-2015. Full obit and service times at: casterlinefuneralhome.com
MYERS, RODMAN N. Beloved husband of the late Jeanette P. Myers. Cherished father of Jennifer Myers (Chris) Grabenstein and Rodman Jay (Patricia) Myers. Loving grandfather of Rodman John Myers and Sarah Clare Myers. Dear brother of Helen (the late Gilbert) Gilbert and the late Julian (the late Patsy) Myers. SERVICES WERE HELD TUESDAY AT THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL. 248-569-0020. INTERMENT AT BETH EL MEMORIAL PARK. www.irakaufman.com
RAUB, BETTY Of Wayne passed away peacefully in her home March 2, 2015 at the age of 88. Loving wife of the late Joseph. Beloved mother of Lynn (the late Mike) Neveu, Andrea (John) Collum and Jodi (Rick) Loftis. Proud grandmother of four and great grandmother of five. Arrangements by Husband Family Funeral Home in Westland (734)331-3349. Final rites through cremation per her wishes.
REDICK, JOYCE C. Age 79, March 2, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Darrell D. Dear mother of Darrell E. and Dale (Mimi). Loving grandmother of Drew (Samantha), Niki (Dan) Bobek, Dave, Jonathan and Danielle. Dear great-grand-mother of Iris. Beloved sister of Clarence Jennings. She will be dearly missed by her niece, nephew and many family members. Visitation Friday 10 a.m. followed by the 1 p.m. Funeral Service at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster Rd., Garden City (between Ford Rd. and Cherry Hill). Memorials may be made to the family. www.santeiufuneralhome.com
RIXIE, JOAN July 1, 1933 - February 23, 2015 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
RYCHLIK, ELIZABETH November 29, 1916- February 26, 2015. Phillips Funeral Home. www.phillipsfuneral.com
SCHNEIDER, AUDREY K. Age 88, passed away February 26, 2015. She was born on March 19, 1926 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late William and Catherine Lynn. In 1948, Audrey was a proud graduate of Marygrove College, receiving her Bachelors of Arts degree. She will always be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Lynn (Woody) Stevens, James (Sabrina), John (Melissa), William, Gregory (Frinee), Michael (Gus), Mark, and Marylou (Ron) Janssen. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Louis in 2006 and her brothers, Paul and James. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m., in state at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 S. Lafayette, South Lyon. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in South Lyon Cemetery. www.phillipsfuneral.com
SHERIDAN, FRANK August 31, 1931 - February 17, 2015 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
SIEMS, DAVID THOMAS 83, passed from this earth and went into the arms of Jesus early Wednesday morning, February 25, 2015, in Aliso Viejo, California. David joins his beloved wife of 56 years, Patricia, who died on September 15, 2012, at age 79. He is survived by his sister Rosemary Snyder; four children and their spouses, Daniel and Darlene Siems, Thomas and Margi Siems, Caroline and Bill Hartenberger, and Timothy and Marie-Claire Siems; twelve grandchildren, and three-and-a-half great-grandchildren. A long time resident of Highland, Dave served his family, church, and community as a loving, caring, faithful man of God! He served as an elder at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Walled Lake, Michigan, as a loyal and committed man of prayer and studied the Bible daily in pursuit of the Truth. Dave was born in Evansville, Indiana as the third child of Werner and Ruth Siems. After earning a master's degree in electrical engineering for Purdue, Dave joined the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan as an engineer. He retired from General Motors after more than 30 years, with his most enjoyable years working as an engineer in the Safety Research and Development Lab. A celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2040 S. Commerce Road, Walled Lake, Michigan. Dave will be interred at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church Walled Lake (Mission Fund at st-matthew.org), MOST Ministries (www.mostministries.org), or Voice of the Martyrs (www.persecution.com).
SMAK, SHIRLEY September 23, 1929 - February 8, 2015 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
SMITH, LARRY June 27, 1938 - February 10, 2015 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
TARDITI, LUIGINA November 24, 1912 - February 19, 2015 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
TOTH, ROY J. Age 74, of Northville, passed away February 25, 2015. He was born March 12, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan; son of John and Ethel Toth. He was united in marriage to Deborah Shinske on July 27, 1979; spending over 35 loving years together. Roy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit and his Master's degree from the University of California Irvine; continuing his education throughout the years was important to him. For 31 years he worked as a sales manager for Hewlett Packard. He also worked as a graduate research assistant at the University of Detroit at the age of 73. Roy was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth. He enjoyed racing his Laser sailboat with the Portage Lake Yacht Club. He also enjoyed playing tennis and woodworking. Roy was the best husband and father a family could want. Roy is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Toth; his son, John Toth; and his sister, Jean (Bruce) Kelley. He was also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. The visitation will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Casterline Funeral Home, 122 W. Dunlap, Northville. The Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., in state 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 47650 N. Territorial Rd., Plymouth. Memorial contributions would be appreciated to St. Mary's Preparatory for a scholarship fund in the name of Roy Toth, 3535 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake, MI 48324 or OLGC School, for the Vollbrecht Scholarship Fund, 1151 William Street, Plymouth, MI 48170. Share condolences at casterlinefuneralhome.com.
VAN CONANT, DARREL LEE Son of the late Ivy and Myrtle Van Conant, was born December 8, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan. After awhile the family moved to a farm in Berville, MI. He graduated from Capac High School in 1953. He attended Michigan State University until the end of his Junior year. He was accepted into the Wayne State College of Medicine. After one year at Wayne State, he returned to Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Math and Minors in both Physics and Chemistry. After graduating from Michigan State University, he taught math for 4 years in Marysville, MI and Fremont, MI. In Fremont, he met Linda Oppenhuizen. They were married in 1963. He received his Masters in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University in 1973. During his lifetime he also worked for Consumers Power, Burroughs Corporation and Kmart Corporation. He is survived by four children, Susan Gearns (Bill), Pete (Sandy), Ruth Tarrow (Roland) and Matt. As well as three grandchildren Wade, Grayson, and Amelia. He passed away on March 1, 2015. Visitation Friday 5-8 p.m. at Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, 46401 W. Ann Arbor Road, (Between Sheldon and Beck) Plymouth. In state Saturday 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral Service at First Presbyterian Church of Northville, 200 E. Main St., Northville. Interment United Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society. To share a memory, please visit vermeulenfh.com
WARNEKE, DONALD December 18, 1920 - February 13, 2015 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
WHITEFIELD, CONNIE A resident of Novi and former resident of Milford, died on February 28, 2015 at the age of 75. She is survived by Art, her beloved husband of fifty-six years; her mother, Clara and George Goodling; sons, Derek Whitefield and Gary Dahle, Greg and Debbie Whitefield, Jeff and Theresa Whitefield, and Curt Whitefield; grandchildren, Corinne, Brett, Collier, Taylor, Cailee, Sydney, Colton, Jason, and Bryan; great-grandchildren, Nolan, Amanda, Caleb, Grace, Brecken, Elizabeth, Kaylin; and many dear friends. Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Wednesday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m. and on Thursday, March 5 from 2-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Harvest Christian Church, 24400 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit, on Friday, March 6, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bob King officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church. Burial Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock. Memorials may be made in her name to the family. For further information please phone, 248-684-6645, or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com.
BARTON, HENRY (SCOTT) R. January 2, 1929 - February 22, 2015. U.S. Veteran. Age 86 of Farmington Hills, MI. Beloved son of Margaret and Henry, Scott was raised with his sister Isabelle in Hillside, New Jersey. Married to Grace Caroline in 1949, and fathered four children; Bruce, Joyce, Henry, and Heather. Served two tours of duty in the Navy during the Korean War. Studied at Seton Hall and Lawrence Institute of Technology. Career took him to Detroit in 1960, later becoming an engineer at Ford Motor Company. Active in the St. Andrews Society, the Masonic Temple Farmington Lodge and YMCA. A grandfather of four; Moria, Rose, Leah, and Ken, whom he enjoyed immensely and embarked on many an adventure to Tiger Stadium, Cedar Point, New Jersey and Thanksgiving Day parades. A true Scotsman. So proud of his parents and his Scottish heritage. Scott was endowed with a keen intelligence, quick wit and sense of humor. Always the life of the party. He loved books and crossword puzzles, the New York Times in particular. Later in his career he embraced computers and Internet fearlessly. A world of knowledge at his fingertips. Scott will always be remembered and cherished for his even keel thru life's turbulent waters. Our stoic Rock of Gibraltar. By the way, yes, Scott was a klutz. But no. We will not honor his wish to place "oops!" on his tombstone as he requested! After an eight year battle, Scott succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease. Ta-Ta the noo, Pop! Tribute/Memorial Donations to Alzheimer's Association http://www.alz.org/join_ the_cause_donate.asp
BLENMAN, ELIZABETH "BETTY" February 26, 2015 at 99 years of age. Formerly of Bloomfield Hills she had resided at Canterbury on the lake, Waterford for the past 19 years. Betty is survived by two nieces; Margie Nichols of Minnesota and Nancy Roll of Rochester Hills; two nephews; Martin Cole of MN and Frank Blenman of Florida and two grandnephews; Andrew Cole and Adam Cole. She is preceded in death by her sister in law Margaret Cole of MN. Betty graduated from the University of Minnesota where she was a member of Kappa Delta Society. She was a longtime member of Chapter AW of the PEO Sisterhood, Member of the Sashabaw Plains Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a life member of the American Association of University Women and a member of the first Presbyterian Church of Birmingham since 1947. In addition to her club activities, Betty enjoyed playing bridge, reading and visiting with friends. Clarence and Betty enjoyed travel and made many trips around the world. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to COATS FUNERAL HOME-WATERFORD. To send a condolence visit www.CoatsFuneralHome.com
BOWDEN, PATRICIA BIEN Of Bloomfield Hills died on Febuary 24. Patricia was the beloved wife of the late George Bowden, and infant daughter Pam. She was a loving mother to Trish (Rick) Worden, Jeff, Lynne (Patrick) Quigley and Rick. Proud grandmother of 13 and great grandmother of eight. Patricia was a native Michigander, she met George while they were both working at Hudson's in Detroit. Patricia was an active member of the Village Women's Club. Her appreciation of living life and wonderful spirit were loved by all.
BURTON, MARGARET M. Progressed peacefully, surrounded by family, on December 18, 2014. She made her home in Floyd, Virginia with her youngest, son Michael and his son, Rhone, who she helped raise. She was in the loving care of her daughter, Peggy in Arizona at the time of her death. Born in 1931 (Dearborn) to Norman and Alice Durocher, she graduated from Fordson High in 1949 and married Leo Burton, her high school sweetheart, in 1950. The couple welcomed six children providing a nurturing and loving household. Marge is survived by her children, Steve (Kelly), Terry (Diane), Ann Harmon (Dave), Peggy Streetman (James), and Michael; and her sisters, Doris Esper and Rita Grignon; grandchildren, Christine Sudut, Lindsay Sudut, David Burton, Mathew Burton, Derrick Burton, Jillian Burton, Jessica Burton, and Rhone Burton. She leaves many friends, inspired and influenced through the happiness she brought to their lives. Marge left joy in everyone's heart with her infectious smile, enthusiasm and accepting spirit. Marge was happiest in her gardens. She created many in her life including a beautiful space in the mountains of SW Virginia she tended well into her 80s. A memorial celebration will be held on May 31, 2015 at Whispering Pines in Pinckney. The family invites all who wish to celebrate Marge's life to RSVP to email@example.com or to express condolences to the family.
COOPER, MADELYN Madelyn was born on November 9th, 2009 and was granted her angel wings on February 12th, 2015. Jesus called her home to heal her body and give her peace. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Madelyn had touched throughout her short, yet very memorable life. She is now with her sister Sophia. With such a giant heart-warming smile, she taught us the importance of humility and dignity. Madelyn was the daughter of MSgt Jason and Carolyn (Kos) Cooper of Westland MI. She is survived by her siblings, Bethany and Chris Rogers, Timothy, Haley, Samantha, and Maxwell. She is also survived by her grandparents William and Louise Caram, and Terry Cooper. She joined her grandparents, Ray and Lynn Kos in heaven. Like her sister, Madelyn also gave us a lifetime of love during her short time on earth. We were blessed to have had so much wonderful time with her.
DUKE, MICHELE THERESE Born November 22, 1953. Died at Serenity House Hospice in Santa Barbara, California with a harpist playing at her side February 16, 2015. Michele was born in Birmingham, Michigan to Norman and Lee Duke. She attended Seaholm High School and then went on to complete nursing school at Oakland Community College. She became a registered nurse and worked in Oncology and Orthopedics at St. Joseph Hospital for several years. She then followed her passion and changed gears and opened a high end clothing store (Brava) in downtown Birmingham with her mother. They operated their store for many years with automotive, celebrity and sports clientele. Upon her diagnosis with cancer, she and her mother moved from Michigan to California to be with family. Michele loved; her Catholic faith, cooking, gardening, and animals (especially her dog Gigi). Michele is survived by her mother Lee, brother Darryl (Marlene), brother Dorian (Debbie), niece Colleen (Antwain); nephews, Kelly (Cheryl), Justin (Angie), Brandon (Allison), Chris, Aaron. Step sister Marianne; step brothers, Tim (Robin), Ron (Patsy), Bill and Dan (Diane). Michele is preceded in death by her father Norm Duke and step father Richard Hallagan. The family would like to thank Beaumont Hospital Rose Cancer Center and Serenity House Hospice in Santa Barbara, CA.
DUNBAR, JANE AUTUMN (LEWIS) 82, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully February 18, 2015. Preceded in death by her parents, Annette and Richard Lewis of Massapequa, New York. Survived by loving husband, Russell Raymond Dunbar; daughters, Autumn Elizabeth (John) Sousanis, Amy Louise (Owen) Busch, and Antonia Saint (Obed Cepeda) Dunbar; and ten grandchildren. Jane grew up in Brooklyn and Massapequa, NY, earned her BA from Pratt Institute and ME from Columbia University. An art teacher for 13 years in Detroit before establishing her family in Farmington Hills, where she was delighted to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a mother. A wonderful mother, natural teacher, passionate supporter of the arts and music, and co-founder of a graphic design business with Russell. We will dearly miss our Janie. A true creative spirit and artist, Jane was always creating, from painting, drawing, and designing the yearly Christmas card, to canning, baking, calligraphy, and crochet. Jane always showed an interest in others and was fond of presenting both friends and strangers with seashells inscribed with inspirational words or drawings that she would carefully pen. She received a lifetime recognition award from the Michigan State Fair in 2008. She also enjoyed swimming at the Farmington Hills YMCA, operating a booth at the Pontiac Flea Market, and working with children at the Farmington Hills KinderCare and Woodcreek Elementary School. A Memorial Service in Jane's honor will be held at the Grand Court, 36550 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI on March 7 from 3-4 p.m. with a musical prelude at 2 p.m. performed by the Chelsea Quartet.
HENNESSEY, Virginia Brophy "Sissy" Passed away on February 16, 2015 at the age of 91 in Vero Beach, Florida, with family at her side. Sissy was born Virginia Katherine Ward on September 2, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Harry T. Ward Sr. and Virginia K. Smith. When Sissy was young the family moved to Detroit where she graduated from Cooley High School. She went on to Michigan State University, graduated with a degree in Social Work and later taught Home Economics at Columbus Elementary School in Detroit. Sissy married Rex L. Brophy in 1948 and they shared 52 years of loving marriage before his death in February of 2000. Sissy and Rex resided in Grosse Pointe Shores for many years, and later in Grosse Pointe Farms. In the 1970's they discovered the allure of John's Island. For years they spent part of every winter there enjoying golf and the company of many wonderful friends. Sissy and Rex moved to John's Island permanently in the late 1990's. After Rex died, Sissy met the second love of her life, Matthew Joseph Hennessey. Sissy and Matt shared a love of world travel and a wonderful marriage for 10 years before Matt's death in 2011. Sissy enjoyed skiing, golf, travel and especially people. She nurtured many life-long friendships. Known for her warmth, caring attention to friends, sharp wit and easy sense of humor, Sissy was loved for the manner in which she lit up a room. She was a member of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, the Detroit Golf Club, the Otsego Ski Club, the John's Island Golf Club and the Bent Pine Golf Club. Sissy was a devoted wife, sister, aunt and great-aunt to her extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harry T. Ward Jr. and husbands Rex Brophy and Matt Hennessey. Sissy is survived by sister-in-law Carol Ward; brother and sister-in-law, James and Margaret Brophy; seven nieces and nephews; and 16 great nieces and nephews. Services were held in Vero Beach on Friday. A private funeral Mass with the family will be celebrated later. Donations in Sissy's memory may be sent to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 500 Iris Ln., Vero Beach, FL 32963. Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. A guestbook is available online at www.strunkfuneralhome.com
KASELITZ, DOUGLAS C. A prominent real estate developer and a highly regarded numismatist passed away January 19; he was 68 years old. Devoted husband of 44 years to Karen. Beloved father of Melissa and Alana; father-in-law to Ryan and Rebekah. He was also an adoring grandfather to Emma, Jack, and Jude; loving brother, great brother-in-law, remarkable business partner, proud uncle, and wonderful friend to many. He was strong, warm, passionate, funny, and very generous of his knowledge and time. He enjoyed being outdoors, traveling and spending hours with those he laughed with and lived for. While we mourn his loss, it has been a privilege to be a part of his well-lived life. Memorial Services to celebrate Doug's life will be held at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1800 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham, MI, April 11 at 11:00 a.m.
PROVENCHER, REAL "RAY" Age 91, was gathered into God's arms on Thursday, February 26, 2015 after a short, valiant battle with cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Real is survived by his daughters, Melodie and Robin Provencher; and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Sarlauskas. He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; and his daughter, Mary "Connie". Real was born on September 17, 1923 in Canada. He arrived in Michigan with his family while still a baby and grew up in Detroit with his five sisters and brothers, all who preceded him in death. He was drafted into the army in 1943. While in the army, during WWII, he became a naturalized citizen. Upon returning to civilian life, he was a successful businessman, owning his own construction business for over 55 years. Ray was a great family man and a loving father. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. The family will celebrate his life on Saturday, March 7, 2015 with visitation from 1-8 p.m. and a memorial ceremony with military honors at 7:00 p.m. at the R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Home located at 15451 Farmington Rd., Livonia MI. Memorial contributions may be directed to Angela Hospice. Please share a memory at www.rggrharris.com.