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CLARENCE G. BRANDON

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.

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BRITTON, SIDNEY

2014-12-21

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.

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GERHARD MAX HEILMANN

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.

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HILL, JOHN N.

2014-12-21
JOHN N.  HILL

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

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LITKE, MELVIN H.

2014-12-21

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.

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PIERCE, ROSS

2014-12-21
ROSS PIERCE ROSS PIERCE

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.

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BRIMHALL, LELAND M.

2014-12-19

BRIMHALL, Leland M. Age 83, of Novi, died December 14, 2014. Leland is the loving father of Susan Suomi, Marilee Cullen, Wanda Brimhall, Angela (Daniel) Clingan, and Jon Brimhall (d. 2007). Beloved grandfather of 13 and several great-grandchildren. Leland will be privately interred at Rozetta Cemetery in Henderson County, Illinois. heeney-sundquist.com

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JOHNSON, BETTY

2014-12-19
BETTY JOHNSON

JOHNSON, BETTY December 12, 2014, age 105 (and ¾), of Plymouth. Beloved wife of the late Bill. Loving mother of Sharlene Finnegan, Pat Rucker, Jim Johnson and the late Ron Johnson. Betty is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 18 great–grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Betty and Bill moved to Plymouth in 1939, raised their family here and retired to Traverse City in 1971. Bill passed away at the Plymouth Medilodge Nursing Home in 2003. Betty was a very active lady who enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. She will always be remembered for her kindness and giving spirit. The family will gather with friends to celebrate her life on Thursday, December 18 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, 46401 W. Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth. Memorials may be made to Star Manor Nursing Home-Activity Department, 520 W. Main Northville, MI 48167. To share a memory, please visit Vermeulenfuneralhome.com

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BRIMHALL, LELAND M.

2014-12-18

BRIMHALL, Leland M. Age 83, of Novi, died December 14, 2014. Leland is the loving father of Susan Suomi, Marilee Cullen, Wanda Brimhall, Angela (Daniel) Clingan, and Jon Brimhall (d. 2007). Beloved grandfather of 13 and several great-grandchildren. Leland will be privately interred at Rozetta Cemetery in Henderson County, Illinois. heeney-sundquist.com

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BROWN, RUTH R.

2014-12-18

BROWN, RUTH R. April 8, 1926-December 9, 2014 L.J. Griffin Funeral Home-Northrop Sassaman Chapel.

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BUCKLEY, ANN

2014-12-18

BUCKLEY, ANN A resident of White Lake and a retired Elementary Teacher for Waterford Schools, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2014, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Daniel Buckley; son, Kevin Buckley; grandson, Mason Buckley; father, Charles Mastro; sister, Jane (Michael) McDaniels, extended family, friends and her favorite horse, Coupe. A Memorial gathering will be held at Milford House Restaurant, Thursday, December 18th, 2014 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association or to University of Michigan Health System, directed to C.S. Mott-Cancer. For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com

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COLLIER, KENNETH P. Age 58, passed away December 13, 2014. He was born on June 1, 1956 in Northville, son of the late John & Lucille Collier. Ken was a lover of country music and nature. He will be remembered for living life on the edge. He is survived by his loving children: Vanessa (Brian) Holden, Jacob Collier, and Luke (Sheena) Collier and his grandchildren: Aaron, Spencer, Leila, and Bella. He is also survived by his brother, Doug (Donna) Collier; his sister, Cindy Lou Collier and his nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 17 from 4:00PM-8:00PM with a funeral service being held on Thursday, December 18 at 11:00AM at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. Memorial contributions may be made to Phillips Funeral Home. www.phillipsfuneral.com

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DeANGELIS, GEORGE

2014-12-18

DeANGELIS, GEORGE November 21, 1920 - December 14, 2014. A memorial service to be held at a later date. www.phillipsfuneral.com

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GOODRICH, ROGER

2014-12-18

GOODRICH, ROGER Of Northville, August 28, 1945 - December 13, 2014. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, phillipsfuneral.com

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GRAVES, JOANN LUTRINGER Age 73, died on December 10, 2014 at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital surrounded by her family. She was born in Jamaica, New York, and grew up in New Caanan, Connecticut. She received her master's in math from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., and spent many years teaching in France. Joann met and later married James Graves in July 12, 1969. They raised their family in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and in June 2013, moved up to Boyne City to enjoy the beauty of Northern Michigan. Joann is survived by her husband, James; daughters, Suzanne (Graves) Millican of Grosse Pointe Woods and Pamela Graves of Boyne City; and three grandchildren, Tony, Kathrine and Elizabeth Millican. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society. A memorial service took place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, at the First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs, with another memorial service planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, December 20, at St. Alexander's Church in Farmington Hills.

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GERHARD MAX HEILMANN

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.

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MICHAEL G. HENDRICKS

HENDRICKS, MICHAEL Age 55, a longtime resident of Highland, Michigan, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, December 14, 2014 after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He worked for many years as the Owner and Optometrist at Diamond Optical Care in Fenton and previously as a Detective with the City of Southfield. He leaves his loving wife of 30 years, Denise; their children, Matthew (Amber), Andrew and Christopher; siblings, Sandra Syke, John Hendricks, Denise Hendricks-Eckhout, Pamela Landauer, Roberta Henry and many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. A Memorial Mass will be held at Church of the Holy Spirit, 3700 Harvey Lake Rd, Highland on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10 AM. The Rev. Fr. Wayne Ureel to officiate. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, AML Patients, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645

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JOHNSON, BETTY

2014-12-18
BETTY JOHNSON

JOHNSON, BETTY December 12, 2014, age 105 (and ¾), of Plymouth. Beloved wife of the late Bill. Loving mother of Sharlene Finnegan, Pat Rucker, Jim Johnson and the late Ron Johnson. Betty is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 18 great–grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Betty and Bill moved to Plymouth in 1939, raised their family here and retired to Traverse City in 1971. Bill passed away at the Plymouth Medilodge Nursing Home in 2003. Betty was a very active lady who enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. She will always be remembered for her kindness and giving spirit. The family will gather with friends to celebrate her life on Thursday, December 18 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, 46401 W. Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth. Memorials may be made to Star Manor Nursing Home-Activity Department, 520 W. Main Northville, MI 48167. To share a memory, please visit Vermeulenfuneralhome.com

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SERILLA, MAXINE

2014-12-18

SERILLA, MAXINE May 19, 1921-November 29, 2014. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME www.phillipsfuneral.com

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