BOZIAN, EDWIN B. "ED" Age 88, June 20, 2015. www.mccabefuneralhome.com
BURKALL, LORI SUE Passed away June 20, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after a courageous fight with cancer. She was 54 years old. Preceded in death by her mother, Eleanor Burkall, and both sets of grandparents, Peter and Marie Burkall and Ken and Olive Hughes, of Muskegon, Michigan, Lori leaves behind her father, Al Burkall of St. Joseph, Michigan; sister Linda (Dan) Derbas of Galien, Michigan; sister Julie (Jim) Painter of Centerville, Ohio; brother Don (Shirley) Burkall of Durham, North Carolina; sister Mary (Dave) Schmidke of St. Joseph, Michigan; life partner Burt Sloan of Ann Arbor, Michigan; special cousin Norman (Ilene) Tyler of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Lori graduated from St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, Michigan, received her Bachelor of Education from Western Michigan University, and her Masters in Computer Education from the National College of Education in Evanston, Illinois. During her career she taught special needs students in Dayton, Ohio; Antioch, Illinois; Charlotte, North Carolina; and ultimately, Livonia, Michigan. Lori was exceptionally close to her eight nieces and nephews, always being very interested and involved in their lives. She lovingly shared many special times with each one of them as they grew from childhood into the adults they are today. She was so proud of each and every one of them. While in high school Lori's family hosted Gundi Mathews, a foreign exchange student from Hamburg, Germany, who became a special sister. This wonderful experience led Lori and her partner Burt to open their home and hearts to many foreign exchange students over the years. The bonds formed remain to this day; many students, along with their families, have returned for visits to see their "American mom." When not in the classroom or spending time with family, Lori loved to travel. She enjoyed learning about other cultures and exploring near and far, whether it was on road trips with her dad, taking cruises with Burt or her girlfriends, or backpacking through Europe. She jumped out of airplanes, rode her motorcycle, and loved the water, whether swimming and sailing, or playing cards with her dad at the beach. Lori's creative side led her to explore a variety of artistic avenues. After taking a stained glass class, she fell in love with glass, and subsequently, lampwork (glass bead-making). Her friends and family treasure the unique and beautiful gifts she made for them. To showcase her culinary talents, Lori would entertain friends and even cater various events. Happy were those who were called to her table. Lori will be greatly missed by family, her very many close friends and neighbors, and former students. Her loving and generous spirit and beautiful smile touched the lives of so many. Lori made a difference, and left the world a better place because she was here. Those wishing to share a memory of Lori can do so at www.muehligannarbor.com. A celebration of Lori's life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either St. Joseph Mercy Hospice Ann Arbor (www.stjoesannarbor.org/hospice) or Youth for Understanding USA (www.yfuusa.org).
DUVALL, GEORGE A. Age 93. Husband of the late Carol. Dear father of Kenneth (Joanne) and Joyce. Grandfather of Julianne (Brian) Nafin, Wayne, Theresa, Raymond and Sean. Great-grandfather of Alisha, Kassidy, Owen, Jovanna, Jenna, Kayla, Juanito and George. Great-great-grandfather of Charlee. Visiting Monday, July 27th 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Service at VFW Post 345, 27345 Schoolcraft Ave. Redford Charter Twp. Final resting place Great Lakes National Cemetery. Contributions to VFW Post 345 appreciated. Condolences to Charlesstepfuneralhome.com
KIFFNER, HANNAH Traverse City - Hannah Marlene (Chadwick) Kiffner, 82, of Manistee passed away June 22, 2015, at Munson Medical Center. She graduated from Bentley High School. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
NEWMAN, BARBARA Passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 20, 2015 aged 61. Beloved ex-wife of Scott Newman, loving mother of Jessica Newman and Jacquelyn (Ryan) Crockett, adored grandmother of Ruby Crockett. Predeceased by her parents John and Helen Golec; survived by sisters Cindy (John) Cipolla, Elizabeth "Buff" Jarema, and by her brother Greg Golec. Barbara spent her youth in Detroit, married and moved to Livonia, and had a successful career as a radiographer. She loved to garden, and enjoyed travel both in the U.S. and abroad. Private memorial to be held by family. Donations may be sent to the Detroit Institute of Arts or the Henry Ford.
SMITH, MICHAEL L. June 24, 2015. Age 51 of Wayne. He passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1964 and is a 1982 graduate of Romulus High School. He served in the United State Marine Corp and retired as a Sergeant from the Romulus Police Department. He was an avid Detroit Tiger fan and also loved all kinds of sports and never missed a good card game. He is survived by this wife of 26 years, Rhonda; and his children, Zachary and Olivia; his parents, Edward Smith and Fanny Markey; brothers, Robert and David (Judy); as well as aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends. Visitation at Uht Funeral Home, 35400 Glenwood Rd., Westland, MI on Sunday, June 28 from 1-9 p.m. Services at funeral home Monday, June 29 at 10 a.m. Burial immediately following at Glenwood Cemetery in Wayne. Memorial donations in his honor may be made to the International Melanoma Foundation or Angela Hospice. Please view memorial and send tributes at www.uhtfh.com.
TRUDGEON, JACK HOWARD Beloved husband and father, Jack Howard Trudgeon, passed into the arms of his heavenly father on April 21, 2015. Born in Calumet, Michigan on July 26, 1920, Jack was married to his dear wife Helen for 63 years. Together they shared a joyous life filled with love of music, family, church, summers at their cabin in the U.P. of Michigan, retirement in Arizona, and final years in Lancaster, California. After military duty in WWII he served as both church and high school choir director for nearly 40 years. He was most happy sitting on the dock of his cabin in the woods, puttering in the back chopping wood, or working in his garden. Jack was beloved by his large extended family and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his brother, William Trudgeon of Warren, and five children and their families: Jill and Kurt Sprenger of Texas, Jane and Robert Neal of California, Susan and Brad Marten of Colorado, Sandra and Douglas McLaren of England, and Garry Perryman of Wales. Cheers, Dad! Memorial service to be held at First Lutheran Church, Winona, Michigan, on July 5th at 2:30. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Lancaster United Methodist Pipe Organ Renewal Fund.
BOGART, JEAN LOUISE 93, of Empire, formerly of Northville, passed away Friday, June 12, 2015, at home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born January 5, 1922, in Wixom, the daughter of Alexander and Ethel (Fisher) Lyke. Jean was a member of the Empire United Methodist Church and the Northville Eagles Lodge. She was an avid bowler, having won several trophies and also enjoyed crocheting, solving jigsaw puzzles and reading. Most of all, Jean loved spending time with her family, especially with her granddaughter, great-grandsons and great-great-granddaughter. Jean is survived by: her granddaughter, Candace Bogart of Empire; her great-grandsons, Cameron Olds of Empire, and Nicholas Olds of Empire; her great- great-granddaughter, Presley Breithaupt; her sister, Shirley Mazur of Northville; her niece, Cyndi (John) Sutton of Dover, Massachusetts; and her good friend, Donald Sowa. Jean was preceded in death by: her husband, Warren Bogart; and her daughter, Lynda Bogart. Cremation has taken place at the Benzie Area Crematory, in Beulah, and memorial services will be held later this summer. Memorial contributions may be made to Munson Hospice or to the Northville Historical Society for the Mill Race Village. The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, in Beulah, is in charge of arrangements. www. benett-barzfuneralhome.com
BURGESS, MARY A. June 21, 2015, age 73 of Birmingham. Beloved wife of the late Richard Burgess and Terry Karcher. Loving mother of Renee (Ali) Dagher and Tania Burgess. Dear grandmother of Anisa Dagher and Jenna Dagher. Time of Reflection was Tuesday 7 p.m. Visitation was Tuesday 1:30-9 p.m. at the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Ave. Burial was Wednesday at Milford Memorial Cemetery. www.howepeterson.com
CHRISTOPHER, JEROME W. Age 83, of Southfield, passed away June 20, 2015. Share condolences at casterlinefuneralhome.com
CRAMER, DANIEL L. Passed away peacefully on Saturday the 20th of June, 2015 in the loving care of his family. Daniel was the loving husband of Linda (Fawcett) Cramer; father of Evan Cramer and Elaine Cramer. Besides his immediate family, Dan is survived by his brother, Michael (Dulce Ramos) Cramer of San Francisco; sister Virginia (Edward) Virt of Summerfield, Florida; brothers-in-law David (Gayle) Fawcett of West Bloomfield, MI, Kim (Diana Huang) Fawcett of Chicago, Illinois; and sister-in-law Janis (Timothy) Casai of Bloomfield Hills, MI. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorial service and interment of ashes will take place on July 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford, Holly. Donations may be made to the veterans organization of your choice. For further information please call, 248-684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com.
DANCY, REDMOND "RAY" 11/20/1927 - 6/12/2015 Was born in Jacksonville, Florida and later moved to Detroit, Michigan. Ray served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Laura Ruth Forrester on November 8, 1956. After retiring from JL Hudson's in 1979, he and Laura moved to Tennessee and Texas before returning to Michigan in 1987 where they lived until she passed away in January 1992. Ray continued to reside there until August 2015 when he returned to Texas. Ray struggled with health issues his last few years and passed away at home surrounded by his loving daughters, Susan, Carol, and Kathy by his side. He is preceded in death by his wife, Laura Forrester Dancy; brother, Marquess Gillespie Dancy II; and sister, Lucretia India Dancy. He is survived by his children, Susan Lesowyk, Carol Papenfuss, Robert (Vera) Dancy, and Kathy Parker; his grandchildren, Pamela (Garrett) Lesowyk Kubiak, William "Russell" Lesowyk, Jacob Lesowyk, Laura Lesowyk, Matthew (Lisa) Papenfuss, Andrew (Gabriela) Papenfuss, Alexandra Papenfuss, Clark Dancy, Brooke Dancy, Roberta Dancy, Isadora Dancy, Jessica Bedford, Clint Parker, Mavrick Parker; and his great-grandchildren, Haeley Lesowyk, Gracelyn (Lesowyk) Collier, Madix Papenfuss, Asher Papenfuss, Parker Papenfuss, Presley Papenfuss, and Kaelyn Balzer; and nieces and nephews. Ray was an avid history buff and loved watching documentaries. He enjoyed traveling to small towns, antique shopping, Opera, and the fine arts. He will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor and dearly missed by his loving family. A memorial service will be held at a later date with burial at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI.
DEAKE, FAY W. age 99, passed away June 20, 2015. She was born on February 13, 1916 in Pontiac, daughter of the late Herman Maude Willer. Fay graduated from Michigan Normal College (Eastern Michigan University) and was a proud educator for her entire career. She was a longtime member of Hiawatha Bible Church and will always be remembered for her strong and abiding faith. She is survived by her children: Roderick (Karen) Deake, James (Nell) Deake and Kathleen Deake; her grandchildren: Ronald Kruzman, Kristine Ferris, Jeremy Deake, Roddy Deake and Sherri Deake; 3 great grandchildren and her cousin Janet Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver in 1988. Visitation and funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, June 24 at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. Fay was laid to rest beside her husband, Oliver in Thayer Cemetery. www.phillipsfuneral.com
FOWLER, WILLIAM "Billy Blue" October 29, 1948 - June 19, 2015. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
FREDERICK, DEBORAH A. April 11, 1954 - June 17, 2015 L. J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop Sassaman Chapel.
HOOTEN, FRANCES LYNN May 1, 1932 - June 17, 2015 L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop Sassaman Chapel
KOEPKE, RUSELL C. Died in East Lansing, Michigan on June 13, 2015. Russ was born on July 22, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois and later lived in Plymouth, Michigan and Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. Russ survived the Great Depression and Second World War to marry Ruth Franzenburg while they were both in uniform in 1945. After the war, Russ and Ruth returned to Chicago to start their life together and begin the family that grew to eight children by 1961. Russ Koepke received his Bachelor of Philosophy in Economics at Loyola University, Chicago in 1939 and completed a graduate program in Business Management and Finance at University of Chicago in 1950. Russ worked as a manager in finance for Ford Motor Company for 30 years and provided shelter, security, education and love to his large family. He also contributed his energies to the loving ideals of his church and his favorite causes including recycling, peace, justice and racial and gender equality. Russ was a caring and devoted husband who enjoyed rising early every morning to make coffee for Ruth. He and Ruth moved to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee to spend the last 28 of their 70 years together. There, they were surrounded by old and new friends and graciously hosted visits from their children, grandchildren and extended family. Ruth Franzenburg Koepke died in October of 2014. Russ' committed work toward peace flowed from his optimism. He was non-dogmatic in his beliefs and open minded in his tolerance of all. Russ Koepke was a man of great faith in the goodness of people, the beauty of the natural world, and the power of love. A memorial service will be held Saturday June 27th at 11:00 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 7503 Peavine Road, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Contributions in Russ' memory may be made to Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club, 2501 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, Il 60618 (www.nbgc.org) or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 (www.splcenter.org).
A reception has been planned at the Library Room at Druid Hills following the committal service in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church columbarium. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Timber Ridge in East Lansing, MI and Good Samaritan Society in Fairfield Glade, TN for their outstanding care. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com
MINKE, BETSY L. Age 94, passed peacefully away June 19, 2015. She was born on March 17, 1921 in Vermillion County, Illinois, daughter of the late Lloyd Dorothy Wolcott. Prior to moving to South Lyon in 1976, Betsy and her late husband, Ted, lived in Southfield for many years. She was an active member of the Southfield United Presbyterian Church and the Fellowship Evangelical Presbyterian Church in South Lyon. She will always be remembered for her love and dedication to her family and to her Church. She is survived by her loving children: Patricia (Al) Payson, Susan (John) Currie, Ted (Jill) Minke, Tom (Shari) Minke, Carol Meyer, Kay (Matthew) Daraskavich and Mike (Melissa) Minke. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and her sister, Barbara Peppler. Betsy was preceded in death by her husband, Ted, in 1983. A memorial service will be held on July 9, 2015 at 11:00 at the Fellowship Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 22200 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon with Pastor David Brown officiating . Private interment will take place in Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Fellowship Evangelical Presbyterian Church toward their mission work. PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. www.phillipsfuneral.com
RATHBURN, NICHOLAS A. Age 34, of San Mateo, California, formerly of Northville, passed away suddenly on June 10, 2015. He was born December 24, 1980; son of Roger W. Rathburn and Sherry A. DeSantis. He graduated from Northville High School Class of 2000; upon graduation he moved to California and studied Law Enforcement at the College of San Mateo. He was a Supervisor with Allied Barton Security Services and worked at Visa International in Foster City, California. Nicholas had an interest in law enforcement and enjoyed going to the shooting range. He also loved camping and the outdoors and some of his favorite places to visit were Yosemite and Half Moon Bay, California. He loved animals, especially his two beautiful cats; Baxter, who Nicholas always called "Mr. B" and Daisy. He also loved spending time with his California cousins, Gina, Christina, Debbie and David and enjoyed attending big Italian family dinners and birthday parties and taking his younger cousins, Lucian and Jade, to the movies. He is survived by his grandfather Vincent (Carole) DeSantis; his aunt Susan Ryan; his uncle John DeSantis; and his niece Celestia McArthur. He is also survived by his loving family and friends in California. He was preceded in death by his father, his mother, his grandmother Carole DeSantis, and his sister Tia McArthur. Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025 or the Huron Valley Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48150.
RUSSELL, WILLIAM May 11, 1942 - June 14, 2015. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
SCHAFFART, DR. RAYMOND H. 75, of Livonia, MI, passed away peacefully at his home in Kewadin, MI, on Friday, June 19, 2015. Ray was surrounded by his loving family after battling cancer for the last seven months. According to Ray's wishes, there will be no public visitation or services. A private memorial will be planned for a later date. Ray was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up in St. Clair, Missouri, where he met his beloved wife of 51 years, Ruth Hoffman (Schaffart). After acquiring his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, Dr. Schaffart moved to Livonia, MI in 1972, where he worked for Ford Motor Company until 2000, retiring as Vice President Chassis Division for Visteon Corporation. He loved spending time at his hunting cabin and at his home in Elk Rapids. Most importantly, Ray cherished time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his son and daughter-in-law, R. Scott and Alison; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Trevor; his grandchildren, Lauren, Evangeline, and Brendan (Schaffart) and Connor and Aidan (Rothman); and many other friends and family members. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses from Munson Healthcare for their wonderful care and kindness.
SCHRAMKE, ROBERT BOB "DOC" Age 81, June 22, 2015. Beloved husband of Elaine for 61 and half years. Dear father of Roni (Bob) Travis and the late Jane Popeney and Judy Zammit. Proud grand father of David, Kelly, Erik and Benjamin. Great-grandfather of Dylan and Robert. Dr. Schramke was the principal at Redford Union High School for 21 years. Visitation at the O'Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, Thursday 3-9 p,m. In state at St. Genevieve-St Maurice, 29015 Jamison, Livonia, Friday 10:15 until the funeral Liturgy at 11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations in memory of Bob can be made to St Jude Childrens Hospital. www.stjude.org