BENSON, FREDERICK Age 77. Beloved husband of Edwina. Loving father to David, Linda (Watzke) and Charles Lister. Father-in-law of Kim Watzke and Donna Lister. Proud grandfather of Zachary, Connor and Alex. Dear brother of Eleanor Schroeder. Preceded in death by his sisters Jean Colmus and Evelyn Raven. Police Officer, Businessman, Fisherman, Charter Captain, Golfer and Card Player. A retired Police Lieutenant, he proudly served the Livonia Police Department for 30 years. He was a member and Past-President of the Wayne County Lt.'s, Sgt.'s and Cpl.'s Association. After his retirement in partnership with his dear friends Steve and Jim he founded and served as President of Livonia Based Statewide Security Transport, a business that provides prisoner transportation solutions to the law enforcement community. Fred was a graduate of Plymouth High School, Schoolcraft College, Madonna University and The University of Detroit. A long-time Livonia resident, after retirement Fred left the community he served faithfully for 30 years and relocated on Grosse Ile, MI to be near the golf course and waterways he loved so much. An avid Muskie, Walleye and Salmon fishermen, "Cap'n Fred" also served as Charter Captain of "Hang Loose Sport Fishing Charters." He enjoyed spending his time fishing with family and his fishing buddies Wally and Marcel. He was a former member of the Ford Yacht Club Grosse Ile, MI. Fred was a champion golfer from the days on his High School Golf team to his retirement years spent as a member of the Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club. Always up for a game of chance, he excelled at playing Poker and Blackjack. He enjoyed a "turn of the card" with his many poker buddies and was a champion Blackjack Tournament player. Donations may be made in his honor to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. A celebration of life luncheon with family and friends is planned for Saturday, November 8, 2014 from Noon to 4 p.m. at Park Place Dearborn, MI.
DOOLEY, PATRICIA D. Of Plymouth, Michigan, age 85, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 17, 2014. She was born on December 6, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Robert Emmett and Viola McCoy. She met the love of her life and best friend forever, Tom Dooley, while still in High School at St. Anthony's in Detroit. They were married in 1952 after she graduated from Nazareth College with a teaching degree in early education. She was proud to say, as an elementary teacher, she supported Tom as he finished his final year for an MBA at the University of Michigan. Their loving marriage of 62 years was the kind most people just dream of and it continues to inspire their six children and spouses and their 14 grandchildren. She was a homemaker, devoted to her family and later greatly enjoyed her role as Grandma. Pat's Catholic faith served as the foundation for the way she lived her life. She worshipped God and prayed for His assistance and guidance daily. She looked at each day as a gift and filled it with love and laughter. She had the ability to make even the simplest activities some of the greatest pleasures for her family such as singing around a campfire, enjoying a picnic at a park, or spending a day at the beach. Her faith in God and the future brought a sense of peace to others. Her love will continue to live on in those she leaves behind while they look forward to the day when they will be reunited. Pat is survived by her loving husband Tom Dooley; six children Roger (Kathy) Dooley, Dennis (Carol) Dooley, Alyce (Bruce) Cummings, Kathleen Hadley, Jennifer (Joe) Cruitt and Tom (Chu Yun) Dooley; fourteen grandchildren: Brittany, John and Eric Dooley, Ryan and Chris Dooley, Chelsea and Kyle Cummings, Sean , Beth, Christina and Colleen Hadley and Patrick, William and Timmy Cruitt. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert Emmett and Viola McCoy and two sisters, Violet (Daryl) Lantzy and Alyce (Larry) Gauthier. A Funeral Mass was held on Monday at St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 North Haggerty Rd., Plymouth. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. Share your memories at www.schrader-howell.com.
GREGORY, ELAINE V Age 97, of Northville, passed away October 18, 2014. Obituary and online condolences at www.casterlinefuneralhome.com
JANSEN, THORA M. Age 92, passed away October 13, 2014. She was born on July 1, 1922 in Detroit, daughter of the late John and Lillian Brown. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Thora enjoyed spending time with her husband and family at their family cottage on Long Lake, near Alpena. She is survived by her sons: John Jr. (Nancy) Jansen, and Robert (Sheila) Jansen; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Thora was preceded in death by her husband John Sr. in 2005. Visitation was held on October 17th with funeral service on October 18th, both were held at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. She was laid to rest beside her husband in Glen Eden Cemetery. Online guest book: www.phillipsfuneral.com
O'MALLEY, MICHAEL ROBERT Age 62, passed away on October 18, 2014. Mike is survived by his wife, Carla; his two sons, Dave (Kerri) and Tim (Elizabeth); his siblings, Joe O'Malley (Britt), Maureen Norris (Ken), and Tom O'Malley; six grandchildren, Caitlin, Erinn, Karah, Evalyn, Sean, and Fitz O'Malley; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father, Josephine and Francis (Robert) O'Malley. Born in Detroit on June 16, 1952, Mike attended St. Brigid in West Detroit, graduated from Detroit's St. Francis DeSales High School in 1970. He moved to Garden City, Michigan with his new wife, Carla, in 1971. His career progressed from Awrey's Bakery to UPS when their small family moved to Canton, Michigan in 1979 where he resided until his death. Mike retired from UPS in 1986 to become the full-time caregiver to his sons, while volunteering in numerous activities. During that time, he earned his B.S. and M.S.W. from Eastern Michigan University. He was the counselor to so many. Mike's devotion to the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Lions, Pistons, and the PGA, and all Michigan college sports was legendary. Numerous friends and family will miss his quirky personality and rabid support of sports. His favorite activities included libations and conversations with friends and family. He enjoyed working out with his friends from VicTanny and his Wednesday golf league with his high school buddies. Mike's commitment to his own athletic pursuits put him in a rare group to be rewarded with both a 300 bowling game on September 28, 2005 and a hole-in-one on June 5, 1996, at the Rogell (Redford) Golf course's 5th hole. We will all remember how he made his grandchildren laugh with delight when throwing them into the air or making the "noise a donkey makes". His many other idiosyncrasies gave great joy to his family. The visitation was Tuesday, October 21, 2014 and the Funeral Celebration was held Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, Plymouth. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Oakwood Foundation, Oakwood/First Step Partnership (www.oakwood.org/foundation) or Pelotonia, http://pelotonia.org. To share memories, please visit: vermeulenfuneralhome.com
PRINCE, EVELINE Age 60, passed away Oct. 17, 2014. Survived by son Adam Rehowiak and mother Ingeburg Prince. www.phillipsfuneral.com
SASSAMAN, JOHN B. Of Northville December 1, 1944-October 15, 2014. Services entrusted to L.J. Griffin Funeral Home-Northrop-Sassaman Chap.
BORON, HENRY H. Age 66, of Livonia, died October 15, 2014. Loving brother of Mary Phillips; uncle of Lisa Boron, Scott Phillips, and Steven Phillips. Sadly, Henry was preceded in death by his parents Tony and Florence, wife Sophia and brother, Chris (Jean) Boron. Memorial Mass Monday, October 20, 11 a.m. (gathering 10:15 a.m.), at St. Genevieve St. Maurice Catholic Church, 29015 Jamison St., Livonia, MI 48154. Private inurnment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. heeney-sundquist.com
DORAN, DAVID A. Age 73, of Bonita Springs, Florida, died too soon on October 14, 2014, after an outdoor accident at his home. The son of Esther and Paul Doran, Dave grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan, where he spent nights fishing the piers for dinner. After high school, he enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he received his Bachelor's degree, as well as his MBA and JD. He spent 33 years heading the tax department at Masco, in Metro Detroit. After retiring, he split his time between Florida and Northern Michigan. Throughout his life, Dave was an accomplished golferbut more than the club trophies, we'll remember him for the way he embraced the physical delicacy and mental rigor it required. We'll remember the boyish smile that overtook his face as he looked out from the first tee at Crystal Downs. His friends and family will cherish all the rounds we got to play with him, and we'll always wish we had just one more. Dave will also be remembered for his generosity. He was always willing to help others, whether it was donating to charities or letting a college golf team (Michigan State's, no less!) take over his house for a week. Most recently, he volunteered his time helping Spanish-speaking residents learn English. A matchless family man, Dave was happiest when he was spending time with his kids. It didn't matter what they were doing togethersimply being together was enough. His children were his world, and he was theirs. Those worlds have been disrupted now, but the memories of them never will be. Dave was patient, loving, affable, brilliant, and assiduous. He was the kind of man you aspire to be, the kind of man who infused those around him with a magnanimous strength. His friends are better for knowing him, and his family is better for loving himand for being loved by him. This, ultimately, was his greatest gift, the lesson he taught us every day: how to act with virtue, how to lead an admirable, exuberant, compassionate life. Dave is survived by his wife, Maureen; his brother, Larry; and his sisters, Paula, Pat, and Kathy. He leaves behind five children, Stefanie, Kim, David, Caitlin, and Megan; and three grandchildren who will always remember their "Papa": Aiden, Parker, and Leal. We will miss you terribly. We will celebrate Dave's life on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 4-8 pm (eulogy at 6 pm) at Western Golf and Country Club, 14600 Kinloch, Redford, MI, 48239. All are welcome. Dave's family has set up a donation collection for the Evans Scholar Foundation in his name. Visit www.wgaesf.org, and click on "Support Us," then "Memorials & Honorariums." Forms will be available at the memorial.
SHALTZ, FRANK M. October 15, 2014. Age 74 of Livonia. Beloved husband of Carol. Dear brother of Dorothy (Carl) Manoogian and Frances (the late Donald) O'Connor. Brother-in-law of Alice Santo. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and many friends. Services were held Saturday, October 18, 2014, at John Molnar Funeral Home, Southgate Chapel. www.molnarfuneralhome.com
STERLING, RODNEY M. Age 76, of Rome, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. Mr. Sterling was born on August 10, 1938 in Pontiac, MI. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Wheaton Sterling, and by a daughter, Tamara Behiry and parents Robert and Freda Sterling. Mr. Sterling was a member of Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church and was a Gideon. He worked for General Dynamics as an engineer for many years before retiring. His wisdom and influence will continue to impact our daily lives in a positive way. Survivors include his daughter, Sylvia Caruvana, and her husband, Jon, Rome; a son, Kyran Van Sickle, Springport, MI; seven grandchildren; close friends also survive. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 1:00 PM in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, with the Rev. Clyde Hampton officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 11:00 AM in Gresham Cemetery, Chester Township, MI. The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday from 12 noon until the service hour. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in his memory to Gideon's International or to the Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church, Building Fund, 735 Old Summerville Road, NW, Rome, GA 30165. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.
ANDERSON, HELGA CHRISTEN Aged 86, died October 8, 2014, at her home in Redford, Michigan. A memorial service will be held in her honor on Friday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Ward Presbyterian Church, 40000 W. Six Mile, Northville, MI.
BETTS JR., H. GLEN 87, of Rotonda West, Florida, passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Consulate Health Care of Port Charlotte, Florida. Born on June 12, 1927 in Nashua, New Hampshire, he had been a resident of Rotonda West, Florida since 2000, after residing in the Village of Milford since 1959. Glen served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, after which he excelled as a heavy equipment mechanic in Detroit, before beginning a 25 year career as Maintenance Supervisor at the Wixom Ford assembly facility, from where he retired. Most recently, Glen was a member of several veteran and fraternal organizations including the American Legion Post #113, and was a life member of the V.F.W. Post #10476 both in Rotonda West. In Milford, Glen was a member of American Legion post 216 and a previous member of Milford's Masonic Blue Lodge. Glen loved working on his lawn and for many years rode his bicycle to Kensington Park and home again. After retirement, Glen could be seen every morning with his wife, Marion, at Main Street Art, cleaning and sorting before opening time. Glen was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marion, in 2013 and daughter, Marcia Bowman in 2009. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia (Skip) Hintz of Rotonda West, FL, Janice (Geoff) Schrock of Dade, FL; one son, H. Glen (Linda) Betts, III of Milford, MI; five grandchildren, Robert, Jill, Bethany, Kristin, and Bryon Glen; and eight wonderful great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post #113, 3436 Indiana Road, Rotonda West. Inurnment will be at White Chapel Cemetery, beside Marion. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 216 or 113 or Tidewell Hospice in memory of H. Glen Betts.
FEATHERS, CATHERINE M. Age 94, of Westland, died October 10, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Thomas (d. 2002). Devoted Mother of 12 children; loving grandmother of 17 and 16 great-grandchildren. Visitation Friday, Oct. 17, from 2-8 p.m., with a Rosary at 7 p.m., at the Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Rd., downtown Farmington (248-474-5200). Funeral Mass Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m.(in state 10:15 a.m.), at St. Genevieve St. Maurice Catholic Church 29015 Jamison St, Livonia, MI 48154 Memorial gifts suggested to Community Living Centers Farmington. heeney-sundquist.com
GRAHAM, GLORIA Age 69, loving wife of the late Donald. Dear mother of Michael (Yo) and Jodi Demorest. Proud Grandmother of Maya and Billy. Survived by beloved sister Barbara Weathers (Ralph). Funeral Mass 10 a.m. St. William 531 Common St., Walled Lake, MI
HOCK, GEORGE E. Age 83, of Cadillac died peacefully in Munson Medical Center, Traverse City following an unexpected stroke Sunday, October 5, 2014. He was born April 18, 1931 in Harper Hospital in Detroit the fourth of five sons born to William Louis and Mabel May (Campbell) Hock. He was named after two favorite uncles, George Hock and Edward Hock. He married Carol Cool November 7, 1998 in Cadillac. George moved to South Lyon with his family in 1942. He graduated from South Lyon High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He remembered his military service fondly. George had a great love of life. He loved playing hockey and baseball with his brothers and neighbor friends as a young man. George worked for the Huron Clinton Metropolitan Park Authority as a heavy equipment operator for 19 years. He also owned his own janitorial service in Romeo and Almont. He loved history, Detroit Tiger Baseball and oil painting. George had many hobbies over the years including collecting toy construction equipment, N gauge railroad trains, model airplanes and sailboats. He had a great sense of humor and loved silly practical jokes. Most important to him was his wife Carol and how happy she made him and how much fun they had together. Also, the love for his dogs could not be equaled. You rarely saw George without his dogs. George is survived by his wife, Carol: children: Debra (James) Kranz of Cass City, Wendy Haley of Cleveland, TN; Lisa Nelson of Cadillac; grandchildren: Angela (Stuart) Ridpath, Brandon Nelson, Adam Kranz, Lydia Haley, Audrey Haley, Melissa Haley, Kathryn Haley; great grandchildren: Grace Ridpath, Haidyn Nelson, Jack Ridpath, Owen Ridpath; brother, James (Shari) Hock of Kalamazoo; many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brothers: William Hock, Donald Hock, and Robert Hock. Funeral service held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2014 in First Covenant Church, Cadillac with Rev. Greg DuBois officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Cadillac. Military honors under the direction of Cadillac Area Honor Guard and the U.S. Army. Memorials may be made to First Covenant Church or Wexford County Humane Society. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and stories with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.
MAITLAND, JUNE BARBARA A resident of Commerce Township, died peacefully surrounded by her family on October 11, 2014. She was 82 years old. She is survived by her daughters, Pam Lich and Barb (Dr. Mark) Kamil; sons, Louis Maitland and Robert (Laurie) Maitland; grandchildren, Melissa (Brian), Billy, Elizabeth, Rachel, Amanda Tommy and Ryan; great grandchildren, Beatrice and Julian; brother, Dale (the late Marilyn) Beller, dear friend, Carol Hayes, and many extended family members and dear friends. June was preceded in death by her son Tom Maitland and brother, Richard (Patricia) Beller. A Memorial Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Friday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Cole Westwood to officiate. Friends may gather one hour prior to service. For further information please call 248-684-6645 or visit: LynchFuneralDirectors.com
MILLER, JAMES DALE Husband of the late Beverly (Fensch) Miller and longtime resident of South Lyon, died October 6th, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Born July 8th, 1942, in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late Glen Miller and Flora (Brown) Miller. He is survived by his son Ken (Sue) Miller and daughter Lori (Jerry) Quimby, grandchildren Brandon, Travis, Trenton, and Caiden. Jim was a machinist by trade and had worked at local Roy A. Hutchin's Company for 50+ years. When he wasn't at work, he could usually be found in his garage tinkering with his latest "creation". Jim was long known for his caring attitude and sense of humor. He touched the hearts of many and was a true blessing to all who knew him. A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.
RYBICKI, BARBARA J age 76 passed away October 11, 2104. She was born in Dearborn; daughter of the late Joseph and Jean Jeske. Barbara is survived by her loving husband James Rybicki and her children: Dennis (Dorne), Timothy (Soraya), Jim and Laura (David) Wagner. Also survived by seven grandchildren and her brother Richard (Mary) Jeske. Arrangements entrusted to PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
RYBKA, IRENE E. Age 98, of Alpena, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Hillman's Haven. Irene was born August 12, 1916 in Cheboygan, MI to James and Myrtle (Tebo) Gallaway and spent most of her life in the Detroit metro area. She had been in the Alpena area for the last four years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to many. Irene drove a school bus for many years and was a dedicated advocate for those students on her bus. Her last days were at Hillman's Haven and she was extremely grateful for the wonderful caregivers there and also the wonderful caregivers from Hospice of Michigan. Surviving are four children: Susan (John) Luce of Rockaway Beach, OR, Walter (Carita) Rybka of Morehead, KY, Dr. Elaine Smith of Alpena, MI, Timothy (Elizabeth) Rybka of Washington state, seven grandchildren: Brian, Tracy, Walter, Fenton, Elyse, McKenna, Barrett, seven great-grandchildren, a sister, Almeda Lima of Florida, and two brothers, Ed Gallaway of Detroit, MI, and Richard (Mary Jane) Gallaway of Pinckney, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter in 1985 and three siblings, James, Dorothy and Lloyd. Family and friends will gather Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 122 W. Lake, South Lyon, MI from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 5:00 p.m. Inurnment will be at South Lyon Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Huron Humane Society, St. Jude Children's Hospital or the charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be registered at www.mcwilliamsfh.com
VERMILLION, BRADLEY Age 51. Lost his long battle with cancer peacefully in his home on October 7 with his family by his side. Bradley is the beloved son of Nancy Sue and the late Charles Vermillion. He is the loving husband of Nancy Marie. The caring father to Mackenzie (Michael), Matthew, and Madeline. He is also survived by his siblings Greg (Linda), Jeff (Cathy), Chari (Tim), and Scott (Linda) along with numerous loving family members and friends. Visitation was held Friday, October 10 and a Funeral Service was held on Saturday, October 11 at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. Bradley was laid to rest in South Lyon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Bradley's name to the American Cancer Society. Please visit www.phillipsfuneral.com.