BARBATI, ARTHUR C. Veteran Social Worker Labor advocate Arthur C. Barbati, of Highland Township, Michigan, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015. Mr. Barbati was 82. Arthur was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan and later adopting Highland Township as his home. Loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. Art was a Korean War veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force both in Korea and Texas. Art retired from Michigan's Department of Social Services after many dedicated years of service. He's a co-founder of the Welfare Employees Union and was twice president of WEU. After his retirement, Art worked for the United Farm Workers of America at their office in Detroit. He helped organize UFW President Cesar Chavez's speaking tour at the Walter P. Reuther Library on the campus of Wayne State University, and at several other Michigan universities in the 1980s. Art was a civil rights advocate who truly believed all people were created equal. He was an avid bicyclist. Art rode his 10-speed bicycle from Detroit to Denver in the early 1980s. His second cross country trip took him from Detroit to Flagstaff, Arizona, two years later. Art is preceded in death by his father Arthur, mother Opal; sisters Margie and Delores; nephew Ron Gibbs; aunt Michalina (Mickey) Crowell, and cousin Frank Crowell. He is survived by his ex-wife Cleo; sons: Brian Barbati and his wife Ann; Duane Barbati; and Shawn Friday and his wife Darcey; granddaughter Christine Halliday and her husband Brandon. great-grandchildren Christian Mark and Calley Mae; nephew Gregg Gibbs and his wife Ann; and their children Alex and Emily. With all our love Art, we will miss your smile, laugh, generosity and social conscious dearly. Thank you for being our father. A private family and close friends memorial service is pending.
CARPENTER, MARK Born August 14, 1941-Passed away April 10, 2015. L.J. Griffin Funeral Home-Northrop Sassaman Chapel. www.griffinfuneralhome.com
GORDINIER, LARRY March 10, 1955 - April 9, 2015. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
HALDENWANGER, KARI May 23, 1962 -April 10, 2015. PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
KILLEEN, CAROLYN December 23, 1922 - November 8, 2014. Memorial Celebration at L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, Northrop-Sassaman Chapel.
MARTINEZ, VICTORIA A. Age 90 of South Lyon, passed away 4/8/15. Share condolences at casterlinefuneralhome.com
RISNER, FORREST Age 59, passed away March 18, 2015. Survived by Cecilia Risner, son Hagan, daugher Lauren, sister JoAnn Norris (Michael). Memorial Service will take place Monday April 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Merriman Road Baptist Church in Garden City.
SHIER, ROBERT COLLINS Died peacefully in his sleep on April 12, 2015. Born October 22, 1922 in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, Bob moved to Michigan as a teen. He served in the US Navy for WW II before marrying Evelyn Bohl. Bob was a loyal Ford employee who took meticulous care of his cars. He loved to laugh, visit the gym, tend his garden and dance. He is survived by two children, James (Cathy Ramberg) Shier and Janis (John) Peterson; two grand-daughters Emily Norton and Carla (Charles) Brady; and two grand-twins Eva and Iris. He joins his wife Evelyn, parents Levi and Edith and infant twin brother in eternal peace. No funeral services will be held. Condolences may be expressed at www.schrader-howell.com
STEIN, BERNARD B. Age 90, of Livonia, died April 10. Beloved husband to the late Evelyn Stein. Devoted father of Larry (Sally) Stein and Karen (Joe) Janiga. Loving grandfather of Elizabeth Stein, Ariana Janiga, and Evelyn Stein. Services were held Monday at HEBREW MEMORIAL CHAPEL, (248) 543-1622. Interment Adat Shalom Memorial Park. www.hebrewmemorial.org
PITTMAN-HADLEY, MARGARET LEE BANCROFT Age 95, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Clare Bridge of Grand Blanc assisted living facility in Holly, Michigan. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on January 2, 1920, she grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. Following graduation, she married Raymond Alvin Pittman of Toledo, a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Engineering. They settled in Ann Arbor, where she worked as a laboratory technician at University of Michigan Hospital until her children were born. She was married to Mr. Pittman for over 53 years, and together they reared three children. The couple spent most of their married lives in Ann Arbor, where she taught Sunday School at the First Methodist Church and participated in public school and community activities. After the children were older, she worked as an accountant at the former Marti Walker's dress shop on State Street in Ann Arbor. The couple also lived in Boston, Massachusetts, where Mr. Pittman attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where she was an active member of the Canadian-American Womens Club and loved to run her Rhodesian Ridgeback hound along the beach at Sardinia Bay; London, England, where she renewed her interest in horseback riding and discovered British antiques; and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she supported the Meadow Brook Music Festival and the Red Cross. For several years, the couple participated in a longitudinal gerontology study at the University of Michigan, providing insight into the aging process. After Mr. Pittman passed away, she married Richard Marshall Hadley in 1997. Theirs was the first wedding for the Henry Ford Village Senior Living Community in Dearborn, Michigan, where she became a square dance enthusiast and a regular member of the welcoming committee. The couple traveled extensively, and visited Italy, England, Alaska, and California. After Mr. Hadley passed away in 2004, she remained at Henry Ford Village, continuing her work with the welcoming committee and leading exercise classes until she moved to Holly, Michigan in 2012. She adored dogs and always had at least one by her side. Having studied classical music, she played the piano for most of her life. She is survived by her three children, son Raymond Pittman (Linda) of Allen Park, Michigan; son Richard Pittman (Diane) of Dallas, Texas; and daughter Margaret Pittman (Mark Carter) of Germantown, Maryland. She also is survived by stepdaughter Donna Christopherson (John) of Plainfield, Illinois; stepdaughter Lynne Fowlkes (Edward) of Northville, Michigan; stepson Philip Hadley (Suzanne) of West Bloomfield, Michigan; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Bancroft Draheim, of Reno, Nevada; and six nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, (734) 662-5585, www.hshv.org
CLARKE, CATHERINE (KATE THE GREAT) Passed peacefully on April 1, 2015. Happily married to John B. Clarke for 60 years. Kate was the life of the party! The original fashionista in her fishnet stockings and "go-go" boots of the '60s to crazy, cool hats throughout her fun-filled life. She had a huge, kind heart and was a wonderful mother to her three children, Jennifer, Ken, and Jim. Grandmother to seven whom she loved dearly. A fabulous cook and always entertaining. We will miss her and hold her in our hearts forever. Forever thus, as she would say. Memorial Open House April 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at her daughter's home in Wolverine Lake Village, Michigan.
DeLONG, MARJORIE NELL March 21, 2015, Age 87. Dear mother of Michael DeLong (Betty), Kenric Jones DeLong, Donald Alan DeLong (Maria), and Dee Anne Hudak (James). Grandmother of Ashley, James Michael, Maggie Leigh, Tyler Ray, Kyran Dean, John Carlos, Matthew James, Adam Daniel, and Lauren Danielle. Memorial Service Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, 1669 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham. A.J. Desmond & Sons, 248-362-2500. View obituary and share memories at DesmondFuneralHome.com
GREEN, DAVID LEE Age 58 Loving husband of Karen for 37 years. Devoted father of Melissa (Randy), Tonya (Scott) and Heather (Tim). Grandfather of 11. Soon to be a great-grandfather. Also survived by his mother Mary Lou; two sisters, four brothers, many nieces and nephews and is now joining his father Allen O. Green and many others. Visitation Sunday, April 12th 1-4 p.m. with the Memorial Service at 4 p.m. at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 N. Inkster Rd., Garden City (between Ford Rd & Cherry Hill). www.santeiufuneralhome.com
KINNE, TERRI LYNNE (WALKER) Age 52. April 5, 2015. Survived by husband Ron Kinne; children Samuel and Delaney; parents Ben and Rosemary Walker of Freeland. Memorial gathering Monday, April 13. 1-3 p.m. at Newburg UMC, 36500 Ann Arbor Trail, Livonia, MI.
MARIHUGH, DOLORES Beloved wife of the late Paul R. (4/18/04). Dearest mother of Darlene D. DeBerry, Larry P. (Debra), Michael "Turk" (Zona) & Pat (Barb) Marihugh. Loving Grandmother of Michelle Bruner, Mike DeBerry Jr., David, Scott, Brett & Meghan Marihugh, Sheradyn Holden, John, Jeff & Jamie Marihugh. Also great grandmother of five. Leaves siblings; David & Doug Shepley and Cheryl DeVore. Service Monday, 11:00 a.m. at The Fisher Funeral Home, 24501 Five Mile (Btw Beech Daly & Telegraph) Redford Twp. (313) 535-3030. Memorials suggested to the Alzheimer's Assoc. Vistation today 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
ORR, MARILYN A longtime resident of Farmington Hills, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2015 at the age of 87. Born on July 23, 1927 in Fostoria, Ohio, Marilyn earned her Bachelor degree in journalism from Ohio State University. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Charles Orr; her dear son, Peter (Monica) Beane; grandchildren, Gretchen and Nathan and extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane C. Beane in 1974 and brother, Howard Huntley. Services will be held in the summer. For further information phone Lynch & Sons at 248-684-6645 or visit: LynchFuneralDirectors.com
TEMPLE, GARY LEE March 24, 2015. age 69. Retired science and math teacher from Pioneer Middle School after 33 years of service. Survived by brother Robert ( Patricia ): nephews Brian Temple, Mark Temple, Eric McLaurin and niece Kristen Chase. Preceded in death by sister Janice. Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:30 am until time of the Memorial Service at 10:30 am at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 South Main Street, Plymouth. Contributions are suggested to the U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center, www.mcancer.org or First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, http://fpcp.net. To read full obituary go to www.schrader-howell.com
ZAMCZYK, SHARRON L. Age 75, of Farmington Hills, passed peacefully on April 6. Sharron was born in Windsor and worked in advertising for Hudson's Department Stores, following her graduation from Wayne State University. Her career included journalism, copywriting, and editorial work, and she was active in the Detroit chapter of Women in Communications. The family resided in Farmington Hills for 45 years, and Sharron was the first female president of the Greencastle Homeowners Association. In her later years, she enjoyed meals with family, game shows, and old comedy shows from more innocent and gentle times. She kept up on current issues and events from the Observer, and helped keep us all informed on the news. Dear Sharron is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Norman Zamczyk, daughters Kathy and Dina (Erik) Lindquist. Dear sister of Nelson Uten, and Darlene (Jeremy) Zimmermann, and aunt to their sons Kent and Tad. Preceded by her parents, Rose and Frank Uten, of Windsor. Laid to rest at Adat Shalom Memorial Park, Livonia.