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ALTMAN, ANN LOUISE

2015-02-26

ALTMAN, ANN LOUISE Of Eaton Rapids, Michigan (formerly of Brighton, Michigan), was born March 14, 1928 to Henry and Viva Ray, and passed away peacefully February 15, 2015 at age 86. Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Altman Jr. and daughter, Susan (Altman) Merkle. Left to cherish her memory are Roger and Kaylee Altman; son and daughter-in-law, Eaton Rapids, MI.; Ronald R Merkle, son-in-law, Howell, MI; Justin Merkle, grandson, Tampa, Florida; Lauren (Roy) Alisoglu, granddaughter, Metamora, MI. Ann married Charles Altman in 1948 and was a loving wife for 65 years. Over the years Ann was an active member of the Hartland and then the New Hudson United Methodist Church. She was a caring woman with a kind heart. A Funeral Service celebrating Ann's life will be at the New Hudson United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. With a meal following. Donations can be made to the New Hudson United Methodist Church, 56730 Grand River Avenue, New Hudson, MI 48165, (248) 437-6212, http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Ann-Altman-102197840.

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BARAN, FRANCES E.

2015-02-26

BARAN, FRANCES E. Age 94, formerly of South Lyon, MI, passed away on February 9, 2015 in Sun City, Arizona. She was born in Detroit on January 26, 1921 to William and Antonia Kawiak. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Edward F. Baran and her four siblings, Joseph, Mary, Stella and Richard. Frances led a very full and active life. Upon graduating from high school, she received training through the National Recovery Act, and during World War II, became a Rosie the Riveter. After the war, she and Edward were married and began their family. She is survived by her three children, Patricia (Richard) Norton of Scottsdale, Arizona, Lawrence (Betty) Baran of South Lyon and James (Kristi) Baran of Hendersonville, North Carolina; and three grandchildren Matthew Baran of Chicago, Lisa (Brian) Klaban of Wheaton, Illinois and Brian Baran of Las Vegas. Spending time with her children and grandchildren was one of her greatest joys in life. Frances was a Girl Scout Leader and Den Mother for many years. She was also a co-owner with her husband Edward, of Baran's Jewelry for 25 years and sole owner of Baran Collectibles; both in South Lyon. She also realized a life long dream when she began college at the age of 48. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Business Education. She taught business classes at Schoolcraft College and substitute taught in South Lyon. She joined the computer age later in life and took classes well into her 80's. She was active in the Red Hat Society in South Lyon, the Computer and Investor Club in Sun City and the Rosie the Riveter Association in Sun City. It was her goal to stay relevant and informed. Frances was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. Funeral Services and burial took place on February 17th at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul.

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BARBARA J. (NEE MacMILLAN) DILES

DILES, BARBARA J. (NEE MacMILLAN) Avid supporter of musical arts in Michigan and Florida, Barbara Jo Diles passed away on February 16, 2015, at Tidewell Care Center, Lakewood Ranch, Florida, after bravely dealing with lung cancer for the past year. Her sister Carol, grandson David, and several friends were with Barbara as she quietly and peacefully left her earthly home to spend eternity with her son, David J. Ninowski. Born in Saginaw, Michigan, to Carl Donald and Betty Caroline (Barley) MacMillan, Barbara grew up in Ferndale, Michigan, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1956. Barbara received coursework in business management from Oakland University and art administration from Harvard University. An accomplished violinist and trained vocalist, Barbara's life was infused with musical arts – choral groups, symphony orchestras and opera organizations. In Detroit she was an original member of the Kenneth Jewell Choir, sang with the Rackham Choir, as a soloist at Kirk In The Hills Presbyterian Church Choir, many other local church choirs and was on the board of The Opera Organization. Her orchestral management affiliations were with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham/Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra. Barbara was a board member and officer in many volunteer groups supporting the DSO and the BBSO.

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EATON, FRANK LEVI

2015-02-26
FRANK LEVI EATON

EATON, FRANK LEVI Passed away peacefully on February 10, 2015 at home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Frank was born July 4, 1923 in Northville, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan after serving in the United States Navy in World War II. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margery Jean Merriam Eaton; his twin brother Louis Eaton; his sister Alice Sackett; two sons, Timothy and Charles (son Robyn Lee preceded him in death); six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and loving friends. Frank lived an honorable and productive life, brightened the lives of those around him, and is truly missed. Frank died of complications of Parkinson's disease. Memorial gifts can be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Memorial services were held Saturday, February 21, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, West Palm Beach, FL. To express condolences and/or make donations: Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries.

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DR. GORDON R. FORRER

FORRER, DR. GORDON R. Age 92, of Northville, passed away on February 17, 2015. Dr. Forrer was born April 1, 1922 in Baltimore, Maryland, eldest son of Dr. Wilhelm G. Shules and Blanchard Forrer Shules. He trained as a medical doctor at the University of Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine in 1947. He did his internship at the U.S. Marine Hospital and residencies at Wayne Co. General Hospital and Ypsilanti State Hospital. He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War where he taught medical students and interns at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Forrer married Carol Hanke in 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. and Mrs. Forrer settled in Northville, Michigan where he was clinical director at Northville State Hospital and then in private practice until 2001. Gordon was a great woodworker; among his projects he made beautiful furniture and carved shore birds. He was a talented painter, who also enjoyed classical music and reading. Gordon was an inventor; he was always inventing or improving gadgets or tools. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. Gordon Forrer, lived a long and fruitful life; he was an admirable and caring husband and father, and he will be missed by those who love him. Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Carol Forrer; his children, Jane (Russell) Weston, Susan (Randy) Busscher, and John (Sharon) Forrer; and his grandchildren Dr. Joshua (Lena) Busscher, Andrew (Caitlin) Busscher, Adam Forrer, and Lauren Forrer. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister. A time of gathering will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Casterline Funeral Home, 122 W. Dunlap, Northville. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorial contributions to Salvation Army. Online condolences at www.casterlinefuneralhome.com

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GRESHAM, GERALD

2015-02-26
GERALD GRESHAM

GRESHAM, GERALD Age 72, of New Hudson, died Sunday February 15, 2015. He was born February 7, 1943 in Detroit to Burl G. and Sue (Muchay) Gresham and married Carol A. Ray on June 4, 1966. Gerald was a veteran of the US Army and worked as an Auto Test Engineer. Surviving are his wife: Carol, three children: Gerald B. Gresham, Melanie A. Gresham and Layna M. (Jason) Reeves, brother William (Ellen) Gresham. Services 11a.m. Monday, February 23, 2015 at Hidden Springs Christian Retreat Center in Howell with Pastor Matt Parks officiating. Visitation 2-6p.m. Sunday February 22 at Niblack Funeral Home, Fowlerville. Memorial contributions may be made to a Veteran's Hospital or your local humane society. www.niblackfuneralhome.com

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HAUSER, PAMELA KAYE

2015-02-26

HAUSER, PAMELA KAYE A longtime resident of Highland, passed away in the care of her family on February 19, 2015 at the age of 62. Pam was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Hauser and her parents Dale and Frances Duncan. In addition to Bob Langley, her loving partner of 30 years, Pam is survived by her son?, Johnathon (Mary Krist) Hauser; step-daughter, Autumn Langley; grandsons, Kristopher Hauser and Mason Hauser-Reed, and his mother, Jessica Reed; siblings, Dalene (Wayne) Hosmer, Sandy (Terry) Burger, Sharon Heimke, Cliff Duncan, and Dale Duncan, Jr. Services will be held privately. Memorial contributions are encouraged to the family for the education of Pam's grandsons. For further information, please visit LynchFuneralDirectors.com

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HEILMANN, RUTH HEDWIG EBELING 87, of Mooresville, North Carolina, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015, at Carolina Specialty Hospital, Charlotte, NC. She was born on May 30, 1927 in Berlin, Germany. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerhard Max Heilmann. Ruth and her husband immigrated from Germany in the 1950s. She was very dedicated to her family and was the driving force that kept everyone going. Ruth loved antiques and loved to travel. She attended Peninsula Baptist Church in Mooresville. Ruth is survived by her children, Michael G. Heilmann (Maureen) of Milford, MI, Dorothy O'Bara of Crane Hill, Alabama, and Andrew "Andy" Heilmann (Annette) of Mooresville, NC; grandchildren, Hans, Victoria, Lindsay, Dana, Grace, and Grant. Funeral services for Ruth will be on Monday, February 23, at 12:00 noon at Peninsula Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Robert Jackson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Community Baptist Church Cemetery, Langtree Rd., Mooresville.Memorials may be made to Fifth Street Ministries, P.O. Box 5217, Statesville, NC 28687 orPeninsula Baptist Church, 687 Brawley School Rd., Mooresville, NC 28117. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, NC, is serving the Heilmannfamily. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.

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GERALD LEE HESELTINE

HESELTINE, GERALD LEE Age 87 of Howell, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 21, 2015. Born on April 15, 1927 in Detroit, the son of Harry and Mabel (Lee) Heseltine. Jerry was married in Indiana on April 18, 1946 to his childhood sweetheart Barbara Laing. She preceded him in death in May 2014 after 68 years of marriage. Jerry was a veteran of World War II, proudly serving in the U.S. Navy. He worked as the Midwest Regional Manager for a large paper company. Jerry loved his retirement at Houghton Lake and spending time with his neighbors. Jerry was a loving and supportive father, survived by his children, Gary Heseltine of Pflugerville, Texas, Donna (Chuck LeFebvre) Heseltine of Fowlerville, the late Jeff (Shirley) Heseltine of Lyon Township and Diane (Don) Maltby of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He was a proud and adoring grandfather of seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Jerry was preceded in death by his sister Gloria and brother, Harry Jr. Visitation will be Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 1-5 p.m. followed by Funeral Services at 5 p.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Memorial contributions are suggested to Residential Hospice. Please visit the family's online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com.

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JACOBSON, DAVID EDWARD May 11, 1946 - February 16, 2015 L. J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop Sassaman Chapel

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JOHN MICHAEL  KING

KING, JOHN MICHAEL Age 47, February 21, 2015. Dear husband of Michelle. Loving daddy of Bella. Dear step-father of Brandon, Jordyn, and Olivia. Dearest son of Richard and Pamela. Brother of Kelly (Charlie) Dixon, Son-in-law of Gale (Bob) Mikedis and Gary Kohn. Brother-in-law of Michael (Joby) Kohn. Uncle of Shelby and Kennedy. Nephew of Pat (John) Hill, Mike and Carol Drain, Rob (Robin) Drain, Carolyn (Truman) Lamphere, Judy King, and Chuck Catlett. He leaves behind many more family and friends. Funeral services were held. Donations may be made to the family for a trust fund for John and Michelle's daughter Bella. www.santeiufuneralhome.com

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NIEHAUS, ADELIA

2015-02-26

NIEHAUS, ADELIA April 2, 1945-February 20, 2015 Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com

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DOROTHY MARIE (NEE BAUER) PHILLIPS

PHILLIPS, DOROTHY MARIE (Nee BAUER) Of Livonia and formerly Garden City passed away peacefully on February 16, 2015. She and her husband, George Archibald, were married 42 years at his passing. Dorothy spent many happy retirement years in Port Charlotte and Parrish, Florida before she returned to Michigan in 2007. She is survived by daughters Heidi, Debi and Marie; by grandchildren Wade, Merredyth, Jay and wife, Debbie; and by great- grandchildren Lauren, Gabriel, Maggie and Audrey. A private memorial is planned.

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THORNE, MARILYN J.

2015-02-26

THORNE, MARILYN J. January 23, 1931 - February 1, 2015 L. J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop Sassaman Chapel

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TRAPP, WALTER G.

2015-02-26
WALTER G.  TRAPP

TRAPP, WALTER G. Angels surrounded Walter G. Trapp and took him away so he could see God on this glorious day of February 16, 2015. Walter was born on July 26, 1932 in Grass Lake, Michigan to Walter J. and Lillian (Nickel) Trapp. He married his beloved wife, Donna Jean Carter, on January 18, 1964. God blessed them with a loving family of two children: Eric (Carrie) Trapp of Northville and Philip (Stephanie) Trapp of Grand Ledge; six grandchildren: Allison Trapp, Megan Trapp, Sarah Trapp, Ben Trapp, Austin Lee, and Isabel Lee; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family. Walter served in the Korean War as an Airman in the Security Services and worked for Cadillac Motor Car Company for 37 years. He attended St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church where he devoted his life to serving the Lord. Walter was an avid sports fan, coaching his sons in baseball and cheering for his favorite team the Detroit Tigers. Funeral Services were held at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Plymouth on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Interment was at Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park, Livonia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wellspring Lutheran Services or St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church and School. To leave a condolence www.schrader-howell.com

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ZELL, GAYNE R.

2015-02-26

ZELL, GAYNE R. February 20, 2015. Age 88. Services entrusted to L. J. Griffin Funeral Home - Northrop Sassaman Chapel-Northville

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DALTON, VIRGINIA I.

2015-02-25
VIRGINIA I. DALTON

DALTON, VIRGINIA I. Simpsonville, S. Carolina formerly of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Age 92, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at home with her loving family by her side. Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Antioch Baptist Church, 6538 Rawsonville Road, Belleville. Burial follows in Hillside Cemetery. Visitation 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Stark Funeral Service and at the church 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday. Complete obituary and guest book at www.starkfuneral.com

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ALTMAN, ANN LOUISE

2015-02-22

ALTMAN, ANN LOUISE Of Eaton Rapids, Michigan (formerly of Brighton, Michigan), was born March 14, 1928 to Henry and Viva Ray, and passed away peacefully February 15, 2015 at age 86. Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Altman Jr. and daughter, Susan (Altman) Merkle. Left to cherish her memory are Roger and Kaylee Altman; son and daughter-in-law, Eaton Rapids, MI.; Ronald R Merkle, son-in-law, Howell, MI; Justin Merkle, grandson, Tampa, Florida; Lauren (Roy) Alisoglu, granddaughter, Metamora, MI. Ann married Charles Altman in 1948 and was a loving wife for 65 years. Over the years Ann was an active member of the Hartland and then the New Hudson United Methodist Church. She was a caring woman with a kind heart. A Funeral Service celebrating Ann's life will be at the New Hudson United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. With a meal following. Donations can be made to the New Hudson United Methodist Church, 56730 Grand River Avenue, New Hudson, MI 48165, (248) 437-6212, http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Ann-Altman-102197840.

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BETTY CUNNINGHAM CRAMER

CRAMER, BETTY CUNNINGHAM 83, departed peacefully at home surrounded by family, February 18, 2015. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 15, 1931 to Peter Alexander and Mary Dollar Cunningham. Beloved wife of the late Victor Russell Cramer, Jr. Loving mother of the late Victoria Ann Cramer. Preceded by the passing of her sister Eunice Cunningham Harrison. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Lynne Myers and her husband, Michael; her devoted son, Mark Dollar Cramer and his wife, Kelly. Proud grandmother of six grandsons, Andy, Alex, Brandon, Jake, Eric, and Ian. Cherished great-grandmother to Riley, Ellie, Molly, and Logan. She graduated from Redford High School in 1948. Attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University. Her retailing career spanned many decades and included LaSalle's in Toledo, Albert's in Southfield and Work 'N Gear in Westland. Family will receive visitors Tuesday, February 24 from 2-4 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 4 p.m. at Fred Wood Funeral Home, 36100 Five Mile Rd., Livonia. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mercy Hospice would be greatly appreciated. Please visit the online guestbook at www.fredwoodfuenralhome.com

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KORTE, AUGUST "GUS"

2015-02-22
AUGUST "GUS" KORTE AUGUST "GUS" KORTE

KORTE, AUGUST "GUS" Age 92. February 16, 2015. Beloved husband of Doris for 54 years, dear father of Kenneth (Wendy), and cherished grandfather of Melissa and Jonathan. Gus was a proud veteran of WWII and a member of American Legion Post 271 and VFW Post 3941. He worked as a Meteorologist for NOAA for 35 years. A service with military funeral honors will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery at a later date. www.harryjwillfuneralhome.com

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BERNARD ERWIN REININK

REININK, BERNARD ERWIN Bernard Erwin Reinink Passed from this earth early Tuesday morning, February 17, 2015. Bernie was born June 19, 1929, the eldest of four boys to John Reinink & Velzie (Corwin) Reinink Brown. He married his childhood sweetheart Helen (Watson) Reinink on February 17, 1947, and she survives. In 1968 Bernie and Helen and their family of 5 kids left the suburbs of Detroit for the country life and moved to the Irish Hills where in 1969 they began the business of Bernie's Country Store on US 12. Bernie was preceded in Death by: his father John, and mother Velzie; his stepfather Raymond Brown; and his brother Ronald Reinink, of Stevensville, MI Bernie is survived by his wife of 68 years. Helen (Watson) Reinink of Provincial House Adrian, and their five children and their families: Son B. Rex and Susan Reinink of Tipton, MI and their two sons: Andrew (Michelle) Reinink of Ann Arbor, MI and Ford (Kristin) Reinink of Grand Rapids, MI. Son Barry and Candy Reinink of Brooklyn, MI and their three children: Barry (Colleen) Reinink of Idaho and their daughter Anna. Bert Reinink of MI. and his children Dustin Reinink & Savannah Reinink of Virginia. Sally (Tony) Vermilya of Brooklyn, MI. Son Keith (Susie) Reinink and their daughter: Jenna Reinink (Jeff Pyciak) of Manistee Michigan Daughter Roxanne "Penny" Helinski and her husband Terry Helinski of Brooklyn, MI and their four children: Amanda Helinski of Brooklyn, MI and her son Gabe Helinski. Clint Helinski (Lori Mason) of Brooklyn, MI. Tara (Joshua) Nance of AZ. and their daughters Cloie and Zoe. Daughter Stacy Handy and her husband George Handy of Brooklyn, MI. and their two daughters: Laura (Phil) Wright of Cement City, MI. and their daughter Macy. Monica Handy of Brooklyn, MI and her daughter Mya. Other survivors include Bernie's two brothers: John "Jack" (Marilyn nee Zschunke) Reinink of Westland, MI and their families. Robert "Bobby" (Dora nee Snyder) Reinink of Garden City, MI and their families. Sister-in-Law: Lucille (nee Neibauer) Reinink of Stevensville, MI. and her families. Also survived by many relatives and friends who will cherish fond memories of Bernie in their hearts. According to Bernie's wishes he has donated his body to: The University of Michigan Medical School. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to: Arbor Hospice, The University of Michigan Medical School or a charity of your choice. For a full obituary and offer your condolences to the family, please visit: www.PurseFuneralHome.com

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MARGARET "PAT" SCHMITT

SCHMITT, MARGARET "PAT" Age 88 of Sun City Center, Florida (formerly Livonia, Michigan) passed away on February 10, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Judge Marvin Schmitt; loving mother of Claudia (Clark) Doughty and John (Brenda) Schmitt; cherished grandmother of Brian (Sarah) Doughty and Christopher (Veronica) Doughty and proud great-grandmother of Rease Doughty. Funeral Mass will be celebrated March 7th, 12 Noon at Saint Anne Catholic Church, Ruskin, Florida.

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STENROSE, LENA

2015-02-22

STENROSE, LENA February 16, 2015. Age 89. Wife of Edwin (deceased) and mother of Jerone (deceased) and David. Loving grandmother of Kenton, Devin, Kieth (deceased), Tammy, and Daniel, and four great-grandchildren. Loved by all who met her including a wonderful church family. Memorial Service to be held February 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Plymouth Church of Christ, 9301 N. Sheldon Rd., Plymouth. Please, in lieu of flowers, a contribution to the church for a living memorial to "Louise".

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