STEWART, GERALDINE Pinckney, MI. Her Legacy... Geraldine Stewart, age 71, passed away, April 18, 2014 in Howell. Gerry was born June 7, 1942 in Detroit to Leslie C. and Margaret (Sajewski) McCumber. Gerry married Oscar Stewart May 16, 1963 in Wayne County. Her Family... Gerry is survived by her daughters, Kim (Alan) Kozarian, Donna (Bob) Reid; son-in-law Rodney DeCare; and grandchildren, Courtney, Michael, Kyle, Christian, Nathan, Logan and Jacob. She is preceded in death by her husband Oscar in 2009, daughter, Dawn in 2000 and sister Susan in 2012. Her Farewell... Gerry's family and friends will gather on Monday, April 21 from 1 to 8 p.m. Gerry's Healing farewell will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel with Pastor Kurt Hutchens as celebrant. Please leave a message of comfort to Gerry's family by calling 1.877.231.7900 or sign the guest book at borekjennings.com
WIRSU, ROY C. Age 96, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Oak Ridge Home of Devine Senior Living in Pinckney, MI. Born October 12, 1917 in Allouez, MI, he was the son of Henry and Josephine (Arola) Wirsu. Formerly of Detroit and a resident of Rochester Hills since 1970, Roy worked for Square D Manufacturing for more than 40 years, and was a member of the UAW. He enjoyed building and fixing things, reading, working puzzles, bowling, pool, square dancing, cheering for the Tigers, and spending time with his family. He had a great sense of humor, and was a kind and gentle man. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Loving father of Lois Ruth Carpenter and her husband George of Howell, MI. Proud and loving grandfather of Thomas Edward Carpenter and his wife Melissa Combs of Ann Arbor, and their children, Parker Maytal Carpenter and Rowan Louise Carpenter; Karen Elizabeth Hayes and her husband Steven of Ann Arbor and their children, Rebekah Elizabeth Hayes Schassberger and her husband Zachary of Ypsilanti, Steven Michael Hayes of Ypsilanti, and Micah Jose Hayes of Ann Arbor. Roy is survived by one brother, Russell Wirsu of Laurium, Mi and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death in 1990 by his wife Clara L. (Jaakkola), whom he married on February 14, 1942. He was also preceded in death by the following brothers and sisters: H. Clemens Wirsu, Theodore W. Wirsu, Lillian E. Wirsu Andrina, Viola J. Wirsu Koskiniemi, Edwin R. Wirsu, Ruth S. Wirsu and Ronald T. Wirsu. Roy was a longtime member of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 1550 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills, MI where a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to Lutheran World Relief, 700 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. Arrangements by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517) 546-2800. Please sign the family's online guestbook at: macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
HALLER, J.C. "JAKE" Age 91 of Howell, passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Born February 10, 1923 in Genoa Township, he was the son of George and Andrea (Nielsen) Haller. A lifelong area resident and 1940 graduate of Howell High School, Jake was also a proud WWII Army veteran. He was a retired service technician for Consumers Power, member of the First United Methodist Church in Howell, lifetime member of the Howell Elks Club and enjoyed bowling, golf and playing cards. Beloved husband of Sybil (Heeg) Haller whom he married in Howell on September 26, 1942. Loving father of Janet (Myrlen) Ivey-Geer of Howell, Sandra (Dennis) Aldrich of Redford, Connie (Dale) Borst of Brighton, and "daughter-in-love", Lisa Carden. Also survived by six grandchildren, Jill (George) Conkey, Jay (Angela) Ivey, Christine (Nathan) Hathaway, Kelly (Tom) Spangler, Stacy (Chris) Thurman, Heather Borst and 12 great-grandchildren. Jake was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Lawrence, Louise, Marie and Mae. Visitation Monday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. with Funeral Services Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Howell or Residential Hospice. Please visit the family's online guestbook at: macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
PETTIBONE, HAROLD H. Age 92 of Hartland Township, passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Born In Port Clinton, Ohio on December 13, 1921, he was the son of the late Clifford and the late Pearl (Kreager) Pettibone. Formerly of Fenton, Harold was a proud WWII Army veteran. He was a retired production manager in the aerospace industry, a Mason, member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and Civil Air Patrol. Loving father of Robert (Carol) Pettibone of Bolivar, Missouri, Jerry (Rita) Pettibone of Ellendale, North Dakota and Gail (Mike) Liberty of Fenton. Grandfather of nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death on May 27, 2013 by the love of his life, Joanne Pettibone whom he had married in Fort Fairfield, Maine on November 7, 1960. He was also preceded in death by a very special grandson, Ryan Patrick Liberty and a sister, Norma Fowler. Harold was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, 6481 Faussett Road, Howell where his memorial mass will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation. Please visit the family's online guestbook at macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
CLARKE, EDWARD D. Age 88 of Brighton passed away April 15, 2014. He was born June 16, 1925 the son of Harold and Thressa (Gearhart) Clarke. On July 15, 1971 he married Jane Smith in East Lansing and they moved to the Brighton area in 1972. Ed enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Prior to his retirement in 1991 he was an Engineer for General Motors. Ed is survived by his wife of 42 years Jane, children: James (Yona) Clarke, Dean (Eliza) Clarke, Charlotte (Kay) Clarke-Vanderhorst, Suzanne (Scott) Dershem, Karla (Joe) Lintzenich, Jeff (Susan) Brakora, Ethan (Shelly) Clarke, Jeremy Clarke, and 15 grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St Mary Magdalen Parish. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Keehn Funeral Home. Memorial contributions in Ed's name may be made to the American Cancer Society with envelopes available at the funeral home. Please visit Ed's Book of Memories at: www.keehnfuneralhome.com
ELKO, ELEANOR Age 75, died April 10, 2014. Memorial service April 19, 11 a.m. Our Savior Apostolic Lutheran Church, 54899 Eight Mile Rd., Northville. www.phillipsfuneral.com
WALSH, MICHAEL WILLIAM Age 58 of Howell, passed away at home Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He was born March 2, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of William and Barbara (Arntz) Walsh. Beloved husband of Cheryl (Klay) Walsh; also survived by his mother, Barbara "Bobbie Jo" of South Lyon, sister, Judy Hanke of South Lyon and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Roy and Jeannine Klay. Michael was a graduate of Fordson High School in 1974. After his retirement from Ford Wixom Plant, he enjoyed spending time landscaping his yard and spending time in his woods. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10 a.m. at The Rock Church, 11400 S. Linden Road, Fenton. Visitation will be Thursday from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Memorial contributions are suggested to Jonny Dunlap or Livingston County Animal Control or Genesys Hospice. Please visit the family's online guestbook at: macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
PETZOLD, ALFRED E. Age 94, passed away Sunday April 13, 2014. He was born April 7, 1920 in North Frisian Islands, Germany and came to this country at age 5. He was a skilled machine tool builder and co-owner of H.R. Krueger Machine Tool, Farmington, MI where he retired. He served in the US Army during WWII. He is survived by his wife, Naomi Petzold and sister-in-law Jenny Spencer both of Punta Gorda, FL and his sister Marianne Reye, Traverse City, MI with his children; Jon Petzold, South Lyon, MI Susan Armstrong, Pinckney, MI Bill Petzold, Howell, MI and his stepsons; John Curington, Ypsilanti, MI and Bruce Curington, Taylor, MI. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl Paul and Ottilie Petzold and his sister, Irma Selvin. A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends in Michigan at a later date to be announced.
JOHNSON, MICHELE Howell, Michigan Her Legacy Michele passed away April 11, 2014. She was born on October 29, 1960 to George and Sharon (Anthony) Richardson, in Pontiac, MI. Michele married the love of her life, Larry, on November 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Neveda. She loved the outdoors. Michele liked to hunt, fish, camp, and garden. She also liked to cook. Her Family Michele leaves behind her husband, Larry; son, Jesse Theunick of Howell, MI; daughter, Nicole Theunick of Hartland, MI; stepdaughter, Courtney Johnson of Owosso, MI; nephews, Joshua Holmes of Flushing, MI, Shawn Holmes of TN, and George Holmes of Tennessee. She is also survived by her parents; brother, George Richardson of TN; grandson, Ethan; and nephew, Devon. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Linda and Tammy; and niece, Chrissy. Her Farewell A Healing Farewell will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Lamb Chapel with a gathering beginning at 12 until the time of service. Pastor David Tobey will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the family for future designation. Please leave a message of comfort for Michele's family by calling 877-231-7900, or sign her guestbook at www.borekjennings.com
LENNARD, RONALD A. His Legacy Ronald A. Lennard, age 91, passed away April 13, 2014. Ronald was born May 16, 1922 in London, England to Alfred and Mary (Clark) Lennard. He married Joyce Frontier in March 1962 in Canada. She preceded him in death September 30, 2012. Ronald was a member of the Howell and Brighton Senior Centers and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Howell. His Family Ronald is survived by his children, Don, Shelley, and Kelly (Renee) Lennard; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. His Farewell Ronald's family and friends will gather on Wednesday April 16, 2014 from 12 1:30 p.m. with service to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Lamb Chapel. Please leave a message of comfort to the Lennard family by calling 1.877.231.7900 or sign guestbook at borekjennings.com
LYNCH, JOSHUA AARON Age 19, of Howell, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. Joshua was a 2012 Howell High School graduate; he was a happy guy who loved life and people, could always make them laugh; also loved to fish and spend time with his dog, Bear. He was born April 20, 1994 in Southfield, MI, the loving son of Richard A. and Joann C. (Waugh) Lynch of Howell. Dear brother of Alex McKinley and grandson of Joseph and Diane Lynch, Judith and Tony Neuwirth and James and Carol Waugh. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. with funeral services Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Memorial contributions are suggested to the Humane Society of Livingston County. Please visit the family's online guestbook at macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
JOHNSON, DON OAKES Died April 2, 2014 in the University of Louisville Hospital while recuperating from surgery. He was born April 6, 1944 in Detroit to Charles and Alice Johnson. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in Detroit and went to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, graduating in 1965. He married Joan Hobson in December 1965 and they had one daughter, Kimberly, born in April 1968. He entered the family business which was started by his father in 1931, Universal Electric Products Co. He ran it as president and CEO from 1974 until 2000. He and Joan loved to travel the country in their large motor home with their motor home friends. They retired in The Villages, Florida. He was one of the happiest people in the world and a joy to be with. He lived life to the fullest. He is survived by his wife Joan; daughter Kimberly (Charlie) Jackson; grandson Brandon West; and brother Malcolm Johnson. There will be a memorial service at a location to be determined in The Villages within the next 2 months. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, designated for cancer research.
SCHAFER, FRANK C. Life-long resident of Howell, and proud owner of Howell Tire Company for 35 years, passed away peacefully with his wife and children by his side on April 9, 2014 after a hard fought 15 month battle with ALS. Born on September 1, 1946 to Frank A and Myra (Smith) Schafer, he was 67 years old. He is survived by Sally Schafer (Hicks), his beloved wife of twenty-five years, whom he married in Grand Haven, Michigan on October 14, 1988. Loving father to Tom (Michele) Schafer, Melissa Schafer, Sara Schafer, Samantha Schafer, and preceded in death by son Rick Schafer. Dear grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of two. Devoted brother to Joan (Dale) Hendryx, Doloris (George) Briggs, Charles (Karen) Schafer, Larry (Betty) Schafer, and preceded in death by sister Janet (Phil) Poma. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors and had a passion for boating and snowmobiling. He enjoyed competing in sports such as softball, bowling, and golf and was a member of Howell's American Legion, Elks, and Eagles clubs. Visitation will be Monday, April 14th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Services will be held Tuesday, April 15th at 12:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1230 Bower Street, Howell. Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation or to the charity of one's choice. Please visit the family's online guestbook at macdonaldsfuneralhome.com