COLLINS, ROBERT J. Whitmore Lake, Michigan His Legacy Robert Joseph Collins, age 90, of Whitmore Lake, Michigan passed away, October 22, 2014. He was born September 28, 1924 in Springfield, Ohio, to Edward W. and Ethel G. (Jacobs) Collins. Robert served proudly in the United Sates Navy. On May 21, 1949, he married the love of his life, Isabelle M. Geistler, in Redford, MI and they enjoyed over 65 years of marriage. Robert worked as a welder in the automotive industry and enjoyed woodworking and crafts. He was also active at the Hamburg Senior Center. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his beloved family members who will remember him dearly. His Family Robert leaves behind his wife, Isabelle; children, Robert Jr. (Nancy) of Howell, MI, Gary (Laurie) of Ft. Gratiot, MI, Michael (Sheri) of Walled Lake, MI, and Jon (Keena) of Lynchburg, Virginia; brother-in-law, Ralph (Betty) Geistler; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Norman, John "Cal", and Dorothy. His Farewell Family and friends will gather 1-7 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel. His Healing Farewell will be Monday, October 27, 2014, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Hamburg, MI. Gathering will begin 9 a.m. with 10 a.m. service. Rev. Dr. Evan Gaertner will officiate. Memorial donations are suggested to the family for future designation. Please leave a message of comfort for Robert's family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign his guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.
BENNETT, MARY Age 92, of Brighton went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 20, 2014. She was born June 6, 1922 in Virginia, the daughter of Frank and Frances (Martella) Gervas. On July 15, 1944 she married John Edgar Bennett. Mary was a member of Tri-Lakes Baptist Church in Brighton. She was a Detroit Tigers fan, and enjoyed knitting, music and doing crafts. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her children: Linda (Peter) Wolslau of Chassel, MI, Kathleen (Roy) Gammage of Ridgetown, ONT, Tim (Jewel) Bennett of Fletcher, OK, Mary (Ray) Reetz of Sand Creek, MI, Deanna Bennett of Brighton; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and one sister Virginia "Verge" Laleker. Mary was preceded in death by her husband John in 2006, three sisters and two brothers. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Tri-Lakes Baptist Church. Visitation will be held Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Keehn Funeral Home. Memorial contributions in Mary's name may be made to Tri-Lakes Baptist Church or St. Joseph Mercy Hospice with envelopes available at the funeral home. Please visit Mary's Book of Memories at: www.keehnfuneralhome.com
BIGOS, BERNARD F. Age 80, of Gregory, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Services 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Fowlerville.
ESHLEMAN, PATRICIA H. Age 86, of Webberville, died Sunday, October 19. Memorial service will be held Friday 11 Am October 24 at Niblack Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Wilson officiating. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel. www.niblackfuneralhome.com
KNOCH, BRUCE Pinckney, MI His Legacy... Bruce Harold Knoch, age 63, of Pinckney, Michigan passed away Oct. 21, 2014. He was born April 19, 1951 to Harold and Rose (Muhich) Knoch in Ann Arbor, MI. Bruce married the love of his life, Mary Lou Knape in 1973 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was the owner of Knoch's Vacuum Village in Ann Arbor and later worked as a sales representative in radio advertising for WHMI 93.5 FM. In his spare time, he enjoyed boating and fishing with family and friends on the chain of lakes. He loved playing cards, going on family trips, and most importantly, spending time with his sons. Bruce will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. His Family... Bruce leaves behind his wife, Mary Lou; sons, Brian (Delphine) of Seattle, WA, Rob of Houghton, MI; and granddaughter, Leah Rose Knoch. He is also survived by his sister, Pam (Eric) Saunders Jr. of Pinckney and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents. His Farewell... Family and friends will gather on Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM with a service of remembrance at 7 PM at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel. Bruce's community farewell will take place on Mon., Oct. 27, 2014 at 11 AM at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel with a gathering beginning at 10 AM until the time of service.
MACHESKE, THOMAS Of Chelsea, age 59, passed away Friday, October 17, 2014. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg, Chapel; call 810-231-0200 or visit www.borekjennings.com
ZAREMBA, GENEVIEVE Age 96, of Northville, formerly of Detroit, October 15, 2014. www.casterlinefuneralhome.com
BOUDREAU, IDA MAE Age 85 of Howell, passed away at her home Monday, October 20, 2014. She was born August 5, 1929 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Shirley and Lillie (Woodson) Barrow. Beloved wife of the late Henry Boudreau (1963) and the late William Farris (2000). Dear mother of David (Rosanne) Boudreau of Brighton, Karen (Dave) DeVries of Howell and Greg (Lily) Boudreau of California; step-mother of Erica "Ricki" Farris. Grandmother of Shawn, David, Paul, Stacy, Steven, Andrea, several step-grandchildren; great-grandmother of Alanna, Kolton, Trevor and Brady. Ida was preceded in death by her son, James Boudreau and brother,Thomas Barrow . Ida enjoyed crocheting, attending church and bible study and going to movies. She always dreamed of taking flying lessons and piloting airplanes. Ida was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Howell where memorial services will be held Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston County Animal Control or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA.org). Arrangements by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Please visit the family's on line guest book at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
HARRIS, JAMES W. Age 67, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, died Sunday afternoon, October 19, 2014. He was born October 15, 1947 in Mount Clemens, Michigan; the son of Charles and Mary Ellen (Reilly) Harris. He married Pamela Grant and she survives. James was a Field Engineer for the State of Michigan Highway Department. Survivors include four daughters, Jennifer Martino of Brighton, Kimberly Blight of Fowlerville, Christa Townsend of Johannesburg Michigan, Emily Ellis of Milford; step-son, Liam Donohue of California; nine grandchildren; brother, John Harris of West Bloomfield; two sisters, Ellen Braden of White Lake and Sue Meldrum of New Baltimore; preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Harris. Funeral service will be held 11 AM Friday, October 24th at Shelters Funeral Home 250 N Mill St. Pinckney, Michigan. Family will receive friends 4-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are asked to the National Kidney Foundation.
NIXON, ROBERT J. "BOB" Age 91, longtime Howell area resident, passed away at his home Tuesday, October 21, 2014. He was born December 3, 1922 in Birmingham, MI, the son of Clark D. and Hattie May (Church) Nixon. Beloved wife of Joyce, dear father of Sue (Fred) Lang of Brighton and the late James R. Nixon (May 13, 1994); step-father of Nancy (Mike) Coffey of Brighton, Cheryl (Eric) Miller of Georgia and John DiBianca of Florida; grandfather of Chad, Tina, Betsy, Jamie, Michaela, Ashley, James and Amanda; great-grandfather of seven; brother of Gordon (Gail) Nixon, Mel Nixon and Virginia Ganton, all of Howell. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Bob was a longtime Howell area dairy and orchard farmer. He especially enjoyed horse racing, his retirement job at VG's Store in Howell, exercise and was a former runner. Private graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville. Memorial contributions may be made to the James R. Nixon Scholarship Fund, c/o Joan Blair, 1200 W. Grand River, Howell, 48843 or ALS of Michigan. Arrangements by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Please sign the family's online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome
WATTERS, SR., JACKIE DUANE Age 72 of Fowlerville, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Born June 6, 1942, he had been a lifelong resident of the Fowlerville/Howell area. Jackie was a proud Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and retired truck driver. Beloved husband of the late Charlotte (Drayton) Watters who preceded him in death on June 18, 1998. Loving father of Jackie Watters, Jr. Also survived by his twin brother, Jerry (Lena) Watters of Perrysburg and brother Clarence (Martha) Watters of Prudenville; several nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Funeral services for Jackie will be held Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene, 8040 Country Corner Drive, Fowlerville. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Howell. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. Please visit the family's on line guest book at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
DYMOND, HAZEL M. Age 88, Howell area resident for the past 75 years, passed away Friday, October 17, 2014. She was born December 28, 1925 in Hazel Park, MI, the daughter of Martin and Zetta Mae (Stoltz) Downs. Dear mother of Linda Shoemaker of Lansing, Mary (Randy) Metz of Howell and Helen McPherson of Lansing. Grandmother of Elizabeth (Tim) Francis of DeWitt, Todd (Shawn) Shoemaker of Phoenix, AZ, Parker (Julie) Metz of Houston, TX , Jon (Andi) Metz of Palm Coast, FL and Cary McPherson. Also survived by eight great-grandchildren, her sister, Margaret (Bob) MacDonald of South Lyon and also Roxanne, Nicole and Jacob. Hazel was preceded in death by her loving husband, William, son, Billy and daughter, Connie, two brothers and one sister. She will be remembered by many of her customers when she worked for the former Pixie Land in Brighton and Walmart & Meijers in Howell. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with funeral services Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11a.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Howell. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Please sign the family's online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
HARRIS, GEORGE M. Age 63 of Brighton, passed away at his home on Friday, October 17, 2014. Born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 5, 1950, he was the son of George H. and Betty B. (Ray) Harris. A Brighton area resident for the past 55 years, George was a 1969 graduate of Howell High School. He is survived by his children, Jason Harris of Brighton and Laurie Decker of Oklahoma. Also survived by his grandchildren; Lily & Devin, Amber, Nicholas & Allysa; one great grandchild and his cousin, Gloria (Lee) Hubbell of Hemlock, Michigan. Funeral services were held Monday, October 20, 2014 at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, Brighton. Please visit the family's on line guest book at macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
HENSICK, JEAN D. Age 87, longtime Howell resident, died Sunday, October 19, 2014. She was born December 4, 1926 in Detroit to Glenn Clayton and Marjorie Scott (MacKenzie) Pray. Beloved wife of the late Bert M. Hensick, who passed away on March 4, 2012. Dear mother of Christopher (Jean) Hensick of Brighton, Patricia (Hank) Doerr of New York, Timothy (Meg) Hensick of Howell, Karen (Denny) Chiesa of Cary, Illinois, and Kathleen (Bret) Coy of Howell. In addition to her children, Jean is also survived by 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Brinn Bowyer and granddaughter, Kelsey Erin Chiesa. Jean was involved with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Jean was a very active member of Grace Lutheran Church, 312 Prospect Street, Howell, where memorial services will be held Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at church. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Please sign the family's online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com.
MAXWELL, THOMAS T. Of Pinckney, age 61, died October 17, 2014. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg, Chapel; call 810-231-0200 or visit www.borekjennings.com.
EVANS, DENISE 71, of Hamburg, MI, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 12, 2014. She was born August 18, 1943, in Montreal, Canada to the late Alcide and Germaine (Beaudry) Legault. On June 23, 1962, she married the love of her life, Roger Evans, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Denise was known for her big heart, always caring for others before herself. She was an active member of Chilson Hills Baptist Church, volunteering at Vacation Bible School for many years. She loved the Lord and wanted everyone to know the good news of Jesus. She thoroughly enjoyed knitting, spending countless hours making hats for cancer patients. Denise leaves behind her beloved husband, Roger; children, Tony (Margaret) Evans; Pamela (Tod) Borton; and Gail Evans; grandchildren, Aaron (Brittany) Evans, Derek Evans, Joshua, Kyle and Carlie Borton; and two brothers, Raymond Legault and Jean-Claude Legault (Cathy). She was preceded in death by her sister, Cecile Burkhart. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 25th at Chilson Hills Baptist Church in Brighton, MI. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 10 am followed by the service at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chilson Hills Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society for Pancreatic Cancer Research.