METTE, ERIC October 22, 1985-May 17, 2015 Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME www.phillipsfuneral.com
VEIK, WILLIAM "BILLY" Age 51, of Lansing, formerly of Brighton. William Francis (Bill) Veik, passed away May 21, 2015 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor following a variety of health challenges. He was born December 10, 1963 to Francis Urban and Patricia M (Rouse) Veik in Ann Arbor. Bill was self-employed as a photographer, and discovered his passion for capturing the ordinary and making it beautiful. He won numerous photography contests, and many accolades, for his excellent work. The beauty he found in this world, and shared with others, will live on forever in the people who took the time to enjoy, and share, in his many captured visions. He was also an active volunteer with Animal Placement Bureau in Lansing, where friends remember a kind, sweet, funny man with a wicked sense of humor, and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his parents, Francis and Patricia Veik; the love of his life, his angel, Lisa Wallace; his sister Julie (Todd) Hutchins; his brother Kevin (Carol) Veik; his nephew Noah Veik; his niece Shauna (Zach) Behling; and special friends Jennifer & Sheldon Wilson, Patricia Housner and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He loved his beloved Shih Tzus, Maddie and Precious, and all their friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday May 30, 2015 at the Keehn Funeral Home, Brighton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Memorial Contributions in Bill's name are suggested to the Animal Placement Bureau. Envelopes are available from the Keehn Funeral Home, Brighton. Please visit Bill's Book of Memories at: www.keehnfuneralhome.com
CHAPMAN, DOUGLAS J. Age 56 of Durand, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 in Rose Township, MI. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 12-8 p.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Doug was born July 16, 1958 in Pontiac, the son of Douglas James and Daisy Eloise (Hunter) Chapman. He had spent the last 25 years working for Brown Drilling Company in Howell. Doug was a true outdoorsman. He was an avid hunter and fisher, enjoyed dirt bikes, snowmobiling, tractor pulls and working on tractors and vehicles. He was a past member of the Genesee Valley 2 Cylinder Club, All Color Antique Tractor Club in Webberville and the County Line Antique Tractor Club in Lennon. Doug is survived by his loving companion of 20 years, Darlene Coghill of Linden; mother, Daisy Chapman of Durand; siblings: Kim (LeRoy) Helgeson of Durand, Guy (Mary) Chapman of Owosso, Peggy (Mark) Blackburn of Durand; Darlene's mother, Ingrid Brown; her daughters: Carolyn (Paul) Schyck and Emily (Ross) Kosbab; granddaughter, Ella Schyck and his many nieces and nephews. Doug was preceded in death by his father in 2014. Memorial contributions given in Doug's name are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be shared with his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com
CHRISTIE, GEORGE WALTER Age 94 of Brighton, formerly of Detroit passed away peacefully, Friday, May 22, 2015 at his home. He was born April 20, 1921 in Detroit, MI the oldest child of John and Catherine (Pickniarczyk) Christy. On February 14, 1942 he married Hedwig "Hattie" Zywicki, his childhood sweetheart, in Detroit, MI. When the clerk filled in their marriage license, she spelled George's last name wrong and refused to change it. Not having the extra money to pay to correct it, George spelled his last name as it was on his marriage license for the rest of his life. They raised their family in Detroit in the home that Hattie's father built, before moving to Brighton in 1983. While living in Detroit, George was a long-time member of St. Cunegunda Parish. He attended school there, was a long-time usher at the church, and served on the church council. In addition George was a boyscout troop leader for many years and a member of Sgt. Stanley Romanowski VFW Post. A veteran of WWII, George served with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. After the war, he was employed by GM Diesel, and later by the Kroger Company as a truck mechanic. He retired after thirty years as the truck garage foreman. After moving to Brighton, George became a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Hedwig "Hattie" Christie of Brighton; their children: Georgieann (Frank) Wondolkowski of Port Charlotte, Florida; Robert (Cheryl) Christie of Macomb, MI, Maryann (Martin) Zatkoff, of Maryville, Tennessee, Michael (Patrice) Christie of Brighton, MI and Beijing, China, and Patricia (Dennis) McElhone, of Howell, MI, and daughter-in-law, Susan Christie of Oxford, MI. He was preceded in death by a son Mark Christie in 2014. George is also survived by grandchildren: Alec Wondolkowski, Laura (John) Kelley, Matthew (Lora) Wondolkowski, Amy Wondolkowski, Kimberly (Michael) Cunningham, Shiloh (Rachel) Christie, Phillip Christie, Katharine Christie, Hadassah Christie, Devon Laroche, Danielle Laroche, Dayna Laroche, Nicholas Christie, Aaron Christie, Austin Christie, Sean McElhone, Ryan McElhone and Colin McElhone; great-grandchildren: Hannah and Elizabeth Kelley, Zachary and Elaina Wondolkowski, Adam and Christopher Cunningham, Brooklyn, Anna, Lucy and Grace Christie, and Winston Christie. In addition, George is survived by his brother, Walter (Olivia) Christy, sisters: Irene Mizgala and Lucille Brazier, and several extended family members and friends. In addition to his son, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Sawicki. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 29 at 11:30 a.m. from St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 28 from 1:00-8:00 p.m. from Keehn Funeral Home, Brighton, and at church beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning. A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are appreciated to the Wounded Warrior Project or to St. Joseph Mercy Hospice Livingston. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Please visit George's Book of Memories at www.keehnfuneralhome.com .
GOODMAN DAVID JAMES SR. Born June 27, 1929 in Caruthersville, Missouri. Survived by his amazing bride of 65 years Bobbie Jean Goodman, two children son David James Goodman JR and wife Deborah R Goodman and daughter Deborah Jean Smith and husband Jack D Smith. Preceded by son Donald Wayne Goodman. Four grandchildren Gwen B French and her husband Eric French, David J Goodman III and his wife Tammy L Goodman, John W Goodman, Madison N Smith. Six great grandchildren: Dakota E French, Karliegh R French, Karalyn G Goodman, Weston J French, Briella M French and David J Goodman IV. He was always on the road in life and we celebrate his final journey home to be with our God our Father. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Keehn Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial contributions in David's name may be made to the Church of Christ in Webberville, MI. with envelopes available at the funeral home. Please visit David's Book of Memories at www.keehnfuneralhome.com
LEWIS, ANNA May 11, 1925 - May 23, 2015. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
MORIN, LEONARD April 16, 1936 - May 20, 2015. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
MORRIS, VIRGINIA M. Virginia M. Morris, age 79, passed away May 22, 2015. She was born on October 8, 1935. She is survived by her loving children: Randy Bennett, Terry (Brenda) Bennett, Brenda (Mark) Smith, and Brad (Tami) Bennett; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Doris Maxwell. Virginia will always be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 27 from 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service being held on Thursday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. She will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville. www.phillipsfuneral.com
OPSOMMER, CHARLOTTE Her Legacy Charlotte Marie Opsommer, age 59, passed away May 26, 2015. She was born on June 24, 1955 to Floyd and Charlotte (Brown) Grinnell in Owosso, MI. Charlotte grew up in a large family with eleven siblings. She married the love of her life, Michael Opsommer, on November 13, 1976 in Morrice, MI. Charlotte was an avid baker and was well known her ice cream cake rolls and popsicles. She also liked sewing and listening to the Beatles. Charlotte will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Her Family Charlotte leaves behind her husband, Michael; children, Robert (Christy) and Katherine; and grandchildren, Grayson and Callie. She is also survived by her siblings, Mary, Mark, Ron, Sid, Gilbert, and Joe. Charlotte is preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Charlotte; and siblings, Hurley, Jim, Chuck, Gordon, and Gary. Her Farewell Family and friends will be gathering on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 1-4PM and 6-9PM with a prayer service at 8PM at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel. Charlotte's Community Farewell Mass will be on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11AM at Old St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI. Father Gerald Gawronski will be the celebrant. She will be laid to rest at Old St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Ann Arbor, MI. Memorial contributions may be given to the U of M Neurology Research Operations Fund or the family for future designation. Please leave a message of comfort to the Opsommer family by calling 877-231-7900 or sign the guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.
SAARI, KAREN J. (COLE) Age 77, of Howell, Michigan, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 22, 2015. Karen was born on October 4, 1937 to James D. Cole and Vashti (LeJeune) Cole of Detroit. She was a faithful Christian and member of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Brighton for numerous years. Karen was a beloved co-worker at Genoa Charter Township where she was the long-time receptionist for 15+ years. She loved her Genoa "family" and enjoyed her role as the first person residents saw as they entered the Township Hall always smiling, she was helpful and kind to everyone. Karen loved her family and friends, reading, gardening, and the televised game show "Jeopardy" with Alex Trebek. She touched so many lives directly with those who knew her and indirectly with many world-wide charities. Karen was a devoted mother to her sons, Russell (Holly) Saari of Brighton; Keith (Patricia) Saari of Howell; and Scott C. Saari Sr. of Hancock, Michigan. She was a loving grandmother to Heather Saari; Kyle Saari and Destinee Stafford; Chelsea Saari and Shane Nolan; Leigha C. Saari; Scott C. Saari Jr.; Jessica Protetch and Travis Root; Kristen Mortensen; Greg Mortensen; and Kent and Juliann Mendham. Great-grandmother to Ryker Saari; and Parker, Saege, and Avery Mendham. Dear sister to James D. Cole Jr. of Warren, and special aunt to several nieces and nephews. Karen was a faithful and thoughtful friend to many. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, James D. and Vashti Cole; infant son David Saari; brother Mark "Butch" Cole; sister-in-law Carol Cole and sister-in-law Bernice Coan. A private "natural" graveside service was held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at The Preserve in Waterford, Michigan. Pastor Mark Milatz from Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church officiated and immediate family members attended. Karen was laid to rest in an amazing field (next to a foot-bridge and stream) where deer and Sandhill Cranes were roaming, birds singing, and the sun was shining brightly. A celebration of Karen's life will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with a memorial service. Location: Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church 2101 South Hacker Road, Brighton, Michigan 48114 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Karen's name may be directed to any of the following: American Cancer Society; Gleaners Food Bank of Howell; and Humane Society of Livingston County. "A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles." W. Irving
TENNYSON, BEVERLY Loving mother, grandma and sister went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 19, 2015 at the age of 74. Beverly, a resident of Fowlerville, Michigan also made her home and many friends in Lansing, MI and Pendleton, Oregon. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Beverly was a lover of all things music and a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Fowlerville. She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister and brother. She is survived by a son, Neil (Kera) Tennyson and two grandaughers, Sierra and Liberty of Fowlerville, one sister, Delores (Dave) Hugenot of Mason and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration of Beverly's life will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Fowlerville. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Hospice or the Humane Society. Arrangements by: Herrmann Funeral Home, Niblack Chapel. 517.223.8656.
FEHRENBAKER, CHARLES Of Pinckney, MI, age 83, died May 21, 2015. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel; call 810-231-0200 or visit www.borekjennings.com.
GARR, MARGARET A. Margaret A. Garr passed away peacefully on May 17, 2015, in Fowlerville, Michigan. Born in Detroit on August 26, 1923, Margaret was a war bride who married her beloved Russell in 1941 before he went to serve in the U.S. Army. She will be remembered for her bright blue eyes, her merry laugh, and her complete devotion to her husband Russell. He died on March 31, 2015. She is survived by her son, Warren (Linda) Garr; and grandchildren Alex and Fred Garr, Chelsea Johnson, and Matthew (Ashlin) Johnson. Her family honored her life with a Lutheran service at Lynch & Sons in Brighton and burial with Russell at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Michigan Humane Society. For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Brighton at 810-229-2905 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
HEIKKINEN, ALBERT Heikkinen, Albert Of Ypsilanti, MI, age 83, died May 21, 2015. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel; call 810-231-0200 or visit www.borekjennings.com.
KIRKLAND, NORMA KAY (ALBERTS) Age 65, of Rives Junction, formerly of Fenton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, May 22, 2015. Norma was born March 31, 1950, to Earl and Beth Alberts of Fenton. She married Donald Kirkland on October 3, 1970, and faithfully supported his ministry as a Pastor throughout their marriage. Together, they ministered at Community Bible Church in Brighton, Perry Baptist Church in Perry, Immanuel Baptist Church in Saginaw, Colonial Village Baptist Church in Lansing, and Fellowship Bible Church in Hartland. Norma was a devoted mother to their three children, Melissa, Amy, and Matthew. After her children were grown, she worked part-time caring for infants in the Hartland Child Care Center. Upon her husband's retirement, the couple moved to Rives Junction, where Norma served as an administrative assistant at Youth Haven, an outreach to disadvantaged children. She also lovingly cared for Don in his last years of life. She joined him in Heaven after a brief battle with ALS. Norma was a nurturing soul with a sweet disposition and was loved by many. She is survived by her children, Melissa (Doug) LaVoie, Amy (Lars) Carlson, and Matthew (Wendy) Kirkland; seven grandchildren, two sisters, and one brother. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband and her eldest daughter. Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday May 26, 2015 at Fellowship Bible Church, 2500 Hartland Road, Hartland. Burial will follow in Sanford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of Service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Youth Haven in Rives Junction or Fellowship Bible Church in Heartland in Norma's memory. Online condolences may be posted on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.
LaVALLEE, MARY D. Age 86, May 19, 2015, of Garden City, Brighton and Big Rapids. Beloved wife of the late George J. LaVallee. Loving mother of Craig LaVallee, Brent (Dana) LaVallee and Renee (Mike) Stan. Dear grandmother of Sean, Spenser, and John-Patrick (Jamie). Great grandmother of Jade, Knole and Wyatt. Mary was one of the most good- hearted people you'll ever meet. She was member of the Red Hat Society, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Elkadies. Her family suggests donation to the American Cancer Society. Please share a memory of Mary at www.rggrharris.com.
SCHAEFER, JOHN ALLEN of Fruitland Park, Florida and Hartland, Michigan passed away peacefully on the morning of May 18, 2015 after 86 wonderful years. He will be missed and remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. John was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Clarence and Anna Schaefer on Dec 22, 1928. John graduated from DeVilbiss High School in Toledo, and then went on to Bowling Green State University, then to the US Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. John returned to Ann Arbor and completed his Engineering Degree from the University of Michigan. He went on to have a successful executive career with GE, Earnst & Earnst, Hoover and Creative Foam. While at the University of Michigan, John met Dorothy at a Pop Gogenbach (Dommicks) near the law quad. John and Dorothy were married on July 2, 1955 in Huntington, WV and started their family in Syracuse, NY with Jan and moved to Birmingham, MI where Sue, Richard and John were born. John loved spending time with his family at The Schaefer Club, which holds a special place in his heart from boyhood into retirement. John was able to enjoy his passion for golf with Dorothy, playing at every possible chance. John was especially excited to have Masters Tickets where he walked many miles with Dorothy, sharing his tickets with family and friends. John enjoyed snow skiing, teaching all his children how to ski. He carved the number 80 in the snow at Aspen, Co. on his 80th birthday. John was a lifetime learner, recently taking a calculus and critical thinking class. Flight simulator software got him interested in computers, which he mastered his iPhone and iPad to stay connected to his family using FaceTime. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Russell Schaefer, his children Jan Wade, Sue Oldani, Richard Schaefer, John R Schaefer, and eleven grandchildren, Danny, Annie, Rachel, Carly, Tommy, Krista, Andrew, Jenna, Maggie, Samantha, and Paul. John was preceded in death by his sisters, Barbra Henry and Dotty Ziskin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Flying Midshipmen Endowment Fund, USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Please visit John's Book of Memories at www.keehnfuneralhome.com
SHELDEN, MICHAEL F. Michael F. Shelden, 63 years, of Pinckney, Michigan died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday afternoon, May 16, 2015 at his residence. Mike was born June 19, 1951 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Frederick and Elline (Trerice) Shelden. Mike married Bonnie Bower on June 24, 1972 and she survives. Mike is also survived by two daughters, Carrie and Amy (fiancee DJ Maness), granddaughter Avery Maness, as well as his mother, Elline and sister Joann. Mike was preceded in death by his father Fred, sister Kathy and brother Billy. Mike moved to Pinckney from Ypsilanti at the age of four, but when asked he would always say he was from Patterson Lake because the town kids were "different" than the gang from the lake. He had a tight-knit extended family growing up with aunts, uncles and cousins all meeting at Grandma and Grandpa's house for Sunday dinners on the farm in South Lyon. Many special memories were made there. Mike owned Mike's Portable Welding. He worked for many of the local marina's welding pontoon boats. He pursued many different hobbies over the years including camping, bass fishing, hunting, fly fishing, canoeing, photography and archery. He would buy every "gadget" out there for each one and read over lots of material and watch videos to learn all the latest and greatest techniques. A friend once joked with him "if you would just apply that passion to the stock market we could all be rich", but he never did! Mike attended Peoples Church in Pinckney and helped the mission team build wood burning water heaters for an orphanage in Guatemala. He will be missed by many, especially his family. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held 11am Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Peoples Church 500 W Main St., Pinckney with a luncheon following the service. The family requests memorial contributions to Peoples Church or Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in lieu of flowers.
REEDY, DONALD S. Age 69, of Brighton, MI, passed away May 19, 2015. Funeral Service Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. at the Keehn Funeral Home, Brighton.
FRANCO, NAPOLEON M.D. Dr. Napoleon Franco (Leguimon) passed away peacefully April 17, 2015 at 84 years old in University Park, Florida. He was surrounded by love, warmth and music at his time of passing. He was born in Colombia, South America, where he attended Medical School. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 32 years (Marilyn Kremen-Franco), four children (Rodrigo, Mauricio, Marcela and Martha), and two stepchildren (Ron and Deb), and 10 grandchildren. His first wife, Cecillia is deceased. His professional career included being Chief of Psychiatry at Pontiac State Hospital, Adjunct faculty at Michigan State University, Beaumont Hospital privileges, and a long, successful career in Private Practice in Rochester and Troy, MI. Napoleon and Marilyn lived in Pacific Palisades, CA from 1987 until 2000. For the past 15 years they have been living in Florida for six months each year and Brighton, MI for six months each year. During that period of time, Dr. Franco enjoyed retirement--with sailing, photography, and socializing filling his days. He had been ill for five years prior to his passing away, but nonetheless he was happy and able to enjoy many activities life. He had a sweet and gentle demeanor, and was well loved. The Francos enjoyed family, travel, and were able to explore much of the world. He had a passion for music and dancing, and had a beautiful singing voice. His life will be celebrated on Saturday, May 23, at 1:00 at Ciao Amici Ristorante in Brighton, MI. Contributions to honor Dr. Franco may be sent to the American Alzheimers Association or a charity of your choice.
OGLE, FRED JOHN Age 50 of Howell, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. He was born February 7, 1965 in Detroit, the son of Fred and Marva J. (Craig) Ogle. Fred owned and operated Fat Guy's Pizza in Chilson. He was an avid baseball fan, enjoyed bowling, golfing, ping pong and spending time hanging out with his friends watching Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Fred is survived by his mother, Marva J. Ogle of Howell; aunts, Margie Prince and Gladys Self, several cousins, including Karen Craig-Steshetz of California; also his faithful companion, Scottish Terrier, Angus. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Ogle on May 28, 2012. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26 from 4-8 p.m. with funeral services Wednesday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Burial in Chilson Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Fred's father may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Please sign the family's online guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com