DETWILER, PAUL M. Age 72, of Fowlerville, died Monday July 21, 2014 at home. He was born December 22, 1941 in Indianapolis and married Anita A. (Eagling) in Brighton on July 7, 1990. He retired from Brighton Tool & Die on April 1, 2007. Paul enjoyed working in his yard. Surviving are his wife Anita, two sons: Brian of Livonia and Keith of Atlanta, Georgia, daughter: Nicole of Fowlerville, two grandchildren: Cora and Savannah, two sisters: Arial Harvey and Cindy Hughes and two brothers: John and Tom. He was preceded in death by his parents: John and Beatrice and three brothers and one sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home. www.niblackfuneralhome.com
DINKEL, ALAN J., SR. Howell, Michigan Life-long Howell resident Alan J. Dinkel Sr., age 89, passed away on July 21, 2014 at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell. He was born on February 16, 1925, along with his twin sister Alberta, at the old Allison farm near Chubb's Corners on Schafer Road; the son of Albert and Kitsey (Allison) Dinkel, and brother of Gerald. Alan attended Howell High School, where he was a star in the mile run. He bought his first farm at age 19 and married Audrey Klekot of Brighton in 1956. Alan was a land developer and home builder in Livingston County and founded the area known as "Dinkelville." In 1975 he retired and started with his family the famous Dinkelville Melons. He loved to work, hunt, fish, and play bingo with his friends. Alan is survived by his three children: Kim (David) Howard, Tammy (Gary) Beal, and Alan (Michelle) Dinkel Jr. of Howell, along with four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In accordance with Alan's wishes, no services will be held. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends for his diligent work ethic and his charismatic disposition. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org or P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
DUNCAN, EDWARD C. Age 49 of Petoskey, formerly of Brighton and Davison, died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at home. Born in Livonia on October 18, 1964, Ed was the son of Thomas and Deloris (Curd) Duncan. Ed worked at 3 Dimensional Services in Lapeer, MI as a small stamping team leader. In his younger years he was a volunteer firefighter in Brighton with Green Oak Township. Ed enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed working on cars. On November 20, 1982 he married Heidi M. Moore at the Brighton Church of Christ. He is survived by Heidi; daughters, Jacklyn Duncan of Plymouth, Melissa Hajec of Fenton and Carol Duncan of Davison; two grandsons; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Verne Olmstead of Petoskey and their son, Nick Olmstead of Flint. Memorial services for Ed will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Petoskey Church of Christ, 1727 Anderson Road. Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to the church. Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 850 North Center Avenue in Gaylord. Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at: www.gaylordfuneralhome.com
BRONIKOWSKI, JEANETTE C. Of Whitmore Lake, MI, age 78, died July 21, 2014. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel; 810.231.0200 or visit www.borekjennings.com.
CARTWRIGHT, ROSEMARY of Hartland Twp., died at her home on July 18, 2014 after a long illness. Rosemary was born on September 13, 1928 in Detroit. She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Cartwright, Jr. in 1998 and her son, Steven J. Cartwright on March 25, 2014. She is survived by her sister, Irene (the late Robert) Davis, her brother, Richard (the late Betty) Giacobbi and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends. Cremation will take place and services held privately. Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Milford, 248-684-6645. Condolences may be left at www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
CORCORAN, HELEN MARJORIE Age 92, died July 18, 2014. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel. Please call 877.231.7900 or visit www.borekjennings.com
FOX, BRIAN MICHAEL Of Brighton, Michigan, age 48, died July 18, 2014. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel; call 810.231.0200 or visit www.borekjennings.com
JONES, DR. MARILYN S. founding Artistic Director of the Livingston County Chorale and long time resident of Brighton, died peacefully at her home on July 18, 2014 at the age of 80. After retiring from over thirty years of teaching music at Detroit Cass Tech, Renaissance H.S., Brighton H.S. and several colleges, she enjoyed founding and guiding the Livingston County Chorale to greater growth, excellence and recognition. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Jones in 1994 and a brother, Marvin (Ruth) Schlicher in 2005. She is survived by her brother, Myles Schlicher, nephews, Clayton, Guy and Karl Schlicher and many dear friends that included many former music students. Memorial Services are pending. For further information please call Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Brighton, at 810-229-2905 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
McMANN, BRENDA D. Age 40, died July 18, 2014. Gathering July 22, 2-8 PM. Farewell July 23, 2 PM at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Lamb Chapel.
REINACHER, LAURIE ANN Age 56 of Howell, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by her loving family early Saturday morning, July 19, 2014. Born in Paris, France on May 17, 1958, she was the daughter of Earl and Nada (Biles) Durham. A Howell area resident for the past nine years, Laurie formerly resided in Brighton and Adrian. She earned a Master's degree from Central Michigan University and was the Founder/Executive Director of Thin Blue Line of Michigan. Laurie enjoyed travel and was also an avid gardener but her Christian faith and family were the most central and important part of her life. Beloved wife of Scott Reinacher whom she married in Brighton on April 27, 2002. Loving mother of Severin Erickson of Howell, Sergei Reinacher of Howell, Meghan (Jeff) Rogers of Grand Rapids and Bethany (Darin) Mock of Lindenhurst, Illinois. Also survived by three grandchildren; her mother, Nada (Bill) Canty of Pennsylvania; siblings, Dan (Sue) Cyr of Wisconsin, Bruce Durham of Minnesota, John (Becky) Durham of Minnesota, Gary Durham of Wisconsin and Jeff (Kari) Durham of Minnesota. Laurie was preceded in death by her first husband, Byron Erickson and her father, Earl Durham. Visitation Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. when a service honoring her life will be held at the 2/42 Community Church, 7526 Grand River Ave., Brighton. Memorial contributions are suggested to Thin Blue Line of Michigan (www.tblofmi.com). Arrangements by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Please visit the family's online guestbook at macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
SCHNEIDER, ROBERT P. Of Pinckney MI, age 79, died July 19, 2014. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel; Call 810.231.0200 or visit www.borekjennings.com.
ALLEN, MARY K. Age 87, of Brighton, passed away July 17, 2014. She was born November 26, 1926 in Topeka, Kansas the daughter of Frank and Mary (Schafer) Reeb. On November 10, 1943 she married Glen Allen in Topeka and they moved to the Brighton area in 1984. Mary was a volunteer at the Brighton Senior Center for over 25 years. She enjoyed gambling, helping people, was always a good listener, and loved to take care of her home and her family. During WWII she worked at the Military Supply Depot in Topeka in support of the war. She is survived by her children, Glen Jr. (Stephanie) Allen, Mary Martha (Gary) LaChance, Randy Allen, Gary (Sharon) Allen; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lorrie Long. She was preceded in death by her husband Glen on May 21, 2013, her son Gary Allen, and daughter-in-law Sharon. Funeral Service will be held at Keehn Funeral Home on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial contributions in Mary's name may be made to the American Red Cross or St. Joseph Mercy Hospice with envelopes available at the funeral home. Please visit Mary's Book of Memories at www.keehnfuneralhome.com
BRYJA, WALTER R. Age 81, passed away July 13, 2014. He was born on July 30, 1932, in Dearborn, son of the late Walter and Jeannette Bryja. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in South Lyon and was a dedicated member of the International Order of Alhambra and the Knights of Columbus where he was a proud 4th degree Knight. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia; his loving children: Kimberly (Tim) Muczynski, Michael, Patricia (Chris) Szatkowski, and David (Martha); his grandchildren: Mary, Christian Jr. and Evelyn; his siblings: Terry (Sonny) Glab, Jeannette (Robert) Butcher, Thomas (Janice) and Robert (Diane). Walter was preceded in death by his son Wally in 1962, his parents, two brothers and three sisters. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 S. Lafayette, South Lyon. Online guestbook www.phillipsfuneral.com
COOPER, DORA JEAN H. (ASHER) Age 83, of Fowlerville, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer under the care of her family and St. Joseph Mercy Hospice at her home on Sunday, July 13th, 2014. She was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and husband of 58 years, Raymond H. Cooper, Sr; parents, Gerald and Anna Eve (Wisner) Asher; brother, James Asher and sisters, Glorianne Connolly, Rosemary Asher and Jerry Lou Reynolds. She is survived by four children, Cheryl (Richard) Morse of Fowlerville, Raymond H. (Carol) Cooper, Jr. of Brighton, Carol (Frank) Kersanty of Howell, Gerald (Kathryn) Cooper of Fowlerville; grandchildren, Ericka Morse, Richard Morse, Jr., Angela White, Christina Cooper, Leia Kersanty, Joseph (Nicole) Kersanty, Amy Fleck, Kyle Cooper, Eric Cooper; Great grandchildren, Hunter and Cooper White, Matteah and Noah Kersanty, Brody Kersanty, Colton, Caydence and Logan Fleck; brothers-in-law, Charles Cooper Sr. and Robert (Helen) Cooper, Sr. of Highland, Frank (Marie) Cooper, Jr. of Ruskin, Florida; many special nieces, nephews and dear friends. A special thank you to St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Center and Hospice, employees at Comfort Care in Brighton and the many volunteers from Meals on Wheels. A Memorial Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, MI on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. with gathering beginning at 1 p.m. Interment of ashes to follow at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospice, Howell, to Livingston County Senior Nutritional Program or to American Cancer Society. For further information phone Lynch & Sons at 248-684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
KNAPP, RICHARD H. Age 58 of Brighton, passed away July 11, 2014. He was born August 19, 1955 in Detroit, the son of Bradley and Doris (Stainton) Knapp. On November 1, 1980 he married Cynthia May in Livonia and moved to this area in 1982. Rick was an avid angler and boater, gun enthusiast, licensed pilot, gardener, car guru and all around sportsman. His greatest joy in life was his family, including his "dog pack" Diesel, Champy, Emme and grandpups Izzo and Bella. Rick is survived by his wife of 33 years Cynthia; children: Angela, Dan (Lisa), A.J., his mother; Doris, and 4 siblings. Memorial contributions can be made directly to the family or in Rick's name to the Livingston County Humane Society. Please visit Rick's Book of Memories at www.keehnfuneralhome.com
KOERSCHEN, DR. JAMES MARVIN Died in Christ Thursday, July 17, 2014 at his home in Brighton, Michigan, surrounded by family. Jim was born to Marvin and Lorna (nee Miller) on July 31, 1946 in Glencoe, Minnesota and shortly thereafter welcomed into God's eternal family through the waters of baptism. Jim's life of service to Christ's Church included positions as teacher and band director at Lutheran High East, Detroit, MI; Associate Professor of Music and Dean of Students at Concordia University, Texas; Associate Professor of Education and Dean of Student Affairs at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska; and President of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. He also served as Executive Director--Enrollment Services at Kettering University, Flint, MI. Jim retired as Head of School from the award-winning Concordia International School, Shanghai, China where he also served as President of the Board of The Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). In his retirement Jim served as Executive Director of ACAMIS and on the Board of Family Life at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. He enjoyed music, reading, travel, and life on the lake. Jim will be remembered for his love of family as well as his leadership, generosity, hospitality, and warm friendships. Students and colleagues from around the world will remember PK or Dr. K as an innovative educator, kind mentor, and talented administrator. Jim was preceded in death by both parents and his older sister, Marion. He is survived by Joan (nee Miller), his loving wife of 44 years; brother Joel (Carolyn) of San Francisco, California; daughters Miriam Rossow (Justin) of Ypsilanti, MI and Kristi Treat (Scott) of Galesburg, Illinois; seven grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws, and other loving extended family. Funeral Services will be held at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 2101 South Hacker Road, Brighton, MI 48114 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. Visitation at the church, Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-9:00 p.m., and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. Jim's remains await the resurrection of the dead at the Last Day. Memorial contributions in Jim's name may be made to Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School; Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, Music Department; or Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Family Life Program. Please visit Jim's Book of Memories at www.keehnfuneralhome.com. Jim's faith is shared by his family and we, along with him, await the great and glorious Day of the Lord. Come, Lord Jesus.
GALE H. DRANSFIELD, Age 81 passed away July 16, 2014. Visitation July 20, 4 - 8 p.m. Funeral July 21, 11 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Home.
COOLEY, PAULINE M. Age 85, of Brighton, MI passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014. She was born July 30, 1928 in Detroit, MI a daughter of Albert and Pauline (Good) Kramer. On April 15, 1950 she married Arthur Cooley in Brighton. He preceded her in death on February 18, 1999. Pauline was a member of the Brighton Nazarene Church. She worked for the former Brighton Gasket for many years. Surviving is her son, Randy (Sharon) Cooley and grandchildren, Michael and Kelly (Donovan) Moore. She was preceded in death by her sister, Roslee Moore. Memorial service will be held Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Brighton Nazarene Church. The family will receive friends beginning at 10a.m. at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the church. Please visit Pauline's Book of Memories at www.keehnfuneralhome.com
SCHONFELD, LUANNE SMITH, Age 61, of Howell, passed away peacefully July 14 at Arbor Hospice with her loving family at her side, ending an eight-year struggle with cancer. The daughter of Bert and Lee Smith of Tecumseh, she was born Feb. 28, 1953, in Ann Arbor. Along with her parents, she is survived by her son, Matt (Meagan) of Ann Arbor, and daughter, Katie (Craig) of Chicago. She also leaves her beloved 10-month-old grandson, Lucas Jeffrey; two sisters, Susan (Larry) of Philadelphia and Carol (Wally) of Grosse Pointe; as well as five nieces and nephews; and a very special aunt, Mary Anne Hudge of Ann Arbor. "Lu", from age 12, was an avid Detroit Tiger fan and enjoyed nothing more than being at Comerica Park to root for her "Tiges." She was fortunate in that her son was employed by them when they won the pennant in 2006 and was the guest of management in St. Louis when the team went to the world series. She was a dedicated volunteer for LACASA of Livingston County, putting in countless hours on its crisis line. Lu graduated from Belleville High School in 1971, earned her BA degree from Kalamazoo College and her MBA from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She was a self-employed photographer; her black and white works being shown at galleries in Petoskey and Charlevoix. Cremation has taken place. Funeral Friday July 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Howell, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LACASA or the American Lung Association.
WEBER, CHARLES JOSEPH HOWELL, MI Charles Joseph Weber, age 89 of Howell, passed away at his home, Friday, July 11, 2014. Born on May 30, 1925 in North Vernon, Indiana, he was the son of William J. and Estella R. (Wilderman) Weber. Formerly of Detroit and a Howell area resident since 1981, Charles was a WWII Navy veteran and was trained in mechanical engineering. He had been employed as an executive for the Chrysler Corporation retiring in 1981. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth M. Weber who preceded him in death on June 12, 2011. Loving father of Joseph (Paula) Weber of Clinton Township, Patricia (Phillip) Fouchey of Clinton Township and John Weber of Fraser. Also survived by five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and his sister, Martha McGrew of Martinsville, Indiana. Visitation Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Charles was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 E. Washington St. (at Fowler St.), Howell where his funeral mass will be held Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Please visit the family's on line guest book at macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
BROWN, PAMELA APRIL Age 67, of Brighton, passed away July 11, 2014. In addition to her husband Art, Pamela is survived by her son Krist Brown; siblings Barbara (Bob) Higuerra of Aurora, CO, Joe (Bea) Shegtiz of Swartz Creek, MI and Norm (Barb) Shegtiz of Lubbuck, TX. Pamela was preceded in death by her parents Joseph Louis and Nora Shegtiz and siblings Yvonne, Steve and Ronald. Funeral Service from Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 9455 Hilton Rd, Brighton, on Wednesday, July 16 at 11 AM. Friends may gather beginning one hour prior. Burial Oakland Hills, Novi. Memorials to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Right to Life. For further information, phone Lynch & Sons, Brighton or visit: www.LynchFuneralDirector.com
LOVEDAY-ROHR, MELISSA Of Tyrone Twp., Age 40, died July 11. Arrangements by Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Lamb Chapel. Please call 877.231.7900 or visit www.borekjennings.com
SENIA, DEBORAH ANN Age 42, of Linden, died Friday July 11, 2014. Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Monday, July 21, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 600 North Adelaide Street, Fenton with Fr. Jim Rolph Celebrant. Visitation will be held 10 AM until the time of Mass on Monday at the church. Committal services 1:30 PM Monday, July 21 at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens, Novi. There will be a Wake to follow, beginning at 3 PM at the Senia residence, 5345 Deer Trail, Linden, MI 48451. Deborah was born April 14, 1972 in Livonia the daughter of Anthony J. and Barbara Jane (Allen) Senia. She was a graduate of South Lyon High School . Surviving are: father Anthony of Linden; sons, Jason and Justin; sister Tracy; brother Robert and his wife Christine. She was preceded in death by her mother Barbara Jane. Tributes may be shared on the obituaries page of: www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
SNYDER, ESTHER YVONNE HOWELL, MI Age 73, of Howell, Michigan died peacefully in her sleep, in the pre-dawn hours on July 13, 2014 at home, surrounded by loved ones. She fought lung cancer and won an extra year with her family, whom she adored. Esther was born on October 12, 1940 in the green, rolling hills of Kentucky near Shoulderblade Creek in Breathitt County. She was a farm girl who admired her school teacher aunts. Esther was a natural storyteller who, when asked, would regale listeners with tales from her childhood: making dolls out of sticks and leaves, going to revivals and hearing people speak in tongues, baptizing in the river and making snow cream out of a rare snowfall in Kentucky. She shared her past with sincere affection for the family with whom she grew up. She maintained her strong Southern ties, easily seen by Northerners in her fondness for iced tea and referring to "dinner" as "supper". Shortly after leaving college she met and married Ralph Snyder. After Ralph's time in the military, the couple settled down in Ralph's native Michigan. There, they helped each other raise five children. Esther became a beloved Sister to her husband's eleven brothers' and sisters'. If anything is true, it is true that Esther loved children; she loved watching them grow up and she loved having grand-nieces and grand-nephews. The Snyder house was full of kids up until the end. Cooking was not one of her talents. She once told the story of how, as a newlywed, she wanted to cook a nice dinner for her husband and daughter. She bought a Spam, cut a diamond pattern and stuck it with cloves, baked it; and when she pulled it out of the oven dropped the Spam onto the floor where it bounced out the back door into the yard. Being a loving mother and doting Nana was Esther's calling. She worked many jobs throughout the years to help support her young family. Later she discovered that she liked buying and selling antiques and vintage collectibles. She was an excellent thrift store and rummage sale shopping partner. Asked what she liked about thrifting she replied, "I like to clean it up and make it look like it is new again." She hated snakes and was afraid of heights. She loved watching birds and ducks. She had a green thumb and loved spending hours fussing with her plants. She was an old-school Southern Lady who always had to look her best from the moment she woke up until her head hit the pillow. The last fifteen months were neither easy nor pretty. Heartfelt thanks to the family and friends who visited and offered comfort to Esther and Ralph. Special thanks to Kelly Snyder, daughter-in-law extraordinarius, who not only acted like a true daughter but also Esther's advocate during this ordeal. Thanks also to the kind Gentiva Hospice team and Doctor Kalamkerian who worked with us in making this sad and difficult year as good as could be expected. Esther (nee Combs) is preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Beatrice (nee Anderson) Combs, brother Coy, infant son, Michael Todd and grandson, Nicholas. She is survived by her husband of over fifty years, Ralph Snyder and children: Tamara (James) Soave, Ralph (Stephanie) Snyder, Kimberly (Michael) Thornton, Mark (Kelly) Snyder and Kristopher Snyder; along with grandchildren: Natalie (Jeff Skebo) Soave, Katherine and Lindsay Soave; Isabella, Calvin and Liela Snyder, Matthieu and Taylor Bowman, Brandon Thornton; Gracie, Molly, Abby and Collin Snyder and brother, William Combs. One of Esther's last wishes was to be cremated immediately after passing on, no doubt to stop anyone from seeing her not looking her best. A Memorial Service will be held on July 19, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church, 312 Prospect, Howell, Michigan 48843. Visitation at 10 a.m., Service at 11:30 a.m. luncheon immediately afterwards celebrating Esther's life and spirit. Please sign the family's online guestbook at: macdonaldsfuneralhome.com
WOODCOX JR., RICHARD MICHAEL "WOODY" Age 26, of Westland, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Born in Howell on December 12, 1987, he was the son of Richard M., Sr. and Tracy L. (Nicholson) Woodcox. Woody was a former longtime resident of Howell and a 2006 graduate of Howell High School. Fiancé of Melinda Combs of Westland, loving son of Tracy (Eric Moore) Dimaggio and the late Richard M. Woodcox, Sr. Brother of Jenna Woodcox of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Brooke Dimaggio of Howell, Josh Walker of Howell and Hannah (Benjamin) Woodcox Jobson of Charlotte, North Carolina. Also survived by his grandparents, Linda and Ford Nicholson of Howell, Richard and Mary Woodcox of Litchfield; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. with funeral services Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800). Memorial contributions are suggested to The ALS Association Michigan Chapter. Please visit the family's on line guest book at: macdonaldsfuneralhome.com