ARMSTRONG, SHIRLEY Age 81, a retired Livonia teacher, died July 16 in Anderson, Indiana after a prolonged illness. Shirley came to Livonia in 1956 as part of a group of graduates of Anderson College (now University) who obtained teaching jobs in the area. She taught at Riley and Whittier Junior Highs, Bentley and Franklin High Schools, and was a librarian at Marshall and Cleveland elementaries. She also taught at Gallimore and Farrand elementaries in Plymouth. She received a Masters degree from the University of Michigan and was pursuing a second Masters in Library Science when uterine cancer intervened. Her varied classroom experience enabled her to become a superb elementary librarian. She could always find just the right book for a child or an appropriate collection for a teacher. Story time in her library was always an exciting time for her classes. Her book fairs were renowned. She even returned to hold one after her retirement in Indiana. She was not a SHHHH librarian. While at Cleveland, she had a devoted group of mother helpers. Their relationship extended far beyond the school day, and even into retirement. With her encouragement, several returned to school and received degrees. Among those in that group were Marie Derrick, Virginia Hicks, Judy Bernard, Diane Barrett, Peggy Bachur, Marcie Groulx, and Laurie Schwartz. She was a member of Riverside Park Church of God and Ward Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Chuck; son David (Julie); grandsons Christopher and Mathew, granddaughter, Allison, and great-granddaughter Emily. Also surviving are five brothers and five sisters. While in Livonia, she was blessed with many special friends including Edith Wood, Don and Garnetta Vaughn, Joy Rose, Nancy Stoner, Diane Burke, Marjane and Lee Baker. She was a committed Christian. A memorial service Friday, August 8 at 11 a.m. at Park Place Church of God, 501 College Drive, Anderson, IN 46012, Dr. David Markle Pastor. Visitation one hour before the service. Memorials to the Park Place Church Food Pantry, where she had been a devoted volunteer. Online condolences at www.rozelle-johnson.com.
SCHLAIN, MARILYN BRENNER A long-time resident of Detroit, Michigan, died on July 20, 2014 in Brentwood, California where she and Abbott (Bud), her husband of 66 years, moved in 2010. Marilyn is survived by Bud, her two children Barbara Polsky and Jan Schlain, and her three grandchildren Ben Polsky, Jaclyn Cohen and Noah Cohen. She was also the mother of the late Robert Schlain. Marilyn was 89 years old. Marilyn attended Roosevelt, Durfee and Central High School in Detroit, Michigan before graduating from Wayne State University and beginning her long career in teaching. Marilyn taught in the Detroit Public School System for a number of years before returning to Wayne State for her Masters Degree in Higher Education and Counseling. Marilyn then accepted the position as a Counselor before being promoted after two years to Assistant Principal at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan where she worked for over 15 years. Retiring more than 30 years ago, Marilyn remained a friend and mentor to many of her former Seaholm students. Marilyn's love and devotion to education was matched by her love of the Arts. Marilyn became a committed and generous patron of the Arts in Detroit, where she served as Detroit Chapter President, Regional Chairman and a National Trustee of the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. Marilyn will be missed by all of those she touched and inspired so deeply, but by none more than her devoted husband Bud. In Marilyn's memory, please consider a donation to your favorite educational institution or art museum.
TOTH, MARY G. Age 78 of Canton, July 24, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Paul J. Toth. Dear mother of Pat (Glen) Rossow, Denise (Donald) Rose, and Michael Toth. Proud grandmother of ten, and great-grandmother of four. Visitation (at church) Monday 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church, 555 South Lilley Road (at Cherry Hill), Canton. Funeral Mass Monday 10:30 a.m. Mary recently moved back to the Plymouth/Canton area from Winchester, Virginia, where she resided for the past 18 years. During her time in Winchester, she worked at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. She was active in supporting their mission of preserving the history of the area. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 20450 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48033; or to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601. To share a memory, please visit vermeulenfuneralhome.com
VARLEY, VIRGINIA ANN 89, of Williamsburg, MI, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on July 19, 2014 at her home on Skegemog Lake. Mom and our late father, Dr. Richard Varley, were married for 61 years and raised nine children in metro Detroit. Mom was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and sister who created a welcoming home for our family and friends to enjoy. She joined us for laughs around the kitchen while preparing for family Sunday dinners, boat rides around the lake, and often helped all nine of us get some semblance of organization while getting ready for down-hill skiing at Mt. Mancelona. Ginny loved art and antiquing with her friends and especially enjoyed lunches with her bridge ladies. Mom practiced her Catholic faith daily, invited others with an open heart, remained steadfast in her commitment to family values, and was quick to use her Irish tongue and humor to help guide us. She was a staunch supporter of our Armed Forces from all generations. Mom worked at the Willow Run aircraft bomber factory during World War II that produced the same airplanes that protected Dad and other combat soldiers serving in Europe. Virginia frequently wore her Sunday best except to "Nightmare Island", which was her colorful description of the family cabin in Ontario. Mom, "may you and Dad finally enjoy that canoe ride that you began but never finished more than 40 years ago." Mom was known for many quotes and be rest assured knowing that we won't forget to "watch out for the deer" when driving up north. Mom was our Queen Bee and leaves a legacy of love and kindness to her surviving children, Margaret (Tom) Edgington, Michael (Suzanne) Varley, DDS, MaryEileen (Jerry) Dingrando, Colleen Varley, Larry (Marianne) Varley, DDS, Trisha (Kurt) VanDeusen, Frances (Russ) Parry, Tom (Pauline) Varley, Chris (Kristine) Varley, and 17 grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, William (Barbara) Duggan, Frances Murphy, and Michael (Toni) Duggan. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Thomas Duggan. Visitation will take place on Friday, August 1 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m. Father Raymond Cotter will preside at The Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 2 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Acme, with visitation beginning at the church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery following the Mass. Memorial contributions may be directed to The Grand Traverse County Veterans Affairs, 2650 LaFranier Rd., Traverse City, 49686 or to Heartland Hospice, 4020 Copper View #113, Traverse City, 49684-7041. The family welcomes you to share your thoughts at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com as well as memories of our Mother. The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 305 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.
BRISTOR, PATRICIA KING Age 79, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014. Patricia was born March 17, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Edward McCutcheon and Dorothy (Dykstra) McCutcheon. She married William Bristor in 1973. Patricia had lived in Brazil and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She spent summers in Bay View, Michigan. She loved to paint and garden. Patricia is survived by one sister, Laura Smith of Fenton, Michigan; her two children, Laura Hanssen of Denver, Colorado, and Carl Hanssen and his wife Amy; her two grandchildren, Christina Hanssen and Jack Hanssen. Patricia was pre-deceased by her husband William, and her parents Edward and Dorothy. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Birmingham, Michigan, and Bay View Michigan. Contributions in memory of Patricia may be made to the Little Traverse Bay Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation. For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/lpynz99
BRYJA, WALTER R. Age 81, passed away July 13, 2014. He was born on July 30, 1932, in Dearborn, son of the late Walter & 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 PM with gathering beginning at 1 PM. 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
DRANSFIELD, GALE H. Age 81, passed away July 16, 2014. He was born on July 3, 1933, in Detroit, son of the late Benjamin and Ethel Dransfield. He was a Detroit business owner of Foremost Photographic. Gale was an avid outdoorsman and a master gardener. He enjoyed boating and woodworking. He was a talented handyman and enjoyed building dollhouses for his granddaughters and airplanes for his grandsons. Gale was the consummate salesman. He had a great sense of humor and could sell anything. Gale was an excellent delegator and knew how to get things done. In his view, nothing was impossible. He lived life to the fullest and loved to laugh. He will always be remembered as a loving and devoted spouse, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his loving spouse, Carol; his daughters, Cindy (Peter) Roth, Sue White, Sherry (Kevin) Shannon; his son-in-law, Tom Murphy; his former wife, Lynn; and extended family member, Beth Chapp; his step-daughter, Elaine (Rayburn) Boland; and his grandchildren, Scott (Lindsey), Kristen (Brian), Samantha (Sean), Jaquelin, Sean, Ryan, Katy, Madeline, Matthew, and Delaney and his step-grandchildren, Josh, Richard, Ethan, and Stephan. Gale is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Elliana and Emmalyn. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Murphy and his son-in-law, Brad White. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 20 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with a funeral service on Monday, July 21 at 11:00 a.m. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. Online guestbook at www.phillipsfuneral.com.
DYKES, REBEKAH IRENE "BECKY" Age 30, July 21, 2014. Funeral at Lynch & Sons, Milford, Thursday, July 24, 12 p.m. For further information please phone 248-684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
KORBUT, KENNETH A. Beloved Brother, Cousin and Uncle, age 60, of Milford, Michigan died July 13, 2014, at the home of his cousin Kevin Lawrence also of Milford. Kenneth was born December 26, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan. His parents were Chester and Eleanor Korbut. He was married to, and later divorced from, Henrietta Anaya. Kenneth worked as a journeyman carpenter in the construction business. Over the course of his life, he lived in various locations in both California and Michigan. He enjoyed surfing, camping and spending time with his friends. Kenneth is survived by his sister Patricia M. Drew of Laguna Niguel, CA; by his niece Michele Smith and her two children Alyssa and Dylan Smith of Huntington Beach, CA; by his cousin Kevin Lawrence and his two children Alexis Lawrence and Kelly LoGiudice, and by his cousin Michael Faivor of Austin, TX. Kenneth is also survived by his friend Ronald McNally. Kenneth was predeceased by his brother, Jim Korbut, 62, of Seal Beach, California on April 20, 2013. Kenneth graduated from Warner Middle School in Midway, CA in 1968. While he was a student at Warner, he was elected the Christmas Snowball King which recognized him as being the school's most popular male student. Kenneth played varsity football during his junior and senior years at Fountain Valley High School from which he graduated in 1972. There will be a memorial service for Kenneth on Sunday July 27, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Highland Adult Activity Center on 209 N. John Street in Highland, MI. For more information on the memorial service, please telephone Kenneth's cousin, Kevin Lawrence, at (248) 755-1195. Consistent with the wishes of his sister, Kenneth's cremains will be returned to CA and - at a later ceremony -- scattered into the Pacific Ocean. The family is requesting that memorial donations be made to support the college education of his niece's daughter, Alyssa Smith. Please make all donations payable to Alyssa Smith and send them to the following address: Alyssa Smith, 5772 Venturi Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. All memorial contributions to Alyssa's college education will be gratefully acknowledged and wisely spent.
LACH, VIRGINIA D. Age 93, a lifelong resident of Northville, passed away July 18, 2014. Online condolences at www.casterlinefuneralhome.com
LAMB, ROSS Age 87, of Curtis, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry. Ross was born in Detroit on July 4, 1927. He graduated from Pinckney High School and then Michigan State University. He was president and CEO of Sherwood Industries, a design and machinery manufacturing company. Ross was a member of the Sharonville Ohio Masonic Lodge of F & A Masons #0204. Survivors include his wife Alice of Curtis; son and daughter-in-law Thomas (Janice) of Howell, daughters and son-in-law Rebecca (Marc) Shima of Reno, Nevada and Bonnie Thompson of Seney; and his brother James. Also surviving are his six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren with another expected soon, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. According to his wishes, cremation has already occurred. A memorial service will be held at Germfask United Methodist Church in Germfask, MI on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Ian McDonald officiating. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to services. Condolences may be expressed at: www.beaulieufuneralhome.com
MURRAY, RUTH P. Age 72. A Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Sister of Roscommon, and former resident of Wayne, passed away July 20, 2014. Survived by four children; Kathy, Linda (Scott), Grady (Julie), and Candice (Ken). Also survived by eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, seven brothers, and one sister. Visitation and Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 24th at Generations Funeral home located at 29550 Grand River Ave in Farmington Hills. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. The burial service will be held in the chapel at Mt. Hope Memorial Gardens at 12:30 p.m., located on 17840 Middlebelt Rd in Livonia. The luncheon will directly follow at Rotary Park (Rotary Pavilion #3), located in Livonia on six mile at Hubbard, 1/2 mile west of Merriman Rd. Donations accepted in lieu of flowers.
EDWARDS, PATRICIA 79, of Canadian Lakes & formerly of Milford, died July 16, 2014. Services held at Lynch & Sons. LynchFuneralDirectors.com
SCHNEIDER DR. ROBERT P. PINKNEY, MI His Legacy Dr. Robert Phillip Schneider, age 79, of Pinckney, MI, died July 19, 2014, while surrounded by family. Dr. Schneider was born to Jacob and Rose (Morofski) Schneider in Detroit, MI. On June 14, 1970, he married the love of his life, Alice, in Detroit, MI. Dr. Schneider was a family physician in the South Lyon area who loved his wife, children, and going to work to care for his patients. He firmly believed that the doctor / patient relationship was something special. Robert and Alice worked together many years before retiring in 2012. Robert belonged to many medical associations and also on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and DMC. He enjoyed family trips, walking and jogging, and being out on the lake with his dogs. Robert will be dearly missed by family and friends. His Family Robert is survived by his wife, Alice; sons, Ronald (June) Schneider of Shreveport, LA, and Jay Schneider of Toledo, OH; Sister Charlotte (Herbert) Feldman; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jacob; nephews and nieces, Mark, Gary and Jeanette; long-time friend and business associate, Dr. Patrick Brennan; and many special neighbors and friends. His Farewell A private Natural Farewell has taken place. Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service Thurs., July 24, 2014, from 4-5:30 p.m. with Service beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel. Memorial donations are suggested to ALS of Michigan. Please leave a message of comfort for Dr. Schneider's family at 1-877-231-7900, o r sign his guestbook at www.borekjennings.com
TOMLINSON, BARBARA Of Milford, Nurse, parishioner of St. Mary's, passed away on July 14, 2014, after an eleven month battle with brain cancer. LynchFuneralDirectors.com
WISTERT, NANCY SCOTT August 11, 1929 to July 21, 2014 Nancy Scott Wistert passed peacefully in her sleep on July 21, 2014. Nancy was born in Detroit, Michigan to Ellen Hushen Scott and Dr. Robert Scott. She was a strong student and during the war when her father was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, Nancy attended St. Mary's Hall college prep where she was an excellent athlete, and was recognized as one of the best high school girl's tennis players in the state. After graduating from St. Mary's, Nancy attended the University of Michigan, where her Rita Hayworth-like hair and beauty caught the eye of Alvin Wistert, a U of M football star. They married in 1949 and moved to Northville to begin their life together. Nancy and Al had two daughters of whom they were proud, Kris and Bev. Nancy was a founding member of the Northville Mother's Club and stayed active in that organization for many years after the girls were grown. She was a fabulous cook and the hostess of so many wonderful holiday meals with family and friends around the big kitchen table. She was also a generous and doting but regretfully, long-distance grandmother, who filled her wooden horse with quarters for her grandchildren to find upon arrival, and she never missed sending caramel apples to the grandkids in the fall to remind them of Michigan. Nancy started what turned into a surprise career late in life at Regency Travel in Ann Arbor, becoming an outstanding professional travel agent handling much of the complicated international travel arrangements for U of M faculty and staff for over 30 years. This kept her super-smart mind engaged and sharp for her long life. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her devoted husband, Alvin. She is survived by her daughter Kristen Neeser and her grandson, Jason, currently of Northville, her daughter Beverly Vandegrift and her husband Steve, and granddaughters Carly, Jenna and Mara of Austin, Texas. Also surviving her are her dear cousins Betsy and Susan Hushen of Novi, MI. The rest of the family is thankful that Kris was able to move back to Michigan to lovingly care for Nancy since she suffered a stroke in late 2010, and that Nancy was able to spend her last few years in her home. Being a very private person, Nancy did not want a public service. A small, private celebration of her life will be held at her home in the near future.