AVERILL, LEE E. A lifelong resident of Milford, beloved Coach and Teacher with Milford and West Bloomfield High Schools, passed away on March 2, 2014 at the age of 76. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alice and his brother, Ron. Survived by his loving children, Lisa (Tim) Sweeney, Russ Averill and Vince Averill; grandchildren, Alicia and Erin Sweeney and Lillian Averill; sisters, Gail (Mel) Bowers and Diane (Craig) Schneider. Also survived by his nieces and nephews, including Tami Averill who has been a special support to Lee and family, many colleagues, former students, athletes and dear friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Milford High School Cafeteria on Saturday, March 8th at 11a.m.
BROWNING, BARBARA J. Age 84, of Brighton, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Home Away From Home AFC. She was born September 19, 1929 in Detroit to Edward O. and Ruby Mae (Shore) Burnette and married Wilfred R. Browning, he preceded her in death in 1983. She was a teacher and librarian for Milford Public Schools for many years. Surviving are her three children, Laura (Dave) Parker of Brighton, Mitchell (Tina) Browning of Fenton, and Christopher (Angie) Browning of Pinckney; and six grandchildren. Memorial services will be held in the spring at Milford Memorial Park Cemetery in Milford. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice. Arrangements by Niblack Funeral Home, Fowlerville. www.niblackfuneralhome.com
BULL, MARY H. Age 83, born on February 6, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, passed away on March 1, 2014 in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Loving wife of Jack Bull for 60 years. Beloved mother of John (Terri Klochko) Bull Jr, Nancy (Aron) Lorenz, James (Denise) Bull, and Molly (Brady) Phillips. Cherished grandmother of Jared Phillips, Emmet Phillips, Madison Lorenz, Jean Klochko-Bull, Grace Klochko-Bull and John R. Bull III. Mary graduated from the University of Michigan at the age of 20 with a major in mathematics. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at U of M. Mary and Jack have been lifelong members of Pine Lake Country Club in Orchard Lake. Mary was a Life Member of the Women's District Golf Association of Michigan where she had many close friends and friendly competitors. Mary was an accomplished athlete, enjoying tennis, swimming and skiing in addition to golf. She succeeded in passing this competitive spirit to all of her children and grandchildren. Mary often described herself as " 100 lbs. of fun!" Mary and Jack were avid travelers and were long-time members of the Nomads Travel Group and enjoyed trips all over the world. Mary was a member of Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school. She will be greatly missed by all. Family will receive friends and family at a Celebration of Life Memorial Service on Friday March 7, 2014 beginning at 11:00am at Kirk In the Hills Presbyterian Church, 1340 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302. Arrangements entrusted to the Pixley Funeral Home Godhardt-Tomlinson Chapel. Memorials appreciated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. To share an everlasting memorial please visit: godhardttomlinsonchapelcom
COURTNEY, DONALD E. Age 87, March 1, 2014 of Westland. Beloved husband of Beverly and the late Phyllis. Loving father of Carol Courtney and Lea Anne (Charles) Gothard. Proud grandfather of Gregory Gothard and Nicholas (Sarah) Gothard. Great-grandfather of Rachel Gothard. Dear brother of Irvin "Junior" Courtney. Visitation Friday 3-8 p.m. at Vermeulen Funeral Home, 980 N. Newburgh Rd. (between Ford and Cherry Hill), Westland. In state Saturday 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral Service at Fair Haven Baptist Church, 34850 Marquette, Westland. Interment Union-Udell Cemetery, Ypsilanti. Memorial Contributions may be made to Fair Haven Baptist Church. To share a memory, please visit vermeulenfuneralhome.com
FEOLE, MARY "BETTY" Age 94. Longtime resident of Northville, 2/27/2014. Full obituary and online condolences www.casterlinefuneralhome.com
FITZSTEPHENS, REGIS October 10, 1936 - February 25, 2014. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
FORBES, ROBERT "BUBBA" Age 74, Feb. 27, 2014. Visitation March 3. Funeral March 4, 11am PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
GADE, MARJOEY C. Age 83, of Livonia, passed March 3, 2014. Born in Hopkins, Minnesota, daughter of the late Henry and Clara Pokorny. Loving wife of the late Reidar. Cherished mother of Lisa (Jay) Asquini, Peter (Cindie), Marcus (Wendy) and Desiree Gade. Beloved grandmother of Lina (Todd) Roeser, Carl Asquini, Amanda, and Alexis Gade and great-grandmother of Kate Monroe Roeser. Dear sister of Roger and Jeanne Pokorny and the late Henry and Arlene Pokorny of Hopkins, MN, and sister-in-law of Inger Gade Karlsen of Sandefjord, Norway. Special aunt to many nephews and nieces. Named First Citizen of Livonia in 1981 for her numerous charitable and volunteer activities, MarJoey gave her love and time unselfishly, always putting family and friends first. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 27475 Five Mile Rd., Livonia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.
GIBSON, CHRISTOPHER Age 39, of Hutto, TX, formerly of South Lyon, Michigan, passed away suddenly on February 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine Gibson. Christopher is survived by his father, Richard Gibson; brother, Michael Gibson; sister, Debra Hughes; niece, Trinity Gibson. Services pending. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home South Congress, 2620 S. Congress, Austin, TX 512/442-1446. You may view memorials at: www.wcfish.com
GILHOOLY, DEBRA January 7, 1959 - February 20, 2014. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
KASINSKI, IRENE Age 93, of Sterling Heights passed away 2/14/2014. Full obit and online condolences at: www.casterlinefuneralhome.com
McGUCKIN, PATRICK March 12, 1951 - February 21, 2014. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
PELTO, PATRICK JAMES Age 49, passed away March 3, 2014. He was born on June 23, 1964 in Detroit, son of Stanley and Jan Pelto. He is survived by his parents, his beloved wife Alissa and his loving boys Ryan and Jacob. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 7 from 10:00am-11:00am with a memorial service at 11:00am at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. Online guestbook at www.phillipsfuneral.com
SAYERS, HELEN (MILLS) Age 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 28, 2014. A longtime resident of South Lyon, she is survived by her husband of 71 years, James, and children James Jr. of Panama, and Linda (Jerry) Deputat of South Lyon. She was also the proud grandparent of Jeremy Deputat and Lindsay (Zachary) Fairchild. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, she graduated from Saint John High School and went on to attend business school. Upon completion she accepted a job with the Canadian government and moved to Ottawa, Ontario. There she met James. They eventually married in 1942 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, James' home town. At the end of WWII Helen and Jim moved to Detroit where they lived until 1977 when they relocated to South Lyon. Helen retired after 20 years of service as contract administrator for General Electric. Helen, together with Jim, enjoyed an active life of square dancing, tennis, traveling and being a devoted grandparent. Writing was another favorite pasttime, and she was a regular participant in writing classes offered by the South Lyon Senior Center. Also, for someone of her generation she became quite computer literate, emailing her many friends and family members and using the internet. Helen and Jim are long time members of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Novi. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 11:00a.m. at Holy Cross.
SAYERS, HELEN M. Age, 93, passed away Feb. 28, 2014. Arrangements by Phillips Funeral Home. Online guestbook www.phillipsfuneral.com
SEOG, DOROTHY BELLE BURK Age 93, of Livonia, Michigan, passed away on March 2, 2014 at Addington Place of Northville, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Vincent Seog in 1993; her son, Bruce Howard Seog in 2013; her grandson, William Joseph Seog in 2008; by her brother, Harley "Bur" Burk; and her sister, Wathena May Miller. Surviving are her children, William E. Seog (Wanda), Greg O. Seog, Mark A. Seog, Donna L. Clayton (Joseph Donald), Lori L. Seog; and her loving niece, Wathena Jane (Janie) Ferris. She is also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A visitation with the family will be held at Generations Funeral Services, 29550 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48336, (248) 246-9200 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014. We will miss our mother, friend, and confidant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seasons Hospice at 27355 John R. Road, Madison Heights, Michigan 48071, or on-line at: www.seasonsfoundation.org
SHIGLEY, JONATHAN JOSEPH Age 6, went to be with the Lord and his twin brother, Preston on February 26, 2014. He was born on November 22, 2007, in Royal Oak, son of Justin and Laura (Vollbach) Shigley. Jonathan had an adventurous spirit and loved amusement parks. He was a thrill seeker and loved to visit Disney World and Cedar Point. Jonathan traveled much of the country visiting amusement parks, and attractions with his best friend and soul mate, his Papa. He loved golf cart rides and his favorite color was orange. Jonathan was a loving and brave little man that inspired many people with his courage and infectious smile that never left his face. He is survived by his loving parents, Justin and Laura Shigley; his loving sister and best friend, Leah Marie and his loving brother, James Landon; his devoted grandparents: Mark and Tina Vollbach and Joe and Vicki Shigley; his uncle, Matthew Vollbach and his aunt, Jessi Shigley. Jonathan is also survived by many loving extended members of the Vollbach, Shigley and Bakhaus families. Jonathan's family would like to thank the PICU Team at Mott's Children Hospital. To Alison Barnett and her staff at Leaps & Bounds Therapy for their constant care and love for Jonathan and the Shigley family. Visitation was held on Friday, February 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service on Saturday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc., 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263. Online guestbook at www.phillipsfuneral.com
STANDHARDT, MARY ANNA A long time resident of Milford, died on February 25, 2014 at the age of 80. She is survived by Charles William Standhardt Sr., her beloved husband of over 56 years; sons, Chuck (Ellie), Bob (Doris), Chris (Lisa) and John (Holly); grandchildren, Erika and David; sister, Aldona (Jerry) Ciesla; brother, Joseph Yodsnukis, Jr. and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Milford, on February 28, 2014. Memorials may be made in his name to Great Lakes Caring Hospice. For further information please phone Lynch & Sons, Milford, at 248-684-6645 or visit: LynchFuneralDirectors.com
STEPHEN, JAMES Age 91, passed away February 28, 2014 in Frankfort, Michigan. He was born on February 14, 1923 in Scotland, son of the late George and Isabella Stephen. Formerly of Detroit, James moved to South Lyon 25 years ago and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of South Lyon. He is survived by his loving children, James (Adrienne), Christine (Arthur) Schneider, and Cora (Mark) Houghan; six grandchildren, Jamie, Adrienne, Stephen, Tracie, Lauren, and Rita and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Stephen, two brothers and three sisters. Visitation was held on Sunday, March 2 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service on Monday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. Memorial donations to the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. Online guestbook at www.phillipsfuneral.com.
ADAMS, ANNABELLE D. February 26, 2014, age 94. Beloved wife of the late William. Dear mother of Barbara (Wayne) Glass and Janis (Bill) McDonald. Also leaves six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were held Friday at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth. Share your memories at www.schrader-howell.com
CALVIN, MARCIA LOOMIS Of Wakefield, Massachusetts, formerly of Simsbury, Connecticut, and Birmingham, Michigan. February 21. Wife of the late John N. Calvin. Mother of Lucy C. Skeldon and husband Michael J. Skeldon of Wakefield, MA, and Nathaniel Calvin of Sunnyvale, California. Sister of Linda Loomis of Ithaca, New York, and Peter Burr Loomis, IV, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Also survived by her three grandchildren, Kathryn, Christopher, and Alexander Skeldon. A Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield, 326 Main St., Wakefield, MA, on Monday, April 12, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marcia's name to the Memorial Fund of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield, P.O. Box 529, Wakefield, MA 01880. For obit, directions, and guestbook, visit www.mcdonaldfs.com.
DRITSAS, JAMES B. A Bloomfield Hills business attorney for 55 years, died February 26, 2014 in Sacramento, California from complications from pneumonia. He was 82. James ("Jim") B. Dritsas was born in Detroit on April 18, 1931, to Basil and Aspasia, his Greek immigrant parents. He attended the University of Detroit where he received his Bachelor of Philosophy (PhB) in 1953 and, as with his father, the University of Detroit School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate (JD) in 1956. After graduating law school, he practiced law with his father for 15 years. In 1972, he and his partners formed the Vestevich, Dritsas, Evans and Vestevich law firm in Bloomfield Hills. He practiced there through 2012. He leaves to cherish and forever hold dear his memories, his loving wife, Carolyn, his five children, William, Jane (Lehman), David, Susan (Steve) and Elizabeth (John), his sisters Silvia (Michael) and Catherine (Paula), ten grandchildren and a host of dear family and friends. In October 2012, Jim and his wife, Carolyn, moved to California to be closer to their children. Jim enjoyed his work, and was a popular and trusted advisor throughout his career. Professionally, as well as personally, Jim sought to be conciliatory, and his integrity was beyond reproach. Many of his clients became his close friends, and he serviced some for over 40 years. Jim and Carolyn loved to travel, and they toured extensively throughout Europe, including his parents' native homeland Greece (where he had many relatives), Australia, New Zealand and much of the US. An avid Detroit sports fan, he also was a patron of the arts, and enjoyed jazz, live theater in Stratford, Ontario and opera at the Detroit Opera House. As the patriarch of his extended family, Jim was loved and admired by all for his generosity, kindness, wisdom, humor, charisma and intelligence. He touched and enriched in precious ways the lives of his sisters, children and grandchildren. His legacy is filled with many charitable donations. He died peacefully with his five children at his side. He will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to either the National Fragile X Foundation or the National Stroke Association. Condolences can be sent Carolyn Dritsas at 672 6th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95818. A Memorial will be held at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills on April 26 at 11:00 am.
JOHNSTON, WILLIAM PATRICK Feb.14, 1948 - Feb. 25, 2014 A former resident of Garden City MI, died in his home in New York City after a short but heroic battle with cancer. Bill "Pooch" Johnston attended Garden City West High School and Senior High School, The University of Notre Dame and Oakland University. Bill lived around the United States during his 66 years on this earth, spending many important years in Garden City MI as well as the past 10 years in New York City, NY. Bill worked as a respected and well known private and insurance fraud investigator. Bill leaves behind sad friends and loved ones, but would want that we remember him with joy and celebrate his life.
MARTINI, LUIGI Long-time resident of Farmington Hills, joined our Father in heaven on February 9 after 93 wonderful years of life filled with hard work, laughter, and endless love and support to his extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife, Christine, in 2009, after 68 years of marriage, and his sister, Mary Collica, of Royal Oak. He is survived by his daughter, Jeanette, son Ronald (Beckie), six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Luigi was born on August 24, 1920 in Castelliri, Italy, to Emilio and Veneranda Martini. His family immigrated to the United States and settled in the Detroit area when he was 7-years-old. A graduate of Cass Technical High School, Luigi proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1945-1947, as part of the Army Medical Corps, 100th Infantry, Battle of Bulge, European theater. Family was Luigi's life and he worked so hard to provide for them. He spent 35-plus years working for Ford Motor Company at the Rouge River complex while also owning a party store. Luigi could fix just about anything, and after retiring, even spent several years as a "Maintenance Manager" of a local office building. Luigi was a founding member of St. Fabian's Catholic Church, as well as an avid dancer, traveler, and member of the 9-hole Friday morning club up until last year. He loved getting the entire family together, whether it be to cruise the Caribbean or make his homemade linguine or gnocchi! The loving legacy of Luigi Martini will live on in every life he touched. A Memorial Service in celebration of Luigi's life will be held March 15 at St. Fabian's Catholic Church in Farmington Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mercy Home Care & Hospice, 1111 W. Long Lake Rd, Troy, MI 48098.
REILLY, JAMES "JERRY" Age 74. February 25, 2014. Loving husband of Frances for over 52 years. Beloved father of James Jr. (Karen), Lisa (David) Hayes, and Robert (Laura). Cherished grandfather of Grace, Emma Rose, Kayla Hayes, Lily Hayes, Delaney, and Payton. Also survived by dear siblings Nonie (Robert) April, Mary Lou, Helen Ann (Leo) McMaster, Charles Patrick, and Margaret Jane Harris, and many loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by siblings William, John "Jack", and Shirley Thomas. Jerry retired from Detroit Diesel after 32 years. A memorial service will be held for him at a later date.
VELLER, ROBERT N. Age 93, who has looked forward to joining his beloved wife Kathleen, passed away peacefully February 23, 2014. He was born and raised in Toledo, OH, a long time resident of Beverly Hills, MI and recently of Rogers, MN. Robert was a proud veteran of WWII where he served as a pilot in the United States Army Air Corp. He was an Art Director and Vice President of Meldrum and Fewsmith. His children Patricia (John) Olive, Donald, and James (Shari) survive him. The memory of his love and commitment to his family will be cherished in their hearts forever. A memorial service with Military Honors will be held at Toledo Memorial Park in the spring.
WEAVER, MARGARET E. Age 94, died at Estabrooks Havencrest in White Lake, MI, on January 29, 2014, after a long illness. Beloved mother of Kathryn (Marlborough, MA) and William (Milford, MI), she was a long time resident of Farmington Hills, MI, where she substitute taught at Farmington's High schools and Jr. high schools for over 20 years (1961 to 1985). Born Margaret Estelle Wolfinger in Hagerstown, MD, May 18, 1919, she was the daughter of D. Angle Wolfinger, past District Attorney, Washington County, MD, and Edna (Shilling) Wolfinger, a homemaker. Margaret graduated from the University of Maryland, (B.S. in Physical Education), where she met her husband of 56 years, Harry B. Weaver, (B.S. Engineering). Harry passed away in 2002. Margaret taught PE in Silver Springs and Baltimore, MD school systems for 13 years, and especially loved coaching girls' basketball and field hockey. Margaret was an avid golfer, gardener and enjoyed traveling with her husband. She had many other hobbies including bridge, sewing and playing piano. In addition to her two children, Kathryn and Bill (Wanda), she is survived by grandchildren Allison Weaver Atkinson, Troy Weaver, Dana Weaver and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned at Antioch Lutheran Church, 33360 W. 13 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334, on March 8, 2014, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the following: Antioch Evangelical Lutheran Church (Youth Ministry), 33360 W. 13 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334; Detroit Public Television, http://www.dptv.org; Gentiva Hospice 25925 Telegraph Road, Suite 102 Southfield, MI 48033
WILSON, JOYCE McCORMICK A life well lived. Joyce Wilson, beloved wife of Charles Erwin Wilson, Jr., left this earth on February 21, 2014. Daughter of the late John and Ella McCormick, and daughter-in-law of Charles E. Wilson, president of General Motors and Secretary of Defense under President Eisenhower. Joyce was a tiny dynamo-woman who loved adventure, never met a party she didn't want to attend, or a piano bar she didn't want to sing with. She travelled the world with Erwin over their 47 year marriage, seeing places most of us only read of in National Geographic; met maharajas, the Dalai Lama, hunted in terrible conditions, as well as beautiful ones. She never hesitated when it came to venturing some place new, and always enjoyed every country she visited. She was Erwin's constant companion and best friend. They loved running the Sportsman in Birmingham together for many years; they shared a love few of us were blessed with. Joyce is survived with her three children; Kate Long (Mike), Sally Aldrich (Lyman), and Gunnar Klarr (Louise), along with her step-children Linda Gamage-Wilson (Peter), Peggy Wilson (Dick), Charles Wilson III (Deb), Robert (Sandra), and Jeffrey. She was proud to have 19 grandchildren and soon-to-be 6 great grandchildren. One of Joyce and Erwin's favorite places to go was their home on Walloon Lake, Teljer Lodge. She spent many summers enjoying the lake, her flower garden, and her tennis group, along with her wonderful friends. Winters, she and Erwin loved their place outside of Naples - their dog Jenny was a constant and beloved companion. Her humor, her sense of energy, and her sense of style will long be remembered by those who loved her and she will be so very missed. A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial tributes to the charity of donor's choice. View obituary and share memories at: DesmondFuneralHome.com