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BENSON, FREDERICK

2014-10-26

BENSON, FREDERICK Age 77. Beloved husband of Edwina. Loving father to David, Linda (Watzke) and Charles Lister. Father-in-law of Kim Watzke and Donna Lister. Proud grandfather of Zachary, Connor and Alex. Dear brother of Eleanor Schroeder. Preceded in death by his sisters Jean Colmus and Evelyn Raven. Police Officer, Businessman, Fisherman, Charter Captain, Golfer and Card Player. A retired Police Lieutenant, he proudly served the Livonia Police Department for 30 years. He was a member and Past-President of the Wayne County Lt.'s, Sgt.'s and Cpl.'s Association. After his retirement in partnership with his dear friends Steve and Jim he founded and served as President of Livonia Based Statewide Security Transport, a business that provides prisoner transportation solutions to the law enforcement community. Fred was a graduate of Plymouth High School, Schoolcraft College, Madonna University and The University of Detroit. A long-time Livonia resident, after retirement Fred left the community he served faithfully for 30 years and relocated on Grosse Ile, MI to be near the golf course and waterways he loved so much. An avid Muskie, Walleye and Salmon fishermen, "Cap'n Fred" also served as Charter Captain of "Hang Loose Sport Fishing Charters." He enjoyed spending his time fishing with family and his fishing buddies Wally and Marcel. He was a former member of the Ford Yacht Club Grosse Ile, MI. Fred was a champion golfer from the days on his High School Golf team to his retirement years spent as a member of the Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club. Always up for a game of chance, he excelled at playing Poker and Blackjack. He enjoyed a "turn of the card" with his many poker buddies and was a champion Blackjack Tournament player. Donations may be made in his honor to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. A celebration of life luncheon with family and friends is planned for Saturday, November 8, 2014 from Noon to 4 p.m. at Park Place Dearborn, MI.

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PAUL A. FITZSIMMONS

FITZSIMMONS, PAUL A. October 3, 1958 - September 28, 2014 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. A long-time resident of Birmingham, he was a graduate of Holy Name School, Brother Rice High School and the University of Michigan undergraduate and law schools. Though his talents drew him to a career in law, he also invested much effort in exploring social problems during extended visits to Germany and Ireland. He was enthusiastic about automobiles, in his youth choosing models leased to his father each year. Through the years, he owned a number of vintage cars including a Pantera, a vintage Mustang, and multiple Jaguars. He leaves behind his beloved children, Caitlin and Brendan, who live in Alexandria, Virginia; his mother, Marion, in Birmingham, (father, Jerome deceased, 2001); sister, Ann (Scott), Portland, Oregon, brothers Thomas of Bend, OR, Mark, in Palo Alto, California, and Michael (Beth); nephews, James and John and niece, Kathleen, also of Birmingham; aunts, Carolyn (Warren) Schmidt and Ann Fitzsimmons Kates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as numerous cousins. No funeral services were held; he willed his body to Georgetown University, where his paternal grandfather earned his law degree a century ago. Memorial gathering pending for Spring.

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ROBERT L. "BOB" JENKINS ROBERT L. "BOB" JENKINS

JENKINS, ROBERT L. "BOB" Of Wellston formerly of Westland passed away, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at his home. He was 80. Bob served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and had been at Delta Airlines in Detroit for 36 years. Survivors include his wife Marie; children: Betty (William) Dumont and Rob (Tina) Jenkins; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Joe) Curry and Walter Dumont. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Brethren. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Mercy Hospice of Cadillac, Epworth United Methodist Church New roof fund or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. A full obituary and online guestbook are available at www.petersonfh.com.

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KOEPKE, RUTH

2014-10-26
RUTH KOEPKE

KOEPKE, RUTH FRANZENBURG 92, of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, formerly Plymouth, MI, died Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society. Ruth was born May 8, 1922 in Ceylon, Minnesota, to Paul (an immigrant from Germany) and Bertha Beck Franzenburg (widowed mother of three, James, Hubert, and Maxine Watkins Paisley). Paul and Bertha had five children, Paul Jr., Jean (Belz), Ruth, Wilhemina "Billie" (Katzenmeyer), and Collyn (Schmidt). Collyn of Lookout Mountain, Georgia, survives Ruth. At the age of 16, Ruth experienced the untimely death of her mother. The Franzenburgs settled in Conrad, Iowa after many moves during the Great Depression. Ruth graduated from the University of Iowa in 1943 and then served her country during World War II as a physical therapist. She received her training at Army-Navy General Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas and was assigned, as a Second Lieutenant, to Mayo General Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois where she met her husband and dancing partner of 69 years, Russell Charles Koepke of Chicago, Illinois. After four months of courtship, Ruth and Russ were married March 17, 1945. Russ, 97, survives his wife. Following their discharge from the Army, they relocated to Chicago, Illinois and had eight children, Paula, San Francisco, California, Peter (Mhairi) Cold Spring, New York, Thomas (Deborah), Stanton, MI, William (died 2010), Jane Cartwright (Jack) Seaside, Oregon, Kathryn (John Osburn), Portland, OR, Elizabeth Jamo (James), East Lansing, MI, Christopher (Elizabeth Clark) Eldersburg, Maryland. Their grandchildren are Elena, Cristina, Ross, Benjamin, Jaclyn, Katie Jane, Claire, Maya, and Gavin. Ruth was strong, dependable, loving, warm, caring, progressive, and courageous. She was wonderfully calm and practical during their children's developmental years and fostered their independence. She listened intently, was a great conversationalist and cherished heartfelt giggles. She was passionate about the joys of music. She loved connecting with people from all walks of life. Russ wrote, "Ruth is a mountain of support and with her warmth, charm and out-stretched arms she has conquered all." Ruth and Russ welcomed many into their home. They enjoyed dancing, worldwide travels, community service, vacationing at Torch Lake and time with family and friends. Ruth was dedicated to making a difference in the world and received awards for her contributions. Among these was the 1966 Ford Citizen of the Year which recognized her work with the Girl Scouts, the Christian Family Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Democratic Party, the Mothers' March of Dimes, the University Women's Club, and the Catholic Church. She promoted intercultural relations by hosting several foreign exchange students. She received a Tennessee Titans Quarterback Award for her many years of service to Hospice of Cumberland County. Also service-oriented in her career, Ruth provided physical therapy to children with developmental and physical disabilities. A memorial will be held Saturday, November 15th at 11 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 7503 Peavine Road, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. There will be a reception at the church following the ceremony. Contributions in Ruth's memory may be made to Hospice of Cumberland County, www.cumberlandhospice.com or Southern Poverty Law Center, www.splcenter.org. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of the Good Samaritan Society, Fairfield Glade, TN for their outstanding care.

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LICARI, JOSEPH

2014-10-26

LICARI, JOSEPH 93, of Naples, FL died Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Bentley Village Health Care Center. Formerly of Dearborn Heights, MI, he moved to Bonita Springs, FL in 1987 before relocating to Aston Gardens in Naples for the past seven years. Joseph was born August 27, 1921 in Dearborn, MI a son of the late Vincenzo and Michelina (Denaro) Licari. Mr. Licari was a United States Army veteran, serving in both the European Theater and Pacific Theater during WWII. His career was spent working as a machinist before retiring in 1979. He was a member of the VFW who enjoyed playing cards, and woodworking. Joseph also harvested many fruits on his cherished fruit trees. Survivors include his beloved wife of 68 years, Marion (Pinto) Licari; loving children, James (Melanie) Licari of Commerce, MI, Michele (Harry) Rodgers of Manning, SC, Joseph Licari of Westland, MI; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Bill and Ben Licari. A Memorial Service will be held in Michigan at a later date. He will be laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, FL. Online condolences may be offered by visiting: www.shikanyfuneralhome.com

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BERNICE MURIEL "BUNNY" MAURER

MAURER, BERNICE MURIEL "BUNNY" Passed away October 23, 2014 at the age of 92. She was born August 25, 1922 to Harry Oliver Johnson and Ellen Hoyer Johnson. Bunny was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert D. Maurer in 1980. She was deeply loved and will be missed by her children, Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" (Maurer) Volaric and R. Michael (Nancy Hopkins-Maurer) Maurer; her grandchildren, Sarah (Sean) Spitzig, Anna (Steve) Epley, Ellen Maurer, and Chad Maurer; her great-grandchildren, Olivia, Emily, Sophia, Ashley, and Amy. Bunny was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, June Bradner, Jeanne Cicinato, and James Johnson. Bunny worked for a time as a secretary at West Middle School, Plymouth. She then went on to Dunn Steel Products in Plymouth as the Head of Labor Relations until they moved to Tennessee. Bunny then started at the Schrader Funeral Home as an administrator and worked there for about 30 years prior to her retirement. She was a resident of Plymouth since 1950 and was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist. She was a former member of the Rotary Anns and was involved with the P.E.O., a member of the Kiwanis Breakfast Club (Now Canton Kiwanis), Friends of the Penn and Plymouth Historical Society. Bunny loved to "Ring the Bell" for Salvation Army and volunteer at Tonquish Creek Manor, helping with Bingo. She was also involved with the Plymouth Ecumenical Council. Bunny attended University of Michigan Art School and was a very accomplished artist. Most of all Bunny loved spending time with her family and will be dearly missed by many. A Memorial Service will take place Friday, October 31, 2014, 11 a.m. at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth. Friends may visit Thursday 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to Canton Kiwanis Club. To leave a condolence, www.schrader-howell.com.

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BENSON, FREDERICK

2014-10-23

BENSON, FREDERICK Age 77. Beloved husband of Edwina. Loving father to David, Linda (Watzke) and Charles Lister. Father-in-law of Kim Watzke and Donna Lister. Proud grandfather of Zachary, Connor and Alex. Dear brother of Eleanor Schroeder. Preceded in death by his sisters Jean Colmus and Evelyn Raven. Police Officer, Businessman, Fisherman, Charter Captain, Golfer and Card Player. A retired Police Lieutenant, he proudly served the Livonia Police Department for 30 years. He was a member and Past-President of the Wayne County Lt.'s, Sgt.'s and Cpl.'s Association. After his retirement in partnership with his dear friends Steve and Jim he founded and served as President of Livonia Based Statewide Security Transport, a business that provides prisoner transportation solutions to the law enforcement community. Fred was a graduate of Plymouth High School, Schoolcraft College, Madonna University and The University of Detroit. A long-time Livonia resident, after retirement Fred left the community he served faithfully for 30 years and relocated on Grosse Ile, MI to be near the golf course and waterways he loved so much. An avid Muskie, Walleye and Salmon fishermen, "Cap'n Fred" also served as Charter Captain of "Hang Loose Sport Fishing Charters." He enjoyed spending his time fishing with family and his fishing buddies Wally and Marcel. He was a former member of the Ford Yacht Club Grosse Ile, MI. Fred was a champion golfer from the days on his High School Golf team to his retirement years spent as a member of the Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club. Always up for a game of chance, he excelled at playing Poker and Blackjack. He enjoyed a "turn of the card" with his many poker buddies and was a champion Blackjack Tournament player. Donations may be made in his honor to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. A celebration of life luncheon with family and friends is planned for Saturday, November 8, 2014 from Noon to 4 p.m. at Park Place Dearborn, MI.

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DOOLEY, PATRICIA D.

2014-10-23
PATRICIA D. DOOLEY

DOOLEY, PATRICIA D. Of Plymouth, Michigan, age 85, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 17, 2014. She was born on December 6, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Robert Emmett and Viola McCoy. She met the love of her life and best friend forever, Tom Dooley, while still in High School at St. Anthony's in Detroit. They were married in 1952 after she graduated from Nazareth College with a teaching degree in early education. She was proud to say, as an elementary teacher, she supported Tom as he finished his final year for an MBA at the University of Michigan. Their loving marriage of 62 years was the kind most people just dream of and it continues to inspire their six children and spouses and their 14 grandchildren. She was a homemaker, devoted to her family and later greatly enjoyed her role as Grandma. Pat's Catholic faith served as the foundation for the way she lived her life. She worshipped God and prayed for His assistance and guidance daily. She looked at each day as a gift and filled it with love and laughter. She had the ability to make even the simplest activities some of the greatest pleasures for her family such as singing around a campfire, enjoying a picnic at a park, or spending a day at the beach. Her faith in God and the future brought a sense of peace to others. Her love will continue to live on in those she leaves behind while they look forward to the day when they will be reunited. Pat is survived by her loving husband Tom Dooley; six children Roger (Kathy) Dooley, Dennis (Carol) Dooley, Alyce (Bruce) Cummings, Kathleen Hadley, Jennifer (Joe) Cruitt and Tom (Chu Yun) Dooley; fourteen grandchildren: Brittany, John and Eric Dooley, Ryan and Chris Dooley, Chelsea and Kyle Cummings, Sean , Beth, Christina and Colleen Hadley and Patrick, William and Timmy Cruitt. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert Emmett and Viola McCoy and two sisters, Violet (Daryl) Lantzy and Alyce (Larry) Gauthier. A Funeral Mass was held on Monday at St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 North Haggerty Rd., Plymouth. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. Share your memories at www.schrader-howell.com.

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GREGORY, ELAINE V Age 97, of Northville, passed away October 18, 2014. Obituary and online condolences at www.casterlinefuneralhome.com

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JANSEN, THORA M.

2014-10-23

JANSEN, THORA M. Age 92, passed away October 13, 2014. She was born on July 1, 1922 in Detroit, daughter of the late John and Lillian Brown. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Thora enjoyed spending time with her husband and family at their family cottage on Long Lake, near Alpena. She is survived by her sons: John Jr. (Nancy) Jansen, and Robert (Sheila) Jansen; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Thora was preceded in death by her husband John Sr. in 2005. Visitation was held on October 17th with funeral service on October 18th, both were held at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. She was laid to rest beside her husband in Glen Eden Cemetery. Online guest book: www.phillipsfuneral.com

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MICHAEL ROBERT O'MALLEY

O'MALLEY, MICHAEL ROBERT Age 62, passed away on October 18, 2014. Mike is survived by his wife, Carla; his two sons, Dave (Kerri) and Tim (Elizabeth); his siblings, Joe O'Malley (Britt), Maureen Norris (Ken), and Tom O'Malley; six grandchildren, Caitlin, Erinn, Karah, Evalyn, Sean, and Fitz O'Malley; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his mother and father, Josephine and Francis (Robert) O'Malley. Born in Detroit on June 16, 1952, Mike attended St. Brigid in West Detroit, graduated from Detroit's St. Francis DeSales High School in 1970. He moved to Garden City, Michigan with his new wife, Carla, in 1971. His career progressed from Awrey's Bakery to UPS when their small family moved to Canton, Michigan in 1979 where he resided until his death. Mike retired from UPS in 1986 to become the full-time caregiver to his sons, while volunteering in numerous activities. During that time, he earned his B.S. and M.S.W. from Eastern Michigan University. He was the counselor to so many. Mike's devotion to the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Lions, Pistons, and the PGA, and all Michigan college sports was legendary. Numerous friends and family will miss his quirky personality and rabid support of sports. His favorite activities included libations and conversations with friends and family. He enjoyed working out with his friends from VicTanny and his Wednesday golf league with his high school buddies. Mike's commitment to his own athletic pursuits put him in a rare group to be rewarded with both a 300 bowling game on September 28, 2005 and a hole-in-one on June 5, 1996, at the Rogell (Redford) Golf course's 5th hole. We will all remember how he made his grandchildren laugh with delight when throwing them into the air or making the "noise a donkey makes". His many other idiosyncrasies gave great joy to his family. The visitation was Tuesday, October 21, 2014 and the Funeral Celebration was held Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, Plymouth. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Oakwood Foundation, Oakwood/First Step Partnership (www.oakwood.org/foundation) or Pelotonia, http://pelotonia.org. To share memories, please visit: vermeulenfuneralhome.com

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PRINCE, EVELINE

2014-10-23

PRINCE, EVELINE Age 60, passed away Oct. 17, 2014. Survived by son Adam Rehowiak and mother Ingeburg Prince. www.phillipsfuneral.com

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SASSAMAN, JOHN B.

2014-10-23

SASSAMAN, JOHN B. Of Northville December 1, 1944-October 15, 2014. Services entrusted to L.J. Griffin Funeral Home-Northrop-Sassaman Chap.

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BORON, HENRY H.

2014-10-19

BORON, HENRY H. Age 66, of Livonia, died October 15, 2014. Loving brother of Mary Phillips; uncle of Lisa Boron, Scott Phillips, and Steven Phillips. Sadly, Henry was preceded in death by his parents Tony and Florence, wife Sophia and brother, Chris (Jean) Boron. Memorial Mass Monday, October 20, 11 a.m. (gathering 10:15 a.m.), at St. Genevieve – St. Maurice Catholic Church, 29015 Jamison St., Livonia, MI 48154. Private inurnment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. heeney-sundquist.com

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DORAN, DAVID A.

2014-10-19
DAVID A.  DORAN

DORAN, DAVID A. Age 73, of Bonita Springs, Florida, died too soon on October 14, 2014, after an outdoor accident at his home. The son of Esther and Paul Doran, Dave grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan, where he spent nights fishing the piers for dinner. After high school, he enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he received his Bachelor's degree, as well as his MBA and JD. He spent 33 years heading the tax department at Masco, in Metro Detroit. After retiring, he split his time between Florida and Northern Michigan. Throughout his life, Dave was an accomplished golfer—but more than the club trophies, we'll remember him for the way he embraced the physical delicacy and mental rigor it required. We'll remember the boyish smile that overtook his face as he looked out from the first tee at Crystal Downs. His friends and family will cherish all the rounds we got to play with him, and we'll always wish we had just one more. Dave will also be remembered for his generosity. He was always willing to help others, whether it was donating to charities or letting a college golf team (Michigan State's, no less!) take over his house for a week. Most recently, he volunteered his time helping Spanish-speaking residents learn English. A matchless family man, Dave was happiest when he was spending time with his kids. It didn't matter what they were doing together—simply being together was enough. His children were his world, and he was theirs. Those worlds have been disrupted now, but the memories of them never will be. Dave was patient, loving, affable, brilliant, and assiduous. He was the kind of man you aspire to be, the kind of man who infused those around him with a magnanimous strength. His friends are better for knowing him, and his family is better for loving him—and for being loved by him. This, ultimately, was his greatest gift, the lesson he taught us every day: how to act with virtue, how to lead an admirable, exuberant, compassionate life. Dave is survived by his wife, Maureen; his brother, Larry; and his sisters, Paula, Pat, and Kathy. He leaves behind five children, Stefanie, Kim, David, Caitlin, and Megan; and three grandchildren who will always remember their "Papa": Aiden, Parker, and Leal. We will miss you terribly. We will celebrate Dave's life on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 4-8 pm (eulogy at 6 pm) at Western Golf and Country Club, 14600 Kinloch, Redford, MI, 48239. All are welcome. Dave's family has set up a donation collection for the Evans Scholar Foundation in his name. Visit www.wgaesf.org, and click on "Support Us," then "Memorials & Honorariums." Forms will be available at the memorial.

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SHALTZ, FRANK M.

2014-10-19

SHALTZ, FRANK M. October 15, 2014. Age 74 of Livonia. Beloved husband of Carol. Dear brother of Dorothy (Carl) Manoogian and Frances (the late Donald) O'Connor. Brother-in-law of Alice Santo. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and many friends. Services were held Saturday, October 18, 2014, at John Molnar Funeral Home, Southgate Chapel. www.molnarfuneralhome.com

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STERLING, RODNEY M.

2014-10-19

STERLING, RODNEY M. Age 76, of Rome, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. Mr. Sterling was born on August 10, 1938 in Pontiac, MI. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Wheaton Sterling, and by a daughter, Tamara Behiry and parents Robert and Freda Sterling. Mr. Sterling was a member of Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church and was a Gideon. He worked for General Dynamics as an engineer for many years before retiring. His wisdom and influence will continue to impact our daily lives in a positive way. Survivors include his daughter, Sylvia Caruvana, and her husband, Jon, Rome; a son, Kyran Van Sickle, Springport, MI; seven grandchildren; close friends also survive. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 1:00 PM in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, with the Rev. Clyde Hampton officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 11:00 AM in Gresham Cemetery, Chester Township, MI. The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Thursday from 12 noon until the service hour. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in his memory to Gideon's International or to the Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church, Building Fund, 735 Old Summerville Road, NW, Rome, GA 30165. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel and Crematory, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

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