DAVENPORT, WILLIAM KIRK ("BILL") Died peacefully at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on September 29, 2015. He was 86. The cause was lung cancer. Bill was born in Jackson, Michigan on December 22, 1928. He graduated from Cranbrook School in 1946, Harvard College in 1950 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1953. After law school, he worked as an associate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a law firm in New York City, until 1962. His time at Cravath was interrupted for three and a half years when he served at the Pentagon in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps as a 1st Lieutenant. In 1962, he moved from New York back to Michigan to work as a lawyer for Ford Motor Company. He retired from Ford as Assistant General Counsel in 1990. Bill was fortunate to have married Gertrude Baldwin Perkins ("Kitty"), one of the fabulous identical Perkins Twins of Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was married to Kitty for 47 years until her death in 2006. He also outlived his younger sister, Jean Davenport Crawford, who died in 2002. Bill had a wonderful life. Those who knew him will remember his intelligence, charm, sense of humor and strong moral character, all of which are captured in his daughter Nina Davenport's HBO documentary "First Comes Love" (premiering on Netflix in November). Bill loved his time at Cranbrook, Harvard, and Michigan Law School. He spent his summers at his cottage in the Chicago Club of Charlevoix, Michigan where he had a close community of friends. After retirement, he and Kitty also rented a house every spring in Provence. Bill's favorite sports were cooking, 19th century English literature, vegetable gardening and the New York Times. After his wife Kitty died, he became an avid bridge player. He will be missed by his many bridge partners. Above all, he was a loving and devoted husband and father. Bill is survived by his three children, Kirk, Tim and Nina Davenport, and seven grandchildren: Lydia, Addison, Alexander, Eliza, Jackson, Lucas and Jasper. A memorial service in Bloomfield Hills is being planned for the weekend of November 14, 2015. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a gift to The Davenport Family Scholarship Fund at the University of Michigan Law School, 701 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-3091. View obituary and share memories at AJDesmond.com
GEORGE, RAYMOND E. Age 86, of Bloomfield Hills, MI. Died September 24, 2015. Beloved husband for 58 years of Carol Jean, nee Boatright. Loving father of Mindy (Robert D.D.S.) Stewart D.D.S., Jill (James) McNichols and Christian (Kathryn Paige) George M.D. Dearest grandfather of Ellen, Anna and Robert Stewart Jr. "RJ", Sally, Austin and Lillian McNichols, William and Kathryn George. Preceded in death by two brothers, Donald George MD and Nevin George. President and owner of Crestlake Energy. Former Vice-President of National Bank of Detroit, Trust Department. Began his career with Phillips Petroleum. Esteemed professional in the oil and gas industry for over 60 years. A graduate of Johnstown H.S., Johnstown PA. Earned a Petroleum Engineering degree from Penn State University. Served in the US Army during the Korean War. Loved bridge, scuba diving, fishing, golf and any and all Penn State sports. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 1589 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham. A private family visitation was held with entombment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorials to the Henry Ford Health System Nephrology Education and Research Fund, Attn: Office of Philanthropy, 1 Ford Place, Suite 5A, Detroit, MI 48202-3450; the Walloon Lake Trust & Conservancy, P.O. Box 621, Petoskey MI 49770, or the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham would be appreciated. Share memories through the funeral home at: www.temrowski.com
JARZYNA-BRAMMER, TAMARA Born April 12, 1947 to the late Fred Brammer and Elsie (Turner), died October 1, 2015 after a long illness. She, her parents and many relatives worked for the Free Press. She also was a beautician. Her passion was for miniatures. She grew up downriver and graduated from Lincoln Park High School. She then resided in Livonia and currently Oakland Township. Tami leaves behind husband Pete; ex Tod Gonzales; sons, Dan (Sarah), Jay (Jamie), and Jeff (Joanne); and grandkids, Mannie, Cruz, Jonathan, and Jayda; as well as many relatives, dear and close friends. No service or wake. firstname.lastname@example.org
McBEE, WAYNE ROY Age 97, passed away peacefully September 28, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. The youngest of Homer and Mary McBee's 13 children, Wayne was born July 29, 1918, in Elberta, Michigan. He served in the Pacific during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby (nee Wells), great-grandson Ediberto, and daughter-in-law Susan. He is survived by his son Bruce, his daughter Pamela (Jose) Orozco, six grandchildren, Consuelo, Samantha, Dolores, Rebecca, Melissa, and Juan, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, October 2, 2015 at Harry J. Will Funeral Home in Livonia. Visit www.harryjwillfuneralhome.com
ROUNISTO, DIANE G. Age 67, September 30, 2015. Loving mother of Tracey (Jay) Levino and Adam (Amanda) Rounisto. Dear grandmother of Andrew Levino. She was preceded in death by her parents; Paul and Dorothy Kulow. Diane owned and operated "The Buzz", a Bingo and gift store located in Redford. She also enjoyed crafting. Her family requests donations to Angela Hospice. Please share a memory of Diane at www.rggrharris.com
WILSON, JoANN W. Of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan passed away on September 24, 2015, at age 72 after a valiant long-term struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. JoAnn, who claimed the "W" stood for "Wonderful," was born JoAnn Keough in Jacksonville, FL. She grew up in Grosse Pointe and was a 1961 graduate of Grosse Pointe High. JoAnn attended the University of Michigan and the Kendall school of design in Grand Rapids. She was a member of the Rotary and Republican Women's Clubs, Preservation Bloomfield, and enjoyed dining with friends at the Heathers. JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Borden, and her brother Jeff, and is survived by brothers, John (Potomac, MD) and Steve (Palm Desert, CA), a sister, Sue Jansen (Roscommon, MI), nine nieces and nephews, and numerous grand-nieces and nephews. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. Those who knew JoAnn admired her determination to lead a normal and independent life despite her illness. She had a sense of style and enjoyed greeting acquaintances at Breugger's, Little Daddy's, Bill's, and the Deli at the Kingsley Inn. JoAnn's family thanks the Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham communities for their many kindnesses to her over the years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Multiple Sclerosis Society.
BARTLETT, DOROTHY July 6, 1925 - September 21, 2015. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
BROWN, DAVID ALAN Age 48, passed away in St. Helen, Michigan on September 17, 2015. He was born to Richard Brown and Linda (Baggett) Ross in Ypsilanti, MI on October 12, 1966. David grew up in South Lyon and moved to St. Helen in 1990. He was a member of the Eagles. He enjoyed puttsing and tinkering in the garage, being outside, and watching his favorite TV shows. David is survived by his sons, Ray (Ashley) Hosner and Kevin Hosner, both of St. Helen; mother, Linda (Tom) Ross of South Lyon; father, Richard (Janice) Brown of West Branch, MI; and sister, Kimberly (Bill) Bucher of Jasper, MI. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Viola Brown and Oliver and Helen Baggett. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 2:30pm at the Little Village Chapel in McHattie Park, 300 Dorothy St., South Lyon. The family will receive friends in the chapel beginning at 12:00pm. A luncheon will follow at the South Lyon VFW Hall, 125 E. McHattie St., South Lyon. www.phillipsfuneral.com
BUCKLEY, BETTE May 5, 1928 - September 14, 2015. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
CLARK, SHARON KAY Of Commerce Twp., passed away peacefully, on September 27, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with liver disease. She was 71 years old. Sharon is survived by her beloved husband, Robert; her loving children, René (Ken Kersanty) Clark, Craig (Alisa) Clark; her grandchildren aka "Lovebugs", Noah, Emily, Uriah, A.J., Zachary and Gabriella; her dear sister, Sheila (the late Pete) McMillen. Also survived by many fellow teachers, neighbors, extended family and dear friends. Funeral Services pending at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home. For further information please call 248-684-6645 or visit www. LynchFuneralDirectors.com
COPLEY, JAMES JR. November 19, 1930 - September 25, 2015. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
CROSSLEY, DENNIS August 16, 1968 -September 26, 2015. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME www.phillipsfuneral.com
DEAN, JAMES R. February 1, 1935 - September 22, 2015. Arrangements by: PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. www.phillipsfuneral.com
DeClaire, Rennlyn J. Age 71, September 26, 2015. Loving mother of three. Cherished grandmother of two. Dear sister of Marilyn Shore. Rennlyn has generously chosen to gift her body to the University of Michigan Medical School. Obituary and condolences at lynchfuneraldirectors.com
DUKE, BONNIE February 3, 1932 - September 22, 2015. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
GUSTAFSON, LORRAINE ELIZABETH A long time resident of Milford, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family after battling pneumonia and chronic disease of bronchiectasis on September 22, 2015 at the age of 83. Born on October 1, 1931 in Baraga, Michigan, the daughter of Otto James Lundin and Nettle Marie Holmes Lundin, Lorraine grew up on a riverfront farm in Baraga until she was seven years old. Her family then moved to a hilltop home closer to downtown. After graduating Baraga High School in 1949, Lorraine attended St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Marquette, Michigan, and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit. After college, Lorraine held many nursing jobs across the country. She worked as a surgical nurse at St. Luke's Hospital, Passavant Hospital in Chicago, Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, and Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando. Lorraine worked as an office nurse with Dr E. E. Erickson, MD in Ishpeming, Michigan and with Dr N. N. Krieger MD in Milford, Michigan. She held a job as an industrial nurse with Fisher Body and Pontiac Motors in Pontiac and General Motors Proving Ground in Milford. Also in Milford, Lorraine worked at West Hickory Haven Nursing Home. She also worked as a home health care nurse with Livingston Home Health Care in Brighton. Lorraine's last position was working with the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, where she worked from 1988 until her retirement in 1997. Even after retirement, Lorraine always stayed in touch with her nursing friends. In 1956 Lorraine and James Wayne Gustafson got married. Together they raised four children in Milford, Michigan. Lorraine was a loving mother and grandmother and always put family first. She was always seen at her children and grandchildren's functions including playing the piano to accompany her grandchildren in their solo and ensemble district and state instrumental competitions. Lorraine loved being a part of family trips and traveled overseas to visit extended relatives. Lorraine enjoyed knitting, and would knit afghans and quilts as gifts for family members. Lorraine was an active member of the Milford Presbyterian Church and several other churches in the area. As a member of the Brightmoor Tabernacle Church, she recommitted her life to Jesus and was baptized and became involved in evangelistic activities with Women's Aglow Ministry. At the Presbyterian church she played the piano and organ, was a member of the church choir, accompanist for choral groups and solo ensembles, and helped with church activities. Lorraine served as the President of the Presbyterian Woman's Association, and was a church school teacher. Lorraine had other leadership roles through out the community. She was a leader of a Girl Scout Troop and was the Vice President of the Jaycettes. Lorraine was especially proud of was her Swedish heritage. She enjoyed making pasties, baking pies made from the apples and pears in her yard, cooking Swedish dishes, homemade bread - especially Swedish rye bread, canning fruit and spending time in her flower garden. She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Nettle Lundin, a sister, Dorothy (Clarence) Heinonen, and grandson, Owen Anderson. She is survived by her daughters, Lisa (Mike) Andrud, Cathy (fiance Ron Moretto) Anderson, Nena (Tom) Evans; her son, Eric Gustafson; grandchildren, Travis, Rachel, Nathan and Daniel Andrud, Alaura Anderson, Charlotte and Violet Evans, Nolan and Arika Gustafson; brother, Arthur (the late Joyce) Lundin and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Lorraine Gustafson Scholarship Fund, c/o Lynch & Sons, 404 East Liberty Street, Milford, MI, 48381. The scholarships will be awarded to Milford High School graduating seniors who plan to study nursing in college. Funeral Services were held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, Milford, on Sunday, September 27, 2015. For further information please phone 248-684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
HEGLE, SANDRA KAY A longtime resident of Highland, passed away on September 13, 2015. Sandra was born on March 30, 1955 in Michigan to Louis and Betty Gura. After graduation from high school, Sandra began work as a medical assistant and later worked for banquet facilities. She will be remembered most of all for her love of life, which was often expressed in song or dance. Sandra and Greg were married on October 5, 1974 and enjoyed 11 years of marriage before welcoming their children, Nicholas and Brittany, into their lives. Sandra's greatest passions were the sun, the beach and taking care of others. She was an excellent baker and seamstress, making cakes for every special occasion and costumes for Halloween. She loved her family dearly especially "girls days" with Brittany and was Nicholas's biggest fan on and off the field. She leaves her husband of nearly 41 years, Greg; her son, Nicholas (Kailey); her daughter, Brittany; grandchildren, Allie Jaye, Hunter and one on the way; brothers, Brian and Gary and nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Duck Lake VFW Hall, 3200 N. Duck Lake Rd., in Highland, Michigan, on Saturday, October 17, from 12-3PM. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the National Kidney Foundation. For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645 or visit LynchFuneralDirectors.com
HORAL, PAUL June 27, 1931 - September 25, 2015 www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
KUHN, JOHN August 5, 1986 - September 6, 2015. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
MacLEAN, JOSEPH November 5, 1937 - September 11, 2015. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
McLEOD, BRANDON September 6, 1988 - September 7, 2015. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
NICHOLS, NEIL EARL Passed on September 15, 2015 in Beaumont Hospital. He was born on October 15, 1929 in Clayton, Georgia to Estel E. and Lela M. Nichols. He leaves his beloved wife, Annie Allan Nichols; his devoted sons, Neil A. Nichols and Eric T. (Lanette) Nichols; his loving grandsons, Nicholas (Sascha), Michael (Alli), and Jonathan (Nichole) Zurek; his cherished great-grandchildren, Matthew, Daniel, Gavin, and Scarlett Zurek; his step-great grandchildren, McKenna, Jason, and Kaylie Ellis; his brothers, Denver, Donald, Lloyd, and Daniel Nichols; and his sister, Sharon Sloan. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn Ann Zurek; his granddaughter, Victoria Faith Nichols, his brothers, Clyde, Charles, and Dewey Nichols; and his sister, Monteen Thompson. Neil proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked at GM Proving Grounds in Milford for 38 years. A Funeral Service was held at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in South Lyon with Pastor Terry Nelson officiating the service. Burial was held at Great Lakes National Cemetery where Mr. Nichols received military honors. Contribution appreciated to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 24155 Griswold Road, South Lyon, MI 48178. Arrangements entrusted to Casterline Funeral Home.
RENAUD, DAVID December 26, 1948 - September 9, 2015. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
RYDER, WILLIAM PATRICK Age 73, September 24, 2015. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary Catholic Church, Milford, on September 28, 2015. For further information please phone 248-684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
SCHACK, ALLAN EDGAR 75, of Laguna Woods, California died August 31, 2015 in North Carolina. After a long battle with multiple myeloma, he made his final journey from his home in California to North Carolina where he passed peacefully with his daughter's family at his side. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and soul partner. Allan was an avid engineer, traveler, wine-connoisseur, and family man. He cherished his memories of his parents, early childhood and life adventures in the states of Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Nebraska and his eventual home in California. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska and was a stress engineer in aeronautical industry for McDonald Douglas, Lockheed, Northrop-Grumman and Boeing working on Stealth Boomer and 737 thru 777 airliners. He is survived by: daughter (Hilarie Schack Lynn, her husband Scott and daughters Emma and Catherine of Mooresville, NC); his brother (Matthew and Joyce Schack of Farmington Hills, MI) their children (Victoria Child-Maryland, Jennifer Simmons-Hawaii, Pamela Vlahkis-MI, Alan Schack-MI and Jonathan Schack-MI), niece Penelope Clark-MI, aunt Shirley Scheel-MI, and his beloved partner Ofelia Ruelas-Irvine, CA. He was preceded into death by parents Rev Eduard and Rosa Schack-Allen Park, MI, brother Sonny Schack, Illinois and sister Lois Scheel, (her husband Henry Scheel and son Chris Scheel MI). At his request, a memorial service will be held later this Fall in Michigan where he was born. Condolences may be sent to Hilarie Lynn Mooresville, NC or Matthew Schack Farmington Hills, MI.
SCHERER, RUTH E. of Northville. February 19, 1931 - September 25, 2015. Services entrusted to L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Northrop-Sassaman Chapel.
SHANK, BRUCE A. Age 87, of Northville passed away September 28, 2015. Share condolences at www.casterlinefuneralhome.com
VERMEESCH, DONALD May 2, 1930 - September 23, 2015. www.obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
YODER, BARBARA JEAN of Northville, Michigan. Barb was born to be a caring and loving teacher and she fulfilled her calling from the time she graduated from Hillsdale College. Starting as a fourth grade teacher in Farmington Public Schools, she moved with her husband to Okinawa in 1967 and taught GED classes until his honorable discharge from the Army in 1970. After raising three sons (her "Fine Boys" Scott, Brian and Kevin), Barb resumed teaching in the Farmington Presbyterian Preschool and continued for 26 years, retiring as the Director. She was so proud of having taught over 500 of Farmington's youth. Throughout the succeeding years, Barb was continually gratified when her former students approached her, telling her that they lovingly remembered their preschool teacher and, in many cases, introducing her to their own preschool children. Although retired from teaching, Barb continued her passion for helping children by working part-time in the Children's Department of the Farmington Public Library. Barb was fortunate to be grandmother to seven wonderful children (Sam, Chloe, Josh, Claire, Courtney, Charlie and Molly) and thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent with each of them. Known by Grammy, Grandma or Mimi, she showered her grandchildren with endless love and compassion. Barb wanted nothing more than to simply be with her family and was her happiest when she was with them. They all will miss her tremendously, but will always remember her kindness, thoughtfulness and her deep love that she gave to each of them. Barb was predeceased by her parents Douglas Haig and Jane Wright Coll. She is survived by her husband of 47 years James G. Yoder and their three sons and grandchildren: Scott Allen (Kelle), Samuel Allen, Chloe Jo, and Joshua Douglas in Lake Villa, Illinois; Brian James (Katherine), Claire Jane, Courtney Ann and Charles James in Singapore; and Kevin Douglas (Nicole) and Molly Jane in Northville. She is also survived by her sister Patricia (Dale) Adams of Plymouth, MI. Barb's family will receive friends at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, 33603 Grand River Ave., downtown Farmington (1 blk. W. of Farmington Rd.) on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 3, at the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, 26165 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334 at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to The Michigan Humane Society, michiganhumane.org. www.thayer-rock.com.