ALEXANDER, RUTH Age 64, of South Lyon, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, October 8, 2014. She is survived by her children, Patrick and Jeanne Alexander, Tim and Nicole Alexander; her three grandchildren, Travis, Nora, Scarlett; her mother, Doris Hardesty; her brother, Ken and Joanne Hardesty; and her three nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Carlton Hardesty. Ruth was faithful to her Savior and showed kindness to all those around her. Per her wishes cremation has taken place
ANDREWS, EUGENE Beloved husband of Mary Jane for 57 years. Dear Father of Brian and Christopher. Grandfather of Ryan and Kelsi. He will also be missed by many loving family and friends. Eugene was a World War II Vet. Memorial Gathering at Fred Wood Funeral Home-Rice Chapel, Livonia. Sat. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM with a service at 4:00 PM Memorial Contributions made to Angela Hospice Alzheimer's Association.
BARRETT, GERMAINE (NEE FOLSOM) October 25, 2014, age 83, of Westland, formerly of Dearborn. Beloved wife of 59 years to Thomas. Dear mother of Cindi (Tony) Fry, Douglas (Patti) and Cheryl. Dear sister of June and sister-in-law of Laura. Dear grandmother of six and aunt of six nephews. Memorial gathering Sunday 11-1 pm with service at 1 pm at the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Ave. www.howepeterson.com
BRIDENSTINE, WILLIAM November 11, 1943 - October 14, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
CHARLICK ROBERT WILLIAM, a long time resident of Milford and Highland, died at his home on October 26, 2014 at the age of 61. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Weeks Charlick and Joanne Charlick, and is survived by his children, Jeremy Charlick, Jeanine (Sean Gross) Charlick, Rob (Renee) Charlick and Samantha Charlick; grandchildren, Elisse, Victoria and Beckett Gross, Alyssa Charlick, John McKinney, Hope Charlick, Brenden Charlick and Lilliana Grove; siblings, Deborah (Roger) Freeman, Bret (Janette) Charlick, Bart (Donna) Charlick and Ann Charlick; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and dear friends. Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Wednesday, October 29, from 3-9PM. A Funeral Service will be held at West Highland Baptist Church, 1116 S. Hickory Ridge Rd. in Highland on Thursday, October 30, at 11AM. Burial will follow in West Highland Cemetery. For further information please phone 248-684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
DEAN, ALVIN L. Age 85. Burial and military honors were October 25 in South Lyon Cemetery Please visit: www.phillipsfuneral.com
ERICSON, VIRGINIA May 28, 1941 - October 16, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
FLAHERTY, MARIE November 15, 1944 - October 18, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
FORSHEE, EDSEL J. of Mesa, Arizona passed away on October 24, 2014, at the age of 96. He was born June 18, 1918 in Plymouth, Michigan to Cub and Mary Forshee. Edsel is survived by his four children: Judy (Jim) Abraham, Mary (Don) Carlson, Eddie II (Kareese) Forshee and Cathy (Newell) Cooper, 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. His wife Geraldine, married 67 years, two grandsons Brian Abraham and Eddie J. Forshee lll preceded his death. Private graveside services will be held November 1, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Meldrum Mortuary handled the arrangements.
HOCKENBERGER, WILLIAM January 1, 1938 - October 20, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
HUTCHESON, GRACE October 25, 2014. Beloved wife of Carl E. Mother of Lynn, Tony (Kelly), and the late Keith (Marietta). Grandmother of five. Services entrusted to L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, 734-981-1700.
JONES, WAYNE H. Founder of Plymouth Nursery, passed away peacefully on October 26 after a long illness. He is preceded in death by his wife Nancy L. (Fisher) Jones. Children are Nancella (Christopher) Johnson, Linnea (Keith) Garvey, Jeff, Kathy (Doron) Bronshtein. Grandchildren: Nathan, Marisa, and Andre Johnson, Lindsey (DaSilva) and Jim Garvey, Shai and Jordan Bronshtein. Great-grandchildren Jacoby and Luka DaSilva. Memorial service to follow in the spring.
LAJAVAC, TERRY October 16, 1942 - October 9, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
McNALLY, HENRY August 11, 1924 - October 13, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
MINARD, WILLIAM F. Of Warner Robins, Georgia. 87, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Services will be private. Mr. Minard was born on November 17, 1926, to the late Ray and Lepha Minard in Detroit, Michigan. He is also preceded in death by two sisters. Mr. Minard, a graduate of Michigan State, proudly served our country in the United States Navy during World War II. He later retired from General Dynamics as an Electrical Engineer. William was a member of First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, MI a member of the Senior Men's Club of Birmingham, MI, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Mr. Minard is survived by his loving wife of 66 years Barbara Minard, Warner Robins; two sons, Bill Minard, MI; Steve Minard (Nancy), MI; three daughters, June Wise (Cres) Bonaire, Nancy King, MI, and Carol Potrzuski (Bob), Alaska. Please go to www.heritagememorialfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook. Heritage Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PAISON, CHAD M. Age 37, passed away October 21, 2014. He was born on September 17, 1977 in Ypsilanti, son of William "Larry" and Barbara Paison. Chad was a 1997 graduate of South Lyon High School. He was an avid hunter, loved animals and enjoyed electronics. He loved his family very much and always enjoyed spending time with his niece and nephews. He will always be remembered as a loving and devoted son, brother, uncle, grandson and nephew. Chad is survived by his loving parents, William "Larry" and Barbara Paison; his brothers: William (Carole) and Patrick (Una), his maternal grandmother, Eileen Menard; his niece, Sabina; and his nephews: Brandon, Paddy, and Donie. Chad is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 26 from 1-8 p.m. with a Scripture service at 7 p.m. at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, 122 W. Lake St., South Lyon. A funeral Mass will celebrated on Monday, October 27 at 11a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church (The Country Church), 6805 Mast Road, Dexter. The family will receive friends at Church beginning at 10a.m. Chad will be laid to rest in Leland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Gift of Life or The National Kidney Foundation. Please visit www.phillipsfuneral.com
PRICE-ANDERSON, EDITH May 18, 1935 - October 16, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
RESSLER PHILLIP, HOWARD Died on October 25, 2014 at the age of 72. Phillip was born March 13, 1942 in Northville to Iris and Samuel Ressler. Phillip is survived by his loving companion Lois Wasilina, son Dean, daughter Stacy, two grandchildren, Nathan and Lexi Ressler. He is also survived by his faithful mother Iris, dear brother Marvin, and devoted friends Bill and Debbie. He was preceded in death by his father Samuel. A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 9 at 1 p.m. at the New Hudson Methodist Church, 56730 Grand River, New Hudson, MI
STORACE, NANCY December 2, 1046 - October 6, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
STUMBAUGH, JULIE A. Age 76, passed away October 25. Visitation and funeral services were held at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME. Please visit: www.phillipsfuneral.com
TURNER, BEVERLY A. Age 76, passed away October 23, 2014. She was born on January 19, 1937 in Detroit, daughter of the late Kenneth and Virginia Johnson. Beverly had a friendly, outgoing personality and will always be remembered as the best bartender South Lyon has ever known. Because she was an excellent bartender, Beverly took great care of her customers and her customers took great care of her. She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Scott; her children, Dennis and Leslie Conaster, Peggy Dahnke, Karen and Paul Sisco, Pam and J.D. Drennen, and Scott Dahnke. She is also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and her brother, Gary and Loretta Johnson and her sister, Shirley and Gary Marsalek. She was preceded in death by her parents. Services were held on Wednesday, October 29 at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. Online guestbook at www.phillipsfuneral.com.
WILSON, WESLEY JAMES A long time resident of Milford, died on October 21, 2014 at the age of 93. He leaves Ruth Marion Wilson, his beloved wife of over sixty-eight years; his sons, Jim (Patty) Wilson and Donald Wilson; grandchildren, Jennifer (Dan) Williams, Michelle Wilson-Jones, Mathew Wilson; great-grandchildren, Owen and Isabella Williams, Magnolia and Jerry Wilson-Jones; sister, Rene (the late Jack) Pulliam and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by sons, Robert D. Wilson and Gerald Wilson, and sisters, Dorothy Wilson and Helen Wilson. Wes was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was retired from the GM Proving Ground where he served as manager of the Electrical Dept. for over thirty years. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Milford, on Friday, October 24, 2014, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to Capuchin Soup Kitchen. For further information please phone 248-684-6645 or visit LynchFuneralDirectors.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.