ARENS, ANDREA L. July 6, 2014. Former wife of the late Frank. Dear mother of Marc (Barbara) and Julie Arens. Cherished grandmother of Christina and Timmy. Sister of Karin Kerns (Tom). Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to Golden Retriever Rescue Resource of Ohio, www.gr-rescue.org or charity of donor's choice. A. J. Desmond & Sons, 248-362-2500. View obituary and share memories at www. DesmondFuneralHome.com
GILKEY, ANN WOODBURY 59, of Livonia, and former Midland resident, died Thursday morning, July 17, 2014 at the Toni and Trish House in Auburn. She was retired from General Motors where she had worked as an automotive engineer. Surviving are her three brothers Fred, George, and Chris Gilkey. Private family services will take place later at Homer Cemetery, Midland. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors, Midland.
MILLER, GEORGE L. JR. Of Beverly Hills passed away July 11, 2014. He was born Sept. 15, 1924, in Detroit to George L. Miller Sr. and Alice Dohrman Miller. He graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1942. He was called into the Army in 1944 for WWII, serving in the Philippines and Japan. In 1948, he graduated from Albion College. Soon after, he began teaching at Birmingham's Seaholm High School, where he taught social studies and later in the FLEX program. He earned his Education Specialist degree from MSU. He retired in the late 1990s after teaching for more than 40 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie Brown Miller. He is survived by son Lindsay Miller, daughter Laura Miller, sister Marjorie (Miller) Allemeier and grandson Brian Miller. Memorial Service on Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at Nativity Episcopal Church, 21220 W. 14 Mile Road, near Lasher in West Bloomfield.
WITTY, MICHAEL LYNN Age 57, died Monday, July 14 at St. Thomas Rutherford following an extended illness. He was a member of the Plainview Baptist Church and a technician at General Mills for 21 years. He was a truck driver for Colonial Corp. and Weaver Transport. He first loved spending family time together, his horses and his beefalo, fishing, hunting and the great outdoors. Mike is survived by his wife Cheryl Ann Lincoln Witty of Morrison; parents, Alvie Joe and Evelyn Graham Witty of Morrison; children, Ashley Nicole Witty (Keith) Brown of Christiana and Jeremy Lincoln (Chesney) Witty of Morrison; brothers, Brian (Dawn) Witty of Morrison and Lewis (Victoria) Duvall of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Landon Cade Brown, Ashton Witty, Analyn Brown, Cadence Witty, and Tucker Witty; mother-in-law, Martha Ann Lincoln of Morrison; sisters-in-law: Debbie (Jim) Montrose of Westland, MI, Cindy (Jeff) Mathews of Gregory, MI, and Kimberly (Joe) Sefcovic of Monroe, MI. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mike was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Gerald Dean Lincoln. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 18 at the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Charlie Heath and Bro. Al Bugg officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation or Sarah Cannon Cancer Center.
WOJIE, CHESTER "CHET" JR., A resident of Northville and native of Belleville, Michigan, passed at his home on July 15, 2014 at the age of 60. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; sons, Cameron Wojie of New Baltimore and Eric James Wojie of Traverse City; daughter, Jennifer (Brad) Parks of Ashburn, VA; grandchildren, Kylie Marie Wojie and Mariah Parks; his father, Chester Wojie, Sr.; brother, Dale (Terri Hicks-Kay) Wojie; sister, Pamela Darke; mother and father-in-law, Carol and Ernest Sotala; sister-in-law, Sheri (Ed) Lucius; nephews, Ryan (Jordan) Wojie, Steven and David Darke, Nick, Zac, and Jake Lucius and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Wojie, and granddaughter, Paradyce Lee Parks. Chet was a long time Mason and member of Myrtle Lodge #89 in Belleville, worked as a supervisor with Ford Motor Company for many years and in recent years worked with Jack Demmer Ford, as a plant manager with Uni-Boring and Metaldyne, and with the Country Fresh management team this past year. Funeral Services were held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, Milford, on Friday, July 18, 2014. Memorials may be made in his name to Hidden Lake Gardens at Michigan State University. For further information please phone 248-684-6645 or visit www.LynchFuneralDirectors.com
BARNETT, DEBORAH Age 61, passed away July 13, 2014. A private family service was held. www.phillipsfuneral.com
BRINZA, ALEXANDER November 26, 1924 - July 2, 2014 obriensulliavnfuneralhome.com
BRYJA, WALTER Age 81, passed away July 13, 2014. Funeral July 30, 11a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Lyon. www.phillipsfuneral.com
BURNSTRUM, GERTRUDE R. Age 84, passed away July 11, 2014. She was born on December 23, 1929 in South Lyon, daughter of the late Frederick & Elizabeth (Joslin) Lyman. She is survived by her loving children: Kenneth (Carol) Burnstrum and Brenda Burnstrum, her grandchildren: Melissa (Jon), Brian, Sarah and Katie and her great grandson, Preston. Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in 2006. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 13 and a funeral service was held on Monday, July 14 at PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, South Lyon. Interment was in South Lyon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice Foundation, 900 Cooper Street, Jackson, MI 49202. Online guestbook at www.phillipsfuneral.com
DIVEN, SHIRLEY May 5, 1947 - July 1, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
JOHNSTON GERALD "JERRY" C., Age 63 of Willis, passed July 12, 2014 at home. Born June 30, 1951 in Highland Park, son of Charles and Charlotte (Nimock) Johnston. He worked for Ford Motor Company for 35 years. Survived by his wife of 29 years, Linda E. (Thomason); six sons, Patrick (Marsha) of Tennessee, Thomas (Tina) of Mississippi, Tony of Westland, Gerald (Ashlie) of TN, Larry (Lonnie) of Mount Clemens, and Jeffery (Katrina) of Plymouth; 32 grandchildren: Destiny, Jessie, Casey, Wayne, Joanie, Melisa, Patrick, Nicholas, Seth, Brandon, Nicholas, Cadie, Kirsten, Ryley, Collin, Evan, Erin, Jordan, Meghan, JJ, Mariah, Chris, Dusty, Johnny, Mandy, Kylie, TJ, Savannah, Lane, Seth, Kaylee and Layla, three great-grandchildren: Cameron, Anthony and Kylie; also brother Mark (Charlotte) of Colorado. Visitation 11-12 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at David C. Brown Temporary Funeral Chapel, Belleville with a Noon funeral. Burial, Union-Udell Cemetery, Ypsilanti. Memorials to Hospice. www.davidcbrownfh.com
GILLMAN, CATHRYN September 19, 1921 - June 27, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
KOWALSKI, EDWARD May 28, 1919 - July 3, 2014 obriensulliavnfuneralhome.com
LINCOLN, STANLEY EDWIN Of Lake LeAnn, Michigan, formerly of Westland, beloved husband, father and grandfather, age 77, passed away on July 9, 2014. Stanley was born at home in Muir, Michigan on November 12, 1936, to parents Russell Abraham Lincoln and Xrepha Mae (Crane) Lincoln, who preceded him in death at ages 72 and 83, respectively. He married Patricia A. Rucinski on June 28, 1961, in Detroit, and she survives. He is also survived by his sons: Mark Kevin Lincoln (Brenda) of Munith, Scott Lincoln (former wife, Sally Harper Rais) of Canton, Troy Edwin Lincoln of North Muskegon; grandchildren: Jacob Robert Lincoln and Rachel Marie Lincoln both of Canton; a brother: Keith Lyman Lincoln of Westland and a sister: Ruth Ella Monday (Chester) of Tennessee and sister-in-law: Lynn Diane (Lincoln) Ader of Northville and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were his brothers: Larry LeWayne Lincoln and Gerald Dean Lincoln, both of Westland. Stan joined the Nankin Fire Department in 1963, which later became the Westland Fire Department. He started as a pipeman, went through the ranks to engineer, lieutenant and retired as a captain on Christmas Day 1986. Stan was a caring, generous, loyal husband and devoted father with a keen sense of humor that could always bring out a smile from anybody. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a selfless man who always reached out to help others his entire life. He enjoyed 27 years of retirement at his lake home which had been his dream. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and mowing on his John Deere. He also enjoyed spending time with his many friends and neighbors. His wife dubbed him the unofficial "Mayor of Lake LeAnn" because he looked after so many of the neighbors. A celebration of life gathering will take place at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home in Addison, MI. View this obituary & send condolences to the family at www.brownvanhemert.com
MARZONIE, THEODORE January 3, 1928 - June 19, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
McCONNELL, DORIS A. Age 81 of Livonia, Michigan formerly of Massena, N.Y. went to be with her Lord on July 13th at her home in the loving presence of her family, while under the care of Angela Hospice. Born September 23, 1932 in Massena, NY, daughter of the late Willis and Grace Kinney of Massena. Mrs. McConnell attended schools in Massena graduating from Massena High School in 1950. Follwing high school she went to work for the New York Telephone Company in Massena and Potsdam offices. Mrs. McConnell married Carl C. McConnell, son of the late Cecil S. and Winona M. McConnell of Massena, on February 27, 1954. Following their marriage, she and Mr. McConnell set-up housekeeping in Anchorage, Alaska where he was stationed in the Army. Surviving, besides her husband, are a son and daughter-in-law, Kim D. and Jennifer, of Olympia, Washington, and a daughter and son-in-law, Carla J. and Thomas L. Gorton, of Highland, Michigan, and two grandsons and four granddaughters. Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. on Friday, July 18th at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 W. Six Mile Road in Livonia. Funeral Service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19th, in the Hess Chapel of Ward Presbyterian Church, Northville with Elder John Holmstrom officiating. A private burial will be in the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. Contributions in memory of Doris may be made to Angela Hospice Home Care, 14100 Newburgh Road, Livonia, Michigan 48154.
O'MALLEY, BONNIE May 3, 1940 - July 6, 2014 obriensullivanfuneralhome.com
O'REAR, MAC Owner of Knight Plumbing, died July 12, 2014. www. LynchFuneralDirectors.com
ONISKO, WILLIAM February 2, 1931 - July 12, 2014 Diagnosed with prostate cancer twenty-three years ago, the doctors gave Willie six months to live. Remarkably, he beat the disease as he did his future lung cancer, triple by-pass surgery, and a plethora of other ailments. A first generation American (his parents fled Communist Russia) he honorably served as a second lieutenant in the Army. The first in his family to graduate from college, he earned his Bachelor's degree from M.S.U. and his Master's degree from U of M. A self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, he built and ran several successful businesses. A fine athlete and fierce competitor, Willie played a multitude of sports including football, baseball, golf, tennis, racquetball, billiards and bocce ball. His hobbies included fishing, gardening, reading, and advancing the principles of liberty through Libertarian-minded politics. Among many others, he leaves behind Saundra Rollins, his loyal significant other of thirty-four years, his two children Byron Onisko (Susan Wood) and Karla Smith (Mark), nieces Nancy and Merrilyn Onisko, nephews Dennis and Darrel Gagnon, cousins Janice Schenning and Bill Meps. His personality and character have left an indelible mark on us all...he most certainly will not be forgotten.
TRINKWALDER JOSEPH A. July 5, 2014, age 98. Beloved husband of the late Mildred. Dear father of Tom Trinkwalder, Terry (Bruce) Perrell and the late Bob Trinkwalder and Carol Graves. Dear grandfather of Kelsey (Greg) Samborski, Joe and Sean Sassaman, Elizabeth (Colby) Renner and Rachel (fiance Brian Henrickson) Perrell. Great grandfather of Vincent Samborski and Violet Renner. Brother of Dorothy Pendracki. Services were held at St. Kenneth Catholic Church. Share your memories at www.schrader-howell.com