POREMSKY SCOTT Age 36, passed away suddenly on January 9, 2011. Beloved son of Ornuma and Jerry. Loving father of Chaz. Dearly loved fianceé of Grayson Miles. Former husband of Geneva. Scott resided in Chicago with his fianceé and was employed as Senior Art Director for Draftfcb where he worked for clients such as Kellogg's, K-Mart and in the healthcare segment. He attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Wyandotte and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Aside from his work in the creative field, Scott expressed his creativity through his personal artwork, his sense of style and his collections, including art, toys and, most notably, Nike shoes. Scott was a devoted son, an adoring and generous father to Chaz, loving fianceé and cherished best friend to Grayson, accomplished artist, dear and trusted friend to many. Visitation Friday 1-9 p.m.; Funeral Saturday 10 a.m. Czopek Funeral Home, 2157 Oak Street, Wyandotte. Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to his son's education fund. Checks payable to: Chaz Poremsky Education IRA. Mail to: Catholic Parishes Federal Credit Union, 36111 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154.
SINGER JEROME "BUD" Age 90, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Boca Raton, Florida. Beloved husband of 64 years to Zenia Singer. Dear father of Steven (Elisabeth) Singer, Susan (Kenneth) Raznick and Gary (fiancee' Christine) Singer. Treasured grandfather of Jennifer (fiance' Brad Morgenstern) Raznick, Rena Singer, Sara Singer, Elizabeth (friend Michael Baetzel) Singer and William Singer. Devoted son of the late Robert and the late Rena Singer. Cherished brother of Geraldine "Dolly" Fishman. Also survived by loving longtime friends Virga and Thornell Downs. SERVICES 11:30 AM SUNDAY MORNING AT THE IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL, 248-569-0020. INTERMENT CLOVER HILL PARK CEMETERY. www.irakaufman.com
SMART ANN MARIE Age 96 passed away at St. Anne's Mead Assisted Living and Health Care Center in Southfield on Thursday, January 13, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Frederick. Dearest mother of Charles Osborn Smart, Lee Ann Koch and the late Frederick Adelbert Smart IV. Loving grandmother of Margaret Ann Reid, Charles Owen (Lisa) Smart, Elizabeth Louise Leon, Alexander Frederick Koch and Madeline Marie Koch. Great-grandmother of Sophia and Gabriella Reid. Mrs. Smart will lie in state at National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church N.E. corner of Twelve Mile Road and Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak) today from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:00 a.m. Burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Arrangements by Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home in Berkley. Share a memory with the family at www.sawyerfuller.com
SPAGNOLO EVA NINFA Age 95 passed away on January 14, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Charles. Dear mother of Onofrio and Salvatore. Two grandchildren and four great grand children. Visitation will be Sunday January 16, 2011 2-9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Resurrection Funeral Home 40800 Hayes Rd. Clinton Twp. MI 48038. Instate 9 a.m. with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 40501 Hayes, Sterling Heights MI 48313.
TANGALAKIS THEODORE G. 94, business and community leader and long time resident of Ann Arbor, known to many simply as "Ted", passed away on January 13, 2011. He was born in Blissfield, MI, the son of George and Kaliope (Karabatsos) Tangalakis on April 1, 1916 and grew up in Saint Louis, MI. He graduated from Alma College where he received his BS degree and continued on to graduate school for his MS in Organic Chemistry, and completed his additional graduate degree in Pharmacy in 1942. While attending Alma, he was a Little All-American and earned a total of 12 Varsity Athletic Letters in Football, Tennis, and Track & Field. Ted served as a Captain with the U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWII in the European Theater from 1942 to 1945. He served in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central European campaigns and was attached to General Patton's division during the Battle of the Bulge. Distinguishing himself there, he was awarded the Soldier's Medal by General Patton for saving wounded men from a MASH unit hospital tent set ablaze by enemy fire. At great danger and personal risk, he repeatedly entered the blazing hospital to save wounded soldiers, carrying them out to safety. It was an act of bravery that he simply considered to be his duty to his fellow man. Ted was the first American medical officer to enter and liberate the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp toward the end of the war, giving aid to victims of the Holocaust - an event which affected him deeply and which helped to mold his life-long commitment to helping people. After returning from his duty to his country, Ted opened Campus Drugs in Ypsilanti in 1946. The store served the Eastern Michigan University community, which Ted soon adopted as his own school for almost 65 years. Over the years, he was recognized by many organizations with numerous awards, including EMU's first Citizen of the Year Award, Lettermen's Club Award, Honorary Alumnus, member of the E Club, member of Mortar Board, Coach's Club, Homecoming Grand Marshal, and honorary member of Kappa Phi Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi fraternities. One of the high points of his association with the university came in 1984 when EMU recognized his contributions to the university and community with an Honorary Doctor of Business Degree. The next year, the State of Michigan Legislature presented him with a Special Tribute, again recognizing his accomplishments. His countless friendships included University Presidents, school superintendents and educators, elected officials, international diplomats, military generals, business executives, and literally tens of thousands of Eastern Michigan University Alumni. Besides his many awards, Ted will be best remembered for his caring and self-giving approach to literally thousands of students. Additionally, Ted was very active in the local community, where he was often asked for advice and help concerning local business and civic matters. He invested in the community where he worked and lived, helping to make them more productive and providing jobs to countless students over the years. He was a help to many, a mentor to more, and an inspiration to all who ever met him. Ted was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Matina, who was an enlightening force in his life, son George Theodore and wife Linda (McGill) of Novi, daughter Cerene Efftehia and her son Theodore (Autumn) of Ann Arbor, son Dean Michael and wife Claudia (Zuccato) of Brighton and their children Angela Normand (Steve), Kali, and Michael, along with great-grandson Mercer. His brother Stanley and wife Nancy of Clearwater, FL and sisters Helen Theofilis of Clearwater, FL and Marion Curtis of Ann Arbor. Numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and cousins. Visitation at Nie Family Funeral Home, Liberty Road Chapel, 3767 West Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 on Saturday, January 15th, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 16th, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m, with a Greek Orthodox Trisagion Service at 7 p.m. Funeral service at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 will take place on Monday, January 17th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ted's name to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Ann Arbor, MI. Please visit Ted's webpage at www.niefuneralhomes. com to sign his guestbook or leave a memory.
THOMAS PAULINE MIKULA born May 2, 1922 and died January 12, 2011. She was the cherished wife of Dr. L. Murray Thomas; loving mother to Murray Jr. (Steve Davis), Kathy Siebert (Terry), Geoffrey (Kelly), Gregory (Michelle), Christine Bassett (Greg), and Patricia Bekowies; and loving grandmother to 13 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, January 15 at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park from 1-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral service is Sunday, January 16, 1:30pm at The Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms. Memorial contributions may be made to Wayne State University School of Nursing, 5557 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202. Light a candle and share a memory at: www.verheyden.org.
TRAUTH GREGORY MARTIN Age 64 of Sterling Heights passed away January 13, 2011. Loving father of Gregory (Deana) II, Kelly, and Abby (John Wik) Trauth. Pet owner of Pookie the Dog. Dear grandfather of four. Dearest boyfriend of Nancy Phillips and dear friend of Jean Trauth. Brother-in-law of Joyce Trauth. Memorial service will be held at Price Funeral Home, 3725 Rochester Road (between Big Beaver and Wattles Roads) Troy, MI 48083, on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 5 p.m. with family and friends gathering at 4 p.m. A celebration of Life Service will be Monday, January 17, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Farmington First United Methodist Church, 33112 Grand River Avenue (between Farmington and Power Roads) Farmington, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Cancer Society and Michigan Humane Society. Share memories at www.pricefuneralhome.net.
YAKEL GEORGE J. age 82 of Walled Lake died January 13, 2011. Beloved husband of the late Marilyn P. Yakel (d.1999). Loving father of George John (Judy) Yakel, Colleen (David) Mey, Karen (Iain) Macdonald, Bryan (Carol) Yakel and Tom (Jeannee) Yakel. Also 17 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Brother of Jean. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass from St. William Catholic Church 531 Common St., Walled Lake Monday 10 a.m.. Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 340 Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blocks S. of Maple Rd.) Sunday 2-9 p.m. Memorials to Karmanos Cancer Institute appreciated. Condolences at ww.LynchFAMILYFuneralDirectors.com