STIEG HAROLD age 85, of Bloomfield Hills, died in the Lord on April 12, 2013. A lifelong and true Michigan man, Harold was born in a parsonage in "The Thumb," and educated in a one-room schoolhouse, at Bad Axe High School and at the University of Michigan. He practiced law for nearly half a century in downtown Detroit. He and his wife of 60 years, Annette, who preceded him in death, met at the University of Michigan and raised three children who all graduated from the university. From 1961, Harold and Annette lived in the same house in Bloomfield Hills, and were members of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church. Harold instilled in his family a love of the outdoors, taking them camping in Michigan and leading backpacking trips throughout the Rocky Mountains. He and Annette spent most summers in Estes Park, Colorado, in a mountainside house with a view of the Continental Divide. Harold and Annette rarely missed a Michigan football game, and in 1991 they endowed the Stieg Memorial Scholarship, which provides need-based tuition assistance to top students from "The Thumb." For 50 years, Harold was on the board of trustees of The Carls Foundation, which seeks to improve the health and welfare of children, particularly those with hearing impairments, and to preserve natural areas. He is survived by sons Edward of Los Angeles, California, and William of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.; daughter Elizabeth of Bloomfield Hills; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 1100 Lone Pine Road (at Telegraph Road), Bloomfield Hills. A.J. Desmond & Sons 248-549-0500. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com
STRAUB DORIS M. Age 89, April 24, 2013. Beloved wife of Arthur. Dear mother of Beverly, Sherry (Larry) Lumpkin, Charles (Betty Jean), Joseph (Kimberly) and the late Judith Carraway, Leon Straub and Susan Moffitt. Grandmother of 13. Great-grandmother of 18. Great-great-grandmother of two. Visitation Thursday 2-8 p.m. Funeral service Friday 1 p.m. at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 N. Inkster Road Garden City, (between Ford Road and Cherry Hill). Family suggests memorials to Karmanos Cancer Research. www.santeiufuneralhome.com
SWEENEY JAMES H. Age 88, April 24, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Beverly for 49 years. Loving father of Patrick (Felicia), Michael (Cindy), Renee, Susan (Peter) Draaisma and James (Gena). Cherished grandfather of Matt (Denise), Jacob (Whitney), Chelsey, Jillian, Annaka, Larisa, Aidan and Bryce. Funeral Saturday 7 p.m. at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, 33603 Grand River Avenue, Farmington (one block west of Farmington Road). Visitation Friday 5-9 p.m. and Saturday 4-9 p.m. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. www.thayer-rock.com
SZPUNAR DOLORES DANNETT April 21, 2013. Age 82. Beloved wife of the late George. Loving mother of Gregory (Cherie), Susan, and Kristin (Damian) Hermann. Loving grandma of Matthew, Claire, Joseph, and Madeleine. Visitation Friday 1-8 p.m. Rosary Friday 7 p.m. at the Sajewski Funeral Home, 19111 W. Warren Ave. Visitation Saturday 9 a.m. at Church of the Divine Child until time of Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. www.sajewskifh.com
TAYLOR RUTH (NEE ROWLAND) age 90, passed away April 23, 2013. She was the wife of the late William V., M.D.; mother of William V., II (Kathryn) and Robert R., M.D. (Ruth); grandmother of Kelly Nicole, Alexander Kyle, and Wm. V., III. Visitation will be held Friday, April 26, 2013, from 3 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 27, at 12 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Avenue, St. Clair Shores. Please share a memory with the family at www.kaulfuneralhome.com.
THOMAS ALFRED E. Age 85, March 22, 2013. Dear father of Edith Roy, James, Alvin, Cheryl Horton, and Harold Horton. Grandfather of Adreian, Lakera, Erika, Errol, Elijah, and Asia. Great grandfather of Erin, Syleste and Elias. Uncle to a host of nieces and nephews. Alfred was preceded in death by parents Albert and Ina; siblings, Eula, Latham, Ellen, Laudie, Lewis, Annie and Mattie; daughters Billie and Dolly. A Home Going Celebration will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, with visitation at 3 p.m. and Service at 4 p.m. in the Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI.
TRAGER TOBY age 80, passed April 23, 2013 in Bellaire, MI. Survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Lawrence R. Trager, daughter Toni Trager-Bradley, five grandchildren, Robbie (Ashley), Ryan (Laura), Jamie, Max, Sam, a sister Ilean (Pinney) Kanter of Woodland Hills, California, brother-in-law Morrie Gold of Florida, daughter-in-law Marcy Trager of Ann Arbor, many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by son Scott A. Trager and sister Diane Gold. Graveside service Friday April 26, noon at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
TRUPIANO MARGARET April 19, 2013, age 92. Beloved wife of the late Anthony. Loving mother of Catherine O'Malley. Proud grandmother of Christine (Jon) Krempel, Shannon (Brian) Schweitzer and great grandchildren Declan and Quinn. Memorial gathering Friday 10 a.m. at the Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 25800 Harper Avenue (3 blocks North of 10 Mile), St. Clair Shores until time of service at 11 a.m. Share a memory with the family at www.bcfh.com.
VanWESEMAEL HORTENSE M. age 94 , April 23. Beloved wife of the late Joseph. Dear mother of Joanne Radtke and the late Judi Vanscott and Robert VanWesemael. Sister of the late Bernard Onderbeke, Rosemary Kaiser and Frances Lucziak. Also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at the Faulmann& Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Road, Fraser, Wednesday 5 p.m. till 9 p.m. and Thursday from 2 p.m. till 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held Friday 10:30 a.m. at St. Athanasius Catholic Church of Roseville. Additional visitation at the church 10 a.m. till time of Mass. Share memories with the family at www.faulmannwalsh.com
VITALE GILDA C. (NEE SANTAVICCA) Age 98 April 23, 2013 Beloved wife of Quinto. Loving mother of Carla Vitale (David) Majeska. Dear grandmother of Gabriela and Nicholas. Sister of Elma Tronianko and the late Nina Santavicca. Gilda was very proud of her Italian heritage and was a longtime member of the Sons of Italy and the Barisciano Club. Visitation Thursday 3-8p.m. at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Rd. (S. of 18 Mi. Rd.) Clinton Township. Additional visitation Friday 9:30a.m. until time of funeral mass 10a.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 18201 23 Mile Rd., Macomb, Michigan. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township. www.resurrectionfuneralhome.com