PARONISH LENA age 89, March 11, 2013. Beloved wife of the late John. Mother of John (Sonja) and Joseph (Christine). Grandmother of Natasha (Michael) Belanger and John III. Great-grandmother of Lauren and Ryan Paronish and Justin Belanger. She is survived by three sisters. Private interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery took place March 13, 2013. www.santeiufuneralhome.com
PETRACCA JOSEPH ANTHONY "JOE THE BARBER", age 88, died March 16, 2013 of Eastpointe. He was born July 11, 1924. Loving husband of Phyllis Eleanor Petracca (nee Garofalo). Dear father of Dominic, Linda, Eleanor, Frank, Phyllis, Marie and Joe II. Grandfather of 11 and great- grandfather of four. Joe was a neighborhood barber for over 50 years. He was a member of St. Veronica Catholic Church, also a member of K of C Leo XIII, the East Detroit Eagles #2495 and the VFW. Joe was a decorated war hero during WWII in the European Theatre. Visitation Tuesday 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-9 p.m. at S. K. Schultz Funeral Home, 21705 Gratiot at 8 ½ Mile, Eastpointe. K of C Rosary Wednesday 7:00 p.m. In state Thursday 9:00 a.m. at St. Veronica Catholic Church, 21044 Universal, Eastpointe until funeral Mass 9:30 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Share memories at www.schultzfuneralhome.com
PRESTA FERDINANDO "FRED" March 14, 2013, age 86. Beloved husband of Julia (Tignanelli). Loving father of Bob (Mary), Janet and the late William. Loving grandfather of Samantha. Dearest brother of Rita Gundel. Predeceased by brothers John, Nick and Sisters Carmela, Dolfina and Nilda. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday 3-9 p.m. at Wujek -Calcaterra & Son, Inc., 36900 Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Scripture Service Monday 7 p.m. In state Tuesday 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. time of Mass at St. Paul of Tarsus Church, 41300 Romeo Plank Rd. at Canal Rd. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book" at WujekCalcaterra.com.
RANKIN ELIJAH W., JR. Passed away Friday, March 8, 2013 at the John Dingell VA Hospital in Detroit. He will be missed by his loving sisters, Tillie, Elaine, and Silvia.
REAGER TRUDY K. May 11, 1954 - March 16, 2013. Early Saturday morning, God called home one of his finest angels. She touched so many people in her life. While her time on this earth has been cut short due to her long battle with cancer, she is now no longer suffering or in pain. She leaves behind so many loved ones; all have several fond memories to celebrate the woman she was. Trudy was a beloved daughter (Richard and Lillian Ouimet both deceased), beloved wife (Joseph), loving mother (Jillian), and loving grandmother (Julianna and Jordan), loving sister (Jeanne and Steve Slicker, Scott and Linda Ouimet, Shelly Rachow), amazing aunt and great aunt to many loved nieces and nephews, kind and caring friend and family member to so many. While she will be greatly missed, she is now at peace. Visitation will be held at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the E.J. Mandziuk and Son Funeral Directors, Inc., 3801 18 Mile Rd. (NW Corner of Ryan) on Wednesday, March 20, from 2 p.m.-9p.m. Services will take place at the funeral home Thursday at 11a.m. Please share memories with the family at www.mandziukfuneralhome.com
REDMER MARY LOU Age 90, March 15, 2013. Beloved wife of the late Ralph. Loving mother of Edward (Sharon), Mark (Robin), Gerard, Kevin (Doreen) and James (Paula) Redmer. Dear sister of the late Richard, late Walter and the late Edward Hunt. Eight grandchildren. Nine great-grandchildren. Visitation 1-8 p.m. Sunday with a 7 p.m. Rosary at Weise Funeral Home, 7210 Park, Allen Park, (313-382-1150). Funeral service 12:00 p.m. Monday (in state from 11:30 a.m.) at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 9000 Laurence (at Wick), Allen Park. Interment Our Lady of Hope Cemetery. Visit our online obituary/ guestbook at www.weisefuneralhome.com
REDMOND ETTA Born July 14, 1932 deceased January 30, 2013. Etta is survived by husband Jim and many other loving family and friends. Predeceased by sons Jimmy and Bob. Mother of since departed John Redmond. Memorial Service Wednesday 11 a.m. Ward Presbyterian Church, 40000 Six Mile Rd, Northville
REPOZ HARRY "BIG H" of Royal Oak, age 87, March 11, 2013. Beloved husband for 65 years of the late Sylvia "Suddie." Dear father of Larry (Nancy), Deborah Wren, Dan (Kitty), and the late infant, Lynne Ann. Cherished grandfather of Kelly (Stan), Tracy, Dylan (Courtney), Jesse, Shane (Jenny), Chelsea, Kyle, and Kristen. Brother of Janet Molbert, the late Virginia and the late Al. Proud World War II Navy Submarine Veteran serving on the USS Threadfin. Avid Detroit sports fan. Enjoyed going up north to the cabin. He was the salt of the earth kind of guy. He lived and loved life. A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Obituary and condolences at lynchfuneraldirectors.com
RHOADES NELLIE A. Mrs. Nell Rhoades of Detroit passed away at her home at Harbortown on March 14. Mrs. Rhoades turned 104 on October 6, 2012. Mrs. Rhoades, the daughter of Martin F. and Ermie Andes, was born in Ashgrove, Virginia and moved to Detroit with her parents and brother Roy and sister Elsie. "Dusty" Rhoades was a friend of Roy's and was at her parents frequently to study with Roy. At the time, she thought he was quite "silly". Years later Nell married the "silly" young man, Francis P. "Dusty" Rhoades, M.D. and traveled the world with him. Dr. Rhoades was a family doctor and practiced on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit for 50 years. The Rhoades never had children and devoted their lives to medical and charitable organizations. During WWII, Nell was head of a Red Cross Platoon and had just passed all the requirements to drive an amphibious vehicle across Canada when the War ended. It should be noted that Nell was only 4'9" tall. Nell received a Certificate of Appreciation from President Harry S. Truman for her volunteer efforts during the War. Nell continued her work with the Red Cross and ran a canteen in Detroit's inner-city during the Detroit riots. When asked if she was frightened, she said, "No, they knew we were there to help." Nell worked for several years at the Detroit Times as assistant to the Society Editor, Annie Stark. Both Nell and Dusty were active in various organizations, both medical and political. Dr. Rhoades was a past president of the Wayne County Medical Society and the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and served on Detroit's City Council for 14 years. Nell was a past president of both the [then] Michigan State Medical Society Auxiliary and the Wayne County Medical Society Auxiliary and chaired the WCMSA Bylaws Committee for many years. In 1964, when the WCMS Polio Immunization Committee, chaired by Dr. Rhoades, was attempting to raise funds to immunize over one million Detroit citizens, mostly children, Dr. and Mrs. Rhoades signed a personal note for one million dollars to obtain the vaccine. When the fundraising campaign was completed, the program had a balance of $600,000 which formed the basis for what is now the "Dr. Francis P and Nell A. Rhoades Foundation". Over the years the Foundation has contributed substantial funds for medical research and health education in the City of Detroit. Dr. Rhoades passed away in 1992, just short of his 92nd Birthday. Nell set out then to continue support of the organizations they both loved. In 1992 she established the Annual Francis P. Rhoades Memorial Lecture for WCMS which addresses issues for the improvement of community health. Dr. Rhoades was a founding member of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Nell wanted to support that organization of family physicians. To start, Mrs. Rhoades made a generous contribution to MAFP's Building Fund for its new headquarters office in Okemos and it became the Francis P. Rhoades Center. From additional contributions to its Foundation, a Library and Museum was also established in the headquarters office and houses various artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and medical text books from Dr. Rhoades' personal library at home, as well as his antique carved library table and Windsor chairs. It is a beautiful space and continues to be enjoyed by Academy members and visitors. For nearly 20 years Mrs. Rhoades also funded the Annual Francis P. "Dusty" Rhoades Memorial Lecture at the Academy's Annual Scientific Assembly, which featured speakers on topics pertinent to practicing family physicians, residents and students. One year Nell provided special funding for Michigan medical students to attend an educational conference designed for students and residents in Kansas City, Missouri and accompanied the group along with an MAFP staff member. She was a big hit with the Michigan medical students and family medicine residents. In her own right, Mrs. Rhoades made many, many contributions that benefited not only Michigan citizens but also the organizations she loved and supported. In recognition of her work on behalf of such organizations, Mrs. Rhoades received the Archie Bedell, M.D. Award of Excellence and President's Award from the Michigan Academy. In 1998 Mrs. Rhoades traveled to San Francisco to be honored by the Foundation of the MAFP's national organization, the American Academy of Family Physicians, with its Philanthropist of the Year Award. In recognition of Mrs. Rhoades lifetime of philanthropy and activism the City of Detroit and Wayne County proclaimed March 23, 2007 as Mrs. Nell A. Rhoades Day. Mrs. Rhoades also received a Certificate of Tribute from the state of Michigan signed by Governor Granholm. The young girl who moved from a rural town in Virginia to the big City of Detroit and met a "silly" young man, whom she would later marry, never envisioned the future life she would have and the thousands of people she would touch in her 104 years. Mrs. Rhoades is survived by her great-niece Barbara Haak and her great-great-nephew Trevor Haak. She will be dearly missed. A Visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 20th from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service 12 noon at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. A memorial luncheon celebrating her life will take place on Sunday, March 24th. Please contact the funeral home for more information: 313-881-8500. Memorial contributions to Angela Hospice, 14100 Newburgh Rd., Livonia, MI 48154 would be appreciated. Light a candle and share a memory at: www.verheyden.org.
RIEGER BRIGID E. formerly of Hale, passed away March 6, 2013 in Sterling Heights, Michigan at age 90. Wife of the late George F. Rieger, Sr. Mother of, George F. Rieger, Jr. of Ohio, Judith M. (Richard) Taylor of Minnesota, Lawrence A. (Pamela) Rieger of Illinois and Mark A. (Sue) Rieger of Sterling Heights. Also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Born January 9, 1923 in Topeka, Kansas to Andrew R. and Elizabeth M. (nee Miltenberger) Gerling. Private cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., April 27, 2013 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3900 M-65 in Hale. Memorials suggested to Hale Senior Citizens Center or the Hale Area Education Foundation. Arrangements handled by the Hale Chapel of the BURESH FUNERAL HOME. www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.