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Lee-Ellena Funeral Home

Our Vision:

We care for both the living and the deceased. We prepare your loved one for their final rest and we guide the living toward a new life. And we do so with dignity, sensitivity, compassion and attention to detail. We believe in a “good funeral.” A good funeral touches everyone who attends.

A good funeral doesn’t happen by chance. They are well-thought-out events that we plan and direct, partnering with you and your family to ensure a smooth event. People invest time, thought and energy into creating great weddings; we believe the same ought to be done with the last event of one’s life. We can offer traditional or green funeral arrangements.

Call it a “Celebration of Life” or a “Final Farewell” or “The Last Bash”, depending on your preference, we will make it happen.

Our Facilities:

What sets the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home apart from other funeral homes?
There are many fine funeral homes in metro Detroit who have served families for generations. Why come to us?

We are different by design. We set out to create a different kind of funeral home, one that is comfortable and inviting, light and airy, not dark and claustrophobic. Our Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture and Prairie Craftsmen furniture is a contemporary look not largely found in other Metro Detroit area funeral homes. A common response by people when they first enter the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home is, “Oh, it feels so comfortable, so home-y.”

We understand funerals are a time when family and friends gather to comfort the bereaved, share fellowship and renew friendships. That’s why we have built large, spacious areas for families to use as their personal living rooms. One recent guest commented that attending a visitation at the Lee-Ellena Funeral Home was just like the Jewish practice of shiva, only better. In our facilities you can:
* Customize your music and video choices on the screens (42” or 10 foot projection) in the chapels wired for sound, video and wireless Internet.
* Display special items of the deceased in a curio cabinet that locks.
* Have a private moment, sitting in a rocking chair, in an intimate room with a one-way mirror (to see and not be seen).
* Step outside onto a covered porch, (one for smokers and the other for non) and face the Clinton River wetlands.

We offer enlightened hospitality: We know the trend of families desiring to bring their own food and drink into the funeral home. And with good reason; we understand the importance of families eating balanced meals during the long hours of visitation.

We have gone one step further and designed a hospitality suite that combines restaurant seating with a catering kitchen. One wall is all windows that face the Clinton River wetlands. We offer visitation dinner service with linens, china and flatware. This feature alone sets us apart from other funeral homes. This room is always very popular with our families. Here they can eat, drink, watch what they wish on cable television and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a deer feeding at dusk.

Our Location:

We are halfway between I-94 and the M-53 Expressway, less than a mile north of M-59. So we are convenient for people coming from both sides of town. We are less than 20 minutes from New Baltimore and Rochester.

Our Value:

We are pretty but not pricey. Our families tell us, from shopping other funeral homes, that our prices are very reasonable and sometimes less than our competition.

Please consider us the next time you find yourself in the difficult moment of needing to make funeral arrangements. Please include us in the list of funeral homes you call. We are available 24/7 by calling (586) 412-8999.

Or just drop in anytime during business hours (Mon-Fri 8 to 5) and we’ll be happy to give you a tour.


Our Obituaries

William Stahl

May 9, 1947 - February 23, 2015

William (Bill) Keith Stahl, age 67, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on February 23, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, his two daughters, Krista (Paul) Reinert and Katy (Todd) Yager; his four grandchildren, Matthew and Ryan Reinert and Dawson and Nicholas Yager and his mother, Marian Stahl. He was predeceased by his father, James H. Stahl.
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Marvin George Nelson

October 8, 1930 - February 22, 2015

Marvin G. Nelson was born on a fall day a year into the Depression, October 8, 1930, to John Elmer and Elsie (nee Kleino) Nelson. He grew up in East Detroit and graduated from East Detroit High School in 1948. Ever industrious, Marvin worked for J. L. Hudson in the stock room during high school and after graduation, as a drill press operator at Chrysler. In 1951 he joined the US Navy and was...
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Frank Anthony Cusumano, Sr.

August 19, 1926 - February 20, 2015

Frank Anthony Cusumano, Sr., age 88, and a resident of Clinton Township and formerly of Grosse Pointe Shores, died peacefully on February 20, 2015, at William Beaumont Hospital, Troy, Michigan. Frank was attended by several of his children at the hour of his passing. Frank's cheerful disposition, good-natured humor and impeccable storytelling ability will be missed by his family and all that...
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Alexander "Al" Michael Halkovich

March 4, 1931 - February 11, 2015

Alexander "Al" Michael Halkovich, age 83 of Macomb, passed away February 11, 2015. Survived by his loving wife, Gloria; children, Melanie (Jim) McQuown, Stacey (Russell) Brannen, Leslie (George) Cornell, Jack (Jamie) Kerrigan, Tim (Susan) Kerrigan, and Michael Kerrigan; grandchildren, Ariel, Aidan, Delaney, Savannah, Maguire, Ciara, Brock; Gloria's grandchildren, Timmy, Tyler, Sean and Jimmy;...
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Margaret Patricia Frontiera

October 13, 1928 - February 11, 2015

Margaret Patricia Frontiera, age 86 of Chesterfield, passed away February 11, 2015. Margaret was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandma, Great-Grandma and friend to many. Margaret is survived by her children, Bill (Sylvia), Jr., Jason (Bonnie), Fred (Trish) and Kathleen (Matt) Finger; grandchildren, Patricia (Joe) Cosens, Billy (Lisa) Frontiera III, Bobby (Brooke) Frontiera, Pam (Kenny) Torrence,...
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Anthony Joseph Gelardi

February 26, 1967 - February 10, 2015

Anthony Joseph Gelardi, age 47 of Grand Haven, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015. He is survived by his fiancee, Esther Carlson and her children, Morgan, Ryan, Rachel, and Hannah; siblings, Lori (Joe) Fogolini and Sal (Michelle) Gelardi; uncle to, Amanda (Keith) Collier, Justin, Jesse, Madeline and Faith. Anthony is preceded in death by his parents, Salvatore and Laura Gelardi. In...
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Harold Lee Melton

July 30, 1939 - February 9, 2015

Harold Lee Melton, age 75, died February 9, 2015, at his home in Washington Township, Michigan. He was born July 30, 1939, in Martin, Tennessee to James and Irene Borders. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1995 after working there for 22 years. Harold is survived by his wife, Angie of 58 years. They were married June 26, 1957 at Holy Family Church in Detroit, Michigan. He is survived by...
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Bernadine Theresa Wojcik

May 5, 1939 - February 7, 2015

Bernadine Theresa Wojcik, known affectionately as "Bernie" and "Bunny," passed away February 7, 2015. Bernie was a loving Mom and Grandma who enjoyed spending time with her loved ones. She was also employed as an Office Clerk for the Sears & Roebuck Company, retiring after forty-one years of dedicated service. Bernie is survived by her daughter, Linda Lees; grandson Matthew Lees; brother,...
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Carolyn Bietler

August 12, 1946 - February 5, 2015

Carolyn Bietler, age 68 of Chesterfield, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015 at her home. She is survived by her loving husband, Don; son Don II (Cindy) Bietler; grandchildren, Abigail, Allison, Brooke, and Brynn; brothers, Steve and Ray. Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Rose Starll; and sister, Marlene. Carolyn will be dearly missed.
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Edward Charles Rutko

November 27, 1926 - January 23, 2015

Edward Charles Rutko, age 88 of Chesterfield, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015. Ed was born in Cambridge, OH. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, and was immediately sent to active duty in the Pacific. He retired from Selfridge Air National Guard base after 25 years of service as a Crash & Rescue Firefighter. Ed exhibited the upmost integrity, strength, loyalty, and dedicated work ethic. ...
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Frank Stanley Zukowski

August 19, 1935 - January 21, 2015

Frank Stanley Zukowski, age 79 of Shelby Township, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015. He is survived by his loving children, Lynette (Joe) Barrett and Kenneth (Mary) Zukowski; four grandchildren, Jessica, Nicholas, Anthony, and Andrew. Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Joanne Zukowski; parents, Anthony and Frances Zukowski; and brother, Alfred Zukowski. Frank enjoyed spending...
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Cameron William Leone

November 28, 1992 - January 21, 2015

Cameron William Leone, age 22 of Bloomfield Hills, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Beloved and cherished son of Gregory and Patricia, "4" Strong Brother of Gregory Jr. (Martha), Daniel, and Branden Leone. Dear kind friend to so many who were blessed to know him. A personal tribute is being composed by Cameron's family. Please check back periodically.
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Samuel Dominic Toia

April 27, 1942 - January 16, 2015

Samuel Dominic Toia, age 72 of Chesterfield, passed away surrounded by his family on January 16, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; children, Samuel (Karen) Toia, Lisa (Dean) Collins; grandchildren, Travis, Benjamin, Sammy, Jacob, Aiden, and Sophia. Sam is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Lena Toia; and brother, Joseph Toia.
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Nicholas Gareth Greenwood

June 24, 1973 - January 13, 2015

Nicholas Gareth Greenwood, age 41 of Richmond, passed away January 13, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Renee Greenwood; son, Gavin Greenwood; parents, Anthony and Margaret Greenwood; and brother, Craig. Nicholas is preceded in death by his brother, Daryl Greenwood. Nicholas was a big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Along with hockey, he enjoyed fishing and golfing. Nick's greatest...
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Margaret Grace Chaney

April 23, 1943 - January 10, 2015

Margaret Grace Chaney, age 71 of Sterling Heights, passed away January 10, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband, Richard Chaney; children, Diane (Thomas) Murphy, Carol (Paul) Vandeberghe, Sue (Ken) Setera and Michael (Amy) Chaney; grandchildren, Patrick, Brittany, Ethan, Brooke, Cole, Austin, Carter and Griffin; sister-in-law, Betty Insley and brother Denny Moore. Margaret is preceded...
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Kathleen Rose Hacker

July 21, 1944 - January 6, 2015

Kathleen "Kathy" Rose Hacker, age 70 of Sterling Heights, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015. She is survived by her loving children, Cheri (Rick) Comiskey, Kimberly (Thomas) Kustak, and Bill (Eman) Hacker; 5 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kiley, Connor, Ava, and Hannah; siblings, Joseph Zajac, Nicholas Zajac, and James Zajac. Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Sophie Zajac. ...
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Richard Raymond Grega

August 13, 1935 - January 5, 2015

Richard Raymond Grega, age 79 of Macomb, passed away January 5, 2015. Richard was born in Detroit, Michigan to Nicholas and Stella Grega (Kolton) on August 13, 1935 and received his education in the Detroit Public School System. He earning his diploma in 1953. After his honorable discharge from the United States Army, Richard would be employed by Chrysler Automotive where he would later...
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Patrick "Pat" William Hentgen

June 11, 1943 - January 4, 2015

Patrick William Hentgen, age 71 of Macomb, passed away January 4, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Marcia; children, Kelly (Darren) Hohensee, Pat (Darlene) Hentgen; grandchildren, Darren Jr., Rachel, Taylor, Hannah, and Madison.
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Lois Jean Sweeney

October 18, 1928 - January 3, 2015

Lois Jean Sweeney was born October 18, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to George and Agnes (nee Gerl) Katzer. The family moved to Michigan at some point. After high graduation Lois attended the University of Detroit where she met her future husband, Joseph Sweeney. The two were married June 12, 1948. Lois was soon very busy raising their nine children, which resulted in later enjoyment of 23...
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Sherry Lynn Solis

January 31, 1962 - January 2, 2015

Sherry Lynn Solis did not let anything cheat her out of enjoying her family and her life. Her untimely death after a nine-year battle with cancer only means a change in venue as she smiles down from Heaven on the ones she loves. Her earthly retreat was the family cottage on Lake Lancer in Gladwin, Michigan, where she and hubby Jeff spent every weekend. There, at "Paradise One," they relaxed,...
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Frieda E. Monarch-Nowosielski

April 9, 1943 - January 1, 2015

Frieda Elizabeth Monarch-Nowosielski (Trupiano), age seventy-one of Washington Township, passed away January 1, 2015 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Frieda was employed for fifteen years as a Real Estate Agent with Century 21 and later with Keller-Williams. Frieda enjoyed travelling all over the world and most importantly she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother,...
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Linda Ruth Adams

December 29, 1927 - December 26, 2014

Linda Ruth Adams, age eighty-six of Macomb Township, passed away December 26, 2014. Linda was born to John Thomas Prince and the former Mary Adams in Sedalia, Kentucky. She would later meet and marry the late Clarence Adams and to their union three children, Jerry, Terry, Dana, were born. Linda was a very loving Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Friend to many and will be dearly...
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Craig Christian Apigo, Sr.

March 23, 1969 - December 25, 2014

Craig Christian Apigo Sr., age forty-five of Burleson, Texas, passed away surrounded by his loving family on December 25, 2014. Craig will be remembered for his love of hunting, fishing, hockey and most importantly, spending time with his family especially his two daughters, Ashly and Skyler. Craig was employed as a Supervisor for the Halliburton Company since 2008 and was also a proud member of...
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Delphine Becker

December 20, 1929 - December 22, 2014

Delphine "Del" Becker, age 85 of Rochester (formerly of Clinton Township), passed away December 22, 2014. She is now fundraising for the angels! Preceded in death by husband, Dr. Carl Becker. Survived by children, Greg (Amalia) Becker, Dr. Eric (Laura) Becker, Lori D. Becker; and grandchildren, Michael and John.
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Giuseppe "Joe" Guglielmetti

March 25, 1940 - December 15, 2014

Giuseppe "Joe" Guglielmetti, passed away after a short illness on December 15, 2014. Joe was born in Guardia Piemontese, Italy to the late Francesco and Congetta Romano (Grossi). Joe immigrated to the United States when he was a young man. The love of his life for over forty-eight was the former Giovanna Distefano. Together, they raised their children to love the Lord and Joe taught everyone...
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Mary Ann Cronin

October 12, 1931 - December 14, 2014

Mary Ann Cronin (Korte), age 83 of Macomb Township died December 14, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her loving husband, Arthur, her daughters, Kathleen (Michael) Schick, Elizabeth (Mark) Sly, Lori (Mitchell) Clauw, Lisa Abell, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great- grandchild. She is preceded in death by her son Brian.
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Robert Alan McDougall

September 27, 1944 - December 11, 2014

Robert Alan McDougall, age 70 of Macomb, passed away December 11, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda Joyce McDougall; children, Ronald, Jeffrey, Steven (Natalie), and Keith McDougall; grandchildren, Zachary and Lauren; siblings, Doris (Stan) Florka, Julie (Patrick) Booth, Kathy (Paul) Black, Janet (Mike) Lieckfelt, Janice (Steve) Zigich, Gary (Andrea) McDougall, Carol (Ken) Davis...
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Viola Marie Hahn

July 30, 1922 - December 11, 2014

Viola Marie Hahn (Penna), age 92 of Clinton Township, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. She is survived by her loving children, Charles (Joyce), Judy (Robert) Otto, Richard (Marnie), Janice (Ken) Pniewski, and Susan (Kevin) Volpe; 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Viola is preceded in death by her husband, Irwin and parents, Charles and Ida Penna...
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Doris Jean Richardson

August 7, 1940 - December 10, 2014

Doris Jean Richardson, age 74 of Clinton Township, passed away December 10, 2014. Doris was born in Woods, Kentucky to Deames and Toka Hunt (Blackburn). Doris was a loving mom, grandma and friend to many who always put her family first above all else. She retired from Cornerstone Family Practice as a Medical Biller. Doris is survived by her children, Cheryl (Craig) Jackson, Dennis (Sue)...
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Yvonne L. Plemmons

July 30, 1931 - December 6, 2014

Yvonne L. Plemmons, age 83 of Macomb, passed away peacefully December 6, 2014. Yvonne is survived by her husband of 64 years, Wayne; children, Jeff (Becky), Greg (Carol), Debi (Ron) Chapman, Patty (Sam) Marchese; seven grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Karen (Gene) Lint and many extended loved ones and friends. Yvonne was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandy and brothers, Tom ...
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Sterling Eugene Brewer

August 29, 1939 - December 3, 2014

Sterling Eugene Brewer, age 75 of Shelby Township passed surrounded by his loving family on December 3, 2014. He was born in Corning, Arkansas on August 29, 1939. Sterling is survived by his loving wife, Nina; children, Karen (Mark) Majewski, Ken, Richard (Shahn), Ron (Sue), and Sterling Scott (Kati); grandchildren, Chris, Joshua, Rebecca, Ryan, Mitchell, Brittany, Tressa, Magnus, Anni; ...
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Loraine Ella Volpe

April 12, 1933 - December 2, 2014

Loraine Ella Volpe, age 81 of Algonac, passed away December 2, 2014. She is survived by her loving children, Kevin (Susan), Vickie, and Kelly (Sam); grandchildren, Justin, Brandon, Brian, Clay, Madeline, and Veronica; and great-grandchild, Nola. Loraine is predeceased by her husband, Carl and son, Jeffrey. Loraine loved planting flowers and decorating her home. She also enjoyed playing...
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David Paul Randazzo

March 10, 1953 - November 27, 2014

David Paul Randazzo, 61 of Sterling Heights, died on November 27, 2014 in his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Dave was born on March 10, 1953. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda (Jankowski); children, Kari (Brian) Stecker, Christina (Mark) Jozwiak and Paul (Melissa); grandchildren, Landon, Anna, Jack, Beckett, Meredith and Liliana; parents Guy and Sally; sister, Diane (Tom...
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Diane Dzielinski

February 8, 1944 - November 26, 2014

Diane Dzielinski, age 70 of Centerline, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2014. Born in Hamtramck, Michigan. Her parents were John and Bernice Dziewit. She would graduate and later be employed by the Detroit News. She retired after 28 years of very dedicated service in the classified advertisement department. Diane was an avid reader who loved listening to music especially from the...
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Wanda Maxine Studaker

September 1, 1929 - November 24, 2014

Wanda Maxine Studaker entered the world on the first of September, 1929, the youngest child of Myrtle (nee French) and Ira Cook. She grew up in Croswell, Michigan and met her future husband, Howard, at a church service. He swept her off her feet and the two were married and moved to Madison Heights. The couple had three children: Dennis, Craig and Elyce. Wanda worked at many jobs, finding...
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Joseph Francis Murphy, "Joe"

September 3, 1956 - November 22, 2014

Joseph Francis Murphy, age 58 of Macomb, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on November 22, 2014. Born in Detroit, Michigan on September 3, 1956 to Marshall and Frances Murphy (Bligh), Joe graduated from Servite High School in 1975. He met and later fell in love with the former Ingrid Berg in 1979. The two traveled the world and had many wonderful times together. Joe was a...
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Helen Barbara Smolinski

January 19, 1924 - November 19, 2014

Helen Barbara Smolinski (Shedlock) passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 19, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her son, Dennis (Carmen) Smolinski; and sisters, Margaret Banik, Rose Perrins, and Delores Dick. Preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Smolinski; parents, Andrew and Anna (Sobal) Shedlock; and 7 brothers and sisters.
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Ted Peitzsch

May 26, 1926 - November 18, 2014

Wilfred Ernest Garfield Peitzsch, known lovingly as "Ted," passed away on November 18, 2014 at the age of eighty-eight. Ted was born on May 26, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Wilfred Laurier Peitzsch and the former Alice Ann MacNeil. After completing his education from the Detroit Public Schools, Ted would bravely serve in the United States Army from August 16, 1944 to July 10, 1946....
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Dorothy Jean Leo

August 3, 1926 - November 17, 2014

Dorothy Jean Leo passed away on November 17, 2014 at the age of eighty-eight. Born in Detroit, Michigan to John and Rose George (née Balagna) on August 3, 1926. Dorothy was a 1944 graduate of Cass Technical High School. While a student, she was a proud member of the "Marching Technicians" drumline. Dorothy was also an active member of Our Lady of Fatima and Shrine High School Mother's Club....
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Say Yang Lee

January 1, 1940 - October 19, 2014

Say Yang Lee, age 74 of Clinton Township, passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 19, 2014. Born to the late Cha Lee and Choua Lo in Laos, Mr. Lee would immigrate to the United States and later be employed for many years at the University of Toledo. Mr. Lee was also a proud Veteran of the Laotian Civil War also known as the Secret War. He will be forever remembered as a loving...
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Judith "Judy" Irene Borka

October 22, 1942 - October 18, 2014

Judith Irene Borka, age 71 of Harrison Township, passed away on October 18, 2014. "Judy," as she was affectionately known, proudly owned and operated a 7/11 Convenience Store for many years and will be forever remembered as a loving Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma, Sister and Friend to many. Judy is survived by children, Laurie (Joseph) Lucent, Franklin Borka and Michelle (Eddie) Kaminski;...
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Arthur Phillip Holland

September 29, 1940 - October 14, 2014

Arthur Phillip Holland, age 74, of Clinton Township, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at his Elizabethtown, Ky. home. He was a devout member of St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic church and served in the United States Army and worked in auto sales. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Frances Peak Holland; three sons, Brian (Jennifer) Holland of Chesapeake, Va., Raymond Holland and Christopher Holland...
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Elizabeth Ann Hovarter

December 17, 1942 - October 13, 2014

Elizabeth Ann Hovarter of Shelby Township passed away October 13th, 2014 at the age of 71. Elizabeth is survived by her mother, Helen Hromy; son, Rick (Rebecca); grandchildren, Jake and Haile; and siblings, Judy (Joe) Kuglimeir and Janice. Elizabeth is preceded in death by her husband, Rick; father, Joe; and brother, Joe. A personal tribute is being composed by the Hovarter family....
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Barbara Ann O'Connor

October 16, 1940 - October 9, 2014

Barbara Ann O'Connor, age 73 of Shelby Township, passed away October 9, 2014. Barbara was an Insurance Claims Clerk for many years, a dutiful church volunteer at the St Therese of Lisieux Parish, and above all else, a loving mom, grandma, sister and friend to many. Barbara is survived by her children, Julie O'Connor, Terri (Rick) Simon, James (Paula) O'Connor and Michael O'Connor; nine...
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Steven "Steve" Paul Alfes

April 26, 1955 - October 7, 2014

Steven Paul Alfes, age 59 of Harrison Township, passed away surrounded by his loving family and friends on October 7, 2014. "Steve" retired as a Lieutenant from the Harrison Twp. Fire Department in 2006 after 24 years of dedicated service to the community. He was a charter member of the St. Hubert's K of C Council #11658; the Faithful Navigator for 4th Degree Bishop Kelly Assembly #0490 and a...
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Richard James Kronner

November 22, 1930 - October 5, 2014

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Angeline (nee Scalici); children, Cheryl (Jim) Kouri, Edward (Lori), Jean (Michael) Wilson, (Thomas Neumann), Kenneth (Veronica), David (Brenda), Corinne (Ron) Rhoades, and Michael; 17 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many extended loved ones and friends. Richard is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Florence (nee Fitzgerald); ...
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William "Bill" Vesper Owen III

June 5, 1945 - October 1, 2014

William Vesper Owen III, age sixty-nine of Macomb Township and known affectionately as "Bill", passed away October 1st, 2014 after a long illness. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Corinne; beloved children, Kirk Patrick Owen, Holly Marie (Sam) Shwayhat, Shawn David (Ian) Owen and Daniel Ryan (Stefania) Owen; grandchildren, Austin Nickerson, Andrew Shwayhat and Aubee Owen; siblings, Jerry ...
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Dilva Ferrari

February 15, 1930 - September 28, 2014

Dilva Ferrari, age 84 of Sterling Heights, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on September 28, 2014. Dilva was a loving wife to the late Ferdinando Ferrari; dearest Mother to Mary Theresa (Dennis) DePestel, Joann (Steve) Lancucki and Luisa (Rick) Zalenski; dear Nonna to Steve (Lauren), Sarah (Ryan), Lauren, Kayla, Jenna, Noah, Jacob and Grant; beloved Bisnonna to Isabella, Hannah...
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Douglas Glenn Allor

July 30, 1947 - September 23, 2014

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Mary Ruth Watson

June 13, 1935 - September 19, 2014

Mary Ruth Watson (née Mudd), age 79 of Lenox Township and formerly of St. Clair Shores and Roscommon, Michigan; passed away September 19, 2014, surrounded by her children. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack" Watson; her parents, Bernard and Alma Mudd (née Gootee), her dear sister and brother, Patricia Edgeworth and Donald Mudd. She is survived by her children, John ...
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Georgios "George" Dimitrios Theofanopoulos, Sr.

August 14, 1927 - September 14, 2014

Georgios Dimitrios Theofanopoulos was born on August 14, 1927 in Tripi-Sparta, Greece. His father Dimitrios and mother Metaxia welcomed him. His sister Helena soon joined him as well as sisters Bessie, Anna and Athena. George grew up in Tripi- Sparta until he was drafted into the Greek army in 1945. He became a cook in the Greek army until he was discharged in 1949. Once he was discharged...
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Clara Edna Sellors

August 27, 1935 - September 9, 2014

Clara Edna Sellors, age 79, of Macomb, Michigan passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on September 9, 2014. Clara will be remembered for her love of family and friends as well as her kind and gentle nature. Clara is survived by her fun loving husband of fifty-six years, Frank; her children, Linda (Timothy) McNelis, John (Connie Johnston), and Toni (Scott) Ayers; her daughter-in...
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Mary Lou Otto

September 9, 2014

Mary Lou Otto (Stahl), age 86 of Roseville, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2014. Mary Lou was the mother of Barbara (Mike Nakamura), Kathleen (Kenneth Capicchioni), Patricia (Michael) Wisniewski and Roger (Suzette Haile); grandmother to six loving grandchildren, Michael, Jonathan, David, Anna, Ross and Mary; sister to Albert and Elaine and loved by many relatives and friends. Preceded in...
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Douglas "Doug" Peter Drake

June 25, 1954 - September 8, 2014

Doug was a master carpenter, a natural teacher and above all, a beloved family man who left this world too soon. He passed away on September 8, 2014. He was 60 years old. Born on a summer's day in 1954 in Grosse Pointe, Doug grew up in Detroit and attended Cass Technical High School. He learned carpentry from his grandfather and in his time, worked as a sign painter, cabinet-maker and...
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Amy Frances Wuestewald

December 22, 1935 - September 7, 2014

Amy Frances Wuestewald entered into the world three days before Christmas Day in the year 1935. Born the youngest of three girls to Leonard and Marcella Sturgill (née Dye), young Amy grew up surrounded by the rolling hills of Pikeville, Kentucky where her father worked as a contractor in the carpentry industry and her mother as a machinist in a local factory. When Amy was only five years old,...
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Anthony Joseph "Tony" Vitale

October 28, 1927 - September 6, 2014

Anthony "Tony" Joseph Vitale passed away after a long illness on September 6, 2014. He was 86. Tony was born October 28, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to Peter and Rose (Trentacosta) Vitale. He was one of six children. Tony grew up in Detroit and at 18 was drafted into the U.S. Army at the close of World War II. That experience, courtesy of Uncle Sam, allowed Tony to serve in the Occupation...
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Petrina Boyd (Terranova)

February 20, 1941 - September 6, 2014

Petrina Boyd, age 73 of Macomb Township, passed away on September 6, 2014. Petrina was employed by General Safety for 25 years and retired from Piper Industries Inc. in 2011. Beloved wife of 55 years to George; loving mother of Kathleen (Donald) Kaiser and Dennis (Mary) Boyd; loving grandmother of Mark (Jenean), Michael (Vanessa), Marlo and Mason Kaiser; loving great-grandmother of Nathan,...
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Zachary Lyle TenHopen

July 6, 1992 - August 28, 2014

Zachary Lyle TenHopen, age 22 of Macomb Township, passed away August 28, 2014. Zach was a 2010 graduate of Lutheran North High School and was attending Macomb County Community College at the time of his death. Zach will be remembered for his love of family and friends and his passion for being outdoors, playing the guitar and as a skilled hockey player. He will be greatly missed by all who knew...
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William James Bill Frontiera, Sr.

October 12, 1924 - August 24, 2014

William "Bill" James was born October 12, 1924 to Jasper and Mary (Adragna) Frontiera, in Saginaw, Michigan. His parents had immigrated from Sicily to Saginaw where his father worked for General Motors. Bill was one of nine children. Bill grew up in Saginaw and when World War II broke out, he joined the Navy. Bill was deployed to the Pacific where he saw action in the Philippines...
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Richard Rickman Rapp

May 16, 1944 - August 19, 2014

Richard Rickman Rapp, age 70 of Harrison Township, passed away August 19, 2014. Founder of Lakepointe Excavating established in 1978. Survived by his loving wife, Nancy (Hoad); sons, Richard Jr. (Susan) and Kevin; grandchildren, John, Benjamin, Connor, and Keegan; siblings, Barbara (Jack) Whyatt,and Robert (Yvonne). Richard is preceded in death by his parents, George and Ellen Irene; and...
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Bella Martines Ciaramitaro

September 16, 1922 - August 18, 2014

Bella Theresa Martines Ciaramitaro came into this world on very late summer's day in 1922 in Detroit. Henry Ford's $5-a-day wage had brought scores of immigrants to Detroit, including a couple from Sicily, Bella's parents, Steve and Stella (Virga) Martines, . Bella was one of their 5 children. Bella grew up in Detroit and had the unfortunate experience of breaking her ankle the first day...
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William "Bill" August Knies, Jr.

July 5, 1932 - August 16, 2014

"A Life Well Lived" In Loving Memory of William "Bill" August Knies, Jr. July 5, 1932 - August 16, 2014 Our country witnessed some memorable events back in 1932. It happened to be the year the Great Depression hit its lowest point. It was the same year that Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Lou Gehrig hit four consecutive home-runs. It was also the same year that...
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Gloria Jean Oleksiak

June 28, 1946 - August 16, 2014

Gloria Jean Oleksiak wore many titles during her sixty-eight years on Earth. From "counselor" and "surrogate mother," to "best friend" and "listening ear," Gloria was as versatile as they came and with great ease became all things for all people. She was a regal lady with a presence that demanded respect, but with her personable and humble nature, she never believed her thoughtful ways and deeds...
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Frank Million

July 20, 1946 - August 14, 2014

Frank Million, age 68 of Clinton Township, passed away August 14, 2014. Frank retired from Ford Automotive as a Quality Inspector in 1998 after thirty-three years of very dedicated service. Frank enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and was a fan of Nascar. Frank is survived by his two children, Deborah (Steve) Whelton and Frank (Mona) Million; four grandchildren and three great...
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Joseph Michael Musser

September 10, 1936 - August 14, 2014

Survived by his loving wife, Rosalie; children, Susan (Michael) Yurgin, Diane (Gary) Valice, Joseph (Kristina), Mary Dereszewski, and Michael; grandchildren, Scott, Rachel, Kyle, Jessica, Samantha, and Danielle; siblings, Tony, Sandy (Ed) Robson, Robert (Brenda), and Jackie Musser. Joseph enjoyed gardening and landscaping his yard. He loved the great outdoors.
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Robert Richard DeRey, Sr.

November 14, 1944 - August 11, 2014

Robert Richard DeRey, age 69 of Macomb, passed away August 11, 2014. Robert is survived by his loving wife, Mary (Pawloski); sons, Robert Jr. (Ann) and Patrick; grandchildren, Amanda, Daniel, Robert III and Brendan. Robert was a hard working family man who will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched. A more personal tribute is being composed by Robert's family. Please check...
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Robert Thies

June 16, 1937 - August 8, 2014

Robert was the dearest husband of Maria (DaSilva). Loving father of Carla (Robert) DeVito, Michelle Winquist, and Christopher Thies. And most of all, a beloved grandfather of Samantha, Alexander, Joseph, Cameron, Sloane, and Payton. Robert enjoyed fishing and flying in airplanes. He loved being able to watch his grandkids grow up.
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Rosa (Bruglio) Asaro

March 24, 1929 - August 7, 2014

Rosa Asaro met life head-on with its challenges and like a cat with nine lives, survived them all. Born in Detroit on the eve of the Great Depression, Rosa was one of 14 children. Her parents, Margaret (Bozzo) and Battista Bruglio, had immigrated from Sicily to Detroit. Rosa left school early to help her mother raise their large family. She worked many other jobs in her lifetime, her...
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Donald Joseph Wandzel, Sr.

January 1, 1937 - August 3, 2014

Donald was born on New Year's Day, 1937 in Detroit to Joseph and Celia (nee Novak) Wandzel and grew up in Hamtramck. After graduation from Hamtramck High School, Don went to work for Truscon Industries as a paint mixer. On May 9, 1957 he enlisted in the US Army and eventually was assigned to the 82nd Engineers. His mission was to be part of Operation PLUMBOB, testing nuclear bombs, in the...
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Antonino Milana

April 16, 1931 - August 2, 2014

Antonino Milana led a fascinating life. How many other people leave their hometown by foot to find work in a neighboring country? Tony or Nino, as he was also called, was born April 16, 1931 in the town of Trapani, Sicily which made him a mere boy when World War II began. Accidentally wounded in the war, Tony wasted no time after V-E Day to go to a better place. Walking on foot with his...
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Lirjan Muci

September 23, 1971 - July 31, 2014


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Gregory Robert Peterson

April 12, 1949 - July 26, 2014

Greg Peterson, 65, passed away unexpectedly on July 26, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Mary Grace, his two daughters, Cara and Rae, his siblings, Jody Kuhn, James (Katie) Peterson, B.J. (Bruce) Dille, Luanne Kurth, Gordon (Vicki) Peterson Carol (Rex) Ciavola, Toni (Mark) Stanfield, Ennio (Lisa) Petrella, Sofia (Mark) Carey, his mother-in-law Nicolina Petrella and many nieces and nephews. ...
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Meryn Elizabeth Hodges

June 1, 2004 - July 24, 2014

When Meryn Elizabeth Hodges closed her eyes to playfully imagine, there is no doubt she could easily envision herself in an elegant, purple dress, bedazzled with diamonds and a tiara that created sparkles that danced across the walls of her castle. But this should be of no surprise; anyone who was nicknamed "Princess" by Father Cooney must have been quite deserving of the title. Yes, this sweet,...
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Srecko Vasilkovski

February 12, 1942 - July 23, 2014

Srecko Vasilkovski, age seventy-three of Macomb Township, passed away July 23, 2014. Loving husband of Krstana; dear father of "Suzi" Simich and Sylvana "Kike" Vasilkovska; beloved grandfather of Stefan, Shelby and Sofia; cherished brother of Jasna (the late Sandro) Janeska, Pavle (Velika) Simjanovski and Todor (Petkana) Simjanovski and loved by countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. ...
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Gerard "Jerry" Adrian Corneille

November 1, 1941 - July 20, 2014

Gerard (Jerry) Corneille, age 72. Great Dad of Joseph P. Corneille and Wendy M. Lincoln (Billy). Loving Grandfather of Adam Gerard Corneille and Alexa Marie Lincoln. Predeceased by siblings, Madeline, Lavonne (Robert) Lamontagne, Corrine (Rene') Callens, Lorraine (Karl) Keckut and Donald (Patricia); parents, Ferman Adrian and Marie Blanche (De Coster) Corneille. Dear Uncle to many nieces and...
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Janet Marie Roodbeen

December 24, 1940 - July 10, 2014

With her zest for life and a matchless adventurous spirit, Janet Marie Roodbeen made every effort to live her life to fullest. She never waited for anything to come to her; each morning she faced the day ready to explore and learn and, with her selfless nature, taught what she had found along the way to those she loved. She was the ultimate Wife, Mom, Grandma, Sister and Friend to so many and now...
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Dennis James Muha

November 3, 1953 - July 2, 2014

Dennis James Muha, age 60 of Warren, passed away July 2, 2014. He was the owner of Stacie Tire for 13 years, deeply religious and a very loving family man. Survived by children, Stacie (Sebastian) Szamiel and Denny (Sydney); Proud grandfather to Kyleigh, Tessa and Scarlett; siblings, Marianne, Anita, Stanley III, Toni Inda, John (Carolyn Belanger), Patricia (Robert) Dehullu, Joseph (Ruth Ann...
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Charles Turner Lock

October 20, 1917 - July 2, 2014

Charles Turner Lock, age 96, passed away July 2, 2014. He was born the year the United States entered the first World War, on October 20, 1917, to George and Eva (Lane) Lock in Dyer County, Tennessee. He married Essie Mae Stokes in 1938 and the couple had two sons, Larry and Robert. Mr. Lock worked in the skilled trades group of the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Lock is survived by his son,...
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Scott Thomas Baerman

June 29, 1964 - June 30, 2014

It is with great sadness that the family of Scott Baerman of Mt. Clemens, Mich., announces his sudden death from a heart attack in Alpena, Mich., one day after his 50th birthday celebration. Scott was born on June 29, 1964, in Racine, Wis. He graduated from West Bloomfield High School in 1982 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Package Engineering from Michigan State University in 1986. He played...
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Martha Ann Moore

December 20, 1951 - June 27, 2014

Martha Ann Moore began her journey of life on the cold day of December 20, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the second of five children born to Ray and Grace Patrick (née Locriccio). To support his growing family, Ray worked as a butcher at a local meat market. After several years, he would open up his own store, the Patrick Market, which was owned and operated by Ray and Grace for many years....
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William "Bill" Paul Pearce

February 7, 1945 - June 24, 2014

The year 1945 would bring in a host of notable events across the United States; World War Two would come to a close, the Detroit Tigers would beat the Chicago Cubs in the World Series and Doris Day would take us all on "A Sentimental Journey." It was also on February 7th, 1945, that Douglas and Nellie Pearce (née Panasuik) would greet their second of four children; William Paul Pearce. To...
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Gwendolyn Mary Welicki

April 14, 1931 - June 18, 2014

Gwendolyn Mary Welicki, age 83, passed away June 18, 2014. Gwen was employed for thirty years as a Nurse's Aide at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan located in Detroit. Gwen is survived by her two sons, James (the late Patricia) Welicki and John (Sheila) Welicki III; grandchildren, Rose LaPlante and Randy Sober; great-grandchildren, Nicholas LaPlante and Emily LaPlante; siblings,...
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Brian Lee Stewart

August 16, 1963 - June 16, 2014

While some people thrive on the compliments and the notoriety they receive after having done some good deed, there are others who shun the spotlight. They find the greatest reward is given when they, quietly sitting back on the sidelines, witness the laughter and smiles come across the faces of the people they love dearly whom they have served. Many times they feel that what they have done was...
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Mary Alice Gawlowski

September 30, 1953 - June 13, 2014

Mary Alice Gawlowski, age 60 of Macomb Twp., passed away June 13, 2014 after a courageous battle with melanoma cancer. Beloved wife of thirty years to James. Loving mother of James Jr. and Joseph. Daughter of Elsie Celeste West and the late Robert Cresswell West. Sister of Robert III, Julie (Stephen), Martin (Melanie), Madelyn and the late Matthew West. Also loved by many nieces and nephews. ...
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Dominic Joseph Gulino, Jr.

August 3, 1917 - May 31, 2014

He lived through two World Wars, the terms of seventeen Presidents, survived an economic depression and saw everything from the invention of the car to man first setting foot on the moon; Dominic Joseph Gulino Jr. had witnessed it all. After nearly a century on this planet, I'm sure Dominic, the child of poor immigrants from Sicily, never imagined he would have accomplished so much. He could not...
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Julie Anne Haddad

September 1, 1961 - May 24, 2014

From Julie's dad, John: Julie Anne Haddad (nee Krause), 52, of Clinton Township, Michigan, Passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer on Saturday May 24, 2014 at Henry Ford Continuing Care in Roseville, Michigan. Julie was born on September 1, 1961 in Detroit's Holy Cross Hospital, the daughter of John and Barbara (Walker) Krause then living in Royal Oak,...
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Don Ferrell Stewart

October 17, 1941 - May 24, 2014

While the country was in the midst of a second world war, Joe Dimaggio was beginning his first of a fifty-six game hitting streak and the silver screen was being lit up by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, in a small but comfortable home in Jackson, Tennessee on October 17, 1941, Don Ferrell Stewart was entering into the world. After several years in Medina, Tennessee, at the age of ten, Don and...
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Esther Lee Adams

October 16, 1917 - May 23, 2014

If you did not have the pleasure of knowing Esther Adams personally, you may have been a bit puzzled at first when learning about her life. How was the country girl who grew up surrounded by farms and mountains able to break away to see the world and make a life for herself during a time when young ladies were expected to stay at home to cook and clean? How was the lady who was so ahead of her...
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Ruth Ann Barbu

March 12, 1940 - May 19, 2014

It was in the small southern town of Alva, Kentucky where Ruth Ann Barbu entered this world on the spring day of March 12, 1940. She was the second of twelve children born to Samuel and Nancy Polly (née Moore). To support their large family, Sam worked for the railroads and later in the local mines while Nancy was a homemaker. Being the second oldest girl of twelve siblings, Ruth knew from an...
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Michael J. Clancy

December 4, 1934 - May 19, 2014

It is often said that actions speak louder than words. This could not have been truer when applied to the life of Michael J. Clancy. He may have been a quiet man, but when Mike made up his mind to do something, there was nothing that was going to stop him. And you could always rest assure that it would be done right. Since Mike was never the type to boast or brag of his many good deeds, his kind...
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Helen Juanita Peterson

February 11, 1925 - May 15, 2014

With a will that was strong as steel and possessing an inimitable constitution, Helen Juanita Peterson was not one who let this life's hardships keep her down. She saw many things during her nine decades on this planet, but through each hurdle, she stayed consistent and was a rock and matriarch for her family who depended on her strength. Born on February 11, 1925, Helen was the second and...
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Delores M. McDonald

December 5, 1929 - May 15, 2014

Her Life... This wonderful lady was born to Alma and Richard Hanna, Dec 5th, 1929 on the kitchen table of their home in Detroit. She was the youngest of nine children and the last of them to leave. They were: Ella, Carson, Florence, Franklin, Richard, Alma, George, Lillian and of course, Mamie Doloris. That is right her first name was Mamie! She hated that name and always went by Delores or...
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Mark William Stewart, Sr.

January 3, 1949 - May 11, 2014

The year 1949 brought many notable events into our culture; Harry S. Truman began his first full term as President, the Cold War continued to slowly drag on entering into its second year and Hank Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry introducing country music to a whole new generation. It was also in this year of great change that Mark William Stewart entered the world on January 3rd, 1949. He was...
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Brodi Jaxson Owen

April 9, 2014 - May 5, 2014

Please keep Brodi's parents and family close to your hearts and prayers. Public visitation will be held Monday, May 12th from 2:00 - 9:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home Monday night at 7:00 pm. Any show of support will help them greatly during these times.
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Dennis Joseph "DJ" Ross

December 15, 1941 - May 5, 2014

Dennis Joseph "DJ" Ross was born December 15, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan to Jack and Loyola (Degrandchamp) Ross. Dennis grew up in Detroit, graduated from St. Anthony's High School and then served in the Air Force for four years. Dennis loved music. He knew every word to any country or oldie songs, as well as the singer, and date the music was produced. His favorite singer of all time, was...
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Steven Henry Mutz

September 27, 1950 - May 4, 2014

Steven Henry was born September 27, 1950 to Henry and Mildred (nee Reck) Mutz in Bridgman, Michigan, the younger of two boys. Steve grew up in Bridgman, a small town located several miles from Lake Michigan, closer to Chicago than Detroit. That would account for his early support of the Chicago teams. After high school, Steve went to college for a year and then got in his car, drove east to...
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David Henry Zepniewski

December 11, 1957 - April 29, 2014

It was the year 1957. President Eisenhower was elected into his second term, young men were cruising around in the flashiest of cars and young ladies were fainting whenever Elvis hit the stage. It was also on December 11 that the world would welcome David Henry Zepniewski to the thriving city of Detroit, Michigan. He was the second of three children, and the first and only son born to Henry and...
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Michael Joseph Karlewski

March 29, 1949 - April 27, 2014

Michael Joseph Karlewski, age 65 of Clinton Township, Michigan, passed away April 27, 2014. He will be remembered for his zest for life and love of family and friends. "Mike" or "Fred," as he was known affectionately, is survived by his daughter, Mary-Jo (Christopher) Boice; grandchildren, Julie and John Boice; mother, Mary Karlewski; siblings, Sue (Nick) Janoski, Christine (Gary) Ivany,...
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Delynn Denise Scheer

July 22, 1972 - April 15, 2014

Delynn Denise Scheer Delynn was born to Richard and Antoinette D'Angelo in Warren, Michigan on July 22, 1972. Her family, including her older sister Candace, grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Delynn was lucky enough to grow up close to her immediate and extended family, including Delynn's cousin Tracey, Aunt Anita, Uncle Ron and her Grandparents. Growing up Delynn was full of life. Her...
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John "Jack" Benstead Watters

April 15, 2014

Today, John (Jack) Watters remains alive and well in the hearts and minds of those who know him, remember him, and love him. Jack was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and was very proud of his heritage. Although he left Canada to live and work in the U.S., he returned often throughout his life to visit family and friends, and made sure his own family always knew where he—and...
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