Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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Donald Grant Caldwell
Donald Grant Caldwell, 75, of Clinton Township, formerly of Troy, died Aug. 28, 2002.
He was a retired florist most recently with the Silk Warehouse, Rochester, and previously with Parmenter Florist, Birmingham.
Mr. Caldwell was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Troy where he was also a member of the choir. He was also a volunteer for William Beaumont Hospital, Troy.
He is survived by his wife, Judith; daughters, Kim Glaza, Kelly Laird and Krystal Gibson; son, Kevin; step-son, John Gaylord; step-daughter, Laura Gaylord of Rochester; eight grandchildren, a brother and two sisters. 
Services were held Aug. 31, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Troy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Frankel Center, 18831 W. Twelve Mile, Lathrup Village, 48076, or Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack, Detroit, 48201.
Arrangements were handled by Price Funeral Home, Troy.

Ellen F. Clark
Ellen F. Clark, 87, of Rochester, died Aug. 28, 2002.
She lived in Brazil with her husband, the late James H. Clark from 1957-1962 and in Argentina from 1964-1966.
Mrs. Clark is survived by her daughter, Jeanne Inerfield; and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held Aug. 31 at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.
Memorials contributions can be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Mildred G. (Helmer) Dimanoff
Mildred G. (Helmer) Dimanoff, 84, of Rochester Hills, died Aug. 25, 2002. 
She was a former resident of Plymouth and a 20-year resident of Dearborn.
Mrs. Dimanoff was a lifetime member of Order of the Eastern Star, Dearborn Chapter.
She is survived by her daughter, Anita Karner; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
No public services will be held.
Arrangements were handled by Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.

Alice Bell DeGrove
Alice Bell DeGrove, 87, of Rochester Hills, formerly of Mount Clemens died Aug. 22, 2002. 
She is survived by her sons, Richard, of Rochester Hills; Charles and Robert; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Michigan, 2525 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, 48302 or the Michigan Humane Society, P.O. Box 214182 Auburn Hills, 48321. 
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home.

Bruce James Natzel
Bruce James Natzel, 61, of Rochester Hills, died Aug. 28, 2002.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores; daughter, Rosemary Haacke; son, Bruce Natzel II; four grandchildren and a brother.
Funeral services were held Aug. 30, at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.
Inurnment was at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Gary Bruce Nielsen
Gary Bruce Nielsen, 53, of Troy, formerly of Rochester Hills, died Aug. 29, 2002.
He is survived by his daughter, Erin; parents, Peter and Ella Nielsen of Rochester Hills; and a sister.
Memorial services were held Aug. 31 at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home. 
Memorial contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Marlene Kay Parry
Marlene Kay Parry, 55, of Rochester Hills, died Aug. 23, 2002.
She is survived by her husband, Howard; daughter, Jenny Perry; son, Tom Beam; sister, Carole Woolsey; mother-in-law, Bernice Parry; and a brother.
Funeral services were held Aug. 28, at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.
Interment was at Christian Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial tributes can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Jean J. Pustelak
Jean J. Pustelak, 78, of Farmington, died Aug. 29, 2002.
She is survived by son, Edward Jr. of Rochester Hills; three grandchildren and a sister.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 1, at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.
Entombment was at Oakland Hills Cemetery, Novi. 
Memorials contributions can be made to Beaumont Hospice.

Victoria Anne Ropeta
Victoria Anne Ropeta, 57, of Dryden, formerly of Rochester, died Aug. 29, 2002.
She is survived by her husband, Frank; son, Joseph; daughters, Julianne R. Kennedy and Pamela Schmitz; seven grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 3, at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, Dryden.
Memorials contributions can be made to the Michigan Humane Society.
Arrangements were handled by Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.

Richard Clarence Schultz
Richard Clarence Schultz, 76, of Warren, formerly of Rochester, died Aug. 30, 2002.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Berghorn; son, Steven Schultz of Troy; four grandchildren and a sister.
Funeral services were held Sept. 3, at St. John Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were handled by Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.

Andrew Stergar
Andrew Stergar, 84, of Rochester Hills, died Sept. 1, 2002.
He is survived by his sons, Paul and Charles; a brother and three sisters.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Indianapolis, Ind.
Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.

Joyce Martha Vulpetti
Joyce Martha Vulpetti, 60, of Rochester Hills, died Aug. 31, 2002.
She is survived by her children, Romi and Joli DiMeglio; sons, Vincent and Joseph G. Vulpetti; step-sons, Angelo and Joseph F. Vulpetti; mother, Jean Hannan; and a sister.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 5, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester.
Mrs. Vulpetti will lie instate at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Leukemia Society.
Arrangements were handled by Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.

Mildred Florence Balaze
Mildred Florence Balaze, 82, of Rochester Hills, died Sept. 2, 2002. 
She was one of the first Detroit policewomen, serving for more than five years.
Mrs. Balaze was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and a former member of St. Ives Catholic Church, Beverly Hills.
She is survived by her sons, James E., Dr. Brian L., and Patrick; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 6.
Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Memorial tributes can be made to the National Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home.

Carl William Behrendt
Carl W. Behrendt, 78, of Rochester Hills, died Aug. 31, 2002.
He was employed by Rutland Tool until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Behrendt also was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific, Okinawa, and China. 
Mr. Behrendt was a former member of the Fraser Lions Club, the Detroit Yacht Club and a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as well as St. John Lutheran Church where he was active with the Stephens Ministries and various boards. 
Mr. Behrendt was also a member of the Macomb County Board of Supervisors.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters, Carlene Nehra of Rochester Hills and Caron Heimbuck; sons, Douglas and Kurt; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Burial was at Van Hoosen Jones-Stoney Creek Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the St. John Lutheran Church Foundation or the Wayne State University Lymphoma Research Fund, envelopes are available at the funeral home. 
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home.

Shirley Marian Luth
Shirley Marian Luth, 74, of Rochester, died Sept. 3, 2002.
She was a Rochester resident since 1957 and employed by Mitzelfeld's in Rochester from 1963-82.
Mrs. Luth is survived by her son, Gerald; daughter, Gale Litrichin of Rochester Hills; four granddaughters, a great-grandson and three sisters.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 7 at Pixley Funeral Home.
Burial was at Christian Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to VNA Hospice, envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Donald W. Sheldon
Donald W. Sheldon, 83, of Central Lake, died Sept. 1, 2002. 
Mr. Sheldon was a bartender at the Paint Creek Tavern for more than 20 years and also tended bar for the Lake Orion American Legion Post No. 233.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Torch Post VFW No. 6985.
He is survived by his daughters, Donna Sheldon of Rochester and Doreen Shoup; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Lake Orion Chapel of the Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home.

Robert Myron Trevillian
Robert Myron (Bob) Trevillian, 83, Rochester Hills, formerly of Lathrup Village, died Aug. 31, 2002.
He retired in 1982 from Detroit School system.
During his years at Wilkins Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary, Mr. Trevillian coached gymnastics and basketball after school. He also announced, timed and scored at stock car races throughout Michigan for more than 40 years as well as the Detroit Soap Box Derby.
Mr. Trevillian is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Robin Stafford, Susan Trevillian, Leslie Tepkasetful, and Nancy Spranger Sr.; sons, Bill Taylor Sr. and Butch Trevillian; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 7 at Pixley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind or the Michigan Animal Rescue League.

Mable Viola Atchison
Mable Viola Atchison, 82, of Rochester Hills, died Sept. 4, 2002.
She is survived by her husband, William; son, Michael; daughters, Judy Burt, Mary Leavy of Auburn Hills and Patty William of Lake Orion; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 7.
Burial was at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.
Memorial tributes can be made to the OPC or the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home-Davis Chapel.

Blanche Mae Barrow
Blanche Mae Barrow, 100, of Rochester Hills, died Sept. 10, 2002.
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Bartlett; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 14.
Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home. 

Daniel Edward Bolon
Daniel Edward Bolon, 82, of Rochester Hills, died Sept. 15, 2002.
He retired from Chrysler Corp. in 1988 as a designer.
Mr. Bolon is survived by his sons, Michael Bolon of Oxford and Richard Bolon of Troy; daughter, Judith Bolon; a sister, brother and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sept. 15.
Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home.

Rene Louis Brown
Rene Louis Brown, 79, of Pontiac, died Sept. 13, 2002.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Rose Swain; and goddaughter, Brenda Plasek-Savage of Rochester Hills.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Burial was at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home-Davis Chapel.

James Peter Grannan
James Peter (Jim) Grannan, 70, of Rochester Hills, died Sept. 9, 2002. 
He was formerly a board member of SEMTA and was mayor pro-tem and a councilman for the city of Fraser. He was also involved in the Greater Detroit Area Health Council and the Lions Club.
Mr. Grannan is survived by his wife, Beth; daughter, Laura Herriage and a brother.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 14.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home.

Arthur Hanlon
Arthur Hanlon, 87, of Flora, Ind., formerly of Rochester, died Sept. 16, 2002.
He was a longtime resident of Rochester and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
Mr. Hanlon was a volunteer fireman for the city of Rochester, and a longtime employee of Burr Hardware.
He is survived by his step-daughters, Virginia Pearson and Norma Hall and a brother.
Funeral services were held in Indiana. 
Local arrangements were handled by Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.

Robert Parker O'Brien
Robert Parker O'Brien, 75, of Washington Township, formerly of Troy, died Sept. 6, 2002.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Clawson concrete in 1988 as a Diesel Mechanic. Mr. O'Brien was also a member of the VFW Post No. 5317 in Kingston.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Henderson O'Brien; daughters, Brenda Prather of Rochester Hills and Deborah Bayster; sons, Robert, Thomas and James; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sept. 11.
Burial was at Mount Avon Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home-Davis Chapel.

William N. Richmond
William N. Richmond, 82, of Rochester Hills, died Sept. 16, 2002. 
He was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force and retired from Firestone in 1982 as a divisional controller.
Mr. Richmond was a certified director and bronze life master of the American Contract Bridge League.
He is survived by his wife, Fern; son, Randall; two sisters and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sept. 19.
Burial was at Mount Avon Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home.

Jack Lawrence Shaver
John Lawrence Shaver, 69, of Groveland Township, died Sept. 10, 2002.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict and retired as a final inspector for GM following 28 years of service.
Mr. Shaver was a volunteer at the House of Jacob, a ministry of Five Points Community Church, Auburn Hills. 
He is survived by his wife, Winnie; daughters, Jana Rusch, Jodie Christensen and Jennifer Shaver; son, Christopher Shaver; sister, Mary Beckman of Rochester Hills; two brothers and 15 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sept. 14.
Burial was at Christian Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Five Points Community Church or the Ladies Radio Bible Class.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home-Davis Chapel.

John Lawrence Truhan
John Lawrence Truhan, 70, of Shelby Township, formerly of Auburn Hills, died Sept. 13, 2002.
He retired from LTV Steel after more than 40 years of service and was past governor of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Pontiac No. 182.
Mr. Truhan is survived by his daughters, Valerie Rehrman of Shelby Township and Janet Gray of Orion Township and a brother.
Funeral services were held Sept. 18.
Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home-Davis Chapel.

Richard Marion Winar
Richard Marion (Dick) Winar, 71, of Auburn Hills, died Sept. 6, 2002.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of University of Illinois-Urbana.
Mr. Winar was a certified professional geologist and environmental engineer. He was a member of the American Institute of Professional geologists and a board member of Paint Creek Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Jensen Winar; daughters, Susan Winar, Gail Winar and Nancy Winar Cracknell; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sept. 9.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home.


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