Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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Melvin Everett Manuel
Melvin Everett Manuel, 89, of Rochester Hills died Nov. 20, 2002, in William Beaumont Hospital, Troy. He was born Aug. 8, 1913, in Sand Point, Idaho.
Mr. Manuel was a retired machinist from Ford Motor Co., Sterling Heights.
He was a member of U.A.W. #220, Sterling Heights. He was also a former member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Rochester Hills.
Mr. Manuel is survived by his son, Gordon Manuel of Lansing; daughters, Doris Samon of Las Vegas, Nev. and Joyce Roe of San Francisco, Calif.; step-sons, Ronald Gammon of Royal Oak and Thomas Gammon of Troy; step-daughters, Joann Manier of Rochester Hills and Charlene Waatti of Pelkie; brother, Clifford Manuel of Laguna Hills, Calif.; sister, Thelma Mahar of Oxford; 26 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 23, at Price Funeral Home, Troy.
Interment was at Christian Memorial Cemetery, Rochester Hills.
Memorials can be made to Riverwood Community Church, 1200 Clinton Rier Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48313.

Jerome S. Matlenga
Jerome S. Matlenga, 63, of Troy, formerly of Warren, died Nov. 21, 2002, at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Detroit.
Mr. Matlenga was a financial planner for American Express for 30 years and served in the Army Reserves.
He was founder and a member of the Jerry Matt Band.
Mr. Matlenga is survived by his wife, Lynn Marie; daughter, Michelle Ann Lindow of Lake Orion; son, Paul Jerome Matlenga of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Carol Eckert of Livonia and Patricia Darga of Troy; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 25, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Troy.
Burial was at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy.
Memorial tributes can be made to Gilda's Club or Michigan SIDS Alliance.
Arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, Troy.

Helen (Olson) Feira 
Helen (Olson) Feira, 89, of Lake Orion, formerly of Rochester died Nov. 20, 2002. She was born Dec. 23, 1912, in Avalance, Wisc.
Mrs. Feira enjoyed her children, grand- and great-grandchildren, reading, and discussions of current events and politics.
She is survived by daughters, Mary Finch of Coloma, Jane Saarela of Rochester Hills and Kathy Dyer of San Jose, Calif.; son, William Ypsilantis of Castlerock, Colo.; brother, Harold Olson; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 29, at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, Rochester.
Memorials can be made to the Lake Orion Nursing Center Memorial Garden, 585 E. Flint St., Lake Orion. Attn. Sr. Marian Harvey.

Kenneth Thomas "Tom" Stauffer
Kenneth Thomas "Tom Stauffer, 52, died Nov. 21, 2002, at home, Centerville, Va. He was born July 19, 1950, in Sandusky, Ohio. 
Mr. Stauffer was general manager of the Northern Virginia Beverage Co.
He was formerly a professional baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers and was a sportscaster for WLEC Radio in Sandusky, Ohio. He was also a former baseball manager for the Sandusky American Legion Post #83.
Mr. Stauffer was formerly on the Miller Brewing Company National Distributor Council; executive director, Erie County March of Dimes; publicity director, Miss Ohio Pageant and Chairman for Polk County March of Dimes.
He also served on the Board of Directors for Lake Orion Boys Baseball, South Lakeland, Florida Boys Baseball, Big Brothers and Boys Club of Polk County, Florida.
Mr. Stauffer is survived by his wife, Patricia L.; daughters, Barubi Overson of Gainesville, Fla.and Kristin of Centerville, Va.; sons, Jason, Thomas and Ryan of Centerville; his father, E. Kenneth Stauffer of Sarasota, Fla.; sisters, Donna Basigs of Sarasota, Fla. and Susen E. Miller-Swisher of Naples, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Nov. 25, 2002, at Holy Angels, Catholic Church, Sandusky, Ohio.
Memorials can be made to The Kristin Stauffer College Education Fund, c/o Patricia L. Stauffer, 14302 Uniform Drive, Centreville, Va. 20121.
Arrangements were handled by Ransom Funeral Home, 610 S. Washington St., Castelis, Ohio.
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KIETHA M. (KAY) CARLSON
Kietha M. (Kay) Carlson, 77, of Lake Orion, formerly of Ferndale died April 14, 2002.
She is survived by daughter, Sue Martin of Rochester Hills; son, Ray Carlson; mother, Leota Reed; brother, Eugene Reed; and one grandchild.
Mrs. Carlson loved to travel and was an avid baker.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., today (April 18) at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion.
Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery.
Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home, Rochester.

ELEANOR MILLER
Eleanor Miller, 87, of Orion Township, formerly of Rochester Hills, died April 29, 2002.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
At Ms. Miller's request, there will be no public services.
Internment was at Millington Cemetery, Tuscola, Mich. Arrangements were handled by Potere-Modetz Funeral Home.

VIVIAN A. CARTER
Vivian A. Carter, 58, of Rochester Hills, formerly of Warren, died April 28, 2002.
She was employed by the Older Persons Commission and previously worked for Sunrise Assisted Living.
Mrs. Carter is survived by her husband, Richard; daughters, Elaine Errante of Lake Orion and U.S. Air Force Sgt. Sandra Overla; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 2.
Burial was at Mount Avon Cemetery, Rochester Hills.
Memorial tributes can be made to the OPC.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home.

W. JOSEPH DEATON
W. Joseph Deaton, 68, of Rochester Hills, died May 4, 2002.
He was a Rochester resident since 1935 and was a 1951 graduate of Rochester High School. Mr. Deaton was an Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Homer Wing Post No. 172, Stoney Creek Lodge No. 5 F&AM and a Shriner. He was also a former volunteer for the Rochester Fire Department.
Mr. Deaton is survived by his wife, Delores; sons, Ronald of Rochester Hills and William J. (Jody) of Rochester Hills; daughters, Deborah Lyssoitis of Oxford and Cheryl Finch; six grandchildren and a sister.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 8.
Burial was at Mount Avon Cemetery, Rochester Hills.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home.

DANIEL CLAY DAVIS
Daniel Clay Davis, 86, of Pontiac, died May 21, 2002.
He was a veteran of World War II and retired from Fisher Body in 1974. Mr. Davis was a member of Columbia Avenue Baptist Church.
He is survived by his daughters, Aelene Drake of Rochester and Patricia Workman of Canton; son, Daniel Davis of Oxford; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 25.
Burial was at Christian Memorial Cemetery, Rochester Hills.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Columbia Avenue Baptist Church, 64 W. Columbia, Pontiac, 48340.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home, Rochester.

STEVEN J.CROWDER
Steven J. Crowder, 14, of Lake Orion died suddenly June 24 after being struck by a car.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Sparks Griffin Funderal Home in Lake Orion with the Rev. Mike Harris officiating.
Steven was a member of the National Honor Society, member of the Lake Orion Marching Band, a competitive gymnast, a cross-country runner (never losing a race), an avid golfer, bicyclist and skateboarder. 
Steven is survived by his parents, David and Laura Crowder; sister Allison; grandparent Marianne Vennstrom; great-grandparent Selma Crowder; aunt Dr. Pamela Pappas and Mary (Eric) Gonda; uncle Kurt Vennstrom; cousins Laura, Eric, Dominique, Brian, Lisa and Dana; and best friend Matt Leczel. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Steven J. Crowder Memorial Fund. The family will then redistribute the contributions to the Lake Orion Band Boosters and other charities. Contributions may be mailed to Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, Inc., 111 E. Flint St., Lake Orion, MI 48362, (248) 693-8336.

Albert John Pirone
Albert John Pirone, 93, of Rochester died Sept. 13, 2002.
He was a 30 year volunteer of the Selected Service of New York City and was president of the New York Paint Travelers Association.
Mr. Pirone is survived by son, Albert J. Pirone of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Janet Aspatore of Lake Orion; three grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, 771 Old Perch Road, Rochester Hills.
The family will receive friends from 3:30-5 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester.
Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, N.Y.
Memorials can be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1669 Hamilton Road, Suite 210, Okemos, MI 48864.

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, Auburn Hills.

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.

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 #182.
Mr. Truhan is survived by his daughters, Valerie Rehrman of Shelby Township and Janet Gray of Orion; and brother, Daniel Truhan of Howland, Ohio.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002.
Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home-Davis Chapel.

Betty Stieve
Betty Stieve, 76, of Oxford, died Sept. 15, 2002.
She is survived by son, Frank Stieve of Ortonville; brothers, Niilo Fastelin, and Ike Fastelin; and sisters, Inez Stieve and Lila Olson.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002.
Burial was at Mt. Avon Cemetery.
Memorials to the National Kidney Foundation or to Hospice of Michigan.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home-Davis Chapel, Auburn Hills.

Helen (Olson) Feira 
Helen (Olson) Feira, 89, of Lake Orion, formerly of Rochester died Nov. 20, 2002. She was born Dec. 23, 1912, in Avalance, Wisc.
Mrs. Feira enjoyed her children, grand- and great-grandchildren, reading, and discussions of current events and politics.
She is survived by daughters, Mary Finch of Coloma, Jane Saarela of Rochester Hills and Kathy Dyer of San Jose, Calif.; son, William Ypsilantis of Castlerock, Colo.; brother, Harold Olson; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 29, at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, Rochester.
Memorials can be made to the Lake Orion Nursing Center Memorial Garden, 585 E. Flint St., Lake Orion. Attn. Sr. Marian Harvey.

Kenneth Thomas "Tom" Stauffer
Kenneth Thomas "Tom Stauffer, 52, died Nov. 21, 2002, at home, Centerville, Va. He was born July 19, 1950, in Sandusky, Ohio. 
Mr. Stauffer was general manager of the Northern Virginia Beverage Co.
He was formerly a professional baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers and was a sportscaster for WLEC Radio in Sandusky, Ohio. He was also a former baseball manager for the Sandusky American Legion Post #83.
Mr. Stauffer was formerly on the Miller Brewing Company National Distributor Council; executive director, Erie County March of Dimes; publicity director, Miss Ohio Pageant and Chairman for Polk County March of Dimes.
He also served on the Board of Directors for Lake Orion Boys Baseball, South Lakeland, Florida Boys Baseball, Big Brothers and Boys Club of Polk County, Florida.
Mr. Stauffer is survived by his wife, Patricia L.; daughters, Barubi Overson of Gainesville, Fla.and Kristin of Centerville, Va.; sons, Jason, Thomas and Ryan of Centerville; his father, E. Kenneth Stauffer of Sarasota, Fla.; sisters, Donna Basigs of Sarasota, Fla. and Susen E. Miller-Swisher of Naples, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Nov. 25, 2002, at Holy Angels, Catholic Church, Sandusky, Ohio.
Memorials can be made to The Kristin Stauffer College Education Fund, c/o Patricia L. Stauffer, 14302 Uniform Drive, Centreville, Va. 20121.
Arrangements were handled by Ransom Funeral Home, 610 S. Washington St., Castelis, Ohio.

Janet A. Shreves
Janet A. Shreves, 53, of Davisburg, died April 4, 2002.
She is survived by her husband, Gary; children, Amy (Mark Rose) Shreves of Clarkston and Lt. Michael (Kelli) of Germany; and sister, Kay (Frank) Prudhomme of Davisburg.
A funeral service was held Tuesday in the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Memorials may be made to Paws with a Cause.

Mary J. Coulter
Mary J. Coulter, 86, of Clarkston died April 17, 2002.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David; and sons, Robert and Norman.
She is survived by her children, Dorothy Newberry of Waterford, David (Bobette) Coulter of Pennsylvania and Kathryn (Jack) Mirovsky of Clarkston; grandchildren, Scott, Robyn, Shannon, Summer, Pamela and Mary Jo; and great grandchildren, Ryan, Zachary, Lindsay, Cody, William IV and Jessica.
Funeral services were held Saturday in the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Interment was at Mt. Avon Cemetery, Rochester. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association.

Daniel James "Jim" Himmelspach
Daniel James "Jim" Himmelspach, 69, of Clarkston died April 18, 2002.
Mr. Himmelspach served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Oakland County Children's Village in 1989. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Marie Himmelspach; and siblings, William Himmelspach and Marguerite Stratton.
He is survived by his wife, Donna (nee Rose); children, William (Beverly) Sr., Francie (Mark) Gofton and Danielle (Terry) Ritchie; grandchildren, William (Adriane) Himmelspach Jr., Christina (Chris) Belling, Stacey Gofton, Aaron Gofton and Gabrielle Ritchie; and great grandchild, Drew Blade Himmelspach; as well as many loving cousins, including Mary Ellen Felice, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Monday in Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Inurnment will be at New Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Flint. Memorials may be made to Oakland County Children's Village.


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