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Foy J. Benfield
Foy J. Benfield, 93, of Waterford died March 30, 2002.
Benfield "Ben" retired from Pontiac Motor after 35 years of service. He was an avid gardener.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bernice; son, James of Waterford; grandchildren, Gary (Suzanne) of Virginia, Susan (Ed) Hogan of Florida, Robert (Julia) of Clarkston and Judith (Chris) Giolitti of Davisburg; 12 great grandchildren; and two siblings, Opal Knox of Rhode Island and Lewis (Lois) Benfield of Davisburg.
A funeral service was held Tuesday in the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Interment was at Pritchard Cemetery.

Florence M. Riley
Florence M. Riley, 67, of Waterford, died April 1, 2002.
Mrs. Riley was a registered nurse who worked in numerous Oakland County hospitals over her career. In addition to being a dedicated nurse, she was very devoted to her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Riley.
She is survived by her children, Maynard (Lorraine) of Mason, Ohio; Norma (Gerald) Smith of Lapeer, Kathleen (Bill Uplegger) of Waterford, David (Holly) of Waterford, Timothy of Waterford and Sfc. Patrick (Tressa) of Ft. Hood, Texas; siblings, Barbara (Tony) Smith of Bedforshire, England, and Jim (Mary) Hurlburt of Copper City; many nieces and nephews, including special nephew Ian Burns of Dafter; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
A funeral mass was scheduled for 11 a.m. today in Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 5481 Dixie Hwy, Waterford. Fr. Lawrence Delonnay will be officiating. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Waterford. Funeral arrangements were handled by Coats Funeral Home, Waterford. 
Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Humane Society. 

William P. Deacon 
William P. Deacon, 66, of Waterford died April 14, 2002.
Mr. Deacon was a real estate broker and manager of Century 21 Hallmark West in White Lake. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Winters Deacon; children, Stewart (Terese) Deacon of Virginia, Steve (Mary Carmen) Deacon of Mexico and Kevin Deacon of Milford; and grandchildren, William, Darlene and Tony.
A memorial service was held April 20 at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Sobriety House. Arrangements were made by the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, Waterford.

Randall James (Papa) Viers
Randall James (Papa) Viers, 59, of Waterford, formerly of Novi, died May 20, 2002.
Mr. Viers owned and operated Home Improvements by Rand, Waterford.
He was a member of Woodside Bible Church, formerly Troy Baptist Church, Troy.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Ann Viers; sons, Christopher James Viers of Farmington Hills and David Allan Viers; daughter, Kimberly Lynn Brekke; his mother, Ethel V. Viers of Lake Orion; brother, Charles L. Viers of Lake Orion; sisters, Carole Ann Chaney of Rochester Hills and Mary Lee Krause and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday at Woodside Bible Church, Troy.
Interment was at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy.
Arrangements were handled by Price Funeral Home, Troy.

Charlotte Mae Rieth 
Charlotte Mae Rieth (Vernier) of Waterford died May 23, 2002, at age 74 after a 10-year fight against various cancers.
She was preceded in death by her parents and daughters, Holly Rieth and Regan Cheryl Rieth (Wakeman). 
She graduated with honors from Pontiac High School in January 1946. During WWII she worked for Whitfield, Walter & Dawson while attending high school and after graduation she worked for Huttenlocher Insurance. She met her childhood sweetheart, Reginald Carl Rieth, while playing softball in Pontiac in 1942 and after his discharge from the Army Air Force they were married on Aug. 9, 1947. 
After her children were all attending school, she started working at Hudson's budget store in 1965 and retired from the personnel office in 1987 after 23 years of service. Mrs. Rieth was an avid reader, antique collector and expert genealogist. 
She also enjoyed working with the Girl Scouts. She volunteered in the church nursery, kitchen and missions closet. She toured the entire USA by motor home and also traveled overseas to visit missionaries in their homes to see first-hand how they lived and how they shared the Gospel with others.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Reginald; sons, Randall C. (Donna) of Waterford, Frederick H. (Karry) of Waterford, Rodney L. of Kalamazoo and daughter Sandra C. (Terry) Vollnogle of Grand Rapids; brother, Donald (Ingrid) Vernier; sister, Alice Hunter; 12 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held at Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, with Pastor Doug Olson officiating. Burial was at Crescent Hills Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lakecrest Baptist Church building or missions fund, 35 Airport Road, Waterford, MI, 48327 or Cranbrook Hospice (248-452-5300).

Betty L. Koop
Betty L. Koop, 75, of Waterford died June 22, 2002.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard and daughter Kathie (Greg) Scott of Clarkston.
She is survived by her children, Fred of Harrison, Karen (Bob) Harrington of Clarkston, David (Judy) Koop in Virginia, Kerry (Mike Irwin) Jennings of Waterford and Leonard II (Rebecca) of Waterford; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and siblings, Jean (Jerry) Miller and Virginia (Duane) Miles.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Interment is at Waterford Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston.

Ethridge A. "Ed" Corder
Ethridge A. "Ed" Corder, 79, of Waterford died June 25, 2002. 
Ed was a long time member of Waterford Church of Christ and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pat; a son, Mike (Diane) of Clarkston; and a grandson, Tim.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Waterford Church of Christ. Friends may visit 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Waterford Church of Christ for Gods Helping Hands.

Thelma Ruth Davis
Thelma Ruth Davis, 81, of Waterford, formerly of Pontiac, died June 28, 2002.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Louie) King of Clarkston; grandchildren, Kristina (Bubby) Farley and Ryan and Stacy Nims; great grandchildren, Chelsea, Nicholas, Kayla, Kassandra, Mitchell, Alicia, Trevin and Ashley; and sister, Charlotte Zylla of Texas. 
Mrs. Davis volunteered for Focus Hope and was always eager to help others. 
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. July 13 in the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Friends may visit from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to Canterbury on the Lake. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston.

Cleona Gloria Wing
Cleona Gloria Wing, 85, of Waterford, formerly of Hazel Park, died June 28, 2002.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Vernon; children, Darla (Nick) Pelushewski of Clarkston and Gary (Julie) Wing of Waterford; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and two great-great grandsons.
Family services have been held. Interment is at Roseland Park Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

JAMES B. CRONIN
James Cronin, 41, of Commerce Township died on March 8, 2002, in Commerce Township. He was born on Dec. 27, 1960 in Farmington Hills.
He is survived by his father, James (Peggy) Cronin of West Bloomfield; his mother, Mary (Herbert) Kalish; a brother, Kenneth (Christina); a sister, Christina; one niece and two nephews.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home Inc. in Farmington. Interment was at Wildwood Cemetery in Chesaning Twp. Memorial tributes may be sent to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2265 Livernois, Troy, Mich. 

DEANNE LYNNE GALBREATH
Deanne Galbreath, 43, died after a short illness, on March 26, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born on June 6, 1958, in East Chicago, Ind.
She was employed as an office manager in a medical practice, working with elderly people. An avid sports enthusiast, she enjoyed soccer, hill-walking, mountain climbing, fishing, river rafting and tennis. Reading and gardening were also among her hobbies. Memberships included the Orchard Lake Country Club; and was former vice-president of the PTA at Barnard Elementary School in Troy.
Mrs. Galbreath is survived by her husband, Ashford Allen; two sons, Ashford Andrew of Lawrence, Kan., and Alexander Ryan of Troy; her mother, Patricia Russell of Bodega Bay, Calif.; one sister, Deborah Russell Broman of Napa, Calif., and two brothers, Gregory and George Pelter of Kansas City, Mo.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Wm. R. Hamilton Co. of Birmingham. Committal will be private. Memorial tributes may be sent to, Deanna Galbreath Tribute Fund, c/o United Way, 1212 Griswold, Detroit 48226-1899

JOHN EDWARD KANE
John Kane, 84, of Chandler, Ariz., died on March 27, 2002, in Mesa, Ariz. He was born on July 16, 1917 in Philadelphia.
Mr. Kane was a U.S. Marine in World War II. He was a film buyer for General Cinema Corporation, formerly of MGM and Paramount Studios. 
He is survived by his wife, Terri; daughter, Eileen Kane; his son, Steve Murray; and granddaughter, Genevieve Eldred; and nieces and nephews in Philadelphia.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Melcher Mortuaries in Mesa, Ariz. Memorial tributes may be sent to National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, 60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404, Great Neck, N.Y. 11021.

FRED VERDI
Fred Verdi, of Beverly Hills, died April 1, 2002, at home.
He was a retired Automotive Engineer with GM Fisher Body Division (Industrial Design). He graduated from Wayne State University; was a member of Oakland Writers Association and held writers workshops in his home.
Mr. Verdi is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann (John) Hus of Beverly Hills, and his brother, Don Verdi of Beverly Hills.
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home of Royal Oak. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre in Southfield. Memorials may be sent to American Lung Association.

BETTY JANE GAGNIER
Betty Jane Gagnier, 81, of Farmington Hills, died March 29, 2002. 
She is survived by her children, Christina (Patrick) Angott of Orchard Lake, Martha (Steve) Vannelli of Bloomfield Hills, Barbara (James) Lange of Beverly Hills and Chip (Rene) Gagnier of Indianapolis, Ind.; nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters; her cousin, Donald Shaw of Canada; and her niece, Wendy Igel of Canada also.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Walled Lake. Memorial tributes may be sent to Heart, Cancer, Alzheimer's or Arthritis Associations. 

PATRICK B. REYNOLDS
Patrick Reynolds, 86, of Birmingham, died on March 30, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born on March 7, 1916 in Chester, Ill.
Mr. Reynolds served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Teton in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. He attended Walsh College in Troy. He was a retired CPA, employed as a director of Accounting at The Detroit News.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth M.; daughter, Margie Wollam of Cohassel, Mass.; sons, Mark (Suzanne) of Birmingham and Scott (Olga Shamraj) of Granite Springs, N.Y.; grandchildren, Mark, Brett, Tim, Jane and Nathan; and sister, Kathryn Longlois of Champaign, Ill.
A memorial service is being held, Friday, April 5, at the Wm. R. Hamilton Co., 820 East Maple, Birmingham at 10 a.m. Cremation is at Perry Mount Park Cemetery.

DENISE DOONAN
Denise Doonan, 92, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Birmingham, died on April 2, 2002, at Maple Village Assisted Living Center - Bloomfield Hills. She was born on March 4, 1910, in Detroit.
Mrs. Doonan was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening. She was a member of the Village Club, Bloomfield Hills and Christ Child Society; and a former member of the now defunct Detroit City Club. She was an avid bridge player with St. Regis and St. Hugo Churches in Bloomfield Hills.
Mrs. Doonan is survived by children, Michael J. (Kathleen M.) of Bloomfield Hills, Thomas A. of Bloomfield Hills, and Denise (Timothy) Baier of Bloomfield Hills; and grandchildren, Michael W., Patrick J., Todd T. and D.Kelly.
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home of Royal Oak. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorials may be sent to Christ Child Society, 15751 Joy Road, Detroit, Mich. 48228. 

JOSEPH W. WESNER "JOE"
Joseph Wesner, 46, of Bloomfield Hills, died on April 1, 2002, at home. He was born on August 29, 1955, in Philadelphia.
Mr. Wesner graduated from LaSalle College High School in Philadelphia where he was a varsity athlete in football and rowing for which he was National Schoolboy Champion; a graduate of Georgetown University, where he was captain of the varsity football team, a member of the rowing team and also in the Georgetown University Hall of Fame for Athletes; and also a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of the Arts. He was employed as a professor for the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, where he was chairman of the Sculpturing Department. Mr. Wesner enjoyed tennis, rowing, travel and cooking.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa L.; children, Lauren R. Ackerman and Isabella Pearl Wesner; parents, Frank J. & Pearl M. of Philadelphia, Pa.; brother, Frank J. (Mia) of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; sister, Mary Jane "Janie" (Michael) Nolen of Blue Bell, Pa.; and also many nieces and nephews. 
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pa. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Joseph W. Wesner Memorial Fund, c/o College for Creative Studies, 201 East Kirby, Detroit 48202 or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 16170 Templar Cr. Southfield, Mich. 48075. 

THOMAS B. LABO
Thomas LaBo, 75, of Bloomfield Hills, died on April 4, 2002, at home. He was born on March 23, 1927, in Rockwood, Mich.
Mr. LaBo was a graduate of Trenton High School, where he was Swimming State Champ and of Michigan State University. He was a veteran of the US Navy from WW II. Mr. LaBo had retired from Ford Motor Company where he had various responsiblities, including corporate safety engineer and National Joint Committee on Health & Safety. He was "Man of the Year" at Ford in Security, Safety & Plant Protection. He also orchestrated 13,000 film productions in "Driver Ed. & Safety" that were distributed by Ford to driver education facilities. He was active at Church of St. Owen, Bloomfield Hills, including past president of the Usher's Club. He enjoyed reading, travel, bridge and crossword puzzles. 
Mr. LaBo is survived by wife, Gloria G.; children, Scott (Jeanne) of Lansing, Chris J. (Patty) of Chicago and Jayne Pagnucco of Buffalo, N.Y.; grandchildren, Amanda, Sean, Alex and Sean Peter; great-grandson, Kevin; and siblings, Phillip (Mary) of Raymore, Mo., Caroline (Art) Guimond of Wyandotte and Marlene Barnes of Brighton.
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

JOHN E. GATES, SR.
John Gates, 73, of Beverly Hills, died on April 4, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born on March 8, 1929, in Highland Park.
Mr. Gates was a graduate of Catholic Central High School and of Wayne State University. He was a member of the Michigan State Bar Association. He was employed at the Gates & Gates Law Firm, where he was proud to have his sons working with him. Mr. Gates enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. 
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; sons, John E., Jr. (Judy) of Birmingham and Christopher (Louise) of Royal Oak; his grandchildren, John Jeffrey, Lisa and Laura; and brother, George (Betty) of Milford.
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

ROGER W. O'SULLIVAN
Roger O'Sullivan, 86, of Bloomfield Hills, died on April 5, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born on Jan. 2, 1916, in Springfield, Ill.
Mr. O'Sullivan was a graduate of the University of Detroit; a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII; and employed by Ford Motor Company where he retired as a Global Engineering Administration Manager, Controller's Office at Ford Division and the Ford Falcon Product Development Program. He also worked for the Archdiocese of Detroit (Chancery Office), Travelers Insurance Company Branch Office manager, and General Motors Detroit Diesel Engine Division-Finance Dept. He was a third degree and lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus in Livonia; a member of St. Regis Church in Bloomfield Hills; and he enjoyed reading, golf, travel and being with his family. 
Mr. O'Sullivan is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Thomas (Diane), Mary Anne (William) Reising, Daniel (Roseanne), Michael (Joan), Patrick, James (Anne), Kathleen (Jim) Riney and Maureen (Roy) Bartz; 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be sent to The Capuchin Monastery.

T. NORRIS HITCHMAN
T. Norris Hitchman, 93, of Grosse Pointe, died on April 7, 2002, at home. He was born in Detroit.
He graduated from Northwestern High School, Wayne State University and Harvard Business School. Mr. Hitchman was a financial investor for Kales, Kramer Investment Company, Kenower, MacArthur and Company and The Ohio Company. He served on the city commission of Huntington Woods; was an advisor to the Berkley school system, a member of the Oakland County Commission and the Oakland County Citizens League. He was also an active member of the Financial Analysts Society of Detroit, the Wrangler's and Ex-dividends; The Grosse Pointe Senior Men's Club the Harvard Busines School Club of Detroit and a member of the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Hitchman is survived by his wife, Vivilore; children, Thomas N., Jr. (Myrna) of Beverly Hills, Ann (Robert) Pike, and Julia (James) Smith; step-children, Lyle (Diane) Heavner, Carol (Ronald) Bussell, Nancy (Roger) Battistella, Susan (Michael) Becker and Robert(Carol) Heavner; his grandchildren, Paula (Bryce) Dreeszen, Thomas D., Marianne Smith, Cynthia and Julie Pike; nine step-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren and sister, Beatrice (John) Campbell. 
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe. Memorial tributes may be sent to Wayne State University School of Business Administration or Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.

RUTH E. MORTIMER
Ruth Mortimer, 90, of Birmingham, died on March 28, 2002. She was born on April 22, 1911, in Detroit.
She was active at the Congregational Church of Birmingham.
Mrs. Mortimer is survived by her sons, William, of Adrian, David of Sandusky, and Thomas of Bolton, Conn.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2002, at the Congregational Church of Birmingham, United Church of Christ. Memorial tributes may be made to the church.

RICHARD FAIRCHILD
Richard Fairchild, 58, of West Bloomfield, died on April 3, 2002, at Botsford Hospital of Farmington Hills. He was born on March 23, 1944, in Detroit.
He is a graduate of Western Michigan and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era for two years in Ft. Knox. Mr. Fairchild was a professional photographer. He founded "Fairchild Photography" and is well-known throughout this area. He specialized in sports, weddings, schools and portraits. His photographic work has often been in the Birmingham Eccentric.
Mr. Fairchild is survived by a son, Miles O'Donnell of Hartland, Vermont; his mother, Jean Fairchild of Bloomfield Hills; and his siblings, Wendy Fairchild of Chicago and Stephen of Plymouth, Mass.
Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Cremation was at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to The American Diabetes Association, 30300 Telegraph Road-Suite 117, Bingham Farms, Mich. 48015.


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