Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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JOY "TINY" HORNE

Joy Horne, 83, of Bloomfield Hills, died April 9, 2002 at home. She was born August 7, 1918 in Detroit.

She graduated from Highland Park High School and was a member of Tres Jour.

Mrs. Horne is survived by husband, Francis (Frank) and son, Jeff of San Clemente, Calif.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment will be private at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. Memorial tributes may be sent to The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association, 2801 S.W. Archer Road, Suite C, Gainesville, Fla. 32608.

JOHN P. HAWKINS, "J.P."

John Hawkins, 88, of Royal Oak, formerly of Bloomfield Hills, died April 10, 2002 in Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born October 16, 1913 in Brazil, Ind.

He attended Highland Park Junior College. He retired after 39 years with General Motors Corp. as a District Manager for Chevrolet Division. Mr. Hawkins enjoyed golf and music, especially playing the organ and piano. 

He is survived by wife Elna; children, Philip (Mary), Mary Jo (Donald) Roe, Becky (David) Jenkins, and Maggie Smith; thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Sunday, April 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home on Woodward in Royal Oak. Funeral liturgy will be Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorials may be sent to Karmanos Cancer Institute.

THOMAS E. BROWN

Thomas Brown, 83, of West Bloomfield, and Bradenton, Fla., died on March 4, 2002, in Bradenton, Fla. He was born on March 22, 1918 in Detroit.

He attended Cranbrook School and graduated from Antioch College in Ohio. Mr. Brown retired from Ford Motor Credit Corporation where he was a certified public accountant. He was a member of Northbrook Presbyterian Church and Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield. He was active in fund-raising activities for the Boy Scouts and served on the Board of Directors of Wright-Brown Roofing Company of Detroit.

Mr. Brown is survived by wife, Mary Lane; sons, Thomas E. Jr. of Bloomfield Hills and Charles W. of Grosse Pointe Farms, and three grandchildren.

Interment will be at Northbrook Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills on May 12. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Kind Foundation, P.O. Box 32934, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 33420. 

BARBARA "SKIPPY" PRENTIS-FRENKEL

Barbara Frenkel. 74, of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Bloomfield Hills, died April 9, 2002, at home. 

She attended Miss Newman's School for Girls and graduated from Kingswood and the University of Miami. Mrs. Frenkel was a member of Franklin Hills Country Club, Temple by the Sea in Fla., Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills; president of the Meyer and Anna Prentis Family Foundation, Inc.; former president of the National Council of Jewish Women, head of Angel Ball; a volunteer at Michigan Cancer Foundation, and trustee of Michigan Opera Theater. She was active in sports and loved tennis, skiing and golf.

She is survived by husband, Marvin; children, Dale (Patty), Dr. Ronald and Cindy Frenkel; grandchildren, Maradith, Mark, William, Warren and Max Frenkel and Hannah Kanter; sisters, Jewell Morris and Beverly Wagner; and also many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield. Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery in Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be sent to Hospice of Martin County, 2030 Southeast Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Fla. 34996 or Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 48301.

BEVERLY WHITING ATEN

Beverly Aten, 72, of Bloomfield Hills, died April 13, 2002, at home. She was born September 29, 1929 in Detroit.

Mrs. Aten graduated from Oakland University and University of Michigan. She was a retired social worker from Providence Hospital in Southfield. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and the Franklin Garden Club.

Mrs. Aten is survived by children, Cathy of Santa Fe, N.M., Jennifer (Rob) Kass of Hillsborough, N.J., R. Scott (Maureen) of Flagstaff, Ariz. and Peter (Carol) of Exeter, N.H.; grandchildren, Kelsey Aten, Jason Kass, Sean Aten, Alex Kass, Conner Aten and Grace Aten; and brothers, Macauley Whiting of Sun Valley, Idaho, Henry Whiting, Jr. of Birmingham and Peter Whiting of Palm Beach, Fla. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2002 at 11 a.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy. Interment at White Chapel 
Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, Attn: Yolanda Anderson, 1111 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

JOSEPH A. LOKAR "JESS"

Joseph Lokar, 95, of Beverly Hills, died April 15, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Southfield. He was born January 3, 1907 in Calumet, Mich.

Mr. Lokar was retired from the Prudential Insurance Company after 35 years as an Insurance Salesman. He previously worked for Strohs Brewery. He was an active and founding member of St. Ives Catholic Church in Southfield and active in several civic organizations. Mr. Lokar enjoyed gardening, handywork and golf.

He is survived by children, Dr. Robert R. (Madeline), Paul J. (Mary), and Beverly Cole; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Fred (Mae) and John. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be sent to Angel's Place, 25140 Lahser Road, Suite 232, Southfield, Mich. 48034.

VIRGINIA ANN VOSS

Virginia Voss of Birmingham died on March 28, 2002 at home.

She graduated from Royal Oak High School, attended the University of Michigan and Albion College. Following study at the Alliance Francaise in France, she obtained her bachelor of arts from Albion College and did graduate work in education at MSU.

Mrs. Voss was a retired educator for Pembroke School, Pierce, and Harlan schools in Birmingham. An avid traveler, she had lived in Switzerland, visited much of the United States and several countries in Europe. She was a member of the Birmingham branch of the American Association of University Women, the Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and the Birmingham Area Seniors Coordinating Council and Center. She also did volunteer work for the Oakland Literacy Council. She enjoyed children, art, investing, reading, and collectibles collecting. 

Mrs. Voss is survived by her two sons, Gregory of Toulouse, France and Geoffrey of Birmingham and her brother, Ned Besemer of Atlanta, Ga.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home of Troy. Interment was at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills. Memorial tributes may be sent to, Baldwin Public Library Trust, 300 West Merrill, P.O. Box 3002, Birmingham, Mich. 48012-3002 or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.

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.

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 adviser 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 loyal 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; 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.

WILLIAM ANTHONY DARIN, SR.

William Darin, Sr., 71, of Birmingham and Bonita Springs, Fla., died on April 6, 2002, at his Florida residence. He was born in 1931 in Detroit. 

Mr. Darin attended Gesu Elementary, Culver Academy, New Hampton Prep School and University of Detroit and Albion Colleges. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

He went to work for his father's construction company, Darin and Armstrong Inc., as a project engineer, rising to the position of vice president of Construction and Board of Directors member. He also served as General Manager of their New Hudson yard operations. Some of the noteworthy projects for which he shared responsibility included: EPCOT Center, Fla., Deaconess, Beaumont and Mt. Carmel Hospitals, as well as new plant work at Ford Rouge, General Motors Diesel and Chrysler Highland Park. He was also involved with the building of new plants for Caterpillar Tractor in Illinois. He belonged to the Board of Directors and Committee member for Associated General Contractors (Detroit Chapter) and St. Francis Boys Home. He was a member of St. Regis Church in Birmingham and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples, Fla. 

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Joan; children, Bill Jr. (Laurie), Mark (Kathy), Jeff, Lynn (Jeff) Stachel and Melissa (Nick) Everard-Welsch; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation and a celebratory Mass of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, April 21, at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1250 Kensington Road, Bloomfield Hills. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. with Mass at 3 p.m. and a dinner reception to follow.

Memorial tributes may be sent to Hope Hospice of Fort Meyers, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Meyers, Fla. 33908, Catholic Central High School, 14200 Breakfast Drive, Redford or P.I.M.E. Missionaries, 17330 Quincy Street, Detroit 48221-2765.

JAMES HENRY SKINNER

James Skinner, 82, of Frederick, Md., died on April 7, 2002, at the Sunrise Retirement Center. He was born on August 12, 1919 in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

He was a veteran of WW II, serving in the U.S. Army where he received various medals. Mr. Skinner was a retired General Manager and Engineer for Federal Screw Works in Romulus. While employed there, he had two fastener patents. He enjoyed working as a volunteer for the police department while in Michigan and was an avid golfer, having had two holes in one.

Mr. Skinner is survived by three children; David E. of Birmingham, Kathleen S. Allardyce of Germantown, Md. and Lynn S. Lukas of Peachtree City, Ga.; a sister Margaret Buchan of Sun City, Ariz.; and friend and Care Manager, Heather Barnes. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Stauffer Funeral Home Home in Frederick, Md., and Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home in Livonia. Interment was at Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park in Livonia. Memorial tributes may be sent to the charity of one's choice.

JAMES E. MONTGOMERY

James Montgomery, 86, of Peachtree City, Ga. and Rapid City, died on April 4, 2002.

Mr. Montgomery was retired from the H.A. Montgomery Chemical Co.

He is survived by wife, Mary Lou; son James (Chip) of Bloomfield Hills, daughter, Ginna Masters of Fayetteville, Ga.; and brother Raoul of Pleasant Ridge. 

A memorial service is planned in Mich. in July. Memorial tributes may be sent to Portsbridge Hospice, 115 Huntington Park Drive, Fayetteville, Ga. 30214.
 

MABEL E. HUGHES

Mabel Hughes, 87, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Novi, died April 18, 2002, at Woodward Hills Nursing Home in Bloomfield Hills. She was born Nov. 11, 1914 in North Beaver, Pa. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Hughes is survived by son, Ronald L. (Terry) of Bloomfield Hills and grandchildren, Brian R., Todd A. and Heather.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment was private at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, Mich. Memorial tributes may be sent to, American Heart Association/Midwest Affiliate, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, Ill. 60678.

PHILIP C. BELL

Philip Bell, 58, of Fort Meyers, Fla., formerly of Birmingham, died April 18, 2002 at home. He was born July 21, 1943 in Pontiac.

Mr. Bell worked with his parents at the Bell Greenhouse and Florist in Birmingham until it was sold in the 1980s. He then worked at Secret Garden Floral in Auburn Hills until he moved to Fla. recently.

He is survived by his children, Kiersten K. Plymale of Northville, Mich., Samantha C. Brush of Royal Oak and Ryan P. of Northville; grandson, Alec; and brother, Jeffrey of Fort Meyers, Fla.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment was at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills. 

VIRGINIA MARY ARADAN

Virginia Aradan, 80, of Bloomfield Hills, died April 19, 2002 at West Bloomfield Nursing Home in West Bloomfield. She was born Nov. 21, 1921 in Akron, Ohio. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by husband George Steve; children, Linda (Martin) Goldman and George Carl (Phyllis); and grandson, Michael Alexander Goldman.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment was at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills. Memorial tributes may be sent to Beaumont Hospice Fund, 3601 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Mich. 48073.

ERIC A. ENGBLOM

Eric Engblom, 79, of Bloomfield Township, died April 21, 2002 at home. He was born Dec. 10, 1922 in Detroit.

He graduated from Royal Oak High School and Wayne State University. He was in the US Army Infantry WW II Europe; wounded at the Battle of the Bulge and awarded the Purple Heart. Mr. Engblom was a retired staff engineer from GM Tech Center and a consulting engineer. He was a registered professional engineer-State of Michigan. He was on the Board of Directors Christian Family Services for 25 years and President for 10 years; a member of Highland Park Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday School teacher and Choir member. He was also a member of Military Order of the Purple Heart and Disabled American Veterans. 

Mr. Engblom is survived by wife, Georgina; children, Suzanne Elizabeth (Gary) Johnson of Novi Township, Eric Albert (Cheryl) of Bloomfield Township and Edith Ingrid (Kirk) Landstrom of Madison Heights; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Douglas (Rita) of Marshall, Mich., and Stella Van Hove of Lapeer.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home in Berkley. Interment at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley. Memorial tributes may be sent to Christian Family Services.

EDNA HATLEN

Edna Hatlen, 84, of Boulder, Colo., died March 16, 2002, in Boulder. She was born Nov. 8, 1917, in Calumet, Mich.

Mrs. Hatlen is survived by daughters, Linda Bontempo and Kristin Garrett; grandchildren, Cristina, Patrick and Ellie; sisters, Elsie and Eva; and brother, Leslie.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2002, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church (Chapel), 1800 West Maple, Birmingham. Reception to follow.


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