Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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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 of 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.

FRANK MC LAUGHLIN

Frank McLaughlin, 77, of Florida, died April 19, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Detroit. 

Mr. McLaughlin is survived by sons, Mike (Judy), Bill (Gail) and Bob (Connie) and grandchildren, Matt, Chris, Jason, Katie and Rob.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons in Clawson. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. Memorial tributes may be sent to Karmanos Cancer Institute, 18831 West 12 Mile Road, Lathrup Village, Mich. 48076-9806.

LILLIAN BEATRICE HARTKOPF

Lillian Hartkopf, 86, of Birmingham died April 19, 2002, in Birmingham. She was born Sept. 10, 1915, in Marion, Ill. 

She was employed as an assistant manager for Birmingham Seaholm cafeteria. She was a member of the Michigan Education Association. Her interests included, gardening and collectibles.

Mrs. Hartkopf is survived by her children, Virgil (Jacqueline) of Birmingham, James Henry of Pacific Grove, Calif., Shirley of Flushing, Mich., and Patricia Ann (Robert) Henke of Farmington; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and a sister Eva Jean Blankenship.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be sent to Michigan Humane Society or Arthritis Foundation.

DOROTHY HOLSTEIN

Dorothy Holstein, 91, of Bloomfield Hills, died April 21, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. She was born Nov. 5, 1910, in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in Windsor, lived in Detroit and Bloomfield Hills. Mrs. Holstein was a member of St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield for over 75 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Filo, and son, John (Patricia) Vitta, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons in Clawson. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit.

MABEL AILEE ELIZABETH MORNING ALEXANDER 

Mabel Alexander, 101, died April 24, 2002 at Charter House Nursing Home in Farmington Hills. She was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. 

She was a talented musician and composer who studied music at the Toronto Conservation of Music and taught several generations of students in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Milford. She was a long-time member of West Oakland Music Teacher Association, also an honorary member.

Mrs. Alexander is survived by daughters, Ann Mitchell and Isabel Johnson; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Harris Funeral Home in Livonia.

HUBERT JAMES "MIKE" QUINN

Hubert Quinn, 79, of Greenville, S.C., died April 20, 2002. He was born July 3, 1922 in St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada. 

He attended Culver Military Academy and Michigan State University. He was a First Lt. in the U.S. Army in WW II and Korea. Mr. Quinn was past president of Junior Chamber of Commerce in Birmingham. Before his retirement, he was a real estate broker in Florida and South Carolina.

While in Florida, he served as past state president of the Florida Association of Realtors Associates Division and past president of Pompano Beach Realtors Associate Division. He was later associated with Yeargin Construction Company in Greenville, S.C., as personnel director. He was a Communicant of the Church of the Redeemer Episcopal.

Mr. Quinn is survived by his wife, Rev. Carolee Sproull-Quinn; children, Wendy Lee Quinn (Dr. B. Paul) Kellett, Michael William (Deborah) of Winnsboro and Steven Hubert of Greenville; and a sister, Suzanne Quinn (Michael James) Conner. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Mackey Mortuary in Greenville, S.C. Interment was at Oakdale Cemetery in Hendersonville, N.C. Memorial tributes may be sent to Church of the Redeemer, P.O. Box 8155, Station A, Greenville, S.C. 29604.

MATTHEW W. REID

Matthew Reid, 45, of California, died April 7, 2002 at UCLA Cancer Center of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was born June 12, 1956.

Mr. Reid attended the Birmingham Schools, then moved to Boulder, Colo., and on to Washington State and from there to California. He was a skier, hiker and biker, once riding from Boulder to Birmingham. He played the piano, bagpipes and fiddle, attending fiddle camps in Scotland, Ireland and the U.S. 

Mr. Reid is survived by his parents, Bob and Marietta Reid of Bloomfield Village; brothers, Rick of Birmingham, Chris and Rob of Seattle, Wash.; and his long-time companion, Gretchen Buck of California.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 3, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cranbrook, where he was baptized and confirmed. 

JOSEPH WYCKOFF

Joseph Wyckoff, 76, of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Birmingham, died April 19, 2002, in Fla. 

Mr. Wyckoff was in the Navy Air Corps in World War II. He was an Eagle Scout and before retirement he was a Scout Executive of the Detroit Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. He received many distinguished awards throughout his career.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter, Deborah (Stephen) Harris; grandchildren, Amanda and Alex; siblings, Maryann (Marvin) Debbink, and Jerome (Barbara); and 10 nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held in late June in the Detroit area.

Memorial tributes may be sent to The Detroit Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1776 West Warren, Detroit, Mich. 48208.

JEAN E. SEIP

Jean Seip, 88, of Berkley, died April 19, 2002 at home. She was born Jan. 16, 1914 in Detroit.

She is survived by children, Martha J. (Alfonso) Seip-Castillo of North Branch, Alice F.(Kirit) Ravani of Farmington Hills and Robert W. of Sterling Heights; grandchildren, Matthew A. Goodnow, Jenna, Maya & Jay Ravani; great-grandchildren, Laura and Samantha Goodnow; and sister, Barbara (Dean) Ingram of Santa Barbara, Calif.

A memorial will be held, Saturday, May 4, at the Chapel of the Flowers at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Detroit Zoological Society.

FREEMAN M. WILNER, M.D.

Freeman Wilner, 75, of Beverly Hills, died April 24, 2002 at home. He was born June 14, 1926, in Detroit.

Dr. Wilner graduated with honors from Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He served in the Army Air Force, then went on to Wayne State University and Wayne State University School of Medicine. 

He did his internship at Detroit Receiving Hospital; became Chief Resident there and specialized in Hematology. Dr. Wilner held professional appointments in several area hospitals during his career. At his death, he was Medical Director, at Rose Cancer Center, William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was a member of Wayne County, Oakland County and Michigan State Medical Societies; the A.M.A.; Alpha Omega Alpha; the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Hematology; International Society of Hematology; World Federation of Hemophilia; Detroit Academy of Medicine (past president, also) and the Anthony Wayne Society. Dr. Wilner was an instructor at several area hospitals and had his observations and articles published in Medical Journals.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Louise; children, Jeffrey (Terry) of Bloomfield Hills, Robert (Malou) of Chicago, Paul (Grace) of Okemos, and Laura (Andrew) Craig of Beverly Hills; grandchildren, Julie, Jennifer, Lindsey, Brooke, Jake and Christopher; siblings, Robert, Linda Seidman and Joyce Stone.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Harbor Springs. Memorial tributes may be sent to Freeman Wilner Foundation, Rose Cancer Center, 3577 W. 13 Mile Road, Suite 103, Royal Oak, Mich. 48073.

RICHARD L. CARLSON

Richard Carlson, 56, of Birmingham, died at home, May 11, 2002. He was born February 26, 1946 in Jamestown, N.Y.

He served in the U.S. Navy and achieved the rank of lieutenant. He was a senior partner in the law firm of Harness Dickey and Pierce in Troy, specializing in intellectual property matters. His interests included neighborhood, school and sports activities, woodworking, boating, scuba diving and sport car activities. Mr. Carlson enjoyed working several SCCA races in flagging and communications.

Mr. Carlson is survived by wife, Christine, sons, Keith and Kevin; siblings, Pat (Dan) Harrington and Ron (Ann); and two nieces and four nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons in Clawson. Memorial tributes may be sent to Karmanos Cancer Institute, 110 East Warren Ave., Detroit 48204.

REVEREND FRANK B. COWICK

Rev. Frank Cowick, 76, died May 10, 2002 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Farmington Hills. He was born November 15, 1925 in Monmouth, Ill.

Rev. Cowick was a graduate of Western High School in Detroit, Detroit Institute of Technology, Wayne State University, Detroit College of Law and Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary, which is part of Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill. He also received an honorary doctorate from Northwestern University. 

He served the United Methodist Church for 45 years in Birmingham/Bloomfield area and was associated with Franklin Community Church in Franklin for many years. After retiring, Rev. Cowick served at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw in Pastoral Care.

He is survived by children, Anne C. Hampson of Oakland County , Laurel Larkins of Louisville, Ky., and Blaine of Castro Valley, Calif.; and grandchildren, Betsy, Kendall, Melissa, Russell and James.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at Franklin Cemetery in Franklin. Memorial tributes may be sent to Franklin Community Church, 26425 Wellington, Franklin, Mich. 48025 or Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Ill. 60201. 

ALBERT "JERRY" CARLSON

Albert Carlson, 89, of Bloomfield Hills, died May 14, 2002 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. He was born May 17, 1912 in Big Rock, Ill.

Mr. Carlson was a graduate of University of Illinois. He was a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army serving in the European Theater of operations during WW II, including North Africa. He was an engineer with Ingersoll Milling Company at Rockford, Ill. 

He was an avid golfer and sailor.

Mr. Carlson is survived by wife, Charlotte F.; daughter, Barbara (David) Boldt of Columbus, Ohio; son Tom (Barbara) of Ann Arbor; step-daughter, Linda (Alan) Harris of Hadley, Mass.; two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. of Birmingham. Interment was at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

MARY L. SHEPHERD

Mary Shepherd, 86, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Birmingham, died April 30, 2002 at HealthSouth Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital in Vero Beach. She was born July 10, 1915, in Detroit. 

She was a graduate of University of Michigan. Mrs. Shepherd was a homemaker and a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Vero Beach Yacht Club and Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach. While in Birmingham, she was a member of Christ Church Cranbrook.

Mrs. Shepherd is survived by children, John R. of Vero Beach, Fla., and Susan A. Patterson of Spring, Texas; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Waterman of Orange, Fla.

Memorial tributes may be sent to American Heart Association, 2800 Aurora Road, Melbourne, Fla. 32935.

Cremation services were provided by Indian River Cremation Inc., Vero Beach.

WAYNE A. BROOKS

Wayne Brooks, 81, of Beverly Hills, died May 14, 2002 at home. He was born Dec. 1, 1920, in Detroit.

Mr. Brooks graduated from Western High School and Lawrence Technological University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, Special Services (Bugler).

He retired as Head Staff Engineer, Chassis Design for General Motors Car Division. He established the Wayne Brooks Orchestra, a 10-piece band that played locally. He played trombone, piano and the organ. Mr. Brooks was an active member at the Congregational Church of Birmingham; a member of BBASC, and GM Engineering Executive Club. He was a fine craftsman and woodworker and an avid bridge player. 

Mr. Brooks is survived by wife, Betty; stepchildren, J.N. (Joyce) Musto of Hawaii, Rick (Pat) Musto of Georgia, Ron (Karen) Musto of California; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Memorial tributes may be sent to Congregational Church of Birmingham, 1000 Cranbrook Road, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 48304.

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.

CHARLES E. LE ROY

Charles LeRoy, 79, of Beverly Hills, formerly of Pleasant Ridge, died May 8, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. He was born Dec. 255, 1922, in Madison, Wis.

Mr. LeRoy was a graduate of Wayne State University-School of Pharmacy. He co-founded, with his wife, the Poly Clinic Pharmacy in Detroit. After his retirement, he was a pharmacist at Henry Ford Hospital. He was a former Life Member of Grosse Isle Yacht Club and former member of Oak Club in Wyandotte. Mr. LeRoy enjoyed history, politics, the stock market, boating, hockey, high school athletics and spectator sports.

He is survived by wife, Cassie; children, Dolores M., and Annette M. (Charles) Zammit; grandchildren, Christopher, Mark and John-Paul.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

MARY D. OBST

Mary Obst, 55, of Royal Oak, died April 4, 2002. 

She was a graduate of Barnard College and Wayne State University. She worked as a librarian for the Detroit Public Library system. 

Most widely known as Mary Holmes, the name she used as the co-author with Kevin A. Barry of the "Our Life and Times" column in the News & Letters newspaper. She also co-authored two other works, Notes on Women's Liberation and Working Women For Freedom. She worked extensively on Raya Dunayevskaya's, Marxist-Humanist philosopher who founded News & Letters, manuscript collection donated to the Walter Reuther Library and was cataloguing her personal library.

Ms. Obst was fully committed to women's liberation; loved animals, the environment and gardening.

There will be a Memorial Meeting to celebrate her life, June 2, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Conley Branch of the Detroit Public Library, 4600 Martin in southwest Detroit. 

REVEREND FRANK B. COWICK

Rev. Frank Cowick, 76, died May 10, 2002 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Farmington Hills. He was born November 15, 1925 in Monmouth, Ill..

Rev. Cowick was a graduate of Western High School in Detroit, Detroit Institute of Technology, Wayne State University, Detroit College of Law and Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary, which is part of Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill. He also received an honorary doctorate from Northwestern University. 

He served the United Methodist Church for 45 years in Birmingham/Bloomfield area and was associated with Franklin Community Church in Franklin for many years. After retiring, Rev. Cowick served at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw in Pastoral Care.

He is survived by children, Anne C. Hampson of Oakland County , Laurel Larkins of Louisville, Ky., and Blaine of Castro Valley, Calif.; and grandchildren, Betsy, Kendall, Melissa, Russell and James. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at Franklin Cemetery in Franklin. Memorial tributes may be sent to Franklin Community Church, 26425 Wellington, Franklin, Mich. 48025 or Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Ill. 60201. 

EMMETT E. HIXON

Emmett Hixon, 85, of East Lansing, formerly from Birmingham, died May 10, 2002, in East Lansing. He was born May 28, 1916 in Hattiesburg, Ms.

He graduated from New Mexico State University. During World War II he was an executive in manufacturing military explosives and trained management personnel to operate other government ordinance plants. He was employed by Hercules, Inc. as director of the Transportation Industry Marketing Division. Mr. Hixon was active in many automotive industry societies, SAE, SPE, SPI and ACS and worked on many plastic applications. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award from New Mexico State University; served on the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Transportation in Washington, D.C., and worked with NASA. Mr. Hixon was an avid golfer at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham; a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, the Wilmington Delaware Country Club and Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing.

He is survived by wife, Marie J.; daughter, Patricia Ann (M.David) Campbell; grandson, Malcolm D. , III; and siblings, Joe of Houston, Texas and Kay Allen of Austin, Texas.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Gorsline-Runciman Company in East Lansing. Interment at Acacia Memorial Park Mausoleum in Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be sent to Burcham Hills Foundation, 3700 Burcham, East Lansing, Mich. 48823 or to the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham.


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