Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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LINDA H. KNAPPENBERGER

Linda Knappenberger, 54, of Bloomfield Hills, died May 18, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Clinton Township. She was born Aug. 10, 1947, in Woodbury, N.J.

Mrs. Knappenberger was a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. She was a homemaker and active member at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham.

She is survived by husband, John J.; children, Jay W. and Thomas D.; mother, Janet E. Jackson of New Jersey; siblings, Kathleen Beaty of Connecticut, Janet Darazsdi of Maryland, Loretta Jackson of New Jersey and Mary Muldoon of New Jersey.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at First Presbyterian Church-Columbarium. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society.

MERRY MARGARET LAHER

Merry Laher, 83, of Birmingham and Largo, Fla., died May 14, 2002, at Lake Orion Nursing Home, Lake Orion. She was born August 18, 1918 in Grand Haven, Mich.

Mrs. Laher was an active charter volunteer for Hospice of Florida. She was a former professional model for Jam Handy film and print. She enjoyed fine dining and entertaining.

Mrs. Laher is survived by children, Leslie (Robert) Lazzerin of Bloomfield Hills and Lindy (Burton) Pomerantz of Boca Raton, Fla. 

A memorial service will be Saturday, June 1, 2002 at 11 a.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 32515 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak. Internment was at White Chapel in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Englewood, Colo. 80112.

IRENE DENADEL

Irene Denadel, 101, Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Kalamazoo, died May 18, 2002, in Bloomfield Hills. She was born May 2, 1901, in Kalamazoo.

Mrs. Denadel is survived by daughter, Virginia (Allan P.) Hascall of Bloomfield Hills; grandsons, Alan (Nancy) of Otsego, Mich., and John (Brenda) of Bloomfield Hills; great-grandchildren, Erik, Jill, J.D. and Kayla. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. R. Hamilton Company in Birmingham. A private interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo. 

DR. MICHAEL KIRK NICOLA

Dr. Michael Nicola, 75, of Livonia, died May 18, 2002, at Botsford General Hospital. He was born April 15, 1927 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Dr. Nicola attended St. Mary's of Redford and Cooley High School. He graduated from the University of Detroit and the University of Detroit School of Dentistry. He joined the Army and was stationed in post-World War II Germany during the occupation.

Dr. Nicola was known as "The Singing Dentist," he would sing as he had patients in the chair, making the experience go easier on his patients. He had offices in Detroit and Livonia. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Redford Western Golf & Country Club. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, music and played the uke and banjo. He belonged to St. Maurice Catholic Church in Livonia. 

Dr. Nicola is survived by children, Dianne (David) Ambrose of Chicago, Kirk (Laurel) of Beverly Hills, Nancy (Bob) of Orlando, Fla., James "Mickey" (Beth) of Redford and Michele (Robert) Kraska of Livonia; eight grandchildren; sisters, Emeline Fikany of St. Clair Shores and Elaine Hernwick of Grosse Pointe Woods; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home in Livonia. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be sent to Catholic Central High School, 14200 Breakfast Drive, Redford, Mich. 48239. 

MARILYN MALIN

Marilyn Malin, 60, of Birmingham, died May 20, 2002. She was born February 15, 1942.

She graduated from Western Michigan University. Mrs. Malin was co-owner of Staff Solutions, a Detroit company that linked low-income people with jobs in the suburbs. 

Leadership Detroit, a training arm of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce honored her with its Leadership Challenge Award for her charitable work on behalf of Samuel Gompers Elementary School in Detroit. She was also a recipient of Alternatives for Girls Role Model of the Year in May. Mrs. Malin served in Leadership Detroit; a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) former president and named one of the 10 Women of Distinction by NAWBO for leadership in civic affairs. Her firm won the Mass Mutual Blue Chip Enterprise Award and she was also on the Inc. Magazine top 500 fastest growing companies in the United States and the top 100 inner city companies in the United States.

Mrs. Malin is survived by husband, James; children, Mark (Cindy) of Chicago, Brett of Vail, Colo., Helena (Eric) Sillman of Clarkston, Suzanne (Jack) Connelly of Milford and Jamie (Kelly) of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Merideth, Allie, Morgan, Gabriella, Haylee, Caroline, Liam, Evan, Christopher, and Clare; and brothers, Peter, Tom, and James Scheid. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons in Clawson. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Watervliet, Mich. Memorial tributes may be sent to, Samuel Gompers Elementary School, 20601 West Davison, Detroit, Mich. 48223 or Alternatives for Girls, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit, Mich. 48216. 

JOANN E. TEWILLIAGER

Joann Tewilliager, 71, of Birmingham, died May 26, 2002, at home. She was born Dec. 31, 1930 in Pontiac.

Mrs. Tewilliager was employed at Wallace Plumbing and Birmingham Golf Courses. She was a member of St. Columban Catholic Church, Birmingham; Ladies Pinochle Group; an avid card player and golfer and a homemaker.

Mrs. Tewilliager is survived by husband, Herbert; children, Jerry (Teri), Jan, Jeff (Tracy), Joni (Pete) and Jim (Debbie); grandchildren, Adam, Lauren, Britta, and Emma; and brothers, Paul and Owen Smith.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. R. HamiltonCo. in Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Lung Association or Hospice of Southeast Michigan.

MARY SUE BEE CHURCH

Mary Sue Bee Church, 76, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Birmingham, died May 24, 2002, in Orlando. She was born April 21, 1926 in Detroit.

Mrs. Church is survived by children, James B. Leahy, Jr. of Orlando, Robert A. Leahy of New Haven,Conn., Lu (Les) Lupovich of Ivoryton, Conn., and Frank (Darcy) Leahy of Palmetto, Fla. ; grandchildren, Brian, Kevin, Hannah and Abigail.

A memorial service was held in Bradenton, Fla. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association. 

JOHN C. SECREST

John Secrest, 79, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Bloomfield Hills, died May 26, 2002, in Boynton Beach. He was born June 11, 1922 in Lakewood, Ohio.

Mr. Secrest graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and Harvard Business School after serving three years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed 13 years at Ford Motor Co. before joining American Motors Corporation. When he retired from AMC, he was group vice president in charge of Administration, Finance, International and Corporate Development. In 1980 and 1981, Mr. Secrest served as the only automotive representative on the United States Treasury Chrysler Loan Board.

He was an avid tennis player and continued to play some golf when possible.

Mr. Secrest is survived by wife, Harriet; children, Paul P. of Bloomfield Hills, Jeffrey A. of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Carol Chaikovsky of Englewood, Colo.; and five grandchildren. 

A memorial service, followed by a reception, was held at the Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church, 1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills on June 3. 

Memorial tributes may be sent to The National Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Miami, Fla. 33136.

SALAMEH "SAM" F. ZAWIDEH

Sam Zawideh, 75, died May 27, 2002 in North Oakland Medical Center in Pontiac. He was born Dec. 11, 1926 in Madaba, Jordan.

Mr. Zawideh came to America in the 1950s and worked as a chemist at Pontiac Motors. From there, he opened and owned several different restaurants, Encore Restaurants, Cordoba Restaurant, in Livonia, Kingsley Inn Hotel and Restaurant and Dad'z Chicken. He retired, then entered real estate brokering with Century 21 commercial brokerage services.

He is survived by wife, Alice; children, Marwan, Jerry (Hanan), Layla (Hamid) Mohyi, Sonia (Michael) Basin and Robert (Arlene); 11 grandchildren; and siblings, Gabe, Shafiq, Ikbal Alamat, Shafiqa and Abla. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at Pine Lake Cemetery, West Bloomfield. Memorial tributes may be sent to American Diabetes Association. 

JOANN E. TEWILLIAGER

Joann Tewilliager, 71, of Birmingham, died May 26, 2002, at home. She was born Dec. 31, 1930 in Pontiac.

Mrs. Tewilliager was employed at Wallace Plumbing and Birmingham Golf Courses. She was a member of St. Columban Catholic Church, Birmingham; Ladies Pinochle Group; an avid card player and golfer and a homemaker.

Mrs. Tewilliager is survived by husband, Herbert; children, Jerry (Teri), Jan, Jeff (Tracy), Joni (Pete) and Jim (Debbie); grandchildren, Adam, Lauren, Britta, and Emma; and brothers, Paul and Owen Smith.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. R. HamiltonCo. in Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Lung Association or Hospice of Southeast Michigan.

MARY SUE BEE CHURCH

Mary Sue Bee Church, 76, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Birmingham, died May 24, 2002, in Orlando. She was born April 21, 1926 in Detroit.

Mrs. Church is survived by children, James B. Leahy, Jr. of Orlando, Robert A. Leahy of New Haven,Conn., Lu (Les) Lupovich of Ivoryton, Conn., and Frank (Darcy) Leahy of Palmetto, Fla.; grandchildren, Brian, Kevin, Hannah and Abigail. 

A memorial service was held in Bradenton, Fla. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association. 

EDWARD FRANCIS SIMON

Edward Simon, 74, of Birmingham, died June 1, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Southfield. He was born July 25, 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mr. Simon was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by General Motors as a photographer.

He is survived by wife, Patricia; children, Mary Beth (Clinton) Avant and Paul; grandchildren, Christopher and Daniel Simon; and siblings, Joseph, Richard and Cecelia.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Birmingham. 

ROBERT BRUCE RICHARDS

Robert Richards, 72, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Royal Oak, died June 2, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born June 19, 1929 in Detroit.

Mr. Richards was a graduate of Birmingham High School, Lawrence Tech and Michigan State University. He was a U.S. Army veteran in the Korean Conflict-regimental combat. Mr. Richards was a member of the Troy American Legion and the Eagles in Gaylord. He was retired from General Motors as a mechanical engineer. He enjoyed auto racing, traveling, (especially to Gaylord, Florida and Calif.) hunting, and was an antique car buff.

Mr. Richards is survived by children, Geoffrey of Calif., Janet (Gary) Garofalo of Calif., Ronald B. of Gaylord and Robin (Kevin) Maloney of White Lake, Mich.; grandchildren, Barbra Dunkley, Lynette Berman and Caitlin Maloney; great-grandchildren, Anika and Taryn Dunkley; and brother, Peter Michael of Florida. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment was a private cremation. Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association.

EDWARD FRANCIS SIMON

Edward Simon, 74, of Birmingham, died June 1, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Southfield. He was born July 25, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mr. Simon was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by General Motors as a photographer.

He is survived by wife, Patricia; children, Mary Beth (Clinton) Avant and Paul; grandchildren, Christopher and Daniel Simon; and siblings, Joseph, Richard and Cecelia.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Birmingham. 

ROBERT BRUCE RICHARDS

Robert Richards, 72, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Royal Oak, died June 2, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born June 19, 1929 in Detroit.

Mr. Richards was a graduate of Birmingham High School, Lawrence Tech and Michigan State University. He was a U.S. Army veteran in the Korean Conflict-regimental combat. Mr. Richards was a member of the Troy American Legion and the Eagles in Gaylord. He was retired from General Motors as a mechanical engineer. He enjoyed auto racing, traveling, (especially to Gaylord, Florida and Calif.) hunting, and was an antique car buff. 

Mr. Richards is survived by children, Geoffrey of Calif., Janet (Gary) Garofalo of Calif., Ronald B. of Gaylord and Robin (Kevin) Maloney of White Lake, Mich.; grandchildren, Barbra Dunkley, Lynette Berman and Caitlin Maloney; great-grandchildren, Anika and Taryn Dunkley; and brother, Peter Michael of Florida.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment was a private cremation. Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association.

HELENE R. MORRIS

Helene Morris, 93, of Alaska, formerly Birmingham, died May 25, 2002, in Sidotna, Alaska. She was born March 15, 1909 in Ludington, Mich.

Mrs. Morris was a longtime member of Holy Name Parish.

She is survived by children, Clara Miller of Alaska, Nancy Morris of Calif., and daughter-in-law, Jane Lewis of Illinois; grandchildren, Robert Lewis, Donna Dobrovits, Jane Grant, Warren Lewis, James Miller and Jody Notley; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, June 8, at the Oakland Avenue Chapel of the Huntoon Funeral Home, 79 Oakland Avenue, Pontiac. There will be a visitation period Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Pontiac.

EDWARD J. GEHRINGER

Edward Gehringer, 89, of Beverly Hills, died May 30, 2002 at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born Oct. 25, 1912, in Richmond, Mich. 

He graduated from the University of Detroit. He also served in the U.S. Navy for five years during World War II. Mr. Gehringer was a watchmaker and jeweler and owned The Gehringer Jewelers at Oakland Mall. He was a member and past president of Alpha Sigma Nu (A National Jesuit Honor Society), member and past president of Michigan Retailers Association; co-founder and past president of Michigan Jewelers Association and a long time member of Red Run Golf Club.

Mr. Gehringer is survived by wife, Marie Zanoli Gehringer; children, Maryann (Hank) Roeglin, Dr. Edward (Carol), Joseph (Donna) Zanoli and Michael (Suzanne) Zanoli; three grandchildren; and brother, Dr. Norman F. Gehringer.

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

WILLIAM JOHNSON HARAHAN III

William Harahan, 71, Sarasota, Fla., formerly Birmingham, died June 3, 2002, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla. He was born Jan. 26, 1931 in New York City.

Mr. Harahan graduated from St. Benedictine Military Academy; attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the University of Detroit. He was a captain in the Air Force in 1952-1954.

He loved tennis, football and rowing. He rowed at the Detroit Boat Club in the 1950s and was an assistant manager of the U.S. Rowing Team at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He also received a "Pat on the Back Award" from Sports Illustrated for his efforts supporting and promoting rowing in Detroit and nationally. 

He was employed at Ford Motor Co. as a director of Technical Planning, often traveling to Japan. After retiring from Ford, Mr. Harahan was an executive vice president of manufacturing for Denso, a Tier 1 Japanese automotive supplier.

He was a life member of the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club; the Society of Automotive Engineers; and past president of "Friends of Detroit" Rowing. He was also the editor and publisher of a weekly Harahan Family Clan Report.

Mr. Harahan is survived by wife, Brenda; children, Catharine (Steven) McConnell, Susannah (James) Szabo, Mary Ann (Lawrence) Kosciulek, Meighan Harahan, Cynthia (Reed) Breland, Gretchen (Bruce) Kolbezen and William Johnson, IV (Rebekah); and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Birmingham on June 15, 2002, at 11 a.m. Memorial tributes may be made to the Monastery of the Poor Clares, 3501 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, Ohio, 44111. 

ERIC A. BARRON

Eric Barron, 41, of Bloomfield Hills, died May 23, 2002, in Ferndale. He was born July 9, 1960, in London, England.

Mr. Barron was a self-employed landscaper and painter.

He is survived by parents, Robert and Anna Rita; sisters, Jennifer (David Wells) and Gail (Milot)Faria; nieces and nephews, Leron, Paul, Elisabeth, Anna and Andre.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Torch Lake, Mich. Memorial tributes may be sent to Insight Recovery Center, Life Preserver Fund, 1110 Eldon Baker Drive, Flint, Mich. 48507.

HELEN L. WISE

Helen Wise, 86, of Birmingham, died June 5, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital. She was born April 4, 1915, in Detroit.

Mrs. Wise was retired from JL Hudsons and was also a volunteer at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak for 10 years.

She is survived by children, Mary Lou E. Steur, Susan P. (Richard) Trumble, Thomas V. and Ronald R.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to Gilda's Club Metro Detroit, 3517 Rochester Road, Royal Oak, Mich., 48073.


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