Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries


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Bradford Morrell, Birmingham, died June 13, 2002, at home. 

He graduated from Western Michigan University. He worked for 25 years for the government in Washington, D.C. Mr. Morrell was an active Eagle Scout; a member of the First Baptist Church in Birmingham; and a world traveler.

Mr. Morrell is survived by mother, Evelyn; sister, Marjorie Paulson; niece, Paige and nephew, Alan.

Interment was at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Memorial tributes may be sent to First Baptist Church in Birmingham or Leader Dogs For the Blind, 10398 Rochester Road, Rochester, Mich. 48307.


Meta Clement, 79, of Rochester Hills, formerly Birmingham and Troy, died June 26, 2002, at Georgian Bloomfield Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 6, 1923, in Parsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

Mrs. Clement was a retired dietitian for the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company. 

She is survived by husband, Richard; children, John and Phil (Jeanne); granddaughter, Taylor; sister, Elizabeth Markes.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to Alzheimer's Association, 17220 West 12 Mile Road, Suite 100, Southfield, Mich. 48076.


Donna Shapiro, 57, of Birmingham, died June 29, 2002. She was born July 28, 1944.

Mrs. Shapiro is survived by husband, Jack; children, Morris "MG," and Sara; and mother, Lillian Lebowitz.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield. Interment at Oakview Cemetery.


Marilyn Spencer, 76, of Bloomfield Township, died June 28, 2002, at home. She was born July 10, 1925 in Detroit.

Mrs. Spencer was a graduate of Wayne State University, Cranbrook and Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center. She was employed as a teacher in the Detroit Public Schools; an artist and writer. She painted over 350 paintings that are in public and private collections. As a writer, she was a published author of children's stories, essays and light verse and an unpublished author of three mysteries. She was also a docent at Cranbrook Institute of Science. Mrs. Spencer was a member of the Birmingham Society of Women Painters; Detroit Women Writers; Palette and Brush Club; American Birding Association; Oakland Audubon Society; Arizona Artists Guild; Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center; DIA Founder's Society; American Contract Bridge League; The Nature Conservatory; and Grand Traverse Nature Conservatory. She was an avid birder (birded in 25 states and provinces of Canada), bridge player, crossword puzzle player and traveler.

Mrs. Spencer is survived by husband, Andrew R., children, Dr. Gary C. (Beth) of Muskegon, Linda C. of Ann Arbor and Dr. James C. (Vickie) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and grandchildren, Amy (Stephen) McKenna, Sara, Laura-Anne, Hannah and Emma.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Company in Birmingham. Her remains were scattered at Northminster Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden in Troy. 


Denise Bowman, 42, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly Auburn Hills, died June 25, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. She was born April 2, 1960, in Detroit.

Mrs. Bowman was a graduate of Troy High School and Western Michigan University. She had worked in Chicago for 11 years where she sold consulting services for Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) For the past nine years she was a homemaker. Mrs. Bowman supported many local charities and assisted friends and family who were ill or in need.

She is survived by husband, Mark W.; children, Thomas V., Mackinaw W., and Briggs A.; parents, Joan Ruen and Thomas Watrous; siblings, Thomas Watrous, Jr. and Debra Marie Watrous.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Memorial tributes may be sent to ALS of Michigan, 8521 Lyndon Street, Ste. 200, Detroit, Mich. 48238. 


Charles McGregor, 79, of Birmingham, died June 21, 2002 at Fisherman's Hospital in Marathon, Fla. 

Mr. McGregor was a World War II veteran of the Third Infantry Division, who received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre. He was an electrical engineer employed by General Motors in Pontiac. He was active in golfing, fishing and walking.

Mr. McGregor is survived by wife, Margaret Sell McGregor; children, Ronald Cameron (Carol) "Wally," and Jaquelynn (James) Frey; and grandson, Connor James.

The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home in Key West, Fla., has arranged to transfer Mr. McGregor's remains to the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., where a service has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 3 p.m. in the Ft. Meyers Old Post Chapel. 


Doris Wehe, 85, of Birmingham, died July 1, 2002, at home. She was born May 11, 1917 in San Francisco, Calif.

Mrs. Wehe attended the University of California. She was a member of the Birmingham Town Club, St. James Episcopal Church of Birmingham and was one of the founders of the Episcopal Home (St. Anne's Mead).

She is survived by sons, Donald L. (Merri) of Atlanta, Ga. and David K. (Donna) of Ann Arbor; granddaughters, Laura, Carolyn, Jennifer and Erin; and brother, Roland P. Kearns.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment will be in California. Memorial tributes may be sent to San Domenico School, Development Office, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselma, Calif. 94960.


William Nance, 79, of Troy and Ft. Meyers, Fla., died June 29, 2002, in Royal Oak. He was born September 5, 1922 in Louisiana. 

Mr. Nance graduated from Beaumont High School in Mississippi; attended Ellisville Junior College; and graduated from Bowling Green Business University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was a U. S. Army veteran assigned to the 1816th Ordinance Company with the Army Air Corps. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II with the rank of Technical Sergeant.

He was retired from Vlasic Foods where he was senior vice president of administration. He had stayed on at Vlasic as a consultant to oversee the construction of a new headquartes building in Farmington Hills. Mr. Nance was a former chairman of the board of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Bank, formerly on the board of trustees for the University of Detroit and Providence Hospital, where he also served as chairman of the board of trustees. He participated in Indian Guides with his sons. He was a member of the Caberfae Ski Club in Cadillac, Mich.; the Beverly Hills Athletic Club; Forest Country Club in Ft. Meyers, Fla.; a member of the board of directors for Real Estate One and Variety Vending company. Mr. Nance enjoyed world travels with his grandchildren, was a avid golfer, writer and continued his education in the science and humanities, both formally and informally. 

He is survived by wife, Jean Halley Martin; children, William M., Judith Ann, Robert G. and Jane Elizabeth; grandchildren, Lindsey, Nick, Robert, Clayton, Rob, Bill, Christopher, Michelle, and John; and great-granddaughter, Olivia.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Memorial tributes may be made to Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore, Md. 21236.


Donald McIver, 96, of Farmington, died June 30, 2002, at home. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1906. He emigrated to the United States in 1907.

Mr. McIver graduated from the Engineering School of Ohio Northern University, where he belonged to, and was president of the chapter of, Phi Mu Delta Fraternity. During World War II, he was a loaned executive to the U.S. Government War Production Board in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. McIver was a long time captain of the machine tool industry. He was the president of the National Machine Tool Builders Association in 1968, his picture appeared on the cover of Automotive Industry News. He was an avid boater and a 50-year member of the Detroit Yacht Club. He cruised in the waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in his yacht, The "Mis-Mac."

Mr. McIver is survived by children, Jean Libcke, and Donald H.; grandchildren, J. Robert Libcke, Martha Sorge, Jane Dittus, Margaret McIver and Donald Hugh McIver III; and great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, James, Kaitlin, Kristen, J. William and Thomas.

A memorial is planned for Friday, July 12 at 3 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills in Bloomfield Township. 


Charles L. "Chuck" Burns, 85, of Birmingham, formerly Detroit, died July 4, 2002, He was born May 25, 1917, in Detroit.

Mr. Burns graduated from Eastern High School in Detroit. He was a local builder and developer and table tennis champion. He was well-known in Detroit after opening a table tennis hall in the 1930s across from Wayne City College. (Wayne State) Mr. Burns turned his table tennis into a vaudeville-style act and toured the world with the USO during the latter part of World War II. When he returned home he entered the real estate business, selling low-cost homes to returning GI's. At this time, he also was a U.S. runner-up in table tennis and Canadian champion. He won the Michigan title 18 times over 30 years. He had won a total of 27 national titles and 17 international titles and served as president of the United States Table Tennis Association. He was inducted into the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, the U.S. Table Tennis Hall of Fame and the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Mr. Burns is survived by children, Ron, Douglas, Paul and Elizabeth Powers; and grandsons, Levi, Drew, Reed, Chase and Griffin.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Ira Kaufman Funeral Chapel in Southfield.


John Hedrick, 95, of Waterford, formerly of Birmingham, died July 5, 2002, in Waterford.

Mr. Hedrick was successful in the printing business in Saginaw, where he served as the president of the Seemann & Peters Printing Co. until retirement in 1964.

He is survived by children, Barbara A. Bowman of Birmingham, James B. of Sylvan Lake and Alan (Dorie) Marshall of Orchard Lake; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home, Godhardt-Tomlinson Chapel in Keego Harbor. His remains were cremated. Memorial tributes may be sent to Alzheimer's Association or the U of M Alumni Association.


Richard Kassabian, 38, of Birmingham, died July 2, 2002, in a motorcycle accident. He was born November 19, 1963 in Birmingham.

Mr. Kassabian graduated from Birmingham Seaholm High School. He was adept at fixing things. His interests and abilities were broad and varied.

He is survived by wife, Bencha; son, Marvin; mother Mary; sister, Mary Ann; inlaws, Chaiun and Wanida Khemumnaj; nephew, Brett Wilson; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley. 


Robert Rothman, 77, of Bloomfield Hills, died June 30, 2002. He was born May 17, 1925 in Detroit. 

Mr. Rothman graduated from Wayne State University. He was retired from Standard Federal Bank, where he was a senior vice president. 

He is survived by son, Michael Vitti, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 29350 Southfield Road, Suite 110, Southfield, Mich. 48076.


Clare Shepard, 75, of White Lake, formerly of West Bloomfield, died July 8, 2002. 

He was a member of Pine Lake Country Club and retired from Timkem Bearing.

Mr. Shepard is survived by children, Beth Shepard of San Antonio, Texas, and Bobi (Chip) Tallinger of Birmingham; stepsons, Duke (Terri) McIntosh of Waterford and Mike (Teresa) McIntosh of Oxford; grandchildren, Chelsea and Marissa.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home Godhardt-Tomlinson Chapel in Keego Harbor. Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Cancer Society.


Marie-France Curtin, 59, of Bloomfield Hills, died July 8, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born Aug. 23, 1942, in Angers, France.

Mrs. Curtin taught at Detroit Country Day School and at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. She was a former assistant pastor at Congregational Church of Birmingham; a volunteer at Cranbrook Hospice and the Lighthouse in Pontiac; and a member of American Association of Teachers of French. 

She is survived by husband, Raymond; children, Laura (Joseph) Nicholson of Marietta, Ga., and David of Pontiac; grandchildren, Alexa and Kyra Nicholson; mother, Georgette Brochard of Angers, France; and sibling, Jean Brochard of Paris, France.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home. Interment at St. Hugo of the Hills Church Columbarium. Memorial tributes may be sent to The Haven. 


Ruth Davey, 90, of Birmingham, died July 9, 2002, at Georgian Bloomfield. She was born December 3, 1911, in Detroit.

Mrs. Davey was a graduate of the Detroit Business College. She was employed as a bookkeeper with the Detroit Public School System, working mostly with The George Trade School and the Trombley Trade School. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham and an avid sportswoman.

Mrs. Davey is survived by stepchildren, Marilyn Davey DeGour of Arizona and Edward Davey of Arizona; sisters, Jean Krueger of St. Clair Shores and Elinor Phillips of Dearborn; also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to The First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 1589 West Maple, Birmingham, Mich. 48009. 


Bruce Brown, 55, of London, England, formerly of Birmingham, died July 9, 2002, in London. He was born in Detroit on Jan. 12, 1947.

Mr. Brown graduated from Groves High School, Cleveland Institute of Arts, and attended Bath Academy of Art in England. He was a renowned photographer who had received many awards and held many exhibits. His interests included travel, photography and art.

He is survived by parents, Marjorie and Kenneth "Doug" of Portage, Mich.; sisters, Christina (Dane) Alexander of Mattawan, Mich., and Barbara (Robert) Bonte of Marshall, Mich.; daughter, Ruby Holin-Brown and her mother, Annabel of England; and nephews, Kevin, Tyler, Robert and Daniel. 

His remains were cremated and will be interred at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills, Mich.


Albert Albert, 90, of Royal Oak, died July 7, 2002, at Waltonwood Assisted Living in Royal Oak. He was born February 14, 1912, in Ironwood, Mich.

Mr. Albert graduated from Luther Wright High School in Ironwood and attended Marquette University. He was an accountant for GM and sold shoes at Sibley and Sherman Shoes.

He was a collector of many things. He had interests in computers and Lebanese cooking. He also volunteered at Ascension of Christ Lutheran Church in Beverly Hills, helping in the office with the office equipment and computers.

Mr. Albert is survived by daughter, Georgiana (Charles) Jackson; grandchildren, Kevin (Diane), Peter (Lisa), and Elizabeth (Jonah) Burakowski; ten great-grandchildren; and siblings, LaMese Davies, Lucille Hurrell, Rosemarie Butman, Sam, Jim and Fred.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to Lutheran Hour Ministries or Ascension of Christ Lutheran Church, 16935 West 14 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, Mich. 48025. 

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