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John Samuel Delos

John Delos, 89, of Bloomfield Township, died July 17, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. 

Mr. Delos graduated from the University of Michigan. He worked as a chemist for GM at the General Motors Headquarters in Detroit until his retirement in 1978. He was active with the Baldwin Public Library and the Birmingham Men's Club. He was chairman of the Library Fund-Raising Committee. He enjoyed inventing things and loved to play bridge.

Mr. Delos is survived by children, Joanna Delos Fryer of London, England, John B. of Williamsburg, Va., and Charles G. of Reston, Va.; nine grandchildren; and brother, Rev. Bernard Delos, of Reston, Va.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Baldwin Public Library, 300 West Merrill, in downtown Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be made to the Baldwin Public Library. 

Mary H. Collins Post

Mary Post, 87, of Grand Rapids, Ohio, formerly of Birmingham and Troy, died July 19, 2002 in Grand Rapids, Ohio. She was born Aug. 23, 1914 in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Mrs. Post graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Michigan. She was a music teacher in the public schools. She was also a private piano teacher. She was a member of Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills; a singer in the church choir; a Pi Beta Phi Sorority at Ohio Wesleyan University Monnett Club. She was also a cat fancier.

Mrs. Post is survived by children, Priscilla (Lajos) Lazar-Post of Nuenan, Netherlands and Frederick R. (Ginger) of Grand Rapids, Ohio; and grandson, Philip Lazar, of Nuenan, Netherlands.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Wright Funeral Home in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Interment at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley. Memorial tributes may be made to Planned Parenthood, 4299 County Road 1-2, Swanton, Ohio 43558. 

Josephine Woods Woodman

Josephine Woodman, 81, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Birmingham, died July 19, 2002, in Florida. She was born in West Virginia.

She graduated from Highland Park Junior College and Wayne State University. Mrs. Woodman taught science in the Detroit Public Schools.

She is survived by children, Linda of Ann Arbor and Kent (Ann) of Beverly Hills; grandchildren, Emily Woodman McLaren of Birmingham, Geoffrey Woodman of Oak Park and Peter Woodman of Beverly Hills.

Interment was at Acacia Park Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.

George Cooch

George Cooch, 76, of Placerville, Calif., died July 19, 2002, at home. He was born in Ann Arbor.

Mr. Cooch served in the Navy in World War II and graduated from the University of Michigan. He spent five summers in France, perfecting the use of the language. He received a Fulbright Scholarship and several National Education Grants for this work, awarded because of his facility in languages. He taught at Seaholm High School in Birmingham for 32 years, the last 25 spent as department head. He was a docent at the Marshall Gold 

Discovery Park, where he assembled brief descriptions of the park in six languages, benefiting foreign visitors. Mr. Cooch was a member/coordinator of the El Dorado County Master Gardeners, teaching about perennials and bulbs and many plants.

He is survived by wife, Lucille; sister, Dorothy of Placerville, Calif.; brother, William of Ypsilanti; nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Memory Chapel. Cremains in Washtenog Cemetery in Ann Arbor. Memorial tributes may be made to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, Mich. 48207, or University of California Arboretum Associates, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, Calif. 

Margaret Eloise Greenway

Margaret Greenway, 71, of Warren, formerly of Royal Oak, died July 21, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born January 25, 1931 in Clawson.

Ms. Greenway was retired from the Birmingham School District; a member of the Wapiti's, Royal Oak. She was an avid gardener and traveler. 

She is survived by children, Shirley D. (Roger) Weber of Troy, Glenn, Jr. (Rose) of Berkley and Wendy (Mark) Edwards of Warren; grandchildren, Glenn, III, Kyle, Kim, Ryan, Cora and Jessica; sister, Shirley (Charles) Bennington of Ferndale; former husband, Glenn "Nick", Sr. of Linden, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to Beaumont Hospice or Rose Cancer Center at Beaumont Hospital.

Carolyn J. Pacheco

Carolyn Pacheco, 94, of Bloomfield Township, died July 21, 2002, at Heartland Healthcare, Georgian-Bloomfield, Bloomfield Township. She was born July 7, 1908, in Lewiston, Idaho.

Mrs. Pacheco graduated from Lewiston State Normal College and Northern Idaho College of Education. She taught fifth and sixth grades at Quarton Elementary School in Birmingham and for 22 years in Idaho.

She enjoyed travel, reading, playing bridge, all kinds of needlework and working jigsaw puzzles. She loved animals, especially cats.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton co. in Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, the Michigan Cancer Foundation or Heartland Home Healthcare & Hospice, 28588 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 475, Southfield, Mich. 48034. 

Craig E. Besemer

Craig Besemer, 42, of Atlanta, formerly of Birmingham and New York, died May 30, 2002, in Georgia. He was born June 3, 1959.

Mr. Besemer was a graduate of Wylie E. Groves High School and University of Austria.

He is survived by parents, Edward 'Ned' and Dee of Atlanta, Ga. and brother, Jim.

Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Diabetes Association. 

Harriet Hartwig Sherwood

Harriet Sherwood, 97, of Birmingham/Bloomfield, died July 23, 2002, at Arden Court Assisted Living in Bingham Farms. She was born Jan. 17, 1905, in Detroit.

Mrs. Sherwood was a former member of the Village Club, Orchard Lake Country Club and Oakland Hills Country Club. She was a member and Deacon at Kirk in the Hills. She was a member of the Cranbrook Branch of the National Farm and Garden Club and the Little Garden Club, and a volunteer at William Beaumont Hospital.

Mrs. Sherwood is survived by daughter, Ann (Richard) Bryant; daughter-in-law, Anne Sherwood; grandchildren, David (Samantha) Sherwood, Daniel (Katherine) Sherwood, Andrew Sherwood, Elizabeth (Richard) Duffy, Mark Bryant and Sara Bryant; great-grandson, Andrew Duffy; and sisters, Ester Holzbaugh and Marian Johnston. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Clawson. Memorial tributes may be made to Garden Endowment Fund at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 

Georgina B. Isherwood

Georgina Isherwood, 88, of Dearborn, formerly of Birmingham, died July 14, 2002, in Dearborn. She was born August 9, 1913, in Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada.

Mrs. Isherwood was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church in Birmingham, The Birmingham Estates Garden Club and the Village Club. She was a talented weaver, Girl Scout Leader and Choir Camp Counselor.

She is survived by husband, William; children, Wendy Isherwood (Joseph) Page of Bloomfield Hills and Dianne (Gerald) Tilson of Northville; grandchildren, Carrie, Jay and Eric Page, and Leslie Tilson; great-grandchildren, Jack and Allyson Page.

Visitation was at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak and services were at St. James Episcopal Church, Birmingham. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to The Arthritis Foundation or Michigan Humane Society. 

Marvin J. Polewach

Marvin Polewach, 76, of Ann Arbor, formerly of Birmingham/Beverly Hills, died July 15, 2002, at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Ruth, Mich.

Mr. Polewach was a graduate of University of Detroit. He was a principal partner of a Birmingham C.P.A. firm bearing his name for 33 years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and his cottage in Port Sanilac.

He is survived by children, Dale, Gary, Cheryl (Steven) King and Sheila (Robert) McCarthy; five grandchildren; and sisters, Gloria Thornton, Marilyn Leppeck and Jan Moore.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at Forester Cemetery in Forester, Mich. 

Barbara Lee Shackelford Reason

Barbara Reason, 74, of Bloomfield Hills and Hillsboro Beach, Fla., died July 17, 2002, at Mercy Bellbrook in Rochester Hills. She was born July 1, 1928 in Detroit. 

Mrs. Reason attended Cooley High School and Michigan State University. She was the president of Project Hope and a member of Christ Child Society, American Lung Association, Detroit Junior Symphony and Jr. Goodwill Association. She was an honorary member of the Brother Rice Dads Club and the Birmingham Athletic Club. She was co-founder of the Michigan Chapter of Michigan Hospice Association.

Mrs. Reason is survived by husband, Robert; children, Christine (Bob) Lund, Mary Pamela Reason, Cynthia Ann (Paul) Byrd, Robert E., Jr. (Kathryn), Michael John; grandchildren, Robert D. Lund, III, Patrick D., Leslie A. Lund, Brandon F. Byrd, Elleson K., Caroline E. and Ross R. Reason; in-laws, Bill and Monica Reason; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. 

Kenneth E. Kleiman

Kenneth Kleiman, 62, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Troy, died July 17, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born Sept. 11, 1939, in Escanaba, Mich. 

Mr. Kleiman graduated from Escanaba High School and University of Michigan. He retired in 1999 as human resource officer for Bank One. He was formerly a member of the adjunct faculty with Walsh College in Troy; member and former board member for Urban League of Detroit; active with the Archdiocese of Detroit as Lay Coordinator and Facilitator for Marriage and Divorce Seminars. He enjoyed woodworking and collecting die cast firetrucks (miniatures).

Mr. Kleiman is survived by wife, Geraldine "Gerri" Iacoboni; children, Leslie (Brad) Cochran of Royal Oak, Christopher of Austin, Texas, Matthew (Karen) of Austin, Texas, Kendra (Michael) Quinlan of Berkley; stepchildren, William (Kristine) Hayes of Atlanta, and Mark (Dawn) Hayes of Troy; grandchildren, Tyler, Morgan, Cameron, Kane, Allie, Hannah and Patrick; mother, Sophie of Escanaba; siblings, Charmaine (Earl) Jensen of Green Bay, Wisc., John (Barbara) of Glastonbury, Conn., Brent (Brenda) of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Cindy of Waterford, and Randy (Lori) of Escanaba. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to Hospice of Michigan, 16250 Northland Drive, Southfield, Mich. or St. Benedict Monastery, 2711 East Drahner Road, Oxford, Mich. 48370. 

Helen S. McAllister

Helen Startt McAllister, 80, of Leonardtown, Md., formerly of Birmingham, died Monday, July 15, at St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown. She was a devout Catholic and beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Born Feb. 23, 1922, in Easton, Md., she was the daughter of the late Edward Kenly Startt and Nora Stewart Startt. 

She is survived by her husband John James "Jack" McAllister originally of Dallas, Texas, whom she married in Easton on Aug. 6, 1946, "the hottest day of the century" (according to Jack), and her six children and their spouses: John and Julie McAllister of Leonardtown, Md.; Margie and David Stekoll of Austin, Texas; Mary and Tom Connin of Denver, Colo,; Nora Davis of Boise, Idaho; Martha and Justin Doherty of Madison, Wis.; and Theresa and Scott Lage of Algona, Iowa.

She is also survived by her sisters, Ruth Startt and Anastasia Startt Cooper of Easton.

Helen is also survived by nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter, Laura McAllister. 

She was preceded in death by her brothers and sister Edward Startt, Glenn Startt, Robert Startt, Geraldine "Deanie" Doetzer, Elmer "Chuckle" Startt, Thomas Paul "T.P." Startt, William Startt, and Martin Startt. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Margaret Startt and Nina Startt of Easton and many nieces and nephew.

She was a member of many organizations including Birthright, the Marian High School Mother's Club and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Altar Society in Birmingham, MI, bridge clubs, and discussion clubs. She also enjoyed golfing with her husband Jack, her sister Ann, and she was a founding member of the "nine hole" golf group in Ocean Pines, Md. Despite a busy life, she never missed a day without reading a book and taking an afternoon nap.

A Memorial Mass was said July 20, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Leonardtown, Md. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign, Leonardtown, Md. 20650, or Birthright of Southern Maryland, Post Office Box 633, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. 

Celia June Shea

Celia Shea, 82, of Bloomfield Hills, died July 28, 2002, at home. She was born May 26, 1920, in Bay City, Mich.

Mrs. Shea graduated from Bradford College. She served in the Red Cross in Europe during World War II, stationed in France.

She was an active member of her community with the Junior League of Birmingham, The Village Club and Village Woman's Club Foundation, the Boy's and Girl's Club of Southeastern Michigan, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames of America. She also spent many years as a court watcher with Court Watchers of Oakland County.

Mrs. Shea is survived by son, Forest Whitmore, Jr. and sister, Mary Isabelle Lee McManus of Palm Beach, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at the Wm. R. Hamilton Bell Chapel, 820 East Maple, in Birmingham on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002 at 11 a.m. Visitation with the family will be at 10 a.m. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery Mausoleum in Troy, which will be private. 

Robert F. Dusseau, Sr.

Robert Dusseau, Sr., 85, died Aug. 1, 2002, in Boca Raton, Fla.

He owned and operated Bob Dusseau Lincoln Mercury Inc. in Farmington for 45 years. Mr. Dusseau actively served on the advertising committee of the Lincoln Mercury Dealers Association.

He is survived by son, Robert, Jr., daughter, Virginia; grandchildren, Kathleen Anne and Lindsay Norris Dusseau. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35, Jean (McCombs).

A memorial gathering and lunch for family and friends will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Birmingham Athletic Club, Maple Road, Birmingham.

Phyllis J. Gardner

Phyllis Gardner, 91, of Birmingham, died Aug. 3, 2002, at Canterbury on the Lake, in Waterford. She was born Dec. 12, 1910, in Grand Rapids.

Ms. Gardner was a graduate of Hillsdale College, The Chicago School of Music and the University of Michigan. She was a vocal music instructor in the elementary schools in Birmingham, from which she retired after 31 years in 1972. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church of Birmingham; active with the music department at The First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham; sang in the choir at Christ Church Cranbrook and was a member of Village Women's Club.

Ms. Gardner is survived by dear friend, Annabelle Sumera. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Grand Rapids. Memorial tributes may be made to charity of your choice. 

H. Lee Busch

H. Lee Busch, 90, of Essex Meadows, Conn., formerly of Birmingham, died July 30, 2002, at home. He was born in Hillsdale, Mich., on April 6, 1912.

Mr. Busch graduated from Michigan State University. He was an Executive Financial Director in Europe and the United States for General Motors for 40 years. He was a member of the Senior Men's Club in Birmingham.

Mr. Busch is survived by wife, Elsie; son, Charles of Haddam Neck, Conn.; grandchildren, Alexander, Scott and Brent; great-granddaughter, Samantha.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook, Conn. Memorial tributes may be sent to Kirk in the Hills Church, 1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 

John "Jack" Kausch

John Kausch, 73, of Birmingham, died July 29, 2002, at home. He was born April 15, 1929 in New York, New York.

Mr. Kausch was a National Guard veteran. He graduated from Cranbrook and the University of Michigan. He was the owner of Jack Kausch Photography, where he specialized in family portraits, and his work included motion pictures and slide films.

He was a member of Christ Church Cranbrook, Birmingham Historical Society, Les Cheneaux Historical Association and Chi Psi Fraternity. He also enjoyed woodworking and handyman work. 

Mr. Kausch is survived by wife, Betsy; children, Charles (Merideth Girard) of Copley, Ohio, Sarah Lloyd of Ann Arbor and David (Towler) of Ann Arbor; grandchildren, Jackie, Emily, Eve Marie and Ian; siblings Maggie (Ed) Bennett of Clemson, S.C., M.J. (Ken) Kennedy of Yellow Springs, Ohio and Judy (Paul) Hudson of Simbury, Conn.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at Greenwoood Cemetery in Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be sent to Combined Episcopal Services Appeal (CESA), 4800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48021; Les Cheneaux Historical Association, P.O. Box 301, Cedarville, Mich. 49719; or the charity of one's choice. 

Phyllis Woodruff

Phyllis Woodruff, 99, of Southfield, formerly of Birmingham, died July 31, 2002 at St. Anne's Mead in Southfield. She was born in Boston, Mass.

Mrs. Woodruff graduated from Boston University.

As a young woman, she was responsible for purchasing food and supplies for Cottage Hospital, established in Boston, Mass., by her mother and Dr. Elliott P. Joslyn. 

She was active in The Village Players and St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild; a member of the Altar Guild at Christ Church Cranbrook, the Women's Committee for Cranbrook Art Museum, the Needlework Guild and the Village Club. She also served on a volunteer committee at Martha Baldwin Library. 

Mrs. Woodruff is survived by children, Prudence Saunders (George) Miller, William B. (Sally) Saunders; stepchildren, Robert N. Woodruff, Jr. and Anne Woodruff Messerly; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, at Christ Church Cranbrook. Memorial tributes may be made to St. Anne's Mead, 16106 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield, Mich. 48076. 

Helen Papp

Helen Papp, 93, of Beverly Hills, died Aug. 1, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born May 27, 1909, in Hungary.

Mrs. Papp is survived by son, Joseph (Dorothy) of Beverly Hills, and daughter-in-law, Shirley; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Paul and Joseph Jozsa, Elizabeth Vigh, Mary Anton and Vera Martin. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Haley Funeral Directors. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Michigan Heart Association.

Richard James Brown

Richard Brown, 79, of Beverly Hills, died Aug. 4, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born June 3, 1923, in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Mr. Brown attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where his father was a professor. He became a B-17 Flying Fortress captain pilot and flew 43 missions during World War II. He received the distinguished flying cross. He taught at Ottumeva Iowa High School for four years, then joined the Chrysler Corp. where he worked as Personnel Manager of the Export-Import Division, until his retirement in 1980.

Mr. Brown is survived by wife, Elsie; children, Lane Brown of Bloomfield Hills, Leeann Sprunk of Traverse City, Lori Brown-Platts of Northville and Lance of Redlands, Calif.; ten grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to Juvenile Diabetes.


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