Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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Peter D. Guilford

Peter Guilford, 46, of Rockford, Mich., died July 31, 2002, at home. He was born March 24, 1956, in Royal Oak. 

Mr. Guilford was a graduate of Birmingham Seaholm High School, Thomas Jefferson College and Kendall School of Design. He enjoyed fly fishing, bird watching, golfing, his family and tinkering around the house.

He is survived by wife, Mary; daughter, Marlee; mother, Margaret Dearth of Bloomfield; siblings, Bob of St. Croix, Virgin Islands and Dave of Grosse Pointe.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford. Memorial tributes may be made to the Marlee Guilford College Fund at Fifth-Third Bank. 

Marie M. Buttorf

Marie Buttorf, 82, of Troy, formerly of Birmingham, died Aug. 7, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born April 18, 1920 in Detroit. 

Mrs. Buttorf was a devoted homemaker and grandmother who enjoyed gardening and interior design. 

She is survived by daughter, Judy (Michael) McCarthy Lodish; grandchildren, James, John, Susan, Diane, Kevin, Kathleen, Deborah, Michael and Kelly; seventeen great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ruth (David) Klotz and Doris Simpson.

Visitation at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 32515 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, Sunday, Aug. 11, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Funeral Service on Monday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to J.P. McCarthy Foundation, 100 West Long Lake Road, Ste. #102, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 48304.

Helen Startt McAllister

Helen McAllister, 80, of Leonardtown, Md., formerly of Birmingham, died July 15, 2002 at St. Mary's Hospital, in Leonardtown. She was born Feb. 23, 1922 in Easton, Md. 

Mrs. McAllister was a member of many organizations, including Birthright, the Marian High School Mother's Club, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Altar Society in Birmingham, bridge clubs and discussion clubs. She enjoyed reading and golfing where she was a founding member of the "Nine-Hole" golf group in Ocean Pines, Md. 

She is survived by husband, John James "Jack"; children, John (Julie) of Leonardtown, Md., Margie (David) Stekoll of Austin, Texas, Mary (Tom) Connin of Denver, Colo., Nora Davis of Boise, Idaho, Martha (Justin) Doherty of Madison, Wis. and Theresa (Scott) Lage of Algona, Iowa; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, Laura; sisters, Ruth Startt and Anastasia Startt Cooper; sisters-in-law, Margaret and Nina; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial tributes may be sent to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign, Leonardtown, Md. 20650, or Birthright of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 633, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. 

Friedrich Fiesselmann (Fritz)

Friedrich Fiesselmann, 78, of Birmingham, died Aug. 4, 2002, at Botsford Commons Assisted Living Center of Farmington Hills. He was born June 26, 1924, in Detroit.

He was a graduate of Redford High School and Kettering University (General Motors Institute). He was a World War II veteran with the 1st Army Group. He fought with the 1st Division from Cherbourg on the coast of France, through Paris and into Belgium. After nine months of combat, Mr. Fiesselmann was awarded two Purple Hearts for wounds received under fire, two Battle Citations for bravery under fire and one Bronze Star where he took a hit from an exploded artillery round while saving a friend during the battle of Huertgen Forest.

He owned Production Machinery Sales Company, Inc. He was a registered Professional Engineer; former President of Alumni Association, General Motors Institute, St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild, moderator at Pilgrim Congregational Church and in 1955 he was a candidate for City Cimmission in Birmingham.

Mr. Fiesselmann is survived by wife, Alec (Alice); children, Lorie Dietz, Lisa Gleeson and Lydia Moul; grandchildren, Kristin, Karin, Jonathan, David and Brendan; sisters, Helena Zabriskie of Birmingham and Jessie Dalman of Holland, Mich.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at Acacia Park in Beverly Hills. Memorial tributes may be made to Cranbrook Educational Community or St. Dunstan's.

Finlay MacQueen

Private services were held for Finlay MacQueen, who died of heart failure on Aug. 3.

Mr. MacQueen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and came to America in 1922 at age 9.

He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and Army Air Force Statistical School at Harvard Business School.

He was a Lt. Col. in World War II. He loved the competition and camaraderie of golf and tennis and belonged to six clubs in Bloomfield Hills and LaJolla, Calif. He played golf until his final months.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; and son, Finlay III. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara,

Contributions can be made to the Village Women's Club Foundation.

Rosalia "Lia" Hilaire

Lia Hilaire, 76, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Bethlehem, Pa., England and Germany, died Aug. 23, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. She was born Oct. 6, 1925 in Detroit.

Mrs. Hilaire graduated from Marygrove College and Wayne State University. She was a teacher for Bloomfield Hills Public Schools and Roseville Schools, teaching children with learning disablilities. She was also a principal for two years. For seven years, Mrs. Hilaire worked for the Department of Defense Schools. She was a volunteer at St. Hugo of the Hills; enoyed bowling, crocheting and travel. She traveled extensively in Europe, including France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, Britain, Greece and Egypt.

Mrs. Hilaire is survived by daughter, Claudia (Michael) Gajewski of Troy and granddaughter Emily Regina.

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 Capuchin Community Center, 1860 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, Mich. 48207. 

Marian Grier Hess

Marian Hess, 97, of Birmingham, died August 21, 2002 at home. She was born June 16, 1905, in Standish, Mich.

She graduated from Michigan State Normal Teacher's College.

Mrs. Hess taught in the public school system in Detroit for 50 years. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church of Birmingham and the Village Club.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit.

Janice B. McManus

Janice McManus, 75, of Beverly Hills, died Aug. 22, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born Dec. 14, 1926, in Highland Park.

Mrs. McManus was a homemaker; an active volunteer at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, which her uncle, Dr. Ernest Bauer co-founded; and a member of P.E.O. Society. She enjoyed golfing in northern Michigan at Lost Lake Woods Club, arts and crafts and needlecrafts. 

She is survived by husband, Alan C.; children, Alison M. (John) Walters, Michele M. Olind, Craig A (Terri) and Mark A. (Julie); grandchildren, Jeffrey, Kristen, Courtney and Heath.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Memorial tributes may be sent to The Beaumont Foundation, 3601 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Mich. 48073.

Virginia "Ginny" Osgood

Ginny Osgood, 75, of Bloomfield Hills, died Aug. 25, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. She was born Jan. 14, 1927, in Detroit.

Mrs. Osgood was a graduate of Mayville High School. She was a member of Pine Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Hills and Bayview Country Club in Petoskey. She enjoyed golf, tennis and snow skiing and was very involved in the music program at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham as a bellringer and in singing. 

She is survived by husband, Frank W.; children, Brian (Kimberly) of Connecticut, Lindsey (Jane) of Bloomfield Hills and Andrew (Kelly) of Birmingham; and ten grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Memorial tributes may be sent to First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 1589 West Maple Road, Birmingham, Mich. 48009; or Cass Community Church, 3901 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Mich. 48021. 

Calvin Wadsworth Gray

Calvin Gray, 61, of Beverly Hills, died Aug. 20, 2002 at home. He was born Feb. 25, 1941 in Portland, Maine.

Mr. Gray graduated from the University of Maine and the University of Connecticut. He was a retired executive from Metal Forming Technologies, Inc. He was former president of Crescive Tool & Die. Mr. Gray was an avid golfer and a member of S.A.E. (Society of Automotive Engineers)

He is survived by wife, Vera; son, Sterling (Wendy) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Austin Matthew and Connor Michael; mother, Celia of Hampden, Maine; and siblings, Bernard (Judy) of Coral Springs, Fla. and Linda (Dewey) Martin of Hampden, Maine.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to Karmanos Cancer Institute, 24601 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, Mich. 48075. 

Stanley Sobotka

Stanley Sobotka, 59, died August 26, 2002 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born July 20, 1943, in Rutland, Vt.

Mr. Sobotka graduated from Royal Oak Kimball High School and Northern Michigan University. He was a teacher and middle school counselor for Warren Consolidated Schools for 35 years. 

He was an avid fan of the Detroit Lions, snd as a boy he would take a bus to see them play at Briggs Stadium. He believed one day they will win the Super Bowl.

He is survived by wife, Marjorie; daughters, Stacy and Suzanne; father, Stanley; grandmother, Lena; siblings David and Sharon Logsdon; two nephews and a niece.

Funeral services were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery. 

Patricia Ellen Kitchen

Patricia Kitchen, 71, of Oscoda, formerly of Birmingham, died August 23, 2002 in Tawas General Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Birmingham. 

Mrs. Kitchen graduated from Mercy College with a bachelor of science and nursing degree. She was a registered nurse for many years. She also served for 20 years as a crossing guard for the Birmingham Police Department. Her hobbies included a love for wildlife, flowers and gardening.

She is survived by children, Mary (Tim) Short of South Carolina, Christopher of Oscoda and Sarah (David) Lickey of Harrisville; eight grandchildren; sisters, Marvel (Curt) Adamy of Grand Rapids and Connie (Dan) Maddox of Dayton, Ohio; several nieces and nephews and friends.

Private services were arranged through Buresh-Bennett Funeral Homes, Inc. of Oscoda. Interment at Acacia Park Cemetery in Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be made to the Heart Disease Research Foundation, Nation Office, 50 Court Street-306A, Brooklyn, New York 11201-4801. 

Urledine Hopkinson 

Urledine Hopkinson, 102, of Birmingham, died Aug. 27, 2002 in Clawson. She was born September 3, 1899 in Ontario, Canada.

She is survived by sons, James and Stanley. She was a loving grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

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

Raymond Benner

Raymond Benner, 76, of Pleasant Ridge, died Aug. 25, 2002. He was born in Philadelphia in 1926.

Mr. Benner graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music. He served two years in the U.S. Navy Band and went on to play in the National, New Orleans, Houston and Cleveland Orchestras before coming to Detroit. He was a former assistant principal bassist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He founded Bach at Cranbrook, Bach for a Buck and the Fairlane Music Series. He was innovator of the moldable silicone earplug (Mack's Earplugs). His company, McKeon Products Inc., continues under the leadership of his sons. 

Mr. Benner is survived by wife, Cecilia; children, Amy Willetts, Devin and Peter; grandchildren, Chloe, Mason, Kara and Avery.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Birmingham Unitarian Church at Lone Pine and Woodward Avenue, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9. Memorial tributes may be made to Common Ground, 44590 Woodward Avenue, Pontiac, Mich. 48341 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, N.Y., N.Y. 10163.

Donald R. Lynch

Donald R. Lynch, 80, of Beverly Hills, died Aug. 28, 2002 at William Beaumont Hospital. He was born Dec. 3, 1944, in Buffalo, New York.

Mr. Lynch was a graduate of the University of Detroit. He served in the U.S. Army-Air Force during world War II. He owned his own automotive supply business, Mark VII Industries in Fraser and he worked for Cadillac Products of Troy for eight years until his retirement in 1991. He was a longtime member of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Beverly Hills.

He is survived by wife, Mary Lou; daughters, Kathleen (Kevin) Koch, Marianne Gervais, Maureen Giammara and Linda (Jay Joyner) Lynch; grandchildren, Jackie, Ben, Asher, Michael, Donald, Gregory and Charles.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 88-541, Chicago, Illinois 60680-1541. 

Timothy John Messner

Timothy Messner, 42, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., formerly of Birmingham, died August 29, 2002, at Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics. He was born February 3, 1959 in Philadelphia. 

Mr. Messner attended Groves High School, Eastern Michigan University and graduated from Nevada Career Institute. He was an accomplished surgical technician. He was a scuba diver, dive master and member of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). He had an extensive stamp collection and numerous glass and ceramic fish from around the world.

He is survived by parents, Dolores Ann and Russell James of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; siblings, Cathleen Messner (James) Badalamenti of Birmingham, Mary Ellen Messner of Chicago; nephew, Jake and niece, Anna. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Island Funeral Home & Crematory in S.C. Interment at St. Francis Catholic Church Columbarium, Hilton Head Island. Memorial tributes may be sent to The Gift of Life Trust Fund, P.O. Box 1214, Newberry, S.C. 29108. 

Fred Hopkinson

Fred Hopkinson, 77, died Aug. 31, 2002, in Royal Oak. He was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Tillsonberg, Ontario. 

Mr. Hopkinson was an honored World War II veteran and a P.O.W. survivor. He was a past member of the American Legion of Royal Oak. 

He is survived by step-daughter, Bertie Lou Hacker; three step-grandchildren; brother, Stanley; nephews, Timothy and Wayne; five great-nephews and nieces; and three great-great-nieces.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 18505 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield 48076. 

Virginia Elizabeth Bratton "Bette"

Bette Bratton, 85, of Florida, formerly Bloomfield Village and Bloomfield Hills, died August 25, 2002 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mrs. Bratton is survived by husband, Robert E.; daughters, Marilyn Altemus of Kissimmee, Fla., Virginia (Thea) Crosier of Lakeland, Fla. and Barbara Grimm of Pottstown, Pa.; and granddaughters, Shannon Gipson and Alicia Crosier in Florida. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Baird-Case/Jordan-Fannin Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. 

Alice Newhall Fiesselmann "Alec"

Alec Fiesselmann, 73, of Birmingham, died Aug. 13, 2002, nine days after her husband of 54 years, Fritz. She was born in Dayton, Ohio.

Mrs. Fiesselmann graduated from Kingswood School Cranbrook, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. She was a teacher in the Highland Park School District, a substitute teacher to art teacher at Brookside School Cranbrook, and finally as an assistant professor supervising MSU student teachers in north Oakland county schools. She later joined her husband in the family business, Production Machinery Sales Co., of Detroit. 

She had a gift for costume design and sewing and was part of a team of designers who worked for Cranbrook Theater School and volunteered for St. Dunstan's Theater in the '60's and '70's. She was a docent for the art museum at Cranbrook, explaining art to children. She was an early and longtime member of The Village Club and had a lifelong association with Alpha Gamma Delta. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the '70's

Mrs. Fiesselmann is survived by children, Lorie Dietz of Troy, Lisa Gleeson of Troy and Lydia Moul of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Kristin, Karin, Jonathan, David and Brendan; sister, Nancy Rutherford Bryant of Bloomington, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m.. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Thornlea, 700 Cranbrook Road, Bloomfield Hills. Parking at Brookside School. Memorial tributes may be sent to St. Dunstan's, Cranbrook Educational Community and Alpha Gamma Delta National Sorority. Private burial services were arranged by Wm. R. Hamilton, Birmingham.


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