Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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Roger A. Hack "Chief"

Roger Hack, 74, of Beverly Hills and Bellaire, Mich., died Sept. 12, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born Nov. 25, 1927, in Detroit.

Mr. Hack was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He attended the University of Detroit. He retired in 1993 from General Motors after 42 years as an engineer, where he was a founding team member of engineers that developed the Saturn Division. He also held several manufacturing patents with General Motors. He was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers; past president of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Dad's Club. He enjoyed golf, sailing, fishing, boating, skiing and Northern Michigan.

Mr. Hack is survived by wife, Florida F.; son, Randall A. (Kimberly); granddaughter, Madelaine A.; and siblings, Milton, Beverly and Arden.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Bellaire, Mich. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Red Cross or St. Jude Children's Hospital. 

Shirley H. Geddes

Shirley Geddes, of Williamsburg, Va., formerly of Bloomfield Hills, died Sept. 14, 2002.

Mrs. Geddes was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an active and participating member of Cranbrook Institute and the P.E.O. during her life. She and her husband of 51 years retired to Virginia 15 years ago.

She is survived by husband, Allan; children, Nancy L. Geddes of Williamsburg, John H. of Plantation, Fla., Brian P. of Shelby Township and William W. of Birmingham; granddaughters, Kathleen Leupold and Brittany Geddes; mother, Eleanor W. Hughes and brother, William K. Hughes, both of Corning, N.Y.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Nelsen Funeral Home in Williamsburg, Va. Interment at Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery in Yorktown. Memorial tributes may be made to the charity of your choice. 

Sylvenia Estalee Leoni

Sylvenia Leoni, 85, of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, died Sept. 11, 2002 in Rochester Hills. She was born Sept. 5, 1917, in Thompsonville, Ill.

Mrs. Leoni attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by children, Suzanne (Patrick) Farrell of Rochester Hills and Albert A., Jr. (Verna) of of Independence Township; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Emma Waller Clark of Rochester.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Price Funeral Home in Troy. Interment at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to American Lung Association.

Lorene D. Rever

Lorene Rever, 77, of Birmingham, died September 12, 2002 at William Beaumont Hospital. She was born Jan. 19, 1925 in Detroit.

Mrs. Rever graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit. She received her master's degree from Wayne State University in 1965. She was employed as a teacher and counselor at Cooley High School in Detroit for 25 years until her retirement in 1989. She was a member of the Birmingham Unitarian Church and board member of B.U.C. Alliance; past president of the Detroit Historical Society Guild; member of A.A.U.W. and W.A.N.D. 

Mrs. Rever is survived by children, Carol (Robert) Cramer of Troy, Charles L., Jr. of Wixom; grandchildren, Andrea and Matthew; and sister, Eleanor Froehlich of Rochester Hills.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to The Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward, Detroit, 48202, or The Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills, Mich 48304. 

Henry F. "Pat" Johnson

Pat Johnson, 92, of Seminole, Florida, formerly of Birmingham, died September 12, 2002, at Sun Coast Hospital, Largo, Fla. He was born January 13, 1910 in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Mr. Johnson was a retired banker for Standard Federal Bank. He was a former president of Wayne County and Home Savings Bank in Detroit; a life member of Masonic Lodge 44 F. & A.M., Birmingham; Rotary Club of Birmingham; The Suncoast Scandinavian Club of Pinellas Pk, Fla.; and a member of Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church. 

He is survived by wife, Ruth E.; stepson Robert A. Davis of Largo, Fla., and sister, Beatrice Duncan, also of Largo, Fla.

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

Alexander Napier

Alexander Napier, 95, died Sept. 15, 2002 at Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights. 

Mr. Napier was very proud of his Scottish heritage. He was an international terrier judge and the former owner of Napier Kennel Shop in Birmingham.

He is survived by children, James and Thelma, William and Gloria of Windsor, Sarah and Maurice Boa and Matthew and Shirley of Maui, Hawaii; 14 grandchildren and several great and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Walter D. Kelly Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Windsor. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to the Hospice of Windsor. 

Paul W. Trimmer, D.O.

Paul Trimmer, 83, of Birmingham, died Sept. 18, 2002. He was born August 25, 1919 in Carlisle, Pa.

Dr. Trimmer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II reaching rank of Lieutenant. He graduated from Carlisle High School in Pa.; Gettysburg College in Pa., involved in Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity; Kirksville College of Osteopathy in Missouri, involved in Sigma Sigma Phi Honorary Society, and president of student body; Internship at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital; surgical residency, also at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. 

He had a private surgical practice for 42 years in Southeastern Michigan. (Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties) Dr. Trimmer was a member of the American Osteopathic Association; American College of Osteopathic Surgeons; Oakland County Osteopathic Association; Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians; Kirk in the Hills Church, as an elder and former member of the board of Trustees; Oakland Hill Country Club; Detroit Athletic Club; and member and former member of the board of governors of the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, Boca Raton, Fla. He enjoyed golf and traveling. 

Dr. Trimmer is survived by wife, Lydia M.; children, P. Jeffrey of Birmingham, Karen E. Nebel of Seattle, Wash., J.Kevin of Bloomfield Hills and Tamara T. Bammel of Wichita, Kan.; stepdaughter, Dawn Reaume of Livonia; seven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors of Clawson. A Memorial Service will be held, Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 West Long Lake in Bloomfield Hills. Memorial tributes may be sent to POH Medical Center, 50 North Perry Street, Pontiac, Mich. 48342 or Kirk in the Hills Church, 1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Township, Mich. 48302.

Joseph John Mannino, Sr.

Joseph Mannino, Sr., 66, of Bloomfield Hills, died Sept. 16, 2002. He was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Detroit.

Mr. Mannino was proprietor of Joseph Mannino & Sons Produce for 30 years, serving some of Detroit's legendary restaurant establishments. He is remembered for pioneering the Original Romano's Pizzeria in Farmington and West Bloomfield. With his family, Mr. Mannino established The Original Romano's as the "most asked for" pizza on the west side.

He was an avid fan of all sports, especially baseball and golf. He coached baseball in the North Farmington/West Bloomfield Little League. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play hockey. He was a member of the Italian Club of Livonia and the Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Royal Oak.

Mr. Mannino is survived by wife, Pietrina; children, Sam, Peter, Dr. Thomas, Joseph, Jr., Justina Cracchiolo and Antonia Feldman; fourteen grandchildren; siblings, Josephine Lafata, Sam and Christopher; sister-in-law, Rose Misuraca; and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. 

Harry Osburn Smart

Harry Smart, 83, of Farmington Hills and Lighthouse Point, Fla. formerly a 30-year resident ofBirmingham, died Sept. 15, 2002. He was born in Detroit Aug. 22, 1919.

Mr. Smart attended the University of Alabama. While an officer in the Army Air Force, he completed an Engineering Science and Management training course at Harvard University. He also is a graduate of the Purdue University in Life Insurance Marketing and Agency Management program.

Mr. Smart owned and operated Smart Radio on South Woodward in Birmingham. His hobby was amateur radio and he was an avid woodworker, fisherman and boater. He retired at age 57 and built his own home at Northport on Grand Traverse Bay.

He is survived by wife, Celesta; children, Stanton of Kalamazoo and Sylvia of West Bloomfield; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brothers, Gerry of Ft. Meyers, Fla. and Arnold Thompson of Jamaica, West Indies. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Avenue, Detroit. 48201 or American Cancer Society, 18505 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield 48076. 

Kathryn Mae Black

Kathryn Black, 94, of New Baltimore, formerly of Bloomfield Hills, died Sept. 17, 2002 at Presbyterian Village in New Baltimore. She was born April 29, 1908 in Dover, Ohio.

She graduated from Ohio University where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She played in the Dover Orchestra as an accomplished violinist. Mrs. Black was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Detroit and active in Church Circles. She was an avid gardener, artist and reader and enjoyed visiting with her family and friends. 

Mrs. Black is survived by children, Barbara Mercer of Poland, Ohio, and Charles of Fowlerville; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 919 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676. 

Ester L. Griffin

Ester Griffin, 76, of Birmingham, died Sept. 17, 2002, at home. She was born August 25, 1926 in Birmingham.

Mrs. Griffin was a cook for the Birmingham Schools for several years. She was a longtime member of Grace Baptist Church, Home of the Birmingham Bible Institute, where she was very active including Chief Cook and Sunday School Teacher for many years.

She is survived by husband, Richard J.; children, Judi of Holly, John of Birmingham and Jay of Birmingham; ten grandchildren,; nine great-grandchildren; brother, William (Doris) Masters of Glouchester, Ohio. 

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 Beaumont Hospice Fund/ William Beaumont Hospital, 3601 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Mich. 48073-9952.

Denis P. Martin

Denis Martin, 80, of Birmingham, died Sep.18, 2002, in Saginaw. He was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Bay City.

Mr. Martin was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He was president of Denis Martin Home Improvement Co., which he founded in the 1940s. He was an usher and elder at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham. He was also a member of the Birmingham Area Seniors Coordinating Council.

He is survived by wife, Patricia; sons, Gordon (Anne) and Paul (Lisa); eight grandchildren; siblings, Hazel Frezza, Madeline Simeon, Blanch Larson and Richard. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley. Memorial tributes may be sent to Michigan Parkinson Foundation, 30161 Southfield Road, Suite No. 119, Southfield 48076-9775. 

Betty N. Usher

Betty Usher, 89, died Sept. 14, 2002, at home. 

She is survived by daughter, Susan Nimmo of Southfield and son David of Ossineice.

Memorial tributes may be sent to American Heart Association or Hospice of Michigan. 

David Fredric "Fritz" Myers

David Meyers, 66, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Birmingham, died Sept. 17, 2002, at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla. He was born Feb. 2, 1936 in Toledo, Ohio.

Mr. Myers was a fourth-generation University of Michigan graduate, where he was an NCAA swimming champion, and later received his master's degree in business administration. He was an executive with Outboard Marine Corporation and president of Polaris/E-Z-Go. Most recently he served as president and CEO of Superior Furniture in Belton, Texas. He also served as director of JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven for over 20 years. 

Mr. Myers is survived by wife, Martha; children, David Jr. (Dee Dee) of Winnetka, Ill., Jane Myers Winch (John) of Dayton, Ohio and Amy Myers Peters (Rueben) of Telluride, Colo.; eight grandchildren; mother, Alison Tennant Myers of Ann Arbor and sister, Alison Myers Woodcock of Ann Arbor.

A private family interment was at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills. A Memorial Service will be held in Winnetka, Ill. Memorial tributes may be made to Prostate Cancer Research, Brady Urological Center (Patrick Walsh), John Hopkins University, Reed Hall East 2nd Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21205. 

Thomas Hammond "Tim" Adams, Jr.

Tim Adams, Jr., 71, of Lowell, Mich., formerly of Birmingham, died Sept. 12, 2002, at home. He was born May 1, 1931, in Detroit.

Mr. Adams graduated from Baldwin High School, Denison University, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, and The University of Michigan Law School. He achieved his commission from U.S. Navy Officers Candidate School in Newport, R.I. and served as a Naval officer aboard the USS Porterfield, a destroyer stationed in San Diego, Calif.

He opened a private practice in St. Joseph after graduating from U of M. In 1996, he moved to Lowell. He was an avid boater, a member of The Power Squadron, and a ham radio operator. He loved to cruise through the Les Cheneaux Islands and enjoyed his summer home in Cedarville, Mich.

Mr. Adams is survived by wife, Ardie; children, Peter of Carmel, Ind. and Mary (Jon) King of Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren; and sister, Criss (Tom) Goad of Birmingham.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church of Ada, Mich. Interment at Findlay Cemetery, also in Ada. Memorial tributes may be made to The Land Conservancy of West Michigan, 1345 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 324, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49505 or The Ada Congregational Church Memory Garden, 6330 Ada Drive, Ada, Mich.

Corrine E. Easterbrook

Corrine Easterbrook, 81, of Beverly Hills, died Sept. 14, 2002, at home. She was born July 1, 1921 in Janesville, Wis.

Mrs. Easterbrook was a former secretary for Treasure Island Naval Base-Civilian Section. She was a volunteer for BASCC, (Birmingham Area Senior Coordinating Council) and enjoyed playing bridge. 

She is survived by husband, John N.; children, Jane, Jack (Eileen), Richard, Don (Margarita), Joan and Bob; grandchildren, Katie, Allison, Cristina and Vincent; and siblings, Alice Moser and Walter Husting. 

Private funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Memorial tributes may be sent to Alzheimer's Association, 17220 West 12 Mile Road, Suite 100, Southfield 48076. 

Joan M. Steinmayer

Joan Steinmayer, 69, of Bloomfield Hills, died Sept. 18, 2002, at St. Joseph's Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac. She was born April 25, 1933, in Detroit.

Mrs. Steinmayer graduated from Immaculata High School in Detroit. She was a homemaker who enjoyed her grandchildren; an avid bowler; collected antiques and Van Briggle pottery; loved Northern Michigan; traveling and horses. 

She is survived by husband of 48 years, Ronald F.; children, Beth Loeffler, Patti, Greg, Paul, and Christopher; grandchildren, Ronald F., II, Renee and Erika Frances Bammel.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to Capuchin Soup Kitchen. 

Joseph A. Dewey, Sr.

Joseph Dewey, 93, of Warren, formerly of Beverly Hills, Marine City and Lake Park, Fla., died Sept. 20, 2002. He was born Aug. 4, 1909, in Detroit.

Mr. Dewey attended St. Leo's Grade School and Detroit Northern High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was founder and president of Dewey's Lumberville in Detroit and Dearborn. In 1932, he founded the Hollywood Review Magazine. He was a former director of the Detroit Yacht Club and the Detroit Lumberman's Association; the Detroit Athletic Club; Knight's of Columbus and the American Powerboat Association. He built the first Hydro-Plane boat in Detroit that raced in the 1962 Gold Cup: The Miss Lumberville. 

He is survived by wife, Norma; children, Joseph A., Jr. and Mary Ann Batcher; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be sent to Beaumont Hospice Fund, William Beaumont Hospital, 3601 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Mich.48073-9952, American Cancer Society, 18505 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield, Mich. 48076 or Michigan Humane Society, Memorial/Honorarium Department, P.O. Box 214182, Auburn Hills, Mich. 48321-4182.

Victor L. Tarabusi "Vic"

Victor Tarabusi, 81, of Beverly Hills, died September 22, 2002, at home. He was born May 10, 1921, in Detroit.

Mr. Tarabusi retired in 1986 as a Tool & Die Maker for Apex Corporation. He formerly co-owned Associated Tool and worked for Wolverine Tool. He had been previously active with Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Boy Scouts and coach for Little League Baseball. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren, photography and handywork. 

He is survived by wife of 55 years, Dorothy G.; children, Gail A. (Wilson) Barns, Douglas P. and David J. (Melanie); grandchildren, Douglas, Jeffrey, Kenneth, Molly and Maggie; and siblings, Elsie Beaune, Arthur (Joan), and Mary Jane Davy.

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 made to Capuchin Community Center, 1760 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, 48207. 

Carolyn S. Degen

Carolyn Degen, 70, of Bloomfield Hills, died Sept. 21, 2002, at home. She was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Detroit.

Mrs. Degen was a homemaker who enjoyed making things better for those around her.

She is survived by children, Colleen (Michael) Goodson, Maureen Degen, Kevin, Brian (Jennifer) and Sean (Janice); grandchildren, Dustin, Daniel, Brandon, Brennan and Courtney; and sisters, Sister Dolores (Phyllis) Staub, O.P. and Sister Corinne (June) Staub, O.P.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond Funeral Home in Troy. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to Carolyn S. Degen Memorial Trust, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy, 48084. 

Edna Elvira Smith

Edna Smith, 89, of Birmingham, died Sept. 24, 2002, in Marwood Manor, Port Huron. She was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Mrs. Smith enjoyed playing bridge and flower gardening. She worked for many years at Junior League in Birmingham.

She is survived by son, Darrell (Diane) of Marysville; and step-grandchildren, Eric and Aaron.

No visitation or services are scheduled. Funeral arrangements were handled by Marysville Funeral Home in Marysville.
 

Edna Elvira Smith

Edna Smith, 89, of Birmingham, died Sept. 24, 2002, in Marwood Manor, Port Huron. She was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Mrs. Smith enjoyed playing bridge and flower gardening. She worked for many years at Junior League in Birmingham. 

She is survived by son, Darrell (Diane) of Marysville; and step-grandchildren, Eric and Aaron.

No visitation or services are scheduled. Funeral arrangements were handled by Marysville Funeral Home in Marysville.

Thomas Hammond "Tim" Adams, Jr.

Tim Adams, Jr., 71, of Lowell, Mich., formerly of Birmingham, died Sept. 12, 2002, at home. He was born May 1, 1931, in Detroit.

Mr. Adams graduated from Baldwin High School, Denison University, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, and The University of Michigan Law School. He achieved his commission from U.S. Navy Officers Candidate School in Newport, R.I. and served as a Naval officer aboard the USS Porterfield, a destroyer stationed in San Diego, Calif.

He opened a private practice in St. Joseph after graduating from U of M. In 1996, he moved to Lowell. He was an avid boater, a member of The Power Squadron, and a ham radio operator. He loved to cruise through the Les Cheneaux Islands and enjoyed his summer home in Cedarville, Mich.

Mr. Adams is survived by wife, Ardie; children, Peter of Carmel, Ind. and Mary (Jon) King of Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren; and sister, Criss (Tom) Goad of Birmingham.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church of Ada, Mich. Interment at Findlay Cemetery, also in Ada. Memorial tributes may be made to The Land Conservancy of West Michigan, 1345 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 324, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49505 or The Ada Congregational Church Memory Garden, 6330 Ada Drive, Ada, Mich.


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