Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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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. 

Philip Noel Comins 

Philip Comins, 86, of Traverse City and Birmingham, died Monday at Grand Traverse Pavilions of Parkinson's disease. Born Dec. 24, 1915, in Ripon, Wis., to the late Harry and Amy

(Calkins) Comins. On Feb. 3, 1940, at the First Presbyterian Church in Flint, he married the former Margaret Hillis, who survives. Margaret was the love of his life to his last breath and everyone knew it.

Mr. Comins graduated from the University of Michigan in 1937, and had a contagious love for the U of M football team. He will be remembered most for being such a gentle, loving man. Mr. Comins was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Flint, the Rotary Club in Troy, where he had perfect attendance for many years, and the Antique Clock Club in Greenfield Village. He was an animal lover, especially Airedales. 

Other survivors include his daughters, Patricia (Herb) Sawin and Amy (Eric) Mueller, all of Traverse City; grandchildren, Scott (Sylvia) Byrnes, Kim McKenna, Tammy Byrnes, Karen Mueller, Jill (Sean) Roberts; and great-grandchild, Corey Byrnes.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, Harry and Albert Comins; and sister, Dorothy Comins. A memorial service was held at Grace Episcopal Church on Friday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Louise Kountze officiating.

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. 

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. 

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.

Raymond M. Lyons

Raymond Lyons, 86, of Bloomfield Hills and Naples, Florida, died Oct. 2, 2002, in West Bloomfield. He was born Nov. 16, 1915 in Detroit.

Mr. Lyons served as an FBI Special Agent during World War II and Co-founded The Society of XFBI Agents in Michigan, becoming the second president of the Society. For ten years he was on the advisory board of Providence Hospital, serving as chairman for two years. He retired as vice-president of Employee and Public Relations for Fruehauf Corporation. 

He is survived by children, Ray (Mary) of Carlsbad, Calif., Mike (Cheryl) of Apollo Beach, Fla., Paul (Julie) of Birmingham, Kelly of Springfield, Ohio, Holly (Ed) Connell of Charlottesville, Virginia and Pat (Dan) White of Piedmont, Calif.; nineteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Memorial mass at Holy Name Church, 630 Harmon, Birmingham on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors. Memorial tributes may be made to Catholic Social Services of Oakland County, 1424 East Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak, Mich. 48067.

Keith E. Matheson

Keith Matheson, 41, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Birmingham, died Oct. 2, 2002 at home. He was born Oct. 14, 1960 in Detroit.

Mr. Matheson graduated from Birmingham Seaholm High School; undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and received a Doctor of Jurist Prudence degree from Detroit College of Law. He practiced law in Detroit and in Grand Rapids. He enjoyed spending summers in Pentwater, Mich. 

He is survived by wife, Sarah; father, Kenneth of Grand Rapids; mother, Joan of Birmingham; brother Craig (Jane) of Fremont; and nieces, Kate, Tess and Abby.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Tate Funeral Chapel in Pentwater. Interment at Pentwater Cemetery.

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.

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. 

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. 

Raymond M. Lyons, Sr.

Raymond Lyons,Sr., 86, of Bloomfield Hills and Naples, Fla., died Oct. 2, 2002, in West Bloomfield. He was born Nov. 16, 1915, in Detroit.

Mr. Lyons served as an FBI special agent during World War II and co-founded The Society of XFBI Agents in Michigan, becoming the second president of the Society. For 10 years he was on the advisory board of Providence Hospital, serving as chairman for two years. He retired as vice-president of Employee and Public Relations for Fruehauf Corporation.

He is survived by children, Ray (Mary) of Carlsbad, Calif., Mike (Cheryl) of Apollo Beach, Fla., Paul (Julie) of Birmingham, Kelly of Springfield, Ohio, Holly (Ed) Connell of Charlottesville, Virginia and Pat (Dan) White of Piedmont, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Memorial mass at Holy Name Church, 630 Harmon, Birmingham on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors. Memorial tributes may be made to Catholic Social Services of Oakland County, 1424 East 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Mich. 48067. 

Keith E. Matheson

Keith Matheson, 41, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Birmingham, died Oct. 2, 2002 at home. He was born Oct. 14, 1960 in Detroit.

Mr. Matheson graduated from Birmingham Seaholm High School; undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and received a Doctor of Jurist Prudence degree from Detroit College of Law. He practiced law in Detroit and in Grand Rapids. He enjoyed spending summers in Pentwater, Mich.

He is survived by wife, Sarah; father, Kenneth of Grand Rapids; mother, Joan of Birmingham; brother Craig (Jane) of Fremont; and nieces, Kate, Tess and Abby.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Tate Funeral Chapel in Pentwater. Interment at Pentwater Cemetery.

Lucy Stone Vonderhaar

Lucy Vonderhaar of Bloomfield Village died Oct. 2, 2002 at home. She was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Mrs. Vonderhaar attended University of Michigan, where she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma, and was honored with the Mortar Board Society. She graduated from the University of Michigan Business School. She was active in many community organizations, including Bloomfield Village Association, the Birmingham Public Schools, Camp Fire Girls, and the Girl Scouts of America. She was also very involved in the Oakland Hills Country Club, where she was the longtime parliamentarian of the Niners Golf Association and chaired many Championship committees. 

She is survived by children, Karin (Jeff) Brittain, Robert, James and Douglas (Missy); grandchildren, Ryan, Scott, Stacey and Leslie; and sister, Marilyn S. Walters.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, P.O. Box 4037, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48106.

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. 

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. 

Darlene Jane Corbin

Darlene Corbin, 59, of Royal Oak, formerly of Pontiac, died Oct. 5, 2002, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born February 18, 1943 in Pontiac.

Mrs. Corbin was a homemaker who enjoyed painting, ceramics and embroidery.

She is survived by husband, William H., Jr.; sister, Janet Bates of West Palm Beach, Fla. and brother, Robert (Diane) Stadler of White Lake, Mich.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Price Funeral Home in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Dorothy Campbell Schlaff

Dorothy Schlaff, 88, of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 4, 2002 at Presbyterian Village in Redford. She was born July 13, 1914 in Calumet, Mich. 

Mrs. Schlaff was employed as a Cafeteria Manager for Southfield Schools. She was a member of Southfield Presbyterian Church and former member of Eastern Star in Commerce Township.

She is survived by children, Michael of Bloomfield Hills, Raymond (Claire) of Muskegon, Edward (Kathleen) of Wixom, Lucille (David) Frook of East Lansing, and Marlene Burger of Southfield; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington. Interment at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia. Memorial tributes may be made to Presbyterian Village, 25300 West Six Mile Road, Redford 48240.

Charles R. Kopta 

Charles (Chuck) Kopta, of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 4, 2002. 

Mr. Kopta served as a Finance Officer in the Air Force during World War II. He was employed with National Twist Drill. He also was a dance teacher for over 50 years in Berkley, Royal Oak, Clawson and Rochester. He taught on all the major cruise ships, sometimes for months at a time. In the last decade he mainly conducted classes in the Royal Oak Senior Center for seniors. He loved ballroom dancing,the Big Band Sound, square dancing, golf and other sports. Mr. Kopta was a lifetime member of the Shriners, Masons and Indianwood Country Club. 

He is survived by wife, Dorothy; three stepchildren and five step-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Memorial tributes may be made to the Leukemia Foundation.

Allan J. Miller

Allan Miller, 51, of Franklin, died Oct. 3, 2002, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born March 4, 1951, in Detroit.

Mr. Miller was co-owner and vice president of Centerline Piping, which he formed with a partner fifteen years ago. He was previously employed by Pipefitters Local 636. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner.

He is survived by wife, Maria; children, John Medilo of Franklin, Jacklyn of Detroit, Nicole of California, and Richard of California.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at A.J. Desmond Funeral Home, 32515 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. Memorial tributes may be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital, 2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago 60707. 

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. 

Victor L. Tarabusi "Vic"

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

Mr. Tarabusi retired in 1986 as a tool and 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. 

Philip J. LaPine

Philip LaPine, 73, of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 5, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born June 8, 1929, in New York City, New York.

Mr. LaPine attended Henry Ford Trade School and worked for Ford Tractor before going to Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, where he retired after 40 years as a designer.

He is survived by wife, Patty; sons, Michael of Bloomfield Hills and Gregory of Philadelphia, Pa.; brother, James of Wichita, Kan.; nine 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 made to the Cancer Foundation.

Ann Woodworth

Ann Woodworth of Dearborn, formerly of Huntington Woods, died Sept. 11, 2002.

Mrs. Woodworth was raised in Wisconsin where she atended Stout College and earned a teaching degree. She taught in a small community outside Milwaukee until she moved to Michigan. She returned to teaching at Pleasant Ridge Nursery School and was the director for 10 years. She was a longtime volunteer at Wm. Beaumont Hospital where she tutored children at the Neuro Education Center. Mrs. Woodworth was involved in various activities and groups with Oakwood Common in Dearborn.

She is survived by children, Dr. Robert (Karen), Kay (William) Goba, Dr. John (Mary) and Susan (Steve) Billmeier; and eight grandchildren.

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


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