Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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Shirley Ann Ewald

Shirley Ewald, 64, of Bloomfield, died Oct. 10, 2002, at St. Joseph Select Specialty.

Mrs. Ewald was a homemaker.

She is survived by children, William, James and Sheryl and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by McCabe Funeral Home in Farmington Hills. Memorial tributes may be made to Scleroderma Foundation, 12 Kent Way-Suite 101, Byfield, Mass. 01922.

Audré R. Morrison

Audré Morrison, 80, of Hobe Sound, Fla., formerly of Birmingham, died Oct. 10, 2002, at home. She was born Oct. 1, 1922, in Kalamazoo.

Mrs. Morrison graduated from Western Michigan University and was employed as a manager of Snyder Kinney and Bennett Realty before moving to Florida.

She is survived by husband, Richard D.; children, John Parks, III (Janet) of Holly, Stephen Parks (Patti) of Bloomfield Hills; stepdaughters, Dr. Carol (Marco) Morrison/Straforini of Kensington, Calif., and Cindy (Richie) Raposa of Burbank, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Martin & St. Lucie, 2030 S.E. Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Fla. 34996. 

David F. Wood

David Wood, 75, of Birmingham, died Oct. 15, 2002. He was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Olivet, Michigan.

Mr. Wood graduated from Miami University and The University of Michigan. He was a law partner for 47 years with Clark Hill, P.L.C., Detroit, where he practiced Labor Law. He served as president of Industrial Relations Research Association and was also a member of Board of Trustees of Henry Ford Hospital.

He is survived by long-time companion, Ruth Kahn; children, Kathy (Dave) Piraino of Cleveland, Ohio, Julie (Rob) McKay of Milford and David (Sharon) of Birmingham; grandchildren, Christopher, Mark, Scott, Alex and Joanna.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. from Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills. Memorial tributes may be made to University of Michigan Law School, 721 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 or to charity of choice. Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. 

Henry E. Fenske

Edward Fenske, 93, 0f Royal Oak, formerly of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 15, 2002, at home. He was born April 30, 1909 in Brokaw, Wis.

Mr. Fenske was a retired engineer from G.M.C. Truck, where he worked for 33 years.

He is survived by sister, Irene Reynolds of Pacifica, California and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to Heartland Hospice, 28588 Northwestern Highway, Suite#475, Southfield, Mich. 48034.

Velma Sue Ruhly

Velma Ruhly, 84, of Beverly Hills, died Oct. 14, 2002, at Evergreen Health and Living Center in Southfield. She was born Jan. 19, 1918, in Fulton, Kentucky.

Mrs. Ruhly attended Detroit Public Schools, graduated from Cooley High School and Wayne State University, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Chi sorority. She was a retired elementary school principal. She served on the Birmingham school board for eight years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, the Village Women's Club, Senior Women's Club at the Community House and BASCC. She was a Life Master at duplicate bridge; enjoyed camping trips with her family all over the country and spending time with her grandchildren at her cottage on Lake Huron in Canada.

Mrs. Ruhly is survived by husband, King; children, Pat Halasz of Portage, Wisconsin, Jim (Carol) of Madison, Wisconsin, John (Karin) of Carrollton, Texas and Bob of Clawson; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 at The First United Methodiist Church of Birmingham, 1589 West Maple Road. Visitation at The Wm. R. Hamilton Co., 820 East Maple, Birmingham, Monday, Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Interment will be private at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak. Memorial tributes may be made to Wayne State University College of Education, 5475 Woodward, Detroit, Mich. 48202 or Birmingham Education Foundation, 55 West Merrill Street, Birmingham, Mich. 48009. 

Rose Marie Yeager

Rose Marie Yeager, 79, of Ft. Meyers, Fla., died Aug. 22, 2002. She was born April 14, 1923 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Mrs. Yeager is survived by husband, Lawrence B., Jr.; son, Lawrence B., III (Cecilia) of Troy; and grandchildren, Grayce, Lawrence IV and Margaret.

Interment was at Mt. EveRest Cemetery in Kalamazoo. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 88-541, Chicago 60680-1541.

Veronica Agnes Galvin

Veronica Galvin, 98, of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 22, 2002, at her daughter's home in Troy. She was born July 8, 1904, in Merlin, Ontario, Canada.

Mrs. Galvin attended the first Eucharistic Congress in Chicago. She graduated from Merlin High School in Canada and Chatham Business College in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. She was formerly employed with R.L. Polk Directory Co. and Braun Lumber Company as a secretary. She was a member of St. Agnes Church Altar Society, Detroit; Visitation Church Altar Society, Detroit; St. Bede Church Altar Society, Southfield; St. Hugo of the Hills Church Altar Society, Bloomfield Hills; Catholic Central High School Mother's Club, Detroit; Marygrove College Mother's Club, Detroit; Catholic Study Club; League of Catholic Women; resident board at Lourdes Nursing Home in Waterford; a volunteer at Providence Hospital in Southfield. Mrs. Galvin enjoyed playing golf and kept the family summer cottage going for over forty years in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. 

She is survived by children, Mary Frances (Gerald) Dietz, Maureen Clement, Rosemary Etue, Sharon (Robert) Stokes, Theresa (Richard) Sands, Paul (Mary Catherine), Patrick (Cecelia), James (Shella) and William (Lynn); 44 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren. 

Visitiation is Sunday, Oct. 27, and Monday, Oct. 28, between 2-8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy. Evening service at funeral home Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.. Funeral service at St. Hugo of the Hills Church, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. until Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to Lourdes Nursing Home, 2300 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, Mich. 48328 or Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 610 West Elm Street, Monroe, Mich. 48162.

Linda Ann Greig

Linda Greig, 61, of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 21, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. She was born July 14, 1941, in Detroit.

Mrs. Greig was a graduate of Redford High School and attended Michigan State University for three years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed boating, spending summers on Mullett Lake, collecting teddy bears, reading and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by husband, John W., D.D.S.; children, Scott (Paula), Andrew (Michelle), Jeffrey (Cheryl) and Bruce (Carol); grandchildren, Cameron, Evan, Adam, Alexander, Jacob, Sara, Ava and Olivia; and sister, Elizabeth Reynolds.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons funeral Home in Royal Oak. Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Heart Association. 

Charles Francis Lawler

Charles Lawler, 86, of Beverly Hills, died Oct. 23, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born June 30, 1916, in Herbert, Wis.

Mr. Lawler graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Detroit, with graduate studies in law. He remained actively involved in the school's basketball program and was honored as a U of D Mercy Patron. He was a World War II Army veteran, where he attained the rank of Captain, serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations and following the war he served in Japan as a Civil Affairs Administrator. He was employed as a sales representative with The National Cash Register Co. in Detroit for 27 years. 

Mr. Lawler was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms; the property owners association and country club in S.C.; St. Paul the Apostle parish in South Carolina; treasurer of the Oconee Chapter of the South Carolina Alliance for the Mentally Ill. His hobbies included, golf, tennis, investing and supporting a wide range of charitable causes.

He is survived by wife, Helene Joan; daughter, Marie-Helene (Michael) Grabman; grandchildren, Genevieve, Andrea, Michael and Charlotte.

A memorial mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, Bloomfield Hills. Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be sent to the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Covenant House, 346 West 17th Street, N.Y.C., or The National Right to Life Committee, 419 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Cecil C. Chauvin

Cecil Chauvin, 88, of Rochester, N.Y., formerly of Beverly Hills, Mich., died October 23, 2002, in Rochester, N.Y. He was born January 12, 1914 in Windsor, Ontario. 

Mr. Chauvin was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He attended Assumption College in Windsor and the University of Detroit. He retired in 1980 as a Purchasing Commodity Planner with Chrysler Corp. He was a former member of the Detroit Golf Club and the St. Regis Church Ushers Club. 

He is survived by children, Kathy H. Chauvin, Mary (Robert) Kavanaugh, Colleen C. Chauvin, John P. (Lynn), Christopher C. (Alice Pentland); and sister, Laurette Buhlman.

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 Holy Name of Mary Food Fund, 892 St. Mary's Blvd., Windsor, Ontario N8S 2T9.

Valentino E. Trabucchi

Valentino Trabucchi, 76, of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 25, 2002, at William Beaumont Hospital. He was born July 28, 1926, in Berkley, Mich.

Mr. Trabucchi was a veteran of the Army during World War II.

He is survived by wife, Marion; children, Valerie G. Trabucchi of Midland, Mich., Victoria F. (Steven) Addison of Troy, Valentino M. (Cheryl) of Bloomfield Hills and Matthew A. (Diane) of Birmingham; three grandchildren; brother, Alphonso of Royal Oak.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home in Berkley. Interment at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley. Memorial tributes may be sent to Leukemia Society of Michigan.

Frederick W. Pfister, III

Frederick Pfister, III, 57, of Harpswell, Maine and Sterling Heights, died Oct. 22, 2002, at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine. He was born Feb. 27, 1945 in the Bronx, N. Y.

Mr. Pfister graduated from The College of New Jersey in Trenton, N. J., Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Miami University of Ohio in Oxford, Ohio. He was a history teacher and House Master at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills until retiring in 2001. He loved Maine and spent many summers in Maine before retiring there. He enjoyed reading, photography, woodworking and shopping at L.L. Bean, Freeport. 

He is survived by wife, Beverly; children, Frederick W., IV of San Diego, Calif., and Erin C. of Sterling Heights; and sister, Christine P. (Peter) Van Lenten of Glen Rock, N.J.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Kingswood Auditorium, Cranbrook School. Memorial tributes may be made to the Frederick W. Pfister Book Award, Cranbrook School, c/o Raylce Seibert, P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 48303.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick, Maine. 

Archie G. Bliesath

Archie Bliesath, 72, of Hubbard Lake, Mich., and Okeechobee, Fla., formerly of Clawson, died Oct. 27, 2002, in Florida. He was born Feb. 8, 1930. in Pontiac.

Mr. Bliesath graduated from Baldwin High School in Birmingham. He was part-owner of Birmingham Water Softener Service in Birmingham for a number of years. He was a private airplane pilot; a member of The Quiet Birdman (QB) in the Stuart, Florida Hangar.

He is survived by wife, Miriam; children, Cecily of Royal Oak, Lynn (Philip) Hodson of Chicago, ILL. and David (Denice) of Westland; grandchildren, James, Charlie, Caroline and Jack; and sisters, Trilby Sternal of Berkley, Kenya (Jerry) Mayle of Southfield and Cheryl Chadwick of Tuscon, Ariz.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. R. Hamilton Funeral Home in Birmingham. Interment at Toledo Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Sylvania, Ohio. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Diabetes Association, The American Heart Association or a charity of donor's choice. 

William I. Taylor

William Taylor, 76, of Williamsburg, formerly of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 28, 2002, at Munson Medical Center. 

Mr. Taylor was a retired advertising executive for Ross-Roy in Detroit. 

He is survived by wife, Joy; children, Christopher (Marcia), Jonathan (Janet), Timothy (Heidi); step-children, Victoria (Gregory) Supina, and Ernest (Iris) Rust; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to the Father Fred Foundation in care of the Reynolds-Jonkoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth Street, Traverse City, Mich. 49684.

Robert A. Borkowski

Robert Borkowski, 75, of Brighton, formerly of Milford and Harper Woods, died Oct. 23, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was born Feb. 18, 1927 in Detroit. 

Mr. Borkowski was a United States Navy veteran. He attended Wilbur Wright High School in Detroit. He was a retired Tool & Die Maker from Dodge Main in Hamtramck. He had also worked for B & K Hydraulic in Livonia. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Brighton and also active at St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows in Milford. He enjoyed golfing, water skiing and doing major home remodeling projects. He had volunteered to construct playscapes in downtown Brighton.

Mr. Borkowski is survived by wife, Jeremiah M.; sons, Duane E. of Plymouth and Bradley A. of Bloomfield Hills.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Vermuelen Funeral Home in Plymouth. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago 60678-3968. 

Cal Cooke 

Cal Cooke, 50, of Berkley, died Oct. 5, 2002. He was born April 24, 1952, in Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Cooke was a long-time employee of Alban's Bottle & Basket in Birmingham. He was an expert in wines and spirits. He was also an avid private pilot and outdoorsman.

He is survived by parents, Robert and Phyllis of Sun City West, Ariz.; and brothers, Ken of San Diego, Calif., David of Elmhurst, Ill., and Daniel of Newburgh, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 1589 West Maple, Birmingham. Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Dorothea Elizabeth Schulz Thompson

Dorothea Thompson, 86, of Red Bank, N.J., formerly of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 29, 2002, in Brighton Gardens, Middleton. She was born in Bad Axe. 

Mrs. Thompson was a graduate of Flint High School. She was an active choir mother of the Westminister Presbyterian Church in Detroit. She played a key role in the Harps Restoration at Cass Technical High School, Detroit. She was an avid music lover, dancer and artist. 

She is survived by daughters, Camille Thompson and Marilyn Lentz of Red Bank, N.J. 

Funeral arrangements were handled by Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank, N.J. Memorial tributes may be made to the Monmouth Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Scholarship Fund c/o David Timidaiski, 79 Knottingham Drive, Eatontown, N.J. 07724.

Billie J. Martin

Billie Martin, 82, of Beverly Hills, died Oct. 29, 2002, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born Dec. 3, 1919 in Wyatt, West Virginia.

Mr. Martin served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was an active member of the VFW Lyskawa Post 7546 in Dearborn Heights, where he served as past president of the Michigan Chapter of the 9th Division and on the governing board of the National 9th Association. He was a 42-year employee of the Detroit Free Press in the mail department. He enjoyed walking, photography and music. 

He is survived by wife, Marilyn; children, Susan Martin, Linda (Robert) Jorden, Jerry (Janeen) Emrick; grandchildren, Jeff, David, Will, Laura; great-grandchildren, Kaylin, Noah and Jacob.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson. Entombment at Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia. Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Integrated Health Services Foundation. 

Tony V. Zemaitis

Tony Zemaitis, 57, of Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 30, 2002, at home. He was born Sept. 16, 1945 in Moosburg, Germany.

Mr. Zemaitis graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He was a mechanical engineer for Delco Remy America in Troy for eight years. He was very active in his neighborhood association. He loved tennis and golf.

He is survived by wife, Sherry Lee; sister, Aldona Bielskus (Mindowgus) of Berwin, Ill.; sister-in-law, Debby Zemaitis of Lake Orion.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Price Funeral Home in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, Memorial/Honorarium Department, P.O. Box 214182, Auburn Hills, Mich. 48321-4182.

E.Mae Hickey

E.Mae Hickey, 76, of Beverly Hills, died Nov. 1, 2002 at home. She was born June 9, 1926 in Townley, Alabama. 

Mrs. Hickey was a former manicurist at The Golden Razor at Towne Center in Southfield. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

She is survived by children, Bill, Pat, Terry (Bob) Bedzyk, Maureen (Steve) Herta and John; grandchildren, Bill, Ryan, Katie, P.J., Tess, Lisa, Kelly, Sara and Melissa; sister, Hazel Hagood.

Funeral service is at noon, Monday, Nov. 4 at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 32515 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak. Family will receive friends Sunday 2-7 p.m. Rosary Sunday, at 2 p.m. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.


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