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DOROTHY A. ORRITT "DOT"
Dorothy Orritt, 77, of West Bloomfield, died June 11, 2002, at Woodward Hills Nursing Home, Bloomfield Hills. She was born April 5, 1925 in Nanticoke, Pa.
Mrs. Orritt graduated from Kettering High School in Detroit, plus went to business school for two years. She enjoyed many different activities, including vacationing at Canadian Lakes in Mecosta, Mich.
She is survived by daughter, Janice (Harold) Kuhn; granddaughters, Allison and Marisa; and nieces and nephews, Kathy, Mike, Jane and John.
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills. Memorial tributes may be sent to Beaumont Hospice.

BENJAMIN DAVID POOLE
Benjamin Poole, 87, of West Bloomfield, died June12, 2002, at Heartland Health Care Center in West Bloomfield. She was born Nov. 8, 1914, in Detroit. 
Mr. Poole owned Pooles Boring Company in Detroit.
He is survived by wife, Ethel; children David (Jean), and Karen (William) Elders; grandchildren, Jason P., Lisa Switlik, Tiffani Kolp and William C., II; great-grandson, Nathan; and sister, Martha Ingram.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington. Interment at Franklin Cemetery in Franklin. Memorial tributes may be sent to charity of donor's choice.

HARRIETTE R. COOK
Harriette Cook, 75, of St. Clair Shores, died June 8, 2002 in Arbor Manor Care in Spring Arbor. She was born July 31, 1926 in Lansing.
She received a two-year degree from Michigan State College. She enjoyed airplanes and took flying lessons and worked as a model in the 1940s. She was employed as a secretary for many years. Mrs. Cook was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Clair Shores and St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. 
She is survived by former husband, Ardale Louis Cook of Clinton Twp.; children Dawn Marie (Danny) Peterson of Alvin, Texas, Jameson Frank of St. Clair Shores and Sean Harry (Dianne) of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Melissa, Noah and Jade; brother, William (Darlene) Burger of Lansing and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

LEONARD VINCENT JOY
Leonard Joy, 83, of Farmington Hills, died June 12, 2002, in Marywood Nursing Center in Livonia. He was born Oct. 28, 1918, in Detroit.
Mr. Joy served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed by the IRS for thirty-two years.
He is survived by wife, Helen; children, James (Ruth) of New York, Nancy (Harry) Davidson of Livonia, Donna Calus of Livonia, Diane Joy of Illinois and Kathleen (Gary) Peters of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Ryan, Nicole, Annie, Alex, Corey, Andy and Emily; and siblings, Eleanor Nowak of Lincoln Park and Dennis (Alice) Jagodzinski, Ohio. 
Funeral arrangements were handled by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Inc., in Farmington. Interment at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia. Memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. 

DOROTHY MAE O'BRIEN
Dorothy O'Brien, 83, of West Bloomfield, died June 14, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born August 22, 1918 in Detroit. 
Mrs. O'Brien was a homemaker with membership at St. Colman Catholic Church in Farmington Hills; a volunteer at Hospice of SE Michigan and Lourdes Nursing Home in Waterford.
She is survived by children, Lynn (Larry) Harper of Stow, Ohio, Suzanne O'Brien of Allen Park, Patrick (Joanne) of Troy, Thomas Michael of Detroit and Terry (Chris) of Fenton; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be sent to Father Solanus Guild, 1740 Mt. Elliott Avenue, Detroit, Mich. 48020. 

IAN DUNBAR TOWART
Ian Towart, 76, of West Bloomfield, died June 18, 2002, at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington. He was born July 12, 1925 in Scotland.
Mr. Towart was employed by Detroit Edison for 42 years.
He is survived by wife, Rhea; sons, John of Solana Beach, Calif., and Bruce; stepsons, Leonard and Paul Berger; grandchildren, Jason and Heather Towart; great-granddaughter, Kayla.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Inc. in Farmington.
Memorial tributes may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Josephine Bonanno
Josephine Bonanno, 91, of Rochester Hills, formerly of West Bloomfield, died August 24, 2002 at Crittenton Hospital. She was born July 19, 1911 in Pittston, Pa. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Bonanno is survived by children, Susan (Gary) Cox of Troy, Joseph Bonanno, D.O., and Raymond (Joan); ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sarah Benevegnia and Sally Camilletti.
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be sent to Mercy Bellbrook Retirement Community, c/o Activities Department, 873 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, Mich. 48307 or Rose Hill Center, 5130 Rose Hill Blvd., Holly, Mich. 48442. 

Ester Zerbo
Ester Zerbo, 82, of West Bloomfield, formerly of Farmington Hills, died September 12, 2002 at Bloomfield Orchard Villa in West Bloomfield. She was born May 19, 1920 in Butte, Montana.
Mrs. Zerbo attended two years of business college. She was a member of Club Venetian.
She is survived by sons, Angelo of West Bloomfield, Richard (Deborah) of Farmington Hills and John (Leslie) of Commerce Township; grandchildren, Kimberly, Nina, Kevin, Jenna, Andrew, Alex and Christopher.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington. Interment at Mt. Olivet in Detroit. Memorial tributes may be made to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit 48207-3496.

A.D. "Pappaw" Golden
Pappaw Golden, 80, of West Bloomfield, formerly of Marmaduke, Ark., died September 16, 2002. 
Mr. Golden was a veteran of WWII as a gunner on B-24's stationed in Italy. He worked for thirty-three years at Ely Walker Shirt Factory and after retiring, worked part-time at Damman Hardware in Commerce. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.S. He loved traveling with a bluegrass band, playing the mandolin and spoons, and in his early days, played in a country music band on the radio. He enjoyed his family, bowling, and fishing.
Mr. Golden is survived by wife of 56 years, Betty; children, Jo Ann (Ed) Newsbaum of Commerce Twp. and Michael (Mary) of Arkansas; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and brother, Cloyce Golden.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Coats Funeral Home in Waterford. A Memorial Service will be held later at Marmaduke First Baptist Church and interment in Harvey's Chapel Cemetery both in Marmaduke, Ark. Memorial tributes may be made to Cranbrook Hospice; which the family sends special thanks to Hospice nurse, Jenny. 

Robert Earl James
Robert James, 73, of Lapeer, formerly of West Bloomfield, died September 17, 2002. 
Mr. James graduated from Wittenburg University. He was an Army Air Corps veteran who served on Okinawa. He was a real estate broker and owner of Century 21, Robec Properties in West Bloomfield. He enjoyed being with his family, attending their ball games and sometimes coaching the teams when necessary. Mr. James also enjoyed golf and fishing.
He is survived by children, Jo Ellen (fiancé, Tom Zadrosky), Wallace of Troy, Robert of Leonard, Richard, and Craig (Sarah) both of Waterford; grandchildren, Heather, Connor, Danny and Brian; siblings, Shirley (Wayne) Kaiser and Barbara (Tom) Martin both of Ohio.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Huntoon Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. 

Barbara A. Brumer
Barbara Brumer, 59, of West Bloomfield, died September 26, 2002, at home. She was born November 21, 1942 in Michigan.
Mrs. Brumer was employed with West Bloomfield Township.
She is survived by husband, Robert; children, Heather, Beth (Paul) Reeve, Lyse (John) Cassar and Melissa; grandchildren, Mark, Kyle, Porter and Eliza; mother, Marjorie Michels; and siblings, Susan Martin and Robert Michels, Jr.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Memorial tributes may be made to William Beaumont Hospice or donor's choice.

Shirley E. Peck
Shirley Peck, 74, of Edgerton, Wisconsin, formerly of West Bloomfield, died Oct. 3, 2002 in Edgerton, Wis. She was born June 19, 1928 in Flint.
Mrs. Peck was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with her family. She was active with the Garden Club in West Bloomfield and a longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church in Birmingham.
She is survived by children, Pamela (Gary) Borgquist, Catherine (Craig) Carleton, both of Michigan and Michael of Edgerton of Wisconsin and John (Dianne) of Michigan; twelve grandchildren; and siblings, Richard (Wanda) Crabtree of Florida and Karen (Frank) Banacki of Michigan.
Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy. 

Eva M. Zearing
Eva Zearing, 83, of West Bloomfield, formerly Livonia and Sterling Heights, died Oct. 7, 2002, at Bloomfield Orchard Villa Nursing Home in West Bloomfield. She was born April 8, 1919 in Lake More, Ohio.
Mrs. Zearing retired after 20 years as a sales associate for Montgomery Wards, where she was the first woman to sell major appliances. She was a member of Eastern Star in Sun City, Arizona. She enjoyed sewing and doll collecting.
She is survived by daughter, Linda P. (Hal D.) Watson; grandchildren, Matthew S. and Erika Z. Watson; and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Mackinley.
Funeral services were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Inurnment at Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City, Arizona. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Lung Association, 18860 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, Mich. 48075.

Philip W. Leistra, Jr.
Philip Leistra, Jr., 55, of Waterford, formerly of West Bloomfield, died October 26, 2002, at home. He was born December 21, 1946 in Chicago, Ill.
Mr. Leistra was a graduate of Chicago Christian High School and the University of Illinois, BSME. He was an engineer manager for General Motors Corp. for 33 years.
He is survived by wife, Nancy J.; children, Philip W., III (Andrea) and Jessica M. Leistra; granddaughter, Paige Elizabeth; parents, Philip, Sr. and Pearl; and siblings, Wayne (Kathy), Cynthia Leistra and James (Laura).
Family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. until memorial service 11 a.m. at North Hills Christian Church, 3150 North Adams Road, Troy, Mich. Memorial tributes may be sent to Leistra Memorial Fund at North Hills Christian Church. Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak.

John W. Russell
John Russell, 66, of Culver City, California, died October 21, 2002. He is survived by brother, James (Jacqueline) of West Bloomfield ; niece, Marie; nephew, David.
Funeral arrangements were handled by O'Brien-Sullivan Funeral Home in Novi. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite # 1010, Rockville, M.D. 20852-9813.

CAROLYN LYDE HAMMAN
Carolyn Lyde Hamman, 77, of Troy, formerly of Beverly Hills, died April 6, 2002.
She was a longtime member of Beverly Hills United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Hamman is survived by her husband, Robert; sons, Paul L. Hamman of Rochester Hills and Rodney H. Hamman of Maumee, Ohio; brothers, the Rev. John Adams-Kinde and Edward Adams; sister, Maime Adams; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 11 at Pixley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, 20000 W. Thirteen Mile Road, Beverly Hills 48025.

PHILLIP RICHARD JULIAN
Phillip Richard Julian, of Troy, formerly of Madison Heights, died April 15, 2002.
He was employed by W.C. Ducombe Auto Supply for 30 years.
Mr. Julian was a dedicated and hard-working man who enjoyed running and keeping in shape. 
He is survived by his wife, Diane Marie; daughter, Jessica; son Vincent; his father, Philip Julian; brothers, Richard, Robert, Joseph and Anthony; and sisters, Katherine and Annette.
Funeral Mass was held Friday at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, Troy.
Burial was at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy.
Memorial tributes can be made to St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 4571 John R. Road, Troy.
Arrangements were handled by Gramer Funeral Home, Clawson.

ESTHER JEAN KALIVODA
Esther Jean Kalivoda, 84, of Troy, died April 16, 2002, at Courtyard Manor of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills. She was born June 20, 1917, in Muncie, Ind.
She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Troy.
Mrs. Kalivoda is survived by two grandchildren, Angela Cremeans and Donna Bletch.
Funeral services were held Friday, at Price Funeral Home, 3725 S. Rochester Road, Troy.
Interment was at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy.
Memorials can be sent to Fellowship Baptist Church, U.S. Route 60, Barboursville, West Virginia 25504.

W.R. "RON" LYNCH
W.R. "Ron Lynch, 70, of Troy, formerly of Birmingham, died April 28, 2002, at home. He was born Jan. 13, 1932, in South Bend, Ind.
Mr. Lynch was a sales manager for Thermoid, Inc. in Bellefontaine, Ind.
He was a member of the Clawson-Troy Elks Lodge No. 2169 and loved to go salmon fishing.
Mr. Lynch is survived by his former wife, May Alice Lynch; daughter, Julie Lynch; sons, Terry Lynch, Curt Lynch and William T. Lynch; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., today (May 2) at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy.
Memorial tributes can be made to the American Lung Association.

Bryan Gregory French
Bryan, 26, of Rochester Hills, died on September 21, 2002 in Pontiac St. Joseph Hospital. He was born on May 4, 1976 at the same hospital.
Being one of God's Special Children, Bryan came struggling into this world, and left this world peacefully in the arms of his mother Rebecca and father Gregory.
"Bryan had his share of difficulties in his life," said his father, Gregory French. "Everyone who met him felt the purity of his love, the strength of his golden spirit and the joy in his smile and laughter. He graduated from Kennedy Center in Pontiac this past June with his Special Education diploma. Bryan has been an inspiration to all of us and will be missed." 
Funeral arrangements were handled by A. J. Desmond & Sons in Troy with burial at the Garden of Hope at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes, in his name, may be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital or the charity of the donor's choice. 

MORRIS DEBUCK
Morris (Morrie) DeBuck, 74, of Troy, formerly of Harrison Twp., died May 4, 2002, at Troy Beaumont Hospital, Troy. He was born July 1, 1927, in Grosse Pointe.
Mr. DeBuck retired in 1985 from General Motors Corp. after 32 years as a senior tax analyst. He was former vocalist in the Tommy Baldwin Orchestra.
Mr. DeBuck was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.
As a youth he excelled and lettered in baseball, basketball and football.
He is survived by daughters, Diane Graul, Debra Farrer, Dawn Chioini and Darleen Kleinert; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial tributes can be made to The Fr. Solanus Guild, 1760 Mt. Elliott, Detroit 48207 or Beaumont Hospice Fund, 3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, 48073.
Arrangements were handled by A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, Royal Oak.

MAE MILOSTAN
Mae Milostan, 83, of Troy, died May 3, 2002.
She is survived by sons, Patrick and Richard Milostan; sister, Delphine Beland; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Scripture service was held Monday at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, Rochester.
A Chapel service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday at Holy Cross Cemetery, Alpena.

ELIZABETH A. (REYNOLDS) ROLPH
Elizabeth "Bettie" A. (Reynolds) Rolph, 78, of Troy, formerly of Highland Park, died May 5, 2002, at home. She was born June 10, 1923, in Detroit.
Ms. Rolph was a "Rosie the Riviter" during World War II.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Louise Sawnson of Madison Heights; and sister-in-law, Jean Reynolds of Oxford.
Ms. Rolph loved reading, cross stiching and her pets, Ahnree and Jacque.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Price Funeral Home, Troy.
Interment was at Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak.

ETHEL MARY DUTCHER (BRADY)
Ethel Mary Dutcher (Brady), 68, of Shelby Township, formerly of Troy, died May 6, 2002, at William Beaumont Hospital, Troy. She was born July 27, 1933, in Bayonne, N.J.
Mrs. Dutcher was a tax accountant for Dutcher Income Tax, Troy, and a former member of the Troy School Board.
She also was a former member of the Troy High School and Troy Athens High School Boosters. 
Mrs. Dutcher loved to be with her family and children.
She is survived by her daughters, Catherine Yott of Virginia Beach, Va., Brenda Snow of Virginia Beach and Patricia Dutcher of Utica; sons, Theodore Dutcher of West Minster, Colo. and Daniel Dutcher of Troy; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Friday, May 10, at St. John Fisher Chapel University Parish in Auburn Hills. 
Memorial tributes can be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Arrangements were handled by Price Funeral Home, Troy.

DONALD R. GREGORY
Donald R. Gregory, 80, of Troy, died May 1, 2002, at home. He was born Nov. 2, 1921, in Torrington, Conn.
Mr. Gregory retired from American Motors Corp. in 1987. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Mr. Gregory played cello in the Toledo Symphony and was the principal cellist of the original Dearborn Symphony. He performed regularly with the Detroit Chamber Music Society, Grosse Pointe Chamber Music Society, The Renaissance Quartet and The Tuesday Musicale. Mr. Gregory was one of the founding members of the Troy Community Orchestra and established chamber concerts in both the Oak Park and Troy libraries.
Mr. Gregory is survived by his wife, Jean; daughters, Katherine Averill, Elizabeth Pamerleau, Martha Lucander, Helen Parke and Meg Long; brothers, Richard, Gordon, and Stanley; sisters, Dorothy Kishline and Susan Popchock; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held May 4 at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, Clawson.
Interment was at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southeastern Michigan, 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 212, Southfield, MI, 48075-5200 or Parkinson Foundation, 30161 Southfield Road, Suite 1119, Southfield, 48076-9775.

MARY (MATUSEK) KOKINCHAK
Mary (Matusek) Kokinchak, 93, of Clawson, formerly of Troy, died May 9, 2002, at Cambridge North Health Care Center, Clawson. She was born Feb. 9, 1909, in Yonkers, N.Y.
Mrs. Kokinchak was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses Troy Congregation, Troy.
She is survived by her niece, Judith A. Arthur of Troy; and sister-in-law, Mildred A. Matusek of Royal Oak.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 13, at Price Funeral Home, 3725 S. Rochester Road, Troy.
Interment will be at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy.
Memorials can be made to Big Beaver United Methodist Church, 3753 John R., Troy, 48083 or the charity of donor's choice.

MARY ALDINE MURPHY
Mary Aldine Murphy, 90, of Troy, died May 8, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, Pontiac. She was born July 27, 1911, in Breckon, Ontario, Canada.
She was a homemaker and member of the Church of St. Alan, Troy. Mrs. Murphy was also a former member of St. Benedict Church, Highland Park.
She is survived by her children, Tom and Judy Bond, Larry and Irene Murphy, Tom and Mary Murphy, Bob Murphy and Kenny and Diane Bond; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and her close friend, Gene Gourley of Troy.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 11, at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, Troy, followed by Mass at Church of St. Alan.
Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.


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