Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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Madeline E. Chapman

Madeline Chapman, 98, of Berkley, died Nov. 2, 2002, at home.

Mrs. Chapman is survived by children, Alfred H. (Marie) and Joyce (Robert) Gipner, daughter-in-law, Jean Chapman; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 East 5th Street, Royal Oak. A private committal service will be held. Memorial tributes may be sent to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Margaretta C. Higgins

Margaretta Higgins, 99, of Birmingham, died Nov. 1, 2002, at home. She was born Dec. 28, 1902 in Detroit.

Mrs. Higgins was a graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Detroit; Manhattanville College, New York and the University of Michigan. She was a retired teacher and counselor at Western High School in Detroit for 30 years. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Birmingham Branch; Detroit Athletic Club; Detroit Boat Club; Notre Dame Club of Detroit (also was on the advisory council of Snite Museum of the Art at Notre Dame; member of the University of Michigan Alumnae Association; The Village Club; Founders Society of Detroit Institute of Arts. She was also a supporter of the Detroit Symphony, Birmingham Community House, Pontiac Rescue Mission and Gleaners Food Bank. 

Funeral arangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home. Entombment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1250 Kensington, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 48304. 

Catherine C. "Kay" Healey

Catherine Healey, 85, of Bloomfield Hills, died Nov. 4, 2002 at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born Nov. 9, 1916, in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Mrs. Healey graduated from Northwestern University. She was a volunteer nurse's aide during World War II. She was a retired vice president of her late husband's business, W.E. Healy and Associates (Engineered Fire Protection). She was an active member of St. Hugo of the Hills Church in Bloomfield Hills; member, golfer and historian of Oakland Hills Country Club; member of the Women's District Gold Association; oil painting artist and member of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center. She enjoyed bridge, gardening and travel. 

She is survived by children, William Douglas and Margaret M. "Peggy" (Daniel) Keehner; grandchildren, Philip M. and Brian W.; brother, Dr. Harold A.(Betty) Streit; and loving friend, Merton J. Bell.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at St. Joseph Section of Eastlawn Cemetery, Lake Orion. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Peter Schubeck

Peter Schubeck, 84, of Birmingham, died. He was born Dec. 3, 1917, in Pennsylvania.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the South Pacific Island of Palau and Guam, attaining rank of chief petty officer. He graduated from University of Wisconsin and went to work for General Motors Truck and Coach.

Mr. Schubeck enjoyed baseball, golf, bridge, dancing, music(singing) and bowling. He participated in Babe Ruth Baseball, presiding over youth baseball and helping his sons excel at the game.

He is survived by wife, Gerry; children, Geraldine, Kathyrn, Peter, Jr., William and Steve; grandchildren, John, Jody, Jim, Amanda, Tyler, Mesa, Fiona and Mira.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Clawson. Memorial tributes may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 18831 West 12 Mile Road, Lathrup Village, Mich. 48076-9806.

Joann Fairchild-Ludington

Joann "Jodi" Fairchild-Ludington, 57, of Grosse Pointe Shores, died November 6, 2002. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mrs. Ludington had a varied career. She formerly worked for New York Magazine; Ms. Magazine with Gloria Stienem; executive vice president of PBAA, a national publishing trade association; studied and received her FCC License; talk show host; news reporter with WJW and finally morning and afternoon traffic reporter. She did a lot of volunteer work, such as, working with the Grosse Pointe School System as president of Grosse Pointe North Parents' Club; publisher and editor of the club's newsletter; co-chairwoman of the 1996 All-Night Party and co-chairwoman of Norsemoms. She also wrote Dennis Archer's newsletter, "The Future is Now."

Mrs. Ludington is survived by husband, Ivan, Jr.; son, Michael Ludington Fairchild; stepchildren, Dana (Judy), David (Karen), and Susan (Randall) Gillary; step- grandchildren, Ian, David, Erin, Kathy, Emily, Jennifer and Katie; siblings, Diane Fairchild of Grosse Pointe Shores and John A. (Anne) Fairchild, Jr. of Grand Rapids; and niece, Alexandria.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods. Interment at Ludington Cemetery in Harbor Beach. Memorial tributes may be made to The Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation, 201 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, Mich. 48084 or Mariner's Church, 170 East Jefferson, Detroit, Mich. 48226. 

Lawrence G. Gifford

Lawrence Gifford, 78, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Southfield, died Nov. 3, 2002, at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He was born Aug. 13, 1924 in Berea, Ohio.

Mr. Gifford was in the Strongsville School system and on all the high school sports teams and the school play. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he worked as a radar technician during the war. He attended Case Western University as a work-study student for one year. He graduated from Ohio State University. He retired from Detroit Edison where he worked in power generation and the design of many of Detroit Edison's power plants.

After retirement he consulted for Moylan Engineering. Mr. Gifford served Southfield Presbyterian Church as a trustee, elder and usher. He was active in the Detroit Edison bowling league; Edison Golf League; and the Wednesday Afternoon Golf League. He attended Edison Retiree Lunches; loved to play cards, jigsaw puzzles, watching sports on TV, organ music, books, movies about WW II, and a passionate Ohio State University fan. 

He is survived by wife, Nancy; children, David (Heidi), Carol (Griff) DeMare, Patty (David) Landgren and Amy (Paul) Bildzok; grandchildren, Laura, Stephen, Rachel, Beth, Matthew, Allison, Ariella and Talia; three sisters and one sister-in-law.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Haley Funeral Directors in Southfield. Interment at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills. Memorial tributes may be made to Southfield Presbyterian Church, Heart Association or the Leukemia Foundation.

Arthur J. Zelten

Arthur Zelten, 78, of Bloomfield Hills, died Nov. 6, 2002, at De Pere, Wisconsin. He was born in Green Bay, Wis. on Feb. 8, 1924.

Mr. Zelten graduated from St. Norbert College, Wis. and the University of Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army. He was an accountant for Chrysler for 26 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing

He is survived by wife, Marylou; children, Andrea of Rochester Hills and Paul of Waterford; grandchildren, Taylor and Carlos; siblings, Walter (Jeanine) of Chicago, ILL., Donald (Joey) of Poland, Maine, Norbert (Kay) of Fence, Wis. and Mary (Richard) LeComte of Oconto, Wis. 

Memorial visitation at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15, until 11:30 a.m. Mass, at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills. Inurnment at St. Hugo of the Hills Columbarium. Memorial tributes may be made to Al Zelten Family Memorial Scholarship Fund, St. Norbert College, 100 Grant Street, West DePere, Wis. 54115. Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors, Troy.

John J. Wetzel

John Wetzel, 89, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died Nov. 7, 2002. He was born June 21, 1913.

Mr. Wetzel was a graduate of Cass Technical High School and the University of Detroit. He was retired from Chrysler Corporation where he was director of corporate office of quality control. After retirement, he assisted Almor Corporation as administrative vice president and general manager.

He was an avid boater and member of the United States Power Squadron for 50 years; a licensed pilot; past member and former director of the American Speakers Club; Charter Member of the Detroit Engineering Society; lifetime member of the American Society of Body Engineers; a member of the Warren Astronomical Society; a member and lector of St. Paul's on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms; an avid photographer, amatuer radio operator, astronomer and bird enthusiast. 

He is survived by children, John "Jay" (Martha) of Bloomfield Hills and West Palm Beach, Fla., and Charlene (Dave) Kull of Brighton; grandchildren, Liz (Brad) BeMent, Dawn, Mary, David (Chris), Tom (Noelle) and Rob (Laura); great-grandchildren, Matilda, Emma, Adam, Bryce and Blake; sister, Tillie (Rene) Haelewyn.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, Royal Oak. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.

G. Irving Allgren

G. Irving Allgren, 76, of Bloomfield Hills, died Nov. 9, 2002 at Providence Hospital, Southfield. He was born March 6, 1926 in Mohawk, Mich.

Mr. Allgren was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He attended the University of Detroit. He was employed as a haberdasher/proprietor of a men's clothing store, (his lifelong career). He was a member of Michigan Apparel Club. He enjoyed golf and spectator sports. 

He is survived by wife, Emma; children, Robin L.(Ray) Fuller, Glen A., Brian E., Susan A. (Fred) Fritz and Warren H.; "Grampy" of Jon-Austin.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, Royal Oak. Inurnment at Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley. Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Thomas M. Sheeran

Thomas Sheeran, 77, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Southfield, died Nov. 9, 2002, at home. He was born March 12, 1925, in Detroit.

Mr. Sheeran was a U.S. Navy veteran from World War II, serving on the USS Fessenden in the South Pacific. He was a graduate of University of Detroit. He retired after 40 years as controller of warranty and service engineering for Ford Motor Company, in 1991. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed his family and gardening.

He is survived by wife, Mary Lou; children, Thomas, David (Catherine), William (Patricia), Martha (Keith) Peters, and Amy (Aaron) Decker; grandchildren, Megan, Kathleen, Sara, Joseph, Larua, Lizzie, Jason, Sam, Matt, Jamie, Tim, Gretchen, Jack; siblings, Vincent and Katherine.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons, Royal Oak. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Henry Ford, P.O. Box 02220, Detroit, Mich. 48202-0220. 

John Alvin Julian

John Julian, 66, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Troy, died Nov. 10, 2002, at U of M Hospitals, Ann Arbor. He was born January 25, 1936 in Pottsville, Pa.

Mr. Julian graduated from Western High School in Detroit. He served in the U.S. Marine Reserves for six years. He retired in 1998 as a salesman for Service Tire Co., Detroit. He was a member and past president of the Usher's Club of St. Thomas More Church, Troy. He was an avid sports fan of all Detroit sports teams.

He is survived by wife, Margaret; sons, John D. (Shirley) of Oak Park and Robert (Holly) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grandchildren, John, Sarah and Spencer; brother, Bernard of Ocala, Fla.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, Troy. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

D. James Watson, Jr.

D. James Watson, Jr., 83, of Birmingham, died Nov. 11, 2002, at Woodward Hills Nursing Home, Bloomfield Hills. He was born April 9, 1919, in Detroit.

Mr. Watson graduated from Grosse Pointe High School and the University of Michigan, where he was an active member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and loyal alumni. He served in the U.S. Navy over five years spending some of that time aboard the tanker, Kankakee, in the Pacific Ocean. He was recalled to Washington, D.C., for two years during the Korean War and released from active duty as a commander. Mr. Watson retired from Comerica Bank as a 1st vice president in 1983. He served on the board of directors of the Tri-County Red Cross; life member of the Nature Conservancy, serving as treasurer of the Michigan Chapter; member of the DAC and Senior Men's Club in Birmingham. He enjoyed visiting the National Parks, traveling, his rose garden, fishing, reading, walking and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by wife, Shirley; children, Susan Watson (Ronn) Brodie, Sally Watson (Allan) Menkel, and David James, III; grandchildren, Susan, Allyson, Ian, Zachary and Seth.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, Royal Oak. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to Nature Conservancy, 101 East Grand River, Lansing, Mich. 48906; Leader Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 5000, Rochester, Mich. 48308 or Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3633 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, Mich. 48084. 

Richard E. Warnick

Richard Warnick, 66, of Beverly Hills, died Nov. 10, 2002, at Woodward Hills Nursing Home, Bloomfield Hills. He was born July 21, 1936, in Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Warnick was a graduate of Ohio State University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, Lt. JG. He was chief operating officer and partner of Cambridge Industries, an automotive parts supplier for various companies. He was a member of Birmingham Country Club; Pelican's Nest Golf Club, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity; and various professional associations. 

He is survived by wife, Candyce; children, Elizabeth A. and Matthew R.; and brother, Paul W.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, Royal Oak. Services were private. Memorial tributes may be made to Josephine Ford Cancer Center, c/o Henry Ford Hospital, P.O. Box 2220, Detroit, Mich. 48202 or Beaumont Hospice, 3601 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Mich. 48073.

Richard A. Fischer Sr.

Richard A. Fisher, 82, of North Palm Beach, died Oct. 31, 2002. Born in Detroit, he lived in Bloomfield Hills before moving to South Florida in 1969.

He was in the automobile business all of his life. He was the former owner of Fischer Oldsmobile Cadillac Mazda in Stuart, Fla. He was a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, Bloomfield Hills Country Club, Everglades Club, the Lost Tree Club, the Huron River Hunting and Fishing Club, Stuart Yacht and Country Club, Mariner Sands Country Club, Old Port Cove Yacht Club, and the Birmingham Federal Savings.

He also was a board member of the Southeast Bank, past president of the Birmingham Rotary Club and was active in various other civic organizations. His wife, Jeanne Fischer, prededed him in death in 1995.

Three sons, Richard A. Fischer, Jr. of Brighton, Mich., David Fischer and wife, Jennifer, of Orchard Lake, Mich., and William Fischer of Stuart, Fla., survive him. He also is survived by two brothers-in-law, Thomas C. Morgan Jr. and Richard V. Morgan; and two sisters-in-law, Nancy M. Davies and Marion P. Fischer, and seven grandchildren, Michelle Fischer, Julie Fischer, Matthew Burke, David T. Fischer, Jr. and wife, Laura, Zachary F. Fischer and wife, Megan, Jeffrey F. Phelps and Amanda Haddad. 

Memorial services were held on Nov. 2 at the Lost Tree Chapel, North Palm Beach. In lieu of flowers contributions to the American Lung Association of Southeast Florida at 2701 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407, or the American Heart Association, 2300 Centerpark West Drive, West Palm Beach, Fla. 

John Patrick Lapham

John Lapham, 61, of Farmington Hills, died Nov. 15, 2002, at home. He was born July 19, 1941, in Pontiac.

Mr. Lapham was a graduate of Farmington High School and Illinois State University. He was an Air Force veteran. He was an Innkeeper for Holiday Inn and formerly employed by Marathon Oil, Clark and Royal Oak Bowl. He enjoyed golf, bowling and sports.

He is survived by wife, Jan; nieces and nephews living in Livonia, Bloomfield Hills and Westland, Matt, Colleen, Andrew, Melissa, Kati and Ben; brother, Harry (Joyce Kelly).

Funeral arrangements were handled by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington. Memorial tributes may be made to Cloverdale School in Farmington Public School District.

J.R. Miller "Bob"

Bob Miller, 59, of Bloomfield Hills, formerly of Dearborn, died Nov. 13, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He was born Sept. 29, 1943, in Martinsburg, W.Va. 

Mr. Miller was a graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Tech Sergeant. He was former owner and pharmacist of Bashur Drug Store in Detroit. He was the current owner and founder of Bob Miller Flight & Ground Instruction School, serving southeast Michigan for primary, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, sea plane and helicopter training. He was a member of Airplane Owners & Pilots Association.

He is survived by wife, Pat; son, Robert Bruce; grandchild, Jules; parents, Bruce and Frances; and siblings, Marie Henry, Bill (Janet), Micki (Scott) Funkhouser, Bud (Barb), Betty (Juan Diaz) and Glenda (Bob) Fuston. 

Family will notify friends of memorial services at a later date in the Detroit area and in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home. Memorial tributes may be made to Winchester Avenue Christian Church, Martinsburg, W.Va. or the American Heart Association, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago 60678.

Leon J. Mirbach

Leon Mirbach, 89, of Birmingham, died Nov. 12, 2002, at home. He was born in Philipsburg, Pa. 

Mr. Mirbach graduated from Philipsburg High School, where he was the salutatorian, and Pennsylvania State College, State College, Pa. During World War II, he was in Navy Sea Bees, stationed in Port Hueneme, Calif. He had a varied career, starting out as a social worker. He sold Cadillacs and German autos, was a consultant, then settled on recruiting actuaries, becoming a leading recruiter in the country and around the world. He and his wife became partners in the company of Mirbach & Mirbach, Inc. In the 1960s, he and his wife helped build the Birmingham Temple congregation and were active members. He enjoyed swimming and was an avid theatre goer. He spent winters in Highland Beach, Fla. with his wife of 62 years. 

He is survived by wife, Janis; children, Gay (Fred) Rubin of Birmingham and Bill (Susan) of Los Altos Hills, California; and granddaughters, Jessica, Rebecca, Marissa and Kenlyn.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Dorfman Chapel in Farmington Hills. Memorial tributes may be made to Birmingham Temple, 28611 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Mich. 48334 or the charity of your choice. 

Ida Louise Mentzer

Ida Mentzer, 89, of Brighton, formerly of Birmingham, died Nov. 9, 2002, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital . She was born Jan. 30, 1913, in Columbus, Ohio.

Mrs. Mentzer graduated from Ohio State University, where she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She retired from Clawson School District in 1978 as an elementary art teacher. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brighton and Birmingham; the MEA; Alpha Phi and the Ohio State University Alumni Association.

She is survived by children, Cynthia R. (Lon) Ernest of Howell and John C. of Troy; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Keehn Funeral Home in Brighton. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Memorial tributes may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Brighton, 400 East Grand River, Brighton or Paws With a Cause, 4646 South Division, Wayland, Mich. 49348. 

Frances Anne Annett

Frances Annett, 84, of Beverly Hills, died Nov. 18, 2002. 

She is survived by sons, Bruce, Jr. (Amy) and Roy (Bonnie).

Funeral arrangements were handled by Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home in Pontiac. Interment at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.

Robert E. Van Cleave

Robert Van Cleave, 75, of Beverly Hills, died Nov. 18, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He was born February 28, 1927 in Midlothian, Ill.

Mr. Van Cleave attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II. He was formerly a sales executive for CKLW & WXYZ Radio and WDIV-TV. He retired after fifteen years as a sales executive for Group W-Westinghouse. He was a member of the DAC; past Commodore of the Detroit Yacht Club; active with St. Regis Church Ushers Club. He enjoyed his grandchildren, golf and was a huge U of M football fan. 

He is survived by children, Marcie Van Cleave, Kirk (Brandye D'Lena), Gretchen (Michael) Monette; grandchildren, Jeremy, Andrea and Aubrey.

Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, Royal Oak. Inurnment at Barrington, Rhode Island. Memorial tributes may be sent to Folk Arts Center of New England, 42 West Foster Street, Melrose, Maine 02176. 

Albert Craig Colburn

Albert Colburn, 41, of Berkley, died Oct. 26, 2002, at home. He was born March 22, 1951.

Mr. Colburn was a graduate of Seaholm High School. He attended Central Michigan University. He was a member of SAL, Berkley American Legion No. 374. He was employed by Commonwealth Industry, Detroit. 

He is survived by children, Albert (Mandy) of Madison Heights and Brandy (Tim) McDonald of Escanaba; three grandchildren; parents, Albert and Margaret of Berkley, formerly of Birmingham; siblings, Marlene McBride of Manistee and Linda Weir of Troy; many nieces and nephews; two great-nieces and two great-nephews. 

Cremation arrangements were handled by Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home in Berkley. Inurnment at Roseland Cemetery in Berkley. Memorial tributes may be made to the Cancer Society.

Josephine Mae Cohagen

Josephine Cohagen, 83, of Bloomfield Township, died Nov. 18, 2002, at Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. She was born Sept. 10, 1919 in Poe, Ind.

Mrs. Cohagen was a 50-year resident of Bloomfield Township. She was a member of Franklin Community Church in Franklin; Bloomfield Garden Club; Dearborn China Painters; and the Detroit Gun Club. She was an avid gardener and crafts person.

She is survived by children, Marsha Reid of Waterford, Pamela Sullivan of Commerce, Arturo Eden of Novi, and Donald, Jr. of Farmington; nine grandchildren; four brothers and one sister.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Wm. R. Hamilton Co. in Birmingham. Interment at Franklin Cemetery, Franklin. Memorial tributes may be made to charity of your choice.

Peter J. Sullivan

Peter Sullivan, 79, of Birmingham, died Nov. 13, 2002, at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He was born March 31, 1923, in Chicago.

Mr. Sullivan served in the United States Army during World War II. He worked for 47 years at Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He was charitable to various organizations.

He is survived by wife, Kathleen; children, Mary (Bryn) Jessup, James (Joan), Robert (Janice), Jack (Hiroko), Ann, Thomas and Matthew (Kathy); 11 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Clawson. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17152, Baltimore, Md. 21298-8452.


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