Miscellaneous Oakland County, Michigan Obituaries



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ANNE E. STEWART

Services for Anne Elizabeth Stewart, 76, of Farmington Hills, were held May 3 at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Kenneth Larson officiating. Burial took place at Oakwood Cemetery in Farmington.

Mrs. Stewart was born July 28, 1925, in Boston, Mass. and died May 1, 2002 in Farmington Hills. She was a homemaker and graduated in 1945 from Katherine O'Dell's Finishing School in Boston.

She is survived by her son, R. Jeff (Sherrie); daughter, Victoria (Steve) Sanderson; and two grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Roy and brother Francis Bowers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society.

JOHN C. WESTERDALE

Memorial services are pending for John C. Westerdale, 89, of Farmington Hills.

Mr. Westerdale was born March 19, 1913 in Chicago and died Saturday, April 27 in Farmington Hills. He was the founder of General Oil Company, an industrial oil recycling firm based in southeast Michigan and with facilities and offices in Livonia, Redford and Northville. 

He is survived by his sons Timothy and Thomas; sister Harriet Johnston; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

MARY M. FITZSIMONS

Services for Mary Margaret Fitzsimons, 72, of Farmington, were held May 3 at St. Gerald Catholic Church in Farmington with the Rev. Gerald McEnhill officiating. Burial took place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mrs. Fitzsimons was born April 10, 1930 in Ireland and died April 30, 2002 in Farmington. She was a homemaker and an active member of St. Gerald's Church. She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by her husband John; sons, Michael (Jeanne), John (Ann) and James (Paula); daughters, Brenda (Larry Frerker) Fitzsimons and Mary Fitzsimons; 12 grandchildren; six brothers; and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to Capuchin's Soup Kitchen. 

Arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.

JOAN BATWINAS

Joan Batwinas, 66, of Farmington Hills, died April 30, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills.

Ms. Batwinas was born Dec. 26, 1935 in Detroit. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter, Christine Batwinas; and brother, Thomas Elmore.

Arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.

MARY ELLEN CRANE

Services for Mary Ellen Crane, 79, of Southfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 6 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Farmington Hills with the Rev. Daniel Erdman officiating. Visitation will be held 1-7 p.m. today, May 5, at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.

Mrs. Crane was born June 3, 1922 in Peoria, Ill. and died May 2, 2002, at Heartland Health Center in West Bloomfield.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; sons, Michael (Priscilla) and William (Claudia); daughters, Vicki (Allen) Johnson, Linda (Roy) Hult, Deanna Crane and Deborah (Michael) Mead; sister, Phyllis Enright; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church in Farmington Hills.

MARGARET A. SLESINSKI

Services for Margaret A. Slesinski, 76, of Franklin, will be held at 5 p.m. today, May 5, at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with visitation beginning at noon until the time of the service.

Mrs. Slesinski died May 3, 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond; children, Michael and Joanne Slesinski; and grandsons, Michael, William and Timothy Slesinksi.

MAGDALENA STRAKY

Services for Magdalena Straky, 92, of Farmington, will be held 2 p.m. Sunday June 2 at Nardin Park United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills.

Mrs. Straky was born Jan. 17, 1910 in Wyandotte and died May 14, 2002 in Farmington. She was a homemaker and member of Nardin Park United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills.

She is survived by her husband, John; son, Fred; daughter, Nancy; sister, Eva Brown; and grandchildren, Patrick Straky and Amanda Straky-Carlson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nardin Park United Methodist Church.

Arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.

ROBERT F. LENTES

Services for Robert Francis Lentes, 70, of Farmington Hills, were held May 18 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington with the Rev. Robert LaCroix officiating. Burial took place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. 

Mr. Lentes was born Feb. 11, 1932 in Detroit and died May 14, 2002 in Farmington Hills. He was a teacher for Livonia Public Schools for 30 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy and his master's degree from Wayne State University. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Farmington.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; sons, Robert, Raymond and Erich; and daughter, Christine Lentes.

Arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.

HENRY J. BURR

Services for Henry Jay Burr, 73, of Westland, were held May 17 at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. James Wright officiating. Burial took place at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Burr was born Dec. 16, 1928 in Detroit and died May 15, 2002 in Westland. He worked in construction.

He is survived by his sons, Joseph and Mark; daughters, Elizabeth Burr, Susan Lundgreen and Laura Burr; grandchildren, Troy and Natassie Lundgreen; and brother, Robert (Patricia). He is preceded in death by his wife Delores.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Insitute. 

LEONARD R. NOWACKI

Services for Leonard R. Nowacki, 92, of Livonia, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20 at St. Gerald Catholic Church in Farmington with the Rev. Gerald McEnhill officiating. Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mr. Nowacki was born Jan. 10, 1910 in Manistee, Mich. and died May 16, 2002 at Providence Hospital in Southfield. He worked in public relations for the auto industry and was a retired U.S. Navy captain. He was also past commander of the Broadhead Naval Academy in Detroit.

He is survived by his son, John (Carol); daughters, Mary Jean (Rick) Bollinger and Frances (James) Taylor; brother, Walter; and sister, Mary Ann. He is preceded in death by his wife Jeanne.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

PALMER J.A. WERNER

A Celebration of Life memorial service for Palmer Werner, 90, of Redford will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 20 in Clarenceville United Methodist Church, 20300 Middlebelt Road, Lvionia. 

Mr. Werner died May 13, 2002, after an auto accident in Livonia. He was born Aug. 5, 1911, in Liberty, Ohio. He received his high school diploma as an octogenarian in 2000.

Mr. Werner was a combat veteran and P.O.W. during World War II. He was a member of V.F.W., American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.

He was a a Member of Clarenceville United Methodist Church. Mr. Werner was a master photographer, and member of Detroit and National Professional Photography Association.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; daughter, Claudia; step-children, Jim, Tom and Marla; six grandchildren, Jim (Tami) Kimble, Holly Kimble, Randy Weaver, Heide Weaver, Brent Kimble and Ryan Kimble; and two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Callie.

Arrangements made by Harry J.Will Funeral Home.

MARJORIE L. VANSTONE

Services for Marjorie Lorraine Vanstone, 76, of Farmington, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. James Britt officiating. Burial will take place at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.

Mrs. Vanstone was born Feb. 25, 1926 in Canada and died May 16, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. She was a homemaker and member of Clarenceville United Methodist Church in Livonia.

She is survived by her sons, William Jr., Danny and Loren; daughter, Linda Hunt; brothers, John and William Campbell; sisters, Mary Pankow and Florence Stolliker; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband William, son, Charles and brother, Robert Campbell. 

RICHARD E. SMITH

Services for Richard Ernest Smith, 74, of Farmington, were held May 18 at North Congregational Church in Farmington Hills with the Rev. Mark Jensen officiating.

Mr. Smith was born Oct. 24, 1927 in Detroit and died May 15, 2002 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He worked as a sergeant-detective for the Detroit Police Department for 25 years and was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of the Detroit Police Officers Association and the Lieutenants/Sergeants Association. 

He is survived by his wife, Dolores; sons, John and Tim; daughters, Patricia (Jack) Hamilton, Linda (Dennis) Bidwell and Carolyn (Paul) Schmidhauer; and grandchildren, Heather, Dawn, Kristen, Jillian, Summer, Emma, James and Nicolas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial & Tributes Program, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678-3968. 

Arrangements made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington.

MARY L. CUNNINGHAM

Services for Mary L. Cunningham, 89, of Livonia, were held May 18 at St. Gerald Catholic Church in Farmington with the Rev. Gerald McEnhill officiating. Burial took place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mrs. Cunningham was born Aug. 15, 1912 in Springfield, Ohio and died May 16, 2002 at Marywood Nursing Center in Livonia. She attended Wayne University now known as Wayne State.

She is survived by her sons, James (Gloria) and Dennis (Ellen); grandchildren, Beth, Jim, Laura, Catherine and Cheryl; and great-grandchildren, Ashley and Donnell. She is preceded in death by her husband, William.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marywood Nursing Center, 36975 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154.

Arrangements made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington. 

BEATRICE E. SCHUMACHER

Services for Beatrice E. Schumacher, 79, formerly of Farmington, were held May 20 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington.

Mrs. Schumacher was born Aug. 19, 1922 in Toronto, Canada and died May 16, 2002. She was an excellent cook and baker of renowned chocolate chip cookies.

She is survived by her son, Kurt (Sue); grandchildren Julie (Dennis Cotton), Kyle and Jay; sister, Merle; brothers, Ron (Arlene), Bob (Alice) and Bill (Nancy); and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Frank; son, Mark; sister, Dorothy; and brothers, Jack, Alan and Gordon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church of Elk Rapids.

Arrangements made by McCabe Funeral Home in Farmington Hills.

ANNA R. BENEDICT

Services for Anna Rosing Benedict, 97, of Farmington Hills, were held May 21 at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Larry Austin officiating. Burial took place at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Mrs. Benedict was born Nov. 18, 1904 in Clear Creek, Utah and died May 18, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. She worked as an LPN at Grace Hospital until her retirement and also worked as a school teacher in Kansas when she was young. She enjoyed attending senior citizen dances and loved music.

She is survived by her son John (Marge); daughter, Janet (Jim Hayes) Benedict; five grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband John.

JUNE I. HOBBS

Services for June Isabelle Hobbs, 82, of Livonia, were held May 22 at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Geoffrey Hobbs officiating.

Mrs. Hobbs was born Jan. 22, 1920 in London, Ontario, Canada and died May 19, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. She was a member of St. Edith Senior Citizens at Newburgh Village.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Diane); daughter, Jan (Geoffrey) McKay; brother, Barry Smith; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Maurice.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.


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