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Sheldon L. Beckwith

Services for Sheldon Larry Beckwith, 61, of Livonia, were held Aug. 2, at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Jennifer Sadd officiating. Burial took place at Oakwood Cemetery in Farmington.

Mr. Beckwith was born Oct. 27, 1940 in Detroit and died July 28, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. He worked as a model maker for General Motors.

He is survived by his son, Larry (Lisa); companion, Jean Saldana; grandchildren, Jamie Beckwith and Kristyna Beckwith; sisters, Lorene Jeffrey, Dorothy Pettibone and Marlene Trobridge; brother, Al (Joyce) Beckwith; companion's children, Julie (Ken) Richey and Michael Saldana; and companion's grandchildren, Devin and Alaina. He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, sister, Tootie and brother, Raymond. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
 

Ann Boata

Services for Ann Boata, 87, formerly of Farmington, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at First United Methodist Church in Farmington with the Rev. Sondra Willobee officiating. Burial will take place at Acacia Park in Beverly Hills.

Mrs. Boata was born June 23, 1915 in West Virginia and died July 30, 2002 at Woodhaven Retirement Community in Livonia. She was a member of Alders Gate Methodist Church in Redford, a former Redford Suburban League member and a Red Cross volunteer. She also served on the Redford School Board.

She is survived by her daughters, Joan (Fred) Miller and Crystal (Arthur) Westphal; sister, Marie Grogan; and five grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband John.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Detroit Area Chapter, 17220 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076. 

Arrangements made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington.
 

Mary H. Clancy

Services for Mary Hannah Clancy, 87, formerly of Farmington Hills, were held Aug. 1 at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Ronald Browne officiating.

Mrs. Clancy was born Feb. 28, 1915 in England and died July 30, 2002 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She worked as a restaurant manager.

She is survived by her son, William (Linda); daughter, Elizabeth (Thomas) Downs; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins.
 

Mary Ann Shefferly

Services for Mary Ann Shefferly, 80, of Farmington Hills, were held Aug. 3 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Farmington with the Msgr. Walter Hurley officiating. Burial took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. 

Mrs. Shefferly was born July 25, 1922 in Greenville S. C. and died July 31, 2002 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She graduated from St. Anthony High School in 1940 and worked at Chevrolet Gear and Axle where she met John Shefferly. They married in 1951. 

Through her love of gardening she pursued her interest in floral design, working at a florist. She later took a job in 1977 with the Redford Township Senior Citizen Center, where she eventually became department head. Mrs. Shefferly was involved with the Catholic Central High School Mother's Club and was a frequent traveler with the Redford Seniors. She was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church and later Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington.

She is survived by her sons, Paul (Debbie) and Phil (Pattie); brothers, Rick and Rob Semany; and grandchildren, Megan, John, Kelly and Kirk. She is preceded in death by her husband John and brothers, Joseph and Anthony Semany.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins.

Arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.
 

Alice M. Waldecker

Services for Alice Madeline Waldecker, 82, of St. Ignace, were held Aug. 2 at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Joan Abbott officiating.

Mrs. Waldecker was born Feb. 28, 1920 in Port Huron and died July 31, 2002 at Huron Valley/Sinai Hospital in Commerce. She owned and operated the VacationLand Motel in St. Ignace.

She is survived by her sons, Edward (Kay) and Larry (Lola); daughter, Margaret (Don) Sutton; sister, Kay Harvey; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice.

Frances M. Todd

Frances Mary Todd, 90, formerly of Farmington Hills, died Aug. 11, 2002 in Livonia. 

Mrs. Todd was born July 12, 1912 in Detroit.

She is survived by her son, Earl (Celia); four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Earl.

Arrangements made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington.

Bonnie M. Wright

Services for Bonnie Marie Wright, 65, of Farmington Hills, were held Aug. 12 at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with burial at North Farmington Cemetery.

Mrs. Wright was born Dec. 4, 1935 and died Aug. 8, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. She worked as a nurse and was a member of Redford Bethel Church.

She is survived by her husband, Roland; sons, Randall, Marty and Eric; daughters, Laura, Debra, Starla and Julie; sister, Wanda Brooks; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son, Eddie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

George J. Wisner

Services for George J. Wisner, 81, Augusta, Ga., were held Aug. 12 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Southfield with the Rev. Lawrence Zurek officiating. Burial took place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Mr. Wisner was born April 25, 1921 in Detroit and died Aug. 7, 2002 in Augusta, Ga. He worked as a financial analyst for Chrysler Corporation for 25 years and was an active Catholic serving on his parish council, in the choir, the leader of the church Boy Scout Troop, and the parish council. He also worked with United Fund of Detroit and the Farmington Hills Senior Center. 

He is survived by his sons, George (Becky), Christopher and Stephen; daughter, Mary Frances (Dale) Stafford; brother, Gilbert; and grandchildren, Ann Stafford, Beth Stafford, Reece Wisner and Mary Joanna Wisner. He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franciscan Poverty Program at St. Michael Catholic Church, 25225 Code Road, Southfield, MI.

Arrangements made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington.

Wilma C. Songer

An Eastern Star Memorial service for Wilma C. Songer, 83, formerly of Farmington, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Farmington Masonic Temple with a gravesite service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the North Farmington Cemetery in Farmington Hills. 

Mrs. Songer died May 21, 2002 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. where she had been living for the past six years. 

Originally from Farmington Township, Mrs. Songer was born on Sept. 26, 1918. A graduate of Walled Lake High School and the Pontiac School of Beauty, Mrs. Songer and her twin, Thelma, opened the Twins Beauty Salon in Farmington at the corner of Grand River and Farmington Road. 

She married Roy V. Songer of Detroit, on March 15, 1941 and made their home in Farmington Hills. She was a lifetime member of the Farmington Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the founding Guardian of Job's Daughters, Bethel #55. 

She is survived by her children Cynthia Songer and Leslie Songer Terry.

Donations can be made in her name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. 

Thomas J. Morgan

Services for Thomas James Morgan, 69, of Farmington, were held Aug. 13 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington with the Rev. Ronald Browne officiating. Burial took place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich.

Mr. Morgan was born June 30, 1933 in Carrick, Pa. and died Aug. 10, 2002 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; sons, Thomas Jr., Bob (Cindy) and David; daughters, Karen (Patrick) Howley, Sue (Glen) Hyde, Pat (Rick) Chadwick, Barbara (Joe) Strusinski, Dyanne (Rol) Savage, Kelly (Mark) Cramer, Paula Morgan, Mary Anne (Vince) Galea, Jennifer Morgan, Amy (Jay) Schuerman and Kathryn Morgan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 346, Farmington or Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.

Lillian Mohler

Services for Lillian Mohler 82, of Farmington Hills, were held Aug. 10 at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. John Maki officiating. Burial took place at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Mrs. Mohler was born Sept. 1, 1919 in Water Valley, Ky. and died Aug. 9, 2002 in Farmington Hills. She and her husband owned a service station and then a grocery store. She later worked in her son-in-law's pharmacy.

She is survived by her husband, Clifford; sons, William Gibson, Ken (Pamela) Shreve and Donald (Sheila) Shreve; daughters, Betty (Roland) Schemers and Peggy (William) Pabst; stepson, Martin (Paulette) Mohler; brothers, Hobert and Charles Floyd; 24 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd Shreve.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678-3968.

Andora Barber

Services for Andora Barber, 100, of Farmington, were held Aug. 16 at Walsh Funeral Home in Roscommon with burial at Gerrish Township Cemetery.

Mrs. Barber was born Oct. 7, 1901 in Maple Forest Township, Mich. and died Aug. 13, 2002 at Botsford Continuing Care Center in Farmington Hills. At age 18, she worked as a housekeeper in Detroit. Henry Ford was often a guest to the home of the people for whom she worked. 

She married Clarence Barber on Aug. 16, 1921. Her hobbies included fishing, sewing, cooking, picking blueberries, playing cards and walking. She walked the Mackinac Bridge twice.

She is survived by her son, Frank (Laura Marie); daughter, Shirley Murray; daughter-in-law, Helen Barber; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Clarence and son, Thomas.

Memorial contributions may be made to Botsford Continuing Care Nursing Home in Farmington Hills.

Local arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.
 

Donald A. Kuffel

Services for Donald Arthur Kuffel, 54, of Farmington Hills, were held Aug. 17 at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Jennifer Saad officiating. Burial took place at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.

Mr. Kuffel was born Jan. 23, 1948 in Ferndale and died Aug. 15, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. He worked as a manager for A & P and Farmer Jack and was a Vietnam War Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Richard; daughters, Darcey (Timothy) Schafer and Tracey Kuffel; mother, Lois Kuffel; mother-in-law, Elizabeth (Gerald) Penner; brother, Michael (Carolyn); sisters, Sandra Clodfelter and Susan Quiney; and brother-in-law, Larry (Shila) Feipel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

Frank Mack

Services for Frank Mack, 85, of Farmington Hills, were held Aug. 21, at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Msgr. Walter Hurley officiating. Burial took place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. 

Mr. Mack was born July 17, 1917 in Detroit and died Aug. 15, 2002 at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor. He worked in the experimental department of the Ford Motor Company during World War II. Mr. Mack left in the late 1940s to build by himself, his 1926 roadster from scrap parts. It won "Best Hotrod" award in the Autorama's first contest in 1953.

This "black beauty" was invited to Ford's exclusive Torunda Show in 1956 where it won the Preservation Award. A bronze sculpture of the car rests on top of the coveted trophy.

Mr. Mack's car is featured in the Autorama's 50th Anniversary celebration this year, courtesy of Peterson Automotive Museum.

He is survived by his beloved companion, Marie Tracz; and sisters, Rose Ciesla, Helen Wilson, and Bernice Bodziak.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice.

Martha A. Ingram

A memorial service for Martha Ann Ingram, 95, of Farmington Hills, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 7567 Hubbell, in Detroit.

Mrs. Ingram was born July 31, 1907 in Detroit and died Aug. 9, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. She was a past president of Highland Park Women's Club and Women's Division for Project Hope. She was also on the Mayor's Committee for the Freedom Festival. Mrs. Ingram was a member of Women's Division of Detroit Symphony and Detroit Opera, the Harper Hospital Auxiliary and the Women's City Club. She was a volunteer at the Cancer Closet for the American Cancer Society, Children's Hospital, the American Red Cross and was instrumental in starting a donation program for Heritage Park in Farmington Hills.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital.


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