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Peggy J. Ellis

Services for Peggy Jean Ellis, 74, of Farmington, were held Sept. 28 at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. James Britt officiating. Burial took place at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia.

Mrs. Ellis was born Sept. 5, 1928 in Danville, Ill. and died Sept. 24, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. She worked as airline customer service rep.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Ellis; son, Mark; grandson, Alex Ellis; and sister, Patricia Gildersleeve. She is preceded in death by her husband, George, one brother, and six sisters.

George Stickle

Services and burial for George Stickle, 80, of Farmington Hills, were held Sept. 27 at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia with the Rev. Larry Austin officiating.

Mr. Stickle was born June 18, 1922 in Bay City and died Sept. 24, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. He worked as a social studies teacher for Bay City Public Schools for 35 years and also worked for Dow Chemical for three years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. 

He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Christine (Lynn) Fauver, Mary (Ray) Stack and Tricia (Tom) Dennis; brother, James (Charlotte); sister, Jeanne (Walter) Wilder; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Novi Region, 41935 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48377-9939.

James Tomé

Services for James Tomé, 48, of Livonia, were held Sept. 28 at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Dr. Ellen Acton officiating. Burial took place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Mr. Tomé was born Oct. 14, 1953 in Detroit and died Sept. 24, 2002 at POH Medical Center in Pontiac. He worked in transmission design for Chrysler. He loved playing and watching hockey. He also enjoyed making and playing guitars and collecting and making wine. 

He is survived by his wife, Cindi; brothers, Louis (Peggy), Robert and Dennis (Patricia); father and mother-in-law, David and Joan Murphy; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Insitute, Novi Region, 41935 W. 12 Mile, Novi, MI 48377-9939.

Mary H. Smith

Services for Mary Helen Smith, 60, of Seymour, were held Sept. 28 at Voran Funeral Home in Dearborn.

Mrs. Smith died Sept. 25, 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald; sons, Michael (Tia) Otman and Marty (Patti) Otman; daughters, Marilyn (Tom) Smith and Melinda (John) Ballarin; step-daughters, Lori (Dino) Peponis and Cari (Kevin) Pilon; brothers, Billy Rose, David McFalls and Ronnie McFalls; sisters, Patsy Atchley and Eunice Frazer; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Janet L. Foster

Services for Janet Lillian Foster, 83, of Farmington Hills, will be held at 4:30 p.m. today, Sept. 29, at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington.

Mrs. Foster was born Oct. 22, 1918 in Hamtramck and died Sept. 26, 2002 at Botsford Continuing Health Center in Farmington Hills. She worked as a real estate agent for Century 21, Earl Keim and Asta Realty. She enjoyed dancing and bowling. 

She is survived by her sons, John (Danna) and Timothy (Vicki); grandchildren, Tim, Kelly, Shannon, John, Martin and David; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.

Roger K. Sterling

Services for Roger K. Sterling, 57, formerly of Farmington, were held Sept. 28 at Phillips Funeral Home in South Lyon.

Mr. Sterling was born Jan. 8, 1945 in Detroit and died Sept. 24, 2002. He loved animals and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marilyn; siblings, John Sterling, Lorraine (Howard) Houseknecht, Richard Sterling, Sandra (Gene) Cash, Michael Sterling, Howard Sterling, Terry (Rick) Flick, Penny Sterling, Betty (Brad) Rich, Debby (John) Sweetman and Kathy (Ernie) Brewer; and many nieces and nephews and loving friends.

Mary L. Locascio

Services for Mary Louise Locascio, 70, of Farmington Hills will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30 from St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Farmington Hills with the Rev. Frederick J. Klettner officiating and burial following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mrs. Locascio was born Sept. 13, 1932 in Detroit and died Thursday, Sept. 26 at Providence Hospital in Southfield. She worked for Michigan Milk Producers as a lab technician and was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Salvatore, "Sam;" daughter, Jeanette (Richard) Gohl; sons, James D.D.S., Thomas (Deborah) and Donald (Linda); and eight grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.

Jill H. McNeilly

Services for Jill Helene McNeilly, 48, of Livonia, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Oct. 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills with the Rev. John Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia.

Mrs. McNeilly was born May 25, 1954 in Detroit and died Sept. 30, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. She was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; son, Eric; daughters, Sarah, Shannon and Heather; father, Vern Bradach; sister, Toni Toth; brother, Kirk Bradach; and mother and father-in-law, Jim and Eileen McNeilly. She is preceded in death by her mother, Edna.

Arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.

Willa J. Schmidt

Services for Willa Jeanette Schmidt, 81, of Farmington Hills, were held Oct. 2 at Redford Baptist Church in Redford with the Rev. Danny Langley officiating. Burial took place at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit. 

Ms. Schmidt was born July 3, 1921 in Detroit and died Sept. 30, 2002 at Providence Hospital in Southfield. She worked as a statistical typist in the computer industry.

She is survived by her sister, Vada Lipple; nephew, Steven (Cathleen) Lipple; niece, Jean (Terry) Crossley; and three great-nephews. She is preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Robert Lipple.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangements made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.

Frances S. Lyday

Services for Frances Sophia Lyday, 93, of Farmington, were held Oct. 2 at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Gerald McEnhill officiating. Burial took place at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia.

Mrs. Lyday was born June 30, 1909 in Detroit and died Sept. 29, 2002 at Marywood Nursing Center in Livonia. 

She is survived by her daughters, June (Donald) Summers and Rose Marie Docherty; brother, Frank; grandsons, Tom and Steve; granddaughters, Donna, Nancy and Heather; and five great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mark; brothers Joseph, Steve, Alex and Stanley; and son-in-law, Howard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marywood Nursing Center.

James E. Taylor

Services for James E. Taylor, 90, of Canton, were held Sept. 30 at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth with the Rev. Jerry Yarnell and the Rev. Drex Morton officiating. Burial took place at United Memorial Gardens in Superior Township.

Mr. Taylor was born Jan. 9, 1912 in Akron, Ohio and died Sept. 25, 2002 in Canton. He was a World War II Army veteran and worked as a security officer for the city of Detroit. He was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Canton. 

He is survived by his son, Dana Gorzelski; step-son, Gordon (Patricia) Eddy; grandchildren, Michael Eddy, Nancy Eddy, Scott (Sandy) Eddy, Brook Eddy and Lola (David) Youngman; and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lorene.

Charles L. Fenner

Services for Charles Lewellyn Fenner, 68, of Novi, were held Sept. 30 at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. James Britt officiating. Burial took place at Oakwood Cemetery in Farmington.

Mr. Fenner was born Oct. 27, 1933 and died Sept. 26, 2002 at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He worked for the Wayne County Road Commission.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Terry, James (Frances), Joseph (Kristen), Charles, Gregory and Steven; grandchildren, Angela, Chelsea, Jonathon, Joey, Nicholas, Rebecca, Lindsey, Tera and Neil; sisters, Grace Garris, Lucille (Bill) Taplin and Mae (Walt) Durgin. He is preceded in death by his brother Ross. 

John J. Mifsud

Services for John Joseph Mifsud, 73, will be held at 9 a.m. today, Oct. 3 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Detroit with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mr. Mifsud was born Feb. 7, 1929 and died Sept. 29, 2002 in Plymouth. He owned Maxie's Deli in Detroit and the MI Industrial Fork Lift, formerly Miffie of Detroit. He was a charter member of the board of directors of the Pope John House since 1980 and was the founder of the Holiday Basket Program which feeds over 700 families in the Corktown area. He was a real estate agent and owned real estate in the Detroit area.

He is survived by his children, Denise (Mark) Helminiak, Joseph (Nancy) Mifsud, Linda (Larry) Mallia, John Jr., Mary (Robert) Hafner, and Yvonne (Scott) Ducolon; sister, Francis (Carlo) Barrera; and 11 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pope John House.

Arrangements made by O'Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home in Novi.

Eugene Smith

Services for Eugene "Gene" Smith, 76, of Farmington Hills, were held Oct. 5 at Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. Jim Britt officiating. Burial took place at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Livonia.

Mr. Smith was born Jan. 13, 1926 in Canada and died Sept. 30, 2002 at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. He was a maintenance worker for Farmington Public Schools and also worked as a meat cutter for A&P Grocery Store. He was a member of the Pigeon Flying Club.

He is survived by his son, David; daughter, Erin Rutherford-Jackson (Michael); brother, Douglas; sisters, Yvonne Santo and Dee Cooper; and five grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Emily.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1669 Hamilton Road, Suite 210, Okemos, MI 48864-1809. 

Michael J. Pingilley

Michael James Pingilley, 52, of Farmington Hills, died Oct. 1, 2002.

He was a member of the Livonia Elks and the Livonia Moose.

He is survived by his wife, Joanna; step-children, Stacey (Mark) Warren and Linnea Nilsson; father, James (Vera); sister, Sandy (Greg) Cowan; two step-grandsons; and one nephew. He is preceded in death by his mother Mary.

For memorial service information call Michigan Memorial Funeral Home in Huron Township at (734) 783-2646.

James P. Graves

Services for James "Jim" Graves, 38, formerly of Farmington, will be held at 10 a..m. Monday, Oct. 7 at St. Margaret Mary Church, in Naperville, Ill.

Mr. Graves was born June 1, 1964 in Royal Oak and died Oct. 1, 2002 in Hayward, Wisc. He grew up in Farmington and moved to Naperville, Ill. in 1979. He earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Loyola University and taught at Naperville North High School from 1992-1997. He moved to Hayward, Wisc. in 1997 and worked at the Market Place Supermarket. He enjoyed reading, writing and fishing.

He is survived by his mother, Peggy; brothers, William (Ann Marie) and Thomas (Sarah); and nieces, Katie and Maggie. He is preceded in death by his father, William.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association of Metro Chicago, 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60604.

Arrangements made by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home in Naperville, Ill.


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