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CHRISTOPHER ALAN SKIERSKI
Christopher Skierski, 42, of Southfield, died June 19, 2002, in Detroit. He was born July 31, 1959 in Detroit.
He is survived by, mother, Florence of Southfield; son Michael; former wife, Christine; siblings, Tim, Robyn (Michael) Edmond, Karen Liinangi, and Andrew (Karen); niece, Leah and nephews, Jessie, Austin, Dylan and Blake.
Visitation is at Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Inc., 23720 Farmington Road, Farmington, Sunday, June 23, from 1-9 p.m. Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m. (Instate 9:30 a.m.) at St. Beatrice Catholic Church, 17235 Mt. Vernon, Southfield.
Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

STANLEY G. TESNER
Stanley Tesner, 91, of Lathrup Village, died May 28, 2002, at Bloomfield Hills Care Center in Bloomfield Hills. He was born August 20, 1910 in Detroit.
Mr. Tesner was a retired Tool & Die Maker for General Motors Corp. He enjoyed golf and was a former member of Bonnie Brook Golf Course. 
He is survived by wife Helen and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service Tuesday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Church of St. Bede, 18290 West Twelve Mile Road in Southfield. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be sent to Church of St. Bede.

HAL BUTLER
Hal Butler, 89, of Southfield, died June 16, 2002. He was born January 3, 1913 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Butler graduated from Central High School in Detroit, where he was a writer for the school newspaper. He was employed by Ford Motor Company for thirty-four years, the last ten he was Managing Editor of the Ford Times, a national travel magazine. Mr. Butler's writing career included sport and detective fiction, as well as non-fiction works on sports, travel, history adventure, and automobiles. His stories were published in such venues as Saturday Evening Post, Pageant, Coronet, Sport and True magazines. He published seventeen books. 
He and his wife went on over twenty cruises. During the summer they commuted to White Cloud, Mich. He was a sports fan, loved to travel; was a member of Mt. Hope Congregational Church; belonged to the Society of American Travel Writers and the Travel Writers Association.
Mr. Butler is survived by wife, Eleanor; daughter, Joyce Musto of Hawaii; granddaughter, Kathleen; and nieces Marilyn Phillips and Cheryl Lester. 
Funeral arrangements were handled by Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home in Livonia. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont, Mich. Memorial tributes may be sent to Mt. Hope Congregational Church, 30330 Schoolcraft, Livonia, Alzheimer's Association or Special Olympics. 

DORIS EILEEN SCRATCH
Doris Scratch, 77, of Southfield, died June 21, 2002, in Gaylord. She was born June 22, 1924 in Wabash, Ontario, Canada.
Mrs. Scratch is survived by children, Diane Webber of Johannesburg, Mich. and Dennis Walter of Denver, Colo.; seven grandchildren; siblings, Roy, Harold, and Erwin Holmes and Norma Hooper; sister-in-law, Marion Holmes and brother-in-law, Irwin Myers.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Haley Funeral Directors in Southfield. Services were in Thamesville, Ontario, Canada. Interment at Dawn Township, Ontario, Canada. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Lupus Foundation.

VINCENT J. EARL
Vincent Earl, 77, of Southfield, died June 16, 2002, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. He was born in Detroit.
Mr. Earl graduated from Redford High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was honored by the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters for fifty years of service in March. For many years he provided his union local with twenty food baskets, at his own expense, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, for those in need. Mr. Earl was an active supporter of St. Michael's Poverty Program. He was a member of the Secular Third Order of St. Francis, the Franciscan Mission Club, and The Hiberians. He assisted with the tradesman for fifty years at the annual Mix Fix repairs of the Boy Scout D-A Camp at Metamora.
Mr. Earl is survived by wife, Shirley; sons, David of Cave Creek, Ariz. and Gregory of Friday Harbor, Wash; one brother and a host of friends.
A mass will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church, at Ten Mile Road and Code Road, west of Lahser Road in Southfield, on Wednesday, July 3, at 10 a.m. Memorial tributes may be sent to St. Michael's Franciscan Poverty Program, 25175 Code Road, Southfield, Mich. 48034 or the Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott Avenue, Detroit Mich. 48207-3496. 

BILLIE JOY MANNING
Billie Manning, 73, of Berkley, died June 29, 2002, at home. She was born April 26, 1929 in Highland Park.
Ms. Manning worked as an insurance agent for Kelter-Thorner in Birmingham. She had some collegiate training in art and worked as an interior decorator. She was also a painter who exhibited her paintings at shows.
Ms. Manning is survived by children, Greg of Berkley, Jill (John) Manning-McGilligan of Southfield, Neal of Berkley and Kris of Southfield; two grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and sister, Eleanor Catherine Sewell of Dexter.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home in Berkley. Interment at Roseland Park. Memorial tributes may be sent to Easter Seals.

ARTHUR GEORGE DRAIN
Arthur Drain, 70, of Southfield, died July 3, 2002, at home. He was born July 28, 1931 in Detroit.
Mr. Drain was employed by Detroit Edison as a foreman. He belonged to the Livonia Woodcarvers, Troy/Clawson Elks, Royal Oak Dance Club and the St. Michael's Ushers Club.
He is survived by wife, Theresa; children, Arthur G., Jr., David (Tracey), Linda (Casey) Copeland, Richard (Carol), and Mark (Barbara); ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and sister, Dell Wilson.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington. Interment at Southern Michigan Services in Livonia. Memorial tributes may be sent to St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Finlay MacQueen
Finlay MacQueen, 89, of Southfield, died August 3, 2002 at Wm. Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and moved to Detroit in 1922, when he was nine years old.
He graduated from the University of Michigan and the Army/Air Force Statistical School at Harvard Business School. He served as a Lt. Colonel during World War II in the U.S. Army Strategic Air Forces.
Mr. MacQueen belonged to five tennis and golf clubs where he loved the competition and camaraderie.
He is survived by wife, Diane; and son, Finlay, III.
Services and interment were private.

Lester Eugene Winner
Lester Winner, 88, of Southfield, formerly of Livonia, died July 18, 2002, at home. He was born November 16, 1913 in Hagerstown, Indiana.
Mr. Winner was a pipe fitter at American Standard in Detroit. He enjoyed hunting.
He is survived by wife, Alice; children, Eugene (Leona) of Livonia, Janna (Leroy) Hoch of Novi, and Susan (James) Mitchell of Livonia; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and siblings, Charles, Gilbert, Clark, and Pat.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home Inc. in Farmington. His remains in Glen Eden Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Salvation Army.

Dorothy Wheeler
Dorothy Wheeler, 89, formerly of Southfield, died July 25, 2002 in Lansing. She was born May 26, 1913 in Bay City, Mich.
Mrs. Wheeler was a former member of Royal Oak Women's Club and Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City.
She is survived by husband, Harry W.; daughter, Carol; and several nieces and nephews.
Private services were held. Funeral arrangements were handled by Resurrection Funeral Home.

Merlin K. Gaut
Merlin Gaut, 88, of Southfield, died August 10, 2002. He was born August 19, 1913 in Ohio.
Mr. Gaut retired from Ford Motor Company as a Senior Design Checker in Body Engineering. He had worked his way through Chrysler and General Motors, where he received his technical training; he also worked many Job Shops in the automotive industry. As a young man, he owned a Card Room and Gaut Opera House in Payne, Ohio. He also worked the farms and had a bread route.
Mr. Gaut was one of the founding fathers in the City of Southfield, where he served on the Civil Service Commission. He was one of the organizers of the Upper-Teens, Inc. and the Southfield Fair; a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer Leader and served as president of the PTA at John Grace School. He received a public service award from Henry Ford II for his exemplary public service and commendation from the City of Southfield for his years in public service.
He enjoyed golf, archery, shooting, boating and gardening and was an avid trader in the stock market. He and his wife spent their winters in Daytona Beach and Ft. Pierce, Fla. area.
Mr. Gaut is survived by wife, L. Marjorie; children, Mack M. (Marilyn) of Plymouth, Marianne J. DesJardins of Southfield, and Martha C. (Dennis) Leyshock of Farmington Hills; grandchildren, Martin (Tracey), Mark (Jen), Monica (Jeff), Deloris, Tricia, Daniel, and Peter; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Maribeth Elick of E. Palestine, Ohio.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth. Memorial tributes may be made to Newburg United Methodist Church, 36500 Ann Arbor Trail, Livonia, Mich.

Vivian L. Russell
Vivian Russell, 75, of Southfield, died August 19, 2002. She was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mrs. Russell graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She retired as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked also as a Drug Counselor at Herman Keifer Hospital and at Neighborhood City Hall. She represented for former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young. Mrs. Russell was active in the Hospice of Southeast Michigan, 2645 VFW Auxiliary, Organization Cursillo and a member of St. Michael of Southfield. She was also featured on PBS "Seasons of Life."
She is survived by husband, Thomas D.; children, Corliss D., Jacquelyn Russell and Sharon D. Russell; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four siblings.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Haley Funeral Directors of Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Avenue, Detroit, Mich. 48201. 

G. Carol Berry
G. Carol Berry, 78, of Southfield, died September 10, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Southfield. She was born February 25, 1924 in Detroit.
Mrs. Berry was formerly employed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; upon her death she had been employed at Providence Hospital as an Administrative Assistant in the Physicians Billing Service for thirty-two years. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She is survived by husband, R.H. Berry; children, Richard K. (Jackie) of Southfield, Elizabeth L. of Southfield and Robert D. of Philadelphia, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak. 

Thayer Ann Herrmann
Thayer Herrmann, 58, of Northville, died September 9, 2002 in Northville. She was born April 21, 1944 in Detroit.
Ms. Herrmann was head of the payroll department for the Southfield Public School System for twenty-seven years. She was a Unitarian Universalist. She enjoyed collecting art, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Ms. Herrmann is survived by children, Lisa (Joe Zrull) Braun of Plymouth and Lindsay Braun of Northville; grandchildren, Sara Ann and Daniel Arthur; and brother, Frederick H. (Trish) Herrmann of Ann Arbor.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth.

Helen "Pinky" Michelson
Pinky Michelson, 90, of Southfield, died September 12, 2002, at home. She grew up in Detroit.
Mrs. Michelson and her late husband, Lawrence J., Co-founded, with the late Leonard N. Simons, an advertising agency called the Simons Michelson Co. in 1929. In 1977, the ad agency became Simons Michelson Zieve (SMZ)Advertising.
She was a member of Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, playing cards, shopping and telling stories.
Mrs. Michelson is survived by son, James; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield. Interment at the Beth El Memorial Park Cemetery in Livonia. Memorial tributes may be made to the Michelson Haber Fund at Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 48301, or a charity of your choice. 

Bernard F. Tranchida
Bernard Tranchida, 49, of Southfield, died Oct. 1, 2002 in Southfield. He was born November 11, 1952 in Detroit.
He is survived by wife, Sharon A.; children, Paul, Susan and Steven; siblings, Janet (Patrick) Tombeau, James (Gerry), Lennard (Enza), Carol (Albe) Vendittelli and Joseph (Kathy).
Funeral arrangements were handled by Haley Funeral Directors of Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to his children's education fund.

Florence M. McGregor
Florence McGregor, 95, of East Tawas, formerly of Southfield, died Sept. 30, 2002, in Rose City. She was born July 29, 1907 in Detroit.
She is survived by daughter, Mary Ann (George) Davidson and daughter-in-law, Bessie; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister, Ann (William) Chapin.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Haley Funeral Directors in Southfield. Interment at Southfield Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to Southfield Presbyterian Church, 21575 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, Mich. 48075. 

Raymond J. Filar
Raymond Filar, 64, of Brevard, N.C., formerly of Livonia, died Sept. 22, in Brevard, N.C. 
Mr. Filar graduated from Southfield High School and Michigan Technological University, where he received a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He spent his career working in the automotive industry, retiring from Daimler Chrysler in 2000. He was a member of ASM and Detroit Chapter SAE, where he was president in the 1970's.
He is survived by wife, Barbara; children, Tracey (John) Atwood and Adam; grandchildren; mother and brother.
Arrangements were handled by Asheville Mortuary Services in Asheville, N.C.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 25225 Code Road, Southfield.
Memorial tributes may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

Edward N. Leszczynski
Edward Leszczynski, 68, of Southfield, formerly of Nankin Twp., died October 15, 2002 at Providence Hospital in Southfield. He was born December 25, 1933 in Detroit.
Mr. Leszczynski was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of the University of Detroit. He retired in 1985 after 30 years as a systems analyst for Ford Motor Company. He continued as a consultant for Corrosion Fluid Products in Farmington Hills and The Taube Family of Companies in Clawson. He was a former board member for Agency Rental Cars; active church member at St. Bede Catholic Church in Southfield, including the Usher's Club; a devoted grandfather; avid Red Wings fan and enjoyed Northern Michigan.
He is survived by children, Tony, Larry (Becki), Cathie (Mike) Strickland and Patti (Dennis) Kelly; grandchildren, Jacob, Kristin and John Edward; sister, Theresa Leszczynski.
Funeral arrangements were handled by A.J. Desmond Funeral Home in Royal Oak. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Memorial tributes may be made to Providence Hospital Cancer Center, 22255 Greenfield Road, Southfield, Michigan 48075. 

Evelyn F. Rowe
Evelyn Rowe, 91, of Southfield, died Nov. 29, 2002, in Southfield. She was born Sept. 26, 1911 in Missoula, Mont.
Mrs. Rowe was a homemaker and a member of the Redford Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by children, James and Raymond (Deborah); grandchildren, Raymond (Elizabeth), David (Emily) and Allison; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Charles R. Step Funeral Home in Redford. Interment at Grand Lawn Cemetery.

KIETHA M. (KAY) CARLSON
Kietha M. (Kay) Carlson, 77, of Lake Orion, formerly of Ferndale, died April 14, 2002.
She is survived by her daughter, Sue Martin of Rochester Hills; son, Ray Carlson; mother, Leota Reed; a grandchild and a brother.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., today (April 18) at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion.
Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery.
Memorial tributes can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home, Rochester.

MARJORIE ELAINE EASH
Marjorie Elaine Eash, 74, of Rochester Hills, died April 12, 2002.
She was a baker for Ted's Restaurant, the Guest House, Camp Oakland, Mel's Diner and the Oakland County Jail.
Mrs. Eash was a resident of Rochester Hills since 1950 and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1956.
She is survived by her husband, Richard; sons, Richard, James, Joseph of Auburn Hills, and G. William; daughters, Janice Taylor of Waterford, Reva Richardson, Marianne Bailey of Rochester Hills and Kathryn Sutton; 20 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a brother.

ELIZABETH MERRIMAN
Elizabeth Merriman, 94, of Rochester Hills, died April 12, 2002. She was born April 24, 1907 in Glasgow, Scotland.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara White of Waterford; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a sister.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at The Wm. R. Hamilton Co., Birmingham.
Memorial tributes can be made to a charity of donor's choice.

LOIS GRACE RUNEY
Lois Grace Runey, of Vanderbilt, died April 12, 2002. 
Mrs. Runey is survived by her sons, John of Rochester Hills, Michael and Ned; daughters, Aleta and Kathleen; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and one, a great-great-grandchild and a brother.
Funeral services were held Monday.
Burial was at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of donors choice.
Arrangements were handled by Pixley Funeral Home, Rochester.

PAUL G. WEYER
Paul G. Weyer, 61, of Rochester Hills, died April 11, 2002.
He was employed by Gage Products, Ferndale, and retired from DuPont in 1993.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters, Heidi Batt of Rochester, Gretchen Burkett and Krista Weyer, a sister and a brother.
Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m., today (April 18) and 2-5 and 7-9 p.m., Friday, at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Drive, Rochester.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, Rochester.
Burial will be at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Hospice of Michigan or the U.S. Sportsmen's Club. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


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