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Marion L. Authier

Services for Marion Authier, 77, of Canton were held Sept. 28 at Vermeulen Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Howard officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.

Mrs. Authier was born Sept. 21, 1925 in Springfield, Ill., and died Sept. 25 in Westland. She was a homemaker. 

Survivors include husband, Lamar J. Authier of Canton; daughters, Barbara (Jim) Dyer of Columbia, Mo., and Linda (Dave) Grimes of South Lyon; brothers, Richard (Rita) Botwinis of Sterling Heights and Anton Botwinis; grandson, Eric Grimes of Ann Arbor; and granddaughter, Kristin (Jeff) Highbarger of Orlando, Fla.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
 

James E. Taylor

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

Mr. Taylor was born Jan. 9, 1912 in Akron, Ohio and died Sept. 25 in Canton Township. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Mr. Taylor was an Army veteran from World War II who moved to Canton from Detroit in 1985. He had worked as a security officer for the City of Detroit. He was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Canton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene.

Survivors include son, Dana Gorzelski of Florida; step-son, Gordon (Patricia) Eddy of Plymouth; grandchildren, Michael Eddy of Farmington, Nancy Eddy of Houston, Texas, Scott (Sandy) Eddy of Brighton, Brook Eddy of Boulder, Colo., and Lola (David) Youngman of Raleigh, N.C.; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Lutheran Church in Canton Township, Michigan. 

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

Gilbert M. Wasalaski

Services for Gilbert Wasalaski, 71, of Plymouth, were held Sept. 30 at the Plymouth Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Fred Hall officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth. 

Mr. Wasalaski was born Nov. 28, 1930 in Midland and died Sept. 27 in Superior Township. He was a carpenter. 

Survivors include wife, Melva J. Wasalaski of Plymouth; sons, Terry M. (Debby) Wasalaski of Plymouth and Larry D. (Elizabeth) Wasalaski of Novi; daughters, Linda J. (Edward) Wall of Plymouth and Penny L. Wasalaski of Plymouth; sisters, Edith (Milt) Houghtaling of Spring Lake and Mary Jo Olive Fuson of Springfield, Ohio; granddaughters, Jennifer Anne Wasalaski, Brie Danielle Wall, Kristen Ann Wasalaski, Carrie Elizabeth Wasalaski and Kelly Joann Wasalaski; and grandsons, Jay Marshall Wasalaski, Shea Michael Wall and John Franklin Wasalaski II.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
 

Kenneth Dixon

Kenneth Dixon, 73, of Canton Township died Sept. 28 in Canton. He was born March 13, 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a retired Human Resource Director for General Motors Corporation in Auburn Hills. He came to the Canton community in 1978 from Holbrook, N.Y. He loved the New York Yankees. His heart was always in N.Y. where he was born and raised. He was a loving father, brother and friend. 

Survivors include sons, Neil Dixon (fiancee, Stacey) of Plymouth and Bryan Dixon of Canton; daughter, Carolyn Dixon of Canton; and brother, Buddy (Ronnie) Dixon of Elmont, N.Y.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. 
 

William LaGoshphoto

Private services were held for William LaGosh, 87, of Plymouth, who was born April 25, 1915 in Detroit and died Sept. 29 in Westland.

Mr. LaGosh retired after 41 years of service as a civil engineer with the Wayne County Road Commission, Engineering Planning Department. He came to the Plymouth community in 1966 from Dearborn. He graduated from Lawrence Tech with a degree in civil engineering. He loved to garden, read and play golf. He served in the Army in World War II as a Master Sgt. in Luzon, the Philippine Islands, where he received a Bronze Star. 

Mr. LaGosh was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Bryl.

Survivors include wife, Stephanie of Plymouth; grandchildren, Jennifer (Richard) Bryl Yardman and Emily Bryl; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

George Andrews

Services for George Andrews, 75, of Plymouth were held Oct. 4 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Klump officiating.

Mr. Andrews was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Bitola, Yugoslavia and died Sept. 29 in Superior Township, after fighting a determined battle against leukemia.

Mr. Andrews was known for having a long and dedicated career in the fields of health care and fitness. Most recently he was instrumental in the development of TRACC (Total Rehabilitation and Athletic Conditioning) of Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills. He retired as director in 1994. 

George Andrews' career spanned a broad range of experiences in the health industry, ranging from crisis management to wellness programming, including serving as Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Center for the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, Mass; establishing the curriculum of physical therapy at Wayne State University where he served as Director of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Institute, Detroit; developing and initiating a cardiovascular conditioning program for General Motors' top corporate executives; as well as developing the program, Fitness After Fifty, at Schoolcraft Community College in Livonia.

He was actively committed to community and professional involvement, serving on many committees and chairing numerous professional societies, including the state and national chapters of the American Physical Therapy Association. Most recently he served on the boards of the Novi Chamber of Commerce and the Plymouth Housing Commission.

Mr. Andrews was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theatre. 

Survivors include wife, Elizabeth (Betty) of Plymouth; children, Laurie (Ken) Butman of Ypsilanti, Christine (John) Courtley of Franklin, Tenn., Janis (Bud) Burleson of Plymouth, and Greg (Jamie) Andrews of Seattle, Wash.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Sophie Muirhead of Syracuse. N.Y.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, William Black Medical Research Building, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 650 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032 or www.pdf.org.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

Thomas Henry Millington, III

Services for Thomas Millington, 47, of Wayne, were held Oct. 3 at 1:30 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. John Tapley officiating. Burial was at Glen Eden Cemetery in Livonia.

Mr. Millington was born May 18, 1955 in Highland Park and died Sept. 29 in Ann Arbor. He was self-employed as a finish carpenter. He came to the Wayne community in 1992 from Redford. He loved to fish and hunt and woodworking was his hobby.

Mr. Millington was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Millington.

Survivors include wife, Donna Millington of Wayne; children, Alexus Millington of Wayne and Emily Millington of Wayne; brother, Robert (Mary) Millington of Charlevoix; sister, Kim (Steve) Kleckner of Iowa; mother and step-father, Charlotte Millington (Calvin) Perry of Plymouth; in-laws, Oscar (Ann) Lopez of Tenn.; and many friends and relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

Casmir Swastek

Services for Casmir Swastek, 77, of Canton, were held Oct. 1 at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church with the Rev. C. Richard Kelly officiating. Burial was at St. Hedwig Cemetery.

Mr. Swastek was born Nov. 16, 1924 in Detroit and died Sept. 27 in Superior Township. He was a retired accountant from General Motors. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 

Survivors include wife, Dorothy Swastek; sons, David (Kathy) Swastek and Cas (Alice) Swastek; daughters, Mary Rose (Rob) Theis, Michelle Swastek and Anne (Andy) Seitz; sisters, Mary Kronk, Jean Duda, and Julie Miesiek; and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Arrangements made by McCabe Funeral Home.
 

Floyd L. Spaulding

Services for Floyd Spaulding, 85, of Plymouth were held Oct. 1 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeffrey Noble officiating. Burial was at Knollwood Cemetery in Canton.

Mr. Spaulding was born June 15, 1917 in Wayne, W.Va. and died Sept. 28 in Superior Township.

He was retired from General Motors Spring and Bumper Plant where he was a solution attendant. He came to the Plymouth community in 1955 from W est Virginia. He was a member and deacon at the Main Street Baptist Church of Plymouth. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to play pool with his grandchildren. He was an avid story teller and loved to garden. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

Mr. Spaulding was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, and grandson, Kevin Spaulding. 

Survivors include sons, Ray (Lottie) Spaulding of Livonia and Jay (Wanda) Spaulding of Troy; grandchildren, Ray (Jane) Spaulding of Livonia, Jamie (Mary) Spaulding of Troy, Tenn., Ron (Jamie) Spaulding of Canton, and David (Cheri) Spaulding of Troy, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Cayte, Jacob, Ethan, Waylon, Nathan, Cody, and Savannah; special niece, Jeri (Cary) Black of Canton; special great-nephews, Andrew and Greg Black; special friend, George Akers of South Fulton, Tenn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Main Street Baptist Church.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

Marie M. Petz

Services for Marie Petz, 97, of Westland, were held Oct. 3 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with the Rev. George Charnley officiating. Burial was at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley.

Mrs. Petz was born June 3, 1905 in Philadelphia and died Sept. 30 at Four Chaplains Nursing Home. She began working in a factory at age 12. She moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1930. In 1941 she moved with her husband and two children to Michigan where she resided the rest of her life. During World War II, she worked at the American Red Cross. She worked in the wholesale drug industry for many years and was the first female salesperson in that field in the State of Michigan.

The six best years of her life were during the time when she was married to Ed Petz, who she met while working at Frank W. Kerr Co. in Detroit. At that time, she was 72 and he was 79. They were very active in the Masonic organization, took numerous trips and attended social functions, which included dancing. She was a devout Catholic and attended St. John Neumann Church in Canton. She was always well dressed during her working years and up until she was 96 years of age, worked either in dresses or a suit. She always had a great sense of humor. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Petz.

Survivors include son, S. Sidney (Yvonne) Greenberg of Plymouth; daughter, Mary Alice (Thomas) Armstrong of Charlevoix; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and step-son, Weldon E. (Shirley) Petz of West Bloomfield.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
 

Alphonse Gene Scibor, Jr.

Services for Alphonse Scibor, 57, of Canton, were held Oct. 4 at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home with the Rev. George Charnley officiating. Burial was at United Memorial Gardens in Plymouth.

Mr. Scibor was born Jan. 20, 1945 in Detroit and died Oct. 2 in Canton. He was a mechanical engineer. 

Survivors include wife, Cynthia; brother-in-law, Michael Materna; nephew, Jordan Materna; and mother-in-law, Lenore Materna.

Arrangements made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home. 
 

George H. Stroyan

Services for George Stroyan, 87, of Plymouth were held Oct. 5 at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Peter M. Berg officiating. Burial was at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.

Mr. Stroyan was born March 13, 1915 in Louistown, Pa. and died Oct. 3 in Livonia. He retired from the Burrough's Corporation in Plymouth. He came to the Plymouth community in 1951 from Detroit. He was a member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plymouth. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother. He was a wonderful family man.

Mr. Stroyan was preceded in death by sons, John and Doug.

Survivors include wife, Jean Stroyan of Plymouth; children, Pat (Norm) Kraetz of Santa Anna Calif., Debbie (May) Guthart of West Bloomfield, George (Florence) Stroyan of Boyne City, Harvey Stroyan of Plymouth, Sheree (Dennis) Chapman of Westland, Frank (Darlene) Stroyan of Gaylord, David (Wyline) Stroyan of Plymouth, and Mary (Mike) Dix of Westland; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, John Stroyan of Belleville, Joe Stroyan of Fla., and Walter (Wanda) Stroyan of Westland; and sister Najia Lozon of Colo.

Memorial contributions may be given to the church.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.


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