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JANNIE LEE BALOG

Services for Jannie Lee Balog, 70, of Ann Arbor, formerly of Garden City, will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 6, at Nie Funeral Home, Ann Arbor, with burial following at Michigan Memorial Park.

Mrs. Balog was born Oct. 31, 1931, in Kentucky to parents John R. and Minnie Virginia (Collinsworth) Shelby and died Wednesday, May 1, in Ann Arbor. She was a 32-year resident of Garden City before moving to Ann Arbor a year ago. 

Survivors include sons, Roger Balog of Ann Arbor and Ricky (Christine) Balog of Mio, Mich.; sister, Ruby Miller of LaFollette, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Preceding in death were her parents, one brother and one sister.

Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 17117 W. Nine Mile, Southfield, MI 48075.
 

CHARLES A. PHILLIPS

Services for Charles A. Phillips, 77, of Garden City were Thursday, May 2, from John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home in Garden City with Jeanne Sartor of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital officiating.

Mr. Phillips was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Detroit and died April 29 in Superior Township. He was a quality control engineer.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Phillips; son, Ronald (Barbara) of Livonia; daughters, Janice Bailey of Redford and Lori (Steven) McGuire of Garden City; sisters Stella Smith, Betty Campbell and Shirley Scrimger; brother Ron Phillips; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Cremation rites were accorded. Memorials may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation or to the American Cancer Society.

MADELINE DYBAS

Funeral services for Mrs. Dybas, 77, of Garden City are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday at Santeiu Chapel with the Rev. Neil Cowling of Kirk of Our Savior Church officiating. Burial is to follow at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland.

Visitation is scheduled for noon to 9 p.m. today at Santeiu and Son Funeral Home in Garden City.

A homemaker, Mrs. Dybas was born in Detroit.

Survivors include: children John (Sharon), Vikki (Charley) Waters, Timothy (Denise) and Patrick (Sharon); grandchildren Tanya, Nichole, Matthew, Shane and Cameron; and great-grandson Michael.

ORA LEE SCHMITTOU

Services for Ora Schmittou, 91, of Garden City were May 15 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home with burial at Maple Grove Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Harold R. McDonald from Fair Haven Baptist Church.

A homemaker, Mrs. Schmittou was born Aug. 4, 1910, in Dickson, Tenn., and died May 12, 2002, in Garden City.

Surviving are her children, P. Alfred (Ruth), Ernest and Helen Ridgway; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
 

RALPH A. DESJARDINS

Services for former Garden City resident Ralph DesJardins, 83, of Canton were May 14 in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Donald Gregory from Faith Baptist Church.

Mr. DesJardins was born Jan. 21, 1919, in Detroit, and died May 10 in Farmington Hills. A truck driver, he lived in Garden City for 40 years before moving to Canton.

Surviving are his daughters, Ruth (Benjamin) Sanders of Arizona, Carol (Gary) Sewell of Canton, Alice (Donald) Bell of Westland and Linda (Jack) Chenault of Westland; brothers, Kenneth, Russell and Wilbur; sisters, Ruth and Grace; five grandchildren, Amy, Holly, Heidi, Melissa and Sarah; and two great-grandchildren.
 

FRANCES IRMA KIELTY

Services for Frances Kielty, 80, of Westland were May 11 in Vermeulen Funeral Home with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit. Officiating was the Rev. Leonard Partensky.

Miss Kielty was born May 6, 1922, in Detroit, and died May 8, in Livonia. A senior clerk at Ford Motor Company for 38 years, she lived in Westland for many years and was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church.

Miss Kielty was a 1941 graduate of Saint Gregory High School. She was a reading tutor for Michigan Literacy Program and received a merit award for the many hours she volunteered at St. Mary Hospital.
 

ROBERT HARRIS

Services for Robert Harris, 69, of Garden City were May 22 in Vermeulen Funeral Home with burial at Adamsville Cemetery, Adamsville, Tenn. Officiating were the Rev. William G. Milligan and the Rev. Mark Frost.

Mr. Harris was born Aug. 1, 1932, in Adamsville, Tenn., and died May 21 in Westland. He was a welder, employed by General Motors.

Surviving are his children, Danny (Lorraine) Harris of Garden City, Tina (Paul) Dickhardt, Brenda Harris of Plymouth, Ronnie Harris of Lincoln Park and David (Nola) Harris of Nashville, Tenn.; siblings, Christine Simmons of Illinois, Lonnie Harris of Arizona, Peggy Slayton of Tennessee, Doug Harris of Illinois and Patricia Irwin of Tennessee; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Community Hospice Services, 32932 Warren, Westland, MI 48185.
 

KATHLEEN A. MILLAR

Services for former Garden City resident Kathleen Millar, 87, of Dearborn were May 28 in Henry Ford Village Chapel. Officiating was the Rev. Arnold D'Achille of St. Clement Catholic Church. 

Mrs. Millar was born Oct. 20, 1914, in Detroit and died May 23 in Dearborn. She was a homemaker. She resided in Garden City 1948-98. She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church.

Surviving are her husband, Russell; children, David (Sandy) Millar of Pinckney, Alan (Nancy) Millar of Jenison, Ruth (Fred) Koloski of Atlanta, Ga., and Gary (Connie) Millar of Townsend, Tenn.; brother, William Walsh; sister, Wanda Lamb; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Lansing, 300 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48933.

Arrangements were made by John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home.
 

CLINT LEWIS

Services for Clint Lewis, 92, of Garden City were May 30 in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West. Officiating was the Rev. Jonathon Allen from Community Baptist Church.

Mr. Lewis was born Oct. 24, 1909, in Paris, Tenn., and died May 27 in Garden City. He was a carpenter, employed by the Carpenters Union. He was a member of Wayne Lodge No. 112 F. & A.M./Shriners.

Surviving are his children, Betty (Joseph) Signorelli, Helen (Ronald) Springsteen, Clint Jr. (Linda), Kay Lewis, Linda (Martin) Missig and James Lewis; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his wife, Mollie.
 

SHARON MCKEE

Services for Sharon McKee, 61, of Westland were May 30 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth. Officiating was the Rev. Dan Perry.

Mrs. McKee was born Dec. 17, 1941, in Detroit and died May 26 in Wayne. She came to the Westland community in 1970 from Plymouth. She was a retired bank teller at Wayne Out-Teachers Credit Union. She was a graduate of Plymouth High School.

Surviving are her husband, Arthur; children, Gary (Theresa) Strehl Jr. of Garden City and Christopher (Cynthia) Strehl of Commerce; parents, Dorothy and David Cell of Westland; brothers, Richard Cell of Houston, Texas, John Cell of Chicago, Ill., and David (Betty Ann) Cell II of Tampa, Fla.; and nine grandchildren, Trisha (Dave), Gary III, Andrea, James, Jessica, Christopher II, Jermey, Paige and Darine.

Mrs. McKee was preceded in death by her daughter, Katrina.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

WANDA D. LEMON

Services for Wanda Lemon, 75, of Garden City were June 4 in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Jerry Yarnell from St. Michael Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Lemon was born March 2, 1927, in Marshall County, Ky., and died June 2 in Garden City. She was First Citizen of Garden City in 1986. She was an executive secretary for Garden City Chamber of Commerce 1978-90. Mrs. Lemon was a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her husband, John; daughters, Cynthia (Dennis) Russell, DeeDee (Craig) Schommer, Colleen (Dr. Gary) Ross, Kim Barker, Kitty (Tom) Beck, Kelly (Len) Samborski and Nancy (Gary) Robertson; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness or Karmanos Cancer Research.
 

IVAN WALLACE MARRS

Former Garden City resident Ivan Marrs, 94, died May 26 at his home. 

Mr. Marrs was born Feb. 5, 1908, in Tarkio, Mo. He lived in Garden City 21 years. He was a supervisor for Whitman & Barnes Tool Co. He donated money to build the original Garden City Hospital.

Surviving are his wife, Emma; children, Charles, Ronald, Rusell and Mildred; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home.
 

SUSIE JOHNSON

Services for Susie Johnson, 81, of Garden City were June 5 in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. J.T. Milligan.

Mrs. Johnson was born June 15, 1920, in Napfor, Ky., and died June 2 in Livonia. She lived in this community 45 years.

Surviving are her son, James (Linda) William; three brothers; three sisters; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
 

DOYLE M. DICKINSON

Services for Doyle Dickinson, 79, of Garden City were June 5 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery. Officiating was Brother Gary Rollins from the Church of Christ.

Mr. Dickinson was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Little Rock, Ark., and died June 1 at his home in Garden City. He was a bulldozer operator for Wayne County.

Surviving are his son, Hoyle (Alice) Simmons; daughters, Lauren Dickinson, Lois (Jack) Burcham and Frances (Ken) Gullekson; one brother; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Dickinson was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel.
 

MARK C. KARINEN SR.

Services for Mark Karinen Sr., 53, of Garden City were today, Thursday, June 6, in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Neil D. Cowling.

Mr. Karinen was born Sept. 14, 1948, in Detroit and died June 2 in Garden City. He was a machine repairman in the automotive industry.

Surviving are his wife, Linda; children, Mack (Sharon) Kollar and Shannon (Brian) Westphal; brothers, Edsel Jr. and Tracey; sisters, Bonnie Oila and Dale Cummings; and mother, Beverly Karinen.

SHIRLEY S. ROY

Services for Shirley Roy, 67, of Westland were June 8 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Drex Morton.

Mrs. Roy was born Jan. 12, 1935, in Detroit and died June 3 in Ann Arbor. She was an office manager for Brands Direct in Plymouth since 1960. She came to the Westland community in 1998 from Canton.

Mrs. Roy enjoyed horse racing; she owned a race horse. She enjoyed bingo, shopping and traveling to Las Vegas.

Surviving are her sons, Michael Roy and Nick (Diana); daughters, Cindy Roy of Commerce Township and Lisa (Dave) Duke of Garden City; and six grandchildren, Robert and Brandon MacBrien, Colton Duke, and Christopher, Nicole and Jennifer Roy.

Mrs. Roy was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Robert.

Memorials may be made to the family.

ARCHIE PERRY DOBBS

Services for Archie Dobbs, 60, of Garden City were June 7 in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Glenwood Cemetery in Wayne. Officiating was the Rev. Patrick Lowery.

Mr. Dobbs was born Oct. 5, 1941, and died June 3 in Livonia. He was a custodian.

Surviving are his sisters, Stella Lack and Darlene (Eugene) Stec of Livonia; several nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.

There are family members who reside in Westland.

Mr. Dobbs was preceded in death by his sister, Amylee Lack.
 

BENJAMIN J. REULAND

A wake is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in Westland for Benjamin J. Reuland, 50, of Northville, who died suddenly June 8 while working in Wayne.

Mr. Reuland, a former employee at the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, was a 1969 graduate of Stevenson High School in Livonia. 

He earned two degrees from Schoolcraft College. He also attended Eastern Michigan University. He worked in the mailroom at the O&E for 21 years from 1974 to 1995. 

Mr. Reuland was born July 12, 1951, in Aurora, Ill., to Karl and Mary Reuland. The family moved from Kansas to Livonia in 1969. 

Mr. Reuland was described by friends and family as a loving father, friend and writer.

"Throughout his life, he wrote poems and essays, often about nature. From wood, feather and other bits he collected on his frequent hikes or while fishing, he created sculptures featured at Toledo Botanical Gardens.'' said longtime friend Annette Taylor, a journalism professor at the University of Dayton.

"He loved Michigan State University basketball, books, and music, and had a vast eclectic album collection. He had a poet's heart and sweet, mischievous smile.

"He said his greats gifts were his children - Aaron, 26, of Ypsilanti; Erik, 24, of Detroit and Rebecca, 19, of Livonia and a student at Columbia College in Chicago. He adored his new daughter-in law, Connie, Erik's wife,'' said Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary. 

In addition to his sons, and daughter, other survivors include father, Karl of Orlando, Fla.; sisters, Karla Matweychek of Westland and Martha Price of Fullerton, Calif.; brother, John of Spokane, Wash.; nephews, Scott Boze of Westland, Seth Boze of Taylor and Shawn Boze of Taylor, "Little'' Ben Reuland of Spokane and nieces, Noel Reuland of Spokane, Sabrina Price and Elizabeth Price of Fullerton. 

No funeral was held. Mr. Reuland was cremated on June 11.

For details on the wake, call (734) 427-1441.


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