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Floyd Sergi

Services for Floyd Sergi, 85, of Fenton were Sept. 1 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth, with burial at St. John Cemetery, Fenton. Officiating was Henry Schaffer.

Mr. Sergi was born Feb. 9, 1917, in Bush, Ill., and died Aug. 29 in Commerce Township. He was a retired press operator for Ford Motor Co. in the Rouge Plant. He came to the Fenton community in 2001 from Dearborn Heights.

Mr. Sergi enjoyed fishing, watching the stock market and going to the casinos.

Surviving are his wife, Julia; children, Valerie Sergi of Richmond, Va., Charlene (Albert) Podgorniak of Grass Lake and Gail (James) Gibson of Fenton; sister, Lena Crudo of Arizona; grandchildren, Todd (Trinka) Wasik, Greg Wasik, Laura (Terry) Warren, Kimberly (Gregory) Grant, Tina Podgorniak, Jacquelyn (Gregory) Becker, Dawn (Chuck) Dittmar, Jeff (Kelly) Gibson and Tracy (Cameron) Dunlop; and 15 great-grandchildren.

There are family members who reside in Livonia and Garden City.
 

Harriet Alice Upton

Services for former Garden City resident Harriet Upton, 81, will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Road, Highland, with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland. Visitation is 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today, Sunday, Sept. 15, in the funeral home, and 10 a.m. Monday until the time of service.

Mrs. Upton was born Dec. 23, 1920, in Detroit and died Sept. 12.

Surviving are her children, Diane Upton of Kinchloe, Mich., Cynthia (Ron) Foster of Fulton, N.Y., and Keith (Bonnie) Upton of Hartland; brother, Robert Bonner of Hillsdale; and grandchildren, Adam, David, and Peter Foster; and Emily, Charles, Emmet and William Upton.

Mrs. Upton was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in 1963.
 

Leila J. Suda

A memorial service for former Garden City resident Leila Suda, 85, of Pueblo, Colo., was Sept. 12 in the Penthouse at Villa Pueblo Towers in Pueblo. Officiating was the Rev. Ray Hawkins.

Mrs. Suda was born April 30, 1917, in Manistee, Mich., and died Sept. 10 in Pueblo. She moved to Colorado in 1997. She was a librarian at the Villa Pueblo Towers, Pueblo.

Surviving are her children, Gary (Sandra) Suda of California and Nancy (Sam) Pisciotta of Pueblo, Colo.; and grandchildren, Wyatt Suda, Kelsey Pisciotta and Sam Pisciotta; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Davis Mortuary of Pueblo, Colo.
 

David D. Beaudet

David Beaudet, 66, of Garden City died Sept. 10. He was born July 29, 1936, in Maine.

Mr. Beaudet was a Garden City resident 39 years. He was retired from General Motors Willow Run Plant. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving are his wife, Audrey; daughters, Linda (Steve) Bodnovits and Bonnie Beaudet; three grandchildren, Melissa (Todd), Jenny and Shane; and one great-grandchild, Zachary.

Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Fisher Funeral Home of Redford Township.
 

David D. Beaudet

David Beaudet, 66, of Garden City died Sept. 10. He was born July 29, 1936, in Maine.

Mr. Beaudet was a Garden City resident 39 years. He was retired from General Motors Willow Run Plant. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving are his wife, Audrey; daughters, Linda (Steve) Bodnovits and Bonnie Beaudet; four grandchildren, Melissa (Todd), Jenny, Shane and Scott; and one great-grandchild, Zachary.

Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Fisher Funeral Home of Redford Township.
 

Duane Sylvester Wolfrom

Services for Duane Wolfrom, 78, of Garden City were held Sept. 17 in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home with a Mass following at St. Raphael Church. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield with the Rev. Fred Misiolek officiating.

Mr. Wolfrom was born Dec. 31, 1923, in Detroit and died Sept. 13 in Ann Arbor. He was a painter in the construction industry.

He served with the paratroops during World War II. He was in Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, England and Germany. During this time, he earned the Purple Heart, four battle stars, The Rome-Arno, Southern France, Ardennes and the Rhineland campaigns. He also earned the Infantry Combat badge, Presidential citation, and the Belgium Fourgerra.

Surviving are his children, Nancy (David) Eichenberg, Michael, Thomas (Denise), Mary Obeid and David (Angela); brother, Edward (Millie) Rzeppa; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Wolfrom was preceded in death by his wife, Anna.

James Dean Keeth

Services for James "Jim" Keeth, 68, of Garden City were held recently. Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home, Westland.

Mr. Keeth died Sept. 23.

Surviving are his mother, Verne Keeth of Clare, Mich.; brother, Keeth V. of Marietta, Ga., Donald (Robbie) of Plymouth and Michael (Diane) of Plymouth; sister, Leslyn (Donly "Bud" Jr.) of Young of Lake, Mich.; and companion, Marilynn McHendrick of Garden City. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
 

Verne E. Keeth

Verne Keeth, 93, of Westland died Oct. 2 in Farwell, Mich. Mrs. Keeth was born June 13, 1909, in Detroit. She had lived in this area all her life.

In her later years, she began writing memories of her life in the early 1900s in the Livonia area on the family farm. Several of her stories were published in the Detroit Free Press. She was a secretary and retired from Hawthorn Center in Northville.

Surviving are her sons, Keeth Keeth of Marietta, Ga., Donald (Robbie) Keeth of Plymouth and Michael (Diane) Keeth of Plymouth; daughter, Leslyn (Bud) Young of Farwell; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Keeth was preceded in death by her husband, Vivian; son, James Keeth; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

There are family members who reside in the Garden City community.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

Robert L. Jolly

Services for Robert Jolly, 69, of Garden City were Oct. 5 in Vermeulen Funeral Home. Officiating was Col. Clarence Harvey.

Mr. Jolly was born June 15, 1933, in Dixon, Ill., and died Oct. 2 in Wayne. He was a mechanic.

Surviving are his sons, Robert (Jackie) Jolly of Garden City and William Jolly of Farmington Hills; daughter, Deborah Jolly of Chicago, Ill.; brother, Paul Jolly of Dearborn Heights; sisters, Alice McConnell of Utah and Lucille Foote of Massachusetts; and four grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to The Salvation Army, Eastern Michigan Division, 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075-2689.

EDWARD FRANCIS GILMORE

Services for Edward Gilmore, 65, of Livonia will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, in Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home, 17000 Middlebelt Road, Livonia with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Gilmore was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Detroit, and died April 11, 2002.

Surviving are his wife, Cecile; son, Daren (Valerie); daughter, Diane (Kevin) Ray; siblings, Gloria Hartley, Jeri Agar and Robert; four grandchildren, Ashley, Steven, Rachael and Sean.

Memorial tributes may be made to Barbara Karmanos Cancer Institute.
 

LILA MARIE ELLIOTT

Services for former Livonia resident Lila Elliott, 83, of Brighton were April 12 in Herrmann Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Gilson Miller from First United Methodist Church. 

Mrs. Elliott was born Nov. 17, 1918, in Edgemont, Ark., and died April 9, 2002, in Brighton. She was a 1937 graduate of Wallace Memorial High School in Lebanon, Mo. She lived in the Livonia area since 1942. She was a cafeteria manager with Livonia Public Schools, retiring in 1978 after 23 years of service.

After retiring, she and her husband, Earl, moved to their retirement home in Sterling, Mich. on the Rifle River. They lived there until his death in 1987. She then moved to Garden City until suffering a stroke in 1993. She has since been a resident of American House in Livonia, Woodhaven, Brighton and most recently Devonshire Manor.

Mrs. Elliott has always been creative and has enjoyed sewing for her family, gardening, cooking and nature.

Surviving are her daughters, Janice (Richard) Fernandez of Garden City, Sandra Hendricks of Brighton and Pamela Jo (Michael) Murphy of Brighton; brother, Robert McIntosh of California; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Mrs. Elliott was preceded in death by her husband, James.
 

RITA J. MACK

Services for Rita Mack, 66, of Plymouth were April 12 in St. Kenneth Catholic Church with burial at Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth. Officiating was the Rev. Joseph Mallia.

Mrs. Mack was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Kingston, Pa., and died April 8, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker. She came to the Plymouth community in 1966 from Detroit. She was a member of St. Kenneth Catholic Church in Plymouth.

Surviving are her children, Jim (Dawn) Mack of Westland, Larry Mack of Northville, Joan (Mike) Quigley of Plymouth, Lori (Rick) Blandford of Canton and Jeff (Maria) Mack of Westland; sisters, Carol (Brian) Fox of Livonia and Barbara (Richard) Gdowski of Taylor; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

LORETTA VIRGINIA HOLMES

Services for former Livonia resident Loretta Holmes, 70, of New Port Richey, Fla. were in Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home in New Port Richey, Fla. with burial at Trinity Cemetery, Trinity, Fla.

Mrs. Holmes was born June 23, 1931, in East St. Louis, Ill., and died March 27, 2002, in New Port Richey, Fla. She moved to Livonia, in 1934, and attended Clarenceville Schools. In 1963 she moved to Garden City, where she raised her family, returning to Livonia in 1980. She retired and moved to Florida in 1987.

Mrs. Holmes was a homemaker, active figure skater, a member of the Garden City Women's Synchronized swimming team, an accomplished oil painter and loved gardening. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Garden City and also the First Baptist Church of New Port Richey, Fla.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Vernon; sons, Larry (Denise) Holmes of Redford Township and Allan Holmes of Cleveland, Tenn.; daughter, Vicky Parsley of Cleveland, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Holmes was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Holmes (1971), father, Ortwin Arndt (1980) and mother, Clara Arndt (1986).

Memorial tributes may be made to Children's Leukemia Society of Michigan.

DORTHA LILLIAN DAVIS

Services for Dortha Davis, 77, of Paragould, Ark., were today, Thursday, April 18, in Santeiu Chapel of John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, with burial at Mt. Hope Memorial Gardens in Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Donald Gregory from Faith Baptist Church.

Mrs. Davis was born Dec. 1, 1924, in Garden City, and died April 14, 2002, in Paragould, Ark. She was a sewing machine operator.

Surviving are her son, John (Linda); daughters, Lynda (David) Denhard of Livonia and Vicki Cafini; sister, Jean Nighbert; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

LEO A. PACHOTA

A Mass for Leo Pachota, 84, of Livonia was today, Thursday, April 18, in St. Michael Catholic Church, with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn.

Mr. Pachota was born in Detroit, and died April 15, 2002, in Livonia. He was an electrician in the automotive field. He served in the Army during World War II. 

Surviving are his sons, Joseph (Lana), Paul (Sharon), Patrick (Jean) and William (Cathy); daughter, Cynthia Jennings; sister, Catherine Klenk; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

MELINDA J. CHARNLEY

Services for Melinda Charnley, 59, of Livonia were April 16 in St. John Neumann Catholic Church, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. 

Mrs. Charnley was born Aug. 28, 1942, in Detroit, and died April 1, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas; sons, Thomas (Angela) and George (Susan); daughters, Janet (Thomas) Ingersoll and Laura (Larry) Knechtel; sister, Mary Giordano; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements were made L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

MAGDALENE PAPOY

Services for Magdalene Papoy, 83, of Livonia were April 17 in Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Mark Brauer. 

Mrs. Papoy was born June 10, 1918, in Alpha, N.J., and died April 14, 2002, in Farmington Hills. She was an assembly line worker.

Surviving are her husband, Peter; daughter, Pamela (Gary) Macioce; and one grandchild.

RICHARD FRENTZ

Services for Richard Frentz, 76, of Dearborn Heights were April 15 in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Larry R. Austin.

Mr. Frentz was born June 19, 1925, in Detroit, and died April 12, 2002, in Dearborn Heights. 

Mr. Frentz was a truck driver for Central Transport, retiring in 1984. He was a graduate of Fordson High School. He was a Teamster, a Union Steward, member of Livonia Seniors Group and the Wonderland Mall Walkers.

Mr. Frentz was a veteran, serving in the Army during World War II.

Surviving are his sons, Richard (Charlott) Frentz of Southgate, Ronald (Nancy) Frentz of Dearborn Heights and Russell Frentz of Walled Lake; daughter, Gale Frentz of Livonia; and grandsons, Jason and Jake. 

Mr. Frentz was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Helen.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Heart Association, Memorials & Tributes, Dept 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678-3968

MICHAEL S. SQUARCIA

Services for Michael Squarcia, 68, of Livonia were April 15 in Holy Cross Lutheran Church, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. William C. Lindholm.

Mr. Squarcia was born March 28, 1934, in Detroit, and died April 11, 2002, in Livonia. He was a dental technician.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn; son, Chris (Monica); daughter, Karen (Ken) Straske; sister, Conchetta; and grandchild, Reilly.

Mr. Squarcia was preceded in death by his sister, Marie.

Arrangements were made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home.

ARTHUR J. BRONKOWSKI

Services for Arthur Bronkowski, 78, of Livonia were April 17 in St. Suzanne Church, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mr. Bronkowski was born May 25, 1923, in Detorit, and died april 13, 2002, at his home in Livonia. He was an engineer for a computer company.

Surviving are his wife, Helene; daughter, Linda Buckwitz; and two sisters.

Mr. Bronkowski was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna.

Arrangements were made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

HAROLD WASHBURN

Services for Harold Washburn, 71, of Livonia will be 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 18, in Kenwood Church of Christ, Livonia, 20200 Merriman Road. The body will lie in state 5 p.m. until time of service.

Mr. Washburn died April 15, 2002.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Phyllis; sons, Harold (Gail) and Mike (Sheryl) Washburn; brother, Paul Washburn; sister, Irene Ensign; and five grandchildren, Joshua, Kattie, Megan, Aaron and Tyler.

Memorial tributes may be made to Weisberg Cancer Center.

Arrangements were made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington.


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