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'Singing Dentist' served patients 32 years

Dr. Michael Nicola's dental patients were far more than just patients.

For the doctor had a smile that lit up a room, and a special way of endearing himself to people. "He was known as the 'Singing Dentist.' Everyone loved to hear him sing while they were in the chair," said his daughter, former hygienist Michele Nicola Kraska of Livonia. "His patients loved him, and he loved them. They were like family, and he never forgot them.

"He was a wonderful, top-notch dentist," she added. "I don't say that just because he was my dad. After working for him, I worked all over the country and I've seen dentists from every place imaginable. He ranked among the very best."

Born April 15, 1927, in Minneapolis, Minn., Dr. Nicola of Livonia died after long-term medical problems May 18, 2002, at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills. He was 75.

Not even an amputation could quell Dr. Nicola's lifelong passion for playing golf. "After he got sick and lost his leg in the late 1980's, he didn't golf for seven years," said his daughter Michele. "But he took lessons and learned to golf again as a handicapped person. He'd play 18 holes."

A favorite course was Redford's Western Golf & Country Club, where the Nicolas were members from 1976-1985. He also played courses throughout Michigan and Florida. He teed off at Pebble Beach, Torre Pines, Hilton Head and at courses in Hawaii and Mexico. 

As a young boy, Dr. Nicola moved with his family to Detroit where he attended St. Mary's of Redford and Cooley High School. He joined the Army and was stationed in post-World War II Germany during the occupation.

After the war, Dr. Nicola enrolled at the University of Detroit and was accepted into the University of Detroit School of Dentistry, graduating in 1955.

He married the late Joanne Cruzan, a native of Charleston, W. Va. The couple met in California after their families moved to the west coast. The Nicolas were married Aug. 23, 1952, in California and moved to Detroit.

They raised five children and lived in Redford from 1956-1985. For the last seven years, Dr. Nicola lived in Livonia with his daughter Michele and her family. He belonged to St. Maurice Catholic Church.

Dr. Nicola's dental career spanned 32 years. He practiced in offices at Schoolcraft and Evergreen and Schoolcraft and Outer Drive in Detroit; and a third office in Livonia. He retired in 1987.

Retirement gave Dr. Nicola the opportunity to pursue other loves. "He dearly loved spending time with his grandchildren, and he loved music, especially playing the uke and banjo," said his daughter.

Preceded in death by his wife, a brother, and a sister, Dr. Nicola is survived by children Dianne (David) Ambrose, Kirk (Laurel), Nancy (Bob) Campbell of Orlando, Fla., and James "Mickey" (Beth); son-in-law, Robert Kraska; sisters, Emeline Fikany and Elaine (Ray) Hernwick; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was held May 21 at St. Maurice Roman Catholic Church in Livonia with the Rev. Sidney Eckert and Rev. William Stoba officiating. Burial took place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Central High School, 14200 Breakfast Drive, Redford, MI 48239.

ARVILLA A. THRUN

Services for former Westland resident Arvilla Thrun, 94, of Livonia will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster Road, Garden City with burial at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Battle Creek. Officiating will be the Rev. Kurt E. Lambart from St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Westland. 

Visitation is from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, May 27, in the funeral home.

Mrs. Thrun was born March 28, 1908, in Toledo, Ohio, and died May 18, 2002, in Livonia. She was a clerical employee.

Surviving are her sons, Herbert (Beverly) Thrun and Charles Thrun; five granddaughters, Victoria Van Gorder, Deborra Warren, Sue Pontin, Loren and Lisa Deen; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Westland.

ARLUS HENDERSON

Services for Arlus Henderson, 84, of Livonia were May 14 in Fred Wood Funeral Home, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mr. Henderson was born in Rosemont, W.Va., and died May 11, 2002, in Livonia. He was the owner of a service station. He served with the Marines during World War II.

Surviving are his sons, Gregory Henderson and Gary Henderson; daughters, Nancy Richards and Cynthia Trethway; and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by long time companion, Helen Hill.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association. 

CLARENCE COLLINS

Services for Clarence "John" Colins, 79, of Genoa Township were May 23 in MacDonald's Funeral Home in Howell, with burial at Lakeside Cemetery in Marion Township. Officiating was the Rev. Howard Soehl of First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Collins was born March 3, 1923, in Callaway County, Ky., and died May 20, 2002, in Howell. He was a former Westland resident. 

Mr. Collins was a maintenance employee with Livonia Public Schools, retiring after 28 years of service. Mr. Collins worked with the Youth Program at Livonia Schools and coached Little League in Howell. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. 

Surviving are his wife, Muriel; sons, Larry (Betty) Collins of Howell, Timothy (Truann) Collins of Fowlerville and Michael (Lynn) Collins of Howell; daughter, Diana (Santo) Guido of Dearborn Heights; sister, Ethel (Red) Farris of Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Lung Association or American Diabetes Association.

JUNE ISABELLE HOBBS

Services for June Hobbs, 82, of Livonia were May 22 in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington. Officiating was the Rev. Geoffrey McKay.

Mrs. Hobbs was born Jan. 22, 1920, in London, Ontario, and died May 19, 2002, in Farmington Hills. She lived in Livonia 45 years. 

Mrs. Hobbs was a member of St. Edith Senior Citizens and Newburgh Village. 

Surviving are her son, Robert (Diane) Hobbs of Farmington Hills; daughter, Jan (Geoffrey) McKay of Windsor, Ontario; brother, Barry Smith of Alberta, Canada; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720

Mrs. Hobbs was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice (1986).

MARY L. CUNNINGHAM

Services for Mary Cunningham, 89, of Livonia were May 17 in St. Gerald Catholic Church in Farmington, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Gerald A. McEnhill of St. Gerald Catholic Church.

Mrs. Cunningham was born Aug. 15, 1912, in Springfield, Ohio, and died May 16, 2002, in Livonia. She was a graduate of St. Boniface High School and Wayne University (now Wayne State University).

Surviving are her sons, James (Gloria) Cunningham of Farmington Hills and Dennis (Ellen) Cunningham of Brighton; five grandchildren, Beth, Jim, Laura, Catherine and Cheryl; and two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Donnell. 

Mrs. Cunningham was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, William Jr. (1978).

Memorial tributes may be made to Marywood Nursing Center, 36975 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154. Arrangements were made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington.

BART D. RUMMEL

Services for Bart Rummel, 42, of Ann Arbor were May 16 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home in Redford.

Mr. Rummel died May 12, 2002.

Surviving are his children, Bart Rummel Jr. and Calab Rummel; siblings, Nikki, K.C., Troy, Joe, Julie and Randy; and many other family members. Also surviving is the mother of his children, Renee Wolf and step-father, Jim Gow.

There are family members who reside in the Livonia area. 

FRANK MOCUR

Services for Frank Mocur, 76, of Livonia were May 24 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, with burial at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley.

Mr. Mocur was born Oct. 26, 1925, in Detroit, and died May 22, 2002, in Livonia. He lived in Livonia since 1963. 

Mr. Mocur was employed with General Motors 1946-1987. He served in the Navy two years. Mr. Mocur was the marble champ of Detroit in 1938. He enjoyed golfing, gardening and shopping.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Jennie; son, Paul Mocur; daughters, Sharon Kallas, Karon Mocur and Marilyn Maldonado; sisters, Mary Krizanovic and Irene Petterle; and three grandchildren.

RUTH JEAN TERRANA

Services for former Livonia resident Ruth Terrana, 80, of Farmington were May 25 in Covenant Community Church in Redford Township, with burial at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi. Officiating was the Rev. H. Dalton Myers.

Mrs. Terrana was born Aug. 26, 1921, in Redford, and died May 22, 2002, in Livonia. 

She was an active member of Covenant Community Church for more than 50 years.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Charles; children, Gloria (Jerry) Lewis, Lorranie (Gary) Zimmerman and Sandra (Donald) Mueller; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Angela Hospice in Livonia.

Arrangements were made by Fisher Funeral Home in Redford Township.

DOROTHY HELEN JABER

Services for Dorothy Jaber, 86, of Livonia were May 27 in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington, with burial at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi. Officiating was the Rev. Terry Clause.

Mrs. Jaber was born July 28, 1915, in Chicago, Ill., and died May 23, 2002, in Southfield. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her children, Yvonne (Larry) Vartanian of Livonia, Roy "Vince" ( Karen) Jaber, Robert (Jan) Jaber, David (Artie) Edgetor and Dixie (Jack) Bouton; sister, Bertha Vincent of Florida; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Jaber was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, son, Joseph, and sister, Evelyn Vincent.

Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

PATRICK EMMETT WHALEN

Services for Patrick Whalen, 79, of Livonia were May 28 in St. Edith Catholic Church, with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit. Officiating was the Rev. Michael Cooney.

Mr. Whalen was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Detroit, and died May 24, 2002, in Livonia. 

He was retired from Wayne County Road Commission. He came to Livonia from Plymouth in 1999. He was a member of the Irish Community. 

Mr. Whalen was a veteran, serving in World War II, where he earned the Purple Heart.

Surviving are his wife, Henrietta; children, Susan (Rick) Weeks of Miami, Fla., Patrick (Mary Etta) Whalen of Commerce Twp., Randall (Cheryl) Whalen of West Bloomfield, Mary (Lester) Cisneros of Santa Fe, N.M., Susan (Eric) Peterson of Skwenta, Alaska, Anne Harris of Delray, Fla., Margaret (Mike) Egan of Lodi, Calif. and Amy (John) Whalen of Livonia; two sisters; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Henry Ford Hospice.

Arrangements were made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth.

JOHN "JACK" DUVAL JR.

Services for John "Jack" Duval Jr., 78, of Farmington will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 31, in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, 33603 Grand River Ave., Farmington with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia. Officiating will be the Rev. Joe Milosic. Visitation is 2-9 p.m. today, Thursday, in the funeral home.

Mr. Duval was a former resident of West Bloomfield. He was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Battle Creek, and died May 28, 2002, at his home in Farmington. He was an engineer for Robert Shaw Mechanical Controls. He was previously employed with Johnson Controls and Clawson Concrete. 

Mr. Duval attended Cooley High School in Detroit and University of Detroit where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of NRA 1255th Combat Eng. Assoicaiton, and Multi-Lakes Conservation Club. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Surviving are his sons, John (Robin) Duvall III of Clarkston, Michael (Lisa) of Redford and Patrick (Sara) of Livonia; daughters, Kathryn (Ed) Wangler of Rose City and Janet (Michael) Hack of Fenton; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Duval was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly.

Memorial tributes may be made to Angela Hospice, 14100 Newburgh Road, Livonia, MI 48154.

RUTH JEAN TERRANA

Services for former Livonia resident Ruth Terrana, 80, of Farmington were May 25 in Covenant Community Church in Redford Township, with burial at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi. Officiating was the Rev. H. Dalton Myers.

Mrs. Terrana was born Aug. 26, 1921, in Redford, and died May 22, 2002, in Livonia. 

She was an active member of Covenant Community Church for more than 50 years.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Charles; children, Gloria (Jerry) Lewis, Lorranie (Gary) Zimmerman and Sandra (Donald) Mueller; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Angela Hospice in Livonia.

Arrangements were made by Fisher Funeral Home in Redford Township.

ROSE M. MOSKAL

Services for Rose Moskal, of Livonia will be 9:15 a.m. Monday, June 3, in Sajewski Funeral Home, 19111 W. Warren with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights. Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. today, Sunday, with a Rosary at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Moskal died May 29, 2002.

Surviving are her daughters, Alicia and Rose Ann Stewart; siblings, Stella (Walter) Kopeck, Lottie (Alex) Nameth and Joseph (Irene) Crzywac; and grandson, Sean Stewart.

Mrs. Moskal was preceded in death by her husband, John, and sister, Frances (Ponzie) Ciesla.
 

CHARLOTTE L. MARCHETTI

A memorial service for Charlotte Marchetti, 93, of Livonia was May 30 in St. Aidan Catholic Church in Livonia.

Mrs. Marchetti was born Feb. 11, 1909, in Duluth, Minn., and died May 28, 2002, in Livonia. She was a personel secretary for Wayne County.

Surviving are her son, Charles (Maryanne) Doyle; daughter, Patricia (Ronald) Carzoli; 10 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Marchetti was preceded in death by her husband, Jack.

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

CHARLES EDWIN CAMPBELL, III

Services for former Livonia resident Charles Campbell, III, 77, of Farmington were June 1 in St. Andrew Episcopal Church. Officiating was the Rev. Aaron B. Zull from St. Andrew Episcopal Church.

Mr. Campbell was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Toledo, Ohio, and died May 28, 2002, in Farmington Hills.

He worked for M & T Chemical, retiring in 1989 after 41 years of service. He was a graduate of Scon High School, Toledo, and attended the University of Toledo. 

Mr. Campbell was a Masonic Lodge member and he enjoyed golf, classical music, opera and bagpiper music.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Janet; son, Charles "Chip" (Lynn) Campbell of White House, Ohio; daughter, Connie (Mike) Hockman of West Chester, Ohio; sister, Elizabeth Keifer of Toledo, Ohio; and five grandchildren, Noah, Kurt, Scott, Kate and Anne.

Arrangements were made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, Farmington.


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