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JOHN TOMBERG

Services for John Tomberg, 89, of Southfield were June 5 in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington, with burial in Atlantic Mine, Mich. Officiating was the Rev. Roland Troike.

Mr. Tomberg was born Aug. 11, 1912, in Atlantic Mine, Mich., and died June 2, 2002, in Southfield. 

He was employed by Chrysler 1936-1971. He attended Atlantic Mine High School.

Mr. Tomberg was a member of the Finnish Center Association. He enjoyed biking, golfing and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Ida; daughters, Joan Riedl of Livonia and Sandra (Gary) Preston of Berkley; three grandchildren, Tara (Chris) Chwalek, Nicole Riedl and Tim Riedl; and one great-grandchild.

DORIS MARIE EDWARDS

Graveside services for former Livonia resident Doris Edwards, 84, of Las Vegas, Nev., will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Parkview Memorial Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. James Hoff of St. Paul Lutheran Church. 

Mrs. Edwards was born May 17, 1918, in Illinois, and died May 27, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nev. 

She lived in Livonia 1946-1990, and she was a homemaker and longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Livonia.

Surviving are her brother, Robert (Yvonne) Anderson of California; sisters, Jean (Donald) Mielbeck of California and Shirley Altschuler of Las Vegas; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, 1988.

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

PAULINE MARY MACKLER

A funeral Mass for former Livonia resident Pauline Mackler, 75, of Farmington was June 5 in St. Priscilla Church in Livonia, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Gary Bucon.

Mrs. Mackler was born May 24, 1927, in Detroit, and died June 2, 2002, in Farmington. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Harold; children, Maureen (Mike) Pilkington, Paul (Joanne), Dan (Cynthia), Bernie (Monica), Patrick (Suzanne), Mary Agatha (Steven) Bogorad, Anne Marie Mackler (Ronald Johnson), Kathryn (Jim) Knighton of Farmington Hills and Jennifer (Rob) Sabo; sisters, Sister Mary Gerald Murphy, IHM, Sister Mary Lencre Murphy, IHM, Anna Mae McCulloch and Helen Klein; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Memorial tributes may be made to Fr. Solanus Guild, Capuchins or Hospice of Southeast Michigan.

Arrangements were made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home.

AMANDA M. SEYMOUR JUBY

Serevices for former Westland resident Amanda Juby, 25, of Newport News, Va., were June 3 in Beaver Valley United Methodist Church in Naumburg, N.Y., with the Rev. Frances K. Hemstreet officiating. Burial was at Castorland Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Juby was born May 1, 1977, in Livonia, and died May 28 at her home in Newport News, Va.

She was raised in Westland and moved to Port Leyden in 1994 where she attended South Lewis Central School. She and her husband, Nicholas, moved to Newport News in October 2001. She was employed by 7-Eleven in Newport News.

Surviving are her husband, Nicholas; daughters, Carolynn, Caitlinn and Sara; father, Thomas Seymour of Lowville, N.Y.; brothers, Billy Seymour and Randy Seymour, both of Hohenwald, Tenn.; maternal grandmother, Frances Grimes of Plymouth, paternal grandmother, Erma Seymour of Boonville, N.Y.; two nieces and several cousins. 

Mrs. Juby was preceded in death by her mother, Carolynn.

Donations may be made to the Juby-Seymour Children Family Trust, c/o Key Bank, 7647 N. State St., Lowville, NY 13367.

Arrangements were made by Virkler-Perocoski Funeral Home, Lowville, N.Y.

LEONA F. MCNAMARA

A memorial service for Leona McNamara, 72, of Livonia will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 34567 Seven Mile Road, west of Farmington Road. Officiating will be the Rev. Walter Dickenson.

Mrs. McNamara was born Dec. 19, 1929, in Big Rapids, and died May 31, 2002, in Farmington Hills. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Mervin; son, Edward (Melanie) Shaw; daughters, Patricia (Michael) and Pamela (Frank) Schaller; brother, Glen Cox; sister, Kathleen Nivala; and six grandchildren, Jacob, Kalan, Frankie, Tommy, Lorraine and Eddie.

Mrs. McNamara was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Cox, and sisters, Gladys Benny and Helen Nellis.

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

CLIFFORD H. HOOKER

Services for Clifford Hooker, 84, of Livonia will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in Memorial Church of Christ with the Rev. Mark McGilvery officiating. Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. Friday, June 7, in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, 15451 Farmington Road, Livonia.

Mr. Hooker was born Feb. 13, 1918, in Wales, and died June 4, 2002, in Westland. 

He came to the United States from Wales at age 4. He lived in this community since 1964 and was an automobile worker.

Mr. Hooker was a World War II veteran. He enjoyed gardening and hooking rugs.

Surviving are his step-son, Gary (Susan) Sackett; sisters, Gladys West and Evelyn Milarch; and grandchildren, Amy and David.

Mr. Hooker was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, and sister, Dyllis Miller.

CHESSIE R. ANSTINE

Services for Chessie Anstine, 84, of Livonia were June 8 in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home.

Mrs. Anstine was born Dec. 4, 1917, in North Carolina, and died June 4, 2002, in Livonia. She was a waitress at H & N Hamburgers.

Surviving are her children, Nelson, Thomas (Nancy) and Hope (Ron) Wikentiew; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Anstine was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Cancer Society or Angela Hospice.

LENA IRENE VEANES

Services for Lena Veanes, 75, of Livonia were June 8 in Neely-Turowski Funeral Home with burial at Grand Lawn Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. John Meyer.

Ms Veanes was born Nov. 4, 1926, in Casey, Ill., and died June 5, 2002, in Detroit. She was an office clerk.

Surviving are her sisters, Vera, Louise, Betty and Peggy; niece, Cheryl Williams; and many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

JAMES MOODY

Services for James Moody, 73, of Redford will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, 33603 Grand River Ave., Farmington, with burial at Parkview Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul Bousquette of St. James Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Moody was born Dec. 29, 1928, in Ernest, Pa., and died June 6, 2002, in Farmington Hills. 

He was a tool and die maker 35 years for Robotron Corp. Previously he worked as a miner 11 years for R & P Coal Co. in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Moody was a Golden Eagle Member of F.O.E. No. 1468 in Indiana and Pennsylvania. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Beulah; son, James of Livonia; daughter, Cathy (Bill) Balent of Waterford; sisters, Nellie Schloder and Margaret (Paul) Hydock; and five grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Heart Association, Memorial and Tributes Program, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, Ill 60678-3968.

GEORGE WHALEN JR.

A Celebration of Life Service for George Whalen Jr., 84, of Livonia was today, Thursday, June 13, in St. Aidan's Catholic Church.

Mr.Whalen died June 10, 2002.

Surviving are his children, Janet (Joseph) and Michael; step-children, Elaine (John), Billie (Harold), Faye and Andrea (Phillip); siblings, Marion and Leroy; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Whalen was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; children, Karen and Thomas; and siblings, Vern and Anita.

Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangement were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home.

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 and 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.

ROBERT D. HOWARD

A memorial service for Robert Howard, 74, of Hartland will be 3 p.m. Friday, June 21, in Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13667 W. Highland Road, Hartland. Officiating will be the Rev. Frank Pies, Jr. 

Mr. Howard was born July 18, 1927, in Ferndale, and died June 6, 2002, in Garden City. He was a former resident of Farmington Hills. 

He was a self-employed contractor, retiring in 1972. Mr. Howard served in the Navy.

Surviving are his sons, Michael Howard of Warsaw, Ind. and Bruce Howard of Farmington Hills; daughter, Robin Stanford of Livonia; brothers, Ray Howard, James Howard and Bud Howard; sisters, Jane Janssen and Mary McKay; and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Howard was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Marguerite.

Memorial tributes may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Our Savior Lutheran Church.

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

RICHARD E. RUEL, M.D.

A funeral Mass for Richard Ruel, 68, of Livonia will be 10 a.m. (in state 9:30) Saturday, June 15, in St. Aidan Catholic Church, 17500 Farmington Road, Livonia.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today, Thursday, and 2-8 p.m. Friday, June, 14, in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Road, Farmington. There will be a 7 p.m. scripture service Friday in the funeral home. 

Dr. Ruel was born Feb. 13, 1934, in Lebanon, N.H., and died June 9, 2002. He was a former resident of Farmington Hills and moved to Livonia 1974. He was a physician of internal medicine/gastroenterology.

Dr. Ruel was a 1956 graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1959 graduate of Harvard Medical School. He was affiliated with St. Mary Hospital-Livonia, Harper Hospital-Detroit, Rehabilitation Institute of Detroit, American College of Physicians, American Medical Assoication, Michigan State Medical Society and Wayne County Society of Medicine.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Ann; children, Suzanne Garcia, Barbara Ruel, Christine Carnovale, Catherine Alati, Richard Ruel, Jr., Ellen Cairns and Michael Ruel; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Also surviving is his dog "Barney." 

Dr. Ruel is preceded in death by his son, Joseph Ruel.

MARY ANN DEWATER

A funeral Mass for Mary Ann DeWater, 65, of Livonia was June 11 in St. Priscilla Church, with burial at Oakland Hills Memorial Park, Novi.

Mrs. DeWater was born Nov. 5, 1936, in Detroit, and died June 7, 2002. 

Surviving are her husband, Richard; son, Richard DeWater; daughters, Cheryl Kassar, Theresa Mercieca and Janet DeWater; three siblings; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home.

ROBERT JOSEPH SKOTZKE

Services for Robert Skotzke, 69, of Livonia were June 12 in St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Dennis.

Mr. Skotzke was born Aug. 28, 1932, in Detroit, and died June 7, 2002, at his home in Livonia. He was an accountant and he served in the Navy. 

Surviving are his brothers, Bernard Skotzke of Livonia, Lawrence Skotzke, Edward (Louise Hoffman) and Richard (Marilyn Licata); and sister, Joanne (Eugene) Swantick.

Mr. Skotzke was preceded in death by his brother, James, and sister, Eleonora.

Arrangements were made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home.

WILLIAM SCRUGGS

Services for William Scruggs, 75, of Livonia were June 11 in St. Genevieve Catholic Church, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. John Blaska.

Mr. Scruggs was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Detroit, and died June 8, 2002, in Royal Oak. He was a civil engineer. 

Surviving are his wife, Norma; children, Catherine (Jeffrey) Soehnlein, Christine (Pamela) Joyner, William Jr. (Janice), Daniel (Barbara), Michael (Deborah), Janet Scruggs (Karen Obluck), Mary Lynn (Brian) Byrd, John (Erin) and Julie (Jeff) Burgess; 23 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Scruggs was preceded in death by his son, James.

Arrangements were made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home.

WILLIAM D. BINFORD, SR.

William Binford, Sr., 75, of Livonia died June 7, 2002, in Livonia.

Mr. Binford was born Oct. 22, 1926, in Richmond, Va. He was a shipping coordinator for a transportation company.

Surviving are his son, William (Michele); four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Binford was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and daughter, Rebecca Dunlap.

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

THOMAS RICHARD KEENAN

Services for Thomas Keenan, 48, of Battle Creek were June 9 in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, with burial at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Mich. Officiating was the Rev. Jennifer Sadd.

Mr. Keenan was born Sept. 17, 1953, in Detroit, and died June 5, 2002, in Detroit. He was employed by Veterans Hospital, Battle Creek. He was a former resident of Farmington Hills. 

Surviving are his parents, Joseph and Marilyn Keenan of Farmington Hills; brother, Joseph Keenan of Waterford; sisters, Jeanne (Buddy) Kolt of Morrice, Julie (David Smythe) Keenan of Troy and Dorene (Michael) Pulgini of Commerce; grandfather, Rudolph Anderson of Livonia; and nieces, Sarah and Jennifer DeLaFlor, and Alexandra and Samantha Pulgini.

OWEN PAUL WASHINGTON

Services for Owen Washington, 85, of Livonia were June 10 in St. Matthew's United Methodist Church.

Mr. Washington was born Feb. 11, 1917, in Detroit, and died June 5, 2002, in Livonia. He was a fire chief for the Detroit Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife, Geraldine; daughters, Pamela Fowler and Janice (Steven) Pierz; three grandchildren, Dana, Lindsey and Cortney (Jonathan) Hollis; and great-granddaughter, Paige.

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

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.

DOROTHY MARY SUCHER

Services for former Livonia resident Dorothy Sucher, 83, of Lake City will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 23815 Power Road, Farmington, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. 

Officiating will be the Rev. Michael Gawlowski. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. today, Thursday, June 13, in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, 23720 Farmington Road, Farmington, and 9:30 a.m. Friday in the church. There will be a Rosary this evening at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.

Mrs. Sucher was born Dec. 19, 1918, in Detroit, and died June 10, 2002, in Farmington Hills. She was co-owner/bookkeeper of Sucher Tool Manufacturing of Farmington Hills. She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Daughters of Isabella and Lake City Women's Club. Mrs. Sucher enjoyed doing stain glass. 

Surviving are her husband, Frank; son, Donald (Audrey) Sucher of Brighton; daughters, Sylvia Dwire of Novi, Nancy Tranchida of Novi, and Elaine Sucher of Novi; brother, Leonard (Glenda) Kosbe of Florida; sister, Marcella (William) Ziemba of Dearborn; and eight grandchildren.

GEORGE BERNARD GAZLEY

A memorial service for George Gazley, 72, of Livonia will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, in McNamara Towers in Livonia.

Mr. Gazley was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Brighton, and died June 11, 2002, in Dearborn.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Yvonne; children, Janine Gazley, Sharon Good, Diane (Jeff) Monteruil, Kenneth Gazley, Keith Gazley and Terri (Dave) Blackwood; five siblings; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Gazley was preceded in death by two siblings.

Arrangements were made by Fisher Funeral Home.

THOMAS E. HAY

Services for Thomas Hay, 62, of Livonia will be 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, June 13, in Fisher Funeral Home, 24501 Five Mile Road, Redford Township. Visitation is 4 p.m. until time of service this evening.

Mr. Hay was born Oct. 24, 1939, in Huron, S.D., and died June 11, 2002, in Livonia. He was an avid bowler, trap shooter and fisherman.

Surviving are his son, Thomas (Ingrid) Hay; daughter, Tamera (John) Curry; brother, Henry Hay; and five grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to U of M Cancer Center, c/o Anita Goldstein, 107 Simpson, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.


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