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FREDERICK J. O'CONNELL

Services for Frederick O'Connell, 79, of Livonia were June 18 in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home. Officiating were the Rev. Edmund Borycz of St. Michael Catholic Church and the Rev. Jeff Noble of Main Street Baptist Church.

Mr. O'Connell was born Sept. 21, 1922, in Detroit, and died June 15, 2002, in Farmington Hills. He lived in this community 40 years. 

He was a pipe fitter and he served with the 32nd Rainbow Division in World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Josephine; sisters, May Long and Kathleen O'Connell; sister-in-law, Lorraine; and several nieces and nephews.

KENNETH M. THOMPSON

Services for Kenneth Thompson, 74, of Livonia were June 19 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Drexel Morton of St. Michael Lutheran Church.

Mr. Thompson was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Pontiac, and died June 15, 2002, at his home in Livonia. He was an upholstery cutter for General Motors. 

Surviving are his wife, Bernadine; brother, Larry; sister, Joan (Tom) Pruente; and 14 grandchildren.

MILDRED J. DUSCHANE

Services for Mildred Duschane, 90, of Livonia were June 18 in Neely-Turowski Funeral Home with burial at Woodmere Cemetery.

Miss Duschane was born Feb. 12, 1912, in Detroit, and died June 14, 2002, in Livonia. She was a bookkeeper.

Miss Duschane is survived by her niece, Laura Martin of Livonia.

MARTHA M. NISSEN

Services for Martha Nissen, 86, of Livonia were June 14 in Vermeulen Funeral Home in Westland, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park. Officiating was the Rev. Drex Morton.

Mrs. Nissen was born July 21, 1915, in Redridge, Mich., and died June 12, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her brother, Frank (Rita) Pekkala of Livonia, and sister, Lillian (Toivo) Nerg of Chassell.

EDWARD J. ARON

Services for former Livonia resident Edward Aron, 99, of Northville were June 19 at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Livonia, with burial at Acacia Park Cemetery in Southfield Township. Officiating was the Rev. William C. Lindholm. 

Mr. Aron was born May 16, 1903, in Passaic, N.J., and died June 16, 2002, in Pittsfield Township. 

He lived in Northville 13 years and was a former resident of Livonia and Allen Park. He was a traffic controller for General Motors, retiring in 1970. He also worked at a Wall Street Brokerage House, and had a successful career in portrait photography.

Mr. Aron was a member of Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, Livonia, Allen Park Kiwanis Club and Barber Shop Quartet Society. He was an avid golfer.

Surviving are his wife, Yvonne; daughters, Diane Calhoun of Northville and Pamela (Michael) Marcovitz of Ann Arbor; six brothers and sisters; four grandchildren, Lindsay and Leslie Calhoun, and Jessica and Jay Marcovitz; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial tributes may be made to Arbor Hospice Residence, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103, or the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, 3601 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073.

Arrangements were made by Casterline Funeral Home in Northville.

JEANETTE RUTKOWSKI

A funeral Mass for Jeanette Rutkowski will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, in St. Theodore Catholic Church, 8200 Wayne Road in Westland, with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery. She will lie in state 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. 

Visitation is 2-9 p.m. today, June 20, in Ziomek Funeral Home, 8809 Wayne Road, Livonia. There will be a scripture service 7 p.m. today, June 20, in the funeral home.

Mrs. Rutkowski died June 16, 2002.

Surviving are her son, James (Linda) Rutkowski of Livonia; sister, Marie Burmeister; and granddaughter, Rebecca Rutkowski.

Mrs. Rutkowski was preceded in death by her brother, Leonard Baginski.

ROY ALLEN LOHN

Private services for former Livonia resident Roy Lohn, 62, of Westland were recently. Arrangements were made by R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home in Livonia.

Mr. Lohn was born Sept. 14, 1939, in Livonia, and died May 21, 2002, at his home in Westland. He grew up in Livonia. He graduated from Livonia Bentley High School and attended Schoolcraft College. 

Mr. Lohn worked at G.M. Hydramatics at Willow Run. He was a veteran, serving with the Navy.

Surviving are his children, Michael (Debbie) of Westland, Deborah (Michael) of Livonia and Linda Lohn of Westland; the childrens' mother, Colleen; brothers, Russell and Ronald; and five grandchildren, Megan, Alex, Owen, Lauren and Aidan.

Mr. Lohn was preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph and Robbin.

CLAIRE M. FETZ

A funeral Mass for Claire Fetz, 81, of Midland was June 21 in St. Brigid Catholic Church, with burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Bellaire. Officiating was the Rev. Lawrence Pashak. 

Mrs. Fetz was born Aug. 9, 1920, in Ironwood, Mich., and died June 18, 2002, at her home in Midland. She worked for the Livonia Public Schools, retiring in 1969. She was an active member of St. Brigid Catholic Church.

Surviving are her husband, Carl; sons, David (Nancy) Siebenbrodt of Park City, Ill. and Ronald (Linda) Siebenbrodt of Midland; step-daughter, Elizabeth Ash (David) Mayer of Anchorage, Alaska.; sisters, Louise Bishop of Niles, Ill. and Margaret Mukavitz of Ironwood, Mich.; three grandchildren, Marc Siebenbrodt of Wisconsin, Ryan Siebenbrodt and Erin Siebenbrodt, both of Midland; and three step-grandchildren, Erica Ash of South Carolina, Jason Fetz of New York and Mark Fetz of Kalamazoo.

Mrs. Fetz was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Siebenbrodt, 1960; step-son, Henry Fetz; daughter, Diane Siebenbrodt; four brothers; and three sisters. 

Memorial tributes may be made in the form of Masses to St. Brigid Catholic Church.

Arrangements were made by Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home in Midland.

ELAINE B. CHANDLER

A funeral Mass for Elaine Chandler, 65, of Livonia was June 22 in St. Colette Catholic Church, with burial at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth. Officiating was the Rev. Henry W. Roodbeen from St. Colette Catholic Church.

Mrs. Chandler was born Nov. 4, 1936, in Detroit, and died June 18, 2002, in Ann Arbor. She was a former resident of Plymouth. She was a legal secretary/administrator for the Law Office of Charles W. Chandler. She previously worked for American Motors Corporation.

Mrs. Chandler was a graduate of Mercy High School and was a member of St. Colette Catholic Church.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Charles; son, Charles Chandler of Livonia; daughters, Catherine (William) Burge of London, England and Carrie (James) O'Meara of Howell; and brothers, Jerome Jezcwski of Livonia and Dennis (Scott) of St. Clair Shores. 

Memorial tributes may be made to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott Ave., Detroit, MI 48207 or Karmanos Cancer Institute, 41935 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48337.

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

THELMA R. SMITH

Graveside services and burial for former Livonia resident Thelma Smith, 90, of Scottsdale, Ariz. were June 22 at the Robertson Plot, Cothron Cemetery, Smithland, Ky.

Mrs. Smith was born May 15, 1912, in Smithland, Ky., and died June 18, 2002, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She lived in Livonia until 1996.

Surviving are her son, William (Diane) Hogue; daughter, Carol Salsman; son-in-law, Dudley Young; brother, George Robertson; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made in her memory to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 

Arrangements were made by Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scotsdale, Ariz.

JOHN E. BUTTON

A memorial service for John Button, 77, of Livonia will be 7 p.m. on Monday, June 24, in Fred Wood Funeral Home, 36100 Five Mile, Livonia. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. prior to the service.

Mr. Button was born in Exeter, N.H., and was raised in Kittery, Maine, before moving to Michigan in 1947. He died June 19, 2002. He worked for Burroughs Corp 28 years as an industrial engineer. He served in the Naval Ordinance aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CV-42 during World War II.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Evelyn; son, Jim Button; daughter, Cathy Howton; six grandchildren, Cheryl Heppard, John Rehfield, Christina LaMunyon, Amy, Melissa and John Button II; and four great-granddaughters. 

Memorial tributes may be made to American Heart Association or the Michigan Humane Society.

ZYG T. EVANS

Visitation for former Livonia resident Eyg Evans, 91, of Rochester was June 22 in Leonard A. Turowski & Son Funeral Home.

Mr. Evans was born Dec. 26, 1910, in Detroit and died June 19, 2002, in Pontiac. He was an assembly worker in the automotive industry.

Surviving are his sons, Gerald (Marian) and Kenneth (Patricia); daughter, Karen Franklin; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his wife, Frances.

MARY J.GAUVREAU

A funeral Mass for Mary Gauvreau, 92, of Livonia was June 21 in St. Priscilla Catholic Church, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Loren O'Dea.

Mrs. Gauvreau was born Oct. 19, 1909, in Scotland, and died June 18, 2002, at her home in Livonia. She lived in this community many years. 

Mrs. Gauvreau was a sales clerk 1932-1977 at Federals Department Store, Grand River and Oakman. 

Surviving are her son, Kenneth (Patricia) Gauvreau; daughter, Donna Bishop; four grandchildren, Maryann (Matt) Wendzel, Judith (David Jr.) Pegg, Jeffrey and John (Catherine); and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Gauvreau was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene.

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

VIOLA SCHULDT

Services for former Livonia resident Viola Schuldt, 85, of Grandville will be 1 p.m. Monday, June 24, in Fred Wood Funeral Home, 36100 Five Mile Road, Livonia. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Schuldt died June 20, 2002, in Grand Rapids. She was a former resident of Farmington Hills. She was a talented photographer and a strong supporter of education. She and her husband, Louis, were generous supporters of New Morning School, and were founders of the Jenison Public Education Foundation and The Gray Center.

Surviving are daughters, Elaine Yagiela of Northville and Carol (Brian) Gray of Jenison; son-in-law, Dennis (Lynn) Chapman; and grandchildren, Joanna (Mark) Carnes, Barrett Gray, Heather Yagiela, Lauren Yagiela, John (Shiloam) Chapman, Analee Chapman and Scott Chapman. Also surviving is her friend, Jean Breuer.

Mrs. Schuldt was preceded in death by her husband, Louis, and daughter, Marilyn Chapman.

Memorial tributes may be made to Jenison Public Education Foundation, P.O. Box 697, Jenison, MI 49429; New Morning School, 14501 Haggerty Road, Plymouth, MI 48170; or The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding, P.O. Box 67, Jenison, MI 49429.

RUTH L. GRIFFITHS

A memorial service for Ruth Griffiths, 79, of Livonia will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Griffiths was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Detroit, and died June 25, 2002, in Livonia. She was a switchboard operator for Stahl Manufacturing, retiring in 1988 after 25 years of service. 

She was a 1940 graduate of Cooley High School. She enjoyed playing bingo.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Clifford; son, Jeffrey Griffiths of Oakland, Calif.; daughters, Pam (David) Lange of Redford and Dianne Fazzio of Westland; brothers, Robert (Phyllis) Guntzviller of Redford and Warren (Gladys) Guntzviller of Mt. Clemens; sister, Thelma (Howard) Brown of Newport Richey, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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

DONALD F. TAPPAN

A funeral Mass for Donald Tappan, 76, of Livonia will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 1, in St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 Haggerty Road, Plymouth with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. today, Sunday, June 30, in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile, Livonia. There will be a scripture service, at 7:30 p.m. this evening in the funeral home. His body will lie in state 10 a.m. until time of service on Monday. 

Mr. Tappen died June 26, 2002.

Surviving are his children Nancy (Russ) Welch, Patricia (Charles) Curmi and Donald Jr. (Rosemary); brother, Keith; 11 grandchildren, Gregory (Inas), Laura, Kimberly, Tricia, Daniel, Elizabeth, Catherine, Donald III, Christine, Carolyn and Alicia; and step-grandchildren, Brian (Mary) and Mark (Kelley).

Mr. Tappan was preceded in death by his wife, Christine, and daughter, Janette Madsen.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Lung Association or Angela Hospice.
 

STEVE N. WILHELM

Services for Steve Wilhelm, 70, of Livonia are 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, in St. Valentine Catholic Church, Redford. Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Belczak. Visitation is 3 to 9 p.m. today, Sunday, in Charles R. Step Funeral Home, 18425 Beech Daly Road, Redford. There will be a Rosary at 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Mr. Wilhelm was born May 9, 1932, in Detroit, and died June 27, 2002, in Southfield. He lived in Livonia many years. He was a mechanical installation estimator and was a member of St. Valentine Catholic Church, Redford Township.

Surviving are his wife, Eleanor; sons, Steve and David (Terry); siblings, Martin, Elizabeth Petro, Helen Witter, Joan Ciaciuch, Patricia Distelrath, Diane Wilhelm and Susan Wilhelm; four grandchildren, Craig, David, Lindsay and Steven; and great-granddaughter, Kayli.
 

MARJORIE N. TSOUKALAS

Services for Marjorie Tsoukalas, 77, of Westland were June 29 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland. Officiating was the Rev. Robert McDonald.

Mrs. Tsoukalas died June 26, 2002.

Surviving are her husband, George; sons, Gerald (Nancy), and Peter (June); daughters, Nancy (Lynn) Randolph and Diana Day; sister, Eileen (Doanld) Hoose; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

There are family members who reside in the Livonia community.

Memorial tributes may be made to Parkinson Foundation, 30161 Southfield Road, Suite 119, Southfield, MI 48076-9775.

ANTHONY FRANCIS D'ARISTOTILE

A funeral Mass for Anthony D'Aristotile, 26, of Westland was July 1 in St. Valentine Catholic Church in Redford, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Mr. D'Aristotile died June 27, 2002.

Surviving are his parents, Roberto and Cecilia D'Aristotile of Livonia; sisters, Lisa (Mark) Nocera, Julie and Brenda; nephew, Vittorio; fiance, Sandra Bellardini; and grandmother.

ANDREW PETRO

Andrew Petro, 87, of Redford died June 28, 2002.

Mr. Petro is survived by his sons, Andrew Jr. (Doris) and Michael (Dorothy); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Family members reside in Livonia and Plymouth.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Mary.

Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home.

PATRICIA ANN KANNETH

A memorial service for Patricia Kanneth, 69, of Livonia was July 3 in Leonard A. Turowski & Son Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Roy Forsyth.

Mrs. Kanneth was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Escanaba, Mich., and died July 1, 2002. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Joseph; son, Dan (Diane); daughter, Michele (Warren) Calkins; and two grandchildren, Nicole and Jeremiah.


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