Miscellaneous Wayne County, Michigan Obituaries


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A funeral Mass for former Livonia resident Lillian Brodick, 67, of Alpena was July 5 in St. Aidan Catholic Church, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. 

Mrs. Brodick was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Sault Ste. Marie, and died June 30, 2002, in Traverse City. She was a homemaker. She lived in the Alpena area since 1990. She was a member of Comfort Quilters for Seniors Citizens and Comfort Quilters for Deceased New York Fire Fighters' Families.

Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Frank; son, James; brothers, Larry and Leo; and sister, Liz. 


Services for Fannie Karabatakis, 76, of Livonia were July 6 in Nativity of The Virgin Mary Church, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery. 

Mrs. Karabatakis was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Greece and died July 2, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker. 

Surviving are her daughters, Katherine (Edward) Cantarella and Christine (David) Droz; son, Thomas (Deborah); one brother and one sister; and eight grandchildren.

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


Services for Frances M. Hill, 61, of Plymouth will be held July 9 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Drex Morton officiating. 

Mrs. Hill was born Sept. 1, 1940 in Caylor, Va., and died July 3 in Plymouth. 

She was a retired food service worker for the Plymouth Canton school system. She also was a retired community service officer for the Plymouth Township Police Department.

She came to the Plymouth community in the early 1960s from Virginia. She was a Red Cross volunteer and loved to visit Las Vegas, enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. 

Survivors include her husband, Richard Hill of Plymouth; children, Linda (Albert) Gorski of Canton and Sandra Purcell and her fiancee Andrew Bortell of Plymouth; grandchildren, Jessica and Alexandria; and best friend, Irene Kelley of Livonia.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospice, 806 Airport Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or the Cancer Care Center-Outpatient Oncology Clinic, 5301 E. Huron River Drive, Box 995, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.


Funeral services for Bruce A. Wylie, 68, of Livonia were held Saturday, July 6, at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church on Five Mile, with interment at Oakhill Cemetery in Springdale, Ohio.

Mr. Wylie was born March 7, 1934, in Detroit and died July 2.

He was a retired middle school teacher for 33 years in Livonia. He was also a retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Wylie is survived by his children, Allen, Chris, Allyson (John) Klak, Brad (Pam), and the late Ian Bruce; siblings, Bette Athey and Helen Mauch; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested the Disabled American Veterans. 


Services for John Antonich, 88, of Livonia, were July 10 from L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, with the Rev. Larry of St. Damian Catholic Church officiating. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mr. Antonich was born Jan. 19, 1914 in Highland Park and died July 7, 2002 at Henry Ford Hospital. 

He was an assembly line worker in the automotive industry.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Kay Markowski, and several neices and nephews. 


Services for Leonard Paul Goodlesky, 86, of Livonia will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12 at St. John Bosco Church, 12100 Beech Daly in Redford with burial following at Parkview Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Goodlesky was born Nov. 25, 1915 in Coal Center, Pa. and died July 8 in Benton Harbor. He was a tool and die maker for an automotive company.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline; sons Leonard Jr. and Gregory; daughters Judith Ann (Carl) Rawski and Bonnie (Darryle) Levandowski; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

L.J. Griffin Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Services for Robin Lynn Reid, 37, of Livonia, were Monday, July 8, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Livonia.

Mrs. Reid died June 19, 2002. She was an insurance underwriter.

Survivors include her husband, Christopher; daughters, Samantha and Mackenzie; father, Ronald Klinect; and sisters, Susan and Tracey.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Lorelei Klinect.

Arrangements were handled by the Harry J. Will Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Samantha and Mackenzie Reid Education Trust fund.

David Franklin VanZant

Services for David VanZant, 60, of Livonia were July 22 in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Farmington with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Timothy P. Halboth.

Mr. VanZant was born Aug. 10, 1941, in Detroit, and died July 18, 2002, at his home in Livonia. He was owner of a construction company.

Surviving are his son, Piet "Pete" (Missy) VanZant of Livonia; daughter, Caren VanZant of Libertyville, Ill.; sisters, Sandy Deitrick and Cindy Novell; and three grandchildren, Jared, Dylan and Mikayla.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Cancer Society.

Felix J. Crowley

Services for Felix Crowley, 95, of Livonia were July 24 in St. Damian Catholic Church with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights.

Mr. Crowley was born Aug. 24, 1906, in Detroit, and died July 19, 2002, in Garden City. He was a firefighter captain. 

Surviving are his son, Paul Crowley of Warren; daughter, Patricia (Raymond) Billinghurs; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Leonard A. Turowski & Son Funeral Home.

Stuart W. Hisle

Services for Stuart Hisle, 72, of Livonia were July 27 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia.

Mr. Hisle was born May 16, 1930, in Weir, Kan., and died July 17, 2002, at his home in Livonia. He was an engineer for Ford Motor Company, Livonia and Dearborn. He served in the Army Air Corps. during World War II.

Surviving are his sisters, Barbara (Fred) Patton, Flora (Thomas) Gates of Westland and Joan (Harvie) Stringer.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Heart Association or the Leukemia Foundation.

Rita Gale

A funeral Mass for Rita Gale of Livonia was July 22 in St. Genevieve Catholic Church with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. 

Mrs. Gale died July 19, 2002.

Surviving are her sons James (Rose) Gale and Charles (Rebecca) Gale; daughters, Linda (Ralph) Morasso, Rose (Mario) D'Amato and Diane (Domenic) Andreassi; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home.

Lorraine M. Benedict

Services for former Livonia resident Lorraine Benedict, 82, of Mesa, Ariz., were July 3.

Mrs. Benedict was born Aug. 26, 1919, and died June 29, 2002, in Mesa.

Surviving are her sons, Dean (Pam) of Canton, Duane of Landers, Calif. and Dan (Debbie) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Green Acres Memorial Gardens Love Mausoleum, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Winifred Ada Brooks

Services for former Livonia resident Winifred Brooks, 93, of Farmington Hills were July 25 in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home Farmington. Officiating was Ed Beckstein.

Mrs. Brooks was born April 25, 1909, in England and died July 22, 2002, in Farmington Hills. She was a sales clerk for S.S. Kresge in the 1940s and 1950s. She attended high school in England. Mrs. Brooks was a member of Ladies Auxiliary Patriarch Militant, and was Past President and Past Assembly Chaplain of Rebecca's Garden City Lodge No. 522.

Surviving are her son, Robert Brooks of Canton; daughter, Barbara (Dale) Campbell of Southfield; sisters, Jane Davies of Royal Oak and Joan Jones of Indiana; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin (1974).

Memorial tributes may be made to Oddfellow & Rebekah Home, 2388 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49202 or Oddfellow & Rebekah Camp, Attn: Charles Londo, Camp Board, 787 Gregory Dr., Lapeer, MI 48446.

Amy Bridget Borg

Services for Amy Borg, 77, of Livonia were July 25 in St. Genevieve Catholic Church with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Borg was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Malta, and died July 22, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her daughters, Josephine (Richard) Schulz, Daisy (Daniel) Carignan, Patricia Borg, Elizabeth (David) Carignan and Christine (John) Bopp; brother, Vincent Croker; sister, Edith Cunningham; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Borg was preceded in death by her husband, Saviour.

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

Dan E. Burk

Services for Dan Burk, 55, of Livonia were July 31 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. John F. Quigley.

Mr. Burk, a life-long resident of Livonia, was born Nov. 10, 1946, in Detroit, and died July 29, 2002, in Royal Oak. 

He was a teacher in the Livonia public schools. He attended Franklin High School and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University.

Mr. Burk was a member of Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Northville and a member of Michigan Education Association.

Surviving are his son, Brian Burk of Alaska; daughter, Kristin (Michael) Kostiek of Livonia; mother, June Burk of Livonia, brother, Kevin (Laura) Burk of Howell; and sisters, Karen Burk of Livonia and Denise (Craig) Dobias of Plymouth.

Mr. Burk was preceded in death by his father, Harley Burk. 

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

Evelyn M. Gould

Visitation for Evelyn Gould, 83, of Livonia was July 30 in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, Farmington.

Mrs. Gould was born Aug. 7, 1918, in Detroit, and died July 28, 2002, in Livonia. She did assembly work for Mills Products. She was a member of St. William Catholic Church in Walled Lake.

Surviving are her sons, Ronald (Irene) Price, William (Stephanie) Price and Dennis (Yumay) Price of Chesapeake, Va.; brother, Leonard Bulchak; sister, Pat Cwick; and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Gould was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence 1983.

Wally Anthony Stupi

A funeral Mass for Wally Stupi, 55, of Livonia was Aug. 3 in St. Colette Catholic Church, Livonia, with burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery, Beaverdale, Pa. 

Mr. Stupi was born in Johnstown, Pa., and died July 30, 2002. He spent his earlier years through high school in Beaverdale, Pa., 13 years in Pittsburgh, Pa. and 16 years in Livonia.

Mr. Stupi retired from U.S. Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa. after 34 years of service employed by Double Eagle Steel Coating Company, Dearborn, a joint venture between U.S. Steel Corp. and Rouge Industries.

He was a member of Alumni of Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh. He was a registered land surveyor with the state of Pennsylvania and a member of American Legion Post No. 0460 Beaverdale, Pa. He was a veteran of U.S. Army serving as a topographic surveyor. Mr. Stupi was a recipient of an American Legion award.

He was an avid deer hunter, enjoyed fishing, fly fishing, and was a marathon runner. 

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Andrea; parents, Walter and (Angeline Nastase nee) Stupi of Beaverdale, Pa.; brother, Thaddeus (Lillian); sister, Dr. Angela (Joseph) Stupi-Romano; sister-in-law, Sandra (Wayne) Hoyer of Sidman, Pa.; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and special pet, Brandy.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Cancer Society, Angela Hospice Care Center in Livonia, Michigan Humane Society, American Lung Association or United Way.

Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Livonia.

Michael J. Rowley

Services for Michael Rowley, 75, of Livonia were Aug. 3 in L.A. Turowski & Son Funeral Home with a Mass following at St. Michaels Catholic Church.

Mr. Rowley was born Aug. 29, 1926, in Detroit, and died July 30, 2002, in Livonia. He was a design coordinator in the automotive industry. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. 

Surviving are his sons, Barry Rowley, Brian Rowley, Daniel Rowley and James Rowley; daughter, Nora Rowley of Livonia; brother, William Rowley; and three grandchildren.

Mr. Rowley was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and son, Michael Rowley.

Francis A. Trader

Services for Francis Trader of Westland were July 30 in Prayer Baptist Church with burial at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. Officiating was the Rev. Larry Bartlett.

Mr. Trader was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Detroit, and died July 26, 2002, in Westland. He was a repairman and a member of Prayer Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Hazel; children, Patricia (Bud) Davis of Westland, Gary (Debbie) Trader of Canton, Denise (Fred) Skellenger of Weberville and Theresa (Jay) Diadiun of Milford; siblings, Jeannie Buel of Marine City, Don Trader of Livonia, Joyce Enders of Port Huron, Walter Trader of Marine City and Alice Trader of Marine City; half-sisters, Mildred Ross of Livonia and Myrtle Lozen of Virginia; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Trader also leaves several nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home, Westland.

Edith Blanche Graham

Services for Edith Graham, 81, of Livonia were Aug. 3 in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington. Officiating was the Rev. Jennifer Saad.

Mrs. Graham was born July 26, 1926, in Detroit, and died July 31, 2002, in Garden City. She was a homemaker and a longtime Livonia resident.

Surviving are her sons, Jim (Janet) Graham of The Villages, Fla. and David (Estella) Graham of Duluth, Minn.; brothers, William Richards of Troy and Perry Richards of Inkster; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and granddaughter, Dawn Borregard of Livonia.

Mrs. Graham was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, and daughter, Nancy Gagnon.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Lung Association.

Freda Klimek

Services for Freda Klimek, 86, of Livonia were Aug. 3 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, with entombment at St. Hedwig Cemetery.

Mrs. Klimek was born Aug. 4, 1915, in Detroit, and died July 31, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her son, James (Patricia); daughter, Carol Doll; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Ann Boata

Services for Ann Boata, 87, of Livonia will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in First United Methodist Church, 33112 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, with burial at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills. Officiating will be the Rev. Sondra B. Willobee. 

Visitation is 2-8 p.m. today, Sunday, Aug. 3, in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, 33603 Grand River Ave., Farmington.

Mrs. Boata was born June 23, 1915, in West Virginia, and died July 30, 2002, in Livonia. She was a former resident of Farmington Hills and Redford. She was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church in Redford, Redford School Board, Redford Suburban League and a long time volunteer for Red Cross.

Surviving are her daughters, Joan (Fred) Miller of Fullerton, Calif. and Crystal (Arthur) Westphal of Farmington Hills; sister, Marie Grogan of Chelsea; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Boata was preceded in death by her husband, John (1990).

Memorial tributes may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Detroit Area Chapter, 17220 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076.

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