Miscellaneous Wayne County, Michigan Obituaries



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Elizabeth Stephenson

A funeral Mass for Elizabeth Stephenson, 87, of West Bloomfield will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Dearborn Heights. Officiating will be the Rev. John Lazar. 

Prayers will be 9:15 a.m. Aug. 19 in Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile Road, Livonia prior to the Mass. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today, Aug. 18, in the funeral home.

Mrs. Stephenson was born June 21, 1915, in Detroit, and died Aug. 15, 2002, in Farmington Hills. She was a former owner of a restaurant in Livonia.

Surviving are her sister, Virginia Joslin; and grandsons, Brett (Lori) Baier and John (Lynn) Baier of West Bloomfield.

Nicholas C. Nestico

A Celebration of Life Service for Nicholas Nestico, 78, of Livonia will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road in Livonia, with burial at Mt. Hope Memorial Gardens. Visitation is noon to 8 p.m. today, Sunday, Aug. 18, in the funeral home. 

Mr. Nestico died Aug. 15, 2002. He was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn; children, Cheryl (Randy) Venier of Westland, Brian (Keli), Kenneth and Gregory (Michele); step-children, Ronald Stevens and Karen Silcott; siblings, James, Victor, Joseph and Lillian Muldowny; and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Nestico was preceded in death by his daughter, Candace Addison.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Cancer Society.

Arlene N. Wethington

Services for Arlene Wethington, 75, of Reed City, Mich., were Aug. 14 in Vermeulen Funeral Home, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Ray Field.

Mrs. Wethington was born Nov. 7, 1926, in Lansing, and died Aug. 11 in Grand Rapids. She was a factory worker.

Surviving are her children, Michael (Patricia) Wunkel of Westland, Linda (William) Wheeler of White Lake, Beverly (Jon) Maddern of Gaylord, Douglas (Darlene) Wethington of Martin, Jeffery (Tina) Wethington of Hersey, JoAnn (David) Snider of Plano, Texas and Charles Wethington Jr. of Livonia; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial tributes may be made to Renucci Hospitality House, Spectrum Health M/C4, 100 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, MI 49502.

Clara A. Cobb 

Services for Clara Cobb, 93, of Westland were Aug. 15 in Vermeulen Funeral Home, with burial at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy. Officiating was the Rev. James Roberts.

Mrs. Cobb was born May 13, 1909, in Canada, and died Aug. 11 in Westland. She was a manicurist.

Surviving are her daughter, Beverly Moore of Westland, and five grandchildren, Dalene (Brent) Rowden of Sturgis, Kevin (Letha) Moore of Georgia, Shaune (Donald) Boren of Livonia, Wayne (Tammy) Moore of Redford and Daryl Moore of Westland.

Memorial tributes may be made to Grace Moravian Church, 31133 Hiveley, Westland, MI 48186.

Ronald C. Nasser

Services for Ronald Nasser, 70, of Livonia were Aug. 16 in Fred Wood Funeral Home, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.

Mr. Nasser was born in Detroit, and died Aug. 10, 2002, in Lincoln Park. He was a real estate appraiser.

Surviving are his wife, Claudia; sons, Ronald (Kim), James, Michael (Nicci), Robert (Dina) Nasser; step-son, James (Julie) Marchewitz; daughters, Diana (Terry) Fry, Linda (John) O'Connor, Joann (Daniel) Milliken, Sharon Stanley and Annette (Paul) Watroub; two brothers; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Helen M. Hunt

Services for Helen Hunt, 84, of Livonia were Aug. 14 in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, with burial at St.Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights. Officiating was the Rev. Lawrence Zurawski of St. Damian Catholic Church.

Mrs. Hunt was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and died Aug. 10, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her sons, Ralph (Jean) Hunt and James Hunt; daughter, Patricia Taylor; five grandchildren, Rachel, Sarah, Kristen, Christopher and Caitlin; and one great-grandchild, Maddison.

Mrs. Hunt was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey.

Paul Letwinski

Paul Letwinski, 64, of Livonia died Aug. 13, 2002. Arrangements were made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Farmington.

Mr. Letwinski was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Southfield Township.

Surviving are his wife, Joan; sons, Ted, Paul Jr. (Kathy) and Steven (Laura); stepson, James McLean; daughter, Lisa (Shawn) Nabozny; brothers, Michael and Joe; sisters, Barbara and Maire; and four grandchildren.

Hattie F. Milne

Hattie Milne, 83, formerly of Clarksville, Tenn. died Aug. 9, 2002. A memorial service will be private.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Pamela) Smith, Lowell (Dotti) Smith, Kathleen (Kaye) Tertzag and Tim (Kathy) Milne; sister, Martha Shelley; grandchildren, Alex, Brian, Charles, Daniel, Nicholas, Kyle, Kraig (Stacey), Kara (Sergio), Leslie, Alaina, Austin and Autumn; and great-grandchildren, Julian, Kyle II and Bella; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Milne was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, and son, Kris Milne.

There are family members who reside in the Livonia community.

Her body was donated to the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

Arrangements were made by Martenson Funeral Home in Allen Park.
 

Barbara E. Smith

Graveside services for former Livonia resident Barbara Smith, 65, of Casselberry, Fla. will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Rural Hill Cemetery in Northville.

Mrs. Smith died Aug. 10 in Orlando, Fla. She was a nurse at Florida Hospital. Prior to moving to Florida, she was a nurse at St. Mary Hospital in Livonia.

Surviving are her son, Troy; daughter, Krystal; two sisters; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and friend, Sonny Orr.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her son, Kurt, and daughter, Kimberly.

Marjorie M. Ford

Marjorie Ford, 97, of Livonia died Aug. 17, 2002.

Surviving Mrs. Ford are her children, Lawrence Burke, Sr., Noreen Burke, O.P. (Adrian) and Carole Burkhardt; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ford was preceded in death by her husbands, Peter Burke and Basil Ford. 

Memorial tributes may be made to Mary Crest Manor or Adrian Dominian Sisters.

Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home.

Rodney J. Juve

Services for Rodney Juve, 66, of Novi were Aug. 21 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth. Officiating was the Rev. T. Richard Marcis

Mr. Juve was born Dec. 15, 1935, in Dearborn, and died Aug. 19, 2002, in Royal Oak. 

He was a retired automotive executive. He came to the Novi community in 1987 from West Bloomfield, and previously lived in Plymouth.

Mr. Juve was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills. He enjoyed traveling in the family's recreational vehicle across the country.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen O'Neill; children, Brent (Tisa) Juve of Austin, Texas and Barbara Juve of Livonia; step-son, Craig (Kimberly) O'Neill of Henderson, Nev.; brother, Lee (Kathy) Juve of Brighton; sister, Roz Juve of Oregon; three grandchildren, Rachael Juve, Eli Juve and Emmalee Juve; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Heart Association.

Hattie M. Ditner

A funeral Mass for Hattie Ditner of Livonia will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in St. Michael's Catholic Church in Livonia, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Her body will lie in state 9:30 a.m. at the church until time of the service. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 22, in Harry J. Will Funeral Home on Six Mile. A Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. this evening.

Mrs. Ditner died Aug. 17, 2002.

Surviving are her children, Merlene (the late Tom) Brand, Joan (Don) Roberts, Shirley (Bob) Engle and Dave (Susan); brother, Leo (Irene) Benninger of Kitchner, Ontario; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ditner was preceded in death by her husband, Alex.

Evelyn Jean Bertram

Services for Evelyn Bertram, 57, of Livonia were Aug. 24 in St. Genevieve Catholic Church with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Howard Vogan.

Mrs. Bertram was born Jan. 7, 1945, in Livonia, and died Aug. 21, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Arthur; sons, Keith Bertram, Ken Bertram and Kevin Bertram; daughter, Kim (Steve) Charland; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home.
 

Joan E. Strautz

Services for former Plymouth resident Joan Strautz, 72, of Henderson, Nev. were Aug. 16 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with burial at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth. Officiating was Sanford Burr.

Mrs. Strautz was born Feb. 9, 1930, in Detroit, and died Aug. 8, 2002, at her home in Henderson. She lived in Plymouth 43 years. In 1996, she and her husband, Bill, retired to Henderson. They enjoyed daily strolls with their walking club, "The Sun Striders," and also enjoyed weekly big band dances.

Surviving are her husband, Bill; children, Mark (Brooke) Strautz of Austin, Texas, Randa (Tom) Williams of Plymouth, William Strautz, Jr., of Chicago, Penny Lercue of Littleton, Colo., Perry (Debbie) Strautz of Livonia and Kelly Strautz of Beverly Hills, Mich.; and seven grandchildren, Shelley and Ryan Williams, Matthew and Kenneth Lercue, and Joshua, Brandon and Allie Strautz.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.
 

Andrew J. Walsh

A funeral Mass for Andrew Walsh, 76, of Canton was Aug. 20 in St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Officiating was the Rev. George Charnley.

Mr. Walsh was born Oct. 6, 1925, in Dearborn, and died Aug. 16, 2002, in Farmington Hills. He was a retired training supervisor for New York Life Insurance Co.

Surviving are his sons, Jim (Peggy) Walsh of Livonia and Tom (Magie) Walsh of Plymouth; and 10 grandchildren.

Mr. Walsh was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia.

Memorial tributes may be made to St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

Arrangements were made by McCabe Funeral Home, Canton Chapel.

Harriette Ann Brown

Services for Harriette Brown, 74, of Livonia were Aug. 28 in Bethel Baptist Temple Church, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Max A. Clifton.

Mrs. Brown was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Jackson, and died Aug. 25, 2002, in Farmington. She lived in Livonia for eight years, and was a former resident of Redford. She was a custodian for Grace Lutheran Church. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Temple Church. Mrs. Brown was a volunteer with the Awana Program.

Surviving are her husband, Daniel; children, Carolyn (Bob) Mele, Cathy (Vic) Adams, JoAnn Hemming and Jim (Laurie) Brown; sister, Helen (Conley) McMullen; and eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Dan (Jennifer), Lawrence, Sean, Kim, Travis, Zachary and Matthew.

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

Wallace R. Luttermoser Sr. 

Services for Wallace Luttermoser Sr., 79, of Livonia were Aug. 26 in Fred Wood Funeral Home, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Luttermoser was born in Detroit, and died Aug. 23, 2002, in Livonia. He was a metal fabricator. He was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his son, Robert Wallace Jr.; daughters, Joanne Johnson, Dolores Darlington, Sharon Voss and Kathryn; several grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Albert Anton Junglas

Services for former Livonia resident Albert Junglas, 89, of Farmington Hills were Aug. 27 in Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. William Scheffler.

Mr. Junglas was born Feb. 10, 1913, in Hot Springs, S.D., and died Aug. 24, 2002, in Farmington Hills. He was a resident of Farmington Hills seven years.

Surviving are his wife, Signe, and sisters, Lillian Lobbestael of Livonia and Ada Muonio of Battle Ground, Wash. 

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

Thomas Joseph Hankins

A funeral Mass for Thomas Hankins, 69, of Livonia was Aug. 27 in St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Dearborn. Officiating was the Rev. William Brennan.

Mr. Hankins was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Detroit, and died Aug. 23, 2002, in Southfield. He was a former resident of Brighton and Dearborn Heights. 

Mr. Hankins was an inspector for General Motors, retiring in 1986 after 36 years of service. He served during the Korean War. He was a member of Livonia VFW Post No. 3941.

Surviving are his sons, Mark of Dearborn, Michael of Westland, Jeffrey of Ypsilanti, Thomas of Melvindale and Charles of Fenton; daughters, Barbara Birecki of Taylor, Joanne Hankins of Romulus and Mary Martin of Dearborn; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Hankins was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara.

Memorial tributes may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Detroit Area Chapter, 17220 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076; Karmanos Cancer Institute, Novi Region, 41935 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48377-9939; or Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.

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

Raymond E. King

A memorial Mass for Raymond King, 80, of Livonia was today, Thursday, Aug. 29, in St. Theodore Catholic Church, Westland.

Mr. King was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Detroit, and died Aug. 26, 2002.

He worked for Detroit Ball Bearing 37 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Theodore Parish and active in the Mens Club. He was an avid musician.

Surviving are his wife, Cathy; children, Gary (Linda) King, Kathi (Mike) Prentice and Larry (Debi) King; sister, Kathleen Trulson of Anacortes, Wash.; and eight grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Ziomek Funeral home.

Norma E. Pelto

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for former Livonia resident Norma Pelto, 77, of Plymouth was Aug. 24 in St. Aidan Catholic Church. Officiating was the Rev. Robert McGrath

Mrs. Pelto was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Detroit, and died Aug. 16, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Donna) Pelto of Livonia, Mary (Tom) Allore of Jackson, Nancy (Stuart) Smead of South Lyon and Patricia (Ben) McDermott of Livonia; and 10 grandchildren, Bradley and Bethany Boegler, Jillian and Nicole Pelto, Danielle and Stephen Allore, Rachel Smead, and Katherine, Michael and Shannon McDermott.

Mrs. Pelto was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond.

Ellen Louise Zanke

Services for Ellen Zanke, 61, of Farmington Hills were Aug. 30 in Thayer Rock Funeral Home in Farmington, with burial at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi. Officiating was the Rev. Ronald Brown from Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Mrs. Zanke was born Aug. 31, 1940, in Detroit, and died Aug. 28, 2002, in Farmington Hills. 

She was a secretary for Farmington Public Schools, retiring in 1999 after 33 years of service. She enjoyed golf, bowling and tennis.

Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Albert; son, Brian Zanke of Farmington Hills; daughter, Brenda (Randy) Payne of Livonia; brother, John Scheible of Utah; and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Stephen and Kendall Ellen.

Irene S. Daugherty

Services for Irene Daugherty, 85, of Farmington were Aug. 30 in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia. 

Mrs. Daugherty was born Nov. 25, 1916, in Detroit, and died Aug. 28, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, William; sister, Helen Cotter; five step-children; and friend, Catherine Yates-Doman of Livonia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mrs. Daugherty was preceded in death by her brother, Harry Shosh.

Patricia Kay Murray-Williams

A memorial service for Patricia Murray-Williams, 51, of Garden City was Aug. 31 in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home.

Mrs. Murray-Williams was born Sept. 24, 1950, in Detroit, and died Aug. 28 in Farmington Hills. She was a marketing assistant for an automotive company.

Surviving are her husband, Joseph; children, Janette (Jason) LaPres, Karl Murray-Hughes and Jessica Williams; parents, Vaden and Mary Murray; siblings, Sharon (Walt) Kopacz, Debbie (Bob) Murray-Worley and Tim (Kim) Murray; and two grandchildren, Brady and Knole.

There are family members in the Livonia community.

Samuel Ralph Agius

Services for Samuel Agius, 94, of Livonia were Aug. 31 in St. Genevieve Catholic Church, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Officiating was the Rev.Howard Vogan.

Mr. Agius was born Jan. 10, 1908, in Malta, and died Aug. 29, 2002, in Livonia. He was a meat cutter.

Surviving are his daughters, Barbara Agius, Mary Ann (Jerold) Neff and Theresa Shook of West Bloomfield; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home.

Willard Sherman Witter

A funeral Mass for Willard Witter, 79, of Livonia was Aug. 31 in St. Genevieve Catholic Church, with burial at Glen Eden Cemetery.

Mr. Witter was born March 7, 1923, in Detroit, and died Aug. 28, 2002.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Patricia; son. James; daughter, Mary Pierce; sister, Helen Zabik; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Lisa.

Mr. Witter was preceded in death by his brother, William.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home.


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