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Sara Marjorie Cunningham Loughner

Services for former Livonia resident Sara "Margie" Loughner, 81, of Folsom, Calif., were today, Thursday, Sept. 5, in Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church in Livonia, with burial at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Mrs. Loughner was born Aug. 26, 1921, in Harrisville, W.Va., and died Aug. 30, 2002, in Folsom, Calif. 

She was a registered nurse 52 years, including many years at St. Mary Hospital, and as a Realtor. She was a member of Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church 42 years.

Mrs. Loughner was a Livonia resident 44 years prior to moving to Folsom three years ago. At age 72, she received her associates degree in hospice. She was a master gardener and a member of the Monuka Lake Oaring Team.

Surviving are her daughters, Sara (Troy) Reitz of Folsom, Calif., and Sue Loughner; grandson, Benny Schuknecht of Charleston, S.C.; and cousin, Alice Taylor, of Salem, Ore. 

Mrs. Loughner was preceded in death by her husband, John, and son, John.

Memorial tributes may be made to Mercy Hospice of Sacramento, Calif.

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

James R. Petrik

Services for James Petrik, 73, of Livonia were Sept. 4 in St. Michael Lutheran Church in Canton with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mr. Petrik was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Detroit, and died Aug. 30, 2002, in Garden City. He was a supervisor for a utility company.

Surviving are his wife, Edwina; son, Gregory (Connie); and daughter, Geralyn.

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

Donald E. Yerks

Services for Donald Yerks, 75, of Livonia were Sept. 4 in Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating was the Rev. John Shinn. 

Mr. Yerks was born March 23, 1927, in Grand Ledge, and died Aug. 30, 2002, in Livonia. He lived in Livonia 49 years. 

Mr. Yerks was an electrical engineer for Honeywell, retiring in 1991 after 42 years of service. He was Honeywell "Man of the Year" circa 1955.

Mr. Yerks was Valedictorian of Fowlerville High School, Class of 1945. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of American Legion - Orson A. Rose Post, Fowlerville. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Canton and taught Sunday School 40 years.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce; sons, Donald (Ellen), Robert (Cathy) and Steven; daughter, Janet; and five grandchildren, Daniel, Jennifer, Robert, Ethan and Katherine.

Memorial tributes may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

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

James R. Wilson

Services for James Wilson, 82, of Livonia were Sept. 4 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Mr. Wilson was born April 14, 1920, in New York, N.Y., and died Aug. 30, 2002, in Livonia. He was an assembly worker in the automotive industry. 

Surviving are his sister, Nadine (George) Tait; nephews, Ronald Tait and Christopher Tait; and niece, Deanna Klisz.

Richard A. Robinson

Services for Richard Robinson, 65, of Livonia will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in Leonard A. Turowski & Son Funeral Home, 9300 Middlebelt Road, Livonia. 

Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 5, in the funeral home. Officiating will be Father Scott Burnia.

Mr. Robinson was born Jan. 8, 1937, in Detroit, and died Sept. 2, 2002, in Livonia. He worked in sales for a floor covering company.

Surviving are his wife, Elaine; children, Craig, Dianne (Dirk) Burnia, Brian, Diana and Debra; mother, Jessie; brother, Earl Jr.; and four grandchildren.

James E. Veach

A memorial service for former Livonia resident James Veach, 76, of Manistee will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Mr. Veach was born March 27, 1926, in Detroit, and died June 4, 2002, at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee. Jim and his wife, Jeanne, moved to Manistee from Livonia in 1986.

Mr. Veach was an electrical service engineer for Ford Motor Company, retiring after 32 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II serving on USS LST 583.

He was very active with the Boy Scouts in the Livonia area for more than 20 years. He served as Scout Master of Troupe 401 in Redford and ran a two-week summer camp for his troupe for 20 years, serving as a water safety instructor. He enjoyed gardening, bowling, cross country skiing and canoeing.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanne; sons, Dr. John (Pat) Veach of Manistee, David Veach of Livonia, Paul (Mary Elyse) Veach of Grand Haven and Peter (Anne) Veach of Dearborn; brother, Jerry (Juanita) Veach of Livonia; sister, Hulda (Dan) Piercecchi of Livonia; and grandchildren, Jessica and Jeffrey Veach, Cassie, Emma and Noah Veach, and Grant, Nicole, Brendan and Dominic Veach. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. 

Memorial tributes may be made in his name to The Gift of Life Transplantation Society of Michigan, 2203 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Arrangements were made by Johnson Funeral Home, Manistee, Mich.

Dorothy S. Kastelic

Private services for Dorothy Kastelic, 86, of Livonia were held recently. Arrangements were made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, Farmington.

Mrs. Kastelic was born Jan. 1, 1916, in Calumet, Mich., and died Sept. 8, 2002, in Livonia. She was a former resident of Farmington Hills.

Surviving are her son, Frank Kastelic, Jr. of Gay, Mich., and daughter, Dorothy Longshore of Livonia.

Mrs. Kastelic was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Sr. (Feb. 2001).

Doris A. Fisher

Services for Doris Fisher, 90, of Westland were Sept. 3 in Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth. Officiating was the Rev. John J. Sullivan.

Miss Fisher was born Nov. 1, 1911, in Cleveland, Ohio, and died Aug. 31, 2002, in Westland. She was raised in Superior, Wis., and moved to Plymouth in 1943. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Superior, Wis. Miss Fisher received her degree as a registered medical laboratory technicican from St. Mary Hospital, Superior, Wis. and worked for a physician in Plymouth 20 years. 

She attended the Bradbury School of Music in Duluth, Minn., where she received a teaching certificate for piano. She played morning Mass for Father Byrne at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, where she has been a member since 1943.

Surviving are her sisters; Anita Vogel of San Antonio, Fla., and Florence Levandowski of Livonia; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial tributes may be made in the form of Mass offerings or to Four Chaplains Nursing Care Center in Westland.

Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

Charles H. Adkins

Services for Charles Adkins, 87, of Farmington were Sept. 14 in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, with burial at Oakland Hills Cemetery in Novi. Officiating was Dick Schmidt, Chaplain of VFW Post No. 3941.

Mr. Adkins was born Aug. 26, 1915, in Missouri, and died Sept. 11, 2002, at his home in Farmington. He was a resident in this community 60 years. He was a machine repairman for GM-Cadillac Motor Co., retiring in 1980 after 35 years of service. 

He was a life member of VFW Post No. 3941-Livonia. He served in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Adkins enjoyed being on a pool league.

Surviving are his daughter, Sharon (Anthony) Kolodziejczak of Farmington Hills; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Adkins was preceded in death by his wife, Adeline.

Memorial tributes may be made to VFW Post No. 3941.

Elma M. Mattson

Services for Elma Mattson, 83, of Livonia were Sept. 14 in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Victor F. Halboth from Grace Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Mattson was born March 25, 1919, in Calumet, and died Sept. 10, 2002, in Royal Oak. She was a resident in this community 18 years ago. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, and her grandchildren.

Surviving are her son, Ray (Lorna) Mattson; daughter, Arlene (Jack) Sabin; sisters, Helen Walivarra and Martha (James) Brendahl; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mattson was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, and son, Myles Mattson.

Irma Sprogell 

Services for former Livonia resident Irma "Jan" Sprogell, 92, of Plymouth were Sept. 12 in Clock Funeral Home in Whitehall, Mich.

Mrs. Sprogell was born May 5, 1910, in Saginaw, and died Sept. 8, 2002, in Livonia. She was a medical secretary, at Methodist General Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and North West Community Hospital. She was a member of the National Federation of Republican Women.

Mrs. Sprogell was active in local and state Republican activities since 1979. She was elected woman of the year by the Livonia Republican Womens Club in 1989.

Surviving are her husband, Donald; son, Richard (Lorraine) Hughes; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Amadeo L. Crispino

Graveside services for former Westland resident Amadeo "Louis" Crispino, 88, of Muncie, Ind. were Sept. 14 in Holy Cross Cemetery, Clarksburg, W.Va. 

Mr. Crispino was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., and attended the local schools. He died Sept. 10, 2002. He worked for a packing company in Clarksburg. In 1942, he moved to Detroit and worked for American Motors until 1959. He then worked as a custodian for Clarenceville High School, retiring in 1972. He has resided in Muncie this past year.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Catherine; daughters, Raffella (Norman) Tomboni of Muncie, Ind., Josephine (Jim) Williams of Flat Rock and Rosemarie Crispino of Wayne; sister, Eva of Burgettstown, Pa.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Crispino was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Arrangements were made by Meeks Mortuary, Muncie, Ind.

Willis A. Brauer

Services for Willis Brauer, 62, of Livonia were Sept 14 in Fred Wood Funeral Home.

Mr. Brauer was born in Detroit, and died Sept. 11, 2002, in Southfield. He was a teacher and principal in Livonia 30 years, retiring June 30, 1993. He was an avid hunter and loved to play poker.

Surviving are his son, David (Diane) Brauer; daughter, Elizabeth (Richard) LaForge; mother, Thelma Brauer; one brother; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Guillain-Barre Society.

Kevin Lee Franklin

Services for Kevin Franklin, 39, of Novi were Sept. 14 in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home with burial at Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley. Officiating was the Rev. Jennifer Saad.

Mr. Franklin was born Sept. 10, 1963, in Detroit, and died Sept. 10, 2002, in Detroit. He was employed in the restaurant industry.

Surviving are his brothers, Ernest Franklin of Redford, Kenneth Franklin and Duane Franklin; and sisters, Martha Severson, Karen Jarvis of Livonia and Linda Petiprin.

Mr. Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Ernest Franklin, and nephew, James.

Memorial tributes may be made to the family.
 

Alexander Silver

Services for Alexander "Allen" Silver, 80, of Livonia were Sept. 7 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, with burial at Parkview Cemetery in Livonia.

Mr. Silver died Sept. 4, 2002.

Surviving are his son, Fred (Susan); daughter Ellen (John) Fuhrman; brother, William Silver; sister, Betty Westlund; and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Kaitlyn.

Mr. Silver was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, and sister, Janet Arrants.

Memorial tributes may be made to the Lutheran Home of Livonia.

Erma M. Recker

Services for Erma Recker, 79, of Livonia were Sept. 17 in Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Forish.

Mrs. Recker was born July 29, 1923, and died Sept. 12, 2002. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her son, Chris (Melissa) Recker; daughters, Maureen (Mike) and Cindy (Paul) Szerlag of Livonia; and six grandchildren.

Patricia Ann Bracker-Jennings

Private services for Patricia Bracker-Jennings, 77, of Livonia were held recently. Arrangements were made by Casterline Funeral Home in Northville.

Mrs. Bracker-Jennings was born May 19, 1925, in Greenfield Township, Mich., and died Sept. 14, 2002, in Southfield. She was a teacher at Livonia Stevenson High School. She received her bachelor's degree in eduation from the University of Michigan. She has lived in Livonia since 1957. Mrs. Bracker-Jennings enjoyed traveling with her family.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, William; children, Bill (Karen) Jennings, Candace (Stephen) Crowe, Gary Jennings and Jill (Jim) Dotterrer; sister Virginia Enos; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Disabled AmericanVeterans, 20 Washington Place, Newark, N.J. 07102.

Mary Louise Moyer 

A memorial service for Mary Moyer, 48, of Royal Oak will be 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 19, in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road, Livonia. Visitation is 4 p.m. until time of the service.

Miss Moyer died Sept. 16, 2002.

Surviving are her parents, Gerald and Helen Moyer of Plymouth; brothers, Jerry (Pam Lavens), Daniel and Robert (Jomana); sisters, Ellen and Ann; many nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Charlie and Joanne Aikins and family.

Memorial tributes may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute Hospice Program.

Terry Scott Settles

Services for former Livonia resident Terry Settles, 39, of Lexington, Ky., were Sept. 17 in Uht Funeral Home in Westland, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Don Belcher.

Mr. Settles was born Oct. 12, 1962, and died Sept. 13, 2002, in Lexington, Ky. He was a drywaller.

Surviving are his daughter, Amy Settles; mother, Anne Settles of Westland; and brothers, J. Brian (Bridget) Settles and Mark Settles.

Mr. Settles was preceded in death by his father, Louis Settles.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Cancer Society or American Lung Association.

Edmund Buczek

A funeral Mass for Edmund Buczek of Livonia was Sept. 18 in St. Theodore Catholic Church.

Mr. Buczek died Sept. 15, 2002.

Surviving are his son, William (Sharon) Buczek; daughter, Elaine (Jim) Schultz; sister, Marion Balwinski; and Jennifer Buczek, Brian Buczek, Stephen Schultz, Brian (Michelle) Schultz and Caroloyn's Ge-Ge.

Mr. Buczek was preceded in death by his wife, Helen.

Memorial tributes may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospice, 6200 Byron Road, Howell, MI 48843

Arrangements were made by Ziomak Funeral Home in Livonia.


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