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DEL F. CAMPBELL

Services for Del Campbell, 94, of Salem Township were held April 10 at Casterline Funeral Home in Northville with the Rev. Lance Rubringer of Salem Bible Church officiating. Burial was at Worden Cemetery in Salem. 

Mr. Campbell was born Nov. 1, 1907 in Detroit and died April 7 in Ann Arbor. He lived in the area for most of his life. He was an electrician with Auto City Candy Company. He was a member of Salem Bible Church and the Northville Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include daughter, Dawn (Cliff) Schroder of Howell; son, Leo (Noble) Campbell of Pontiac; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association-Detroit Area Chapter, 17220 West Twelve Mile, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076. 

Arrangements made by Casterline Funeral Home in Northville.

RITA J. MACK

Services for Rita Mack, 66, of Plymouth were held April 12 at St. Kenneth Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Mallia officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.

Mrs. Mack was born Oct. 15, 1935 in Kingston, Pa., and died April 8 in Livonia. She was a homemaker. She came to the Plymouth community in 1966 from Detroit. She was a member of St. Kenneth Catholic Church in Plymouth. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. 

Survivors include son, Jim (Dawn) Mack of Westland; son, Larry Mack of Northville; daughter, Joan (Mike) Quigley of Plymouth; daughter, Lori (Rick) Blandford of Canton; and son, Jeff (Maria) Mack of Westland; nine grandchildren; sister, Carol (Brian) Fox of Livonia; and sister, Barbara (Richard) Gdowski of Taylor.

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

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

FRANK J. MERCIECA

Services for Frank Mercieca, 74, of Canton were held April 12 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Southfield. 

Mr. Mercieca was born Jan. 26, 1928 in Detroit and died April 8 in Canton. He was a research and development engineer for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn until retirement. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a classic car enthusiast, loved golf and bowling and was a member of the Maltese Club of Dearborn.

Survivors include wife of 50 years, Jean Mercieca; sons, Robert, Michael, Frank, Mark, and Steven; daughters, Michelle and Christina; brothers, Robert and Joseph; sister, Rita; and 13 grandchildren.

Arrangements made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home.

MARVIN ASA SNIDER, JR.

Martin Snider, 78, of Canton died April 11, 2002 in Superior Township.

Mr. Snider was born June 5, 1923 in Delphi, Ind. He worked as a vice president in the food industry. 

Survivors include wife, Helen; son, Chip (Diana); three sisters; two brothers; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

CHARLES (EDDIE) OLSON

Services for Eddie Olson, 85, of Plymouth were held April 17 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Bryan officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.

Mr. Olson was born Dec. 17, 1916 in Muskegon and died April 14 in Ann Arbor. He was the retired owner of Olson Heating and Air Conditioning in Plymouth. His business was in Plymouth for 35 years. He came to the Plymouth community in 1920 from Muskegon. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Plymouth. He was past president of the Plymouth Rotary Club and was past-commander of the Plymouth VFW No. 6695 in Plymouth. He loved golf and was very active in his church. He played an active role in the Plymouth Rotary Club and was a familiar face to most long-time Plymouth residents. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother. 

Survivors include wife, Geraldine of Plymouth; son, Chuck (Linda) Olson of Plymouth; son, Larry (Janet) Olson of Plymouth; grandchildren, Lindsay Olson of Lincoln Park, Erin (Jim) Carlson of Jenison, Derek Olson of Howell, and Melissa (Jason) Gregory of Plymouth; great-grandchildren, Delaney, Hayden, and Karson; one brother; and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Plymouth, the Plymouth Rotary Club, or the Guillain-Syndrome Foundation.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

THELMA D. BERLIN

Services for Thelma Berlin, 88, of Ann Arbor (formerly of Ypsilanti) were held April 13 at Faith Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti. Burial was at Glen Eden Cemetery in Livonia.

Mrs. Berlin was born June 24, 1913 in Huntington, Ind. and died April 9 in Superior Township. She worked for the Willow Run bomber plant during World War II, and retired from Concordia College food service in 1974. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti. 

Mrs. Berlin was preceded in death by her husband, Harold R. Berlin; brothers, Wavel, John, Kenneth, Pete, Robert, Ted and Floyd Snyder; and one sister, Lucille Graham.

Survivors include sons, Harold Dean (Phyllis) Berlin of Ypsilanti, Edwin L. (Linda) Berlin of Canton; and Ron (Gail) Berlin of Dallas, Texas; daughters, Bonnie M. (Jerry) Townsley of Ypsilanti; and Linda E. (James) Baker of Frankenmuth; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brothers, Bud Snyder of St. Johns; and Donald E. Snyder of Farwell; sister, Pauline Smith of Winter Haven, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements made by Stark Funeral Service-Moore Memorial Chapel, Ypsilanti.

STANLEY A. SZOTT

Services for Stanley Szott, 84, of Plymouth were held April 15 at St. Kenneth Catholic Church with the Rev. Timothy J. Szott officiating. 

Mr. Szott was born Nov. 13, 1917 in Detroit and died April 12 in Southfield. He was a job setter/die setter at Ford Motor Company. He retired in 1983 after just short of 50 years of service. He came to the Plymouth community from Livonia. He lived in Livonia from 1972 to 2001. He was a memberr of St. Kenneth Catholic Church in Plymouth. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Calif. and the Aleutian Islands. He loved woodworking.

Survivors include daughter, Marianne (Robert) Wieczorek of Plymouth; sons, Rev. Timothy J. Szott of Utica and Michael J. (Martha) Szott of Troy; grandchildren, Amy (Clint) Soldan of Troy, Emily Wieczorek of Plymouth, Mark Szott of Troy, and Jennifer Szott of Troy; and sister, Helen Ronewicz of Westland.

Memorial contributions may be made to St., Kenneth Catholic Church or Mass cards. 

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

MILDRED M. SCHILL

Services for Mildred Schill, 90, of Westland were held April 18 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia.

Mrs. Schill was born Feb. 22, 1912 in Detroit and died April 14 in Superior Township. She worked as a clerk in the government field.

Survivors include daughter, Arlene (Joseph) McGarry; daughter, Kathy (Ron) Livingston; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the hospice of your choice or your favorite charity.

Arrangements made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

RICHARD R. RINKE, JR.

Services for Richard Rinke, 76, of Canton were held April 17 at the Chapel of Flowers at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Mr. Rinke was born June 3, 1925 in Detroit and died April 15 in Canton. He worked as a graphic artist for the Detroit Newspaper. 

Survivors include wife, Sylvia; son, Richard R. (Marsha) Rinke III; and two grandchildren, Karl and Philip.

Arrangements made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

GEORGE WITKOWSKI

A Memorial Mass for George Witkowski, 80, of Traverse City, will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth on April 19.

Mr. Witkowski was born Aug. 30, 1921 in Detroit and died April 14 in Traverse City. Formerly of Plymouth, he had been a resident of Traverse City since 1989. He graduated from Wayne County Community College and served in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman. He owned and operated the Plymouth Dental Lab from 1946-1962. During this time, he also was an elected supervisor on the Wane County Board of Supervisors. Later he went on to be a cottage supervisor at the Wayne County Child Development Center, where he worked with developmentally disabled children. George was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, a former parishoner of Our Lady of Good Counsel of Plymouth, and was a parishoner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Traverse City. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and dancing with his dear wife, Helen. 

Mr. Witkowski was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; brothers, Mitchell, Alfred "Hank", Edward, and Casimer.

Survivors include son, George Witkowski II of Traverse City; daughter-in-law, Roxanne Vanderveer of Traverse City; sister, Delores (Harold) Michael of Livonia and Virginia Peters of South Lyon; several nieces and nephews; and numerous close friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the George Witkowski Memorial Fund in care of his son, George II.

Arrangements made by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

ELEANOR JANE ANDREWS

Services for Eleanor Andrews, 85, of Livonia, were held April 18 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Lewis Towler, the Rev. Dana Runestad, the Rev. Robert Miller, and the Rev. Richard Iwick officiating. Burial was at Parkview Cemetery in Livonia.

Ms. Andrews was born Feb. 4, 1917 in Detroit and died April 15 in Livonia. She was a retired secretary for Barnes-Gibson-Raymond in Plymouth. She came to the Livonia community in 1954 from Detroit. She was a long-time member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Plymouth. She was a loving aunt and friend. She was a member of the Altar Guild at St. John's. She also was president of St. John's League. She was extremely dedicated to her church.

Survivors include nephew, Dennis (Sharon) Baldwin of Clare; niece, Julia (David) Katke of Kansas City, Kan.; and brother-in-law, Jerry (Livia) Baldwin of Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church or the Salvation Army.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

FRANCES ROSE IGLIKOWSKI

Services for Frances Iglikowski, 91, of Plymouth, were held April 20 at Divine Child Catholic Church with the Rev. Tim Birney officiating. Burial was at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights.

Mrs. Iglikowski was born April 1, 1911 in Poland and died April 15 in Plymouth Township. She was a homemaker. She and her late husband owned and operated the Rouge Park Bakery on Warren Avenue in Detroit for 25 years. She came to the Plymouth community in 1998 from Dearborn Heights. She was a member of Divine Child Catholic Church in Dearborn, where she was a member of the Altar Guild. She loved her grandchildren, loved gardening, enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, and enjoyed reading as well.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank.

Survivors include daughters Genevieve (Alfred) Ostrowski of Dearborn, Bernice (Bruce) Graham of Ann Arbor, and Frances (Clyde) Parrett of Plymouth; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Orchard Lake Seminary or Radio Maryja.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

ADA ALEXANDER

Services for Ada Alexander, 83, of Canton, were held April 19 at Hell-Borek Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel with Ken McMullen officiating. Burial was at Highland Cemetery.

Mrs. Alexander was born April 21, 1918 in Vincennes, Ind. and died April 16 in Howell. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hobart Alexander.

Survivors include son, Harold Alexander of Brighton; daughter, Geneva (Thomas) McMullen of Hartland; daughter, Juanita (Douglas) Davis of Westland; sisters, Helen Gribble and Violet Conant; brothers, Leo, Harold, Henry and Francis Hall; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements made by Hell-Borek Funeral Home.

WESLEY A. KAISER 

Services for Wesley Kaiser, 85, of Plymouth were held April 20 at the Cherry Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Wik officiating. Burial was at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Canton.

Mr. Kaiser was born Jan. 26, 1917 in Wayne and died April 16 in Livonia. He was a supervisor for Detroit Edison when he retired after 43 years. He was a life-long Plymouth resident. He was a member of the Cherry Hill Methodist Church, the Edison Boat Club member, former member of the Plymouth School Board, and he was a member of the Canton Planning Commission for 15 years. He served in the U.S. Army in counter intelligence. He was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ann Kaiser.

Survivors include wife, Cecilia Kaiser of Plymouth; son, Jim (Sheryl) Kaiser of Bradenton, Fla,; daughter, Fay (Tim) Dickinson of Northville; four grandchildren; and brother, Dale (Frances) Kaiser of Plymouth. 

Memorial contributions may be given to the Cherry Hill United Methodist Church, 321 Ridge Road, Canton, MI.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

EDWARD J. WALTZ

Services for Edward Waltz, 86, of Canton were held April 16 at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church with the Rev. C. Richard Kelly officiating. Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

Mr. Waltz was born June 11, 1915 in New York City and died April 13 in Westland. 

Mr. Waltz was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Waltz.

Survivors include son, Edward (Sharon) Waltz; daughter, Mary (Thomas) Colasinski of Canton; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements made by McCabe Funeral Home.

LILLIAN E. PAYNE

Services for Lillian Payne, 80, of Plymouth were held April 18 at Ward Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David B. Brown officiating. Burial was at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia. 

Mrs. Payne was born April 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Canada and died April 14 in Superior Township. She moved to Detroit when she was a small child. She had resided in Plymouth for the past 35 years. She previously lived in Philadelphia. She graduated from East Commerce High School in Detroit in 1938. She worked for Plymouth Township part-time during elections. 

She was a member of Plymouth Rock Lodge and currently she was a member of Acacia Lodge. She had been a member of Ward Presbyterian Church in Northville for 15 years. She was married for 52 years. She enjoyed working in her yard and planting flowers, especially marigolds.

Survivors include husband, James M. Payne of Plymouth; sister, Eileen French of Warren; sister, May Guimond of St. Clair Shores; sister, Milfred McDowell of Chandler, Ind.; and brother, William (Eula) Fuller of St. Clair Shores.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile, Southfield, MI 48075. 

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

FRANCES M. MCKINNEY

Services for Frances McKinney, 69, of Plymouth will be held April 22 at the Livonia Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Paul Beer and Bishop Theodore Ratliff officiating. Burial will be at WashtenongokCemetery in Ann Arbor.

Mrs. McKinney was born June 23, 1932 in Detroit and died April 17 in Detroit. She was an assembler at the Ford Motor Company Sheldon Road plant in Plymouth. She retired after 29 years of service. She came to the Plymouth community in 1977 from Ypsilanti. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She also was a member of the U.A.W. Local 845. She loved to shop, visit with friends, and do geneology. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include children, Ruth (Warren) Ford of Onsted, Harold (Shelly) Richards of Onsted, Marcia (Bishop Theodore) Ratliff of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Lisa (Dave) Zanardelli of Allen Park, Maureen McKinney of Plymouth, and Martin (Lisa) McKinney of Berkley; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

LOUIS L. KANKA

Services for Louis Kanka, 99, of Romulus were held April 11 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church with the Rev. Doc Ortman officiating. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mr. Kanka was born Aug. 18, 1902 in Detroit and died April 8 in Romulus. He attended Stanislaus School in Detroit and was very proud of his Detroit heritage. He was a resident of Plymouth for 70 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel while residing in Plymouth and a member of the Knights of Columbus-Plymouth Council. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1919 to 1926, mostly in the Panama Canal Zone. 

He retired from Unysis in 1968. He was also a self-employed carpenter. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved to participate in these adventures with his family. He was a self-taught man. He built his own home in Plymouth from the basement up. He was a very faithful man who lived his life in that manner every day. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice A. Kanka.

Survivors include daughter, Barbara (Paul) Denski of Belleville; daughter, Mary Elaine Kanka of Romulus; brother, Aloysius "Bud" (Eleanor) Kanka of Harper Woods; grandsons, Paul William Denski, Louis Denski, and Christopher William Voss; granddaughters, Suzanne Denski and Wendy Janine Voss; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital of Michigan, 3901 Beaubien, Detroit, MI 48201 or the Angela Hospice, 14100 Newburg Road, Livonia, MI 48154-5010.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

FISCAL R. OLWEEAN

Services for Fiscal Olweean, 76, of Superior Township were held April 19 at Vermeulen Funeral Home, with Imam Mohamed Merdini officiating. Burial was at Washtenong Memorial Park in Ann Arbor.

Mr. Olweean was born Nov. 19, 1925 in Michigan City, Ind. and died April 15 in Superior Township. He was a machinist. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include wife, Loreda Olweean of Ypsilanti; daughters, Deborah (Boyd) Harris of Ann Arbor, Lisa (Art) DeGroot of Canton, and Diane (Wayne) Westfield of Highland Township; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or the Salvation Army-Plymouth, P.O. Box 6196, Plymouth, MI 48170.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.


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