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Irene B. Edwards

Services for Irene Edwards, 95, of Livonia were Sept. 30 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Edwards died Sept. 27, 2002. She was a longtime member and Sunday School teacher of Temple Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Floyd; daughter, Sandra (Robert) Crandall; two grandsons, Jason and Jeffrey; and many nieces and nephews. She was the last survivor of 11 brothers and sisters.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Heart Association.

Anna Dunn

Services for Anna Dunn, 86, of Livonia were Oct. 1 in Thayer-Rock Funeral Home in Farmington, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Livonia. Officiating was the Rev.Timothy J. Gambino from Brightmoor Christian Church.

Mrs. Dunn was born May 19, 1916, in Minneapolis, Minn., and died Sept. 27, 2002, in Royal Oak. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Brightmoor Christian Church. She was a 1934 graduate of Miller High School in Detroit. 

Surviving are her husband of 64 years, John; daughters, Joyce Williams of Livonia and Cynthia (Roger) Allen of Northville; brother, Anthony Caruso; sister, Esther McDonnell; three grandchildren, Lonnie Williams, Jodi Veach and Nicole Allen; and four great-grandchildren, Lucas and Liberty Williams, and Parker and Conner Veach.

Mark Allen Kozub

Services for Mark Kozub, 49, of Livonia were today, Oct. 3, in First Presbyterian Church. Officiating was the Rev. Sue Melrose.

Mr. Kozub was born Feb. 25, 1953, in Detroit, and died Sept. 29, 2002. He was an accountant.

Surviving are his wife, Karen; daughters, Keriann and Rachel; step-father, Florian Rusin; brothers, Paul Kozub, Robert Kozub, Ronald Kozub and Timothy (Patricia) Kozub; and sister, Marie (Thomas) Garavaglia. 

Arrangements were made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home.

Brendan and Elizabeth Mitchell

A Mass of the Angels was celebrated Oct. 1 for one-day-old twins, Brendan John Mitchell and Elizabeth Mary Mitchell of Livonia, at St. Edith Catholic Church in Livonia. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery in Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Timothy J. Murray.

Infants, Brendan John and Elizabeth Mary, were born Sept. 27, 2002.

The babies are survived by their parents, Brian and Heather Mitchell of Livonia; grandparents, Lyn and Penny Beesley, Jack and Shelley Tynan, Walter and Cecelia Zawal and Alice Winner; and many aunts and uncles.

Arrangements were made by Potere-Modetz Funeral Home in Rochester.

Jill Helene McNeilly

Services for Jill McNeilly, 48, of Livonia were today, Thursday, Oct. 3, in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Farmington, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park. Officiating was the Rev. John W. Meyer. 

Mrs. McNeilly was born May 25, 1954, in Detroit, and died Sept. 30, 2002, in Farmington Hills. She was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; children, Sarah, Eric, Shannon and Heather; father, Vern Bradach; brother, Kirk Bradach; and sister, Toni Toth.

Mrs. McNeilly was preceded in death by her mother, Edna Bradach.

Arrangements were made by Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Farmington.

Robert A. Kellogg

A memorial service for Robert Kellogg, 84, of Livonia will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 39000 Six Mile Road in Livonia, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Kellogg was born Oct. 13, 1917, in Olivet, Mich., and died Sept. 27, 2002, at his home in Livonia. He was a Livonia resident since 1947, and previously lived in Battle Creek. 

He was an elementary school principal in the Livonia public schools 1947-1980. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Western Michigan University and his master's degree in education from the University of Michigan. 

Mr. Kellogg was a Private 1st Class in the Army Air Force. He enjoyed wood working, traveling and biking.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Lenora; sons, Jeff Kellogg and Tom Kellogg; daughter, Karen Vasold (Kellogg); sister, Ruth Cameron; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home.

Floyd L. Spaulding

Services for Floyd Spaulding, 85, of Plymouth were Oct. 1 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, with burial at Knollwood Cemetery in Canton. Officiating was the Rev. Jeffrey Noble.

Mr. Spaulding was born June 15, 1917, in Wayne, W.Va., and died Sept. 28, 2002, in Superior Township. 

He was retired from General Motors Spring and Bumper Plant where he was a solution attendant. 

He came to the Plymouth community in 1955 from West Virginia. He was a member and Deacon at Main Street Baptist Church of Plymouth. Mr. Spaulding was an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved gardening and playing play pool with his grandchildren. He was also a great story teller. 

Surviving are his sons, Ray (Lottie) Spaulding of Livonia and Jay (Wanda) Spaulding of Troy, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Ray (Jane) Spaulding of Livonia, Jamie (Mary) Spaulding of Troy, Tenn, Ron (Jamie) Spaulding of Canton and David (Cheri) Spaulding of Troy, Tenn.; seven great-grandchildren, Cayte, Jacob, Ethan, Waylon, Nathan, Cody and Savannah; special niece, Jeri (Cary) Black of Canton; special great-nephews, Andrew and Greg Black; and special friend, George Akers of South Fulton, Tenn.

Mr. Spaulding was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, and grandson, Kevin Spaulding.

Memorials may be made to the Main Street Baptist Church of Plymouth.

Leona Skowronski

A funeral Mass for Leona "Lee" Skowronski, 64, of Livonia was today, Thursday, Oct. 3, in St. Aidan Catholic Church, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Skowronski died Sept. 30, 2002.

Surviving are her husband, Eugene; children, Pamela (Steven) Pokornicki, Curtis (Lisa), Karen (Steven) Postal and Scott (Samara); parents, Leo and Adele Kendziora; siblings, Geraldine Taylor, Diane Dopp and Leroy Kendziora; and two grandchildren, Madison Postal and Carlie Postal; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home.

Gwen Lee Tiezzi

Services for Gwen Tiezzi, 70, of Livonia were today, Thursday, Oct. 3, in Fisher Funeral Home.

Mrs. Tiezzi was born Aug. 5, 1932, in Detroit, and died Oct. 1, 2002, in Farmington Hills.

Surviving are her husband, Angelo; children, Craig (Kelly) and Camm; siblings, Elda Moore, Bradley Van Loon and Chuck Van Loon; and eight grandchildren, Chuck Braden, Jessica and Ashley Bradley, Heather, Wendy, Samantha, Cheyenne and Camm Tiezzi Jr.

Mrs. Tiezzi was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine Braden, and brother, Marvin Van Loon.

Sophia S. Czaja

A memorial servivce for former Livonia resident Sophia Czaja, 84, of Florida was Oct. 5 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Czaja was born Nov. 3, 1917, and died Sept. 9, 2002, in Leesburg, Fla. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Henry; daughters, Dorrin (Jerry) Bianco and Karen (Robert) Petrie; sisters, Jean Klimek and Theresa Kinor; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Lake & Sumter, 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.

Michael James Pingilley

Michael Pingilley, 52, of Farmington Hills died Oct. 1, 2002. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial was at Michigan Memorial Park in Huron Township.

Mr. Pingilley was a member of the Livonia Elks and Livonia Moose.

Surviving are his wife, Joanna; daughters, Stacey (Mark) Warren of Livonia and Linnea Nilsson of Lincoln Park; father, James (Vera) Pingilley of Trenton; sister, Sandy (Greg) Cowan; two grandsons; and one nephew. 

Mr. Pingilley was preceded in death by his mother, Mary.

Arrangements were made by Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.

Raymond Woods

Services for Raymond Woods, 72, of Royal Oak were Oct. 5, in Greenfield Presbyterian Church in Berkley, with burial at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak. Officiating was the Rev. Peter T. Moore.

Mr. Woods was born April 26, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and died Oct. 1, 2002, in Pontiac. He worked for Excello Corp. as a quality control manager until his retirement.

He served in the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Woods was an elder for Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church and was an active member of Greenfield Presbyterian Church. He was an assistant scout master of Lincoln Elementary Boy Scout No. 630 and was active with the Royal Oak Senior Center.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Joyce; children, Denise (David) Woods-Di Biase of Livonia and Rebecca Swanson of Dublin, Ohio; and five grandchildren, Katherine, Cory, Toby, Jonathon and Jacob.

Mr. Woods was preceded in death by his son, David Woods, and brother, William Ross. 

Memorial tributes may be made to Greenfield Presbyterian Church or Royal Oak Senior Center.

Arrangements were made by William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, Royal Oak.

Florence Banko

Services for Florence Banko, 74, of Livonia were Oct. 5 in St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, with burial at Parkview Cemetery.

Mrs. Banko was born June 8, 1928, in Hamtramck, and died Oct. 3, 2002, at her home in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her children, Peter (Karen), Patrice (Frank) Waite, Pamela and Paul; brother, Edward (Delphine) Wolk; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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

Verne E. Keeth

Verne Keeth, 93, of Westland died Oct. 2, 2002, in Farwell, Mich. Mrs. Keeth was born June 13, 1909, in Detroit. She has lived in this area all her life.

In her later years, she began writing memories of her life in the early 1900s in the Livonia area on the family farm. Several of her stories were published in the Detroit Free Press. She was a secretary and retired from Hawthorn Center in Northville.

Surviving are her sons, Keeth Keeth of Marietta, Ga., Donald (Robbie) Keeth of Plymouth and Michael (Diane) Keeth of Plymouth; daughter, Leslyn (Bud) Young of Farwell; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Keeth was preceded in death by her husband, Vivian; son, James Keeth; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.


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