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BENJAMIN J. REULAND

A wake is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 in Westland for Benjamin J. Reuland, 50, of Northville who died suddenly June 8 while working in Wayne.

Mr. Reuland, a former employee at the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, was a 1969 graduate of Stevenson High School in Livonia. He received two degrees from Schoolcraft College. He also attended Eastern Michigan University. He worked in the mailroom at the O&E for 21 years from 1974 to 1995.

He was born July 12, 1951 in Aurora, Ill. to Karl and Mary Reuland. The family moved from Kansas to Livonia in 1969. 

Mr. Reuland was described by friends and family as a loving father, friend and writer.

"Throughout his life, he wrote poems and essays, often about nature. From wood, feather and other bits he collected on his frequent hikes or while fishing, he created sculptures featured at Toledo Botanical Gardens.'' said longtime friend Annette Taylor, a journalism professor at the University of Dayton.

"He loved Michigan State University basketball, books, and music, and had a vast eclectic album collection. He had a poet's heart and sweet, mischievous smile. 

"He said his greats gifts were his children -- Aaron, 26, of Ypsilanti; Erik, 24 of Detroit and Rebecca, 19, of Livonia and a student at Columbia College in Chicago. He adored his new daughter-in law, Connie, Erik's wife,'' said Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary. 

In addition to his sons, and daughter, other survivors include father, Karl of Orlando, Fla.; sisters, Karla Matweychek of Westland and Martha Price of Fullerton, Calif.; brother, John of Spokane, Wash.; nephews Scott Boze of Westland, Seth Boze of Taylor and Shawn Boze of Taylor, "Little'' Ben Reuland of Spokane and nieces Noel Reuland of Spokane, Sabrina Price and Elizabeth Price of .Fullerton. 

No funeral was held. Mr. Reuland was cremated on June 11.

For details on the wake, call (734) 427-1441.

MARIE E. KRUG

Services for Marie Krug, 76, of Canton were held June 7 at Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church with the Rev. Eli Salomon officiating. Burial was at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.

Mrs. Krug was born Oct. 22, 1925 in Perigueux, France and died June 5 in Farmington Hills. She was a homemaker. 

Survivors include husband, Clifford L. Krug of Canton; sons, William (Patricia) Krug of Canton, Gregory (Nieve) Krug of Paris, France, Kenneth Krug of Ann Arbor, Alain Krug of Ann Arbor; sisters, Rosie Coffee of Westland and Emily Jestin of Lyon, France; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

SOPHIA ANN WILSON

Services for Sophia Wilson, 88, of Northville were held June 10 at St. Kenneth Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Mallia officiating. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. 

Mrs. Wilson was born March 26, 1914 in Cleveland and died June 7 in Northville. She was an inspector at GM for many years, retiring in the 1960s. She came to the Northville community in 1987 from Detroit. She was a member of the U.A.W. and Firefighter's Wives Association (her late husband, was the Captain of the Detroit Fire Department). She loved to collect coins and stamps. She loved flowers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Wilson.

Survivors include son, Ronald (Janet) Brodzik, of Northville (formerly of Plymouth); grandchildren, Ronald (Becky) Brodzik, Jr. of Plymouth, Linda (Randy) Dickinson of Northville, Randy (Laura) Brodzik of Northville, Laura Brodzik of Plymouth, Gerald (Becky) Brodzik of Canton, Steven (late wife Judy) Brodzik of Plymouth, and Julie (Brad) Emmett of Plymouth; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ann Krymski of Detroit. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Angela Hospice in Livonia.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

NORA BAUER

Services for Nora Bauer, 44, of Lincoln Park were held June 10 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rabbi Joshua Bennett officiating. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Superior Township. 

Nora was born Dec. 24, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio and died June 7 in Lincoln Park. She was a supervisor for a halfway house in Lincoln Park. She came to Lincoln Park in 2000 from Plymouth. She is survived by many friends. She was very outgoing and a leader. She was a loving daughter, sister, step-sister, and aunt.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Bauer; step-father, Marion Colvin; and step-father, Walter Kozachenko.

Survivors include mother, Bette Kozachenko of Canton; sisters, Lisa (Thomas) Lewandowski of Canton, and Kimberly Kozachenko of Westland; brother, Frederic Bauer of Farmington Hills; step-sister, Kathleen Kozachenko of Pittsburgh, Pa.; step-brother, Keith Kozachenko of Ind.; niece, Alexis Bauer; and nephew, Justin Kozachenko. 

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

LORENE C. BUSSE

Services for Lorene Busse, 85, of Canton were held June 10 at McCabe Funeral Home Canton Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Yarnell and the Rev. Drex Morton, both from St. Michael Lutheran Church in Canton. 

Mrs. Busse was born Jan. 1, 1917 in Farina, Ill. and died June 6 in Livonia. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Busse.

Survivors include sons, Gene (Laure) Busse, and Floyd (Dolores) Busse; one brother; two sisters; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Angela Hospice.

Arrangements made by McCabe Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

EDWARD KERSTENS

Services for Edward Kerstens, 79, of Plymouth will be held June 15 at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church in Canton. 

Mr. Kerstens was born April 14, 1923 in Amsterdam, Holland and died June 10 in Ann Arbor. He was retired from Ford Motor Company Livonia Transmission Plant. He came to the Plymouth community in 1960 from Detroit. He was a life member of the Plymouth Lions Club and a very active member of the Plymouth Historical Society. He was also involved with the Plymouth Boy Scouts and the Yankee Air Force Museum. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corp and was a member of the Hell Hawks Fighter Squadron. Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Survivors include wife, Helen of Plymouth; daughter, Adrianna (Thomas) Hunt of Plymouth; sons, Garrett (Elizabeth) Kerstens of Plymouth and Martin (Elizabeth) Kerstens of Plymouth; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Jacob (Mary Jane) Kerstens of Arizona; many nieces and nephews; and many loving friends in the Plymouth community.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Penrickton Center for the Blind or the Plytmouth Historical Museum.

Arrangement made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

IRENE L. CIESLA

Services for Irene Ciesla, 78, of Webster Township were held June 12 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with the Rev. George Charnley officiating. Burial was at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights.

Mrs. Ciesla was born March 7, 1924 in Detroit and died June 9 at Arbor Hospice. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Ciesla.

Survivors include son, James D. (Pamela) Ciesla; daughter, Michelle Stabb of Ann Arbor; sister, Stella (Paul) Prybylski of Detroit; sister, Florence Jakubiec of Dearborn; grandchildren, Eric and Erin Stabb and Jamie and David Ciesla.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI. 48103.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
 

ELIZABETH KRAUSE

Services for Elizabeth Krause, 79, of Plymouth Township were held June 14 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with the Rev. Andy Webster officiating. Burial was at United Memorial Garden in Plymouth.

Mrs. Krause was born Nov. 19, 1922 in Germany and died June 11 at home. She was a homemaker. 

Survivors include children, Theodora and Arno (Catherine); grandchildren, Amanda and Katelynn; and siblings, Ria, Erna, Louise, and Herbert.

Arrangements made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home in Canton.

VIRGINIA JUSTINE ERICSON

Services for Virginia Ericson, 81, of Canton were held June 14 at Resurrection Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard A. Perfetto officiating. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mrs. Ericson was born Jan. 6, 1921 in Detroit and died June 10 in Canton. She was a homemaker. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ericson.

Survivors include son, Dennis J. (Lynda) Ericson of Canton; grandsons, John (Kari) Ericson of Livonia and Craig Ericson of Chicago; granddaughter, Kelly (Craig) Hoffman of Rockford; and great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Madison, Grant, Cady Lynne, and Aidan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Michigan, 26555 Evergreen, Ste. 375, Southfield, MI. 48076.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

JAN WOJTYS

Services for Jan Wojtys, 82, of Plymouth were held privately June 14 at Riverside Cemetery.

Mr. Wojtys was born Dec. 1, 1919 in Poland and died June 12 in Plymouth. He worked as a baker for the Hostess Bakery and retired in 1984. He served in World War II in the Polish Army. They joined forces with the English Command and he served in the Military Police. He and wife, Anna, came to the U.S. in 1952 and settled in Detroit and moved to Plymouth in 1988. He has been a resident at West Trail Nursing Home for three years. 

Says his daughter, Diane, "Dad was the kind of person who would work a 10-hr. shift and then come home and work on one of our cars so we could get to school or work. He was a good provider with simple needs and a sense of humor. One of his mottos was 'this is my castle' when referring to our home., He will live forever in our hearts. He was husband to our mother, our father and grandfather, and we will love him always."

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Anna of Plymouth; daughters, Diane Delaney of Plymouth and Jeannette (Burton) Scouten of Mountain Top, Pa.; son, John (Mary) Wojtys of New Hudson; and grandchildren, Jenna Delaney, Lacey Scouten, Evan Wojtys and Jessica Wojtys.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan Chapter, 24359 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 225, Southfield, MI. 48075.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

RITA THERESA ZAMESNIK

Services for Rita Zamesnik, 78, of Canton were held June 15 at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church with burial at Knollwood Cemetery in Canton.

Mrs. Zamesnik was born Dec. 29, 1923 in Medford, Wis. and died June 8 in Ann Arbor. She was a retired registered nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Livonia. She previously had worked at Providence Hospital. She was a graduate of Providence Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. She loved painting, knitting and cooking. She was a member of the Nurse's Alumni Association.

Her husband of 55 years, Norman Charles Zamesnik, died June 15.

Survivors include sons, James Norman Zamesnik and Michael Eugene Zamesnik; daughter Carolyn Marie Krushinski; brother, Milo Paquet; sister, Cora Hazell; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements made by McCabe Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

NORMAN CHARLES ZAMESNIK

Services for Norman Zamesnik, 82, of Canton were held June 19 at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church with burial at Knollwood Cemetery in Canton.

Mr. Zamesnik was born May 11, 1920 in Detroit and died June 15 in Ann Arbor. He was a retired Ford Motor Company executive in Dearborn. He previously had worked for Ternstedt Company, Nash-Kelvinator, and Strathmoor Company. He was a graduate of St. Theresa's High School. He loved travel, bowling, baseball and snorkeling. He was a member of the American Legion. He served with the 506th Fighter Group in Iwo Jima during World War II. He was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941-1945. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Rita Zamesnik. 

Survivors include son, James Norman Zamesnik and Michael Eugene Zamesnik; daughter, Carolyn Marie Krushinski; brother, Michael Zamesnik; sisters, Cora Hazell and Trudy Rimer; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements made by McCabe Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

KEVIN ALAN JOHNSON

Services for Kevin Johnson, 48, of Plymouth were held June 18 at Ward Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Paul Clough officiating. Burial was at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.

Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 22, 1953 in Highland Park and died June 13 in Ann Arbor. He was an operating engineer for Edward C. Levy Company in Riverview. He came to the Howell community in 1978 from Livonia. He moved to Plymouth from Howell in 1999. He was a member of the I.U.O.E. Local No. 324. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He had an excellent work ethic and lived for his family. He loved to work with remote-controlled airplanes. 

Survivors include daughters, Sherise Lynn Johnson of Howell and Ashley Lauren Johnson of Howell; parents; George and Marcia Kokones of Plymouth; brothers, Gary R. (Kathy) Johnson of Howell, Darrell D. (Donna) Johnson of Berkley, and Nicholas Kokones of California; nieces, Jacobi A. Johnson, Autumn M. Johnson and Stacey (Richard) Griffin; and great-nephew, James R. Griffin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ward Presbyterian Church or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

JAMES A. MILLS

Services for James Mills, 71, of Canton were held June 17 at Vermeulen Funeral Home with the Rev. David Bevington officiating. Burial was at Michigan Memorial Park in Brownstown Township.

Mr. Mills was born April 17, 1931 in Walker County, Ala., and died June 13 in Canton. He was a press operator for Chrysler Corporation. 

Survivors include son, James A. (Silvia) Mills, Jr. of Fayetteville, N.C.; daughter, Teresa Richardson of Canton; daughter, Cheryl L. (Jack) York of Hartland; son, Stephen "Mike" (Lisa) Mills of Howell; son, Kerry V. (Amy) Mills of Canton; daughter, Beverly A. (Marvin) Brafford of Whitmore Lake; brother, Paul Mills of Plymouth; brothers James Oliver Mills of Romulus and Robert Mills of Aurora, Colo.; sisters, Nellie Jo Mills-Hadder, Betty Jo Wright and Carolyn Wells, all of Alabama; and 20 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Angela Hospice, 14100 Newburg Road, Livonia, MI 48154-5010.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

KATHLEEN B. GELARDI

Services for Kathleen Gelardi, 54, of Canton were held June 19 at Northville Christian Assembly with the Rev. Otis T. Buchan officiating. Burial was at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia. 

Mrs. Gelardi was born Dec. 30, 1947 in Detroit and died June 15 at Angela Hospice. She was an insurance executive. She was a member of Northville Christian Assembly. 

Survivors include daughter, Tina Gelardi of Canton; mother, Theresa Baltes; brothers, John (Sunny) Baltes of Howell, David (Joan) Baltes of Orlando, Fla., Larry (Pearl) Baltes of Milford; sisters, Nancy (Ray) Tyler of Tenn., Terri Bates of East Tawas, Ruth Gelardi of Farmington Hills, Linda (Steve) Smith of Ann Arbor, Bette Sue (Bob) MacIsaac of Northville, Robin Ballard; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northville Christian Assembly-Mission c/o Northville Christian Assembly, 41355 W. Six Mile Road, Northville, MI 48187.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

PAULINE PARDY

Services for Pauline Pardy, 93, of Westland will be held June 21, 2002 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with the Rev. George Charnley officiating. 

Mrs. Pardy was born Dec. 22, 1908 in Malta and died June 18 at the Westland Convelescent Home. She was a homemaker. 

Survivors include children, Carrie (John) Saliba, Frank (Joann), Grace (Harry) Bugeja, Sylvia (Anthony) Saliba, and Mary (Michael) Simone; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister, Maria Daria; and brother Sam Pace.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins or the Alzheimers Association.

Arrangements made by the Neely-Turowski Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

EDNA M. EASTMAN

Services for Edna Eastman, 61, of Romulus were held June 15 at Timothy Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Eastman was born July 13, 1940 in Ferndale and died June 10. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include husband, Kenneth M. Eastman of Romulus; daughter, Beth Tumminello of Canton; son, James (Sheryl) Eastman of Milan; daughter, Catherine (Richard) Montour of Howell; and daughter, Karon (James) Finch of Romulus.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Metro Girl Scouts.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.


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