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ELAINE B. CHANDLER

Services for Elaine Chandler, 65, of Livonia (formerly of Plymouth) were held June 22 at St. Colette Catholic Church in Livonia with the Rev. Henry W. Roodbeen officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.

Mrs. Chandler was born Nov. 4, 1936 in Detroit and died June 18 in Ann Arbor. She was a legal secretary/administrator for the law office of Charles W. Chandler. She had previously been employed with American Motors Corporation. She was a member of St. Colette Catholic Church.

Survivors include husband, Charles M. Chandler of Livonia; son, Charles M. Chandler of Livonia; daughters Catherine (William) Burge of London, England and Carrie (James) O'Meara of Howell; and brothers Jerome Jezewski of Livonia and Dennis (Scott) of St. Clair Shores.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott Ave., Detroit, MI 48207 or the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 41935 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48377. 

Arrangements made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, Farmington.

ANGELINA GRACE DILLON

Services for Angelina Dillon, 5 months, of Canton were held June 22 at Uht Funeral Home in Westland with burial at Glenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

Angelina was born Jan. 16, 2002 and died June 18 in Canton. 

Survivors include mother, Tara Toupin; stepfather, Jeff Stewart; brothers, Jesse and Jacob; grandmother, Kathy Dillon; step-grandmother, Kim Hubbard; step-grandfather, Frank Salter; and grandfather, Robert Toupin.

Arrangements made by Uht Funeral Home.

DONALD W. HILL

Services for Donald Hill, 62, of Canton Township were held June 22 at L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Westland Chapel.

Mr. Hill was born Jan. 25, 1940 in Detroit and died June 19 in Garden City. He was a truck driver for a food distribution company in Westland.

Survivors include wife, Judith J.; sons, Michael W. and Spencer D.; step-sons Brian K. Teneyck, Lee S. (Ann) Teneyck and Jay C. Teneyck; and nine grandchildren. 

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

JOHN "BUZZY" ZANDER

Services for John Zander, 62, of Plymouth were held June 21 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with the Rev. David Brock officiating. Burial was at Salem-Walker Cemetery in Salem Township.

Mr. Zander was born Aug. 24, 1939 in Croatia, Yugoslavia and died June 19 in Plymouth. He was a retired tool and die maker. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Blaz Zander.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Zander of Plymouth; daughters, Laura Zander of Westland and Nancy Zander of Westland; mother, Mary Zander of Salem Township; sister, Violet (Leonard) Basnec of Northville; brothers Branko (Milka) Zander of Novi and Nick (Mariann) Zander of Brighton; and grandchildren, Terry, Shawn, Andrew, Matthew and Colinda.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

LESTER JOHN CARR

Services for Lester Carr, 63, of Canton were held June 21 at Vermeulen Funeral Home with the Rev. Drex Morton officiating. 

Mr. Carr was born Aug. 13, 1938 in Detroit and died June 18 in Canton. He was employed as a design engineer. He was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church. 

Survivors include wife, Judi A. Carr of Canton; daughter, Renee (Robert) Bright of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter, Jodie M. (Gregory) Giles of Westland; daughter, Jaime M. Carr of Canton; brother, Ronald Carr of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Josh Willow of Los Angeles, Calif.; granddaughter, Lynette Witte; and grandson, Michael Witte.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Washtenaw, 806 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or the American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile, Southfield, MI 48076.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

JOHN D. VAN HEMEL

Services for John Van Hemel, 72, of Plymouth will be held June 24 at the chapel of L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

Mr. Van Hemel was born Feb. 22, 1930 in Detroit and died June 20 at Heartland Nursing Home in Ann Arbor. He worked for AT&T.

Survivors include wife, Rose (Mirolla); son, David (Marie); son, Donald (Debra); daughter, Jean (Andrew) Bliscik; daughter, Janet (Chris) Steinle; step-children, Mark Morin and Cheryl (Jerry) Fuhr; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

ALEKSANDER POUCH

Services for Aleksander Pouch, 75, of Canton Township will be held June 24 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with the Rev. Andy Webster officiating. 

Mr. Pouch was born May 1, 1926 in Polesie, Poland and died June 20 in Plymouth. He was a retired tool maker from Detroit Diesel. He came to the Canton community in 1977 from Detroit. He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Canton. He loved working with furniture, was very dedicated to his job and was a loving husband, father and brother.

He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Pouch.

Survivors include wife, Krystyna Pouch of Canton; son, John Pouch of Twinsburg, Ohio; sisters, Eugene of White Russia and Antosia of Poland; and brother, Gregorz of Poland.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

ELDEN JOHN HOLDERNESS

Services for Elden Holderness, 64, of Canton were held June 27 at the Uht Funeral Home in Westland with the Rev. Roy Forsyth officiating. 

Mr. Holderness was born Oct. 5, 1937 and died June 21 in Superior Township. He was an inspector. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, and brother Milton Holderness.

Survivors include daughters Connie Halaberda, Bonnie Offer and Jeannie Holderness; sons Russell Holderness and Donald Holderness; sisters Linda Johnson, Jeanette Swanguarin, Janice Senior and Cheryle Hopper; aunt Jean Johnson; uncle Russell Johnson; grandsons Shaun Halaberda and Nicholas Halaberda; and granddaughters Lauren Halaberda and Andrea Offer.

Arrangements made by Uht Funeral Home.

LISA LYNN NOETZEL

Services for Lisa Noetzel, 36, of Canton Township were held June 29 at the Neely-Turowski Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Frederick Weaver officiating.

Mrs. Noetzel was born May 23, 1966 in Columbus, Ohio and died June 27 in Canton. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include husband, Richard Noetzel; and daughters, Kara and Vanessa Jones.

Arrangements made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home.

DONALD F. TAPPAN

Services for Donald F. Tappan, 76 of Plymouth will be held July 1 at St. Kenneth Catholic Church with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Mr. Tappan died June 26.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine and daughter, Janette Madsen.

Survivors include daughter, Nancy (Russ) Welch; daughter, Patricia (Charles) Curmi; son, Donald Jr. (Rosemary); grandchildren, Gregory (Inas), Laura, Kimberly, Tricia, Daniel, Elizabeth, Catherine, Donald III, Christine, Carolyn, and Alicia; step-grandchildren, Brian (Mary), and Mark (Kelley); brother, Keith; brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or Angela Hospice.

Arrangements made by the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Livonia.
 

GEORGE W. HOTCHKIN

Services for George Hotchkin, 92, of Plymouth were held July 1 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Klump officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.

Mr. Hotchkin was born Sept. 30, 1909 in Tecumseh, Neb. and died June 28 in Ann Arbor. He was a tool maker for the Burroughs Corporation, retiring in 1971 after 26 years of service. He also worked at the Plymouth Cultural Center from 1971 to 1996. He and Harriet had been married for 68 years. He came to the Plymouth community in 1930 from Detroit. He was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Plymouth for over 50 years. His family homestead was in Nebraska where he grew up as one of twelve children. He enjoyed woodworking, coin collecting, and gardening. He liked to make pine-cone wreaths and traveling from the east coast to the west coast. He was a great handyman and enjoyed being a "jack of all trades." 

Survivors include wife, Harriet of Plymouth; children, Gene (Misako) Hotchkin of Las Vegas, Nev.; Jerry (Lois) Hotchkin of Plymouth, and Janet (Richard) Blaesing of Westland; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to The First United Methodist Church in Plymouth.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. 

DOUGLAS ARTHUR DUNCAN

Services for Douglas Duncan, 60, of Plymouth Township were held July 3 at L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, Canton Chapel. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. 

Mr. Duncan was born March 13, 1942 in Detroit and died June 28 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He worked with tool and die in the manufacturing industry. 

Survivors include mother, Mildred Duncan; daughter, Dina (Christopher) McCanney; daughter, Darlene (Randy) Blausey; daughter, Debra Parker; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Arrangements made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

CORA LEE JASINSKI

Services for Cora Jasinski, 85, of Plymouth were held in Florida. Burial will be at The Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Beverly Hills, Fla.

Mrs. Jasinski was born Jan. 24, 1917 in Huntington, W.Va. and died June 30 in Livonia. She was a homemaker. She came to the Westland/Plymouth community in 1998 from Beverly Hills, Fla. She had lived in Detroit before moving to Fla. in 1971. She was a member of the Beverly Hills Community Church, the "Michigan Club" in Flaorida, T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), and she was very active in her church in Fla. She loved to cook, garden and travel.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Edward.

Survivors include daughter, Jeanette Piwonski of Plymouth; son, Steven Jasinski of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother, Walter Bragg of Pennsylvania.; and grandchildren, Meredith Elliott of Chicago, Mark Jasinski of Austin, Texas, John Jasinski of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Steven Jasinski of Ft. Worth, Texas. 

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

JOHN (JACK) FRANCIS KOLB

A Memorial Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at Our Lady of the Woods in Woodhaven.

Mr. Kolb was born April 30, 1930 in Rochester, N.Y. and died June 28 at Henry Ford Wyandotte after a long illness. Jack grew up in New York state. He served proudly in the Air Force from 1948 to 1952. In 1969, Mr. Kolb and his family moved to the Plymouth/Canton area where they resided for 30 years. He worked for Burroughs of Plymouth and Sycor/Northern Telecom of Ann Arbor.

Survivors include wife, Jo; children, Paul Kolb and Candace Smith, John (Susan) Kolb, Margaret (Rick) Schrock, Mary Nichols and Albert Smith, David Kolb, Catherine (David) LaVasseur, George Kolb, Edwin (Monika) Kolb, and Barbara Kolb-Linebarger; grandchildren, Faith, Matthew and Andrew Kolb, Michael and Kristina Kolb, Jonathan, Daniel, Laura and Benjamin Schrock, Brittany Nichols, David and Heather Kolb, Adam LaVasseur, Michael, Joseph, David, John, and James Kolb, Sarkis, and Amber Linebarger; and brother, William Kolb of Tonawanda, N.Y. 

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers, to Focus Hope, St. Vincent DePaul, and the Salvation Army.

JACK B. MURDOCK

A Memorial Service for Jack Murdock, 90, of Chelsea was held July 3 at the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth with the Rev. Dean Klump officiating.

Mr. Murdock was born April 13, 1912 in Mt. Morris and died June 30 in Chelsea. The family's relocation to the northwest section of Detroit resulted in Mr. Murdock graduating with Cooley High School's first graduating class. Following his marriage to Blanche, the couple resided in Detroit and raised three sons. During these years, Mr. Murdock's worked as window trimmer for men's clothiers for a business venture he dubbed "Da-Mar-Crag Displays," after his sons. He was also employed at the Gold Bell Gift Stamp Company, and the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth, where he served as custodian and also helped with many church activities. Jack later resided at the Chelsea Retirement Community.

He was preceded in death by his wife: a son, Craig; and infant son, Paul.

Survivors include children, Mark (Shirley) Murdock of Ketchikan, Ark., and David (Gail) Murdock of Commerce Township; grandchildren, Josh (Lorna) Murdock of Ketchikan, Ark,, Garth (Andrea) Murdock of Juneau, Ark., Seth Murdock of Ketchikan, Ark., Michelle (Greg) Glover of Oxford, Suzanne (E.J.) Wojtowicz of Ft. Lauderdale, Matthew Murdock of Los Angeles, and Gretchen Murdock of San Francisco; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Riley, Molly, and Jack; brother, Wayne Murdock of Traverse City; and sisters, Joy Peterson of Traverse City and Jeanette (Paul) Cosper of Northville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Retirement Center, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

CATHERINE "JENNIE" HENDERSON 

Services for Catherine Henderson, 95, of Plymouth were held July 11 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy Forsyth officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.

Mrs. Henderson was born March 2, 1907 in Ann Arbor and died July 6 in Plymouth. She was the owner of Draperies by Diane from 1955-1970 and did business as a consultant in interior design. She came to the Plymouth community in 1930 and lived there until her death. She was Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star 1940-1941; member of White Shrine of Jeruselum; Vivians Club; Women's Club of Plymouth life-time member and President from 1943-1945; and member of STG Club.

Her other affiliations include League of Women Voters, Vice-President; Warchest Drive Local Campaign Chairman; elected to Plymouth City Planning Commission; Girl Scout Commissioner in 1940s; served on the Office of Price Administration and received an award from Pres. Harry Truman; served as volunteer on Civilian Defense and a member of the Republican Club. She spent winters in Fla. She enjoyed fishing off her boat and crabtrapping off the canal at Mattacha Island. She enjoyed her grandchildren's winter visits to her Fla. home. 

Survivors include son, John (Muriel) of Plymouth; grandchildren, Sheryl Heinss of Buckley, Mich., John M. Henderson II of South Lyon, Wayne Pahssen of Traverse City, and Diane Pahssen; great-grandchildren, Kevin, Lisa, Catherine, John M. III, Norman, Rachel, and Andrew.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

ROBERT C. WERDER

Visitation for Robert C. Werder, 57, of Canton will be held July 13, 2002, from noon-4 p.m. with service to follow, at Ziomek Funeral Home, 8809 Wayne Road, corner of Joy, in Livonia.

He was born on June 30, 1947, and died on July 6, 2002, in Royal Oak following a lengthy illness.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 35 years, Beverly; daughter, Lori (Dr. James) LaJevic; mother, Helen; and brother, Richard.

JOSEPH O. BELLEMARE

Services for Joseph Bellemare, 84, of Canton were held July 8 at McCabe Funeral Home Canton Chapel with the Rev. George Charnley of St. John Neumann Catholic Church officiating.

Mr. Bellemare was born Aug. 12, 1917 in Trois Rivieres, Canada and died July 4. He was a retired pipe fitter. 

Survivors inlcude wife, Monique Bellemare; son, Guy Bellemare of Plymouth; daughter, Marie Diane McKeough of Commerce Township; two sisters; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or Michigan Hospice.

Arrangements made by McCabe Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

JOSEPH A. MOLNAR, JR.

Services for Joseph Molnar, 58, of Canton were held July 9 at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church in Canton with the Rev. Kevin O'Brien officiating. 

Mr. Molnar was born Feb. 12, 1944 in Dearborn and died July 5 in Canton. He was a carpenter/owner of Nelson-Mill Company. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Dearborn, Detroit Carpenters Apprentice School and Schoolcraft College. He was a former trustee on the Board of the Associated General Contractors; member of Carpenter Union; and active in labor-management relations. His interest lay in his family, above all else. 

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Linda Carol Molnar; sons, Joseph A. Molnar III, Jason L. Molnar, Jonathan M. Molnar and Jeffrey R. Molnar; brother, Albert Marek; sisters, Joann Whitehead, Kathy Chapman and Mary Piatek; and four grandchildren. 

Arrangements made by McCabe Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

DOROTHY J. GRIFFIN

Services for Dorothy Griffin, 88, of Plymouth were held July 8 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with the Rev. Glenn Martin officiating. Burial was in Cadillac Memorial Gardens, Westland.

Mrs. Griffin was born June 21, 1914 in Wayne and died July 5 in Livonia. She was a homemaker. She came to the Livonia community in 1997 from Dearborn. She was a member of the Dearborn Church of Christ. She dedicated her life to her family and her church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Griffin. 

Survivors include daughter, Renada (Dennis) Randolph of Battle Creek; son, John (Barbara) Griffin of Plymouth; and grandchildren, Paul, Stephen, Scott, Kevin, Kelly, Stacie and Jamie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marybrook Manor, 36975 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48150.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

MARIE LENORE BURCZYK

Services for Marie Burczyk, 88, of Canton were held June 25 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with the Rev. George Charnley officiating. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Mrs. Burczyk was born July 24, 1913 in Detroit and died June 19 in Superior Township. She lived in the Canton area for 16 years. She graduated from St. Theresa High School in 1931, and also attended business school. She worked as a secretary for Wayne County Register of Deeds for 28 years. She retired in 1978. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Canton. She enjoyed traveling. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Burczyk.

Survivors include son, Dick (Sandra) Burczyk of Riverview; son, John F. (Mary) Burczyk of Plymouth; sister, Helen Garvey of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; sister, Noreen LaFontaine of Plymouth; sister, Jeanne (Jack) Trent of Lapeer; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207-3496.

Arrangements made by Vermeuylen Funeral Home.

JOHN F. LAMB

Services for John Lamb, 86, of Plymouth Township were held July 8 at St. Kenneth Church with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Mr. Lamb was born Oct. 5, 1915 in New York and died July 5 in Plymouth Township. He worked as a financial executive for General Foods Corporation. 

Survivors include wife, Marion; daughters Marilyn (Lawrence) Slowik and Lillian (Neal) Stoneback; son, John Jr.; brothers Thomas (Mary) and William (Eileen); eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Angela Hospice.

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

ANTHONY PLOUCHA

Services for Anthony Ploucha, 57, of Northville were held July 6 at Vermeulen Funeral Home with the Rev. Leonard Partensky officiating. Burial was at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.

Mr. Ploucha was born Sept. 10, 1944 in Detroit and died July 2 in Northville. He was a financial manager for General Motors. 

Survivors include wife, Patricia K. Ploucha of Northville; daughter, Denise (Coby) Lacy of Plymouth; sons Jeffrey Simmons of Northville and Kevin Simmons of Plymouth; and grandchildren, Andrew, Tyler, and Megan.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

LISBETH KAHL

Lisbeth Kahl, 55, of Plymouth died June 22 in Plymouth. She was born Feb. 23, 1947 in Flint. She graduated from the University of Detroit with a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting. She was selected to Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Scholastic Fraternity. She worked as a financial analyst for DiFco Laboratories for 27 years and more recently for Tower Automotive. She loved golf and traditional jazz. 

Survivors include husband, John Kreiter of Plymouth; step-mother, Hazel Hunter; brother, Mike (Peggy) Hunter; sister, Mary Louise (Dale) McClelland; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and step-children, Jody, Lisa and John.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.

Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

MARGARET CRONKHITE

Services for Margaret Cronkhite, 90, of Plymouth will be held at a later date. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth.

Mrs. Cronkhite was born Oct. 7, 1911 in Muskegon and died July 5 in Westland. She worked at the Burroughs Corporation in Plymouth. She was born and raised in the Holland/Muskegon area and came to the Plymouth community in 1935. She was a former member of St. Timothy Presbyterian Church in Livonia and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Plymouth. She enjoyed traveling with friends and family. 

Mrs. Cronkhite was preceded in death by her husband, George at the age of 45 on July 5, 1957.

Survivors include son, George (Harriet) Cronkhite of Plymouth; daughters, Kay (Robert) Potter of Plymouth and Barbara (Dwight) Lawson of Plymouth; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

JUDITH ANN WEST

Services for Judith West, 52 of Canton were held July 9 at L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Canton Chapel.

Judith was born Sept. 30, 1949 in Detroit and died July 3 in Orland, Ind. She was an analyst for Ameritech.

Survivors include brothers William (Mary Jessing), Gary (Susan) and John (Susan); sisters Elizabeth (Joseph) Berghofer and Kathleen (Richard) Elinski; 12 nephews and nieces; and 10 great-nephews and great-nieces. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Cameron Health Care, 416 E. Maumee, Angola, IN 46703.

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

TODD STEWART MCMILLAN

Services for Todd McMillan, 44, of Plymouth were held July 10 at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth with the Rev. Allan McMillan officiating.

Mr. McMillan was born Oct. 6, 1957 in Wyandotte and died July 7 in Livonia. He was a residential designer for Lubin Associates Div., Bloomfield Hills. He moved to Plymouth in 1997 from Fairmont, W. Va. and Lansing. He was past master of Plymouth Rock #47, F&AM Masonic Lodge. He previously was a member of the Masonic Lodge #262 in Okemos. He was very active in the Masonic organization. He previously was a member in Lansing 30 Commandry and the 32nd Scottish Rite out of West Virginia. He was a graduate of Michigan State University, an avid golfer, world traveler, loving husband, son, uncle and cousin. 

Survivors include wife, Debra of Plymouth; parents, Robert and Barbara McMillan of Sun City Center, Fla.; sister, Leslie McMillan of St. Petersburg, Fla.; nephews, Jonathan Vetrano of St. Petersburg and Alex Vetrano of Ferndale; niece, Emily Vetrano of Ferndale; aunts and uncles, Preston (Betty) McMillan of Windsor, Ont., LaVerne Bunt of Kingsville, Ontario, Ron (Gail) Grossett of LaSalle, Ont., Doug (Donna) Grossett of Windsor, Ont., James Grossett of Calgary, Alberta; and Margaret (Ron) Bauer of Sun City, Lincoln Hills, Calif.; and numerous cousins.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.

JOYCE ELIZABETH HELVESTON

Services for Joyce Helveston, 75, of Canton were held July 10 at Deisler Funeral Home in Saginaw with the Rev. Robert L. Emrich officiating. 

Mrs. Helveston was born Sept. 21, 1926 in Detroit and died July 6 in Canton. Joyce was formerly a member of First Presbyterian Church of Saginaw and the Evergreen Club of Stuart, Fla. 

Joyce was preceded in death by husband, Ernest A. Bondell in 1976; husband, Robert G. Helveston, Sr. in 1991; and sisters, Jane Ann Sorrell and Jacqueline Helveston.

Survivors include daughter, Cathy (Jim) Troutman of Canton; sons Jease (Lyn) Koch of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Bill (Amy Zintl) Koch of Calabash, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Mercy Hospice of Ann Arbor or St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor Oncology Unit.

Arrangements made by Deisler Funeral Home. 

PATRICK ERRETT WELCH 

Services for Patrick Welch, 77 of Canton will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the Plymouth Community Arts Council, 774 Sheldon, Plymouth.

Retired professor Dr. Patrick Welch passed on Saturday, June 29 at his home in Canton. Born in Missouri in 1925, Patrick grew up in Sand Springs, Okla. After his tour of duty as a B-24 radio operator, flying 20 combat missions in the European Theater in World War II, he graduated from the University of Tulsa, earning a B.A. in 1949 and an M.A. in 1950.

He went on to receive his doctorate at Ohio State University in 1958 with a dissertation about TV Quiz Shows. It was approved only two months before the scandals about game-fixing broke out. After 20 years at the University of Houston, including serving as chairman of the mass communications department, and a decade at the University of Illinois in telecommunication and speech, Dr. Welch came to Michigan in 1980 to teach at Wayne State University. He also taught at Eastern Michigan University for several years before his retirement.

During his 47 years in education, he participated in the establishment of the first educational FM radio station in the U.S. and the first educational television station in the world. He was listed in "Who's Who in America" from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. 

A life-long Christian Scientist, Pat was always actively involved in church work, including conducting church services and assisting others in reading more effectively, developing and presenting workshops to help others teach Sunday School better, and assisting state committee work in prisons and publications. At the time of his passing, he was a member of First Church of Christ-Scientist in Plymouth.

Pat's family remembers him best for his love of the theater and artistic talent, for letting them win when they were little, telling remarkable war stories on long car drives, eating cookies in one bite, praying with them in the middle of the night and waking them and whistling in the morning, pretending to be a monster while grandchildren ran screaming, and adding joy to their lives with his sassy good humor and charm. He was a strong, quiet man who never had an unkind word to say.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Patricia; children, Michael (Dihanne) Welch of San Diego, Calif., Catherine (Lee) Summers of Portland, Jennie (John) Eggers of Houston, Texas, and Margaret (Scott) Dendler of Troy; grandchildren, Jessica Bush, Patrick Welch II, Melissa and Amber Welch, Andrew Maneck, and Amanda and Callista Dendler; great-grandchild, Justin Bush.

Arrangements made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.


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