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RITA J. MACK

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

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 from Detroit in 1966. She was a member of St. Kenneth Catholic Church in Plymouth Township.

Surviving are her children, Jim (Dawn) Mack of Westland, Larry Mack of Northville, Joan (Mike) Quigley of Plymouth, Lori (Rick) Blandford of Canton and Jeff (Maria) Mack of Westland; sisters, Carol (Brian) Fox of Livonia and Barbara (Richard) Gdowski of Taylor; and nine grandchildren.

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

Arrangements were made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

ANNE S. PEACOCK

Services for Anne Peacock, 63, of Westland will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 15, in R.G. & G. R. Harris Funeral Home, 31551 Ford Road, Garden City, with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland. Officiating will be Chaplain Martha Jones.

Mrs. Peacock was born Jan. 10, 1939, in Detroit and died April 9 at her home in Westland. She was a meat clerk for a grocery store.

Surviving are her son, Robert; daughter, Elizabeth (Mark) Rupert; other children, Shelly, Patty, Denise, Donna, Matt and Don; brothers, David and Richard Williams; grandchildren, Nicole and Mark II; special grandchildren, Kaylonda, Angela and Devon; and four great-grandchildren, John Jr., Lori and Owen.
 

MICHAEL R. RETTIG 

Services for Michael Rettig, 43, of Westland were April 3 in St. Damian Catholic Church with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Cemetery, Livonia.

Mr. Rettig was born Jan. 7, 1959, in Garden City and died March 30 at his home in Westland. He was an accountant for the automotive industry.

Surviving are his parents, Rollin and Ina; brothers, Philip (Anne), David (Johnna) and Geoffrey (Sheila); sister, Jennifer; grandmother, Audrey; and nieces and nephews, Meaghan, Stephen, Allison, Eric, Julia, Andrew and John.
 

JOYCE M. ESPER

Services for Joyce Esper, 71, of Westland were April 6 in St. Aidan Catholic Church, Livonia, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.

Mrs. Esper was born July 28, 1930, in Detroit and died April 2 at her home in Westland. She was an administrative assistant in the medical field.

Surviving are her children, Denise (Ross) Kennedy, Claudia Horn, Michael (Jennifer), Pamela and Jeffrey; brother, Robert Campbell; and six grandchildren.

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

WALTER TRESH JR.

Services for Walter Tresh Jr., 76, of Westland were April 8 in St. Damian Catholic Church with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.

Mr. Tresh was born Dec. 16, 1925, in Wall, Pa., and died April 4 in Southfield. He was a truck driver. He was a World War II veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Susie; sons, James (Jennifer) and Perry (Mary); sister, Helen Kriger; and four grandchildren.

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

GEORGE G. SYMANNS

Services for George Symanns, 51, of Westland were April 10 in Leonard A. Turowski & Son Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Larry Zurawski.

Mr. Symanns was born July 7, 1951, in Detroit and died April 7 in Garden City. He was a production technician.

Surviving are his brother, Cliff (Carol); nieces and nephews, Chris (Kim), Jennifer and Kristine; and great-niece and nephew, Katlin and Zachary.
 

ADA ALEXANDER

A Celebration of Life Service for Ada Alexander, 83, of Canton will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 19, in Bell-Borek Funeral Home, Hamburg Chapel, with burial at Highland Cemetery. Officiating will be Ken McMullen. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today, Thursday, April 18, in the chapel, and 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, until time of service.

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

Surviving are her children, Harold Alexander of Brighton, Geneva (Thomas) McMullen of Hartland and Juanita (Douglas) Davis of Westland; siblings, Helen Gribble, Violet Conant, Leo, Harold, Henry and Francis Hall; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by her husband, Hobart, in 1955, and eight siblings. 
 

CATHERINE E. SPAULDING

A funeral Mass for Catherine Spaulding, 96, of Westland was April 15 in St. Mary Catholic Church with burial at St. Mary Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Jack Baker.

Mrs. Spaulding died April 11.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Barb), Betty Lou (John) Talaga, Mary (John) Clute, Evelyn (Lowell) Kiester and Richard (Carol); 28 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Spaulding was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin, in 1945, and by children James, Jerry and Norma Jean.

Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Wayne.
 

JAMES E. HELMER

Services for James Helmer, 58, of Pittsford were April 16 in Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home, Hudson. Officiating was the Rev. Mark Johnston. Interment was made in Berg Cemetery at Montgomery with Military Rites by the Hannan-Colvin Post No. 180, American Legion of Hudson in charge. 

Mr. Helmer was born Feb. 7, 1944, in Hillsdale and died April 13 in Westland. He lived most of his life in the Detroit and Downriver areas and was a graduate of Wayne Memorial High School. He was employed as a computer technician at Ford Motor Co. in Wayne and Brownstown 37 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Green Beret Special Forces.

Surviving are his son, James Jr. of Waterford; father, Harry Helmer of Pittsford; mother, Frances Helmer of Westland; brothers, Larry (Sue) Helmer of Westland and Dennis Helmer of Monroe; sisters, Sharon (Gary) David of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Linda (Gerry) Johnson of Horton and Diana Gasek of Ypsilanti and half-brother, Steven Helmer of Crystal Lake, Somerset Township.

Memorials are suggested to Arbor Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home, 504 W. Main, Hudson. 
 

MARY V. JOHNSTON

Services for Mary Johnston, 87, of Westland were April 16 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland.

Mrs. Johnston was born Sept. 4, 1914, in Detroit and died April 13 at her home in Westland. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her daughter, Shirley (Ronald) Milliman; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Johnston was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel.
 

WARREN I. CRANDELL

Warren I. Crandell, 81, of Westland died April 8 in Westland.

Mr. Crandell was born July 4, 1920, in Detroit. He was a salesman.

Surviving are his nephew, Douglas Everly of Westland, and niece, Michelle Everly of Taylor.

Arrangements were made by Vermaulen Funeral Home.
 

ALBERT WILLIAM NEW JR.

Services for former Wayne resident Albert New Jr., 80, of Coldwater were April 11 in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. James Severance.

Mr. New was born July 15, 1921, and died April 8 in Coldwater. He was an engineer.

Surviving are his wife, Geraldine; children, Albert (Sandra) New III, Louis (MaryAnn) New, Carole (Will) Burrick of Westland and Patricia (Tony) Moore; sisters, Dorothy (Francis) Whelan and Lavina (Norval) Doddridge 15 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

Mr. New was preceded in death by his son, Gerald (Carol) New.
 

WILLIAM JAMES EDGAR

Services for William James Edgar, 65, of Westland were Thursday, April 18, at Vermeulen Funeral Home in Westland. The Rev. Larry Bartlett officiated.

Mr. Edgar was born June 18, 1936, in Escanaba, Mich., and died April 15 in Wayne. He was employed as an assembly worker for Ford Motor Co.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in the Vietnam War. Mr. Edgar was an Independent Baptist and belonged to the Prayer Baptist Church.

He is survived by his stepmother, Mabel Edgar of Lansing; sisters, Marilyn Bruce of Westland, Kathy (Dave) Clark of Chelsea, Mich., Pat (Lorne) Springs of Yuma, Ariz., and Phiannon McBride of Chelsea; and brother, Jack Britton of Oscoda, Mich.

Burial was at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland. Memorials are suggested to Prayer Baptist Church, 855 Edwin, Westland 48185.

Arrangements were by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
 

JUDITH H. KECK

Services for Judith H. Keck, 58, of Westland are today, Thursday, April 25, at Uht Funeral Home in Westland.

Mrs. Keck was born Oct. 2, 1943, and died April 22 in Garden City. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Keck; sons, James W. Keck and John W. (Erin) Keck; three grandchildren; one brother; and one sister.

Interment was in Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland.

Memorials are suggested to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
 

WARREN SPENCER BEVIER

Services for Warren Spencer Bevier, 75, of Westland were Wednesday, April 24. Cremation rites were accorded.

Mr. Bevier was born May 24, 1926, and died April 22 in Wayne. He was employed as a foreman.

He is survived by his son, David (Sandra) Bevier; daughters, Susan (Rick) Marion, Patricia (Thomas) Dempsey, Rosemary (Ronald) Hubbard and Peggy (Ronald) Marz; one brother; one sister; 24 grandchildren; and 59 great-grandchildren. 

Interment was by Southern Michigan Services, Livonia. Arrangements were by Uht Funeral Home.
 

EMORY F. MEIER SR.

Services for Emory F. Meier Sr., 77, of Westland were Monday, April 22, from L.J. Griffin Funeral Home. The Rev. Jerry Yarnell of St. Michael Lutheran Church officiated.

Mr. Meier was born April 23, 1924, in Detroit and died April 19 in Garden City. He was employed in law enforcement with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.

He is survived by his wife, Judith; daughters, Eleanor Addison, Jody and Jeanne; sons, Emory (Linda) and Gary (Katherine); sister, Marilyn Refalo; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Interment was in Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland.

Arrangements were by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home. 
 

OTTO ARNOLD KOSLOWSKI

Services for Otto Arnold Koslowski, 85, of Westland were Saturday, April 20, at Vermeulen Funeral Home in Westland. The Rev. Joel Baseley officiated. 

Mr. Koslowski was born Feb. 4, 1917, in Detroit and died April 18 in Dearborn. He was employed as a truck driver in public education. He was a Lutheran, and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.

He is survived by his sons, Perry (Nancy) Koslowski of Westland and Dwight (Gail) Koslowski of Westland; stepson, Richard (Sharon) Thurman of Nokomis, Fla.; sister, Eleanor Lasater of St. Louis, Mo.; and grandchildren, Rachel, Richard Jr., Steven, Cindy, James, Jeffrey, Rachael, Martina and Jake.

Cremation rites were accorded. Arrangements were by Vermeulen Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
 

STEWART R. WILLIAMSON

Stewart R. Williamson, 70, of Westland died April 18.

Services were private with burial in Middletown, R.I.

Mr. Williamson was the father of Steven and James.

Arrangements were through Harry J. Will Funeral Home in Wayne. 
 

MARY T. TARNACKI

Services for Mary T. Tarnacki, 77, of Ypsilanti were Monday, April 22, at Vermeulen Funeral Home in Westland. The Rev. Leonard Partensky officiated.

Mrs. Tarnacki was born May 27, 1924, in Lowell, Mass., and died April 19 in Ypsilanti. She was employed as a bartender. She was a Catholic.

She was a 30-year resident of Westland, living the last 10 years in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Tarnacki; and parents, Paul and Mary Martin. Surviving are her daughter, Carleen (Art) Baumgartner of Belle Vernon, Pa.; sons, Ramer L. (Martha) Biggs III of Ypsilanti and Harry W. Seiber Jr. of Ypsilanti; brother, Edward (Gloria) Martin of Ridgefield, Ct.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland. 

Memorials are suggested to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
 

BRUCE ADAIR COLLINS

Services for Bruce Adair Collins, 64, of Saline were Saturday, April 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor. 

Mr. Collins was born Oct. 21, 1937, in Milan, Mich., to James and Alene (Adair) Collins. He was married to June Collins, who preceded him in death. He married Dorothea (Dolly) Collins April 12, 1980, and she survives.

Mr. Collins died April 11 at home after a short battle with melanoma. He was a meat cutter for many years prior to buying HI Johnson Farm Implement Co. He worked as parts/service manager for A&L Parts and Steeb Dodge and as a mechanic for Steeb Dodge and, most recently, with the City of Saline.

He loved playing trombone for the Dexter Community Band, the Ann Arbor Concert Band and the Saline Big Band and also held board positions with those organizations. He was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church. 

In addition to his wife, Mr. Collins is survived by his mother, Alene Collins; brother, Robert (Karen) Collins; daughters, Catherine (Robin) Enck of Westland, Sandra (Walter) Emrick of Ypsilanti, Joyce Collins (Steve Cameron) of Adrian, and Suzanne (William) Compton of Highland; grandchildren, Andy, James, Mitchell, Katie and John Enck, Teresa (Chris) Donker, Nathan Van Atta, Luke and Beth Cameron and Rebecca Compton; and many other family members.

Visitation and viewing was April 14 at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Trinity Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.
 

JAMES CHARLES SCARROW

Services for James Charles Scarrow, 52, of Westland were Saturday, April 13, at Uht Funeral Home in Westland. The Rev. Bob McDonald officiated.

Mr. Scarrow was born Dec. 16, 1949 and died April 9 in Westland. He was employed in glass and trim.

He is survived by his son, Jeffrey C. Scarrow; brother, Tom (Sherry) Scarrow; sister, Susan Daniel; granddaughters, Holli Scarrow and Emily Scarrow; nieces, Michele Hoth and Patricia Neuenschwander; and nephews, Joe Scarrow and Critter Daniel.

Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Wayne. Arrangements were by Uht Funeral Home.
 

JACOB ORTIZ

Services for Jacob Ortiz, 71, of Westland were Monday, April 22, from St. Theodore Church in Westland.

Mr. Ortiz was born June 4, 1930, in Detroit and died April 18 at home. He was employed as a hi-lo driver for the food industry.

He is survived by his wife, Alma E.; daughters, Frieda A. (Dennis) Phy and Jacquelyn S. (Harvey) Peterson; sons, Jacob R. (Debbie) and Aaron A.; five brothers; four sisters; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.


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