Miscellaneous Wayne County, Michigan Obituaries


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Services for David F. Napolitano, 52, of Westland were Wednesday, April 24, at Vermeulen Funeral Home in Westland. The Rev. Mark Cryderman officiated.

Mr. Napolitano was born July 17, 1949, in Minneapolis, Minn., and died April 21 in Wayne. He was employed as a cargo specialist in telecommunications.

Mr. Napolitano was full of mischief and laughter. He had a great love and caring for all children and was known as the "Kid Magnet." He convinced children he was 27.

He was a history buff and eager to stir up a debate. He was a skilled woodworker and taught those skills to his sons. He enhanced the lives of those around him.

His interest and research in geneaology took him back hundreds of years. His greatest success on earth was his three children, who brought him joy and contentment.

Mr. Napolitano is survived by his wife, Susan J. Napolitano of Westland; sons, Joseph Napolitano of Westland and James (Yvette) Napolitano of Rochester Hills; daughter, Amy Napolitano of Westland; and grandchildren, Tiah, Ashtin and Raynah. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bonaventure Frederick and Lois J. 

Cremation rites were accorded. Memorials are suggested to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were by Vermeulen Funeral Home.


Services for Zachary Scott Taylor, 40, of Garden City were Monday, April 29, at the Uht Funeral Home in Westland. The Rev. Jack Baker officiated.

Mr. Taylor died April 25.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his parents, Thomas and Phyllis Taylor of Westland; daughter, Samantha; siblings, Raymond Peterson, Cynthia McBride, Thomas Taylor Jr., Leslie John Taylor and Tamara Matsui; and companion, Linda Starks.


Services for Sarah E. Craig, 74, of Westland were Tuesday, April 30, from L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Craig was born Nov. 13, 1927, in Fairmont, W.Va., and died April 27 in Livonia. She was employed as an accountant in the electronic industry.

She is survived by her husband, Chester; sister, Patrecia (Eugene) Paxton; brother, Donald (Lorraine) Cutlip; and several nieces and nephews. 

Burial was at Glen Eden Cemetery.


Services for Bill Riley, 63, of Westland were Wednesday, May 1, at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home in Livonia. The Rev. Thomas Belczak officiated.

Mr. Riley was born Oct. 26, 1938, in Mayfield, Ky., and died April 28 at home. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Riley of Westland; mother, Helen Riley of Hamburg Township; and sons, Gerald Riley and Thomas (Jeannie) Riley. He is also survived by three grandchildren.

Burial was at Parkview Cemetery.


Services for Gertrude Hargreaves, 93, of Plymouth will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, from Uht Funeral Home in Westland with the Rev. Alice Sheffield officiating. Burial will be at Sheldon Cemetery in Canton.

Mrs. Hargreaves was born Sept. 10, 1908, and died April 27 in Plymouth. She taught math at Wayne Memorial High School until 1970 as Mrs. Bower. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Wayne for 66 years, a member of the Nankin Wayne Chapter of the O.E.S. for 72 years and an avid supporter of Canton historical efforts.

Survivors include her son, Robert Bower of Vienna, Va.; one granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice or to the donor's choice.


Services for Catherine Putz, 82, of Westland were Thursday, May 2, from St. Bernadine Catholic Church with burial at St. Bridget Cemetery in North Dakota.

Mrs. Putz was born Nov. 16, 1919, in Knox, N.D., and died April 29 at home. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include sons, John A. (Angelita) and Gary (Judith); daughters, Victoria M. (Robert) McGuigan and Valaria A. (Ronald) Jones; three sisters; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

L.J. Griffin Funeral Home handled the local arrangements.


Services for Angeline V. Pietrzak, 73, of Westland were Friday, May 3, from St. Damian Catholic Church. Cremation rites were accorded.

Mrs. Pietrzak was born July 31, 1928, in Detroit and died April 30 in Ann Arbor. She was an inspector for an automotive company. 

Survivors include her husband, Edward; daughters, Lynn M. and Laura (Chris) Armbruster; son, Paul J. (Jayna); two sisters; two brothers; and six grandchildren.


Services for Alice Gries, 89, were Saturday, May 4, from St. Theodore Church with entombment following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Mrs. Gries was born Dec. 23, 1912, in Ewen and died April 29. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, J. Raymond (Patricia); daughters, Judith (Russell) and Susan Sanner; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death was her husband, J. Raymond.

L.J. Griffin Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Services for Norman F. Kuhn, 83, of Westland were Thursday, May 2, from the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert McDonald officiating and burial at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock.

Mr. Kuhn was born Oct. 13, 1918, in Detroit and died April 29 in Farmington Hills. He was a supervisor and a machinist.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Kuhn; daughters, Margaret Thorne and Cheryl (Asa) Mahssney; sons, Norman Jr., Paul (Lea) and David (Janice); eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Fair Haven Baptist Church.


Services for Carmen Gonzalez, 89, of Westland were Thursday, May 2, from St. Linus Catholic Church in Dearborn Heights with the Rev. George Miller officiating and burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights.

Mrs. Gonzalez was born Nov. 4, 1912, in Mexico City and died April 29 in Westland. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters, Mary (Concha) Navarrete, Elizabeth (Derry) Smyth and Judy (Joseph) Czajka; sons, Luis (Annerose) Gonzalez and Roy Gonzalez; one sister; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Most Holy Trinity.


Services for Deborah L. Sorensen, 46, of Westland were Tuesday, May 7, from John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward Einem of Lutheran Church of Our Savior officiating.

Mrs. Sorensen was born May 9, 1955, in Detroit and died May 4 in Garden City. She was a data engineer.

Survivors include sons Jason and Michael; parents Tom and Geri Drahos and William and Ruth Serniuk, and brother William Serniuk.

Memorials may be made to the family. Cremation rites were accorded.


Services for Martin A. Moran, 71 of Westland were Monday, May 6, from St. Richard Catholic Church with the Rev. Terence Treppa officiating and burial at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton.

Mr. Moran was born Oct. 8, 1930, in Johnstown, Pa. and died May 1 in Westland. He was a retired stationery engineer for Ford Motor Co. and was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church. He was a private first class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, during which he won an Occupational Medal of Japan and was a member of the Detroit Judo Club, International Radio Union and the Century Club of the American Radio Relay League. 

Among Mr. Moran's survivors are his wife, Gaynell L. Moran; 11 children, including sons John (Mary) Moran of Wayne, Christopher (Martha) Moran of Greenbrier, Tenn., Shawn (Marlena) Moran of Romulus and Daniel (Jodi) Moran of Westland; daughters Madeline (George) Brown of Westland, Jane Frantz of Westland, Constance (Robert) Kotick of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Pamela (John) Edwards of Romulus, Sandra (Stephen) Dziurkowski of Westland, Kimberly Williams of Westland, and Cynthia Hughes of Romulus; 26 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding in death were his parents, John and Margaret Moran.

Vermeulen Funeral Home in Westland handled the arrangements.


Services for Debra Gibson, 42, of Westland were Tuesday, May 7 from Uht Funeral Home in Westland with the Rev. Don Belcher of Sunset Church of Christ in Taylor officiating and burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland. 

Miss Gibson was born Dec. 15, 1959, and died May 3 of multiple sclerosis.

Survivors include her mother, Mildred of Westland; sisters Audrey Kohn of Westland and Elizabeth (Alan) Taylor of Geneva, N.Y., niece Meggan Kohn and nephews Ryan and Andrew Taylor.


Services for Doris Campbell, 85, of Westland were Monday, May 6, from Vermeulen Funeral Home in Westland with the Rev. Ronald Vanderbeek officiating and burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland.

Mrs. Campbell was born May 18, 1916, in Sewickley, Pa. and died May 1 in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving Mrs. Campbell are her five children; including daughters Barbara King of Westland, Patricia Lowery of Omaha, Neb., Marjorie Green of Malvern, Ark. and Sanie Campbell of Dearborn; sons Ralph (Mary) Campbell of Auburn Township and James (Christine) Campbell of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; sister Geraldine Burr of Evans City, Pa., brother Clair Flick of Centerline; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 25911 Middlebelt, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.


Services for Frances "Pat" Hull, 86, of Wayne, formerly of Westland will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 10 from Harry J. Will Funeral Home in Wayne with with the Rev. Jerry Gray officiating and interment at Glenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Hull was born Aug. 1, 1915 and died Monday, May 6.

Among Mrs. Hull's survivors are her five children; Patty (the late Frank) Pate, Nancy (Ron) Swan, Ruth (Ronald) Hadyniak, John (Karen) Hull Jr. and Karen (Merv) Wilkie; 22 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Preceding in death was her husband, John Hull Sr. and her daughter Virginia (Ed) Harmon.


Services for Marion Colvin, 76, of Canton will be 11 a.m. Friday, in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth.

Mr. Colvin was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Tiffin, Ohio, and died May 14, 2002, in Canton Township. He came to the Plymouth community in the 1960's from Kalamazoo. Mr. Colvin was district manager for the Social Security Administration, retiring after 35 years of service. After his retirement he worked for General Filters in Novi.

Mr. Colvin served in the armed services during World War II and was a life-member of the V.F.W. in Northville.

Surviving are: his wife, Bette; children Jeffrey (Suzanne) of White Lake, Frederic Bauer of Farmington, Lori (Brian) Bucalo of White Lake, Nora Bauer of Lincoln Park, Lisa (Thomas) Lewandowski of Canton and Kimberly Kozachenko of Westland; sister, Mary (James) Craven of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to Arbor Hospice or the American Cancer Society.


Services for former Garden City resident Ralph DesJardins, 83, of Canton were May 14 in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Donald Gregory from Faith Baptist Church. 

Mr. DesJardins was born Jan. 21, 1919, in Detroit, and died May 10 in Farmington Hills. He was a truck driver. He was a Garden City resident 40 years before moving to Canton.

Surviving are his daughters, Ruth (Benjamin) Sanders of Arizona, Carol (Gary) Sewell of Canton, Alice (Donald) Bell of Westland and Linda (Jack) Chenault of Westland; brothers, Kenneth, Russell and Wilbur; sisters, Ruth and Grace; five grandchildren, Amy, Holly, Heidi, Melissa and Sarah; and two great-grandchildren.


Services for Frances Kielty, 80, of Westland were May 11 in Vermeulen Funeral Home with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit. Officiating was the Rev. Leonard Partensky.

Miss Kielty was born May 6, 1922, in Detroit, and died May 8, in Livonia. She lived in Westland for many years. She was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church. She was a senior clerk 38 years for Ford Motor Company. 

Miss Kielty was a 1941 graduate of Saint Gregory High School. She was a reading tutor for Michigan Literacy Program. Miss Kielty received a merit award in honor of the many volunteer hours she donated at St. Mary Hospital. 


Services for Annabelle Eller, 69, of Westland will be 10 a.m. Friday, in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Glenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

A homemaker, Mrs. Eller was born May 26, 1932, and died May 14, 2002, in Garden City.

Surviving are her children, Erma (Patrick) Shark, William (Delores), Robert (Rebecca) and Deborah Backhaus; brother, Melvin Stevens; sister, Betty Spink; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; and companion of 28 years, Paul Barber.


A funeral Mass for Crisstie Gwizdak of Westland was May 13 in St. Mary Catholic Church of Wayne. 

Miss Gwizdak died May 8, 2002.

Surviving are her parents, John and Beatrice; siblings, Jeannine (Bud) Giegler, Jeanette (Kevin) Clark, Michelle (Chuck) Borg, Carlette, Michael, Kimberly (Gordon) Prater, Chadd, Maria (Martin) Sigarto, Jamie, Jason, Rachel and Todd; and 14 nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home.


Services for William Ludwig, 56, of Westland were April 23 in Uht Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Bob McDonald.

A mechanic, Mr. Ludwig was born Dec. 15, 1945, and died April 18, 2002, in Wayne.

Surviving are his sons, Billy (Sheryl) and Jason (Wendy); stepsons, Roger Eller and Jesse Backhaus; stepdaughter, Yvonne Chomos; brothers, Mike (Peggy) and Fred (Merry); sisters, Pat Burns and Sandra Ludwig; 14 grandchildren; and companion Deborah Backhaus. 


Services for former Westland resident James Blair Jr., 77, of Canton will be 11 a.m. Saturday, in Vermeulen Funeral Home, 980 N. Newburgh Road, Westland. Officiating will be the Rev. Neil Swanger.

Mr. Blair was born March 13, 1926, in Detroit, and died May 8, 2002, in Farmington Hills. Employed by Ford Motor Company for 23 years, he was also a restaurant owner 1968-1983. A graduate of Fordson High School, Mr. Blair earned a bachelors degree in traffic management.

Mr. Blair was a member of Newburgh Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Dearborn and Mt. Olivet Methodist Church.

Mr. Blair served in the Navy during World War II. His rank was Water Tender 3rd Class. He received Victory medals and a good conduct award.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Emily;children Thomas of Canton, Pamela Witte and Leslie, both of Westland; sister, May Prisby of Canton; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great- great-grandchild.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Heart Association, West Metro Region, P.O. Box 721129, Berkley, MI 48072-0129 or American Lung Association, 26555 Evergreen Road, Suite 375, Southfield, MI 48076-2689.


A memorial service for John McConnell, 77, of Westland was today, (Thursday) at First Methodist Church of Wayne.

Mr. McConnell was born July 15, 1924, in McDonald, Ohio, and died May 12, 2002, in Garden City. He was a salesman for Kosin Clothes and a World War II veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Helen; children, Barbara (Robert) Burke, John, Kathleen (Richard) Phillips, Terrence (Susan), Randy (Andrew) Williams, Jeffrey (Barbara), Margaret Hope and Pennie Russ; one brother; two sisters; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. McConnell is also survived by his friend, Ed.

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

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