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GLEN ROY CRATTY

Services for former Westland resident Glen Cratty, 87, of Meridan were May 13 in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Robert Schultz.

Mr. Cratty was born Feb. 11, 1915, and died May 10, 2002, in East Lansing. He was a plumber.

Surviving are his daughter, Carole (Bob) Boyes; brother, Charles Cratty; grandson, Todd Boyes; granddaughter, Tracey (J.B.) Audi; great-grandson, Jack Audi; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Cratty was preceded in death by his wives, Margaret and Pearl; brothers, Don, Robert and Austin; and sister, Olive Lensky.

Memorial tributes may be made to Alzheimers Association.
 

HENRY JAY BURR

Services for Henry Burr, 73, of Westland were May 17 in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Farmington with burial at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens, Novi. Officiating was the Rev. James B. Wright.

Mr. Burr was born Dec. 16, 1928, in Detroit, and died May 15, 2002, in Westland. He was a construction worker.

Surviving are his sons, Joseph Burr of Westland and Mark Burr of Westland; daughters, Elizabeth Burr of Farmington Hills, Susan Lundgreen of North Carolina and Laura Burr of Ohio; brother, Robert (Patricia) Burr of California; and two grandchildren, Troy Lundgreen and Natassia Lundgreen.

Mr. Burr was preceded in death by his wife, Delores (June 29, 1998).

Memorial tributes may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute.
 

ARVILLA A. THRUN

Services for former Westland resident Arvilla Thrun, 94, of Livonia will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, 1139 Inkster Road, Garden City, with burial at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, Battle Creek. Officiating will be the Rev. Kurt E. Lambart from St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Westland. Visitation is noon to 3 p.m. Monday, May 27, in the funeral home.

Mrs. Thrun was born March 28, 1908, in Toledo, Ohio, and died May 18 in Livonia. She was a clerical employee.

Surviving are her sons, Herbert (Beverly) Thrun and Charles Thrun; five granddaughters, Victoria Van Gorder, Deborra Warren, Sue Pontin, Loren and Lisa Deen; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial tributes may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Westland.
 

RAYMOND A. NOVOTNY

Services for Raymond Novotny, 73, of Westland were May 24 in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Westland, with burial at Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. David Kipfmiller. 

Mr. Novotny was born Nov. 17, 1928, and died May 21 in Wayne. He was an oil line repairman.

Surviving are his sons, Daniel (Victoria) Novotny and James (Kathy Saylors) Novotny; daughter, Debra Fischer; brother, Robert Novotny; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Uht Funeral Home.
 

HELEN E. ZIELINSKI-WESOLOWSKI

Services for Helen Zielinski-Wesolowski, 86, of Westland were May 24 in St. Richard Catholic Church with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights. Officiating was the Rev. Terence Treppa.

Mrs. Zielinski-Wesolowski was born June 17, 1915, in Alpha, Mich., and died May 19 in Westland. She was a 1933 graduate of Western High School, Detroit. She was employed as a waitress 1933-41 at J.L. Hudson's in downtown Detroit and a dining room hostess 1970-82 at Burger King, Detroit. She was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church in Westland, Our Lady Gate of Heaven, Detroit, 24 years and St. Luke's, Detroit. 

Mrs. Zielinski-Wesolowski received numerous awards for shorthand, typing and swimming. She enjoyed ceramics, bingo and word search puzzles.

Surviving are her children, Diane (Richard) Scerba of Westland, Stanley (Lois) Zielinski of West Bloomfield and Robert (Sandra) Zielinski of Riverview; sister, Marion Mechling of Pochtello, Idaho; and six grandchildren, Laurie, Lynne, Michael, Dawn, Christine and Kathleen.

Memorial tributes may be made to Community Hospice Services, 32932 Warren, Westland, MI 48185.

Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
 

HAROLD D. STUTSMAN

Services for Harold Stutsman, 81, of Westland were May 21 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home with burial at Acacia Park Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Larry Bartlett from Prayer Baptist Church.

Mr. Stutsman was born Dec. 24, 1920, in Herrin, Ill., and died May 18 in Garden City. He was a route driver for a bakery.

Surviving are his daughter, Carol (Clyde) LeFevre; four grandchildren, Craig, Zachary, William and Amanda; and two great-granddaughters, Katherine and Mary Ann. 

Mr. Stutsman was preceded in death by his wife, Alice.
 

ROY ALLEN LOHN

Private services for Roy Lohn, 62, of Westland were held recently.

Mr. Lohn was born Sept. 14, 1939, in Livonia, and died May 21 at his home in Westland. He was a tool and die maker in the automotive industry.

Surviving are his children, Michael (Debbie), Deborah (Michael) and Linda Lohn; his children's mother, Colleen; brothers, Russell and Ronald; and five grandchildren, Megan, Alex, Owen, Lauren and Aidan.

Arrangements were made by R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home.
 

CLARENCE COLLINS

Services for Clarence "John" Collins, 79, of Genoa Township were May 23 in MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell, with burial at Lakeside Cemetery, Marion Township. Officiating was the Rev. Howard Soehl from First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Collins was born March 3, 1923, in Callaway County, Ky., and died May 20 in Howell. He was a former Westland resident. He was a maintenance employee with Livonia Public Schools, retiring after 28 years of service. Mr. Collins worked with the Youth Program at Livonia schools and coached Little League in Howell. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Surviving are his wife, Muriel; sons, Larry (Betty) Collins of Howell, Timothy (Truann) Collins of Fowlerville and Michael (Lynn) Collins of Howell; daughter, Diana (Santo) Guido of Dearborn Heights; sister, Ethel (Red) Farris of Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Collins was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Lung Association or American Diabetes Association.
 

PHYLLIS R. STIDHAM (MCPHERSON)

Services for Phyllis Stidham (McPherson), 68, of Westland were May 29 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Wayne. Officiating was the Rev. Alonzo Luzod.

Mrs. Stidham died May 26. She was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 3323.

Surviving are her children, Arlene (Fred) Bradburn, Valerie (Daryl) Williams, Darlene (Mike) Mayville, Marlene (Andrew) Luzod, Archie (Dennis Cusenza) McPherson III and Audra Fennessey; nine brothers and sisters; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Stidham was preceded in death by her husbands, Alton "Gene" Stidham and Archie McPherson, and daughter, Bobbi Sue McPherson.
 

EUGENE R. MORPHEW

Services for Eugene Morphew, 76, of Westland were May 28 in Vermeulen Funeral Home with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park. Officiating was the Rev. Roger F. Aumann. 

Mr. Morphew was born Jan. 16, 1926, in Knoxville, Tenn., and died May 25 in Westland. He was an accountant. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Surviving are his children, E. Richard (Karen) Morphew of Columbus, Ind., Charles (Barbara) Morphew of Littleton, Colo., Mary (John) Marasco of Canton and James (Cindy) Morphew of Pinckney; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Morphew was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, and sister, Daisy Argo.

Memorial tributes may be made to Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Dearborn West Region, 3807 Monroe, Dearborn, MI 48124-9910.
 

EUGENE "GENE" GAWRUA

Services for Eugene "Gene" Gawrua, 82, of Westland were May 29 in Vermeulen Funeral Home.

Mr. Gawrua was born Feb. 19, 1920, in Detroit and died May 25 in Westland. He was a tool grinder. He was a veteran of World War II. 

Surviving are his wife, Stella; son, Jim (Diane) Gawura; daughter, Karen Szwada; and three grandchildren, Susan, Amy and Alex.
 

SHARON D. HEIN

Services for Sharon Hein, 50, of Westland were May 29 in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Neil D. Cowling from Kirk of Our Savior Church.

Mrs. Hein died May 25 in Westland. She was a cake decorator.

Surviving are her son, Erik Hein; daughter, Shelly Hein; and sister, Janice Gray.
 

DOROTHY BOWMAN

Services for Dorothy Bowman, 77, of Westland were May 29 in St. Dunstan Church, Garden City, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Donald Demmer.

Mrs. Bowman was born July 17, 1924, in Avoca, Pa., and died May 24 in Westland. She was a homemaker. 

Surviving are her sons, Lee (Coral) Bowman of California, Ray Bowman of Garden City, Jeff Bowman of Arizona and Steve (Erin) Bowman of California; sisters, Henrietta Bielski and Irene Talmage; and eight grandchildren, Carrie, Lauren, Kayla, Kimberly, Jeffrey, Tyler, Matt and Jacob.

Mrs. Bowman was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, and sister, Cecelia Sudek.

Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements were made by John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home.
 

HELEN MAXINE DONALDSON

Services for Helen Donaldson, 86, of Westland were May 26 in Charles R. Step Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Patrick Lowery.

Mrs. Donaldson was born Feb. 17, 1916, in Olathe, Kan., and died May 23 in Livonia. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Ivan; children, Thomas, Donald, Gary and Toni Brown; stepchildren, Robert, Linda Masters and Debora Mclean; brother, Delbert Sheppard; 20 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
 

MARY LAMERTON

Services for Mary Lamerton, 85, of Westland were May 29 in St. Theodore Catholic Church with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. Gary Michalik.

Mrs. Lamerton was born April 24, 1917, in Paducah, Ky., and died May 24 in Howell. She was a homemaker. She came to the Westland community in 1979 from Detroit. She was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church and its Over 60 Club. She was a volunteer at Westland Convalescent Center and St. Jude Convalescent Center for 20 years.

Mrs. Lamerton enjoyed arts, crafts, cooking, traveling and going to the casinos.

Surviving are her son, Gerard (Cathleen) Lamerton of Brighton; daughter, Mary (Dr. Val) Sobczynski of Lamar, Colo.; brother, Robert Willett of Warren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lamerton was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick; daughter, Janet; brothers, James and Thomas Willett; and sister, Betty Cubin.

Memorial tributes may be made to Leukemia Foundation or The American Heart Association.

Arrangements were made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home.
 

BETH A PRICE

Services for Beth Price, 37, of Westland will be Saturday, June 1, in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home. Officiating will be Chaplain Rita McEachen Neal from Providence Hospital.

Mrs. Price was born May 18, 1965, in Detroit, and died May 26 at her home in Westland. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Brian; daughters, Ashley, Nicole and Samantha; brother, Eugene Simons Jr.; and sisters, Donna Rose and Carla Hudson.

Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Michigan.
 

JOHN GREGORY

John Gregory, 75, of Westland died May 26 at his home in Westland.

Mr. Gregory was born June 3, 1926, in Curtisville, Pa. He was an attorney. He was a World War II veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia; children, Kathleen (Rexford) Martin, Michael (Jan), Paul (Joan) and Beverly (Frank) Dutton; and eight grandchildren.
 

SHARON MCKEE

Services for Sharon McKee, 61, of Westland were May 30 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth. Officiating was the Rev. Dan Perry.

Mrs. McKee was born Dec. 17, 1941, in Detroit and died May 26 in Wayne. She came to the Westland community in 1970 from Plymouth. She was a retired bank teller at Wayne Out-Teachers Credit Union. She was a graduate of Plymouth High School.

Surviving are her husband, Arthur; children, Gary (Theresa) Strehl Jr. of Garden City and Christopher (Cynthia) Strehl of Commerce; parents, Dorothy and David Cell of Westland; brothers, Richard Cell of Houston, Texas, John Cell of Chicago, Ill., and David (Betty Ann) Cell II of Tampa, Fla.; and nine grandchildren, Trisha (Dave), Gary III, Andrea, James, Jessica, Christopher II, Jermey, Paige and Darine.

Mrs. McKee was preceded in death by her daughter, Katrina. 

Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
 

BETTY-JOY GILLETTE

Services for Betty-Joy Gillette, 77, of Westland were June 1 in St. Richard Catholic Church, Westland, with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West. Officiating was the Rev. Terry Treppa.

Mrs. Gillette was born Jan. 16, 1924, in Omaha, Neb., and died May 25 in Detroit. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her children, Merry-Jean (Edward) Harshman, Terri Gillette, Charles (Rosie) Gillette, Peggy (Bill) Davies and Carol (Bill) Holmes; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Gillette was preceded in death by her husband, William.

Arrangements were made by R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home.
 

MAHLON LYNUS ROUNSIFER

Services for Mahlon Rounsifer, 62, of Westland were May 25 in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton. Officiating was the Rev. William Lindholm.

Mr. Rounsifer was born March 22, 1940, and died May 22 in Westland. He was a maintenance employee.

Surviving are his wife, Yvonne; children, Timothy (Monique), Aaron (Susan) and Kay (Mark) Hockenberry; brother, Tom Rounsifer; sister, Marge Hintz of Belleville; and three grandchildren, Miranda, Neil and Nathan.

Mr. Rounsifer was preceded in death by his brothers, John Rounsifer and Donald Rounsifer, and grandsons, Bradley Rounsifer and James Rounsifer.
 

ETHEL B. PHIPPS

Services for Ether Phipps, 69, of Westland were May 28 in Vermeulen Funeral Home, Plymouth Township, with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland. Officiating was the Rev. Edward Dunford.

Mrs. Phipps was born April 25, 1933, in Bluefield, W.Va., and died May 24 in Westland. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her sons, Roger Phipps of Wayne and James Phipps of Wayne.


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