Miscellaneous Wayne County, Michigan Obituaries


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Services for Homer Vaughan, 81, of Westland were June 4 in Uht Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Roy Forsyth.

Mr. Vaughan was born June 4, 1920, and died June 1 in Westland. He was a mixer operator.

Surviving are his wife, Ola; sons, Michael Vaughan and Ricky Vaughan; daughter, Mary (Terry) Magnuson; brothers, Jack, Russell and Duwane; sisters, Barbara, Phyllis and Carolann; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Services for Odella Amble, 86, of Westland were May 31 in Vermeulen Funeral Home with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens, West, Westland. Officiating was the Rev. Charles D. Ozment.

Mrs. Amble was born Aug. 21, 1915, in Plymouth, and died May 27 in Westland. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her son, James Mays Jr.; brother, Raymond Smith of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sisters, Norma Johnson of Ypsilanti and Doris Hix of Byron; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 


Services for Richard Kolnitys, 68, of Westland were June 1 in Ss. Simon & Jude Catholic Church with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights. Officiating was the Rev. Gerard V. Bechard.

Mr. Kolnitys was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Detroit and died May 28 in Ann Arbor. He was a supervisor.

Surviving are his wife, Delphine; children, Karen Ann (Tim) Curtis, Coleen Marie (John) Lasecki, Timothy (Deb), Ann Marie (Chris) McBeth, Richard (Crista) and JoAnn Marie (Tony) Darkangelo; 25 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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


Serevices for former Westland resident Amanda Juby, 25, of Newport News, Va., were June 3 in Beaver Valley United Methodist Church in Naumburg, N.Y., with the Rev. Frances K. Hemstreet officiating. Burial was at Castorland Union Cemetery. 

Mrs. Juby was born May 1, 1977, in Livonia and died May 28 at her home in Newport News, Va. She was raised in Westland and moved to Port Leyden in 1994 where she attended South Lewis Central School. She and her husband, Nicholas, moved to Newport News in October 2001. She was employed by 7-Eleven in Newport News.

Surviving are her husband, Nicholas; daughters, Carolynn, Caitlinn and Sara; father, Thomas Seymour of Lowville, N.Y.; brothers, Billy Seymour and Randy Seymour, both of Hohenwald, Tenn.; maternal grandmother, Frances Grimes of Plymouth, paternal grandmother, Erma Seymour of Boonville, N.Y.; two nieces and several cousins.

Mrs. Juby was preceded in death by her mother, Carolynn.

Donations may be made to the Juby-Seymour Children Family Trust, c/o Key Bank, 7647 N. State St., Lowville, NY 13367. 

Arrangements were made by Virkler-Perocoski Funeral Home, Lowville, N.Y.


Services for Donald Bedard, 80, of Wayne were June 4 in Ss. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, Westland. Officiating was the Rev. Gerard Bechard.

Mr. Bedard was born July 1, 1921, and died May 30 in Superior Township. He was a school principal in the Wayne-Westland school district 1948-81.

Mr. Bedard graduated from Michigan Normal College (Eastern Michigan University) in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in education. In 1949, he received his master of education degree from the University of Michigan.

Surviving are his wife, Marjorie; children, Judy Bedard from Sydney, Australia, Michael (Bonnie) Bedard, Herbert Bedard and Mary (Chris) Tramp; and two grandsons, Andrew Bedard and Brian Bedard.

Memorial tributes may be made to Ss. Simon and Jude Building Fund, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Uht Funeral Home.


Services for Anne Harbison, 75, of Canton will be Friday, June 7, in First United Methodist Church of Plymouth with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland. 

Mrs. Harbison was born Oct. 1, 1926, in Akron, Ohio, and died June 3 in Lansing. She was a secretary for Garden City schools. She was a former member of the Wayne-Westland Board of Education.

Surviving are her sons, Mark (Linda), Doug (Debbie), Gordon (Linda) and Victor (Mayte); sisters, Helen White and Della (Bob) Sutherland; and nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Harbison was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew.

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


Services for Shirley Roy, 67, of Westland were June 8 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Drex Morton.

Mrs. Roy was born Jan. 12, 1935, in Detroit and died June 3 in Ann Arbor. She was an office manager for Brands Direct in Plymouth since 1960. She came to the Westland community in 1998 from Canton.

Mrs. Roy enjoyed horse racing; she owned a race horse. She enjoyed bingo, shopping and traveling to Las Vegas.

Surviving are her sons, Michael Roy and Nick (Diana); daughters, Cindy Roy of Commerce Township and Lisa (Dave) Duke of Garden City; and six grandchildren, Robert and Brandon MacBrien, Colton Duke, and Christopher, Nicole and Jennifer Roy.

Mrs. Roy was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Robert.

Memorials may be made to the family.


Services for Michael Johnson, 40, of Westland were June 7 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Wayne. 

Mr. Johnson died June 3 of an illness.

Surviving are his wife, Teena; children, James, Christina, Jennifer and Jonathan; mother, Joyce Ursery; siblings, Kathy (Bob) Seaton, Robert (Heather) and Angelina.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his father, Ronald.


A funeral Mass for Jean Odierna, 89, of Novi was June 7 in Holy Family Catholic Church, Novi, with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit. Officiating was the Rev. John Budde.

Mrs. Odierna was born Sept. 30, 1912, in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, and died June 4 in Southfield. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed gambling and cooking.

Surviving are her son, Ronald (Marrietta); daughters, Barbara (Mike) Kazanjian of Westland and Susan Smith; brother, Arthur Valenti of Las Vegas, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Odierna was preceded in death by her husband, Guy. 

Arrangements were made by Thayer-Rock Funeral Home, Farmington.


Services for Matthew McIntosh, 95, of Westland were June 8 in Booneville, Ky.

Mr. McIntosh was a previous resident of Plymouth. He was a retired machine repairman for Evan Products. He came to the Plymouth community in 1950 from Kentucky. Mr.McIntosh served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Surviving are his children, Beech (Nettie) McIntosh of Plymouth, Denver (Jackie) McIntosh of Booneville, Ky., Anna Nix of Plymouth, Juanita (Jim) Wolford of Booneville, Ky., Eula (Vern) Woodward of Plymouth and Ola (George) Young of Ann Arbor; sister, Clora McDaniels of Booneville, Ky.; 23 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. McIntosh was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian, and son, William. 

Local arrangements were made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth.


Services for former Westland resident Franklin Philbrick, 69, of Canton will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, in Fisher Funeral Home, 24501 Five Mile, Redford Township. Officiating will be the Rev. John Shinn from Calvary Baptist Church. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today, Sunday, and 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 10, in Fisher Funeral Home.

Mr. Philbrick was born May 14, 1933, in New York and died at his home in Canton June 6, after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He enjoyed his family and friends, and loved to travel.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Betty; children, Franklin III, Keith (Jane), Donna Moore, Karen (Tony) Horning, Susan (Jim Stanley) Thomas and Mark (Janet); sister, Viola (Wesley) Bettker; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Philbrick was preceded in death by his daughter, Kandy, and brother, Allen Philbrick.

Memorial tributes may be made to ALS of Michigan, Lou Gehrig's disease, 21311 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076.


A funeral Mass for Howard Stirling, 84, of Westland will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 14, in St. Richard Catholic Church. Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, 31551 Ford Road, Garden City.

Mr. Stirling was born Oct. 3, 1917, in Canada and died June 4 in Westland. He was self-employed as a landscaper. He lived in this community 15 years.

Surviving are his wife, Vivian; children, Catherine (Chris) Gould, David (Diane) Mary Ann (Chris) Dohorty, Patricia (Michael) Demsky and Michael (Paullette); and 12 grandchildren.


Services for Isaac Madden, 67, of Dry Ridge, Ky., were June 3 in Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home, Crittenden, Ky. Officiating was the Rev. Bill Page. 

Mr. Madden was born March 1, 1935, in Landsaul, Ky., and died May 31 in Florence, Ky. He was a retired assembly line worker for General Motors. He was a member of Crittenden Baptist Church. Mr. Madden was a member of UAW Local No. 735.

Surviving are his wife, Bettye; sons, Tim Madden of Canton, Terry Madden of Westland and Jerry Madden of Berry, Ky.; daughter, Judy Flynn of Canton; brother, Harold Madden of Dover, Del.; sisters, Christine Watts of Jackson, Ky., and Norma Hagger of Middletown, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.


Services for Martha Dorow, 93, of Romulus were May 31 in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Westland, with burial at Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating were the Rev. David Furno and the Rev. Mark Franck.

Mrs. Dorow was born Jan. 20, 1909, and died May 27 in Goodrich, Mich. She was a homemaker. 

Surviving are her children, Myron (Lucy) Dorow, Alvin (Margaret) Dorow, Lois (Donald) Drayton, Shirley (Charles) LeMay, Barbara (Norman) Richardson and Alan (Kay) Dorow; sister, Esther Nieman; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. There are family members who reside in the Westland community.

Mrs. Dorrow was preceded in death by her husband, George; and sisters, Lydia Bragenzer, Emma Bragenzer and Leona Terry; and brothers, Edward Kessler and Richard Kessler.

Memorial tributes may be made to Genesys Hospice, 7280 S. State Road, Goodrich, MI 48438.

Arrangements were made by Uht Funeral Home.


Services for George Kelley Jr., 69, of Westland will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at D-Bar-A Scout Ranch, White Coff Lodge, Metamora, Mich. Officiating will be the Rev. John Patrick Day. 

Mr. Kelley was born Aug. 11, 1932, and died June 4 in Westland. He was a machinist.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth; son, Joe (Leslie) Caulfield; daughter, Myrtle Kelley, Kitty Kelley, Iva (Harold) Overfield and Yvonna (Joe) Eberhardt; and six grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Uht Funeral Home.


A funeral Mass for John Cosgrove of Dearborn Heights was June 8 in St. Patrick's Church with burial at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit.

Mr. Cosgrove died June 4 at his home in Dearborn Heights. He was a retired court officer for Westland 18th District Court's Judge Gail McKnight 1985-2000. He worked for Wayne County Juvenile Court 33 years prior to the Westland district court. He was a Korean War veteran.

Mr. Cosgrove was active his entire life in the Irish community, serving most recently as president of the Fraternal Order of United Irishmen, and as a founding member of the Society. He was co-chair of the Corktrown Races. He also served as a delegate to the United Irish Societies.

Surviving are his brother, William Cosgrove, sisters, Mary Sobiechowski and Catherine Santy.

Memorial tributes may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 58 Parsons, Detroit, MI 48201 or to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.

Arrangements were made by Griffin Funeral Home.


Services for Archie Dobbs, 60, of Garden City were June 7 in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Glenwood Cemetery in Wayne. Officiating was the Rev. Patrick Lowery.

Mr. Dobbs was born Oct. 5, 1941, and died June 3 in Livonia. He was a custodian.

Surviving are his sisters, Stella Lack and Darlene (Eugene) Stec of Livonia; several nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.

There are family members who reside in Westland.

Mr. Dobbs was preceded in death by his sister, Amylee Lack.


Services for William Boess, 87, of Westland were June 11 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home with burial at Oakland Hills Memorial Park, Novi. Officiating was the Rev. Wallace Eason from Bible Missionary Church in Lima, Ohio.

Mr. Boess was born Oct. 18, 1914, in Canada and died June 7 in Garden City. He was a buyer for a tractor company. 

Mr. Boess is survived by his wife, Priscilla.


Services for Billie Holt, 79, of Westland were June 10 in Uht Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Rob Joy.

Mrs. Holt was born Feb. 15, 1923, and died June 7 in Ann Arbor due to an accident. She held a secretarial position for several City of Westland offices.

Surviving are her husband, Fred Jr.; sons, William "Bill" (Valerie) Holt and Thomas Holt; daughter, Pamela Holt; sister, Marjorie McGregor; and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Holt was preceded in death by her brother, James Maylen.


Services for Donald Smith Sr., 59, of Westland were June 11 in First Congregational Church of Wayne with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland. Officiating ws the Rev. Rob Joy.

Mr. Smith was born Sept. 13, 1942, and died June 7 in Westland. He was an assembler. 

Surviving are his wife, Suzanne; sons, Donald Smith Jr. and Leonard Smith; daughters, Kelly (William) Hall, Karen (Paul) Cutsy and Kathryn (Andrew) Richter; sister, Janet (James) Hickling; and eight grandchildren, Angela, Alex, Adam, Lauren, Travis, Ryan, Seth and Sara.

Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Uht Funeral Home.


Services for Ida Nick, 66, of Westland were June 11 in Vermeulen Funeral Home with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights. Officiating was the Rev. Jack H. Baker.

Mrs. Nick was born July 5, 1935, in Detroit and died June 6 in Wayne. She was a teacher's aide for Wayne-Westland schools.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; son, David (Dawn) Nick of Newport, Mich.; brother, Adolph (Florence) Peressini of Troy; and four grandsons, Jim, Mark, Joseph and Dustin. Six nieces and nephews also survive. 


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

Ms. Bauer was born Dec. 24, 1957, in Toledo, Ohio, and died June 7 in Lincoln Park. She was a supervisor for a half-way house in Lincoln Park. She came to Lincoln Park in 2000 from Plymouth.

Surviving are her mother, Bette Kozachenko of Canton; siblings, Lisa (Thomas) Lewandowski of Canton, Frederick Bauer of Farmington Hills and Kimberly Kozachenko of Westland; step-siblings, Kathleen Kozachenko of Pittsburch, Pa., and Keith Kozachenko of Indiana; niece, Alexis Bauer; and nephew, Justin Kozachenko.

Ms. Bauer was preceded in death by her father, Harold Bauer, and stepfathers, Marion Colvin and Walter Kozachenko.

Memorial tributes may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Services for Marie Krug, 76, of Canton were June 8 in Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Eli Salomon.

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

Surviving are her husband, Clifford; sons, William (Patricia) Krug of Canton, Gregory (Nieve) Krug of Paris, France, Kenneth Krug of Ann Arbor and Alain Krug of Ann Arbor; sisters, Rosie Coffey of Westland and Emily Jestin of Lyon, France; and four grandchildren. 

Memorial tributes may be made in the form of Mass offerings.


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 earned 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.

Mr. Reuland 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.

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