ALBRIGHT FRANK E. March 27, 2012. Age 81. Beloved husband of Dolores. Dear father of John Albright and Carol Azarovitz (Jeffrey). Grandfather of Alexander, Victoria and Austin. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (btwn. 13-14 Mile), Monday, April 9th, 2-8 p.m. Rosary 7 p.m. Memorial Mass Tuesday, April 10th , 11 a.m. at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke Rd., Bloomfield Hills. Prayers at the funeral home 10:15 a.m. followed by procession to church. Memorial tributes to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the Boy Scouts of America. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com
ALLAIN RITA M. age 84, April 4, 2012 of Sterling Heights. Dear sister of Florence (Raymond) Slater, Raymond J. (Joyce) Allain, Joseph M. (June) Allain and the late Rene J. Allain. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Monday at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Rd. (3 blks. E. of Van Dyke) Utica where friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until time of Service. Interment St. Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials suggested to The Donors Choice of Charity. www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com
ALLEN DONALD C. Age 89 of Livonia. Beloved husband of Doris. Loving father of Sharon L. (Kenneth) Snodgrass, Patrick R. (Lynne) Allen, Rebecca M. (David) Blossom, Dr. Sybil A. Allen, Jennifer Jo Allen, Jeffrey J. (Kim) Allen, and Sara K. (John) Grivas. Dear grandfather of 13, great-grandfather of four. Donald leaves behind many other friends and family. A Memorial Visitation will be held Monday April 9th at Fred Wood Funeral Home Rice Chapel, 36100 5 Mile Rd (E. of Levan) Livonia. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the funeral service at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Angela Hospice, or the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Please share your memories at Fredwoodfuneralhome.com.
ALLEN HELENE M. April 1, 2012. Age 99. Wife of the late Earl. Dear mother of Earl (Stephanie), Audrey and the late Carol McKee, Patricia Burch and Judith Allen. Also survived by 15 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Sister of the late Eleanore Hlasney, Edward and Thomas Surma. Family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (btwn 13-14 Mile), Tuesday 4-8p.m. Rosary 7 p.m. Funeral Mass Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at St. Columban Church, 1775 Melton, Birmingham. Visitation at church begins 10 a.m. Rite of Committal Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial tributes to The Capuchin Monastery. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com
ALUZZO SARAH R. 85 of Sterling Heights, died at home April 5, 2012 after a long struggle with heart failure. Born and raised in Detroit, she was the daughter of Sicilian immigrants Joseph and Lena Campagna. After World War II she met Vincent Aluzzo; they married in 1949. A homemaker and music lover, she was devoted to her children, grandchildren and extended family. She is survived by her husband of 63 years and six children: Annette (Dennis) Kingsbury, Denise (Charles) Hessler, Nadine (Roger) Weyersberg, Adrienne Aluzzo, Michelle (Greg) Skurya and Salvatore Aluzzo. Nine grandchildren survive, as does a sister, Josephine Bell. Memorial contributions suggested to Michigan Opera Theater, Beaumont Hospice, or Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Visitation Monday 3-9 p.m. Funeral Tuesday 11 a.m. at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile Rd). Interment Cadillac Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" at WujekCalcaterra.com.
AVEDISIAN HAIG 89. Went to enjoy well deserved peace with the lord On March 29, 2012. Haig wanted to be remembered first and foremost as a life long member of the congregation of the Highland Park Baptist Church. Haig was a 60 year member of the Michigan Bar Association, practicing law out of offices in Detroit and later, Birmingham, MI. In his youth, Haig was an all around athlete, earning him the nick name "Super Man". He was a Golden Gloves boxer. At 5' 6" and 155 lbs he was probably one of the smallest men to ever make the University of Michigan varsity football team. He graduated from the University of Michigan Engineering College in 1944 and immediately afterwards volunteered for service in WWII as a United States Marine. He was WIA during the Okinawa campaign. He graduated from Detroit College of law in 1951. Haig was an active member of the AGBU and was a founding Board member of the Special Projects Committee which has the purpose of raising funds for charities related to the education and welfare of Americans of Armenian descent. Haig was a devout Christian. Known for his penetrating intelligence and wit he was a truly colorful character. He gave generously of himself to those in need. He will be greatly missed by surviving family members and friends; especially sons Erich Avedisian and Douglas Avedisian, daughter-in-law Kristl Avedisian, brother Arman Avedisian, niece, Marilyn Beck, brother-in-law Dr. Richard Kasper and close friend Tom Hardy. Haig had asked that there be no public services held. His remains will be laid to rest alongside those of his wife, Mildred Avedisian in Irvington, Virginia. Donations in Haig's memory may be made to Manoogian Manor, (734) 522-5780, 15775 Middlebelt Road, Livonia, MI 48154.
BARNAK WANDA S. Age 90. Passed away April 3, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Stanley (2009). Loving mother of Mary Ann Reschke and Richard (Terri). Dearest grandmother of David (Lydia), Richard (Audrey), and Scott. Dear great-grandmother of Evan and Clara. Visitation for Wanda will be Monday from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the E.J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Directors, 3801 18 Mile (NW corner of Ryan). Scripture Service at 7 p.m. Funeral Service Tuesday, in state 9:30 a.m. with Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 2291 E. Outer Dr., Detroit. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. View online guestbook at www.mandziukfuneralhome.com.
BECK ELEANOR C., of Chelsea, Michigan, age 97, died Thursday. April 5, 2012. Memorial Service Friday, April 13, 1:00 p.m. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. Visitation 12-1 p.m. Obituary at www.mitchellfuneral.com
BENITEZ MARILYN, 73, beloved wife of Dr. Jaime T. Dear mother of Cori Rose and Paul Gerard,loving sister of Shirley Finafrock (Tom),Susan Licardo, Janet Gulick (John), Rosemary Nicollela (Andy) and Bruce Frank (Melissa). She had a large extended family with many aunts,uncles,nieces,nephews and cousins who love her dearly. Marilyn had a life long love of wild life and nature and was a member of the North Farmington Garden Club for many years. She will be dearly missed by her devoted husband, family and friends. Private services will be held in her home town of Gloversville, NY.
BIAFORA MARY M. Age 83 of Troy, passed away April 5, 2012. Beloved wife of 58 years of the late Louis Biafora. Dear mother of Mary Smith, Cathleen Motta, Matthew (Connie) Biafora, Claire (Andrzej) Sleboda, Beth Biafora, Claudia Hall, and Veronica (Greg) Lee. Loving grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Charles Foley, Veronica (John) Lewis, Carolyn Walker, Michael (Rose) Foley, Bernard (Sharon) Foley, and the late Elizabeth Foley and Suzanne Howard. Mary was born in Indiana and grew up to become a homemaker in California, New York, and Michigan. She enjoyed decorating and shopping; then used those skills to manage a Troy Bath Shop after her children were grown. Summer was her favorite season when she would find pleasure in her yard, setting out several bird feeders and watching her flowers bloom. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 54045 Schoenherr (N. of 24 Mile Rd.), Shelby Twp. on Thursday, April 12, where friends may visit at church from 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. time of Mass. Inurnment will immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery. A Family Gathering to honor Mary's life will follow the inurnment at Best Western Sterling Inn, 34911 Van Dyke at 15 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights. Funeral arrangements by Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, Utica. www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.