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.
BIELIS GEORGE JOSEPH III age 73 of Livonia. Beloved husband of Louise. Loving father of George J. IV (Kathy), Cynthia (Mark) McCusker, John (Denise), Susan (Jim) Smolinski. Cherished grandfather of Courtney, George J. V, Colin, Caden, Angeline, Matthew, Samantha, and Allison. Dear brother of Gerald (Judy). Visitation will be held at Fred Wood Funeral Home Rice Chapel 36100 Five Mile Road (E. of Levan) Livonia. Monday April 9, 2012 from 1-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held at St. Edith Catholic Church 15089 Newburgh Rd., Livonia, MI, 48154. Thursday April 5, 2012 in state at 10:00 a.m., Mass 10:30 a.m. Please share memories at fredwoodfuneralhome.com
Biondo Anne (CORRECT Visitation Dates) March 29, 2012. Age 89. Beloved wife of the late Natale. Loving mother of Rita Pazarena (the late James), Thomas (Julie), Dennis (Janice), Anne Marie (Raymond) Gattari, Michael (Julia), Philip (Frances), Barbara (Lou) Sancimino, Paul (Sue), Theresa (Mark) Fecteau, and Natalie (Lew) Gamarra. Proud and loving grandmother of 22, great-grandmother of 21, and great-great-grandmother of three. Dear sister of Rose Lucido and Leonard (Nancy) Napoli, and sister-in-law of Mary Lucido. Predeceased by her loving parents Dominic Daitone, Dominic Napoli, and Rosalie (nee Mazzola). (CORRECT VISITATION DATES) Visitation Monday, April 9, 3-9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc., 36900 Schonherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). In state Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 a.m. until time of 10 a.m. Mass at St. Thecla Catholic Church, 20740 S. Nunneley (E. of Groesbeck, S. of Metro Parkway). Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimers Associatons. Please share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" at WujekCalcaterra.com.
BOGER JANE E. January 18, 2012. Age 91. Beloved wife of the late Robert. Dear mother of Karen Fischer (Rich), Ronald (Linda) and Janet Mignano (Jim). Devoted grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of five. Sister of Roberta Brokaw and Linda Cochenour. Memorial Service Saturday (April 14) 11 a.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5631 N. Adams Rd., Bloomfield Hills. Visitation at church begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Memorial tributes to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church or Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. A.J. Desmond & Sons, (248) 362-2500. Sign guestbook and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com
BOKA ROSE MARY of Walled Lake, White Lake and Highland was born on April 29, 1920 in Lorain, Ohio to Joseph and Mary (nee: Kovach) Angyan. She died March 24, 2012 at the age of 91. Mrs. Boka is the beloved wife of the late James E. Boka (d.2001). Loving mother of: James D. (Joyce) Boka, Beverly Ridling, and Dale E. Boka. Dear grandmother of Harold, Timothy, Deborah, Christopher (Lisa), Kathleen (Jay), and Dale James. Great-grandmother of Cassandra, Korey, Jessica, Austin and Colton. Dear sister of Ethyl Lamkin and Helen Lezak. Also survived my numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (three Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 3 p.m. Friends may visit 2 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to Seasons Hospice appreciated. Condolences at www.LynchFAMILYFuneralDirectors.com
BOMAN ANN MARIE, age 80, a lifelong resident of Berkley, died March 27, 2012. Beloved wife of Keith. Loving mother of Keith (Carol), Jill (David) Fons, Paul (Renee), Lisa (David) Baker and the late Linda Marie. Dear sister of Robert (Jeanetta) Wells, Bert (Doris) Wells and the late Donald Wells. Proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial visitation Sunday, April 15th from 1-9 p.m. and memorial service Monday, April 16th at 11 a.m. at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W. 11 Mile Rd. (4 blks. E of Woodward), Royal Oak. Inurnment at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley. Share your memories at www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com
BORTON JAMES GORDON April 2, 2012, age 79 of Wolverine Lake, formerly of Flint. Beloved husband of Gwen, and former husband of Margaret. Loving father of Richard (Michele) Witter, Tari (Charles) Carter, and Debra Rayba. Proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren and great-grand-children, including Lauren Witter. Dear brother of Joyce Woodard and Kay Young. Memorial gathering Wednesday 10 a.m. until the 12 noon memorial service at NorthRidge Church, 49555 North Territorial (at Ridge) Plymouth, MI 48170. Memorials may be made to NorthRidge Church. Arrangements by Vermeulen Funeral Home, Plymouth. To share a memory, please visit vermeulenfuneralhome.com
BOYD WILLIAM J., JR., age 78 of Madison Heights, MI after a long battle with cancer. William passed away peacefully in his home on Friday March 30th, 2012. Bill was born September 18, 1933 in Dansville, New York to the late William and Glady's Boyd. Sr. Beloved husband of Marilyn Dear father of Kevin (Nancy) Boyd, Kathleen (Norman) Zuhl and Kristin (Rob) Varney. Loving grandfather of Douglas, Renee, Kaitlyn, Rochelle, Koreen, Ryan and Kyle. Brother of Betty (the late Burdette) Sauerbier, Donald (Jane) Boyd, Jean (the late John) McKay, Joyce (the late William) Mothorpe the late Clyde (Dolly) Boyd and the late Butchie Boyd, his nephew the late Douglas Boyd son of Clyde and Dolly Boyd. Bill is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday 2-8 p.m. at Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home, 30351 Dequindre Madison Heights, MI 48071. In state Wednesday 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral 11:00 a.m., First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, 529 Hendrie Blvd., Royal Oak, Mi. 48067. Bill was a graduate of Dansville High School in New York, and Cortland State Teachers College in New York. Bill was the president of the Greater North Woodward Optimist Club in 1974. He dedicated his life of 34 years to teaching in Royal Oak with 3 years at Mary Lyons Jr. High and 31 years at Royal Oak Dondero. Bill was a beloved teacher and a dedicated coach for multiple sports while at Dondero, Bill was inducted into the Royal Oak Schools Hall of Fame in 1977, he was also one of the founding fathers of the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the hall in 1993. Bill was also involved in his church First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak where he was a Deacon, Elder and Trustee. Memorials to: Michigan High School Baseball Coaches (MHSBCA) Re: Hall of Fame Exhibit-Comerica Park Dave Elliott - MHSBCA Treasurer 2157 S. Van Buren, Reese, MI. 48757 *checks payable to MHSBCA or First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak - Organ Fund, 529 Hendrie Blvd., Royal Oak, MI 48067. Share a memory at edwardswansonandsonfuneralhome.com
BRINKER LARKIN ROSEMARY 92, of Commerce Twp, passed away quietly on March 18, 2012. Celebrating her life are eight of her 12 children, Pat, Barb, Joann, Gene, Jim, Paul, Rose and Patrick, their spouses, 32 grandchildren, 34 great-grand-children and hundreds of extended family. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Edward Brinker and their children, Ed, Doug, Sue and Karen. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on April 14, 2012 at St. Williams Church in Walled Lake. Rosemary's last gift was to donate her body to Med Cure for medical research. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a family member or friend in need.
BRYAN ELMER Age 84, April 6, 2012. Beloved husband of Wilhelmina Kovach, and the late Betty Jane for 56 years. Dear father of Sandra Moore (Richard), Michael, Pamela Mayer (Rick), James (Doreen), and the late Elmer. Also survived by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial Service Monday 7 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Rd. (between Maple and Big Beaver). Family will receive friends Monday 5-9 p.m. Memorial Tributes to Alzheimer's Assoc. View obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com.
BUDD BARBARA A. March 29th, 2012. Age 72. Beloved wife of the late Walter Budd. Sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Survived by daughter Linda (James) MacDougall. Granddaughter Miranda. Son David (Jackie) Rutherford. Including a blended family of five additional grandchildren, and four great-grand- children. Barbara and Walter will be laid to rest together at The Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. The family would like to extend their special heartfelt thanks to the staff of Heartland Hospice. Forever loved and missed by all.