William Rae Morrison
Services for William Morrison, 63, of Livonia were Oct. 23 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, Westland.
Mr. Morrison was born Oct. 16, 1939, in Detroit, and died Oct. 20, 2002, in Superior Township. He was an analyst for Federal Express Supply Chain.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara; son, James; and grandson, Kyle.
Memorial tributes may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Masonic Children's Hospital.
Verlee L. Malinchak
Services for former Livonia resident Verlee Malinchak, 87, were Oct. 21 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Malinchak died Oct. 20, 2002.
Surviving are her brother, Joseph (Pauline) Pullin; sister, Betty (the late Charles) Tarver; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Malinchak was preceded in death by her husbands, George Sivertsen and Martin Malinchak, and brother, George Pullin.
Evelyn "Peggy" LeBlanc
Services for Evelyn "Peggy" LeBlanc, 83, of Livonia will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Kenneth Catholic Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Joseph Mallia.
Mrs. LeBlanc was born April 18, 1919, in Laurium, Mich., and died Oct. 16, 2002, in Livonia. She worked for Livonia public schools 1958-1981, and was a cook at Frost Junior High School. She came to the Livonia community in 1955 from Detroit. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Livonia and St. Kenneth Catholic Church in Plymouth. Mrs. LeBlanc was a member of Livonia Senior Citizens and St. Edith Church Senior Group.
She loved to play cards, bingo, cook and bake. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband and visiting relatives.
Surviving are her children, Marcia (Joseph) Rosati of Livonia, Debbie (David) Anderson of Plymouth, Beverly Hrbal of Livonia and Paul (Diana) LeBlanc of Livonia; 11 grandchildren, Daine (James) Hickox, Shelly (Greg) Belander, Curt (Diana) Borensik, Jeffery (Lauren) Borenski, Mark Borensik, Christopher Hrbal, Carrie Borenski, Julia Hrbal, Adam Borenski, Bridgette LeBlanc and Keith LeBlanc; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. LeBlanc was preceded in death by her husband, George; seven brothers; two sisters; and grandson, Matt Anderson.
Memorial tributes may be made to Angela Hospice, Livonia.
Arrangements were made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth.
A memorial service for Janice Lectka, 67, of Livonia will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 in Mt. Hope Congregational Church, 30330 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today, Sunday, Oct. 20, at the church.
Mrs. Lectka died Oct. 16, 2002. She was a Livonia teacher 30 years.
Surviving are her husband, Charles; son, John (Cindy) Lectka; daughter, Jill Lectka; brothers, Allan, Richard and Larry Siefert; and three grandchildren, Mallory, David and Anna.
Memorial tributes may be made to Angela Hospice.
Arrangements were made by Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home.
Virginia M. Ward
A memorial service for Virginia Ward, 86, of Livonia will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Lutheran Home, 28910 Plymouth Road, Livonia.
Mrs. Ward died Oct. 17, 2002.
Surviving are her sons, Frederick III (Beverly) Schmoll and Alexius (Hilda) Schmoll; brother, Alexius Olson; and three grandchildren, Stephanie, Jonathan and Heidi Schmoll.
Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her husbands, Frederick Schmoll and Edwin Ward.
Memorial tributes may be made to Michigan Parkinson Foundation, 30161 Southfield Road, Suite 119, Southfield, MI 48076-9775
Robert E. Harris
Services for Robert Harris, 74, of Livonia were Oct. 19 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Harris was born in Detroit, and died Oct. 17, 2002, at his home in Livonia. He was an electronic technician in the automotive industry.
Surviving are his wife, Aileen; children, Gary (Rebecca) Crandell, Dale Crandell, Joann (Ann) Steurnagel, Ken (Mary) Harris, Marlene (Andrew) Gillis and Jan (Randy) Kacin; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial tributes may be made to Angela Hospice.
LaVern Joseph Bradach
Services for LaVern Bradach, 77, of Dearborn will be 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home, Farmington. Officiating will be the Rev. John Meyer. Visitation is 2-7 p.m. on Monday.
Mr. Bradach was born March 26, 1925, in Detroit, and died Oct. 16, 2002, in Detroit. He was an instructor/pilot for a charter airlines. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Surviving are his children, Toni Toth of Dearborn and Kirk (Linda) Bradach; son-in-law, Robert (the late Jill) McNeilly of Livonia; brother, Donald Bradach; and 11 grandchildren.
Mr. Bradach was preceded in death by his wife, Bea, and daughter Jill McNeilly (Sept. 30, 2002).
Elaine A. Schwarz
Services for Elaine "Bernie" Schwarz, 63, of Livonia will be 10 a.m. at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road, Livonia with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park. Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today, Sunday, in the funeral home.
Mrs. Schwarz died Oct. 17, 2002.
Surviving are her husband, Gerald; children, Donald (Robin), Daniel (Susan) and Sandra (Raymond) Northrup; and three grandchildren, Kyle, Kristen and Dylan.
A funeral Mass for Larry Sheehan, 70, of Northville will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 18, in Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Northville, with burial at Rural Hill Cemetery in Northville.
Visitation is 1-9 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 17, in Northrop-Sassaman Funeral Home, 19091 Northville Road (at Seven Mile), Northville and 10:30 a.m. until time of service Friday, Oct. 18, in the church. A Rosary will be recited this evening at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Sheehan was born May 20, 1932, in Greenfield, Iowa, and died Oct. 14, 2002, in Ann Arbor. He was a former executive vice president with Little Caesar's and vice president of marketing with Domino's Pizza.
He owned and operated O'Sheehan's Restaurants in Northville and two in Florida. He also founded Mother's Pizza in Plymouth. He was a retired Wayne County Jury Commissioner. He was the former owner of Sheehan's Hillside Lincoln Mercury in Pontiac.
Mr. Sheehan was a member of the Monaghan Knights of Columbus and Catholic Central High School Alumni Association.
Surviving are his wife, Joan; children, Timothy Sheehan of Livonia, Thomas (Julie) Sheehan of Northville, Susan (Ken) Meeks of Franklin, Tenn., Pati (Richard) Thornton of Bloomfield Hills, Terrence (Mary) Sheehan of Jacksonville, Fla. and Daniel (Tina) Sheehan of Northville; sisters, Mary Barum of Northville and Joan (Joe) Hutton of Livonia; 12 grandchildren, Errin, Megan, Donovan, Patrick and Kaeleigh Sheehan, Nathaniel and Jonathan Thornton, Sarah (Nathan) Partain, Jesse, Joel, Bethany and Abigail Meeks; and nine nieces.
Memorial tributes may be made to Larry Sheehan Scholarship Fund at Catholic Central High School.
Helen Lauerman, 79, of Livonia died Oct. 14, 2002, at her residence in Livonia.
She was born Feb. 12, 1923, in Pennsylvania. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her husband, John; children, Linda Harding, Deana Jackson, John (Sharon) Lauerman and Tim (Marlene) Lauerman; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Neely-Turowski Funeral Home.
Iris B. Pearce
Services for Iris Pearce, 75, of Livonia were Oct. 11 in Covenant Community Church in Redford Township, with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland. Officiating was the Rev. H.D. Myers.
Mrs. Pearce was born May 20, 1927, in Mt. Vernon, Texas, and died Oct. 9, 2002, in Livonia. She lived in Livonia since 1953.
Surviving are her husband, Richard; children, Carol (Hugh) Tupper, Vivian (Donald) Glowinski and Ronald (Cathy) Pearce; three sisters, Irene, Edina and Wilma; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Pearce was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Pearce (1987).
Memorial tributes may be made to Covenant Community Church, 25800 Student, Redford, MI 48239
Lonnie Brashear, Jr.
Former Livonia resident Lonnie Brashear, Jr., 54, of Tucson, Ariz. died Oct. 11, 2002.
Mr. Brashear was a graduate of Bentley High School.
Surviving are his children, Nicole Brashear of Tucson, Ariz. and Jason Brashear of Plymouth.
Mr. Brashear was preceded in death by his parents Lonnie Brashear (a long-time Livonia school board member) and Rosalie Brashear, both of Livonia.
April Ann Taddonio
A funeral Mass for April Taddonio, 47, of Pinckney was Oct. 16 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter, with burial at St. Joseph Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Taddonio was born April 1, 1954, in Ypsilanti, and died Oct. 12, 2002, in Ann Arbor. She lived most of her life in Washtenaw County. She was employed at Dapco.
Mrs. Taddonio enjoyed traveling, crocheting, fishing and was an avid reader.
Surviving are her husband of 10 years, Richard; children, Jeff (Vickie) Lobdell of Ann Arbor, Lisa (Chris) Stankowski of Gwinn, Mich., Tanja Taddonio of Belleville, Swane Clayton of Garden City and Scotti Clayton of Farmington Hills; mother, Blanche (Ditmar) Schmidt of Pinckney; brother, David (Diana) Boudrie of Ann Arbor; sister, Sandra (John) Grammatico of Pinckney; and three grandchildren, Crystal Potter, Christopher and Dakota Stankowski. There are family members who reside in the Livonia area.
Mrs. Taddonio was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Leo Boudrie, and brother, Melvin Lee Boudrie.
Memorial tributes may be made to The Gift of Life, 2203 Platt Road, Ann Arbor or the Christy Yenkel Fund for Community Cancer Care.
Arrangements were made by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home in Chelsea.
Dennis Ray Mathis
Services for Dennis Mathis, 66, of Livonia were Oct. 14 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home in Plymouth, with burial at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth. Officiating was the Rev. Dewayne Walker.
Mr. Mathis was born Nov. 2, 1935, in Detroit, and died Oct. 11, 2002, in Livonia. He retired in 1997. He grew up in southern Illinois and came to the Livonia community in 1988 from Chicago. He enjoyed all sports, loved his family and dogs.
Surviving are his mother, Katherine Zebik of Redford; sisters, Joyce (Bill) Walker of Lexington, Ky., Jacqueline (Joe) Belcher of Livonia and Carolyn (Jim) Robinson of Howell; and several nieces and nephews.
Lee F. Collins
Services for Lee Collins, 78, of Canton were Oct. 11 in Vermeulen Funeral Home, with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland. Officiating was the Rev. Jack Wallace.
Mr. Collins was born Nov. 19, 1923, in Detroit, and died Oct. 8, 2002, in Canton. He was an instrument repairman for Ford Motor Company. He was a member of Assemblies of God Church.
Shrviving are his wife, Esther; son, Dean (Debbie) Collins of Phoenix, Zriz.; daughter, Bonnie (Paul) Pfeiffer of Livonia; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Collins was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Memorial tributes may be made to Visiting Nurses Assoication-Hospice.
James John Demeter
Services for James Demeter, 81, of Redford were Oct. 11 in Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, with burial at Brethern Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Roy Forsyth.
Mr. Demeter was born July 3, 1921, in Detroit, and died Oct. 7, 2002, in Farmington Hills. He was a tool and die maker. He served in the Army during World War II.
Surviving are his son, Stephen Demeter of Livonia; daughter, Carol Raymond; and six grandchildren.
Mr. Demeter was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia, and son, James Jr.
John D. True
Services for John True, 81, of Livonia were Oct. 12 in Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home.
Mr. True was born April 23, 1929, in Henryetta, Okla., and died Oct. 8, 2002.
Surviving are his wife, Julia; children, Laura Russell, David True, John True, Roxanne Ely and step-son, Dennis Scales; sister, Laura Cox; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association.
Edwin F. Sarbinowski
Services for Edwin Sarbinowski, 84, of Livonia were Oct. 10 in St. Damian Catholic Church, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Sarbinowski was born June 22, 1918, in Detroit, and died Oct. 7, 2002, in Livonia. He was a police officer and a member of Detroit Police Officers Association.
Surviving are his wife, Pearl; daughters, Dianne (Robert) Ziembowicz, Gail (John) Lemke and Judith (Richard) Robinson; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.
Stella Rose Novack
Services for Stella Novack, 85, of Livonia were Oct. 10 in Fisher Funeral Home in Redford Township.
Mrs. Novack was born April 7, 1917, in Mt. Carmel, Pa., and died Oct. 7, 2002, in Livonia.
Surviving are her children, Thomas (Norma), James (Gloria) and Jean (Philip Sandberg) Novak; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Novack was preceded in death by her husband, Michael, and one grandson.
Memorial tributes may be made to American Heart Association.
Raymond J. Filar
Visitation with the family of former Livonia resident Raymond Filar, 64, of Brevard, N.C. will be 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in St. Michael's Catholic Church, 25225 Code Road, Southfield.
Mr. Filar died Sept. 22, 2002, in Brevard, N.C.
He was a graduate of Southfield High School and Michigan Technological University, where he received a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He spent his career working in the automtive industry, retiring from Daimler Chrysler in 2000. He was a member of numerous professional organizations including ASM and SAE, of which he was Detroit Chapter president in the 1970s.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara; children, Tracey and Adam; mother; brother; and grandchildren. Family members reside in Southfield, Plymouth, West Bloomfield and Auburn Hills.
Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, N. Canton, OH 44720
Paul Edwin Pieti
Services for former Livonia resident Paul Pieti, 65, of Farmington Hills were Oct. 11 in First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park. Officiating were Richard Pennala and Don Pennala.
Mr. Pieti was born Oct. 3, 1937, in Highland Park, and died Oct. 8, 2002, in Southfield.
He worked for Ford Motor Company-Dearborn as an engineer, retiring in 1996. He was a certified professional engineer. He was a 1955 graduate of Southfield High School and earned a degree in engineering from Michigan Tech in 1959. He also a Masters degree from Chrysler Institute in 1960.
Mr. Pieti enjoyed golf, traveling, skiing and being with his family.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Virginia; sons, Brian (Mari) Pieti of Dassel, Minn., John Pieti of Montana and Todd Pieti of Ann Arbor; daughters, Karin (Clark) Moe of Dassel, Minn., Rebecca Pieti of Farmington, Minn. and Jessica (Chris) Eckerman of Northville; brothers, David (Patricia) Pieti of Colorado and Robert (Kathy) Pieti of Dassel, Minn.; and six grandchildren.
Memorial tributes may be made to First Apostolic Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 26325 Halstead Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331