Gladys Laura Bassett
Services for Gladys Laura Bassett, 83, of Dearborn Heights were Friday, Nov. 29, from Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home in Farmington, with the Rev. Steven Brown officiating. Burial was at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi.
Mrs. Bassett was born June 4, 1919 in Detroit and died Nov. 25 at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.
Survivors include her sons, Charles Bassett of Dearborn Heights, William (Nickey) Bassett of Livonia and David (Barbara) Bassett of Redford, and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding in death was her husband, Russell D.
James Allen Hopson
Services for former Redford resident James Hopson, 57, of South Lyon were Nov. 25 in First United Methodist Church, South Lyon with burial at South Lyon Cemetery, South Lyon. Officiating was the Rev. Donna J. Minarik.
Mr. Hopson was born Aug. 21, 1945, in Detroit, and died Nov. 21, 2002, in Ann Arbor. He moved to South Lyon from Redford in 1996. He was an electrician with IBEW 58. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of South Lyon. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and restoring his vintage corvette.
Surviving are his wife, Rayna; son, Timothy Hopson of Maine; daughter, Jennifer (Scott) Colbert of Pinckney; brother, Gary (Sue) Hopson of Green Oak Township; sister, Carol (Dane) Esmacher of Redford; and one grandson, Ethan.
Memorial tributes may be made to American Liver Foundation - Michigan Chapter, 31700 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 201, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.
Arrangements were made by Casterline Funeral Home, South Lyon.
Walter R. Gazda
Services for Walter R. Gazda, 82, of Redford, were held Nov. 27 at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Redford, with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
Mr. Gazda was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Holyoke, Mass., and died Nov. 23, 2002, at Heartland-Dorvin Nursing Home in Livonia. He worked as a truck driver for Chrysler Corporation until his retirement in 1976 and was a member of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Redford.
He is survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Sue (John) Buck; grandchildren, John Jr. and Anni; and brother, Stanley (Eleanor).
Arrangements made by Charles R. Step Funeral Home in Redford.
James J. Larente
Services for former Redford resident James Larente, 79, of Higgins Lake were Nov. 19 in Houghton Lake United Methodist Church, Houghton Lake. Officiating was the Rev. Calvin Long.
Mr. Larente was born Aug. 29, 1923, in Detroit, and died at his home in Higgins Lake. He was a safety inspector for Bell Telephone. He moved from Redford to Higgins Lake in 1993. He was a member of Houghton Lake United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his children, Jeff Larente of Nevada, James Larente of California, Jonathan Larente of Novi, Mich., and Jerome Larente of Caro, Mich; brothers, Hank Larente of Higgins Lake and Edward Larente of Livonia; sisters, Anette Patalon of Houghton Lake and Sr. Marie DeLourdes of Wisconsin; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake.
Lilly C. Lewis
Services for Lilly Lewis, 77, of Redford were Nov. 18 in Charles R. Step Funeral Home with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. J.J. Mech.
Mrs. Lewis was born Sept. 1, 1925, in Scotland, and died Nov. 15, 2002, in Detroit. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her husband, Harry; children, Harry, Michael, Kevin and Margaret; and granddaughter, Amber.
Mary Louise Gariepy
Services for Mary Gariepy, 71, of Redford will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in St. Agatha Catholic Church, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. James Livingston. Visitation is 2-9 p.m. today, Nov. 21, in Charles R. Step Funeral Home, 18425 Beech Daly Road, Redford. A Rosary will be 6:30 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
Mrs. Gariepy was born Nov. 30, 1930, in Detroit, and died Nov. 18, 2002, in Redford Township. She was a homemaker and lived in this community since 1953. She was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church.
Surviving are her children, Michele (Robert) Gairdner, Drew, Susan (Henry) DeLong, and Robert (Beth); sister, Delores Martin; and four grandchildren, Ryan, Mary Ellen, Matthew and Robby.
Mrs. Gariepy was preceded in death by her husband, Claude, and son, David.
Services for Albina Savage, 89, of Livonia were Nov. 15 in St. Richard Church, Westland. Officiating was the Rev. Terence F. Treppa.
Mrs. Savage was born March 28, 1913, in Bellshill, Scotland, and died Nov. 12, 2002, in Livonia. She was a cook.
Surviving are her three children, and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Savage was preceded in death by her husband, John.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Elizabeth G. Wilson
A memorial service for Elizabeth Wilson, 86, of Livonia will be 1 p.m. today, Sunday, Nov. 17, in Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church, 9601 Hubbard, Livonia. Officiating will be the Rev. Kellie Bohlman.
Mrs. Wilson was born Oct. 31, 1916, in Cleveland, Ohio, and died Nov. 13, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemker and a Livonia resident 38 years. She worked at Livonia Public Library, in the past and also as an election precinct worker. She was a Sunday School teacher at Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Wilson was a Scout Leader and volunteered at Greenmead. She loved gardening, birds, reading and being with her family.
Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Christopher; children, Robert, Caroline Luttrull, Christopher Jr., Mary Lou O'Connell, Patricia Fitzgerald and Eric; brother, Craig Bowen; 20 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial tributes may be made to the church or Michigan Parkinson's Foundation.
Arrangements were made by R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home.
Sylvia M. Carroll
A memorial service for Sylvia Carroll, 96, of Livonia will be at noon Monday, Nov. 18, in St. Timothy Presbyterian Church, 16700 Newburgh Road, Livonia with entombment at Glen Eden Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Carroll died Nov. 14, 2002.
Surviving are her daughter, Joan Hixson of Livonia; brother, Dale Anderson; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Carroll was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan.
Memorial tributes may be made to Lighthouse Hospice or St. Timothy Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home.
Charles W. Walker
Services for former Livonia resident Charles Walker, 87, of Winchester, Ky., were Nov. 4 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winchester, with burial at Winchester Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Joseph Sauline.
Mr. Walker died Nov. 1 at his home in Winchester, Ky. He was a native of Beckley, W.Va. He was a retired quality control supervisor for Rockwell International. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winchester. He was the former chairman and one of the founding members of the city planning commission of Livonia, and a former member of the Winchester Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Walker was active in several community services in Clark County, Ky.
Surviving are his wife, Rosemary; children, Charleen Mayzes of Richmond, Ky., Charles (Brenda) Walker of Westland and Brian (Johnia) Walker of Winchester, Ky.; sister, Virginia Shollock of Howell.; and six grandchildren, Ken and Dawn Walker, Jared and Jayd Walker and Rosie and Paula Smith.
Arrangements were made by Edington-Taylor Funeral Home in Winchester, Ky.
A Celebration of Life Service for Delphine Kottke, 81, of Livonia was Nov. 16 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Cemtery.
Mrs. Kottke died Nov. 13, 2002.
Surviving are her children, Carolyn Kottke, Margaret Tober, Catherine (Bob) Guffey and Shirley (Gary) Ellul; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Kottke was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, and daughter, Darlene Medley.
Memorial tributes may be made to American Diabetes Association or the Disabled American Veterans.
Laverne L. Henderson
Services for Laverne Henderson, 80, of Livonia were Nov. 16 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Henderson was born March 9, 1922, in Detroit, and died Nov, 13, 2002, in Southfield. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her husband, Hilton; sons, Gary (Annie) and Dennis (Jean); and granddaughters, Jill and Jessica.
Stephen Louis Lindsay
Services for Stephen Lindsay, 71, of Livonia were Nov. 12 in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Leonard Partensky.
Mr. Lindsay was born Sept. 26, 1931, in Detroit, and died Nov. 10, 2002, in Livonia. He was self employed as a carpenter.
Surviving are his children, Anita (Bill) Hentschel, Steve (Lisa), Kevin (Vicki), Bill (Nancy) and Kimberly (Kevin); sisters, Delores Booth, Georgina Campbell and Norma Lindsay; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Lindsay was preceded in death by his wife, Helen.
David A. Slezak
Services for David Slezak, 72, of Houghton Lake were Nov. 11 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth. Officiating was the Rev. John J. Sullivan.
Mr. Slezak was born Feb. 22, 1930 in Detroit, and died Nov. 7, 2002, in Livonia. He was retired from the Department of Public Works in Plymouth. He moved to the Houghton Lake commmunity from Plymouth in 1992.
Mr. Slezak served in the U.S. Army. He liked fishing, boating and snowmobiling.
Surviving are his children, Mark (Catherine) Slezak of Commerce Township, Gloria McMullen of Westland and Leslie Dillon of Plymouth; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Craig) Johnson of Redford, Janice James of Plymouth, Mark Slezak Jr. of Commerce Township, Maureen Slezak of Commerce Township and Justin Dillon of Plymouth; and four great-grandchildren, Richard Adams, Karly James, Joseph James and Braidan Simmons. His cat, Tarzana, also survives.
Mr. Slezak was preceded in death by his wife, Louise.
Memorial tributes may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.
Martin James Scandary
A Celebration of Life Service for Martin "Jim" Scandary, 80, of Redford will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Grace Lutheran Church, 25630 Grand River, Redford. His body will lie instate 10 a.m. until time of the service.
Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 14 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road, Livonia. Burial will be at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia.
Mr. Scandary died Nov. 11, 2002. He was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce; children, Sandra (Gary) Thibault, Judith Scandary and Thomas Scandary; and siblings, Gust, Theodore and Virginia Keseric.
Memorial tributes may be made to Humane Society or American Diabetes Association.
Anthony A. Malerich
Services for Anthony Malerich, 96, of Redford were Nov. 6 in Charles R. Step Funeral Home, with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Jerry Slowinski.
Mr. Malerich was born May 31, 1906, in Alloway Township, Mich., and died Nov. 1, 2002, in Warren. He lived in this community many years. He was a letter carrier.
Surviving are his children, Anthony (Merrie) and Nancy (Gerald) Waldis; sisters, Anne Shackel and Mary Starsinich; grandchildren, Anthony, Sarah (Jason) Hempel, Andrew (Kim) Waldis, Albert Waldis and Lorraine (Eric) Kollman; and great-granddaughter, Vivienne Waldis.
A Celebration of Life service for Helen Namy, 93, of South Starksboro, Vt., will be Friday, Nov. 8, in Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol, Vt. Burial will be at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.
Mrs. Namy was born Nov. 14, 1908, in Martin's Ferry, Ohio, and died Nov. 3, 2002, at her home in South Starksboro, Vt. She lived in Pennsylvania and Illinois until the 1970s when she returned to Michigan, where she owned and operated Bashor's Boutique, a candy and gift store. In 1999, she moved to Vermont to be closer to some of her family.
Surviving are her brother, Charles Bashor; sister, Margaret Berg; granddaughters, Cherrie Namy and John Dickason, and Linda (Bill) Namy-Miller; many great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren, Alaina and Leyla Namy Dickason, Graham Namy Broadbelt, Sarah Namy Lawton, Sam Namy Lawton, Jake, Ben, Kristin, Erin and Tim Miller. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, and her special friend, Sally. There are family members who reside in Livonia, Redford and Westland.
Memorial tributes may be made to Porter Nursing Home, South Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Leroy F. Elzea
Services for Leroy Elzea, 81, of Brighton were Nov. 21 in Redford Lutheran Church, with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens, Livonia.
Mr. Elzea served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He worked for Ford Motor Company in Livonia until his retirement in 1988. He was a long-time member of Redford Lutheran Church in Detroit.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Marguerite; son, Michael (Mary); daughter, Kathleen (Patrick) Philbin; sister, Virginia (Jack) Stevens; three grandchildren, Eric, Gordon and Kristen; and great-grandson, David.
Memorial tributes may be made to Hospice of Michigan or the Redford Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were made by O'Brien/Sullivan Funeral Home, Novi.
Susanne B. Nash
Services for Susanne Nash, 65, of Novi were Nov. 23 in Neely-Turowski Funeral Home in Livonia, with burial at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens in Novi. Officiating was the Rev. Timothy Nielson.
Mrs. Nash was born April 22, 1937, in Salunga, Pa., and died Nov. 19, 2002, in Farmington Hills. She was an office manager.
Surviving are her husband, Robert; son, Dale (Dawn) Nash; daughter, Sheryl (Greg) Huhta of Livonia; and six grandchildren.
Mary K. Knight
A funeral Mass for Mary Knight, 85, of Livonia was Nov. 23 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.
Mrs. Knight was born April 6, 1917, in Detroit, and died Nov. 20, 2002, in Livonia. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her son, Larry (Ellie) Knight of Granger, Ind.; daughter, Janet Kopka of Livonia; two brothers and one sister; and seven grandchildren, Dawn-Marie, Richard, Christopher, Marie, Steven, Angela and Michelle.
Mrs. Knight was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, and daughter, Camelia Christine Korbas.
Services for Roger Shaffer, 86, of Livonia were Nov. 23 in Manns-Ferguson Funeral Home.
Mr. Shaffer died Nov. 20, 2002. He was a former teacher at Detroit College of Applied Science and a retired Chrysler employee.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; sons, James (Joann) and David (Cindy) Shaffer; daughter, Karen (John) LaFayette; brother, Robert Shaffer; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial tributes may be made to Meadowbrook Congregational Church in Novi.
Joseph John Petrosky
Services for Joseph Petrosky, 77, of Redford Township were Nov. 2 in Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Officiating was the Rev. J.J. Mech from Our Lady of Loretto Church.
Mr. Petrosky was born March 26, 1925, in Exeter, Pa., and died Oct. 29, 2002, in Livonia. He lived in this community many years. He worked in the technical management field. He was a member of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church.
Surviving are his children, Karin (Paul) March, Lynne (Dave) Hachen, Joe Jr. (Barbara) and Mark (Cindy); brother, Vince; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He is also the brother-in-law of Bob and Diane Pribula and Tom and Ann Merlo.
Arrangements were made by Charles R. Step Funeral Home.