Donald M. Breest
Services for Donald Marsden Breest, 75, of Westland were Sept. 27 at Newburg United Methodist Church in Livonia with the Rev. Terry Wayne Allen officiating. Burial was at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.
Mr. Breest was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Detroit and died Sept. 24 in Lyon Township. He retired in 1987 from the Wonder Bakery Co. in Detroit after 28 years of service. He drove the bakery truck and was a salesman.
He was born and raised in Detroit and came to the Westland community in 1977 from Southfield. He was a lifetime member of the Wolverine Masonic Lodge No. 484 as well as a member of the Shrine, Scottish Rite and the Blue Lodge. He was a member of the Livonia Elks and the Sunshine Seniors of Livonia.
He was an active member of Newburg Church, and was a member of the Fidelis Class and volunteered in many areas. He attended Cass Technical High School, and enjoyed woodworking, model trains and travel.
Mr. Breest enjoyed time with his grandchildren. He and his wife were married 54 years.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly C. Breest; daughters, Gale (Robert) Sarkella of New Hudson, Colleen (Thomas) Bayoff of Bingham Farms and Barbara (Jay) Berkowitz of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandchildren, Christopher Sarkella, Rachel Sarkella, Brian Sarkella, Samuel Bayoff, Elizabeth Bayoff, Meg Berkowitz and Ryan Berkowitz; and sister, Mildred (Lee) LaForge of Curran, Mich.
Local arrangements were by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth.
Memorials are suggested to Newburg United Methodist Church.
Cecily A. Farragher
Services for Cecily A. Farragher, 60, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Canton and Westland, will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, from St. Thomas A' Becket Catholic Church in Canton with the Rev. Richard Kelly officiating and burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.
Miss Farragher was born April 2, 1942, in Detroit and died Sept. 25 in Grand Rapids. She taught elementary children in the Livonia Public Schools.
Survivors include brother-in-law Michael Lannan of Grand Rapids, nieces Michelle (Grant) Grable of Chicago, Beth (Michael) Bouma of Grand Rapids, Colleen (Gordon) Shields of Grand Rapids, Maureen (Dave) Partlo of Grand Rapids and Katherine Lannan of Grand Rapids and several grand nieces and grand nephews.
Preceding in death were her parents, Paul and Cecily Farragher, and sister Paula Lannan.
Memorials may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
James L. Gains
Services for James Gains, 66, of Westland were Sept. 17 in Vermeulen Funeral Home with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens, West in Westland. Officiating was the Rev. Drex Morton.
Mr. Gains was born Oct. 6, 1935, in Doddridge County, W.Va., and died Sept. 13 in Ann Arbor. He was a production manager for General Motors.
Surviving are his wife, Glenda; sons, Gary Gains of Toledo, Ohio, and James (Sunday) Gains of Westland; daughter, Cheryl (Roger) Martinex of San Antonio, Texas, and Susan (Michael) Howell of Boston, Mass.; mother and stepfather, Ruby and Clair Dennis of Mt. Morris; five brothers; and three sisters.
Maxine Marie King
Services for Maxine King, 70, of Plymouth were Sept. 20 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with burial at Knollwood Cemetery in Canton. Officiating was the Rev. Michiael Bryan.
Mrs. King was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Washington, Ohio, and died Sept. 17 in Superior Township. She was a homemaker. She worked in insurance claims at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital 13 years.
Mrs. King came to the Plymouth community in 1950 from Van Wert, Ohio. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Plymouth. She enjoyed traveling, playing bingo, crocheting, cooking and baking for her family, and especially Thanksgiving with her family.
Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Thomas; sons, Thomas (Lola) King of Westland and James King of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Richard Wiler of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Carl Wiler of Oklahoma City, Okla., and George Wiler of Olympia, Wash.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial tributes may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Services for Lee Brown, 97, of Westland were held recently. Arrangements were made by Duzek Funeral Home, Detroit.
Mrs. Brown was born Oct. 4, 1904, and died Sept. 8 in Garden City. She was a graduate of Highland Park High School. She worked for Maxwell Motor Co. for a short time after graduation.
In the 1920s, Mrs. Brown went into the real estate business and held one of the first real estate salesman licenses in Michigan. She maintained her license until the mid-1990s. In the 1930s, she became involved in the oil business and continued in this field through World War II.
Mrs. Brown became interested in numerology during the early 1940s. She taught numerology and participated in a number of psychic fairs and did some radio work.
She was active in many organizations: president of Desk & Derrick Club of Michigan in Mt. Pleasant in 1956, ways and means chairman for the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs, a member of Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, Women's Symphony of Detroit and a member of Quota Club of Detroit.
Surviving is her son, Richard Brown of Westland.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel, in 1967.
Stella D. Schodowski
A funeral Mass for Stella Schodowski, 74, of Westland will be 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Chapel of L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, Ford Road in Canton, with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Leonard Partensky. Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the funeral home.
Mrs. Schodowski was born June 29, 1928, in Hamtramck and died Sept. 16 in Ann Arbor. She was a clerk in the retail business.
Surviving are her daughter, Patricia (Joseph) Wrobel; sister, Helen Kaun; and grandson, Stephen.
Mrs. Schodowski was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond.
Services for Stella Dazbaz, 78, of Westland will be Friday, Sept. 20, in St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights. Officiating will be the Rev. Russ of Most Holy Trinity Church.
Mrs. Dazbaz was born June 7, 1924, in Detroit and died Sept. 16 in Wyandotte. She was a beautician.
Surviving are her husband, Walter; children, Ann Marie (James) Brumm, Victor, Karen (Marty) Wilk and Kathy (Ron) Dombrowski; brother, Chris Chrzanowski; sister, Gertie Bazner; and nine grandchildren, Chris, Matt, Melissa, Marty, Mike, Kristen, Craig, Emily and Sarah.
Arrangements were made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.
Ora L. Horne
Services for Ora Horne, 100, of Westland were Sept. 4 in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Rocky Barra.
Mrs. Horne was born Oct. 29, 1901, and died Sept. 1 in Livonia. She was a manager.
She is survived by her sister, Georgia Thomason, and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Horne was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, brother, Ervin Sims, and sisters, Hattie Hale and Alline Vanhook.
Memorial tributes may be made to Arbor Hospice or Presbyterian Village.
Floyd E. Vickery
Services for former Westland resident Floyd Vickery, 89, of Plymouth were Sept. 18 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home with burial at Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth. Officiating was Royce Dickenson.
Mr. Vickery was born June 30, 1913, in Hackleberg, Ala., and died Sept. 14 in Superior Township. He was a retired foreman from General Motors Detroit Diesel Plant.
He came to the Plymouth community in 1988 from Westland. He was a member of The Church of Christ of Plymouth. Mr. Vickery enjoyed fishing, golf and gardening.
Surviving are his wife, Ethel; children, Don (Sally) Vickery of Farmington Hills and Rebecca Gross of Brighton; stepson, Donald (Joyce) Duke of Plymouth; siblings, Loraine (Scotty) Scott of Georgia, Hildred Hubbard of Florida, Autie Bowers of Phoinix, Ariz., Travis Vickery of Texas, Crockett Vickery of Alabama and Waco Vickery of Newport, Mich.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Vickery was preceded in death by his first wife, Mollie, and brothers, Deuel Vickery and Fred Vickery.
John E. Heinonen
A memorial service for John Heinonen of Westland was today, Sunday, Sept. 15, at Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, Huron Township. Officiating was the Rev. Neil Cowling from Kirk of Our Savior Presbyterian Church. Burial and a military service were at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Heinonen died Sept. 11. He was an inspector for Chrysler Corp. He was a World War II Air Corps veteran and a member of the Westland VFW Post 3323.
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie; children, John (Rosemary) Heinonen, Nancy (Patricia Kipford) Heinonen, Doug (Sharon Morgan) Heinonen and Gary (Beverly) Heinonen; grandchildren, Heather Andres, Jennifer, John Edward, Chrissy and Aaron Neinonen; and great-grandchildren, Kayla Joshua and Nicholas.
Doris A. Fisher
Services for Doris Fisher, 90, of Westland were Sept. 3 in Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Plymouth. Officiating was the Rev. John J. Sullivan.
Miss Fisher was born Nov. 1, 1911, in Cleveland, Ohio, and died Aug. 31 in Westland. She was raised in Superior, Wis., and moved to Plymouth in 1943. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Superior, Wis. Miss Fisher received her degree as a registered medical laboratory technicican from St. Mary Hospital, Superior, Wis., and worked for a physician in Plymouth 20 years.
She attended the Bradbury School of Music in Duluth, Minn., where she received a teaching certificate for piano. She played for morning Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church where she has been a member since 1943.
Surviving are her sisters; Anita Vogel of San Antonio, Fla., and Florence Levandowski of Livonia; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial tributes may be made in the form of Mass offerings or to Four Chaplains Nursing Care Center, Westland.
Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
Marian C. Miller
Marian Miller, 81, of Westland died Sept. 5.
Surviving are her son, Keith Miller, and three grandchildren, Douglas, Lorraine and Darlene.
Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Miller.
Kathleen Jean Norris
Services for Kathleen Norris, 53, of Westland were Sept. 9 in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Glenwood Cemetery, Wayne. Officiating was LaVerta Massey.
Mrs. Norris was born Jan. 4, 1949, and died Sept. 5 in Westland. She was an administrator.
Surviving are her son, Daniel Monroe; daughters, Annette (Joe) Sanford and Christine (Dan) Monroe Mexico; siblings, Nancy Daniels, Patricia Ashley, Mary Jane Durtka, Dale Stothers, Marjorie Hightower, Maureen Linder, Morris Stothers, June Spriggs and Gail Pobur; and seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Norris was preceded in death by her brother, John Stothers.
Harlan Leonard Reeves
Services for Harlan Reeves, 74, of Westland were Sept. 10 in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland. Officiating was the Rev. Gerard Bechard.
Mr. Reeves was born Jan. 9, 1928, and died Sept. 7 in Garden City. He was an installer.
Surviving are his siblings, Florence Gardulski, Betty Kisor, David Reeves, Marvin Reeves, Shirley Buuck, Evelyn Westfall, Gloria O'Quinn and Dennis Reeves; niece, Barbara Sipe; 11 godchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Reeves was preceded in death by his sisters, Verjean Tecen, Beverley Reeves and Mary Smith.
Memorial tributes may be made to AMVETS of Westland.
Services for Edwina Premo, 58, of Gladwin, Mich., were Sept. 4 in Uht Funeral Home with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland. Officiating were the Rev. James Tippen and the Rev. David Cummings.
Mrs. Premo was born Sept. 18, 1943, and died Sept. 1 in Gladwin. She was a beautician.
Surviving are her son, Kenneth Premo; daughter, Kimberly Premo of Westland; stepfather, Yale Cummings; siblings, Jan Mahs, Edith Anderson, George Richards, Charles Richards, Carolyn Calhoun, Trisha Tippin and David Cummings.
Helen M. Laird
Services for Helen Laird, 96, of Westland will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home,7707 Middlebelt, Westland, with burial at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.
Mrs. Laird was born Sept. 26, 1905, and died Sept. 2 in Westland. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her daughter, Lorna (Arnold) Johnson; two sisters; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Laird was preceded in death by her husband, James, and son, Donald.
Services for Margaret Ingles, 77, of Westland were Sept. 3 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home with burial at Parkview Memorial Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Roy G. Forsyth from United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Ingles was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Detroit and died Aug. 28 in Torrington, Conn. She was a production worker in the automotive industry.
Surviving are her son, Gregory; daughter, Cathy (John) Neller; brother, Ross Gillikin; and four grandchildren, Scott, Kellie, Abbey and Meghan.
A funeral Mass for Valerie Dziurgot of Westland will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in St. Theodore Catholic Church, 8200 Wayne Road, Westland, with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights. Her body will lie in state 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Visitation is 2-9 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 5, in Ziomek Funeral Home, 8809 Wayne Road at Joy in Livonia. A vigil service will be 6:30 p.m. this evening.
Mrs. Dziurgot died Sept. 1.
Surviving are her sons, Richard (Shirley), Michael and Philip Dziurgot; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dziurgot was preceded in death by her husband, Felix.
Joseph C. Vecchioni
A private funeral Mass for Joseph Vecchioni, 80, of Westland was held recently. Officiating was the Rev. John Lehner.
Mr. Vecchioni died Aug. 20. He served in the United States Army.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Margaret; children, Donna (Mike) Taylor, Barbara (Robert) Hershey, John (Elaine) and Linda (Sam) Jewell; siblings, Albert (Irene) and John (Ann); 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Vecchioni was preceded in death by his son, Robert, and sister, Florence Taracki.
Arrangements were made by Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Wayne.
Lena F. Gill
Services for Lena Gill, 86, of Westland were Aug. 30 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home with burial at Acacia Park Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Roy G. Forsyth.
Mrs. Gill was born Jan. 25, 1916, in Breckenridge, Ky., and died Aug. 26 in Garden City. She was a clerk for a printing company.
Surviving are her brother, two sisters; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Gill was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin, and daughter, Shirley Lang.
Services for Roseellen Taylor, 66, of Westland were Aug. 30 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home with burial at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak.
Mrs. Taylor was born April 4, 1936, in Baltimore, Md., and died Aug. 27 in Livonia. She was a clerk in the banking industry.
Surviving are her sons, Dennis (Jeanne) Taylor and Glenn (Mary) Taylor; mother, Frances Lambert; one brother; two sisters; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband, Jack.
Services for Elizabeth Henderson, 59, of Westland were Aug. 31 in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Donald Gregory from Faith Baptist Church.
Mrs. Henderson was born Sept. 29, 1942, in Detroit and died Aug. 28 in Lincoln Park. She was a cook.
Surviving are her sons, Alvin Henderson, Anthony (Debbie) Henderson and Odis Henderson; sister, Christine Lewinski; and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Henderson was preceded in death by her son, Roger Henderson, sister, Rosemary Postal, and brother, Sam Evola.
Ardella E. Crickon
Services for Ardella Crickon, 83, of Westland were Aug. 31 in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home. Officiating was Deacon John Marku from St. Christopher Catholic Church.
Mrs. Crickon was born April, 23, 1919, in Highland Park and died Aug. 23 in Livonia. She worked on the bread line at Awrey Bakery.
Surviving are her daughters, Lynda (Frank) McGeary and Valerie (Lorne) Davey; sister, Genevieve Schemanske; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Crickon was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; daughter, Andrea Kendall; brother, Kenneth Weinzapfel; and sister, Aurelia Lubinski.
Memorial tributes may be made to Angela Hospice.