Angeline V. Fusto
Services for Angeline Fusto , 86, of Westland were Oct. 30 in St. Damian Catholic Church with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.
Mrs. Fusto was born July 20, 1916, and died Oct. 27, 2002, in Farmington Hills. She was a sewing machine operator for an automotive company.
Surviving are her daughter, Carol (Joseph) Bommarito; brother, Victor Vettese; sister, Frances Carpinelli; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Fusto was preceded in death by her husband, Dominic, and son, Dominic Jr.
Arrangements were made by L.J. Griffin Funeral Home.
Rans Merlin Vess
Services for Rans Vess, 86, of Westland were Oct. 23 in L.J.Griffin Funeral Home in Canton with burial at Knollwood Cemetery in Canton. Officiating was the Rev. Rocky Barra of Tri-City Christian Center.
Mr. Vess was born Sept. 15, 1916, in Old Fort, N.C., and died Oct. 20, 2002, at Oakwood Hospital. He was a department supervisor for an automotive company.
Surviving are his daughters, Linda Wiley and Brenda (Richard) Teague; brother, Jimmy (Dicie) Vess; grandchildren, Rebecca (Greg) Stewart, Christopher (Mary) Wiley, Aaron (Julie) Teague and Alicia Belcarz.
Mr. Vess was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie; son, Boyd Merlin Vess; and grandson, Justin Teague.
Memorial tributes may be made to Angela Hospice.
Nancy F. Della
Services for Nancy Della, 68, of Canton were Oct. 30 in St. John Episcopal Church with the Rev. Arthur R. Mack officiating.
Mrs. Della was born April 9, 1934, in Bontoc Province, Philippines, and died Oct. 27, 2002, in Royal Oak. She has lived in Canton 30 years and previously resided in Massachusettes three years. She was a school teacher in the Philippines. She became a registered nurse and was a member of the Real Estate Association.
Mrs. Della was a member of St. John Episcopal Church where she served in the Altar Guild, was a member of Bibak, Women's Quilting Club and the church choir.
She earned her bachelor of science degree in education and nursing and her Real Estate certification.
Surviving are her husband, Alfredo; son, Wilfred (Marianne) Della of Westland; daughters, Jennifer (Rey) Silerio of Warren and Sheila (John) Dankert of Levering, Mich.; brother, Ernesto Fagyan of the Philippines; sister, Esther Tomek of Australia; and five grandchildren, Maydsen, Andrew, Anthony, Brandon and Austin.
Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
George Willis Kengle
Services for former Westland resident George Kengle, 73, of Monroe were Sept. 24 in Uht Funeral Home, Westland, with burial at Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills, Pa. Officiating was the Rev. Jerome Smith.
Mr. Kengle was born Nov. 14, 1928, and died Sept. 22 in Monroe. He was an engineer.
Surviving are his wife, Emily; children, Mary Lou (Mark) Sommerfield, James (Marianne) Kengle and Sondra (Gerry) Gardetto; brother, Robert Kengle; sister, Marilyn Kengle; and eight grandchildren, Adam, Alyson, Rachel, Daniel, Nathan, Caitlin, Janelle and Michelle.
Memorial tributes may be made to Arbor Hills Hospice of Allen Park.
Malta Noma Lord
Malta Lord, 86, of Westland died Sept. 27.
Mrs. Lord was born March 9, 1916, in Cranks, Ky. She lived in the Westland community 65 years. She was a manager for Tri-Daly and Minders Drug Stores. She owned a restaurant and a charter yacht business in Bradenton, Fla., and was a director of tours for Wein Artic Airlines.
Surviving are her daughter, Lenore Walters; brother, Lawrence Greene; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Lord was preceded in death by her husband, Leland.
Arrangements were made by R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, Garden City.
Services for Bernice Kaske, 99, of Westland were today, Thursday, Oct. 3, in the chapel of John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights. Officiating was the Rev. Ray Lucasinsky from Mariannhill Mission Society.
Mrs. Kaske was born March 21, 1903, and died Sept. 29 in Westland. She was a packer.
Surviving are her son, Leo Kaske; and daughters, Lorraine Byrnes of Wayne and Dorothy (Joe) Lademan.
Mrs. Kaske was preceded in death by her husband, Leo.
Christy Jean Guest
A funeral Mass for Christy Guest, 33, of Westland will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in St. Raphael Church, 31530 Beechwood, Garden City, with burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights. Her body will lie in state 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Visitation is noon to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 24, in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, 7707 Middlebelt, Westland.
Miss Guest was born Feb. 12, 1969, and died Oct. 20, 2002, at her home in Westland. She was a school bus driver for the Livonia school system.
Surviving are her parents, Donna and Phillip Thack, and Jerome and Kandy Guest; brother, Michael (Kelly); sister, Deanne (David) Elliott; grandfather, Edwin Goszczynski; niece and nephews, Nicholas and Katelyn Guest and Drake Elliott; and step brother, Byron (Melissa) Bentley.
Memorial tributes may be made to Alzheimers Association.
Christy L. King
Services for Christy King, 43, of Redford were Oct. 19 in Crane Funeral Home, Romulus. Officiating was the Rev. Robert J. White from Grace Baptist Church.
Mrs. King was born Oct. 31, 1958, in Wayne and died Oct. 18, 2002, in Taylor. She was a 1976 graduate of Huron High School. She enjoyed many different sporting events.
Surviving are her husband, John; sons, John King and Jeff King, both of Redford; daughter, Rachel (Scott) Kosovac of Westland; mother, Martha Whitley of Gregory; sisters, Dawn (Ken) Lesondak of Redford, Sherry (David) Nola of Los Angeles, Barbara Whitley of Inkster and Peggy (David) Ford of Redford; and two grandchildren, Haley and Sidney Kosovac.
Mrs. King was preceded in death by her father, William Whitley.
Irene T. Poremba
Services for Irene Poremba, 73, of Redford Township were Oct. 22 in Leonard A. Turowski & Son Funeral Home. Officiating was the Rev. Roy Forsyth.
Mrs. Poremba was born March 14, 1929, in Detroit, and died Oct. 18, 2002, in Detroit. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her children, David (Kathleen), Mark, Marie (Mark) Brooks and John; eight grandchildren, Harold, Theresa, Joseph, Brian, Chelsea, Mark Jr., Jason and Brittany; and four great-grandchildren, Amanda, Andrew, Kyle and Samantha.
There are family members who reside in Westland.
Robert Joseph Munroe, Jr.
Services for Robert Munroe, Jr., 38, of Westland were Oct. 21 in L.J. Griffin Funeral Home, Canton, with burial at Glen Eden Cemetery.
Mr. Munroe was born May 29, 1962, in Garden City, and died Oct. 19, 2002, in Garden City.
Surviving are his mother, Edna Natoli; father, Robert (Jan) Munroe; and sister, Linda (Mark) Fritz.
Frances V. Bower
Services for Frances Bower, 96, of Westland were Oct. 22 in Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Wayne, with burial at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda, Fla. Officiating was the Rev. Jack Baker.
Mrs Bower died Oct. 18, 2002.
Surviving are her sons, Eugene Bower and Donald Bower, Jr.; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bower was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and son, Lawerence Bower.
Services for Irvin Smith, 82, of Westland were Oct. 21 in John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home with burial at Glen Eden Memorial Park Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was Deacon John Marku from St. Christopher Catholic Church.
Mr. Smith was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Campbelle Co., Tenn., and died Oct. 17, 2002, in Livonia. He was a machine operator.
Surviving are his sons, Phillip (Hilda) Smith and John Smith; brother, Truman Smith; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and friends Tina Cieply and family.
Services for Eileen Freed, 81, of Westland were Oct. 23 in Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, Plymouth, with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Livonia. Officiating was the Rev. Frederick Nichols.
Mrs. Freed was born Nov. 11, 1920, in Canada, and died Oct. 20, 2002, in Taylor. She was a retired head cashier at the Kroger Store in Plymouth. She came to the Westland community in 1994 from Plymouth. Mrs Freed enjoyed needlepoint, crafts and her dog, Buddy.
Surviving are her children, Gail (Edward) Davis of Arizona, Karen (Leon) Sheffer of Livonia and Gregory (Ginger) Freed of Dearborn Heights; siblings, Maxine Badder, Bernice (Pete), Vern (Terri) Nantau, Douglas Nantau, Beverly (Robert) LaFave and Virginia (Frank) Scruto, all of Canada; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Freed was preceded in death by her husband, Carl.
Memorial tributes may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Dorothy M. Buckingham
Services for Dorothy Buckingham, 82, of Westland were Oct. 22 in Vermeulen Funeral Home with burial at Cadillac Memorial Gardens, West, Westland. Officiating was the Rev. Luther A. Werth.
Mrs. Buckingham was born May 1, 1920, in Detroit, and died Oct. 18, 2002, in Westland. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her son, Thomas (Joanne Klesendorf) Buckingham of Novi; brother, William (Irene) Buckingham of Illinois; and two granddaughters, Jennifer and Megan Buckingham.
Memorial tributes may be made to American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076.
Irene L. Sierak
Services for Irene Sierak, 81, of Plymouth, were held Oct. 20 at the Vermeulen Funeral Home, Westland with the Rev. Leonard Partensky officiating.
Mrs. Sierak was born Aug. 24, 1921 in Detroit and died Oct. 17 in Livonia. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include husband, Ted Sierak of Plymouth; son, Jerry Sierak of Westland; daughters, Judy (Leon) Goolsby of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Linda (Dale) Barnhardt of Plymouth; grandchildren, Jennifer MacKinnon, Nancy Selstad, Adam Bernhardt, and Mitchell Bernhardt; and great-grandchildren, Nina MacKinnon, Heidi MacKinnon, Cassidy MacKinnon, and Gunnar Selstad.
Memorial contributions may be made to . Services to Enhance Potential (S.T.E.P), 35000 Van Born Rd., Wayne, MI. 48164.
Arrangements made by Vermeulen Funeral Home.
Harold E. Schoen
Services for Harold E. Schoen, 81, of Livonia will be held December 30 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Lew Towler and Dr. William Lupfer officiating.
Mr. Schoen was born July 22, 1921 in Lansing. He died Dec. 22 in Livonia. He was a retired senior accountant for Michigan Bell-Ameritech. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Plymouth where he served on the vestry and was treasurer. He was a member of the Plymouth Elks, the Ann Arbor Masonic Order, the Livonia Republican Club and the Telephone Pioneers of America.
He was a naval/aviator, Lt. Cdr. in the U.S. Navy during World War II and a recruiter for the U.S. Naval Academy. Mr. Schoen was on the advisory committee for Livonia Public Schools and Schoolcraft College.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne Schoen and son Harold E. "Chip" Schoen, Jr.
Survivors include son Phillip C. (Michelle) Schoen of Westland; grandchildren David (Elizabeth) Schoen of Dearborn, Karen Schoen of Kalamazoo, Matthew Schoen of Arizona, Jessica Schoen of Arizona and Shemia Cain of Ypsilanti; great-grandchild Trinity Skye Schoen of Arizona; sister Minta (Robert) McCurley of Rochester, Wash.; brother Lawrence (Ella Jayne) Schoen of Mason; and daughter-in-law Ophelia Schoen of Ypsilanti.
Arrangements were made by Schrader-Howell Funeral Home of Plymouth.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Mary Rebecca Beardsley
Services for Mary Rebecca Beardsley, 85, of Westland were held Dec. 27 in Vermeulen Funeral Home of Plymouth. Rev. Robert Joy officiated and burial followed at Andersonville Cemetery of Davisburg, Mich.
Mrs. Beardsley was born July 9, 1917 in Bluefield, W.Va. She died Dec. 22. She was a member of First Congregational Church of Wayne and had been formerly employed as a nurses aid.
She is preceded in death by her husband Russell Beardsley.
Survivors include sons Russell B. (Janet) Beardsley of Fla. and Kenneth W. (Mary) Beardsley of Canton; daughter Donna G. Durigon of Canton; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home of Plymouth.
Margaret A. Fortin
Services for Margaret A. Fortin, 86, of Westland were held Dec. 27 at St. Raphael Catholic Church. Rev. Gerard V. Bechard officiated. Burial followed at St. Hedwig Cemetery of Dearborn Heights.
Mrs. Fortin was born September 12, 1916 in Scranton, Penn. She died Dec. 22 in Farmington Hills. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church.
She is survived by husband Raymond R. Fortin of Westland; son Richard (Barbara) Fortin of Dearborn; daughter Jean (Olgerts) Orleans of Westland; sister Helen Walsh of Northville; brother Thomas Walsh of Westland; grandchildren Jane, Frank, Michael, Dante and Susan; and great-grandchildren Ryan, Frank, Quinlan, Jonathon, Brock, Erin, Madison, Matthew, David, Brittany, Joseph, Derick, Lauren and Rebecca.
Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home of Westland.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mass Offerings and Father Solanus Guild, 1780 Mt. Elliot, Detroit, MI 48207.
George James Kurilla
Services for George James Kurilla, 88, of Westland were held Dec. 21 at Vermeulen Funeral Home with Rev. Jack H. Baker officiating. Burial followed at Glen Eden Memorial Park of Livonia.
Mr. Kurilla was born April 28, 1914 in Orient, Penn. He died Dec. 17 in Garden City. He had been employed as a security guard.
Survivors include wife Mary E. Kurilla of Westland; sons Gary (Laurie) Kurilla of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Robert (Kathleen) Kurilla of Lake Orion; brother Paul (Cathryn) Kurilla of New York; sister Helen Blazek of Masontown, Penn.; and grandchildren Todd Kurilla of Lake Orion and Jason Kurilla of Santa Barbara.
Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home of Westland.
John R. Young
Services for John R. Young, 59, of Westland were held Dec. 27 at St. Thomas Becket Church. Rev. C. Richard Kelly officiated.
Mr. Young was born June 16, 1943 in Detroit. He died Dec. 20 in Wayne. He was a production analyst.
He is survived by wife Donna Young; sons John Young of Westland, Joseph Young of Plymouth, and Jason Young of Dearborn Heights; daughter Jessica Young of Westland; sisters Judy Schwartz of Bloomfield Hills and Jane Young of Royal Oak; and brother Joseph Young of Birmingham.
Arrangements were made by Vermeulen Funeral Home of Westland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 29350 Southfield Rd., Suite 110, Southfield, MI 48076.
Rita Mae Hedger
Services for Rita Mae Hedger, 63, of Westland were held Monday, Dec. 30, at the Uht Funeral Home in Westland with the Rev. Bob McDonald officiating.
Mrs. Hedger was born Aug. 25, 1939. She died Dec. 26 in Garden City. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Hedger; sons,
David Hedger, Tom Hedger and Alan (Chris) Hedger; daughter, Cindy Hedger; sisters, Lenore Hardway, Ruby Clark and Hazel Gladstaff; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Sanders Jr.
Burial is in the Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland.
James Jerome Stromski
Services for James Jerome Stromski, 70, of Westland were held Monday, Dec. 30, at SS. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in Westland. The Rev. Gerard Bechard officiate.
Mr. Stromski was born July 2, 1932. He died Dec. 26 in Wayne Michigan. He was a millwright.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Stromski, three sons, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Burial is in the Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Uht Funeral Home.
Mary Alice Stailey
Services for Mary Alice Stailey, 68, of Westland were held Saturday, Dec. 28, at St. Richard Catholic Church in Westland. The Rev. Terence F. Treppa officiated.
Mrs. Stailey was born Jan. 8, 1934. She died Dec. 24. She was a nurse.
She is survived by her husband, James Stailey; sons, Michael (Louise) Stailey, Mark (Margaret) Stailey, Charles Stailey and Joseph Stailey; daughters, Cathy (Donald) Kingsbury and Sharon (Patrick) Wall; sister, Marguerite Rinderkinect; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Burial is in Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in Westland. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Uht Funeral Home.