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Robert McQuater

Died: Thursday, February 05, 2015
Age: 87
Robert E. McQuater, of Lake Orion, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015. He was 87.

Robert was the beloved husband of Doris (deceased) for 57 years. Father of Mark (Linda) McQuater of Richland . Mike McQuater (Anne - deceased), of Oxford . Mari-Ann (Carl) Henry, Lake Orion . Linda (Rob) Schneider of Perrysburg, Oh., Thomas (Kathryn) McQuater of Dryden, Tim (Rob) McQuater of Kalamazoo . Grandfather of 15 and Great Grandfather to many. Great Uncle to Barry (Jodi) Blackington, Bonnie (David) O'Keefee, Beth (deceased) (Henry) Lourenco.

Robert served in the navy after graduating from Royal Oak (Dondero) High School. After serving in the Navy at the end of WWII, he headed to Michigan State University with his new bride, Doris, where he received his degree in Marketing. Upon graduation, he went to work for Chrysler Corporation, and stayed through his retirement in 1988.

Robert spent his retirement traveling the country, playing golf and enjoying time with his grandchildren. While traveling, Robert never met a stranger, often getting into lengthy conversations with these new found friends. He always kept in mind the Michigan State football schedule each fall and often planned his travels around the Spartans.

After Doris' passing, Robert began a special friendship with Shirley Wilson, of Clawson. They shared many mutual interests until her recent passing.

Services will be at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home (111 E. Flint St.) in Lake Orion. Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. followed by interment at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy.

Sandra Spencer

Died: Thursday, February 05, 2015
Age: 62
Sandra Kay Spencer, of Clarkston, died unexpectedly February 5, 2015. She was 62.

Born November 4, 1952 in Pontiac, Michigan to the late Douglas and Marion (nee: Daymon) Parks. She married Lawrence Spencer on November 6, 1976 in Pontiac.

She is survived by her loving husband, Larry; two sons, Larry Lee (Angie) Spencer and Charles Addison (Katherine) Spencer; step-daughter, Ruth (Rick) Panduren; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Leigh (Preston) Neal and Joshua Ayden Spencer; one great granddaughter, Rebecka Anne Neal; six siblings, Sue Ann Stevens, Victoria Lee (Willard) Turk, Patricia Lynn Hartwick, Linda Marie Meshigaud, Darwin Douglas (Steven Piziks) Parks McClary and Cynthia Lynn (Don) Van Gilder; also many nieces and nephews; she was preceded in death by her step-daughter, Leanna (John) Kipper.

Sandra was employed for over 30 years at Bortz Health Care of Oakland. She loved gardening and animals. Horses were a special passion of hers when she was young. Later in life, she cherished the companionship of her cats. She enjoyed holiday and birthday celebrations and was always excited to see family members open the gifts she gave. Everyone loved her special spaghetti dinners. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who looked forward to every moment spent with her grandchildren. Funeral service was Monday, February 9, 2015 at Coats Village Funeral Home-Ortonville. Interment followed at Perry Mount Park Cemetery, Pontiac.

To send a condolence, go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

CHARLES J. SMALLEY

Died: Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Age: 90
SMALLEY, CHARLES J. of Clarkston, February 4, 2015 at 90 years of age. Loving husband of the late Betty for 63 years; dear father of Sandra (Mario) DiPonio, Cindy (Glen) Riley and Susan (the late Jack) Howey; grandfather of David (Annette) DiPonio, Gina (Dale) Lawrence, Christopher (Erin) Smith, and Matthew Jenkins; great grandfather of Cooper and Caitlin; preceded in death by siblings William Smalley, Jennibelle Spence and Helen Hutson; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Chuck was a veteran US Army WWII where he stormed the Beaches of Normandy on D-Day and wounded in action in the Battle of Bulge. He received numerous awards: Purple Heart, Five Battle Star, Bronze Star and many more. He retired from the US Postal Service in 1980 after 30 years of service, his last route the Pontiac Mall and Oakland County Complex. He was the last Police Marshal for the Village of Clarkston from 1980 to 1993, and member of the American Legion Post 63 Clarkston and a 32nd Degree Mason. Funeral Service Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:30 AM at COATS FUNERAL HOME-WATERFORD. Burial follows Ottawa Park, Clarkston. Family will receive friends Friday 3-5 and 7-9 PM. Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, Independence Twp.

To send a condolence visit www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

June A. Dreissigaker

Died: Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Age: 96
Dreissigaker, June A.; of Lake Orion; age 96; passed away February 4, 2015. June was preceded in death by her husband Marty after 56 years of marriage. She is survived by her daughters, Jill Dreissigaker and Laurie (Marc) Craig; grandson Caelin Craig; nieces, Holly McCormick and Lisa Doll; and nephews, Skip and Bernie Hazelton. June loved her family and traveling. She will always be remembered for her passion to entertain her family and friends. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 11:00 am at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, Lake Orion. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 to 6 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leader Dogs for the Blind or Community Housing Network. Reflections may be shared by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com.

Margaret M. RICKETTS, (WYATT)

Died: Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Age: 92
RICKETTS, (WYATT) Margaret M. of February 4, 2015; age 92. Preceded in death by her first husband Elmer E. Wyatt and second husband Chester L. Ricketts and brother Roland J. Banner Jr. Loving mother of Robert (Christine) Wyatt and Doug Ricketts; grandmother of Jillian and John Wyatt; great grandmother of Karson and Eli. Memorial Service 11am Friday February 13, 2015 at the Clarkston United Methodist Church where friends may visit Friday 10 am until time of the service. Memorials may be made to the Clarkston United Methodist Church. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Rodney "Bud" C. Nackerman

Died: Sunday, February 01, 2015
Age: 84
Rodney C. “Bud” Nackerman of Lake Orion, passed away following a short illness on Sunday, February 1, just 14 days shy of his 85th birthday. Rod was born to Frank and Grace (Campbell) Nackerman in 1930 on Beaver Island, MI. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth Ann Robbins, in 1983, as well as his sister, Barbara Huston, and his close friend Bill Cashman, in 2014.

Rod leaves behind 3 sons: Michael (Patty McBride) of Richmond, VA; Daniel (Ann Long) of Lake Arrowhead, CA; and Patrick of Lake Orion; and 2 daughters: Maureen (Bill) Wilde of New Richmond, WI; and Mary Muto of Mendocino, CA. He also precedes in death his loving sisters: Rose (Harold) Smith, Ellen (Richard) Verduyn, and Colleen Krusky, along with his brother/sister in-laws Jim (Maureen) Robbins and Richard (Marjorie, dec.) Laurent. His best friend Rex the beagle is also still here. He was close with all 13 grandchildren and his love and kindness extended to nephews, nieces, and extended family who were all close to him.

Rod was a Crew Chief in the U.S.A.F and Veteran of the Korean War. It was during this time that a written correspondence began with Ruth Ann, and they were married in Cadillac in 1954. Their family relationships were built on a strong foundation of faith in God through the Catholic Church.

Rod bought a milk delivery business and was a Sealtest Milkman for 10 years. He also started a business in 1960 now known as Tabletop Tax Service where he did "home deliveries" of tax preparation for as many as 300 clients. He was a foremen at Pontiac Motors for 22 years, retiring in 1987 and spending time traveling and volunteering.

Rod was greatly involved in his church parishes, children's schools, and both of his home communities. He worked tirelessly as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary, FISH, and 'No One Dies Alone'. He also served on several boards, including the BI Chamber of Commerce, BIPA, and the BI Historical Society and Museum.

Rod’s favorite hobby was travel – he visited 26 countries and circumnavigated the globe via the southern Pacific Ocean in 1998. He was proud to have driven the Alaska Highway twice and was driving all over the U.S. until very recently. Rod lived a fascinating life rooted in his unusual island childhood, devotion to his large family, travel, boundless energy, service to others and most of all kindness, cheerfulness, humor and good will.

A visitation will be held Saturday, February 14, 2-5pm, with a prayer service at 4pm, at Silverbell Chapel, Modetz Funeral Home, 100 East Silverbell Road, Orion, MI.

Per Rod’s specific wishes, a Funeral Mass and burial will be held in early June, on Beaver Island, MI, at Holy Cross Catholic Church and Cemetery. A traditional Irish-Island after-party will take place at the Nackerman family farm. All are invited (except complete strangers-but perhaps a few of those too...) Memorial contributions are appreciated and can be sent to the Historical Society, Food Pantry, or Community Center at Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Jane Reynolds

Died: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Age: 65
Jane Reynolds; age 65; passed away December 31, 2014. Jane was born May 21st 1949 in Middleport, New York to Margaret and Edward Barlow. She attended Birmingham Groves where she met Robert Reynolds who she later married.

Jane went to Michigan State University where she studied Special Education. After graduating Jane worked at the school for the blind. She also owned a craft store in Antique Village. She loved crafts, gardening, and her friends. Jane was preceded in death by her husband Robert. She was extremely proud of her children Jamie Reynolds (Dawn) and Erin Lantzy (Mark); and she had 5 grandchildren, Cameron 10, Allie 8, Walker 7, Reese 3 and Caden 1.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 5, 2015 at the Lake Orion United Methodist Church with Pastor Larry Wik officiating. The family received friends on Sunday at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home in Lake Orion.

Charlene A. HELMLE

Died: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Age: 50
HELMLE , Charlene A.; of Waterford; formerly of Ortonville; January 31, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer; age 50; beloved mother of Kyle & Joshua; daughter of Georgetta (Stickler) Holfelder; dear sister of Lauralee Holfelder, Diane Gilbert, Karen (Norman) Confer, Georgette (Dan) Budnik and Betty Jean (Gary) Robinson. Preceded in death by her father Harvey Holfelder. Memorial service Tuesday, February 3rd at 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shades of Pink.

Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Charlene A. Helmle

Died: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Age: 50
Charlene of Waterford; formerly of Ortonville died after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved mother of Kyle (Nicole) & Joshua; daughter of Georgetta (Stickler) Holfelder; dear sister of Lauralee Holfelder, Diane Gilbert, Karen (Norman) Confer, Georgette (Dan) Budnik and Betty Jean (Gary) Robinson. Preceded in death by her father Harvey Holfelder. A. Memorial service was held on Tuesday, February 3rd at 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shades of Pink. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

William H. Gibbons

Died: Friday, January 30, 2015
Age: 87
Gibbons, William H.; of Lake Orion; age 87; January 30, 2015. William was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine. He is survived by his children Cheryl Myers, James Gibbons and William (Rosa) Gibbons; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. William retired from GM after 44 years and was a member of the Waterford Elks Lodge #810. Mr. Gibbons was also a proud Navy veteran of WWII. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 12 noon at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home, Lake Orion. The family will receive friends on Monday from 4 to 8 pm. Interment Square Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association. Reflections may be shared by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com.
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