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Betty J. McNeil

Died: Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Age: 87
McNeil, Betty J.; of Lake Orion; age 87; December 9, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Richard McNeil; loving mother of Sharon Schaar and the late Robert McNeil; dear grandmother of Jane (Michael Greene) Hyatt, Elizabeth (Jon) Schaar Bergen and the late Laura Hyatt; and great grandmother of Paige, Alex and Jack. Mrs. McNeil was the former owner of the Lake Orion Pet Center and together Dr. and Mrs. McNeil were the former owners of the Lake Orion Veterinary Hospital. Betty was a longtime member of the Lake Orion United Methodist Church and a member of the Red Hat Society. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion with Rev. Larry Wik officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Interment White Chapel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society. Reflections may be shared by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com

Wendy Frances Sylvain

Died: Monday, December 08, 2014
Age: 49
Sylvain, Wendy Frances (Willis), age 49 of Lake Orion. Passed December 8, 2014 after a three year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Beloved wife of Brian; loving mother of Rebecca, Justin, and Emma; dear daughter of Joyce and the late Raymond Willis; daughter-in-law of Gerald and Marilyn Sylvain; sister of Nicole (Ronald) Miller; sister-in-law of Jerry, David (Terri) Sylvain, and Leslie Suciu; aunt of Dylan, Tenielle, Ryan, Sean, Hannah, and Alex; also survived by her “second mother” and her namesake Frances Smith, many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Wendy was a 1983 graduate of Marian High School. She worked many years as a cosmetologist at Hairy Situations in Oxford, volunteered countless hours at Lake Orion Schools and Lake Orion United Methodist Church, which she was passionate about. She was dedicated to her family, friends and faith. Wendy was the “Wonderful Warrior” and will live on for all who knew her. Wendy’s PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) kept her strong and fighting throughout her last years alive. This is something she wants to live on in all of us. Funeral Service Monday, December 15, 2014 – 11 a.m. with an in-state of 10:30 a.m. at Lake Orion United Methodist Church, 140 E. Flint Street, Lake Orion. The family will receive friends Saturday 4 – 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 7 p.m. at Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. Interment Eastlawn Cemetery. Suggested memorials to ALS of Michigan. Online condolences www.modetzfuneralhomes.com.

Andrew Vascassenno

Died: Monday, December 08, 2014
Age: 93
Andrew Vascassenno, a beloved fixture in Oxford High School athletics since 1966, passed away on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, just two days after his 93rd birthday.

He is survived by his wife Judy Vascassenno; children Christine (Tim) Kittell, Katherine (Tony) Chowdhary, Amy and Sandy Forsman; grandchildren Jennifer, Ryan, Andria and Katelyn; sister Rose (Richard) Sutherby; and brothers Tony (Marilyn) Vascassenno, Sam (Maryann) Vascassenno and Bill (Donnabell) Vascassenno. He was preceded in death by his son Scott Vascassenno.

A memorial service will take place at Immanuel Congregational Church, 1 Hovey St., Oxford, Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m.

Family and friends may gather at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Memorials in memory of Andrew may be made to the Immanuel Congregational Church or to the Oxford High School Athletic Department.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Oxford.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.LynchFamilyFuneralDirectors.com

Donald H. KEVERN

Died: Sunday, December 07, 2014
Age: 81
KEVERN, Donald H.; of Clarkston; December 7, 2014; age 81; preceded in death by his wife M. Christine; father of Susan and Barbara; twin brother of Ronald (Marilyn); brother in law of Elaine (Bob) Greene and Kathy (Dean) Atkins; uncle of Debra (John) Bronkema, Brent (Jennifer) Kevern, Brad (Alison) Kevern, Steve (Kate) Greene, Andrew Greene, Krista (James) Voss and Greg (Amber) Atkins. Don retired from Bloomfield Hills school district as a teacher and principal. He served Clarkston United Methodist Church as a support minister and Stephen minister and was a U.S. Army veteran. Don leaves behind a legacy of former students, friends, and other family members with whom he loved spending time. Friends may celebrate his life at the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Clarkston United Methodist Church. Interment Ottawa Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Clarkston United Methodist Church Cobeil Scholarship Fund.

Online guest book www.wintfuneralhome.com

Doris S. OLIVER

Died: Sunday, December 07, 2014
Age: 80
OLIVER, Doris S.; of Waterford; formerly of Pontiac; suddenly December 7, 2014; age 80; devoted wife of Richard for 58 years; dear mother of Kirk (Mary), Kelly, Kraig, Kevin (Patty), Kerry (the late Denise), Kim (Tim) Murphy and Kristi (Brett) Sharpe; beloved grandmother of 24; sister of Charles Lindeberg, Norman Lindeberg and Lucille (Jim) Burt. Rosary service Thursday 7:00 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Thursday 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Funeral mass Friday, December 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Waterford. Rite of Committal All Saints Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Stephen Kyle Parrott

Died: Sunday, December 07, 2014
Age: 67
Stephen Kyle Parrott, 67, of Duluth, Minnesota, passed away, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. He was born Aug. 20, 1947, to Bernard and Cathleen (Little) Parrott in Pontiac, Mich.

Steve grew up in Clarkston and graduated from Clarkston High School. He attended Northern Michigan University and then Ferris State University. He graduated from Ferris State University with a business degree. Upon graduation he took a job with the State of Michigan as an Economic Analyst.

In 1974, he moved to northwest Minnesota and lived off the land near the Mississippi River until 1990 when he moved to Duluth.

He retired from Holiday Inn the beginning of 2013 due to health complications. He worked at Holiday Inn for nearly 12 years and enjoyed his Holiday Inn “Family.”

He was a loving father and grandpa. He enjoyed cooking, literature, movies, music, and baseball. He also enjoyed playing cribbage and having lively conversations about current events.

Steve is survived by his daughter Megan (Bill) Wentela; granddaughter Sarah Wentela; four siblings, Jon(Julia) Parrott, Mark(Julianne) Parrott, Linda Bartnik, and Tom Parrott.

A very special Thank you to my Dad’s Holiday Inn Family for their care and support.

A memorial to Celebrate Steve’s Life is being planned for the Spring.

Margaret Griffin

Died: Saturday, December 06, 2014
Age: 90
Margaret Griffin passed away on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. She was 90.

She is survived by her children Judy Schroeder, John (Judy) Griffin, Gloria McBride, Lois (Albert) Jordan, Mary Ann (Donald) Fritch, Dennis Griffin and Diane Griffin; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Spencer Griffin; her son Roger Griffin, and sons-in-law Bill Schroeder and Whitey McBride.

Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, 39 W. Burdick, Oxford, MI 48371, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12 Noon. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment Lakeville Cemetery in Addison Township.

To place online condolence, please visit www.LynchFamilyFuneralDirectors

Ruth M. Bartley

Died: Friday, December 05, 2014
Age: 84
Bartley, Ruth M.; of Goodrich; December 5, 2014; age 84; wife of Charles for 63 years; mother of Susan Galford, Cynthia (Fred) Rexius and Karen (David) Storey; grandma of Michelle (Brian) Kelm, James (Nina) Galford IV, Pamela (Anthony) Swope, Paige (John) Pryor and Matthew Storey; great grandma of 8; sister of Michael Maas; preceded in death by her sister Barbara (Roger) Olney. Ruth retired from Mitzelfeld’s, Rochester and was a talented musician/church organist. Memorial Service Saturday, Dec. 13th at 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit at 11:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

Thomas Chance

Died: Friday, December 05, 2014
Age: 87
Thomas E. Chance passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 5, 2014. He was 87.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years Irene (nee-Pernicka), daughter Deborah (Larry) Benson, sons Jeffrey (Lorraine) and David (Laura), grandchildren Corey Chance, Erin Benson, April Wren, Kimberly Salvage, Andrew Benson and Ryan Chance and six great grandchildren.

Also surviving him is his sister Ethel (John) Sellars. Preceding him in death are his brothers Joseph Harvey (Maebelle) and Robert Louis (Margaret).

A memorial gathering will take place on Friday, December 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Pixley Funeral Home (3530 Auburn Rd.) in Auburn Hills.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.pixleyfuneral.com

David W. DUNCAN

Died: Thursday, December 04, 2014
Age: 71
DUNCAN, David W.; of Clarkston; unexpectedly December 4, 2014; age 71; husband of Lynette; father of Matthew (fiance’ Joslyn Pierce) Duncan; David will be missed by many other family members and friends. He co-owned and operated Diversified Custom Molding, Lake Orion. Memorial Service Sunday, December 14th at 1:00 p.m. at Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston with visiting beginning at Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com
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