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Elizabeth DeBoer

Died: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Age: 96
Elizabeth Elsie DeBoer, of Oxford, passed away on June 21, 2014. He was 96.

She was loving wife of the late Paul and the dear mother of Donald (Arlene) DeBoer, Patricia Nichols, the late Joan Metzger and the late James DeBoer.

She is survived by her loving grandson and caregivers Daniel (Rhonda) DeLoy. She’s also survived by many grandchildren, great, and great great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Modetz Funeral Home (100 E. Silverbell Rd.) in Orion Township. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.

Burial will be 12 noon Thursday at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Suggested memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Online guestbook www.modetzfuneral homes.com


Died: Friday, June 20, 2014
Age: 58
BETZING, Peter M.; of Clarkston; June 20, 2014; age 58; husband of Cheryl; father of Peter (Ashleigh) and Stephanie; proud grandpa “papa” of Petie & Joshua; son of Evelyn (the late Peter A.); brother of Kenneth (Becky) and Stephen; preceded in death by his sister Catherine (Tom) Allen; son in law of Edward & Gloria Johnson; brother in law of Curtis, Brent, Gary & Jeffrey (Angie) Johnson. Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Monday 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass Tuesday 1:00 p.m. at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Harold Dodds

Died: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Age: 96
Harold D. Dodds, of Oxford, passed away on June 19, 2014. He was 96.

Born on February 2, 1918, he was preceded in death by Hattie, his loving wife of 43 years, five brothers and one sister. He is survived by his son Jerry and special helper Gail, and granddaughter Kim (Jim) Schywstell. of Pennsylvania.

Harold was an Oxford Police Officer from 1949-1954 and retired from Oxford School System as custodian after 13 years. He was also a veteran of the Navy, a volunteer fireman for the Oxford Fire Department for 41 years and a lifetime member of the Oxford Masonic Lodge. He will be sadly missed by family, many friends and neighbors.

A funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Oxford was held Monday, June 23, 2014. Pastor Bob Service officiated.

Interment was at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Oxford. Memorials may be made to the K-9 Stray Rescue League, 2120 Metamora Rd, Oxford, MI 48371.

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

Ruth E. Freeman

Died: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Age: 90
Freeman, Ruth Elizabeth, age 90 passed away peacefully on June 19, 2014 after a prolonged illness. Ruth was born in Gladstone, Michigan on July 23, 1923 to Swedish immigrant parents Louis and Agda Danielson. After the death of her father, she was raised by her mother along with older sister Viola and brother Louie along the shore of Lake Michigan. Her dear cousin Naomi was more like an older sister to Ruth and constant companion to Ruth and Viola.

A graduate of Gladstone High School class of 1942, Ruth moved to the lower peninsula to attend Cleary Secretarial College. She met her future husband James Freeman. After WWII they married and raised four children.

Ruth worked as an Executive Secretary at Shwayder Brothers and Wyandotte Chemical which became BASF. While working, she volunteered at Wyandotte Hospital & St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield.

In retirement, she was committed to giving back working at St. Joseph hospital ER, the Scripps Center, and the Lake Orion Township Library. Post retirement she enjoyed part time jobs at Swede Annes and Always Christmas in Lake Orion.

Ruth enjoyed walking her dog Holly 2-3 times a day in any kind of weather & visit with neighbors. She would cross-country ski every winter until the age of 85 and was an avid reader.

Ruth is survived by her four children: son James Freeman & wife Cynthia, son Michael Freeman & wife Kathy, daughter Lori Potter & husband Don and son Lance Freeman & wife Kelly. Her greatest joy was loving nine grandchildren (Erin, Kate, Joe, Kristen, Laura, Jason, Shawn, McKenzie and Benjamin) and being ”GiGi” to four great-grandchildren (Evan, Aiden, Donavon and Kory).

A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, June 27, 2014, 11 a.m. with an instate time of 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion. Memorial visitation Thursday, 3-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary at the Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion. Inurnment Eastlawn Cemetery.

Suggested memorials to Lewy Body Dementia Assoc., 912 Killian Hill Rd., SW, Lilburn, Georgia. (www.lbda.org) Online guestbook www.modetzfuneralhomes.com

Leo Vaillancourt, Jr.

Died: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Age: 86
Leo Vaillancourt, Jr., of Clarkston, formerly of Pontiac, passed away June 18, 2014, at age 86.

He was the husband of Phyllis; father of Stephen (Kathy) Maddock, Michael (Marta) Vaillancourt, James (Jeannie) Vaillancourt and Pamela (Dennis) Kas; also survived by 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; brother of Richard (Rosemary) Vaillancourt; preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia (Richard) Durso, grandson Jason Maddock, brother Robert (Marelyce) Vaillancourt, parents Leo and Mary “Marie” Vaillancourt.

Leo served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and served as an Orchard Lake Police Officer. He retired from General Motors, Plant Protection.

Private family graveside services at All Saints Cemetery have been held. Arrangements entrusted to Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 25200 Telegraph Rd., Ste. 100, Southfield, MI 48033 or Breast Cancer Research Foundation 60 East 56th Street, New York, NY 10022.

Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Scott W. Evanson

Died: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Age: 53
Scott W. Evanson of Clarkston, formerly of Rochester; passed away suddenly June 14, 2014 at age 53.

He was beloved husband of Karen; loving father of Amanda (fiancé Tab Wood), Samantha and Alyssa; papa of Morgan; son of Marlene (Ron) Smisek; preceded in death by his father Walter Dean; brother of Brian (Diane) and Jeffrey (Jackie); son in law of Dolores (the late Cecil) Pelowski.

Scott was employed as Project Manager at IM Branded, Rochester Hills.

Funeral Service is Thursday 10 a.m. at Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Wednesday 3-9 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. until time of service.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Ralph M. Taylor

Died: Friday, June 13, 2014
Age: 99
TAYLOR, RALPH M.; of Lake Orion; June 13, 2014; age 99. Beloved husband of the late Florence; dear father of Mark Taylor and the late Barbara Pace-Guthrie; loving grandfather of 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Mr. Taylor was retired from GM Truck and Coach and a member of the U.A.W.

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion (248-693-8336). The family received friends before the service. Interment White Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Masonic Home or Knights of Columbus #13600 of Waterford. Memorial reflections may be shared with the family by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com

Fred Zawacki

Died: Friday, June 13, 2014
Age: 72
Fred Zawacki was born to Frank & Eva Zawacki in Sacramento on July 9, 1942.

He was the third of seven children raised in the Hollywood Park neighborhood and a proud graduate of C. K. McClatchy High School class of 1960. He passed away at home with family by his side after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Fred was well known for his charming smile, outgoing personality, generous heart, genuine nature, and was a collector of all things unique.

Fred was a Brandon Township Trustee from 1978-1984, owner of M-15 party store in 1973, a member of St. Ann Church and was a long time member of the Ortonville Lions club.

He loved life and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by many. Fred is survived by his wife of 25 years, Pauline Zawacki, son Daniel Zawacki, daughter Alison (Nancy Seger) Zawacki, step- children Jennifer (Dan) Gannon, Jeffery Hammond and grandson Liam Gannon, all of Sacramento. Fred is also survived by siblings Franklin (Aura) Zawacki, Bernard Zawacki, Julie (Craig) Perrin, and Janet Townsend. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Donald and Edwin Zawacki, and the mother of his two children, Carol Zawacki. A private mass was held at St. Ignatius Parish. A celebration of Fred's life will be held Sunday, July 13, 2014. For details, email azawacki@hotmail.com.

Mary Ann Haggadone

Died: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Age: 85
HAGGADONE, MARY ANN of Pontiac; died June 12, 2014. She was 85. Born March 29, 1929 in Bristol, Rhode Island to the late John and Mary Arruda. She is survived by 4 sons, Elmer “Moe”, John Dellas (Tammy), Jimmie (Lois) and Clay (Judy) Haggadone; 1 sister, Estelle Kaiser; also survived by 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; she was preceded in death by 1 granddaughter and 2 great grandchildren. Mary was retired from Farmer Jacks in the meat department and was a longtime member of Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, Pontiac where her Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 (517 W. Walton Blvd., Pontiac). Interment will be at Ortonville Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Arrangements were entrusted to COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. To send a condolence, go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

Dorothy Judd

Died: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Age: 90
Dorothy E. Judd, of Oxford, died June 10, 2014. She was 90.

Dorothy was the loving mother of Richard (Della) Fancher of MN, Terry (Carolyn) Farmer of Oxford, Deanna (John) Schleeter of IN, Linda (Bill) Rudaitis of Clarkston, Steven Dobson of IL, Caroline Tincknell of Oxford, Peggy (David) Desroschers of Bay Port, MI step-daughters Patricia (Don) Wright and Pamela (Don) Floyd, both of LA; cherished grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 21, and great-great-grandmother of three.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Basiel in 1981; her son, William, and 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

A memorial mass in Dorothy’s memory was held June 23, 2014 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Oxford Chapel of Huntoon Funeral Home.
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