Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Visitation for the longtime Wyandotte resident will be held Friday, followed by a Saturday service.
One of Hockeytown's most notable voices was silenced Tuesday with the sudden death of Budd Lynch. The 95-year-old worked for the Detroit Red Wings for 63 years, the last of which as the organization's public address announcer. Those who knew him -- or simply knew his recognizable voice -- are invited to his funeral service, which is open to the public. Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at R.J. Nixon Funeral Home, 2544 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte. A Rosary service is set for 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 344 Elm St., Wyandotte. A Mass celebrating his life is set for 11 a.m. at the church. He will be cremated. Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers. A …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Friends, colleagues and former students reflect on their social studies teacher and wrestling coach, who died suddenly this week at age 51.
He wore flannel shirts in the summer and shorts in the winter. He liked to read and was known for his geography haikus. He loved sports and held stock in the Green Bay Packers. And he once helped a good friend rack up a $750 phone bill by talking for two to three hours a day about high school wrestling. Steve Shaltz, a beloved wrestling and track coach and a longtime teacher at Adams High School, died Monday at his home in Washington Township. He was 51. His funeral is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday in Romeo. The cause of his death was not yet known, school officials said. "He was an outstanding teacher and a dedicated member of our Adams family," said Adams Principal Kevin Cumming. "This is a big loss for our school and for our district. "…
Monday, November 14, 2011
Jenny Acree is remembered as a family woman, excellent cook, bingo enthusiast and "Grandma" of the Paint Creek Market.
- Jen Anesi
Monday, November 14, 2011
Jenny Acree, affectionately known as 'Grandma' to many patrons of the Paint Creek Market in Goodison, died Sunday surrounded by her children following a battle with cancer. Acree, who celebrated her 85th birthday in July, could often be found behind the counter of Paint Creek Market – the family business where four generations of her family worked together. Granddaughter Kim Sampson said Acree especially enjoyed greeting the customers at the market. Born in Detroit on July 8, 1926, Acree grew up near Rochester and Big Beaver roads in Troy. She married George T. Acree on Sept. 3, 1943; George passed away on Nov. 18, 1976. Sampson describes her grandma as a family woman who loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, adding that "(her) …
Monday, October 24, 2011
OU sophomore Jenna Balabuch and former OU student Rachel Ring, both Romeo High School grads, were killed in a car crash Saturday in Detroit.
While a community continues to mourn, funeral arrangements have been made for Jenna Balabuch and Rachel Ring, the two honor students and friends who were killed in a car crash Saturday afternoon in Detroit. Visitation for Balabuch, 19, of Romeo, will be held on Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-9 p.m. at Roth-Muir Funeral Home in Romeo. The funeral service for Balabuch will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Romeo United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either an animal rescue or to an English Scholarship at Oakland University in Balabuch's honor. Visitation for Ring, 19, of Leonard, will be held at Potere-Modetz Funeral Home in Rochester on Wednesday and Thursday from 3-9 p.m. The funeral …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Apple co-founder died Wednesday, leaving behind a legacy that changed the way people communicate and broke down workplace barriers.
The news of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on Wednesday sent shock waves across the Internet during the evening, as millions of people reflected on the impact that he and his products had on everyday consumers. "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an email sent Wednesday evening to all Apple employees, including those at Somerset Collection's Apple store. Locally, on Twitter and Facebook, people shared their favorite Apple products and reflected on how different their lives would be without the products Jobs' vision helped create. On Rochester Patch's Facebook page, Katie Webb wrote: "I read about his passing on my MacBook and then called my …
Friday, June 3, 2011
Longtime resident was a lightning rod for controversy and a familiar face around town.
Assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian of Royal Oak died at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak this morning after being hospitalized with kidney, liver and respiratory problems off and on for several weeks. He was 83. Kevorkian first made headlines for his right-to-die stand in 1990 when he assisted in the death of Janet Adkins, who had Alzheimer’s disease. The former pathologist admitted to assisting in an estimated 130 deaths from 1990-98. More recently, he served eight years of a 10- to 25-year sentence in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease. He was released from prison in 2007 and returned to live in an apartment in Royal Oak, where he was frequently seen at his favorite restaurants and shops. …
Monday, May 30, 2011
The flags and biography tags are on display this weekend at Guardian Angel Cemetery in Oakland Township.
Just inside the iron gates of Guardian Angel Cemetery on Rochester Road in Oakland Township, 245 American flags arranged meticulously in six rows flap in the breeze. Each of the flags represents a Michigan serviceman or woman who died as a result of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and each flagpole bears that man or woman's name, photograph, hometown and a short biography. “We’ve done the flags for the past couple years, and the idea to add the tags with the bios on it was a collective idea," said Guardian Angel Cemetery Director Wendy Mann. “We’ve been working on it for the past couple months. It’s definitely a project.” Mann said the Field of Honor was erected Tuesday near the silo, but heavy rain flooded the area and forced …
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Sill, who helped found the Oakland Township Substation, died April 30. He was remember by co-workers as compassionate and a jokester.
Retired Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Barry Sill, who helped found the Oakland Township substation and spent most of his career patrolling the township, died April 30 at his home in Carlsbad, CA. Sill, who had a long battle with cancer, was 69. Sill, a husband, father and grandfather, was remembered by his peers as an outstanding police officer. “He was just an all-around great guy – the kind of guy that you’d be proud to call your friend and your co-worker," said Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe. "He exhibited such professionalism representing the Sheriff’s Office.” He was also remembered as compassionate. "He was a great police officer, but first and foremost, he was a compassionate person," said Sgt. Dale Romeo, who worked …
Friday, January 21, 2011
Oakland Township resident Vince Alvaro was killed Wednesday in a hit-and-run incident in Troy.
Despite the sudden and tragic death of her father, 76-year-old Oakland Township resident Vince Alvaro, Christina Manson still managed to laugh a little Thursday as she recalled her father’s relatively shortlived stint in the restaurant business. “It was just a flicker of an idea with my grandfather and my dad and my uncle,” Manson said of Alvaro’s, the Italian restaurant her family opened in 1967 in Royal Oak. “Of course, turns out that 15 years later, they all realized that, yeah, not such a great idea,” she said, chuckling. Her father, Manson said, was not a chef. Alvaro, who died Wednesday morning after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run accident in Troy, was a builder, said Manson. He was always creating something. “My dad’s …