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Joanne Evelyn Kopera

Died: Friday, July 05, 2013
Age: 71
of Ortonville.

Joanne was born Jan. 26, 1942 in Detroit to the late Floyd A. and Sara Joanne (nee: Nevala) Buehler. She married the late Joseph John Kopera, Jr. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Detroit on Aug. 14, 1965. She is survived by one son, John (Wendy) Kopera; two granddaughters, Chelsea and Cassidy Kopera; and one brother-in-law, Paul (Dottie) Kopera. Joanne was a longtime registered nurse and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church where her funeral service was held July 8.The Rev. Fr. Michael Bedford officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. To send a condolence, go to


Eris Eileen BLEAU

Died: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Age: 88
BLEAU, Eris Eileen, of Clarkston, MI; July 3, 2013; age 88; Preceded in death by her husband John and son Thomas; mother of James (Mari Ann Pace-Bleau) Bleau, Robert (Jonan) Bleau, and John (Lorene) Bleau; mother in law of Mary (Russell Herlache); grandmother of Geoffrey (Hallie), Jessica (Kenneth Thompson), Matthew, Ryan, Steven, Ethan and Natalie; sister of the late Irvin (Gertie) Brooks, the late Neal Brooks and the late Richard Brooks; friend of the late Arcaide LaPointe. Eris grew up in Capac and graduated from Almont High School. After graduation, she attended business school in Pontiac. Eris met John, a WWII veteran & former POW, while she was working at General Motors. They married at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church on May 8, 1948 and resided in Pontiac. In 1971, the family built a home in Clarkston. Eris and John enrolled their sons at Pontiac Catholic and Our Lady of the Lakes. All the boys pursued their interests in college and their degrees in Law, Education, Medicine and the Arts which had been a result of their parents’ commitment and support. Eris was a beloved mother, friend, and community volunteer. She was recognized for twenty-five years of service at Light House North and was a parishioner at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church for over forty years. She resided in the Lourdes Community since 2012. Services will be a Memorial Mass at 11 am Saturday, August 3 at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Waterford where friends may visit at 10:30 am until time of Mass. Private Inurnment All Saints Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Cancer Society, and Light House North. Online Guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com.

Cynthia Lynn Merz (nee: Craig)

Died: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Age: 53
Cindy was born July 15, 1959. Beloved wife of Chuck Merz and daughter of the late Carol Schwendemann and Jack and Norma Craig.

Cindy was a member of UAW Local 594 and retired from GM Truck in Pontiac. She was a 1977 graduate of Madison High School and received a BA in English from Wayne State University. With a sharp sense of progressive thought, Cindy was fierce in her defense of the underprivileged and a champion of the disfranchised. To hundreds of abused and homeless dogs and cats, she was their hero. She dearly loved wildlife, nature and digging in the dirt in her beautiful Hosta gardens. She loved a good Scrabble game, the purr of a cat and the hug of a child. Cindy had a keen sense of the absurd and throughout her 45- month battle with ovarian cancer, her sense of humor never deserted her. She lived a rich and meaningful life, was loved by a terrific guy and many, many wonderful friends.

A remembrance tribute was held July 5 at Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville. Interment at The Preserve of All Saints Cemetery, Waterford. Memorial donations may be made in Cindy’s name to Gilda’s Club, 3517 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48073 or go to http://


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Theodore Gawry

Died: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Age: 81
Theodore “Ted” Martin Gawry, also affectionately known by family & special friends as “Toggo”, of Marquette, died Wednesday morning, July 3, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. He was 81.

He was born January 16, 1932, in Iron River, a son of the late Teofil and Mary (Kotowfki) Gawrylczyk. Ted was raised in Iron River and attended Iron River High School where he played basketball and served as class president prior to graduating in 1950.

Ted earned a Bachelor’s Degree in science & math at NMU where he lettered in varsity basketball and was a member of the Tri MU Fraternity. He was drafted by the US Army and served during the Korean Conflict.

On June 19, 1954, he married the former Elsie Mae Vadnais at St. Michael Catholic Church. Ted taught math and chemistry at Oxford High School, where he also coached basketball and baseball until 1962 before taking a job as a systems engineer in Detroit for IBM. Ted advanced to management for IBM and eventually relocating to the IBM site in Boca Raton, Florida. He retired in 1989.

Ted loved attending horse and dog races while in Florida. He also enjoyed trips to the Upper Peninsula with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie Mae Gawry of Marquette; children, David (Kim) Gawry of Waterford, MI and Tedi (Gustavo) Wells of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Scott & Molly Gawry of Waterford; nieces & nephews, Geri Wiora, Janice Zieler, Patsy Stuglis, Roxann Johnson, Rodney Johnson, Carol Vadnais, Barbara Noll, Karen Mullane, Bill Lakenen and Rayme Martineau; great-nieces, Kelcie and Ariana Martineau, who regarded Ted as “grandpa”; and sister’s-in-law, Beverly Johnson of Oxford and Kathleen Lakenen of Marquette. He was preceded in death by his parents and 8 siblings.

The family would like to thank Ted’s caregivers, Doug Kozeluh and Bill Sampson for their care of him while at home and also to the staff at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans during his stay.

A celebration of Ted’s life will be held at a later date and will be announced by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home where memories may be shared at www.canalefuneral.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Iron County Historical Museum, PO Box 272, Caspian, MI 49915.

Walter L. Bone III

Died: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Age: 69
of Clarkston.

Walter was born in Detroit to the late Helen (nee: Swirles) and Walter. L. Bone, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Doreen (nee: Sien) Bone; two sons, Thomas (Michelle) Bone and Scott (Sheila) Bone; one brother, David (Donna) Bone; and six grandchildren, Chamaine, Alexis, Bridget, Allison, Erika, and Tommy.

Walter retired from EDS and was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Ortonville, where a memorial Mass was celebrated July 5. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org. To send a condolence to the family select guestbook at www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.


Died: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Age: 73
BERY, PHYLLIS M., of Clarkston, suddenly June 29, 2013, at age 73. Beloved wife of Leslie Bery for 44 years. Dear sister of Norman (Theresa) Gladych. Aunt of Katherine & Yvonne Machniak and Christine Gladych. Phyllis was a nursing instructor at Macomb Community College. She was a member of St. Daniels Catholic Church, 7010 Valley Park Dr., Clarkston, where her Funeral Mass will be held Friday, July 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m. Burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 3, 4 – 8 p.m. at COATS FUNERAL HOME-CLARKSTON, 8909 Dixie Hwy. To send a condolence go to www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.


Died: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Age: 75
STEINHELPER, Jerry L.; of Waterford; wintered in Orange Beach, Alabama; June 29, 2013; Age 75; Husband of Mary “Pat” for 54 years; Father of Suzie (Larry) Sage, Debbie (Gary) Hus, Jerry (Melody) Steinhelper and Theresa (Gerry) McCallum; Grandpa of Kevin & Mark McCallum and Alex & Eric Hus; Also survived by step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; Brother of Judy (Jim) Montiegel, Chuck (Sharon), Richard, Lynn & Elaine (Dennis) Brophy; Jerry was a friend of too many to name. He will be missed by his furry friend Kizzy II. He retired from GM Truck & Coach, was a HO trains collector and loved to travel with his bride. Rosary service Friday 7 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Friday 3–5 p.m. & 7–9 p.m. Funeral Mass Saturday 10:30 a.m. at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Waterford with Rev. Thomas Kuehnemund officiating. Friends may visit directly at the church Saturday 9:30 a.m. until time of mass. Inurnment All Saints Cemetery; Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice.

Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Phyllis Marie KARPOVCK

Died: Friday, June 28, 2013
Age: 91
KARPOVCK, Phyllis Marie; age 91; went home to be with the Lord she loved on June 28, 2013; Born in Flint on January 9, 1922 to parents James and Viola Hall; beloved wife of the late Steve; loving mother of Elizabeth (John) Lewis and Cindi Sans; devoted grandmother of Garret, Hilary and Austin Sans. Also survived by loving sisters Laura Logan of Clarkston and Geraldine Griffin of MO; brothers James Hall of Rochester Hills and David Hall of Naubinway. Predeceased by brothers Donald Stevens, Kenneth and Robert Hall. Also survived by loving nieces, nephews and cherished friends. Phyllis retired from Clarkston Schools as a secretary at Pine Knob Elementary; she loved the many children and special friends she made there. She taught Sunday school and Children’s Church for fifty years at Ferndale Assembly of God and was currently a member of Lifepoint Christian Church with treasured pastor and loving friends. She loved God, family, children, Bible studies, reading and crafts. Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Monday 3-5 and 7-9 pm with a Funeral Service at the funeral home Tuesday 10:00 am. Interment Ottawa Park Cemetery, Clarkston. Memorials may be made to Lifepoint Christian Church. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Richard J. BELL

Died: Friday, June 28, 2013
Age: 26
BELL, Richard J.; of Clarkston; Suddenly June 28, 2013; Age 26; Beloved son of Zachary & Corena; Brother of Zachary Bell Jr., Michael (Jenica) Bell, Johana (Aditya) Bhargava and Sam Bell; Grandson of Frances (Jim) Bennett and Duffy Liddicoat; Boyfriend of Emily Merlo; Preceded in death by grandparents Jun Kojima and John Bell; Richard communicated his passion for life through his music. He was an accomplished percussionist who cared deeply for his art. We will always hold dear to our heart his easy smile and infectious laughter; Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Sunday 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.; Funeral service Monday 2:00 p.m. at Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Clarkston with visitation directly at the church’s Relief Society Room Monday 12 Noon -1:30 p.m.; Any donations to the family will be used toward a music scholarship in Rich’s memory. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Carol Allen

Died: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Carol Ann Allen was born August 20, 1937 and died June 26, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dale Allen.

Mrs. Allen was proceeded in death by son Mike.

She’s survived by children Marlon (Grace) Allen, Steve (Nora) Allen, Matt (Shelly) Allen, Sherm Allen, Kelly Allen, Karen Allen and Loren (Vicki) Allen.

She is also survived by grandchildren Amy, Matthew, Jacob, Joshua, Jessica, Michael, Justin and Nicole along with great-grandchildren Melody and Melia.

Mrs. Allen spent most of her life in Oxford where she raised her eight children and became a second mom to many of their friends.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, all of whom loved her very much and appreciated what a wonderful mother, grandmother and person she was.

Mrs. Allen will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her.
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