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Darlene Jane TROVATO (Coleman)

Died: Monday, August 04, 2014
Age: 42
TROVATO (Coleman), Darlene Jane; suddenly August 4, 2014; age 42; born in Cleveland, Ohio and was the beloved daughter of the late Corrine & Eugene Coleman; she leaves behind her pride and joys: two sets of twins that were born the same day, two years apart: Marisa, Mariah, Bravo & Briana; and their father Bravo; survived by loving partner Gary Barkoff; sister of Laura Bullington, Janet, Eugene & Russell Coleman; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends who loved her dearly; soon to be a new grandmother twice. Darlene resided in Michigan since 1997 and graduated with honors from Baker College in 2003 with an Associate of Accounting. She worked as an assistant accountant in construction & entertainment. She spent many years in Grand Blanc and was a parishioner at Holy Family Church. Funeral service Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Friday 3:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to the family.

Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Harold L. Blanchard

Died: Sunday, August 03, 2014
Age: 78
Harold of Ortonville was born March 23, 1936 in Rochester to the late Melvin “Mike” and Margaret (nee: Shippey) Blanchard. He married the former Doris Hessel on Dec. 25, 1954. She preceded him in death on April 15, 1983. Harold then married Judith Wheatley Williams on July 27, 1987. He is survived by his wife Judi; five children, John (Vickie) Blanchard, Sherri Padgett, Carol Day, James (Vicky) Blanchard and Lynda Blanchard; two stepchildren, Mike Williams and Julie (Mark) Smit; and two brothers, Dick (Joan) Blanchard and Carl (Sue) Blanchard. Also survived by 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Blanchard.

Harold retired from ITT-Higbie in Rochester and New Lexington, Ohio after 43 years. He attended Ortonville United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the Junction City, OH Lions Club and was a sportsman in every way.

A funeral service was held Aug. 8 at Ortonville United Methodist Church. Pastor David Pratt officiated. Final resting place will be Friendship Cemetery, Junction City, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to ALS or Ortonville United Methodist Church. To send a condolence, go to

www.CoatsFuneralHome.com/Obituaries.

Zelda M. GRANT

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Age: 91
GRANT, Zelda M.; of Waterford; August 1, 2014; age 91; preceded in death by her husband Robert “Bob” and brother Gene Flynn; mother of Penny (Michael) Nyberg, Robert (Debbie) Grant II;; grandma of Michelle (Mark) Johnson, Catherine (Craig) Knudson, Nicole (Eric) Burchard, Robert (Tammy) Grant III, Michael (Cecilia) Grant, Carrie (Josh) Owens, Amy Campeau, Kristina (Steven) Robinson & Steven (Alexandra) Campeau; also survived by 15 great grandchildren & 1 great great granddaughter; sister of Winnie Curran; Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Monday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. with scripture service at 4:30 pm; Funeral Mass Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Pontiac; Interment Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Memorials may be made to St. Damien of Molokai Parish or Make A Wish Foundation. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

George Bozied

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Age: 95
George Bozied, a long-time resident of Rochester, passed away on August 1, 2014 and went to be with his wife Gloria. He was 95.

George was born February 22, 1919. He is survived by Chris & Cindy, of Oxford, Tina & Bryan, of Shelby Twp; also 2 Granddaughters Chantel Norris and Jenna Bozied, a grandson Daniel Bradley, and a great-grand baby Drayk Norris.

The Bozied family will be having a private service. Cards can be sent to Chris Bozied at P.O. Box 533 Oxford, MI 48371.

Arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Oxford.

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

Margaret Moran

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Age: 98
Margaret F. Moran, of Oxford, passed away August 1, 2014. She was 98.

Margaret was the beloved wife of the late Donald L. Moran; dear mother of Lawrence D. (Som), Donald E. (Jean), Rosemary (John) Ryan, Teresa (the late Larry) Sommer, and the late Mark (Chris); loving grandmother of 19; great grandmother of 33; and great great grandmother of three. She was preceded in death by her eight brothers and sisters.

For many years Margaret was the manager of the Moran Tree Farm in Clarkston. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church (715 N. Lapeer Road) in Lake Orion.

The family received friends at Sparks-Griffin Funeral Home in Lake Orion.

Interment All Saints Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Reflections may be shared at www.sparksgriffin.com

Robert Bennett Renyolds

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Age: 67
Robert Bennett Reynolds, of Lake Orion, passed away at the age of 67. Bob went home to God on August 1, 2014 . He is the loving husband of Jane of 42 years; father of Dr. Jamie (Dawn) Reynolds, and Erin (Mark) Lantzy; grandfather of five beautiful grandchildren Cameron, Alexandra, Walker, Reese and Caden; brother of Rick (Jan); uncle of Dr. Matt (Sara) Reynolds and Robin (Dr. Andrew) Wolford.

Bob worked for AT&T for many years. He retired and went back to work for Thumb Cellular.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12 noon at the Lake Orion United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends on Wednesday at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment Grand Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Reflections may be share with the family by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com

Gary Lee Merwin

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Age: 74
Gary Lee Merwin, of Lake Orion, passed away at the age of 74. Gary was born June 7, 1940 and passed away peacefully on August 1, 2014. Gary is the loving husband of Mary Kay (Strzelecki) of 43 years; loving father of Michele Houser –Dunbar; grandfather of Kyle Houser, Lindsey Houser, and Tyler Dunbar; dear brother of Gloria (Bob) Bakewell, and the late Daniel (Dreama) Merwin; brother-in-law of Patricia (Dale) Patenaude, Angie (Tom) Schmidt, Steve (the late Jean) Strzelecki, Tom (Carol) Strzelecki, and Joe (Ethel) Strzelecki. He will also be missed by 27 nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

Gary retired from General Motors (GM Tech Center, Pontiac Motor, and Fiero Plant) after 30 years of service .He proudly served in the U.S. Navy and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #233 where he served the offices of Commander, Finance Officer, and Chaplain. He also coordinated Memorial Day activities for the Legion flags for graves of the military at Lake Orion cemeteries.

He had many golf and Legion friends and especially loved like brothers, Paul Cole, John Trogden, Tom King, Mike Shagena, Doug Cole, Chris Mennel, and Mike Okolovitch.

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion. The family received friends on Tuesday. Interment with military honors will be held at Eastlawn Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice Palliative Care or American Legion Post #233 , Lake Orion. Reflections may be shared with the family by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com

Margaret F. Moran

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Age: 98
Margaret F. Moran; of Oxford, passed away August 1, 2014 at the age of 98. Margaret is the beloved wife of the late Donald L. Moran; dear mother of Lawrence D. (Som), Donald E. (Jean), Rosemary (John) Ryan, Teresa (the late Larry) Sommer, and the late Mark (Chris); loving grandmother of 19; great grandmother of 33; and great great grandmother of 3. She was preceded in death by her eight brothers and sisters.

For many years Margaret was the manager of the Moran Tree Farm in Clarkston.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. The family received friends at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion on Monday with Rosary Prayers at 7 p.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Reflections may be shared by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com.

Margaret F Moran

Died: Friday, August 01, 2014
Age: 98
Margaret F. Moran; of Oxford, passed away August 1, 2014 at the age of 98. Margaret is the beloved wife of the late Donald L. Moran; dear mother of Lawrence D. (Som), Donald E. (Jean), Rosemary (John) Ryan, Teresa (the late Larry) Sommer, and the late Mark (Chris); loving grandmother of 19; great grandmother of 33; and great great grandmother of 3. She was preceded in death by her eight brothers and sisters.

For many years Margaret was the manager of the Moran Tree Farm in Clarkston.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 715 N. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion. The family received friends at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Lake Orion on Monday with Rosary Prayers at 7 p.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Reflections may be shared by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com.

Colleen Susan Stringer

Died: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Age: 67
Colleen Stringer of Hadley Township was born in Woodstock, Illinois on January 4th, 1947, to Richard and Gloria Hennessy. She and her sisters Gloria (Charles) Zubek and Sharon (Douglas) Conquest enjoyed traveling back to the family farm in Illinois from their childhood home in Flint, Michigan. While attending the University of Michigan, she traveled the world with her Aunt Mary Hennessy, amassing her worldly knowledge and famous spoon collection along the way. Following a brief stint as an English teacher, she pursued and earned her Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan and began working at Flint Public Library. On August 12th, 1978 she married her soul mate, Kenneth J. Stringer of Beverly, Ohio. They would adopt three of their six children from Seoul, South Korea and raise their large family at their country home in Hadley Hills. Following the death of her husband in 1998, she began work at the Brandon Township Public Library. Her work as a reference librarian was her passion; as she mentored her children into adulthood, she stressed the importance of choosing a profession that you love, just as she loved serving her library patrons. She would reluctantly accept the role of Library Director in late-2013 and focus on protecting the livelihoods of the library staff while maximizing the library’s positive role in the community. An avid gardener, Colleen spent countless hours tending to her extensive gardens. She most looked forward to spending her days with family and friends. An annual family camping trip held a special place in her heart. She will be remembered for her unmatched grace and generosity, unfailing advice, zest for life, and her ability to make one’s most trivial favor or accomplishment feel like an act of heroism. She truly cared for all. She will be welcomed into heaven by her husband Kenneth, her parents, and brothers-in-law Charles and Douglas. She is survived by her six children: Andrea (Kevin) Grobe, Caroline Culbert, Melanie (Terry) Weathers, Daniel, Sean (Chelsea), and Ryan; six grandchildren: Jordan, Madeline, Garett, Ethan, Haley, and Hudson; sisters Gloria and Sharon; sisters-in-law Jo Ann (Thomas) Drake, Jeri Brown, and Judy (Thomas) Carlisle; numerous dear nieces, nephews, and cousins; her best friend Kathy Talley; and her two beloved collies Sophie and Jack.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014 until the time of the Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 from St. Anne Catholic Church (825 S. Ortonville Rd., Ortonville). Fr. Gerry Frawley, Celebrant. Rite of Committal to follow at Ortonville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m. at COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE. Rosary will be 7 p.m. Wednesday. Donations may be made for a memorial in her honor at the Brandon Township Public Library, addressed to the Estate of Colleen Stringer, 7144 Park Ridge Parkway, Swartz Creek, 48473.

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