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James F. Hafner III

Died: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Age: 24
Hafner, James F. III; of Lake Orion; age 24; passed away August 16, 2014. James is the beloved husband of Janelle nee: Neumeyer; loving father of Jacob; dear son of James (Kris) Hafner Jr. and Deborah (Ray) Schatzberg Lake; dear brother of Christopher Ehmann, Brandon Ponke and Jackie Smyth. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lester Schatzberg, grandmother, Shirley McVittie and his cousin and best friend Allen Smith. James was born on February 17, 1990 in Warren, MI. He was a 2008 graduate of Lake Orion, MI High School and an honor graduate of basic training. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force, he was in an Iraq War Veteran and he served in Operation Odyssey Dawn.



Funeral Services with full Military honors will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:00 at the King of Kings Evangelical Lutheran Church 1715 S. Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion. The family will receive friends at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, 111 E. Flint St., Lake Orion, MI on Friday, from 12 to 8 p.m. The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made for Jacob in c/o Hafner Trust, Safe Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 2008 Sumter, South Carolina 29151. Reflections may be shared with family by visiting www.sparksgriffin.com

Teresa A. PATTERSON (Larkins)

Died: Friday, August 15, 2014
Age: 48
PATTERSON (Larkins), Teresa A. “Tere”; of Romeo formerly of Clarkston; suddenly August 15, 2014; age 48; wife of Dave; mother of Nathan; daughter of Robert and Sharon Larkins; sister of Bob Larkins; daughter in law of Audrey (late Wally) Patterson; survived by many extended family and friends. Tere was employed at Highland Schools as an “I.T. Goddess”. Arrangements pending at the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston, for updates visit Tere’s online guestbook at www.wintfuneralhome.com.

John H. BELTZ, Jr.

Died: Friday, August 15, 2014
Age: 77
BELTZ, John H. Jr., recently relocated back home to Michigan, formerly of The Villages, Florida; August 15, 2014; age 77; preceded in death by his wife Judith M.; beloved father of Paula (Todd) Suddon, Lori (Matthew) Abbott, Carole and Stephen; step father of Dawn (Brian) Hogan and Robert “Paul” Phillips; loving “Papap” of Baylee, Jared, Brendan, Kate, Kennedy, Sean, Cole, Connor and Brennan; brother of Betty (Harold) Coleman and Mary (Charles) Wise. John retired from GM and enjoyed golf, bowling and playing cards especially bridge. Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral service Thursday 11:00 am at Calvary Lutheran Church, Clarkston; Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Teresa A. PATTERSON (Larkins)

Died: Friday, August 15, 2014
Age: 48
PATTERSON (Larkins), Teresa A. “Tere”; of Romeo formerly of Clarkston; suddenly August 15, 2014; age 48; wife of Dave; mother of Nathan; daughter of Robert and Sharon Larkins; sister of Bob Larkins; daughter in law of Audrey (late Wally) Patterson; survived by many extended family and friends. Tere was employed at Highland Schools as an “I.T. Goddess”. Visitation Thursday, August 21 from 3:00 – 9:00 pm at the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston with a scripture/personal sharing service. Funeral Mass Friday, August 22 at 11:00 am at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston. In lieu of flowers any donations will be used for future education. online guestbook at www.wintfuneralhome.com.

Marjorie S. DOOLITTLE

Died: Friday, August 15, 2014
Age: 75
DOOLITTLE, Marjorie S. “Marge”; of Waterford; August 15, 2014; age 75; preceded in death by her husband Bruce; mother of Bob (Cathy), Mike (Lisa) and Janet (Bob Thomas) Revol; grandmother of 11, great grandmother of 6. Memorial service Saturday, August 30th at 11:00 a.m. at Marge’s residence with reception to follow; arrangements entrusted to the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, Clarkston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society. Online guestbook www.wintfuneralhome.com

Richard J. MOLTER

Died: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Age: 84
Richard J. "Dick" MOLTER of Brooksville, Florida formerly of Clarkston; died August 14, 2014 at his residence in Florida at 84 years of age. Beloved husband of Gloria for 62 wonderful years. Loving father of Debbie (Dan) Bachman, Richard Molter, Karen (Dan) Frushour, Darlene (Bob) Kratt and Danny (Yvette) Molter. Grandfather of 22 and Great Grandfather of 10.

Visitation : Tuesday 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at COATS VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME-ORTONVILLE.

Funeral Service : Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 825 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville. Interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Christopher Whitehouse

Died: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Age: 25
Christopher Whitehouse passed away on August 14, 2014. He was 25.

He is survived by his mom Tracie Mullan; dad Kevin Whitehouse; sisters Amanda Maki; Christal Maki; LaChrisha Whitehouse; Khrystina Whitehouse; Melanie Whitehouse and Karen Whitehouse; brothers Kevin Whitehouse and Steven Reitano.

Christopher is also survived by his grandmothers Wenoka Carlisle and Jean Whitehouse and grandfather

Junior Rose. He is preceded in death by his father Roger Rose; brother Johnathan Whitehouse and grandmother Mary Rose.

A memorial service was held Aug. 25 at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Oxford.

To leave an online condolence please visit LynchFamilyFuneralDirectors.com

Merolynn Burnham-Hathaway

Died: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Age: 88
Merolynn Burnham-Hathaway, of Oxford, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in the presence of family and friends on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. She was 88.

Born of August 18, 1925, Merolynn received her nursing degree at Kalamazoo College and was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II.

A member of First Baptist Church of Lake Orion for 78 years, she enjoyed reading, especially history, and loved visiting with family.

Merolynn is survived by her husband Perry Hathaway and children Carol (Tom) Warmoth, Douglas Burnham, Nancy (Jim) Breznau, daughter-in-law Janet Burnham, sister, Priscilla Black and dearly loved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edith and Gerald Curtiss, her husband Gordon Carter Burnham, her son Stephen (Gordy) Burnham and sister Virginia O’Donald.

A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Lake Orion on Aug. 15

A special thank you to the caregivers at Pineview Assisted Living for the kindness, love and care given during Merolynn’s last months.

Alice May Graves

Died: Saturday, August 09, 2014
Age: 77
Alice May Graves of Holly was born in Detroit on March 28, 1937 the daughter of Herman and Margaret (Perkins) Koch. She was the wife of the late Francis Eugene Graves who preceded her in death in 2005. She is survived by Dale, David, Dean, Diane, Don, Debbie, Diana, and Linda Graves; two sisters, June Cox and Mary Sandstedt; 12 grandchildren; and13 great-grandchildren. She will be missed by her family and her many friends. A memorial luncheon will be held at the Edna Burton Senior Center, 345 Ball St., Ortonville, MI at a later date.

www.dryerfuneralhomeholly.com.

Michael Gordon Sinks

Died: Thursday, August 07, 2014
Age: 74
Michael, known as Mickey, was born on Sept. 14, 1939 to Geneva and Robert Sinks in Detroit. He graduated from Cooley High School in 1957 where he lettered in baseball, football and basketball. Mickey went on to attend and play baseball at Michigan State University. He graduated from MSU in 1961 and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and played with the organization for five years.

Mickey began his teaching and coaching career at the Oak Park School District in 1966. He taught physical education and math while coaching baseball, football and basketball. In 1974, he was hired by the Brandon School District, where he continued coaching, teaching and also worked as athletic director for a few years before retiring in 1998.

Mickey and his wife Brooke moved to Oscoda, Mich. in 2000. He never stopped coaching or mentoring during retirement as he took many opportunities in the surrounding area to help local coaches, teams and athletes. He also spent his time woodworking, taking care of his lawn, feeding the deer, and doing jigsaw and sudoku puzzles.

Mickey was preceded in death by his first wife, Sheila Hooker and is survived by his second wife, Brooke; son, Steven (June); daughter, Suzanne (Craig Taylor); stepsons, Tom Stokes (Kim) and Matt Stokes (Chris); and nine grandchildren, Ryan, Levi, Sheila, Jessica, Rebecca, Thomas, Anna, Tori and Matthew.

Donations in memory of Mickey can be made payable to the Brandon High School or Goodrich High School athletic departments and mailed in care of Suzanne Taylor, 10352 Hegel Road, Goodrich, MI 48438.
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