Glee Marie McCormick
Aug. 30, 1922 – Jan. 1, 2017
Glee Marie McCormick of Chelsea, Mich., age 94, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born on Aug. 30, 1922, in Wyandotte, Mich., the daughter of Arthur James and Clara Louise (Vasher) O’Neill. Glee was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea and had lived on Spring Lake for 25 years. She also lived in Trenton, Carefree, Ariz., Fargo, N.D. and Clermont, Fla. She enjoyed reading, playing Bridge and Scrabble, and music. Surviving are her children Patrick (Elizabeth) Foley, Nancy (Ron) Iles, Mary Beth (Andy) MacMeekin and David (Denise) Foley; 11 grandchildren; and her siblings, Don O’Neill, Rosaline Cowan, Patrick O’Neill and Mary Ann Kowalski. She was preceded in death by her son, Edward M. Foley; her three husbands: Edward P. Foley, Elbridge Wilkinson, and John McCormick; her brothers, Richard O’Neill and Terry O’Neill, and her sister Angel Osaski. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arbor Hospice Foundation, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea.
Robert S. Beleske
Sept. 6, 1922 – Jan. 9, 2017
Robert S. Beleske, age 94, of Trenton was born on Sept. 6, 1922, in Wyandotte, Mich., and died on Jan. 9, 2017 at Beaumont Hospital in Trenton. Beloved husband of the late Janice Rose (nee: Webster). Loving dad of the late Robert, Vicki (Paul) Bourdeau and Cathy Schupp of Tenn. Cherished grandfather of Jacob Baourdeau. Also survived by his sister, Trudy Kuharsky, a sister-in-law, Ruth Webster of South Rockwood as well as other loving family and friends. Preceded in death by one sister, Madge Bryson, and a brother-in-law, Burton Webster. Robert was a graduate of Trenton High School where he was a pitcher for the baseball team. He retired from the City of Trenton as a Police Officer. Robert participated in founding hydroplane boat racing in Trenton and was a member of the Masons who loved to golf and go fishing. No services were held. To share a memory visit www.martenson.com.
Mihaloff, Marion, formerly of Trenton and Hillsdale, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 1, 2016. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 67 years, Jimmie Mihaloff; her daughters Sandra Mihaloff and Deborah Mihaloff and their husbands Philip Klaus and Alan Kirshner; nephew Michael Dinoff and his wife Linda and many loving friends. She was best known for her contributions to the community with her video of the businesses in Trenton, later seen at the Trenton Theatre. Known for her many years as a Girl Scout Leader with the troop that sold the most cookies. She was very active in Downriver Business, Professional Women’s Club and the Soroptimist Club. She was the manager of the Secretary of State in Trenton when it was an appointed position for 17 years, but most importantly, the right hand of the Jimmie Mihaloff Insurance Agency for 57 and a half years. If you were to ask her though, her family was the most important aspect of her life. She was Mrs. Congeniality, with her own fashion style. We will miss the wonderful woman who loved life and everything in it. A Celebration of her life was held at The Trenton Chapel of the Martenson Family of Funeral Homes in Trenton on Sunday, Dec. 18, beginning at 2 p.m. with a service that followed at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made in the name of Marion Mihaloff, to the Faison Center (formally the Faison School for Autism), 1701 Byrd Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230. To share a memory, visit www.martenson.com.
Hoshaw, Cheryl L.., age 78, of Alger, passed away Dec. 4, 2016. Beloved wife to Joseph A. Hoshaw Sr. Loving mother to Joseph A. Hoshaw Jr. (Mary), Dawn M. Bowser (James), William T. Hoshaw (Ameena) and Robert D. Hoshaw (Laura). Proud grandmother to Eric and Ryan Hoshaw; Matthew, Steven, Patrick and Rachel Bowser; Jessica and Jacob Hoshaw; Matthew Miller, Christopher Miller and Evan Hoshaw. Caring great grandmother to Dominic Bowser, Giovanni Miller, Yesenia Miller, and Mariana Miller. Dear sister to her brother Thomas H. Kelly, and sister-in-law to Vivian Valentino, Margie Johnson, Georgia Collins, Ilene Sams and Linda Schaffner. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and many other loving family members and friends. Cheryl and her husband, Joseph, were married in 1956 in Warren, Michigan. They lived in Lincoln Park briefly, and purchased their first home in Southgate, Michigan, in 1957. The couple and their four children moved to Trenton in 1965, and lived there until 1985. They were members of St. Timothy Catholic Church during that time. Cheryl was an accomplished seamstress, knitter, painter and award-winning quilter. She was the creator of more than 100 bed-size quilts and hundreds of other quilted items ranging from oven mitts, to Christmas tree skirts, to throw pillows. While living in Trenton, Cheryl was a member of Trenton Quilters. After learning to sew at a young age and make clothes for herself and her family, she went on to learn how to knit and crochet. Her skill with a needle and thread, along with a sewing machine, eventually led to her involvement with, and passion, for quilting. Cheryl not only made a voluminous number of quilts and other items, but also taught the craft to hundreds of others. In 1985, Cheryl and Joseph moved from Trenton to New Baltimore, Michigan, where they opened a quilting and craft store in a 125-year old historic home. Cheryl, her husband, and family renovated near the city’s downtown area. Along with selling quilts, fabrics, other quilting supplies, and other hand-crafted items, she also taught quilting classes in a classroom at the store. In 1999, the couple moved to Alger, Michigan, where they have resided ever since in the Forest Lake community. During their time there, they have been active members of the Forest Lake Property Association. Cheryl was a member of the local quilting group and continued to make quilts, sew, and spend quality time with her children and grandchildren. Family members were frequent visitors throughout the year, and each year the couple hosted a special family get-together at the lake for Father’s Day weekend. During that time they also travelled extensively throughout the United States, and also to Ireland and Europe. While she lived in Alger, Cheryl was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Arrangements were handled by Trenton Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes. A funeral Mass was held at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Trenton, followed by burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield. Donations can be made to St. Timothy in Trenton or St. Joseph in Alger.
Robert R. Cole, age 76, passed away at his home in Trenton on Sept. 22, 2016, after a long battle with multiple system atrophy. Bob was born Aug. 26, 1940, in Dearborn. He was preceded in death by his wife Lynne after 38 years of marriage. Bob spent his career as a distinguished financial advisor for Prudential and Allstate. His passions included duck hunting, which he did for nearly 60 years. He also enjoyed traveling extensively. Bob was a longtime member of the Trenton Rotary Club, serving as president in 1987-88. He helped to start many charitable events and organizations, including the Wild Game Luncheon, Cash Classic and Friends of the Friendless. He also served the city of Trenton on the Zoning Board. Bob was known as a man of great compassion who helped countless friends and family over the years. He is survived by his wife, Johanne, children Lisa and Rob, sister Betty and grandchildren Maddison, Zachary, Alyssa and Tara. The funeral service was held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Trenton Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes.
Ed Willis, age 74, passed away on Aug. 22, 2016, due to heart complications. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen of 49 years and he and his wife enjoyed his fur baby, Hector and they resided in Allen Park. He was the loving brother of the late Ann (late Harold) Kinsky, uncle of Janice (Richard) Locker; great uncle of Denise Locker, Stephanie Fox and Richard Locker; cousin of Sharon Bersano and brother-in-law of Mary Ann Biernat. He is also survived by many friends. Eddie was known for his love of cars and his passion for golf. Eddie was a United State Marine Corps Veteran and served in Vietnam from 1965-1966, the Downriver honor guard paid tribute with a 21-gun salute at Our Lady of Hope on Aug. 27, 2016. Funeral services were held at Weiss Funeral Home in Allen Park on Aug. 26.
Jack Sutherby, age 85, passed away on Aug. 15, 2016, Jack, a lifelong Wyandotte resident, passed peacefully after a long battle with cancer. He was loving father of Mark, Sheri (the late Keith) Fricke, Scott (Ann), Todd (Mary), Jon (Marlo), Kevin, Cari Ann (Bob) Salamon, and Dean; dearest brother of Mary Olson. He is also survived by 21 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren. Jack Sutherby was larger than life. He was many things to many people. Often louder in person, he commanded the attention and respect of his eight children as well as the many kids whom he coached, refereed or umpped for. (read more…)
John ‘Corky’ Hancock
John “Corky” Hancock, of South Rockwood, passed away on Aug. 5, 2016, at age 73. Beloved Husband and Best Friend to Catherine. Dear Son of the late John and Frances. Dearest Brother to the late Patrick. Survived by his cousin Bob (Cindy) Joly and many nieces and nephews. Corky was also an honorary member of the Teifer family. Visitation was held Sunday and Monday, Aug. 8 and 9, at The Trenton Chapel of the Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Road. A funeral mass was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wyandotte on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Memorials to John “Corky” Hancock Memorial Scholarship Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Please Visit www.martenson.com.
Vickie Gajewski, a longtime Woodhaven resident formerly of Wooster, Ohio, passed away during complications with a scheduled surgery on Aug. 3, 2016, at age 70. Vickie was a dear friend to many, loving wife of Tom, mother and grandmother, as well as a volunteer with a bright and happy greeting for all she met.
She was mother to Deborah (Don) VanHemel, Lynn (Mark) Arturi, Pam (Jeff) Cunningham, and Jill (Ryan) Quinn. Proud grandmother of Alec, Evan, and Aaron Arturi, Kelsey and Mallory VanHemel, Gabrielle and Madeleine Cunningham, Kennedy, Amanda, and Reagan Quinn. Also survived by her brother Lou (Lyn) Kauffman, sister Sharon Luke, as well as many nieces and nephews. Vickie was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Rhea Kauffman.
One of her many friends, Alice Shenton said, “Vickie was a wonderful friend who gave of her time and talents in many ways. Her efficient help was appreciated for the Relay for Life team of Faith UMC (United Methodist Church). Devotion to family was always evident, especially with events connected to the grandchildren. A bright smile with willing hands and a heart of gold are special remembrances. Our sincere sympathy to the entire family.”