BY BRIAN RZEPPA
In society’s biggest moments of need, the first call that most make is to their police department. As most are taught growing up, it is that profession above all that is there to protect us and diminish any danger that may be present.
Like any other human beings, police officers have moments of need as well. To the officers that worked with him during his decades-long career with the Trenton Police Department, former Lieutenant Kenneth Voss was the first call that they would make should any problems arise.
Voss, age 78, died Jan. 28, 2017. He retired as a lieutenant after 32 years at the Trenton Police Department, and fought a courageous battle against cancer for 10 years. (read more…)
BY BRIAN RZEPPA
An All-State offensive lineman and a member of the Trenton Trojans historic 1972 team that finished 8-1, Doug Mehrhof matched his ability on the gridiron with a memorable personality and drive to make people feel loved.
On Jan. 14, Mehrhof lost his battle with liver cancer at the age of 61. While he is no longer here, his kind-hearted, thoughtful spirit has left a lasting legacy for those who knew him.
Tracing all the way back to his childhood, Doug had a knack for finding the humor in potentially worrying situations. His sister, Beverly, recalls of a time when there was an obstruction on the baseball field that they had played at.
“When we lived in Ecorse, there was a big field near our house and we would all play baseball there,” she said. “One day there was a tree limb between home and first base, so being the born leader that he was he started to cut it down, but soon realized that he was cutting it the wrong way and it was ready to land on a neighbor’s car. We ran over to get the neighbor and urged him to move his car and after some back and forth he eventually did, but Doug even managed to get a laugh out of him.”
With his friends and his teammates, he was much the same way. A natural leader due to his ability on the field, Doug took it as his responsibility to keep everyone on the team in a positive state of mind. (read more…)
BY MELANIE YOUNG
With a passion for people and hometown business history, Marion Mihaloff is being remembered by those who knew her as a kindhearted person who always had something positive to say.
Mrs. Mihaloff, a longtime Trenton resident who also divided her time in town with her beloved horse farm in Hillsdale, died Dec. 1 at age 83 after sustaining injuries to her head in a fall in Doswell, Va.
She is survived by her husband of almost 67 years, Jimmie Mihaloff; her daughters Sandra Mihaloff and Deborah Mihaloff and their husbands, Philip Klaus and Alan Kirshner; and nephew Michael Dinoff and his wife Linda.
Mrs. Mihaloff and her husband were best known in Trenton for the State Farm Insurance agency, which they owned for 57½ years. It opened in 1956 and was the first Michigan branch for State Farm Insurance. Mrs. Mihaloff managed the office and also helped maintain the couple’s commercial properties in Trenton.
They closed the business and retired in 2014, but could still be seen around town at Mom’s, enjoying a meal, or out dancing with friends some evenings. They eventually moved to Virginia to be closer to their daughters. (read more…)
BY PAT ANDREWS
Long, lasting and loving relationships are a rarity. When the news of the passing of former Trenton residents Richard and Frances Henderson Timm recently reached the Downriver community, it was met with sadness, but not with surprise.
An internationally recognized wildlife artist and carver, he died Aug. 27 in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 91. His wife, a partner in business and life, followed him on Sept. 18, just three weeks later. She was 88. They met in their hometown of Lincoln Park in the mid-40s and eloped to Bowling Green, Ohio, on July 6, 1946 — marking more than 72 of togetherness.
Richard was not your typical painter. He graduated Lincoln Park High School in 1944, the same year as another well-known local wildlife artist, Jim Foote. The district did not offer formal classes in art at that time and both men, for the first part of their careers, were self-taught. His family said Richard was just 15 years old when he had his first hunting experience in the marsh area along Lake Erie. The beauty of the birds and other waterfowl near Pointe Mouille captured his imagination and drawings of birds in flight soon flowed from pads of paper he brought along.
Richard would enter the Army Air Corps right out of high school and upon return enrolled in the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit. He later studied in Los Angeles at the Art Center. A hobby at the time, the new husband and soon-to-be father of two daughters and a son, he worked as a commercial artist for more than 20 years, mainly in the auto industry. The oldest daughter, Suzanne Hale, said her father joined five other artists in a Detroit-based company they called Studio Six. (read more…)
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.