BY BRIAN RZEPPA
For more than 60 years, Fred Miller played a vital role in helping grow the Roar on the River power boat races into the Downriver mid-summer fixture that it has become today. His sudden death from an apparent aneurism on March 6, 2017, at age 78, has left what can only be described as a huge void in the heart and soul of the long-running event.
“He’s the Godfather of the Trenton races,” said Linda Francetich, a fellow member of the event’s Executive Committee. “He was our patriarch and he was one of those people who make such a great imprint on your life. His presence will be so greatly missed by many people.”
While his physical presence will be missed, Miller leaves behind a great legacy that stretches all around the country. From boating tournaments in Florida to California to Maine, Miller was able to make a positive impact in the lives of people across the United States. (read more…)
By Melanie Young
Upon the death of longtime Trenton teacher Dennis Hamilton, a news report on one of the Detroit television stations described him as a “huge figure in the local television community.” That alone would be a remarkable tribute, but there was so much more to the beloved teacher, and all those who knew him continue to mourn his loss.
Mr. Hamilton, 67, died March 7, 2017, after a brief illness. The news came as a shock to many who were not aware he was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A fixture at Trenton High School events even after his retirement, his absence already is being felt.
“For so many of us in Trenton, Dennis has been a part of our lives forever,” Trenton High School Principal Michael Doyle said.” (read more…)
Feb. 12, 1933-Feb. 4, 2017
Former Trenton resident Marlene Joyce McCarthy, age 83, died peacefully in the company of her family at St. Luke’s Hospital, near her home in Maumee, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 4. Mrs. McCarthy was born in Altoona, Pa., on Feb. 12, 1933. She was the youngest of three children born to Anna Laura Lorraine Allen, of Clearfield, Pa., and Robert A. Shartle, of Altoona. She and her late husband, Dennis, lived in Trenton from 1970 until 1981. Three of their five children — Mike (Carol Evans) McCarthy, Patricia (Mark) Gray, Lorraine (Robert) Sadowski, are graduates of Trenton High School. The two other children — John (Jean McDevitt) McCarthy and Dennis (Maria Phillips) McCarthy — graduated from high school in Maumee. After a 16-year career at the Detroit Free Press, Dennis became part owner of a printing facility in New Boston. For 13 years, the company composed and printed weekly and monthly newspapers from various communities throughout Michigan. As their children got older, Marlene and Dennis decided they wanted to work together in the community newspaper business. In 1980, after a few months of planning and with the assistance of their two oldest sons, the couple launched The Community Mirror, as a monthly newspaper in Maumee. Two years later the paper expanded to two issues a month, and continues to publish 37 years later with son Michael now serving as editor and publisher. Mrs. McCarthy served as publisher of The Mirror from 1980-91. She briefly owned a popular Maumee restaurant in 1981-82. In 1985, she founded a publication called The Senior Partner, working closely with her youngest son, Dennis. The governor of Ohio presented her with a “Woman of the Year” award to honor her work with that publication. She was a member of the Maumee Uptown Business Association and the Maumee Chamber of Commerce. Along with her five children, Mrs. McCarthy is survived by eight grandchildren: Denny McCarthy, Bridgette McCarthy, Johnny McCarthy, Michael McCarthy, Joe McCarthy, Mary McCarthy, Jack McCarthy and Patrick McCarthy. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dennis, in 1989; her sister, Constance (Bernie) Herbert; brother, William Shartle; and half-brother, Clare Eugene Turner. A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Interment followed at St. Joseph Cemetery, also in Maumee. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to The Salvation Army.
Anne Marie Javoroski
May 7, 1917-Jan. 23, 2017
Former longtime Grosse Ile Township resident Anne Marie Javoroski, 99, died Jan. 23, 2017. Born in Hemlock, Michigan, May 7, 1917, to William and Lucy Smith, she is survived by two sisters, Phyllis Taylor and Mary Ellen Yack. She was preceded in death by husband Anthony Javoroski. She was an active volunteer in several Grosse Ile committees and commissions, including serving on the Planning Commission and as treasurer of the Grosse Ile Alliance for the Arts. She was also a longtime member of the Grosse Ile Garden Club. She was active in many things outside of Grosse Ile as well, including the Keep Detroit Beautiful Committee.
Bernice Estelle Boyer
1913-Jan. 26, 2017
Bernice Estelle Boyer of Trenton passed away in her sleep on Jan. 26, 2017, at the age of 103. Her eldest granddaughter, Sandra Boyer Quaglieri, was at her side for her last few weeks. She is survived by two daughters-in-law, four granddaughters, six great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.
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.