Aug. 27, 1936-Nov. 5, 2017
Roberta “Bobbie” Kelly, of 81 of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Arlington Heights, Ill., passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was a longtime member of Incarnation Catholic Church and spent a lifetime devoted to the Virgin Mary. She was born Aug. 27, 1936, to parents, Robert and Helen (Santee) Barrow in Rockwood. She was one of three children. Bobbie graduated from Trenton High School, Trenton. She worked as a photographer and a reporter for the Trenton Times. Bobbie was known by all as a consummate wife, mother, and hostess. Her quick wit and welcoming attitude will be remembered by everyone she encountered. She was fiercely loyal to her friends and family, and was always ready to lend a hand and a prayer. Bobbie enjoyed treasure hunting, and was often spotted at local estate sales and thrift stores. She has a fabulous eye for these treasures and was the ultimate in interior design. She is also remembered for her lavish tailgate parties at the University of Notre Dame football games. Bobbie proved to be a true helpmate to her husband in his business and traveled with him across the nation in these endeavors. The highlight of these was the trip to Belgium for the international symposium. She married the love of her life, Edward F. Kelly, on Jan. 12, 1957. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage devoted to each other and their family. She will be deeply missed by her loving husband; Edward, her four daughters; Kim (Ian) Clarke, Kit (John) Vautier, Christine Schrantz, and Colleen (Mark) Downey. She was the beloved grandmother of 14 and two great-grandchildren, siblings; Bonnie Highley and Bill Barrow. A Celebration of Life Mass was held Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Incarnation Catholic Church in Sarasota, Fla. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in remembrance of Bobbie to Incarnation Catholic Church.
Curtis Lee Smith
Feb. 2, 1953-Dec. 5, 2017
Award-winning newspaper reporter and editor Curtis Lee Smith died Dec. 5, 2017, at age 64, after a two-month battle with cancer. Born Feb. 2, 1953, the Trenton native was a 1971 graduate of Trenton High School. Mr. Smith continued his studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1975. An avid sports fan, he remained a season-ticket holder to Wolverines football games until his death. Mr. Smith also earned a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. Following graduation from Penn State, he began working at the Mellus Newspapers in Lincoln Park in 1978, and remained with the newspaper for several years through its merger with the News-Herald in 1986. He later went on to serve as a reporter and editor for the Lansing State Journal until 2016. Most recently he worked in the communications department for Central Michigan University. He was a resident of Haslett, near East Lansing, at the time of his death. During his career in the newspaper business Mr. Smith earned a reputation a thorough, tough and fair reporter, whose work was recognized numerous times in annual contests held by the Michigan Press Association. Over the course of his life Mr. Smith became a world traveler, including trips to Russia, Asia, the Middle East and multiple excursions through Canada. He also spent considerable time researching his family’s genealogical background, finding more than 1,800 ancestors, including Civil War hero Edgar Smith.
Mr. Smith was the beloved brother of Dennis (Suzanne) and the late Diane (Bill) LeBar; loving uncle of Cindy, Claire, Patrick, Dana and Catherine. His funeral service was held at the Trenton Chapel of Martenson Funeral Homes Dec. 9, with burial following at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit. The family suggests donations in memory of Mr. Smith to the American Cancer Society.
March 11, 1948—Nov. 15, 2017
Former Trenton resident Linda Myrtle Schaffner, 69, of Canton, Ohio, died Nov. 15, 2017, after a short illness. Mrs. Schaffner, the former Linda Hoshaw, was a 1967 graduate of Trenton High School. She met her husband, Ohio native Steve Schaffner, while he was stationed at the Naval Air Station on Grosse Ile. Family members described her as “a loving mother who knew how to make each one of her children feel like they were her favorite … Linda had a kind heart that touched everyone she met and a smile that would light up the room.” She was born in Detroit on March 11, 1948, to the late William and Ethel Hoshaw. Her husband died in 2011. She also was preceded in death by her brother William and sisters Betty Miller and Helen Nickrand. She is survived by brother Joseph Hoshaw Sr., and sisters Georgia Collins, Vivian Valentino, Marjorie Johnson and Ilene Sams. She also is survived by five sons and their spouses: Kyle (Jennifer), Kirk (Lorraine), Kory (Leslie), Kent (Lynette) and Kody (Megan); as well as 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, loved ones and her beloved dogs. A memorial service was held Nov. 27 at First Friends Church of North Canton.
Clifton B. Mace Jr.
Dec. 9, 1940—Oct. 29, 2017
On Oct. 29, surrounded with love, Clifton B. Mace Jr. passed peacefully after a battle with leukemia. Born in Kingston, Pa., to Helen and Clifton Mace Sr., he lived most of his life in southeast Michigan. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte and Eastern Michigan University. He was an educator in Trenton who touched many lives. He was also active in the Trenton Lions, the Lions Hearing Center, Trenton Goodfellows, and the Penrickton Center. He was passionate about education, golf, woodworking, cars, and his cottage. Cliff is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beth Ann (Beattie), his son Michael (Pam) Mace, his daughter Michele (Jim) Mans, and his son Chris (Gina) Mace. Also his grandchildren: Luke Mace, Mackenzie Mace, Maddison Mace, Michael Mace, and Maggie Mace. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Grassnig, and brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Linda Beattie. The family welcomed friends at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2441 Nichols Drive in Trenton, and a memorial service followed.
Bryan R. Caillouette: Dec. 28, 1959—Nov. 12, 2017
Bryan R. Caillouette, age 57, of Trenton, passed away Nov. 12, 2017. Born Dec. 28, 1959 to Olive and the late Raymond Caillouette. Loving husband of Cheryl. Dear father of Devon and stepfather of Cortnie Kalaukoa. Proud grandfather of Brody. Also survived by many other loving family members and friends. Along with his father, Bryan was also preceded in death by his brother Christopher. Bryan was the owner of Sprocket’s Record Store, and substitute teacher for the Dearborn School District for over 10 years. Memorial Contributions may be made directly to the Caillouette family.
Aug. 9, 2017
Gust Pappas, of Grosse Ile and formerly of Lincoln Park, died Aug. 9, 2017, at age 87. Beloved husband of Josephine and the late Laura Jean. Loving father of Diane (Thomas) Stephenson, Roger (Laurie) and Todd (Michele). Loving stepfather of Marcia (Thomas) Uebbing, Stanley (Theresa) Szwast and the late Denise Contos and her husband James Contos. Also survived by grandchildren, great grandchildren and two sisters, Harriet Bowerman and Anna DeRop. Gust proudly served his country in the Army and served as a constable for the City of Lincoln Park. A funeral mass was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Grosse Ile and interment was at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Brownstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Sacred Heart.
Aug. 23, 2017
Alice Yvonne Johnson (nee Derby) 79, passed away Aug. 23, 2017, in Trenton, Mich. Devoted wife of Robert Johnson; much loved mother of Karen Rose (Clay), Robert (Christy), and Ann Marie Smith (Kingston); proud grandmother of Kayla, Madeline, Fisher, Joe, Jackson, Gavin, Anna, Ben, Nathan and William. Beloved daughter of the late Mary (Budny) and Joseph Derby; cherished sister of Jim, Bob, Danny, Margie, Mary Ann, Maureen, David, Joe (deceased), Norman (deceased), James (deceased), Bud (deceased), Virgie (deceased), John (deceased), Allen (deceased), Beatrice (deceased) and Madeline Sue (deceased); aunt and great aunt to many. Alice’s positive spirit and strength endeared her to many. She considered herself abundantly blessed to be surrounded by faith, family and friends her entire life. Visitation took place Sunday, Aug. 27, at Weise Funeral Home in Allen Park. A funeral mass took place at St. Joseph’s Church in Trenton.
March 5, 1924-May 19, 2017
Wyandotte native and former Trenton and Grosse Ile resident Edward Mierkowicz, 93, died May 19, 2017, at American House Senior Living in Rochester Hills. Beloved husband of the late Kathryn and the late Janette. Loving dad of Linda Edwards, Brenda Schervish, Lisa (Mike) Mayra, the late Tom Tiefer and the late Kip Tiefer. Proud grandpa of James Edwards, Maria Kathryn Schervish, Michelle Anne Schervish, Nina (Rich) Kelly, Sarah (Carlos) Farias, Nicholas (Kristine) Mayra and Jeffrey (Lesley) Mayra. Great grandpa of Izzy Kelly, Crosby Kelly, Griffin Farias, Noah Mayra, Koen Mayra, Maggie Mayra, Emmerson Mayra and Holden Mayra. He was preceded in death by his parents Ignatius and Helen (nee: Slumski) Mierkowicz, one brother, Joe, and one sister, Clara. Edward was a graduate of Roosevelt High School who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was an excellent all-around athlete who played for the Detroit Tigers and he continued to play baseball for many years after his professional career; he also loved golf and football as well as other sports. A memorial gathering will be on Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service which will begin at 11:30 a.m. both at the Trenton Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Road., Trenton. Rev. David Lesniak, pastor of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Trenton, and The Downriver Veterans Honor Guard will participate in the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made
April 7, 2017
Conroy, John A. Jr. Age 61, of Grosse Ile. April 7, 2017. Beloved husband of Barbara for 36 years. Loving father of Jack (Ginny) Conroy and Kathryn Conroy. Proud grandfather of Grace Kelly Conroy. Dear brother of Ann (Dennis) Antoniewski, Thomas (Nicola) Conroy, Brian (Leslie) Conroy and James (Mary Kate) Conroy. Preceded in death by parents John and Doris Conroy Sr. Arrangements were held at the Martenson Family of Funeral Homes – Trenton Chapel. Please visit www.martenson.com.
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…)